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Employee Spotlight Alfred Obleada

Alfred Obleada, Senior Consultant – Alfred has been in the IT consulting industry since 1998 and joined Tantus in the summer of 2015. With a passion for projects, he has worked with all levels of municipal, provincial, and private organizations and brings a broad experience in project management, business & systems analysis, and application development. He is always ready for new challenges and doesn’t mind wearing multiple hats to get the job done.  Alfred was born and raised in Edmonton, but loves to spend time in the mountains with his family and friends to camp, bike, or snowboard.

Holiday Cheer!!!!!

December 15 and 16, 2017 marked the third year of Tantus employees preparing and delivering Holiday Hampers to Edmonton families in need.

Through the JCI Edmonton Holiday Hamper program, we provided four hampers to families of 9+ members, increasing from three hampers the previous year.

In addition to the recommended food items, the hampers were filled with toys and gifts for children ranging from infants to teenagers, and included gift cards for each adult in the family to help with holiday extras.

Tantus employees gathered at the office on the 15th to wrap gifts and ensure every hamper had the needed food items.

(Tantus Employees busy wrapping gifts and packing hampers)

(Tantus Office Dog, Olive, overseeing hamper packing and wrapping and some of the children’s gifts included)














A team of Tantus employees ensured the four hampers made it to their recipients on December 16, 2017.

Special thank you to Tantus staff for another year of generous hamper contributions and for making sure the hampers arrived safely to their intended homes!

900 Hampers were provided to Edmonton families through JCI Edmonton. Interested in information on the Holiday Hamper Program? Check out JCI Edmonton – they are still taking donations. It’s no too late to contribute!

(Tantus Hamper Delivery Elves)


Employee Spotlight Maureen Ahlmann


Maureen is a Senior Consultant with over 17 years of progressive experience implementing, managing and supporting ERP Systems, including extensive business analysis, quality management, training and project management experience related to the implementation of enterprise solutions.  Maureen has gained most of her experience during the implementation, development, configuration and support of Human Resource Management systems such as Oracle, JD Edwards and SAP.  Since joining Tantus Solutions Group in May 2015 she has provided quality assurance, business analysis and project management expertise to various projects.  Maureen is nuts about her children.  Her spare time is filled with the joys of having 3 girls and 3 boys… the boys being her fur babies!

Tantus “Golfs” for a Good Cause!!


On Monday, September 5, 2017 Tantus is co-hosting a fund raising client appreciation golf tournament along with Merit and SNS Technologists – two Edmonton-based companies that Tantus has had the pleasure of working with in the past.

As well as a client appreciation event, this tournament is being organized as a fund raiser with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC). RMHC provides the families of sick children with a home to stay at while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital.

The tournament will be a shotgun start using best ball format at The Links at Spruce Grove featuring a variety of contests, as well as breakfast, lunch, a reception and a BBQ dinner. There are great giveaways and prizes for everyone, as well as a silent auction – all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

Check back on our website in mid-September for pictures and an update on the tournament winners as well as details of the funds raised for our charity.



ZooFest Fun For the Whole Family!

Last spring Tantus hosted an anniversary golf tournament, which included various fundraising activities with proceeds going to the Zebra Child Protection Centre. This year we had an opportunity to continue our support of Zebra and the critical work they do to ensure children in our communities are safe.

Tantus was pleased to provide corporate sponsorship for ZooFest, a major annual fundraiser for Zebra. In addition, Tantus contributed a silent auction item and purchased tickets for staff to attend the event.  ZooFest took place June 17, 2017 at the Edmonton Valley Zoo and Tantus staff enjoyed the family friendly event – including unlimited access to the zoo, food, drinks and both a live and silent auction.










Toy donations from Tantus staff for the month of June

Prior to Zoofest, a few Tantus staff also had the opportunity to tour the new Zebra Centre space and find out more about the services they offer and their needs.

As a result, Tantus staff have been gathering up toys, toiletries and other gifts over the month of June to fill up Zebra’s toy closet. Every child involved with Zebra chooses a gift from the toy closet and Zebra also provides backpacks, clothing and toiletries to kids as needed.



As an Edmonton-based company, Tantus is committed to investing in the communities we live and work in. ZooFest was an excellent event and the Zebra Centre is a very worthy cause. We look forward to supporting Zebra more in the future!

If you are interested in making a toy/gift donation, preferred items can be found on the Zebra Donation Wish List.

CTA Conference 2017

Tantus Justice and Enforcement practice representatives attended the annual Corrections Technology Association (CTA) conference in St. Louis, Missouri from May 21-24, 2017. Tantus was a Gold Sponsor for the train-themed conference, entitled “All Aboard: Full Steam Ahead”. We were honoured to receive recognition for five consecutive years as a sponsor of the CTA conference.

Tantus also had the opportunity to present at the conference with our client partner. Lori Allen, Alberta Correctional Services – Director of Program Supports, presented with Tantus Senior Consultant, Jamie Reynar. They presented on the first phase of Alberta Corrections’ Innovative Offender Management and Supervision Project (IOMS). In addition to her position as Director, Lori is the Project Sponsor for the IOMS Project.

“I’ve previously presented with Jamie on several occasions when she was a Correctional Services colleague, so it was wonderful to team up to co-present with her again in her role as a consultant. Alberta Correctional Services is proud of the work that was completed on the first phase of our IOMS Project, with the support of Jamie and the Tantus team. It was an honour to present our process and experiences to the Corrections Technology Association community and we hope to update the community on our progress in the years to come”. – Lori Allen



As in previous years, the conference had representatives from various county, state and federal corrections organizations as well as strong representation from the corrections technology vendor community. Thank you to the CTA coordinators for putting together another excellent conference in the beautiful city of St. Louis!








We look forward to continuing our support and sponsorship of the CTA in June 2018, when the event returns to sunny Daytona Beach, Florida.

For more information about the CTA, visit




2017 MISA Conference

Photo credit: Eric Chu via Flickr CC

Join Tony Schiebel and Dave McGarva at the 2017 MISA Prairies Conference in beautiful Kananaskis, Alberta from March 20th – March 23!

“The importance of innovation for municipalities has never been greater. Yet, in many jurisdictions, innovation is not systematically understood, supported or managed. As municipal managers, at all levels, work to address complex, multi-faceted issues and challenges, the capacity to design and manage innovation is increasingly seen as a core competency.”



Employee Spotlight: Catherine Ratke

Catherine is a Senior Business Analyst with over twenty five years of IT experience in private and public sectors. She began her career as a programmer and has since performed many roles from Team Lead, Testing Coordinator, Support Analyst and Business Analyst. Catherine possesses diverse experience in various industries including, oil and gas, construction, education, human services, environment, health, banking and liquor control. Catherine provides value to her clients by utilizing her extensive skills and experience.

When she is not working, Catherine enjoys time with her husband and growing teenage sons.  Catherine loves the outdoors and particularly enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, skiing and working out.


Employee Spotlight: Dave Beland

Dave BelandDave is an accomplished professional with more than 17 years of experience in information technology and business processes. The majority of his career has been spent in system, process and transition development incorporating solution visualization, definition, implementation and review. Whether as the project visionary, business analyst, development lead or developer/analyst, Dave is always looking for ways to improve or augment systems and processes. His desire for efficiency and elegance in process and system design shows in all projects he has been involved with. All this is balanced by Dave’s sense of humor and the satisfaction he gains from working with others.

2016 Holiday Hampers

Dave McGarva wrapping giftsOn December 16 and 17, our employees participated in the preparation and delivery of Holiday hampers in support of JCI Edmonton.

For the second year in a row, we committed to providing hampers for three large Edmonton families (9+ members) in need this holiday season. These families consisted of children ranging in age from 6 months to 16 years old.

The employee contribution was overwhelmingly generous and next year we anticipate on increasing sponsorship to provide for four large families.

team1We filled the hampers with food items for holiday celebrations, gifts for each child and everyday staples (along with a few special extras, such as family games, grocery gift cards and household supplies). In addition, Tantus as a company supported employee contributions by providing a gift for every adult and donating funds to JCI Edmonton to purchase turkeys.

We delivered the hampers on December 17, 2016 and look forward to delivering many more in years to come.

team2At Tantus, we are committed to investing in the communities we live and work in. We support local organizations and encourage our staff to pursue volunteer interests that matter to them. The JCI Edmonton Holiday Hamper Program is important to our employees and we will continue to support this worthy cause, along with other charitable work throughout the year.

We are very proud of the support our employees showed for local Edmonton families this holiday season. Thanks to their generosity, nearly 30 Edmontonians are enjoying the Christmas season with nutritious food, delicious treats and gifts.

Holiday Delivery Elves

About the Holiday Hamper Program

In 2015, JCI Edmonton set a goal to provide 800 holiday hampers to Edmonton families in need. This year they increased that goal to 850 hampers due to the difficult economic climate. They met their goal to match these 850 families to individuals and corporations who would sponsor a hamper, however they are still in need of Turkey funds to meet their overall goal. Please consider contributing now – it’s not too late!

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