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President's Message

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When I wasn’t busy hugging the Memorial Cup two weeks ago, I managed to visit most of our members in the Dartmouth area. Of course, with only two days available, I didn’t get around to everyone – and I apologize to those that I didn’t visit. While I’m experienced with the moving scene in Nova Scotia, it was still good to get new perspectives on what the current situation is there. No surprise, Nova Scotia isn’t much different from anywhere else – labour shortages, decreased margins, increased supplier costs (believe me, the suppliers aren’t too happy either), struggles with whether to expand or not, and new challenges with a crazy influx of condos being built on the narrow streets in and around downtown – an infrastructure modelled on routes that are over 200 years old – making it near impossible to do anything without a shuttle.

It didn’t matter who I talked to – everyone is pleased with CAM’s efforts to encourage the public to check with CAM to find trusted and reliable movers. I believe that this messaging is working and we will continue, with our limited resources, to get word out to the consumer through whatever channel we can. We want to make sure that you are getting every opportunity to have referrals come your way.

I’ve probably met more than half of our membership by now and I’m confident that we are passionate enough about our industry to take us strongly into the years to come. How we foster growth, support our members, and continue to increase our online consumer messaging will indeed mean a lot more conversations and some thinking outside the (moving) box, but I am positive that we will prevail and be stronger than ever as we hit the 2020s.

 
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CAM Awards - August 23rd deadline for nominations
 

cam21162019.pngAt a time when rogue movers are on the rise, CAM supports and rewards reputable movers who have established themselves as credible, reliable companies who adhere to a strict code of conduct. The CAM awards recognize outstanding service by moving companies and individuals who have contributed to the growth and professionalism of the moving industry and who work in the interest of the communities they serve.

There are several awards:

Public Service Award honouring an individual or group who has performed a significant act of humanitarian achievement.
Agent of the Year Award recognizing a moving company that provides outstanding corporate citizenship and customer service excellence.
Independent Mover of the Year Award recognizing an independent mover that demonstrates outstanding performance.
Distinguished Service Award recognizing an individual who exemplifies CAM standards for quality.
Industry Service Award recognizing an individual who has performed a significant act of moving-related service in the public interest.
Industry Achievement Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates innovation, leadership and serves as an inspiration to others.

And new for 2019 is our Influencer Award which will celebrate a most accomplished and innovative young (under the age of 40) businessman or woman in the moving industry who shares a commitment to business growth, professional excellence, the industry and the community.

Don't let the contributions of that deserving colleague or company go unrecognized! Nominate them today for one of CAM's special awards. The deadline for nominations is August 23rd, 2019. Nomination forms can be found on CAM's website.

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New Member

CAM welcomes All Canada Moving (Nanaimo, BC) to the Association.  Today we are 404 members strong.

 
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Win a $500 VISA gift card

Navigators  Group Home and Auto as part of the McLean Hallmark Insurance Group is offering CAM members an opportunity to win a $500 VISA gift card. Enter their draw before August 31st, 2019.

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United Van Lines wins Canada's Best Managed award in 2018

Congratulations to United Van Lines (UVL) on being recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed companies again in 2018 in the Platinum category! The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and TMX Group.

To view the complete lists of winners of Canada's Best Managed Companies, click here.

And a further congratulations to Phillips Moving & Storage (Toronto, ON) on joining the UVL family!

 
CAM Golf Day – Get your registration in now, so you don’t forget!

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Friday the 13th … how superstitious are you???

CAM is so delighted to have Hansen’s back as Presenting Sponsor of our golf day on Friday, September 13th at Royal Niagara Golf Course. We hope you’ll join them and our other lucky supporters for a day full of golf, fun and good luck charms. Don’t forget, tee off time is two hours earlier this year. Register early for a chance to win an additional foursome to golf with you. To find out more about registering, becoming a hole sponsor or providing prizes click here.

And don’t forget – there’s lots of opportunity to be involved if you can’t be there in person … we have some awesome sponsorship opportunities and Nancy will help out with hole activities if you are interested in that.

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Last year to get Ontario MELT driver training grant
 

Making money is hard enough, and even harder when a company has to pay for the Commercial Driver Training for new or existing employees. For 2019, the Ontario government has an available grant that will reimburse 82-100% for Ontario companies under 100 employees and 50% for Ontario companies over 100 employees. Truck Training Courses generally cost between $2000-$8500. There are additional costs associated with the license that can also be included in the grant, provided they are included in the application.

Contact a registered school, like Ontario Truck Training Academy, and they will run you through the process, assist with the grant application and connect you with an appropriate government-service provider to facilitate the grant approval process.

First identify how many individuals need training (including letting the school know that you are looking for possible individuals for the program) and then decide on an appropriate program (AZ, DZ, A “R” and upgrading training between the classes). Once the school has this information, they will work out the logistics of the training, such as how to work around work schedules or complete a dedicated training time all at once. The school can then assist with the completion of the grant process. No training can start without an “APPROVAL”. Approvals generally take about three weeks, but can be worth the “paperwork” and wait.

Grants to cover truck training are RARE and funding is available for a short time. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get 50-100% of the cost of training back into your bottom line. Applications should be submitted early (not training until the fall) to ensure the funding is set aside for your company at training time. Contact Yvette Lagrois (locations serving from Mississauga to Prescott) at 1-800-753-2284 or direct at 905-260-4343 for more information.

 
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How Bill C-86 Will Change Employee Termination Policies
 

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Currently, if a federally regulated employer wants to terminate an employee, it must give two-weeks’ notice or pay two weeks’ wages, provided the employee has completed three months of continuous employment.

Bill C-86, which received royal assent in December 2018, will amend the Canada Labour Code and replace the standard two-week notice with a graduated system based on length of employment.

Depending on the date of your employee’s hiring, you could face up to eight weeks of notice required. This will come into effect in September 2019.

You can read the complete article written by Miguel Mangalindan, Senior Associate at Monkhouse Law, for Trucking HR Canada in trucknews.com.

 

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Doing anything the third week of November?
 

camcurcemay2802019.jpgIf you’ve never been to a CAM conference, or you were a lot younger the last time you came to one, please consider joining us in November in Blue Mountain, Ontario. We’re pretty certain you would be glad you came.

Our conference committee has been meeting for six months determining a great location, a wonderful program with important sessions on timely discussions that are needed right now in our industry. We have a well-balanced program so your time is well spent each day. Our suppliers are excited and gathering together to provide you with a large trade show, so you can catch up with your salesperson and say hi, or check out what’s new and exciting in the world of moving supplies and suppliers.

It’s so important to foster relationships and come together as a CAM team. Yes, we may all be competitors, but if you think about it, we’re all in this as a unified group dealing with so many challenges and disruptors in our business. That 5-minute chat you have with someone you’ve never met before, on Sunday or Monday at the social, might provide you with encouragement or support from the most unlikely source.

Take advantage of your membership in CAM and try and attend the meetings. To find out more, click here.

A continued thank you to our conference committee:

  • Jim Carney, Rawlinson Moving & Storage
  • Cam Carswell, Country Wide Moving
  • Milton Letkemen, Jay’s Moving & Storage
  • Phil Murphy, Allied Van Lines Canada
  • David Ogilvy, Ogilvy Insurance
  • Steve Stockill, Victory Packaging

And, as always, thank you to our sponsors. It’s not too late to get in on the action, contact Nancy Irvine or Steve Stockill to find out more.

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