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Employee Spotlight Lucy Lei


Lucy has 20 plus years’ experience in SQL Oracle and Business Intelligence, functions including analysis, design development of ETL process custom and SSIS, data modelling relational model as well as non relational, extensive report development in SSRS, Power BI. She has worked in diverse sectors including Banking, Insurance, manufacturing, marketing, news media, University and Provincial Government. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running and travel.

 

Employee Spotlight Jyoti Joshi

Jyoti is a senior Business Analyst with more than 10 years of experience in business analysis, technology management, operations management and change management in both private and crown corporations. Her experience spans multiple business areas such as Finance, Pension Administration Systems, Investment Management, Court Systems, Core GOA applications, Online Learning Application (ole), Telecommunications and Information Systems. Consultative skills that Jyoti can provide includes facilitation/chairing of workshops sessions and meetings at all levels including management and provide accurate analysis to advise business in decision making.

Jyoti volunteers at various community events including the heritage festival and other charitable events in our city to showcase Bollywood and semi classical dance forms.

Jyoti has 3 wonderful kids, Aaryan who is in grade 1, Lavina in Grade 6 and my husband who is no less than a kid… 🙂 works as a Product Manager for a geo-environmental company.

Employee Spotlight Kaviraj Singh Jon

Kavi has over 3 years of experience as a Data Analyst and Analytical Consultant  working in the Banking and Financial Services industry. He has worked on the development and implementation of AML Solutions and IFRS9. He has a great passion for Data Science because of his interest in Mathematics and Statistics. Meanwhile, in his spare time, Kavi would love to spend time with friends, playing football and cricket.

Tantus provides update to Spruce Grove Council regarding the Tri-Municipal Regional Plan

Tantus is leading the integration of all of the sub-consultant plans for the Tri-Municipal Regional Plan.  Dave McGarva, Managing Principle with Tantus Solutions Group, was invited by Council to provide an on the status of the regional integrated plan and answer any questions.

2020 Holiday Hampers in Support of JCI Edmonton

On December 19, 2020, Tantus employees participated in the preparation and delivery of holiday hampers in support of JCI Edmonton.

For the sixth year in a row, Tantus employees committed to providing hampers for three large Edmonton families (8+ family members) in need this holiday season all while abiding by the safety guidelines and distancing measures in place. This year was obviously a little bit different and even more important due to COVID-19.  Our team was able to successfully deliver holiday hampers to three deserving families while ensuring our staff and all the family members were kept safe.

Yet again, the employee contribution was overwhelmingly generous. Employees filled the hampers with food items for holiday celebrations, gifts for each child and day to day staples (along with a few special extras, such as family games, gift cards and household supplies). If addition to the hamper items, Tantus made $4,250 in charitable donations to worthy causes in Edmonton including Zebra Child Protection Services, Santa’s Anonymous, and the Edmonton Christmas Bureau.

At 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, over 25 Edmontonians are enjoying the Christmas season with nutritious food, delicious treats and holiday gifts.

 

About the Holiday Hamper Program

Each year, a team of volunteers helps coordinate the Holiday Hamper Program in Edmonton. They partner with Edmonton Public and Catholic Schools, as well as the Christmas Bureau, to source families that are in need of support during the holiday season. In 2020, JCI Edmonton set a goal to provide over 1000 holiday hampers to Edmonton families in need.

Engaging Clients and Stakeholders During COVID – Lessons Learned from the Virtual Trenches

Since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Tantus has had to adapt our methodologies to ensure effective communications, engagement and project management. As with most organizations, the COVID restrictions and cautions have necessitated working remotely with clients and staff. A particular challenge has been answering the question “How do we enable our highly collaborative approach with clients and stakeholders in an online environment?”

Tantus has for years invested in technology and methods to support effective remote work practices, recognizing that we work with clients across North America and also have a considerable number of our staff working “off-site”. But the traditional model always allowed us the opportunity to be face to face when necessary, at critical junctures in project delivery or to facilitate stakeholder workshops as just 2 examples.  Given the current realities and constraints, we’ve needed to apply these techniques plus more to almost all of our practice areas and client engagements This has required us to gain a much better understanding of our clients tools, skills, user knowledge and style of collaboration and adapt our practices accordingly.

Overall, we’ve been very pleased with the adeptness that organizations have shown in the use of technology and the nimbleness to trial, adapt and evolve to what works best for the given situation, and the results have been very good. Through all this, we’ve learned many lessons ‘on the fly,’ of what has worked and what needed to be improved. Here are two learnings that we feel have provided the greatest insight:

  • The first key lesson is usability. We have experimented with a range of innovative software and considered several alternative tools. However, organizations have demonstrated different levels of readiness to accommodate remote work. As a result, simple familiar tools, such as leveraging the common MS Office platform and avoiding tools that requires specific “local installs” have worked best. Other tools including online surveys or electronic workbooks have expanded reach, managed time and enhanced the quality of input and feedback.
  • The tools and usability aspect of them have been inordinately helpful, but the human element has been even more important. The second key learning was the need to adjust our own consulting process. Virtual meetings and engagement sessions demand a far higher level of preparation than traditional face-to-face consulting. To this end, we have adapted our practices to ensure that we have primers and detailed agendas for each session.

The greatest addition is a prominently displayed purpose statement for each session. As users are jumping from one online meeting to another, it has helped them focus on the sessions by being able to refer to clear, concise statements of why we are meeting in the first place.

The meeting management style has also needed to be honed. In a face-to-face session, facilitators often rely (even if subconsciously) on visual cues such as body language or facial expressions. Depending on whether there is a “camera-on” or “camera-off” culture (and yes, these are things!) those directing the sessions maybe limited or unable to depend on these aspects and become hyper-conscious of deliberately inviting feedback and using more probing questions to illicit response from all attendees.

All in all, this has been both a challenging and rewarding experience. We have leveraged our investment in technology to quickly be able to continue to meet our clients needs and we have improved our facilitation structure and technique to enhance value. As the near-term future unfolds, we will continue to reflect on and improve our efforts. We are exploring a number of technologies to enhance our delivery, including Mural and new online meeting features. Over the long-term, we are very interested if and how will this change the consulting relationship. When safe, will we be requested to resume face-to-face delivery or are clients becoming comfortable with the virtual consulting experience. Either way, we will be ready to adapt as required to meet the needs and preferences.

Tantus Works with Writer’s Guild of Alberta

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for all the writers of the province. Our members write in every genre and at every level of expertise. The WGA helps give Alberta writers a sense of unity and community, and is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada. The WGA provides a wide range of events, outreach, advocacy, mentorship, training and recognition for its members.

WGA was in the process of renewing its strategic plan, as a response to its changing environment and new board of directors coming into place, and required a strategic planning facilitator for its 2019 Strategic Board Retreat.

Through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Consulting Program, Tantus provided cost-reduced facilitation services for a one-day strategic planning session to WGA. The session involved a validation of previously developed material before the new board was in place, as well as the identification of new challenges, considerations, opportunities and strategies from the new board members. Specifically, the session covered the following areas:

  • A group exercise to define highly functioning organizations
  • A review of the vision and mission statements
  • An external pressures analysis (government, sociocultural, industry, membership base)
  • A review of relevancy/progress against previous strategic objectives
  • Developments and adjustments to strategic goals
  • Identification of specific strategies to achieve goals

In addition, Tantus provided additional suggestions on potential strategies, actions and initiatives that could potentially be used by the organization, based on our previous experiences with comparable organizations and their planning processes.

Tantus was represented by Grant Gabert, a Senior Consultant with our Management Consulting team. Tantus is excited to watch the organization achieve the ambitious, important goals outlined in this planning session, and implement meaningful change for its members.

Please contact us for any questions on this engagement, or any questions on the Tantus CSR Consulting program.

Tantus partners with Solut and Merit to help Kids With Cancer

Once again Tantus has teamed up with partners from Solut (previously SNS), and Merit Contractors Association to host our Third Annual golf tournament with all proceeds this year going to Kids with Cancer society.  The event was  held at The Links in Spruce Grove on June 4, 2019.  Tantus Solutions Group, Solut and Merit were all on hand for the Presentation on October 22, 2019.  We were proud to present $14,505.64 to Kids with Cancer Society.  A big thank you to everyone involved in making this happen!

Great To Be A Part of Such an Important Cause!!

Tantus is proud to sponsor and attend the 2nd annual Edmonton First Responders Rodeo in support of two great causes on July 13, 2019 at the Kinsmen Rodeo Grounds in St. Albert.  One of the benefactors is Legacy Place Society an organization that supports Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Services, 911 Dispatchers & Military Families.  The second benefactor is
the Zebra Child Protection Centre which is an organization that specializes in working with children who are also dealing with some traumatic incidents in their world.  The whole purpose of this event is for people to come out and see their First Responders competing in a fun atmosphere while still supporting these great causes.

 

Enjoy a full day of events for everyone big and small from tiny contestants competing in mutton busting to the bravest of our brave sitting at a table playing poker with a loose bull in the arena. With a kid’s area, food trucks, cold beverages and a barn dance to wrap up the day, you’ll certainly find this was worth your time in support of two great causes. Tantus will be sponsoring the Zebra Kid’s Corral so come by and say hello if you interested in a fun day of rodeo in support of a great cause! Please see the website for more information: https://www.firstwatchrodeo.ca

 

CIO Government Outlook names Tantus one of Top 10 Corrections Consulting Services Companies

Tantus Solutions Group, Inc. was recently named one of the Top 10 Corrections Consulting Services Companies by the US-based publication CIO Government Outlook. Lyne Eaker, Managing Principal of Justice and Enforcement for Tantus was interviewed and highlighted in the May 2019 publication.  Please click the following link to view the full article:  Digital Magazine Link

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