Volume 04 - March/April 2012
December 20, 2012 -
Coming Soon...CNAM will be launching its knowledge database, fondly known as CNAMpedia in January 2013. What is CNAMpedia? This is a database of Asset Management related documents, articles, best practices, etc that have been collected and are hosted in one database. This is a member benefit. You will receive a member login and password closer to the launch date. CNAM together with RIVA Modeling anticipate launching CNAMpedia in January and look forward to your feedback and contributions to making this THE asset management database.
December 20, 2012 -
As we approach the Holiday Season, this is the time to think of wishes for the New Year. Many will probably share my wish, one of predictable and stable funding to sustain municipal infrastructure! Wishful thinking? As little as a few years ago I would have said "highly unlikely", but these are different times. We are now seeing unprecedented levels of interest, and dare I say commitment, on the part of all levels of government to addressing our infrastructure funding challenges. Municipalities are building their asset management capabilities demonstrating an increased level of commitment to better practices and improved decision-making. Some of the provincial governments are providing funding and guidelines to support smaller municipalities build their asset management capabilities, and through ongoing consultations the federal government has demonstrated a genuine interest in establishing a long term investment strategy to support municipalities.
All of these elements point in the right direction: making infrastructure a national economic priority. This can be achieved by building the capacity and stability that is needed to allow project level decisions to be managed at the local level. Through Building Canada municipalities have demonstrated their ability to deliver on the funding opportunities. Now is the time to provide municipalities with the funding support and the accountability that will improve the overall effectiveness and productivity of renewing this country's infrastructure.
As a national organization, we are well positioned to support this journey.
May our wish come through!
Alain Gonthier, P.Eng.
Chair, Canadian Network of Asset Managers
As your new Chair, I am energized by the growing potential CNAM has to offer and to work with board members who share the same passion.
At the Annual General Meeting in Montreal, CNAM members elected their esteemed board of directors for the 2012-2013 term.
December 20, 2012 -On August 16, 2012, the Province of Ontario released the first phase of the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy. The strategy was developed in consultation with the municipal sector. Goals of the strategy include: making good asset management planning universal; moving toward optimal use of a full range of infrastructure financing tools; and addressing the structural challenges facing small communities. Details...
The Town of Banff is proclaimed the inaugural CNAM Tereo Award recipient at CNAM Workshop Gala in Montreal.
The Spring 2012 edition of the AM BC Newsletter will be available soon on the CNAM website.
As host city, the City of Edmonton invites you to expand your horizons in Edmonton May 5-8, 2013 for the 7th annual CNAM Conference.
Feedback received onsite and via the post-workshop delegate survey demonstrates that CNAM is delivering valuable professional development.