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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:


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

Municipal Information Systems Association 2019 Conference.

April 8 – 10th, 2019, Tantus was once again a Gold sponsor for the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA) – Prairies Chapter Conference. We are proud to give back to the community that has been a part of our success.  The Tantus team had a great time reconnecting with past clients and meeting new folks from all areas of Western Canada.

During the conference, Tantus sponsored several events, which included the Municipal Showcase, the Strategic Communities of Interest workshop and a presentation highlighting our Lessons Learned from helping several municipalities in the development of IT Strategic Plans.

The Municipal Showcase pitted several municipalities against each other for the coveted Municipal Showcase Trophy. After the presentations and voting by the audience, Travis Simmons from Lac La Biche County was selected as the overall winner.  His implementation of video surveillance was instrumental in cutting down crime in the Hamlet of Lac La Biche.  Once again, congratulations to all participants, but especially Travis.  As the winner, Travis will be travelling to MISA BC conference to present his solution. The Showcase is always one of our favorite sessions at the conference. Though a competition, it is really an opportunity for municipalities to share new and innovative ideas.


Tantus has always been a strong supporter of collaboration amongst the municipalities. This is why, supporting and facilitating the round table discussions on Municipal Collaboration was important to us.  We ran 3 sessions that targeted areas of need within the membership and were able to build small communities of support within the interested parties.  Next step is to seed these conversations on the MISA online portal and keep the collaborative momentum going.



In the spirit of giving back to the member, Tantus provided some highlights of our IT Strategic Planning activities over the past few years. We talked about lessons learned and also shared stories of the success that it is has had within our municipal clients.  Grant Gabert, Senior Consultant with Tantus Solutions did a great job in covering the topic and sharing stories about our experiences.  We hope that the audience took away some good information that will help them in their planning over the coming year.


The MISA Board and organizing committee did a great job in creating a smooth and trouble-free event. Coordinating over 200 delegates is no easy task, and it went off without a hitch.  In our down time we were treated to networking events, walking tours and open bar evenings which one night was by a nice campfire.  There were also some relaxing moments where giving the local dog a scratch behind the ears was amazing.  Even though he took up most of the couch.  Cheers to you Stanley!

A Fun Event for a Great Cause!!!

On December 14 and 15, 2018, Tantus employees participated in the preparation and delivery of Holiday hampers in support of JCI Edmonton.

For the fourth year in a row, Tantus employees committed to providing hampers for three large Edmonton families (9+ family members) in need this holiday season. These families consisted of children ranging in age from 4 to 17 years old.

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).
















Tantus employees delivered the hampers on December 15, 2018 and plan to deliver many more holiday hampers in years to come!

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

About the Holiday Hamper Program

In 2017, JCI Edmonton set a goal to provide 950 holiday hampers to Edmonton families in need. This year they increased that goal to over 1000 hampers due to the tough economic climate. They met their goal to match these 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!





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 ( ).

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.

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