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Coquitlam Wins National Municipal Award for Professional Development

by Michelle Frilund |

Gatineau, QC (May 31, 2017) – The City of Coquitlam, BC has received national recognition for its leadership development program called Leading with Purpose from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA). The City was presented with the 2017 CAMA Professional Development Award, in the Over 100,000 population category, during CAMA’s national conference in Gatineau, QC. 

“CAMA is pleased to recognize the professional development excellence demonstrated by Coquitlam with its leadership development program,” said Marie-Hélène Lajoie, president of CAMA and City Manager for Gatineau, QC. “The approach was developed to show the importance of intentional leadership to engage employees in every aspect of their career lifecycle.”

The cornerstones of the philosophy are the two formal Leadership Development Programs: Strategic and Core. The Strategic Leadership Development Program (SLDP) identifies a cohort of up to five employees who are supported by senior management as having high and/or management potential. Those who are selected attend courses in applicable leadership competencies and participate in project-based learning.  

Over the course of the program, they gain exposure to senior leaders in the organization and are expected to report to Council on their progress. At the end of the program, many of the participants have leveraged their success in the SLDP to attain high-level or management positions within the organization.  

The Core Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is a foundational course and competency-developing initiative, which sees twenty employees gain knowledge about themselves and insight into various aspects of leadership, while learning about other parts of the organization by being part of a cohort.

Other components of our leadership program include the Leading with Purpose Speaker Series – a quarterly session where the City brings in an outside speaker to discuss topics of leadership, and the Reading with Purpose program – a monthly article about leadership. Learning has become part of everyday life at the City of Coquitlam.

“CAMA received a total of 59 award submissions for this year’s awards program – the most in our history as an association,” said Jean-Marc Nadeau, Chair of CAMA’s Awards Committee, CAMA representative for Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Nunavut, and City Manager for the City of Portage la Prairie, MB. “It is exciting to see the ingenuity being exhibited by our members.”

CAMA’s Professional Development Award recognizes a community that has developed a unique and innovative program for their staff that can be replicated in other communities. Since Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population – for municipalities under 20,000, for those between 20,001 and 100,000 and for those over 100,000.  

About CAMA:
The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) is a national, non-profit association open to all Chief Administrative Officers / City Managers and any person employed in a senior management position that reports directly to a CAO.  With a membership of approximately 575 senior municipal employees, from all parts of Canada, CAMA collectively represents more than 70% of the nation’s population. www.camacam.ca

About the City of Coquitlam
The City of Coquitlam is the sixth largest – and one of the fastest growing – cities in B.C.  Home to more than 140,000 residents, Coquitlam is an active and vibrant community that continues to attract new residents and new businesses that appreciate the quality of life, central location in Metro Vancouver, and countless opportunities for recreational, cultural and outdoor pursuits. As an employer, we are committed to carefully managing current resources and the City’s future while continuing to deliver the highest level of service to the community through leadership, sustainability and innovation. For more information, visit coquitlam.ca.

A photo of the award presentation is available at https://flic.kr/p/V9Eiwr.

For video on the City of Coquitlam's Core & Strategic Leadership Program visit https://youtu.be/M1W84_R7tVY


Media Contacts: 
CAMA:  Stacey Murray, 506-261-3534, camacamcommunications@gmail.com

Coquitlam:  Kathleen Vincent, Communications Manager, 604-927-3019, KVincent@coquitlam.ca 

Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators
PO Box 128, Station A, Fredericton, NB  E3B 4Y2
1-866-771-CAMA (2262)