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!