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CAM News & Updates
 
 
President's Message

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October 1st brought a whole host of congratulatory messages on my LinkedIn profile. You see, it’s been three years since I started at CAM and I continue to celebrate every year. Part of the mandate that the Executive set out in 2017, was for their presidential hire to provide some stability to a position which had seen a couple of personnel changes over a few years after the retirement of John Levi.

As well, during the interview process, it was determined that there were some immediate needs that could be fulfilled, including establishing a social media presence and providing awareness to the public that CAM existed. Both were early executions that our office undertook. Three years later, we’ve made some significant inroads with both. As one of my media friends said to me recently, as soon as you get tired of the same messaging over and over again, that’s when it takes hold. So, we will carry on and continue to remind the public to come to CAM to find #TrustedAndReliableMovers who are also #CertifiedProfessionalMovers. More about hastags below, but a new hashtag that I’ve pounded the heck out of this summer is #KnowYourMover.

We’ve done a lot in three years. On suggestions from our supplier committee, we constructed a new and sustainable sponsorship program for both the conference and the golf tournament, which allowed for CAM to receive some much-needed funds, and provide more exposure for our supplier and van line sponsors. As well, communication needed to be improved and, due to market conditions, decisions were made about whether or not to continue with the printed magazine or to focus more on the importance of content in our digital newsletter. We chose to go the newsletter route. We’ve introduced lots of behind-the-scenes administrative improvements as well as more functional processes to monitor complaints to ensure there is some form of timely resolution.

Our biggest project, by far, has been the overhauling of the website www.mover.net. Done out of necessity, a year of sometimes excruciating work has turned out to be a very worthwhile venture. Our site has been reconfigured to include a lot of useful consumer information and thus is being well received by the public. The bilingual side of our website continues to be expanded as well.

We are by no means finished with development and enhancement of CAM as we are now focussing on membership. We are exploring some ideas and opportunities to provide some additional benefits to you to enhance your membership with CAM. Despite the pandemic, or as a result of it, there have been numerous opportunities brought forward to our association to consider. And we will. It is exciting times at CAM and I am looking forward to what this year, and future years, will bring to us.

As always, now more than ever as COVID cases continue to rise throughout the country and to our neighbours to the south, please adhere to safety and health protocols and be safe. Now is not the time to get sloppy.

 
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Welcome to new Supplier Member!

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SurveyPlus is an exciting young company that provides virtual pre-move surveys to the moving and relocation industry.

Based in London, UK, SurveyPlus couples industry-experienced surveyors to the reliable and innovative Virtual Survey Platform of Toronto-based Voxme Inc.

Survey requests can be made through a simple online booking form at www.surveyplusvmc.com/book-online. Once the appointment is booked, your client will receive an instant confirmation email with a link to download the Voxme App on their device.

At the agreed time, the surveyor will call your client to introduce themselves on behalf of your company and to guide them how to connect to the video call.

Read more about this innovative process

As an introductory offer exclusive to CAM members, your first survey with SurveyPlus will be fully complementary and an overall 10% discount applied to your October invoice. Please contact Menno Martens on menno@surveyplusvmc.com for further details and to schedule an online demo.

 
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CAM Supplier: Univan Leasing Ltd.

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cameng-oct142020-3a.pngUnivan Leasing Limited is a registered OMVIC dealership that specializes in heavy duty transportation vehicles and is an authorized Canadian Kentucky Trailer® distributor. We are proud to be 100% Canadian owned and a subsidiary of the MoverOne Group.

We carry a large selection of new and pre-owned inventory. Our diverse catalogue of services provides our customers with a full-service and convenient experience. Specializing in moving trailers, freight trailers, straight trucks, ISO containers, and graphic design and install, Univan can look after your new purchase from start to finish. When you are ready to invest in a new truck or trailer, our friendly, knowledgeable and integrated sales, financing and service departments are prepared to make sure you experience a flawless and memorable purchase.

We value the opportunity to create a long-term relationship with our customers, and we do that by giving you the best customer service along with the best purchasing experience. Allow Univan Leasing Limited to help you with your equipment purchase that will leave you with an exceptional experience!

Why not give me a call?

Tyler Shadd, Manager, Univan Leasing Ltd.
905 857 4011
tshadd@moverone.ca 
www.Univan.ca

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Use our hashtags

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There is no question that this year, more than ever, people are online; whether working from home or just surfing while lounging on their couch, having an internet presence is critically important to your business. We have seen a big uptick in users to our platforms – especially from the users’ mobile devices. Every day, CAM posts one broad-based message on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and often Twitter (if the message is short enough). Sharing these messages to your platform and personalizing them to your business is a great way to not only make more people aware of CAM, but also provide another connection of your company to Canada’s only trade association representing moving and storage companies.

Here are a few examples from members who have taken advantage of sharing our posts. Keep it going!

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We have also established a bunch of hashtags. Please use them – every tag helps!

#CanadianAssociationOfMovers
#TrustedAndReliableMovers
#CertifiedProfessionalMover
#KnowYourMover
#CAMHelpsYouMove

And with the BBB:

#MovesYouCanTrust
#MakeSafeMoves

 
 
CAM Member News

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Passing of Reese Meyer

CAM-membernews-eng-fr-reese-updated.jpgIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Reese Lauchlin Meyer, 14, son of long-standing CAM Member Glenn (NFP Canada) and Jennifer Meyer.  On behalf of the Canadian Association of Movers and its members, we extend our deepest condolences to the Meyer family. In memory of Reese, CAM will be treating Reese’s teammates on his Caledon Hawks hockey team to goodies from his favourite local eatery.

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GLBC receives Excellence Awards

cam-mns-slbc.pngCongratulations to CAM Member Great Little Box Company/Ideon Packaging who received two awards at the 34th Annual Packaging Impressions Excellence Awards.

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Newest CPM graduate

cam-membernewssection-cpm-oct142020.pngCongratulations to Jonathan House of Second Closet Incorporated (Toronto) for obtaining his Canadian Professional Mover designation.  Well done Jonathan!

Mover’s Equipment and Supplies now carries IATA Containers

cam-membernews-iata-oct142020.jpgMover’s Equipment and Supplies has let us know that they are now carrying made-in-Canada I.A.T.A Containers at special prices.

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NFP: $5K Sweepstakes

cam-membernewssection-nfp-oct142020.jpgNFP advises that, over the next months, Economical is running a campaign where anyone who calls in for a quote (or is already a client and calls in to consent) will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of twenty-six cash prizes of $5,000. 

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As ELD mandate looms, it’s time to ask these three questions  

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As Canada’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate approaches, many fleets admit to being ill-prepared for the regulation, set to go into effect in June 2021. According to a Today’s Trucking Pulse survey, 37% of respondents noted they will not be prepared, or are unsure of their preparedness when the mandate takes effect next June.

The same survey revealed 45% of respondents are not currently using an ELD today. Some may be using telematics, but not the ELD component of those platforms.

Check out Trucknews.com‘s recent article on three questions you need to ask.

For general information on ELD’s, take a look at the Government of Manitoba’s background information and discussion questions.

 
 
COVID-19 Update  

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Employment Insurance (EI) program 

As of September 27, you may be eligible for EI if you:

  • were employed for at least 120 insurable hours in the past 52 weeks
  • received the CERB, the 52 week period to accumulate insured hours will be extended
  • stopped working through no fault of your own
  • have not quit your job voluntarily
  • are ready, willing and capable of working each day (EI regular benefits)
  • are temporarily unable to work while you care for someone else or yourself (EI maternity, parental, sickness, compassionate care, and family caregiver benefits)

If you are eligible for EI benefits, you will receive a minimum taxable benefit at a rate of $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19, and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance.

Please note that applications will open on October 12.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) 

The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who:

  • Are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19
  • Are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19
  • have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.

Provincial Restrictions and updated information

Do you find yourself trying to figure out what’s happening in a province that you have to make a delivery in?  With COVID on the rise, things are changing rapidly once again.  In order to help, we now have all of the provinces and territories listed with the links to that information on the main page of our COVID-19 news section.

Stay up to Date!

We encourage you to check our COVID-19 section regularly on our website, as Nancy is still monitoring the various government briefings every day and that’s where we’re posting breaking news.

Be smart. Be vigilant. Be safe.

 
 
CAM CLASSIFIEDS 

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New job opportunity

We've just posted another new job opportunity on our website.  See if any of the four jobs posted there fit with your career plans.

 
 
News out of the USA

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American Moving and Storage Conference (formerly AMSA) Update

cameng-oct142020-7a.pngCAM president, Nancy Irvine, was invited to participate in a briefing session last week by the American Trucking Association (ATA) on developments since their acquisition of the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) back in August.  Katie McMichael, formerly AMSA’s Director of Government Affairs, will head the newly formed Moving & Storage Conference of the ATA. 

The mission of the Conference is to advocate on the industry’s behalf at the state and federal levels, and within the ATA Federation, on the legislative and regulatory issues applicable to the moving and storage industry.  As well, the Conference will continue to work to strengthen ProMover, working directly with the ATA Industry Affairs teams to promote the brand.  If you’d like to learn more about the AMSA>ATA transition, please visit www.trucking.org or click here.  We wish all at the Moving & Storage Conference and ATA the best as they transition to a new era!  If you have any specific questions, do not hesitate to contact Nancy.

Electric Vehicle Update

As Oakville’s Ford plant announced a $500 million upgrade in order to be able to build electric vehicles, California Governor Gavin Newsome vowed to agressively move the state further away from its reliance on climate change-causing fossil fuels by phasing out gasoline-powered cars and eventually medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The California Air Resources Board will develop regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035 – a target which would achieve more than a 35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 80 percent improvement in oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide. In addition, the Air Resources Board will develop regulations to mandate that all operations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles shall be 100 percent zero emission by 2045 where feasible, with the mandate going into effect by 2035 for drayage trucks. This will affect the moving industry as Steve Weitekamp, President of the California Moving & Storage Association, alludes to below. We’ll keep you posted as this issue continues.

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Steve Weitekamp, President of the California Moving & Storage Association

Driving through hot spots

In a year of adapting to new circumstances, here’s another one. Protests have been going on since the beginning of the summer on both sides of the border. Protestors and police (or anti protestors) have been clashing and, occasionally, protests have been spilling out onto highways or major thoroughfares, which have made it difficult for drivers to continue routes through cities where protests are taking place. Will it be the same as the US ramps up for their election or in the weeks afterward?

If a truck driver gets caught up in a situation where he or she is surrounded by protesters, such as Kenan Advantage Group independent contractor Bogdan Vechirko, fleets need to be able to tell their drivers how to handle such a situation.

The Iowa Motor Truck Association has these tips:

  • Keep your doors locked and take your seat belt off if you think you might be attacked.
  • If you have time, crack your windows and turn off the ventilation system.
  • Beware of other forms of roadblocks.
  • Keep your dashcam on.
  • Call ahead to customers.

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Three things people get wrong with warehouse design

cameng-aug182020-7.jpgWhat are the things that people get wrong most of the time in warehouse design?  Here’s what Malcolm Walker, LB Manager Consulting, thinks about it.

 
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October 21 – 23, 2020:  International Association of Movers Conference

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For the first time ever, IAM is going virtual – and is the only moving conference in 2020! They have a great line-up of speakers and sessions, as well as breakouts, networking, and more. In fact, the tentative agenda has just been released. The great thing about this conference is that you’ll be able to meet with exhibitors or attendees one-on-one in your own private “room”. And just like any other conference, you can’t be at two sessions at once. With this virtual conference, you’ll be able to attend one session and watch the other session up to 30 days after the conference is over.

This is the mother of all conferences and is usually attended by thousands of delegates from around the world. If you’ve never been to an IAM conference before, now’s your chance! And you can go to San Diego without leaving your home office! To register or to find out more about the conference and the amazing Swapcard app they are using at click on www.iammeetings.com

Review the Virtual Annual Meeting Attendee List to see who is attending. Chances are, if you're not there, your friends and your competitors will be.

Register Now!

2021 – November 14 – 16: CAM Conference, Edmonton AB 

We are very much looking forward to our first conference in Alberta!  Although it’s been postponed a year, all of our speakers have signed on for next year and it promises to be an important event as we are all missing our CAM connections!  So mark your calendars now, so you won’t forget!

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If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact Nancy to discuss or check out the opportunities online.

 

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