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CAM News & Updates
President`s Message


Today is St. Patrick’s Day and it’s my favourite day of the year – usually full of music, friends, and more often than not, crazy office decorations. This year, I am donning the green in self isolation in my home office in Sarnia. I’ve been travelling and in face-to-face meetings for two weeks solid and while my system is run down, I want to make sure I’m healthy (and not a carrier) before I get back out in the public.

After ‘Traumatic Thursday’ happened last week, everyone has stepped up and much of the public is in panic mode. Even if you think you aren’t concerned about the spread of coronavirus, you likely are at least in your subconscious. After all, many of our normal comforts – sports, church, and other gatherings - are now suddenly gone. For many, so is travel, meetings, school and groceries. It’s definitely a norm for now.

COVID-19 is a very fluid situation in Canada and our industry. We are currently in the process of checking with our supplier members on the anticipated availability of their moving supplies and services and working on some suggested protocols for mover and consumer contacts before the busy moving season begins.

There is light at the end of the tunnel though. After seven weeks since the outbreak began, my daughter’s province in China has now been virus-free for over two weeks and the number of new cases is minimal. Twenty-nine of the 34 divisions and neighbouring jurisdictions of China are showing a 90% -100% full recovery rate. Almost 85% of the people who contracted COVID-19 in China have fully recovered.

But for now, Canadians, and our international friends, need to take extra care and be vigilent about hand washing, social distancing and staying home if we’re sick. It’s not going to be easy for the next while, but we’re a strong and hardy group, and we can do it!

The key for all of us is to not panic. Breathe, think rationally and act in measured, appropriate responses. We are just starting on this journey and will be going to places unknown as this unfolds.

Let’s keep an open dialogue and support each other, and our industry, through this crisis

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CAM’s Board of Directors met on Friday, March 13 to discuss COVID-19.  As a result of their recommendations, we’ve put together a compilation of protocols and best practices to help guide our industry through this uncharted territory of a pandemic.  This is an extremely fluid situation and we recommend that you continually check with the experts at the World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada and your provincial government.  We will post updates on our website as we get new information.



We’d like to welcome Trucking HR Canada as a member of the Canadian Association of Movers!  As a national, non-profit organization, Trucking HR Canada advances modern HR solutions for the trucking and logistics workforce.  They collaborate, partner, and work with a dynamic network including industry associations, government departments and industry professionals to ensure Canada’s freight transportation network has the skilled workforce needed for today and into the future.

CAM has entered into a partnership with them with the intention of getting and keeping moving household goods as part of the transportation dialogue.  CAM President Nancy Irvine has attended three of their events in the past month and is very excited about the collaboration possibilities.

Administrators … Trucking HR has a fantastic newsletter that you can sign up for.  Click here for the link.

2020 Canada’s Trucking Labour Market Information Report

cam14mar122020.jpgTrucking HR Canada hosted a national press conference on Wednesday, March 11th in Toronto, announcing the national release of its Labour Market Information Report titled: The Road Ahead: Addressing Canada’s Trucking and Logistics Industry Labour Shortage.  CAM President, Nancy Irvine, was an invited guest.

The trucking and logistics industry needs to establish formal recruitment plans to target millennials, by correcting outdated myths and misperceptions. It needs to shift perception of an "old, boring" industry, to more accurately portray the dynamic version of itself.

This includes a focus on the industry's positive actions, including:

  • Providing better work-life balance.
  • Being welcoming to women.
  • Engaging millennials, where they're most comfortable - on social media.
  • Implementing technologically advanced and green-friendly initiatives.
  • Offering good salaries and competitive compensation packages, along with opportunities for specialized training.

While we await the Canadian Trucking Association’s new image campaign, being released this fall, industry influencers agree that the trucking industry needs to focus on positive actions to recruit and retain drivers and driver support, else we will continue to have huge labour supply gaps.

To read the study overview click here. Today’s Trucking also reported on the event. 

Click here for that article.


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Workforce Knowledge Exchange

cam3mar122020.jpgFor the first time ever, Trucking HR Canada hosted a Workforce Knowledge Exchange on March 11th in Toronto. The event took a deep dive into the most up-to-date labour market information on Canada’s trucking industry, sharing cutting-edge data with those who participated in their 2019 Labour Market Information Survey.

With big challenges on the horizon, now is the time for the trucking industry as a whole to come together to tackle the issues and have input on the way forward.  CAM’s President Nancy Irvine was invited to attend this meeting and give valuable input about the moving industry – an industry that is often forgotten in the world of trucking.

A detailed breakdown of the findings by the Conference Board of Canada was presented and delegates had the opportunity to choose from one of three thematic topics for a facilitated discussion that will inform next steps, final recommendations, and practical solutions.

Nancy will report on this in the next newsletter as the feedback from all working groups was not finalized at the time of this newsletter’s publication.

Congratulations are in order

cam6mar122020.pngA hearty congratulations to Barry Schellenberg who will be leaving the Atlas Van Lines Canada offices in Oakville shortly for Evansville IN to start his new role as president and COO of Atlas Van Lines.

In his new role, Barry will be leading the Atlas Van Lines household goods division in the U.S., which includes transportation services, corporate marketing, revenue distribution, customer service, agency development, information technology and the Avail Move Management subsidiary.

Barry, we wish you well and thank you for all of your time and effort in helping make CAM a better organization.  We will miss you!

ELD certification process coming in March

cam4mar122020.pngThe application process to certify electronic logging devices (ELDs) for use in Canada is scheduled to open this month as test procedures are finalized, Transport Canada has announced.

Hardware, software, and apps alike will need to be tested by a certification body accredited by Canada’s Transport Minister – unlike the U.S., where suppliers can self-certify their devices.

It all comes as Canada prepares to mandate ELDs for federally-regulated carriers beginning in June 2021. Provinces and territories are expected to follow suit.

Conference Links Now Open! 

cam5mar122020.pngThe 2020 CAM conference in Edmonton webpage and Facebook Event pages are now open for business.  Sponsorship and exhibitor’s package are now available, as well as the hotel link for room reservations.

We are so lucky to have such a tight group of friends and colleagues within our Association and we encourage you to participate in the conference in whatever way you can. 

We’re going to start advertising right away, so take advantage of an early entry in our sponsorship program. 

Click here for the sponsorship package

Click here for the exhibitor’s registration

Delegate registration will be available shortly.  Stay tuned!  

QMM hits new record

cam7mar122020.jpgQuality Move Management (recipient of the Move For Hunger Canadian award for 2018 and 2019) moved and collected 62,237 lbs. of food to donate to their local food banks in 2019! This is a new record and nearly 5,000 more pounds than they collected in 2018. QMM’s branches in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto have collected more than 171,000 lbs. of food since 2012 — enough to provide 100,000 meals.

Congratulations on your commitment to helping so many families fight food insecurity. 

30th Anniversary


Congratulations to John, Chris and Tracy Ward on the success of their 30 years as a major moving supplies and equipment provider in Canada.  As with most of the family-run operations, the Wards started out small and grew with their personalized service and customer loyalty.  Tracy tells us that Mover’s Equipment & Supplies Ltd. has some specials lined up, so keep in touch with her so you don’t miss out. 

40th Anniversary

cam9mar122020.jpgAnd congratulations to Hansen’s Vehicle Relocation for their 40 years in the business!  From their modest beginnings as a rail forwarder in 1980, Hansen's has consistently expanded its scope of operations through the years and is now recognized as the largest and best-run vehicle relocation company in Canada.  Their trucking fleet is 300+ strong and is enhanced by their long-standing affiliation with CP Rail.  Hansen’s will transport more than 700,000 new and used vehicles in 2020.  All of this growth has been possible due to the effort and dedication of every one of their drivers and support staff, and they all stand together as a team ready to take on the challenges of the next decade and beyond.  Congratulations to all!

CAM’s “Sign up & win” – last winner


And the lucky winner of the last Sign Up & Win Tim Horton’s Gift Card is Megan Knol of SIRVA Canada LP!

Thanks to everyone who signed up staff to get their own copy of Mover’s Edge.  Even though the contest is over, we still encourage you to sign up your coworkers.  With exciting news coming soon on the new customer-facing website, our improved Certified Professional Mover Course and May is Moving Month, we want to make sure everyone knows what is going on.  You can click on subscribe above or send your names and email addresses into

7 Ways to Help Attract More Luck for Your Business

cam11mar122020.jpgLuck and timing can be an important part of the success of any company.  But how can you increase the chances of Lady Luck shining on your small business every day?  It can start with you changing your own thoughts and behaviors to get better results.

Here are some ways to help attract more luck for your business.

And while we’re thinking of green today …


Golf registration is now open!

Yes, we know – there’s still snow on the ground in many locations across our beautiful country, but we couldn’t wait any longer to get our golf registration out and get you thinking of perfect drives down the fairway, sinking that long putt, and being in shorts!

We are delighted to have, back for the third year, Hansen’s as our Presenting Sponsor. 

As always, hole and prize sponsorships are available and we encourage you to consider this minimal expense to support our Association and our members who come out to enjoy the day of camaraderie.  You can find the sponsorship package on our website and our Facebook Events page.

It’s never too early to register!  New this year is a registered foursome savings of $50 and an Early Bird sign-up contest to win a $250 gift card.  You can access the registration page here.

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The last word – an Irish blessing 

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