Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Recognizes CityStudio

City of Vancouver Wins National Municipal Award for Innovation

The City of Vancouver, BC, has received national recognition for CityStudio:  The Greenest City is the Classroom from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).  Vancouver was presented with the 2013 Willis Award for Innovation, in over 100,000 population category, during CAMA’s national conference in Victoria, BC.  Ravenhill Group Inc. is the presenting sponsor for CAMA’s Awards of Excellence.

“CAMA is pleased to recognize the innovation and administrative excellence demonstrated by CityStudio and the unique collaboration between the City of Vancouver and its six post secondary institutions,” said Ron Shaw, president of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Stratford, ON.  “The project is the first of its kind in Canada and unique around the world, and has become an engine of innovation that will help Vancouver become the greenest city in the world.”

CityStudio is designed to engage and enable post-secondary students to actively support Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.  Launched in September 2011, the program supports Vancouver’s ambitious 10-point plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020.

The project has created an energetic hub of learning and leadership at Vancouver City Hall where students gain hands-on experience with complex real world problems, while co-creating Action Plan solutions.  In addition, CityStudio coordinates a large network of campus-based courses that focus learning, research and action on the “green” challenges confronting the City.

The implementation of the Action Plan benefits from student enthusiasm and is complimented by leading-edge thinking from the post-secondary institutions involved.

In the past two years, CityStudio has involved 1,226 students and 39 faculty members in 51 courses at six Vancouver campuses.  It has also involved 27 City staff and 60 community partners.   The project has contributed more than 40,000 hours of faculty and student research, learning and action towards Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan.

“The quality of award submissions from municipalities across the country continues to impress us,” said Keith Arns, Chair of CAMA’s Awards Committee, CAMA Representative for Newfoundland and Labrador, and Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Conception Bay South, NL.  “We had 52 entries this year, so picking just eight winners was a challenge. Congratulations to all the entrants.”

The Willis Award for Innovation, awarded in recognition of Jack Willis for his contribution to CAMA, is presented for programs, projects or services that demonstrate exceptional innovation or meritorious initiative.  Because Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population – for municipalities under 20,000, for those between 20,001 and 100,000 and for those over 100,000.  Certificates of Merit may also be awarded.

About CAMA:

A Canada-wide network and the national voice of senior municipal administrators, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) strives to nurture and build municipal administrative excellence by providing its more than 500 members with knowledge sharing and learning opportunities, access to best practices, and valued input into policies and programs aimed at ensuring healthy and thriving communities across Canada.  www.camacam.ca

About Ravenhill Group Inc.

The mission of Ravenhill Group is to meet the growing demand for good, qualified administrative municipal leaders through authentic one to one recruiting. Ravenhill Group does this by bringing the very best men and women face to face with career opportunities they were previously unaware of because they simply weren’t thinking of a job change.  www.ravenhillgroup.com

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