Movers' Edge, February, 2006

CAM MEMBERSHIP

CAM’s membership now stands at 202. This is the highest it has been in several years. There have been several promotional efforts to increase membership – and these are starting to get results.

CAM’S ATLANTIC CANADA CHAPTER

In January, 10 of the leading movers in Atlantic Canada got together to establish CAM’s first chapter. Mike Johnston of Thompson’s Group was the driving force behind the chapter.

The chapter will concern itself with the industry manpower issue, networking, industry approaches to industry concerns, and training.

CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL MOVERS COURSE

The Canadian Professional Movers course was recently updated.

In the next few weeks, we will be notifying graduates of the course about how to advertise the fact that they are now qualified to show CPM on their business cards as a sign of their professionalism.

This learning opportunity is open to employees of any member company.

We have updated the password system for the course. If your user name and password no longer work, please contact the national office.

PRESS RELEASE

CAM issued a press release to radio and TV stations and newspapers across Canada on January 12. The press release has been picked up by several radio stations, with interviews on open-line programs resulting. CAM’s board sees this as an opportunity to help consumers find reputable movers. This press-release program will be continued on a four-times-a-year basis.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

The Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) and Association canadienne des déménageurs (ACD) logos are trademarks belonging to the association. We need your help in protecting them and in promoting them as a sign of a reputable mover.

If, when you are reviewing Yellow Pages listings and other advertising media, you see a non-member using the CAM or ACD logos, please let us know.

Would you also show a link on your website to www.mover.net? This will help the consumer to validate your services and in turn assist CAM in promoting its website as the “go to” place to find a mover.

THE CANADIAN MOVER

Our magazine, The Canadian Mover, will be published again in March, with distribution scheduled for mid-April, just in time for the industry’s busy summer season. Contact CAM’s national office with your suggestions for articles or improvements based on the Fall 2005 issue or any requests for advertising information. It’s a great way to reach Canada’s moving industry. AND DON’T FORGET TO UPDATE YOUR CONTACT AND FACILITY INFORMATION WITH CAM.

2006 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND GOLF TOURNAMENT

CAM’s annual conference and golf tournament are tentatively scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, September 18 and 19, in Toronto. A networking event is being scheduled for Sunday, September 17, to accommodate all those movers who attend from outside the Toronto area. We are looking for your input – conflicts with other events, themes for the conference, potential speakers and nominees for CAM’s annual awards.

MICHAEL GLENNON

Michael Glennon passed away in Frederickburg, Virginia, on January 2. He was well known throughout the Canadian moving industry, as he worked for many years as a sales consultant with such companies as North American Van Lines and Atlas Van Lines. He will be remembered by his many colleagues as someone who shared his love of life with many friends.