CAM Mover's Edge, November 2008

CAM’S Annual Conference 2008 — Productivity in Changing Times

CAM’s 2008 Annual Conference – PRODUCTIVITY IN CHANGING TIMES – opens on Sunday evening, November 16 with an informal get-together. The conference begins on Monday morning, November 17, with speakers from across the business spectrum:

  • Joe Sherren – Management and leadership in changing times
  • Ralph Stockmayer – Penske Truck Leasing – Energy efficiency for your vehicles
  • Max Kreynin – Voxme Software – Software solutions for the moving industry
  • Nan Berezowski – Immigration for movers – hiring foreign workers
  • Tony Bianca – CN Rail – Intermodal for the moving industry
  • Bill Dawson – Scotiabank – Financial management for movers
  • Warren Webster – Giffels – Warehouse design for movers – energy and operations efficiencies
  • Jeff Griffiths – consultant to the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council – a report on standards for van foremen

DON’T MISS IT! The conference is scheduled for November 16, 17 and 18, 2008 at the Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel.

We need your input in advance of the conference.

Nan Berezowski asks that you send CAM any questions you have about immigration in advance of the conference. She will answer your questions at the conference but wants to be able to provide the best answers possible. This applies for all speakers.

Once again, CAM will hold an open forum at which you can state your views on the future of CAM, concerns for the moving industry or ask any questions of members of CAM’s board of directors. To ensure that you get the best information possible, please send any questions you may have to the CAM office in advance of the conference before Friday, November 7. In all sessions, questions will be welcomed from anyone present, but those submitted in advance will get the most comprehensive answers.

CAM is Looking for a Few New Directors

CAM is looking for three directors to be added to CAM’s board of directors. These directors will help to provide additional representation. Interested and willing individuals are welcome from across the country. New directors will serve for a two-year term. They must represent a member company within CAM.

Are you interested in participating? Send us your information and we’ll put you on the slate for approval at the Annual General Meeting at noon on Tuesday, November 18.

Survey for Drivers Working in the Mover/Van Foreman Specialty

CAM has been working with the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council to help define the Mover/Van Foreman specialty tasks. The objective of the effort is to help the moving industry find an adequate supply of these skilled individuals to meet its future needs. Several CAM members and their drivers have assisted in defining the position. We need your input and that of your van foremen.

The Survey for Drivers Working in the MOVER/VAN FOREMAN Specialty is posted to our website in Word and PDF formats. Please download the survey and return it to the CTHRC’s consultants by December 12.

Recruit Drivers and Helpers from Britain

Red Recruit is a highly specialized recruitment consultancy that deals with the Removals and Relocation industry. They deal with a large spectrum of candidates including Presidents, Managers, Sales Developers, Porters and Drivers. They always have highly experienced candidates who are looking for new opportunities in Canada so please feel free to email them at jordan@redrecruit.com.

The Canadian Mover

CAM’s magazine and directory was mailed to you in October. Check your listing and update it as needed. The next issue will be published in April 2009. If you have a message that Canada’s moving industry should hear, send it to us and we will publish it in an upcoming issue.

Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act

On October 7, 2008, CAM representatives met with Ontario’s Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Affairs regarding the practices in the moving industry. Most of the moving industry’s questions about the Consumer Protection Act were covered in the meeting that CAM held with the Ministry in August 2005. Notes on both meetings can be seen on our website.

Members should be aware that they are subject to the Act if their company is resident in Ontario, or a shipment occurs within, into or out of Ontario.

The Ministry stressed the importance of ensuring that the consumer understands the moving contract. It is proceeding with investigations and prosecutions of movers who violate the Act.

Obituary — Art Van Housen

Art Van Housen passed away on October 10, 2008 at age 69. He worked in sales for Victory Packaging for 33 years until his retirement earlier this year. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara, and their three children. He was well known as a supporter of the moving industry and was a member of CAM and the New York State Moving Association. He had a passion for golf and will always be remembered for his love of the people he worked with.

Atlas Canada’s 2008 Convention

Atlas Canada held its 2008 Convention in Charlottetown, PEI, from October 15 to 18, 2008. Over 200 people attended representing over 65 agencies, members of the supplier community, Atlas Canada and Atlas World Group. Awards were presented in many performance categories and several seminars were held including ones related to insurance and succession. CAM had an exhibit booth and was represented at the convention by John Levi.

Arpin Group — Internet TV

On October 20, Arpin launched its online television network. Besides the promotion of Arpin’s services, the website has useful videos on the information a consumer should know in preparing for a move. These include topics from changing your postal address to an explanation of value protection and how it applies to a consumer’s goods. The website is located at www.arpinbroadcastnetwork.com.

CAM’S Postal Address

CAM’s postal address changed in January 2008. We are still receiving mail at the old address but our forwarding arrangements run out at the end of December 2008. Please ensure that all your records reflect our postal address – #404, 2200 Sherobee Road, Mississauga ON Canada L5A 3Y3.