Movers' Edge, July, 2000


Early in June, CAM conducted a survey of all members to determine what you wanted from your association. Forty members responded to the survey, which represents a statistically significant sample. The scale is from 1 (not important) to 5 (very important) The results are as follows:


1. Professional Development
  Annual conference 4.03
  Local roundtables 3.51
  Seminars 3.33
  CAM’s Canadian Professional Mover’s Course 3.84
2. Industry Representation
  Labour issues 3.78
  Occupational standards development with HRDC 3.84
3. Social/Networking
  Golf tournaments 2.44
4. Communications
  Monthly newsletter 3.97
  Bi-annual magazine and directory 3.95
  Mover referral service 3.97
  Consumer complaints 3.70


    The results indicate a trend toward professional development and industry representation. The Board of Directors will review the results at its next meeting.


    CAM's fourth annual golf tournament is scheduled for September 19 at the Cardinal Golf Club in Kettleby, Ontario. If we get sufficient support, there will be a shot-gun start. Choose your foursomes now and let us know you are coming. A registration form will follow in late July.


    CAM's Fifth Annual Conference will be held on November 20 and 21. To accommodate the growing numbers of attendees, we have moved the conference to a new hotel, the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Mark your calendar.


    The Website is becoming an increasing useful tool for finding contact information about your fellow members and suppliers. We have added more advice for consumers on the site based on articles in The Canadian Mover. We are adding a page of commercial announcements about appointments of new employees, new equipment you have installed to improve customer service, new alliances or any other information that would be of interest to your fellow members. Send information to


    CAM is currently exploring the production of a report on compensation and benefits within the moving industry. It would provide our members with management information on salary and benefits levels for employees from entry level to president.


    The registrations for the Canadian Professional Mover’s Course are currently at 60. We have heard positive comments on the course since its revision earlier this year. The first group has graduated from the course. A formal announcement will be made shortly and certificates sent to them.