CNAMer: Winter Issue
Quarterly reporting from the Canadian Network of Asset Managers
A Time to Reflect…
It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is here and 2019 is right around the corner. I always find this to be a good time of year to take a step back and reflect on the year’s accomplishments. While we have celebrated them throughout the year, recognizing our achievements all together highlights just how much we’ve done. Let’s look back on the many CNAM successes in 2018;
- Awarded grant funding by FCM under Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), through which we: Hired the amazing Iain Cranston as MAMP Program Manager; Developed the highly regarded AM 101 Booklet (and recently did a second print run for an additional 5,000 copies due to demand); Completed four online webinars for AM newbies (two in French, recorded versions are all online); Held four AM Workshops in cities across Canada; and, Developed relationships with Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) and Building Asset Management Newfoundland / Labrador (BAM NL!) both helping us hold the Workshops in advance of their conferences.
- Completed enhancements and rebranding of our e-newsletter – CNAMer
- Held a content-filled and successful webinar in October with over 140 people
- Achieved our goal of 400+ participants at CNAM 2018 Conference in Windsor, ON (let’s not forget we had to relocate the entire event in only two weeks when the Casino went on strike!)
- Increased applications to the Student Poster competition with ten amazing submissions this year.
- Secured approval of several important changes to CNAM’s by-laws
- Co-founded Asset Management Canada with ten other Provincial and Territorial Communities of Practice (COP) in Canada. CNAM being the National COP, we worked together, with assistance from FCM, to create an Asset Management Alliance which is aligned through a signed charter to share information, ideas, events and opportunities regarding asset management across all COP jurisdictions.
- Welcomed Irving LeBlanc – our first Board member representing First Nations.
- Finalized an agreement with the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) in late November (more to come on this exciting new partnership).
- Increased our membership by 38% in the 2017- 2018 membership year.
- Launched the ‘Money for Municipalities’ program to help members gain access to grants and other sources of funding in an agreement with the Funding Portal.
- Created a new a la carte sponsorship program ensuring we meet the marketing and branding needs of our industry vendors and suppliers.
Thank you all for helping make these accomplishments happen. I’m looking forward to 2019 and moving forward with several new initiatives early in the new year — this list may be even longer next year!