CNAMer: Fall Issue


Quarterly reporting from the Canadian Network of Asset Managers

The summer for CNAM has been a mix of much – deserved downtime as well as the development of a number of new and exciting changes starting with the updated branding of our quarterly e-newsletter, CNAMer.  You can expect to see CNAMer the third week of March, June, September and December each year bringing you information from across Canada on what is going on at CNAM, along with other great AM articles, all helping you virtually meet other members of CNAM.  The ‘What’s On Your Mind’ question will let our readers and members vote on three topics, and the top pick will then become a focus article in our next newsletter. So, have a look at that, and be sure to vote on which topic is most ‘on your mind’.

This summer we also welcomed Irving “Bing” LeBlanc to our Board as the First Nations representative. Irving is the Director – Housing, Infrastructure and Emergency Services for the Assembly of First Nations, and adds his unique experience, perspective and ideas to our discussions.  He was appointed by Dr. Paulette Tremblay who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Assembly of First Nations. You can read more about Irving on our Board of Directors web page.

We have also been listening to our members and have a few new initiatives being launched:

  • Our Education, Research and Technology (ERT) sub committee has been quite busy building a webinar program for the upcoming year, the first of which will be in couple of weeks – October 11th.  The format will be a formal presentation along with a panel for discussion. Visit our webinar page to find out more and to register today!
  • We have also been busy working with BAM NL! and CWWA to set up face to face AM 101 Workshops in Gander, Newfoundland in October and Montreal, Quebec in November. Sign up for one by clicking here.
  • We have also heard the concerns of travelling to attend these workshops and found a way to bring them to you virtually. We recently launched our inaugural online workshop to be held over two half-day sessions on different days and its already sold out.
  • The overwhelming response to the AM 101 Booklet that we published earlier this year has resulted in us commissioning an additional print run of 5,000 copies. This will be available in the coming months.
  • Our sponsors have also made it clear that defined sponsorship based on funding levels could do with a change, so this year we redeveloped our annual sponsorship program to be an a’ la carte program. More details will be made available in early October.
  • After launching the Money For Municipalities program at the 2018 Annual Conference in May, there has been considerable interest from municipalities researching and accessing government grants and incentives for municipal infrastructure projects through the CNAM micro portal. Check out the Funding tab on the website for more information.

But we’re not stopping there – our Annual Strategic Planning Session is planned for this November, where we will be discussing all member benefits and value for CNAM. I look forward to sharing, the continued changes and enhancements that we are bringing to our members.  Stay tuned!

Melissa Osborne
CNAM Chair