CAM Mover's Edge, December 2008

CAM’S Annual Conference 2008 – Productivity in Changing Times

CAM’s 2008 Annual Conference – PRODUCTIVITY IN CHANGING TIMES – was held on Monday and Tuesday, November 17–18, 2008. 65 members attended the conference.

The overall speaker rating was 3.8 on a scale from 1 to 5 – poor to excellent.

The overall satisfaction for the conference was 4.1 for food and facilities, information, and the program.

New Directors for CAM

Rick Taylor, chairman of CAM, welcomes four new directors to CAM’s board of directors:

  • Ted LeLacheur, Western Moving & Storage, Edmonton AB
  • James Marshall, East Coast Moving & Warehousing, Saint John NB
  • Magnus Olsen, Premiere Van Lines Ltd., Mississauga ON
  • Steven Young, Household Movers & Shippers Limited, St. John’s NL

A complete listing of CAM’s board of directors can be seen on the website.

Awards Dinner

130 members of the moving community attended the Awards Dinner.

Larry Rosenberg, CAM’s past chairman, resigned from CAM’s board of directors after 12 years of service. He was presented with a plaque that recognized CAM’s appreciation for his contribution.

The Association honoured the following individuals:

  • Doug Auld, Distinguished Service Award, presented by Doug Kellough
  • Michael Rathbone, Innovators Award presented by Leonard Hoyt
  • Vic Switzer,Founders Award presented by Ted LeLacheur

Deadline for Submitting the Survey for Drivers

The deadline for completing the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council’s Survey for Drivers Working in the MOVER/VAN FOREMAN Specialty is December 12. It’s available on CAM’s website in both English and French in Word and PDF formats. Please download the survey and return it to the CTHRC’s consultants by December 12.


Many members expressed their distress about the portrayal of a mover in BMO’s real-estate services ad that was aired on TV in early November. CAM sent a letter to BMO protesting the ad. A PDF copy of the letter can be seen in our website’s members-only area.

Billing for Fuel

A member contacted CAM regarding PetroCanada’s recent change in its payment cycle from 30 days to one week. The member asked what CAM could do to help in reversing this process. CAM has limited ability to change this practice other than to advise the member to look at the practices of other fuel suppliers and choose one whose practices meet his needs. Further, 4REFUEL, a CAM supplier member, may be able to assist in this cash-flow problem as well as offering savings in driver costs at refueling time.

AMSA’s Annual Education Conference & Expo

AMSA’s annual conference is scheduled for February 8 to 11, 2009 in Dallas. Contact AMSA directly for conference and registration information.

AMSA is extending its member conference registration rate to CAM members. (a savings of $325–$450) To receive the AMSA member registration rate, register as NON-MEMBERS online at, and enter the code “STATE09N” on the payment page. Early bird registration expires December 15, 2008!

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.