CNAMer: Fall 2020 Issue


Quarterly Newsletter from the Canadian Network of Asset Managers

As 2020 comes to a close, I reflect on how resilient we have been both as an asset management community and as an association. While the world has been turned upside down, colleagues from across the country have stepped up to ensure that key infrastructure assets and projects continue to operate and move forward, while contributing to CNAM’s mission and the value we bring to our members. I truly believe there is light at the end of the tunnel and am excited to continue this journey ahead.

This past year we not only pivoted to a successful Virtual Conference in May, but have already starting planning for an even better Virtual Conference in 2021. We’ve had the opportunity to connect and learn from colleagues during the 8 webinars CNAM hosted last year as well as the Virtual Networking Sessions we had over the summer, and already have a lineup of great content and networking opportunities for CNAM members ahead for 2021. There was well over 200 downloads of the Asset Management 101 Booklet, and we’re excited to launch our updated AM 101 and new AM 102 Courses next year. Our New Professionals Network continues to connect students and new asset management practitioners through events and webinars, and the CNAM Membership Committee is exploring new ways to engage the next generation of asset managers in the coming year.

I’d like to acknowledge the Board of Directors, our Executive Director and staff, as well as our Program Managers, who have been flexible, patient and resilient over the past year, as we’ve been focusing on financial sustainability through the pandemic. Our outlook is bright for the coming year and I look forward to building on the success of our programs and services, both in Canada and abroad, in 2021.

CNAM has also been focused on developing the tools that will help our members succeed and build up asset management capacity in their organizations. We were pleased to launch the Asset Management Competency Framework this year, and hope that you participate in our upcoming workshops to learn more about how to implement them in your organization. We’re still collecting responses on the Asset Management Capacity Needs Survey, which will help inform the Competency Framework and CNAM’s future offerings.

Finally, the Tereo Awards are back and will be presented at the 2021 Virtual Conference. I look forward to celebrating our successes from this year and the hard work we’ve done in spite of the challenges we’ve faced. The work that asset managers do to serve their communities each and every day is truly remarkable. As we look ahead to 2021, I am confident that better days are ahead. Let’s continue to be kind and patient with each other, and leverage the strength of our community to forge a better “Road Ahead”.


Matt Dawe
CNAM Chair