CAM Mover's Edge, May, 2013

The Canadian Mover — CAM’s Magazine and Directory — Last Chance!

CAM’s magazine and directory – The Canadian Mover – will be printed in the next few days. Watch for your copy in the mail. Please review your listing. If you need any changes to be made, send them to us now and we’ll update your listing online and in future issues.

Canadian Government’s Moving Contract

We’ve made our representations to the Government of Canada on your behalf. We contacted bureaucrats, ombudsmen, soldiers and politicians. And now, just like the rest of the moving industry, we are waiting to hear the outcome.

A New Moving Association in Canada

There is a new moving association working in Canada. If you haven’t been contacted by these folks, you probably will be. It’s free to join, but consider what kind of association you are joining. The basic criteria seem to be that you have a company name and a phone number – you will not be asked if you have insurance, pay your HST or GST, or have workers compensation. You should validate who you are associating with:

  • Some movers who operate exclusively from cell phones
  • Some movers who do not have an address
  • At least one mover who has had his van line affiliation cancelled

Basically, many of the members do not qualify for CAM standards. It’s your reputation that you are putting on the line by validating, by association, movers who do not meet the same standards you do.

CAM’s Annual Awards

Our annual awards dinner is only a few months away – October 5, 2013. The Distinguished Service Award, Industry Achievement Award, Innovators Award and the Public Service Award will be presented at the dinner to four deserving movers. Our only question is: “To Whom?” Pick up a nomination form from our website and let us know who you think the honorees should be.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

The agreement between CAM and CFIB is now in place. Consider becoming a member of CFIB. All CFIB members enjoy great consulting and cost-saving benefits. CAM members receive membership fee reductions that can offset the cost of CAM membership. Read about the CFIB on our website and make the commitment to join – it can only do you good!

CAM’s 2013 Annual Conference

CAM’s conference committee has completed the program for the annual conference earlier than ever before. The conference will be held in Vancouver on October 4–6, 2013, immediately prior to the International Association of Movers conference scheduled for October 7–10. There will be lots of time to network with colleagues, attend sessions and see the latest of our supplier members’ products and services. Mark your calendar!

CAM’s 2013 Golf Tournament

CAM’s 2013 Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, September 16. It’s at a new course – the Richmond Hill Golf Club at Bathurst and Highway 7 – and will be held as a shotgun start. Watch for details.

CAM’s Online Referral System

CAM’s online referral system is being upgraded. The consumer requirements for making a request will require selection of at least one mover and provision of name and phone number. We are still seeing bogus messages – but we hope to have it fixed very soon.

Van Line Anniversaries

Congratulations to Atlas Van Lines and United Van Lines on celebrating significant anniversaries. Atlas is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and United, its 60th. They are both doing it in style – Atlas with a reception this week and its conference in Toronto in October – United with its convention last week in Las Vegas. BEST WISHES TO THEM BOTH!

IF YOU HAVE NEWS THAT CANADA’S MOVING INDUSTRY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT, please let CAM know and we will include it in upcoming issues of this newsletter.