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International Conference on Transportation Innovation (ICTI)

Transportation Innovation Driving Smart Cities
At the invitation of Professor Tony Qui (Director of the Centre for Smart Transportation at the UofA) Tantus participated in the recent ICTI Conference.

ICTI brings together key researchers, industry professionals, and public officials to share and strategize on topics in the areas of transportation planning, policy, operations, and infrastructure. With the 2018 theme of Transportation Innovation Driving Smart Cities, the conference highlighted new technology and methods to improve the efficiency and sustainability of transportation networks, sparking conversation on what thinking and planning needs to take place as we move to implement Smart City initiatives.

We not only attended the two days of presentations and workshops, but we also made a presentation on “The Value of Connected Environments” that featured insights into two transportation projects:

An innovative approach to managing a municipal vehicle fleet using GPS/AVL technology (a Tantus project)
A research project that looks to optimize Mobile Photo Enforcement on Edmonton’s streets (a project from the Centre for Smart Transportation)
The Conference was well executed with some outstanding speakers, including Ibrahim Gedeon (the TELUS CTO) and Dragos Margineantu (AI Chief Technologist and Technical Fellow of Boeing Research & Technology) who both provided informative (and entertaining!) talks.

Employee Spotlight Evan Robertson

Evan has worked on several projects during his time at Tantus as a consultant, including Organizational Reviews, Statistical Analyses, and Requirements gathering. Evan Joined Tantus earlier this year after graduating from the University of Alberta. In his free time Evan enjoys camping, hiking, and working on a variety of programming projects. Evan loves to travel as well, and hopes to one day set foot on every continent.

Second Annual Tantus SNS Merit Charity Golf Tournament

Second Annual Tantus SNS Merit Charity Golf Tournament

This past summer, Tantus teamed up with partners from SNS Technologists and Merit Contractors Association to host a golf tournament with all proceeds going to Zebra Child Protection Centre.  The event raised just over $21,000 for this worthy organization ( https://www.zebracentre.ca/ ).

Special thanks to the Golfers and Sponsors who supported this event, and all the people involved in the planning, coordination and execution of the tournament.

We look forward to another successful event in 2019!

 

 

 

Employee Spotlight Harry Shin

Harry Shin, CAPM, BTM, Consultant – Harry  joined Tantus in the summer of 2017 after he graduated with Management Information Systems degree. Prior to joining Tantus, Harry had worked for the provincial government, where he began to develop an interest in projects and the consulting industry. Harry has a passion for technology and continues to grow his skills and knowledge in the consulting industry. Harry continuously strives to learn about new trending technologies and project knowledge. During his free time, Harry loves to try new cafés and restaurants around the city with his friends.

Tantus Spring Barbeque and Toy Drive

To kick off summer, Tantus hosted a barbeque for staff and clients on May 4, 2018. We took advantage of our new patio space to bring out the grill and welcome in the nice weather!

As a part of our ongoing commitment to the Zebra Centre in Edmonton, we used the barbeque to conduct a toy/gift drive for the Centre’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. Leading up to the barbeque, Tantus staff were gathering up toys, toiletries and other gifts to fill up Zebra’s toy closet.

A huge thank you goes out to our clients and staff that attended the BBQ and generously donated items to this worthy cause.

We got quite the haul, but we’re not done yet! Our staff will be continuing to collect toys and gifts throughout the summer, and we encourage everyone to do the same. If you are interested in making a toy/gift donation, preferred items can be found on the Zebra Donation Wish List https://www.zebracentre.ca/

As an Edmonton-based company, Tantus is committed to investing in the communities we live and work in. The Zebra Centre is a tremendous organization, and we look forward to supporting Zebra more in the future!

Tantus at the Corrections Technology Association Conference in June 2018

Tantus is once again sponsoring and attending the Corrections Technology Association (CTA) Conference, this year taking place in Daytona Beach Florida from June 3 – 6, 2018.  Since 1999 CTA has provided a forum to promote exchange of information, experience and knowledge among correctional agencies. Through the years, the association has actively led development of standards and promoted collaboration and sharing of data and systems across states. CTA’s annual conference offers its members an unsurpassed opportunity to learn of new technologies and, above all else, affords corrections technologists the opportunity to network with their peers.

This will be our 6th straight year sponsoring the conference – an important event for us since it aligns so well with our focus on the justice and enforcement industry sector.  Lyne Eaker, Managing Principal of Justice and Enforcement and Glenn De Roy, CEO will be representing Tantus at the conference this year.  Lyne, together with Syscon Justice Systems and Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, will also be presenting on the topic of sustainment strategies to ensure the corrections organizations are maximizing their investment in their enterprise jail and offender management systems.

 

Why Tantus supports the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA)?

In early May 2018, Tantus sent a contingent (Tony Schiebel, Dave McGarva, Grant Gabert and Duane Wysynski) to the 2018 MISA Conference in Red Deer, Alberta.  We had a great time presenting, connecting and reconnecting with clients and friends.  You may ask yourself, “Why would Tantus send so many people?”.  Well, let me elaborate on why we chose to make such a significant investment.

Format
The format for this event is set up to ensure that municipalities of all shapes and sizes find value and benefit from the conference. Also, many municipalities have similar challenges, and collaborating with like-minded individuals helps solve those problems. The event is inclusive of the vendor community as MISA understands the value that organizations like Tantus bring to their membership.  This conference emphasizes sharing of stories, the good and bad, as well as enhancing the collaborative environment that MISA has been building for years.   

People
This conference is a great way to connect with new people and reconnect with old clients and friends.  We have been attending for 4 years now and have come to know people better and better each year.   With the work that we do with our municipal clients, we are also able to be a connector and bring different municipalities together that may have similar ideas or challenges.  This relationship makes us feel that we are a trusted partner, not only to the MISA organization, but also to its’ members.

Value
As a GOLD sponsor of this conference, we feel that Tantus gets tremendous value for our investment.  Our team attended all the conference sessions, lunches and, of course, the after-hours social events!  During our speaking engagements we were able to share our experiences and to provide advice and guidance to the membership rather than deliver a sales pitch.  We feel that giving back to the MISA community will only make it and Tantus stronger in the long run.

 

Commitment
Tantus is committed to continuing to provide the best people and services to the municipalities in Canada.  By attending this conference, we can gain an understanding of the challenges that municipalities face, allowing us to ensure that we have the right people, methodologies and ideas available to help answer any and all questions from our clients.  We certainly appreciate being able to attend this conference.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year at MISA 2019 in beautiful Jasper, Alberta.

 

 

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)

 

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.

 

 

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