Movers' Edge, September, 2000

CAM BOARD MEETING

The CAM Board of Directors met on a conference call on August 10. In summary, the discussion included:

  • CAM is developing a Code of Conduct for its members. It will be based on previous codes of conduct/ethics developed by previous Canadian moving associations and others.
     
  • Board member Scott Hickling of Aurora Moving in Calgary has re-drafted by-laws for CAM. These will be reviewed by the Board of Directors for future approval.
     
  • The Canadian Professional Mover’s Course now has 51 registrants. A certificate for graduates is being developed with Dalhousie and will be distributed shortly to the first graduates.
     
  • It was agreed by the board that CAM’s role in the area of e-commerce for movers should be as a clearinghouse for all dot.com companies to display their products and services and not as a dot.com itself. In this regard, CAM is interested in hearing from all dot.com interests without intending to endorse any one of them.

DIRECTORY

As discussed in previous issues of Movers’ Edge, The Canadian Mover, CAM’s magazine and directory, will be published to arrive in early November 2000. It will include articles on leasing, e-commerce and consumer interest as well as the directories of Canadian and international movers, suppliers and van lines.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The 2000 Annual Conference (our 5th!) will take place on November 20—21, 2000, at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill. The major theme will be e-commerce in the moving industry, but other important topics of interest to movers will be covered. The Board of Directors is in the process of acquiring speakers. If you have any suggestions for speakers, please leat us know at admin@mover.net before September 10. CAM is currently developing its slate of Board members for 2001. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please notify David Long in the CAM office as soon as possible.

GOLF

There is a lot of enthusiasm for the golf tournament this year. As of this writing, there are over 70 registrants. Don’t miss this opportunity for a little fun, food and fellowship, not to mention a day away from the office.

REGULATIONS ON MOVING OUTDOOR HHG FROM CANADA TO THE UNITED STATES

New USDA legislation has been put in place to stop the gypsy moth from moving from an infested area in Canada to an uninfested area in the U.S. The legislation requires moving companies to carry a declaration that outdoor items from Canada have been inspected by the owner and found to be free of the insect. Regulations and the list of regulated areas may be seen on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Website at www.cfia-acia.agr.ca/english/plaveg/protect/dir/d-98-09e.shtml.

Response from members who have seen the regulations has been that, with minor exceptions, the regulations are not particularly onerous and can be reasonably easily complied with. Your comments will be forwarded to CFIA.

VAN LINES

President Paul Van Remortel and Executive Director David Long are currently conducting separate meetings with the Van Line Presidents in an effort to determine how CAM can best serve all movers in Canada.

AWARDS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

On July 31, Ability Moving & Transfer (Orleans ON) received ISO 90002 certification. It is the first member of Atlas Van Lines to achieve this certification and one of only a few movers in North America to have it.

Pak N’ Stack (Mississauga ON) was recognized in Profit magazine as one of the "Hottest Startups" in Canada with over 2400% growth in the last three years through service and quality delivery.

In a recent Ministry of Transportation (Ontario) facility audit, which included their five facilities, Walker’s/Capital Group of Moving & Storage Companies (Kingston ON) achieved an excellent rating in all categories. This was their first full facility audit since deregulation in 1988.

These three CAM members should be congratulated for raising the profile of our industry.

Let is know at admin@mover.net about any industry news items that we can include in Movers' Edge.