CNAMer: Fall 2019 Issue


Quarterly reporting from the Canadian Network of Asset Managers


Fall is the season of change and CNAM has some big changes ahead. I share one of those changes with mixed emotions as we say goodbye to ConventionALL Management Inc. (CMI). CMI has been our association and conference services provider since our humble beginnings as a handful of like-minded municipal representatives who got together each year to share asset management ideas. Kate Cheney and her CMI team have been instrumental in building our flagship Annual Conference and Awards program and helping us grow to a membership base of more than 500. As we say farewell to CMI, I want to thank Kate, Elaine and Kyla (and their teams) for their steady hand running the administration of CNAM and for all their support of our members and the Board over the years. A sincere, heartfelt Thank You – CNAM would not be the association we are today without you.

Change also brings opportunity. As we say goodbye to CMI and the foundation they have helped CNAM build, we welcome our new association management team – Redstone Agency Inc.. Effective October 1, 2019, Redstone will take the reins as CNAM’s association, conference, and financial/accounting services provider. Working alongside our Executive Director, Doug Cutts, Redstone’s deep experience and broad skill set will help CNAM advance on our strategic plans and move our association to the next level in our growth.

Our Board of Directors and I are excited to start working with the Redstone team and plan forward for CNAM’s future. Collectively, we have much work ahead of us and I am confident Redstone is up to the challenge. Welcome Redstone!


Looking ahead, there are some other CNAM initiatives coming in the next few months:

  • Annual Strategic Planning Session – At the end of October the CNAM Board will gather in Toronto to review our mission, vision, and strategic pillars and to confirm the committees and their work plans which will continue to make CNAM a leading national asset management association in supporting of its members. For more information click here.
  • Membership Drive – in the next few weeks you will receive notices for your membership renewal. CNAM strives to provide great value for its members through the Annual Conference, our regular webinars, periodic workshops (think AM 101, AM Competency Framework), the membership directory, and our member-only resource area – CNAMpedia. If you are interested in becoming a new member, please follow this link to get connected.
  • 2020 Annual Conference – We’ve been busy getting ready to head out to St. John’s, NL from May 11-14, 2020 for our 14th annual conference. Our Conference Committee is underway and new volunteers from the area are jumping on board to be a part of this year’s theme of “Asset Management: Rock Solid!” More information is available on the website at  Stay tuned for the call for your presentations, case studies, and workshop ideas coming next month.

In addition to these fall activities, some of our members are involved in the MAMP Asset Management Competency Framework (AMCF) project and will attend a Cohort Workshop October 1, 2019, being held in Newmarket, ON.  Register today!

As we transition to a new fiscal year for CNAM, we say thank you and goodbye to old colleagues and extend a welcome and hello to new ones. I’m excited for the year ahead as we continue to build strength from where we have been and gain new momentum by planning where we are going.

Valerie Williams
CNAM Chair