CAM Mover's Edge, November 2009

CAM’s Annual Conference — Benchmarking 101: Your First Step to Profitability

It’s not just numbers! Each of our six sessions will provide you with information on managing a moving business in today’s environment. Our annual conference offers you a unique opportunity to compare your operating and financial results with your peers in the industry.

  • How does my business’s performance compare to a national sample of moving businesses, and what can I do to improve?
  • Where are the Canadian and the world economies going?
  • What are the latest trends in corporate relocation?
  • How do you effectively communicate your marketing message over the internet?
  • How do you plan for succession in your business?
  • What are the future plans of the moving industry’s largest customer?

Each of our presenters will provide you with useful and useable information to help you manage your business and improve your bottom line.

Registration Information 

CAM Awards

Join members of CAM and the Canadian moving community at our 9th Awards Dinner on Monday, November 16, 2009. We’ll honour three deserving awardees for the examples they set, the companies they founded and the innovations they brought to the moving industry.

  • Founders Award – the Armstrong Family
  • Innovators Award – Chris Steer
  • Distinguished Service Award – Lorne Stockley

Tickets are $125 plus GST or are included as part of conference registration. Details (pdf)

Professional Mover — National Occupational Standards

Over the past two years, CAM’s van-line members and many CAM members have participated in the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council initiative to produce an occupational standard for the professional mover/van foreman driver.

The results are National Occupational Standards for the Professional Mover/Van Foreman Driver Specialty. It includes a Chart of Competency and a Task Analysis. These have been posted to CAM’s website on the Industry News page in the Industry Associations section. In them you will see definitions of the skills required for a professional mover and the tasks that they perform. From this information you can develop your program to recruit, develop and maintain a skilled workforce.

Obituaries

Gary Ralph Coates

Gary Ralph Coates passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2009. Gary had a long and distinguished career in the Household Goods Moving Industry, first in various roles at Atlas Van Lines and later as General Manager at Taylor Moving and Storage. We extend our condolences to the entire Coates family, especially his beloved wife, Janet.

Rodney “Rod” W. Evans

Rod Evans passed away at the Moncton Hospital on Sunday, October 25, 2009, at the age of 72. He was employed for 27 years with Wallace Warehouse and Cartage and was the former owner of the AMJ Campbell Van Lines franchise in Moncton. He will be sadly missed by Evelyn, his wife of 50 years, his four children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and his many friends and colleagues.