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CAM News & Updates
President's Message


Somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I remember a saying to do with hard work, that if your socks are falling down, stop, pull them up, and keeping on walking. Well, that saying seems pretty true. Over these past few months, CAM’s conference committee, Marian (who’d prefer to be barefoot) and I have been very busy doing just that.

Planning a conference is not for the faint-hearted. You must be able to anticipate several potential outcomes and prepare for anything to happen while being able to react with sometimes just seconds to make a decision. You need to be able to trust your team and know that, in the end, everyone will do the best possible job they can to make sure that the participants will have the best possible experience. Sort of sounds like a normal day in the moving business, doesn’t it?

We certainly had our share of challenges for this year’s conference. It’s not important what those roadblocks were (because they’ve happened and we have no control over that), but way more important to acknowledge them, assess the situation and get on with the task. So our team, and several others who offered to pitch in, collectively pulled up our socks, banded together, and put on one heck of a conference!

As many people said, Blue Mountain Village was like wandering around in a Hallmark Christmas movie. Almost a snow globe, the little ski village provided all conference-goers with a chance to take a break, wander around the shops and restaurants and, yes, enjoy the scenic snowy hills.

All of our speakers could have spoken for half a day each and we still would’ve wanted to know more. It was unfortunate that we had to cut off questions at the end of each session because all of our fantastic speakers were incredibly engaged. The conversation around each topic carried on throughout the entire conference and weaved its way through each subject matter showing that there is a lot of commonality in all the work we do and all the activity that surrounds how we do our work.

A huge thank you goes out to our presenters, Megann Willson, Miki Ho, Dave Earle, Brian Limperopulos and Chuck White, for sharing their expertise with us in ways that were so relatable that everyone was getting in on the conversation. In fact, you made such an impression, that we’ve had several requests to have you back for an encore next year in Edmonton!

There’s so much more to tell you about the conference … and we will – over the next few issues of the newsletter. Judging by the reviews, I’d say it was one of the better ones and the information is just too good not to pass on to everyone.

Again, a tremendous thanks to the conference committee of Jim Carney, Cam Carswell, Mike Kolberg, Milton Letkeman, Phil Murphy, David Ogilvy and Steve Stockill, as well to all those who pitched in and provided many extra hands as needed (especially JC Casey, who kept me from falling off the stage after the dinner while taking down our pop-up display unit!). And thanks to Ogilvy Insurance for providing those snazzy socks for us to pull up!

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CAM says thank you to Cam

cam2nov252019.jpgAfter two years as Chairman of CAM, Cam Carswell is reluctantly stepping down and turning over the reigns to Mike Kolberg. Cam’s arrival as Chair coincided with a need for our Association to adjust some of its practices and embrace change – not only in the moving industry but also as a business – to deal with ways that society is now functioning in terms of technology, social media, virtual businesses and more.

Cam was steadfast in his resolve to leave the Association in better shape than it was when he started and thus spent many hours debating different ideas, grappling with whether or not we alter our traditional principles, and determining just how much change our Association could withstand.

It’s tough to say goodbye to Cam. He was always there when we needed him, and provided a rock-steady leadership required to deal with the multitude of fast-paced changes our President, Nancy Irvine, was bringing in on the administrative side. But he assures us, he will embrace his Past Chairman’s role and be the bridge to help succeeding Chairs find their own way in our Association.

Thanks again Cam for all of your contributions to CAM, these past two years and all those years in the past.

Happy (semi) retirement, Cam! You deserve it!

CAM welcomes new Chairman

camNewchairman3nov262019.jpgWe welcome Michael Kolberg (Outaouais Moving Inc.) as CAM’s new Chairman and look forward to working with him over the next two years.  Mike has been serving as Vice-Chair for the past two years and participates regularly on committee and Board meetings. Mike briefly addressed those in attendance at the conference. You will hear more from him in the near future.

Thank you, Conference Sponsors!

We sincerely mean it when we say we couldn’t do it without you.  We are so lucky to have such great friends – who really make a difference to our Association and our industry!  


Ask for a Customer Review

Megann Willson, Partner at PANOPTIKA presented a highly-rated session on managing your online reputation at our conference.  Here’s some advice provided by Megann to get that positive review that can help your company grow.  Megan's complete presentation will be posted on the CAM website very soon.


   Feature Spotlight


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Premiere Van Lines

The Canadian moving industry generates over $2 Billion each year. As part of the Premiere Van Lines franchise and Atlas Van Lines agent, your business can grow from a local or regional mover to become part of a national network. Take advantage of our advertising programs that drive business to your door. We provide all the training and tools you will need to be successful in this industry.

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Cybersecurity fundamental

Miki Ho, an Underwriter for International Cyber & Tech with Beazley Canada Limited, made a presentation on cybersecurity at CAM’s conference. One of Miki’s take-aways was to urge folks to consult with the Government of Canada Get Cyber Safe website to learn how to protect yourself online. Miki’s presentation will be posted on CAM’s website shortly and there will be more information from the session in a future issue of the newsletter.

Mark your calendar

cameng8nov262019.pngIt’s just a little over eleven months until we meet again for the 25th Annual CAM Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Make sure you mark your calendar now – November 15-17, 2020, so you don’t miss out!

Product Spotlight
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Victory Packaging

We can help you with our Moving & Storage supplies to keep your customers happy and your business moving forward. Contact me to find out what’s new and innovative in our industry.

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Obituary: Bruce Ogilvy

cam8Nov262019Bruce.jpgIt is with profound grief that we announce the passing of Bruce Ogilvy, 55, peacefully on November 10, 2019.  Bruce was the president of Ogilvy Insurance, a long-standing CAM member.  We send our deepest condolences to the Ogilvy family and to the Ogilvy Insurance team.

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Matco transports donated sports equipment

Thanks to CAM member Matco, almost 4,200 sports items donated by the Edmonton-based charity, Sports Central, were shipped to Fort Providence, a northern community in the Northwest Territories. About $200,000 worth of hockey equipment, golf clubs, lacrosse gear, volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, snowboarding equipment and more were shipped in a 27-foot trailer to the remote community.

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