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CAM News & Updates
President's Message


Don’t say you were never asked …

I have learned one thing about CAM members this past year … you are interested in what’s going on and don’t mind giving your opinion!  I want to thank all of you who took the time to respond to the regional meetings survey we put out.  The Board will discuss the feasibility of these meetings and we’ll have more news to share in the coming months.

I’m really excited about the enthusiasm I’m seeing for this year’s annual conference in Niagara Falls from November 18-20th.  Registration is up, our hotel is selling out (don’t worry, there are still rooms and other hotels in the complex or very close at hand), and our exhibit floor is chock-a-block with new ideas, suppliers and, of course, lots of our old friends who we love to see every year!

The theme this year is Building Blocks for Next Generation Performance.  We are certainly trying to provide you with new and unique experiences this year to assist you as you go forward.  For example, for the very first time, we have a research and development corner!

As many of you already know, a fourth-year student from the University of British Columbia has been doing research on transparency in the moving industry. The researcher will be present in November to talk with you in person about your impressions about certain aspects of the moving industry.  We are very hopeful that the research results will provide CAM members with an even stronger argument to use to differentiate professional movers from rogues when going after a sale.  Perhaps we’ll also discover new directions we can strive towards to make us that much better.

George-Brown-College-supported Quantum Robotic Systems will be in the house, eager to show off their stair climbing cart.  As it is a prototype, QRS’ goal is to find out from you whether this is a feasible tool that can be used practically in our line of work.  They are looking for movers to test Doll-E out and give them honest feedback on its usefulness.  Have you ever wanted to be a test pilot?  Well now’s your chance!

And finally, we’re all complaining about lack of workers and the labour crunch that is coming our way.  AIS/LaborNet, already well established in the USA, is going to join our R&D section to talk with you about the labour market and how feasible it would be to develop their app for use in Canada.  There are a lot of hurdles to go through to have this “work” in our country and they are looking for your feedback.

So don’t say we didn’t ask you!  If you haven’t already registered for the conference, what are you waiting for?  We need your opinion!  You’ll find more info on the conference below and in the conference link on our website.

CAM Annual Conference & Trade Show
Sunday-Tuesday, November 18-20, 2018

20 days until the conference, are you registered yet?

CAMx280918.jpgBuilding Blocks for the Next Generation Performance is our conference theme this year. We have leading edge sessions that are designed to not only help you out today, but to give you a leg up on the future.  You will be able to leave the conference with things that you can implement on Wednesday when you go to work.

  • We’re going to help you figure out “this generation” so you know how they think and work.  
  • You’re going to be given tips on how to use social media to leap-frog over your competition by getting leads now.
  • We’re going to find out who’s actually moving in Canada so you know who to target.
  • Have you figured out your cannabis work plan yet?  If you haven’t, you will!
  • You’re going to get up to date on the trends coming out of the USA – ELDs one year later, uber-type movers and so much more. 
  • Getting tired and want to slow down?  Do you know how to hand off your company to the next generation?  You’re going to find out!

Now’s the time to get prepared.  Come spend a couple of days with us!

Hotel Room Update

The response to our conference has been outstanding!  Hotel rooms are still available, but are getting scarce, at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview.  The online registration link is now closed.  Please call 1.800.519.9911 to reserve your room today.  Remember to let them know you are with the Canadian Association of Movers conference.

As an alternative, the Sheraton on the Falls is in the same complex and is a short 2-minute indoor walk to the Crowne.  As well there are several excellent hotels within a few minutes if you have a favourite brand you’d prefer to sleep at.

Trade Show 

As well as our favourite long-time friends and suppliers, we have some new kids on the block in our R&D area.  As mentioned above, CAM members have an opportunity to shape some aspects of our future in the moving business.

Doll-E: Stair-Climbing Cart at CAM Annual Conference


Doll-E: Stair-Climbing Mover’s Cart – Now seeking field testers!

Meet Doll-E, a stair-climbing cart designed to make a mover’s job easier, safer and more cost-effective:

  • Easier, since Doll-E does all the lifting and balancing;
  • Safer, because the load remains stable while you hold the hand rail;
  • Cost-effective, since a single mover can now lift a lot more.

This innovative, Canadian-made technology has been developed by Quantum Robotic System (QRS) with the help of George Brown College. 

Doll-E will be on display at the CAM Trade Show (November 19-20). We encourage you to drop by the QRS booth and see Doll-E in action. You can also check out Doll-E’s capabilities in this brief video.

The President of QRS, Frank Naccarato, will be on hand to answer your questions. QRS is also seeking moving companies who are interested in participating in field tests of their stair-climbing cart. If selected, you will be provided with a machine to use for the testing period. If you would like to participate in a Doll-E field test, or if you would like to book a time to meet with Frank during the Conference, please send him an email today. QRS is very interested in your feedback and is looking forward to seeing you at the CAM Conference in November!

Can a labour app help us out?


Come and visit AIS, Inc. at the annual CAM conference to learn more about their products and services including LaborNet, a labour sourcing platform for casual labour.  LaborNet currently has a presence in the United States market but AIS needs to learn more about the Canadian market in order to customize the app to meet your needs and add value to new users in Canada.

LaborNet can support background checks through the app and hope to create a Canadian industry acceptable matrix that would allow for someone to get one check completed and work for any company or van line in Canada. 

Are you ready to retire?

One of our breakout session topics this year is the very important topic of Succession Planning. Too often the transfer of your business is ignored and you wind up getting less value for the business you have built over so many years. We have arranged, following his presentation on Succession Planning, for Mark Denny and his WCS Bridgeforce associates to be available for individual consultation and to answer any personal questions you do not want to ask during the presentation. They will be able to answer your questions and provide direction on beginning the process of developing a succession plan.

The opportunity to have a private session will be offered during the presentation. Time and space will be limited so please plan early to take advantage of this opportunity.

Would you like to attend the Conference?  It’s not too late!

For more information about our conference, please click here.

Here’s the link to the registration form.


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And a big thank you again to our sponsors. We sincerely mean it when we say we couldn’t do it without you. Want to join in on the action? Check out our sponsorship package

New member

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Visit our Suppliers web page to find other quality industry suppliers to meet your business needs.

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New job opportunities

CAM has a couple of new employment opportunities posted that may interest you. 

Government of Canada procurement

The Government of Canada has revised its Ineligibility and Suspension Policy, which sets out when and how a supplier may be declared ineligible or suspended from doing business with the government. The Public Services and Procurement Canada would like to hear from suppliers on their revised draft Ineligibility and Suspension Policy before it is finalized. The finalized Policy will be made available in December 2018 and will come into effect in early 2019. You may submit your comments until November 13, 2018, online, by email or by mail. 

CERC comments on USMCA Agreement

News from CERC is that, at first glance, the new USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada) Agreement that replaces the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) does not appear to change Chapter 16, which contains the rules for the Temporary Entry of Business Persons, including Intra-Company Transfers.

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US cancels moving expenses deduction

AMSA shared news that on Sept. 28, the US House passed the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018. The legislation would make permanent the 2017 tax cuts for individuals and pass-through businesses that otherwise would expire at the end of 2025. Overall, the legislation is positive for economic growth; however, there are two provisions AMSA opposes.     

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