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As part of our ongoing commitment to our members we are pleased to present the CAMA 50th Anniversary Professional Development Series for 2021. This program is comprised of various webinars that are coordinated FREE of charge for the CAO/City Manager, senior managers and employees.  Along with our own webinar series, CAMA Partner companies will be providing educational and informative learning opportunities that showcase innovative services and products relevant to municipal management. 

Have any topics you would like to see presented in the series? Contact the CAMA National Office at 1-866-771-2262 and please also forward all opportunities to your staff members.


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST


Michael Leering, Director of Environment and Business Excellence,

CSA Group

Rob De Pruis, Director, Consumer and Industry Relations, Western, Insurance Bureau of Canada

Registration Cost:  FREE but registration is required using the link below.

Link to Register

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Navigating the waters of working with those in government versus those in opposition can be problematic. If your MLA, MPP or MP happens to belong to the party in opposition, it can be much more challenging to achieve your municipality’s goals at the provincial and federal levels. To learn more visit:

CAMA Political Acumen Toolkit - Government Versus Opposition

2021 Award Submissions:

Town of Saugeen Shores & Mountain View County

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Willis Award for Innovation -

Under 20,000 Population Category - Municipal Innovation Council

In 2019 the Town of Saugeen Shores began working with the newly established Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) to explore opportunities for collaboration. Realizing the potential to leverage resources, (ie. innovation teams, research and studies) Saugeen Shores advanced an MOU with the NII. The MOU directed Saugeen Shores to lead a conversation with municipal partners with a goal to build a collaborative program that advances municipal innovation in Bruce County.

Saugeen Shores staff worked closely with local municipal CAOs to develop a concept document and business plan to support the creation of the Municipal Innovation Council (MIC). Partners agreed to a funding model which would permit a healthy budget to evaluate common challenges and bring in the right person to develop solutions and implement change.

The objective of the MIC is to find and implement efficiencies for municipal service delivery and to enhance services in member communities. All partners were able to access their received one-time provincial efficiency grant for their financial contribution to the MIC.

In 2020, an Innovation Officer was hired and strategic framework was developed. A multitude of projects are underway.

To view the entire award submission, visit the CAMA Member's Section.

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Willis Award for Innovation -

Under 20,000 Population Category - Mountain View County M-Files Implementation

In 2018, M-Files was pitched as a method for efficiency. Now, in the COVID-19 Pandemic, it has been redefined as a tool for resiliency, accessibility and connectivity. Through the implementation of M-Files, Mountain View County now stores over 250,000 documents electronically, has reduced its reliance on paper, and has cancelled expensive contracts that provided external storage of physical documents. M-Files allows for expedient access to records, enhanced search functions, dynamic permissions and enhanced document and personal information security. Furthermore, automated workflows have resulted in municipal practices that are accountable and transparent while maximizing efficiencies.

The innovation of the M-Files system was seriously put to the test when the municipality transitioned to a "work from home" environment in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic where staff have been required to work remotely for nearly a year. With some innovative changes to the system, staff from all departments in the organization and Elected Officials have been able to work safely by increasing social distancing and minimizing in-person interactions while continuing to deliver our full range of services to the public.

To view the entire award submission, visit the CAMA Member's Section.


Voula Colbow, Town Clerk, Town of White City, SK

Kealy Deadman, Commissioner of Public Works, Region of Peel, ON

Michael Prowse, CAO, The Corporation of the City of Barrie, ON

Meghan Townsend, CAO/Clerk-Treasurer, Town of Grand Valley, ON

Trisha McKibbin, CAO/ClerkTownship of Minden Hills, ON

Rhonda Bunn, CAO, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio, ON

Tara Maguire, Deputy CAO, Municipality of the District of Chester, NS

Stuart Horn, CAO, Regional District of Central Kootenay, BC

Luc Denault, CAO, Corporation of the Town of Smooth Rock Falls, ON

Troy MacCulloch, CAO, MD of Pincher Creek No. 9, AB

Canadian Association Municipal Administrators

PO Box 128, Station A

Fredericton, NB E3B 4Y2 CANADA


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