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President's Message


I don’t know that I’ve ever given Labour Day much thought. Having never been involved with a union, I’ve never marched, nor attended, a Labour Day parade. When I came to the moving industry in 2005, the first Monday in September usually signalled a time to start to relax. The craziness of the peak season was pretty much over, the summer help had left to go back to school, and everyone could return to more ‘normal’ working hours for about four or five months before it started to ramp up again.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about workers this year. I certainly have had dozens, if not a hundred conversations with members about workers, safety, masks, coping, protection and, more recently, heat. But I’ve also had just as many conversations about amazement and gratitude for the fellowship that is the moving industry and how employees went above and beyond in unprecedented times.

There’s no question that this year has tested us all like no other year has. The unknowingness of navigating an essential business at the same time when everyone was dealing with their own real fear of sickness and death has been daunting.

While CAM’s International Committee started having “what if” discussions in mid January, it took another six weeks before the World Health Organization declared a worldwide pandemic and another form of fear set in…the fear of business survival. No one was ready. No one knew how to be ready. COVID-19 challenged us in ways we never imagined.

But we managed. Marian and I did what we could to keep you as up to date on the ever-changing rules and programs that were being announced by the various governments daily. And you continued to provide amazing service despite the fact that your administrative and sales staff were working from home, while your operations and crews were out in the fray with so many questions and concerns…and legitimate fear.

I have heard from so many of you about CERB. We all know that this program – while well-intentioned to help Canadians get much-needed financial support – kicked our industry in the backside. At a time when we needed labour, many of the workers we rely on, chose (for whatever reason) to sit this moving season out. I won’t get into how I personally feel about that.

I do want to give a huge shout out to all the workers who stuck with their companies and came in day after day and put in an honest day’s work when there was such an unknown about the virus. It took a lot of courage in the beginning with so much unknown, and it takes a lot of perseverance to work now, with a mask on, in this heat and humidity.

So from the bottom of my heart I thank you! Continue to be smart, vigilant and safe and enjoy putting your feet up and having a cold one … you deserve it!

CAM Supplier: K.I.D. Trailer 


camenglish-sept12020-2.gifK.I.D. Trailer & Equipment is a long-time supplier member of CAM, dating back to the days when David Long was leading the organization, and have proudly attended and sponsored many events over the years. We greatly value and appreciate the support that CAM's mover members have provided us in return - through purchasing new trailers or relying on us to service and maintain their existing equipment.

We are an authorized distributor of custom-built Kentucky moving van trailers and truck bodies. K.I.D. also maintains a good supply of hard-to-find Kentucky trailer parts or we can get what you need direct from the manufacturer. Kentucky trailers have long been considered the gold standard in the moving industry and K.I.D. are proud to represent them in Canada for many years.

Our K.I.D. Truck & Trailer Service division provides repair and maintenance facilities for all types and makes of fleet equipment and K.I.D. is an original member of the TruckPro network - the largest network of independent truck and trailer repair shops in Canada. This allows us to provide our customers with quality parts at a reasonable price and with the peace of mind that comes with a nation-wide limited warranty.


Chris and Mike Dwhytie displaying their products at the CAM convention’s trade show (circa 1996 – that’s 24 years ago!)

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George Muir is retiring


Yes, George is leaving the moving Industry after 43 years in the business.

George Muir started his journey in 1977 with A&F Baillargeon. After doing a stint on the trucks and in dispatch, he entered the sales game in 1978. In 1982 he left the COD side of the business, armed with the Xerox corporate sales training course, and moved into the corporate market full time. Once there, he grew a reputation for his professionalism, hard work and gentlemanly approach to a competitive full contact business. His talent took him to some great agents, including Kings Transfer and, finally, to McWilliams Mayflower.

Read a tribute to George from friend and colleague Larry Kruger.

Please join us in wishing George a happy and healthy retirement. Congratulations, George – and thanks!!!!

COVID-19 Update  


Post COVID, Trucking Still Needs to Consider the Driver Shortage

camEF-sept12020-4.jpgOn March 11, 2020, CAM President Nancy Irvine represented the household goods industry at a Workforce Knowledge Exchange Symposium hosted by CAM member TruckingHR Canada. At that exchange, we discussed Trucking HRs report The Road Ahead: Addressing the trucking and logistics industry labour shortages, which to no one’s surprise sounded the alarm about high driver vacancies within the industry as well as the need to reach out to young people and women to expand and diversify the driver pool. More on this report is below, but Nancy made sure that she was able to discuss that it isn’t just drivers that the industry is challenged with … for movers it’s also helpers and other crew as well.

Since March 11th, things got a little crazy, which amplified an already depleted industry at a time when the country needed all the resources it could get to keep the country moving (pardon the pun).

TruckingHR Canada CEO Angela Splinter has written a very interesting blog on their study as well as the effects of COVID-19 on employment in the transportation industry. Do take a few minutes to read it here.

Travel Restrictions & Re-Opening Information

It’s impossible to keep track of who’s open, who’s allowed to go where, and who’s wearing a mask and who isn’t. In order to help, we now have all of the provinces and territories listed with 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.

6 Morning Routine Habits Successful People Swear By


Now that we’ve settled into the next new normal, you may be looking to reset your personal life. We thought we would pass along this article regarding achieving happiness and success.

“In 2008, when the U.S. economy crashed, I crashed with it,” keynote speaker Hal Elrod said. After six months of his health, finances, and career going in a downward spiral, he needed to make a change.

He researched personal development practices of high-performers and came up with six tried and true habits that the most successful people swear by. And it changed his life. In less than two months, his new morning routine led to dramatic improvements in his financial, emotional, and physical health. He doubled his income, got out of his depression, and started training for an ultramarathon.

Elrod’s 6 morning habits to create the success you want are:

  1. Start your day with silence
  2. Craft your affirmations as commitments
  3. Visualize success
  4. Add exercise to your morning routine
  5. Read a few pages each day
  6. Write to get clear on your priorities

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September 14, 2020:  CAM’s Annual Golf Day

camef-sept12020-5a.pngCAM’s physically-distant golf day is set for Monday, September 14th at Carlisle Golf Club. Registration is currently full. Waiting list only.

While everyone will be physically distant, there still is an opportunity to see each other post round in a reserved, well-spaced-out, open-air patio setting, which will be personally sanitized by CAM staff just before you come off the course.

If you are interested in providing a $100 (4 x $25) gift card prize, please contact Nancy to arrange.

A big shout out to our golf sponsors. It’s going to be a great day!

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


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


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

*Just announced from IAM * Early Adopter Discount Extended by One Week, through Monday, September 7

The number of people attending the 2020 IAM Virtual Annual Meeting & Expo (October 21–23) has increased by 92% over the past week--we want to keep up the momentum, so we've extended the Early Adopter discount until September 7! You now have one more week to save 15% off the regular registration fee and 40% off the late registration fee by taking advantage of the early adopter rate.

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.

Registration Rates

Early Adopter: $299 (through September 7)

Regular: $349* (through October 5)

Late: $499

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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