CAM Newsletter, October 1, 1998

CAM's 1998 Annual Conference

The 1998 Annual Conference will be held on November 23 and 24 in Toronto. The first draft of the agenda is attached. Check out the speakers who can add value to the things you do. The Annual General Meeting will include an election of officers. Put your name up for office. Nominate someone. Participate. Speakers and topics will include:

  • Rick Eggleton, Bank of Montreal - Economic Overview
  • Pat Jennings, AMSA - Certified Moving Consultants course
  • Harold Johnson, BDO Dunwoody - Financial Planning
  • Andrew Pierce, DND - Government Contracts
  • Jim Lockington, Royal LePage - Third-Party Relocation Companies
  • Nick Seiersen, KPMG - Customer Service
  • Robin Sharma - Leadership Wisdom

Our keynote speaker at dinner on November 24 will be Ken Dryden of Toronto Maple Leafs, Montréal Canadiens and Team Canada fame, discussing his view of team building.

CAM's 1998 Annual Golf Tournament

Forty-five hearty golfers enjoyed the sunshine and the breeze at our 1998 Annual Tournament. The tournament was sponsored by AMJ Campbell/Frappier Group, Clover Insurance, Domestic Moving & Storage, Graham Neal Insurance Brokers, L. Hansen's Forwarding, Great Canadian Van Lines, Rawlinson Moving & Storage and Southern Auto Transport. Many prizes were donated by suppliers and movers. Darrell Powell won the longest drive contest and Mike McWilliams won closest to the pin. Phil Singleton had the best score and took home the Past President's trophy and a golf bag donated by Atlas Van Lines.

US Hours-of-Service Proposal

Indications are that the US Federal Highway Administration will shift the focus from the number of hours worked in a given period to the amount and quality of sleep the driver gets. The maximum on-duty time would be 14 hours followed by 10 hours off. The FHWA is also considering a nighttime differential, and a required 31 or 32 hour reset (two sleep cycles) period at the end of any one or two-week cycle. This parallels some of the thinking at a recent seminar held by Transport Canada and some of the proposals presented by Canadian industry associations. (Source: OTA Fax News)

Québec Bill 430

Bill 430 is now official introducing a registration system for commercial vehicle owners and operators. Registration forms must be sent to the Commission des transport du Québec (CTQ) who will then assign a safety rating to each owner and operator based on the information on the form. Failure to obtain a rating by April 1, 1999 means that the operator will not be able to operate a commercial vehicle in Québec.

Tax Relief for Small Business - Y2K compliance

A reminder: Finance Minister Paul Martin announced earlier this year that there will be tax relief for small and medium-sized companies to address the Year 2000 computer compliance problems. Accelerated capital cost allowance deductions of up to $50,000 will be provided for hardware and software acquired to replace systems that are not Y2K compliant. Some small firms have decided to have system audits done to ensure that there are no pending problems with "embedded technology."

Transportation Table

As previously noted, David Long has a seat at Transport Canada's Climate Change Transportation Table. The environmental issue will generate more R&D in the next year or so as the Federal government has committed $13 million to support the Issues Tables, including Transportation. The Tables are being asked to identify opportunities for early actions, develop options and look at possible implementation. Work is to be completed by mid-1999.

Certified Moving Consultants Course

CAM has entered into discussions with Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) to determine whether there can be financial assistance for the revamping of the Moving Consultant's Course being undertaken jointly with AMSA. David Long will be meeting formally with HRDC officials in the next two weeks

Pay Equity

The Government of Canada decided to take the following actions regarding the pay equity issue for federal employees:

  • Appeal the Tribunal's ruling given legal flaws in the ruling and inconsistency with Federal and Supreme Court decisions
  • Move immediately though negotiations to implement pay equity in the new collective agreement
  • Undertake a review of the law on pay equity

The potential cost of the Tribunal ruling is $5 billion.

News Items

Don't forget that this is your newsletter. If you know of any newsworthy event, let us know.

1998 Annual Conference Program (DRAFT)

Monday & Tuesday, November 23 & 24, 1998
Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel, Toronto

Monday, November 23

07:45 - 09:00
Board of Directors meeting

08:00 - 09:00
Registration desk opens

09:00 - 09:15

09:15 - 10:30
Leadership Wisdom, Robin Sharma

10:30 - 10:45

10:45 - 12:00
Customer Service: What it is. How you get it.
Nick Seiersen, KPMG Business Transformation Services

12:00 - 13:30

13:30 - 15:30
Government Forum

  • Vehicle Impoundment
    To be announced, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
  • Government Contracts
    Major Andrew Pierce, Furniture & Effects Policy, Department of National Defense

15:30 - 15:45

15:45 - 16:30
Financial Planning
Harold Johnson, BDO Dunwoody

Tuesday, November 24

09:00 - 10:15
Rick Eggleton, Bank of Montreal

10:15 - 10:30

10:30 - 12:00
Jim Lockington, Royal LePage

12:00 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:45
CAM's progress in 1998

  • Pat Jennings, Vice President, Programs & Services, AMSA
  • Denis Frappier, Chairman
  • David Long, Executive Director

14:45 - 15:00

15:00 - 16:30
Annual General Meeting

Chairman's Reception

Chairman's Dinner

Ken Dryden, Toronto Maple Leafs, Team Building