CNAMer: Summer 2019 Issue


Quarterly reporting from the Canadian Network of Asset Managers

I’m just getting started…

I am proud to have just assumed the role of CNAM Chair at CNAM’s Annual Conference this past May. By now, we have all returned to our regular routines and commitments following another successful conference in Kelowna from May 6-9.  What a fantastic event! So many insightful presenters, keynote speakers, and interactive workshops and panels – and amazing social, technical, and networking activities with colleagues and new friends as well!  Thanks go out to CNAM’s conference services specialist (ConventionALL Management Inc.) and Kelowna’s own, CNAM Director Joel Shaw who lead his conference team in producing a very memorable event.  As one of our Board Members commented “There was something uniquely different about the conference this year – we need to capture that and work to recreate it for all future events.” Something that resonated with me was the emphasis on people and culture and that the human side of asset management is vital for success.  Several speakers and presenters highlighted this in the need to build team consensus, rally around champions and work together to achieve organizational objectives.

CNAM is a national, membership-based association representing 460 (and growing) municipal leaders and their private sector partners on asset management issues since its formation in 2006.  CNAM is also a member of the Asset Management Canada Alliance (a cohesive group of one National and ten Provincial and Territorial Asset Management Communities of Practice (CoPs) brought together to cooperate on asset management direction in Canada). Under our agreed charter, the group will provide a website portal and a communications forum for its CoPs which will help the alliance fulfil its mandate to facilitate the collaboration and sharing of regional asset management information and ideas within Canada.  Through CNAM’s involvement in the AMC Alliance as the National CoP, CNAM will be sharing its pan-Canadian perspective on asset management initiatives.

I’m proud to assume the Chair as CNAM completes a very active and successful year as an association. Many of these accomplishments were highlighted in my introductory speech in Kelowna (Click here for more information). Additionally, we honoured several worthy recipients at our Awards ceremony for CNAM’s Tereo Awards (City of Selkirk, City of Vaughan, and City of Waterloo), Ambassador Award (FCM), Pioneer Award (Wally Wells), and the Student Symposium (Naeem Farooqi, Rania Toufeili, and Madeh Piryonesi). Click here for more information on the awards and winners. Thank you again to all the participants, contributors, and volunteers involved in achieving these milestones for your organizations, the industry, and CNAM.

Looking ahead to the rest of 2019 and into 2020, we have plans to build on the great work of my predecessors and our committed Board and Executive.  The CNAM brand has been made in delivering class ‘A’ events and being a national voice for asset management. That will continue. Other key priority areas for CNAM this year will include:

  • Promoting CNAM and associated member benefits more broadly.
  • Sharing, collaborating, and celebrating successes with other communities of practice, partner associations, and industry partners to further advance public sector asset management
  • Planning the longer-term vision of CNAM into 2025

More immediately, we are working on the next CNAM webinar to be held next week: June 26, 2019 (click here for more information), we’re continuing with our Asset Management Competency Framework (AMCF) project with the second cohort workshop planned for fall 2019 (click here for AMCF information), and getting ready for our fall Strategic Planning Session with the Board.  I’m looking forward to another strong and busy year ahead — serving our members and driving excellence in the asset management profession across Canada.

Valerie Williams
CNAM Chair