Your MISA BC Executives!

Following our 2017 AGM we are pleased to announce the appointment of the MISA BC Executive team.

If you’d like to be a part of this exciting team, we’d love to hear from you! What’s in it for you besides: a personally rewarding experience; a great line item on your resume; frequent opportunities to network with like-minded professionals; and an opportunity to work with a great team, for a great organization?  Good karma and a chance to make a difference.

If you’re interested, let us know!  Please send an email to

Nominations for MISA BC 2017 Election

This year’s AGM will include the election of officers for the MISA BC Core Executive Team.

The vote will take place at the AGM on Wed  April 26, 2017 @ 2:30 at the Sandman Signature Hotel, Langley BC.  Voters must be present to vote.  Proxy votes will not be accepted.

Each member municipality in good standing within MISA BC will have one vote for each of the six positions. Prior to the election, each municipality will be requested to identify who will be voting on behalf of their municipality.

The following nominations have been received.

President – Darin Young – Manager of Information Services – Corporation of Delta

Vice President – Jason Birch – Manager of Information Services – Municipality of North Cowichan

Treasurer – Tom Diersch – Assistant Director – Applications – City of Burnaby

Secretary – Cheryl Trent – GIS Coordinator – Sunshine Coast Regional District

Director at Large – Membership Development – Rob Entwistle – Information Services Manager – City of Kelowna

Director at Large – Sponsorship – Kerry Ing – Manager of Information Technology – Resort Municipality of Whistler

Nomination forms must be submitted to the MISA BC Past President at Nominations will also be accepted from the floor during the election process.

For more information about the election, including position details and forms, please use this link:

Renewing your Annual Membership Fees?

Exciting enhancements to MISA BC information and communication sharing opportunities are around the corner!

To pay your annual membership fees, login to the Member’s Area with your existing MISA BC username and password in order to follow the prompts to pay.  Please note that only users with Organization Admin privileges are able to pay the membership fee.  If you are not sure who is the MISA BC Admin for your organization, please email

MISA BC Spring 2017 Workshop – April 25 & 26

CLICK HERE for more information and registration.  DOWNLOAD THE APP today!

On April 25th and 26th The Township of Langley will host the annual MISA BC Spring Workshop at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Walnut Grove, Langley BC. Building on the success of earlier years, the 2017 workshop will draw approximately fifty municipal IT delegates to the heart of Metro Vancouver in an intimate and approachable setting.

This year’s theme is Secure IT. Join six private and public sector cyber security professionals as they facilitate sessions on cyber security planning, threat modeling, incident response, data safety, critical infrastructure and provincial resources available to local governments. Enjoy networking opportunities throughout the workshop, beginning with an informal gathering on Monday evening at Moxie’s Grill & Bar as well as our event reception the following day.

MISA BC members are also encouraged to attend our AGM on Wednesday, following lunch. Come out and vote for your new executives!

CLICK HERE for more information and registration.  DOWNLOAD THE APP today!

MISA BC Notice of Election 2017

MISA BC Notice of Election

MISA BC exists to promote greater co-operation among local government staff in the IT field by sharing information and developing common solutions on a broader and cost-effective scale.

MISA BC is run by a team of elected and appointed individuals who are committed to providing their leadership and guidance to further the association. Your time commitment largely depends upon your role, the amount of time you are able to commit, and what events are currently being offered by MISA BC.

What’s in it for you besides: a personally rewarding experience; a great line item on your resume; frequent opportunities to network with like-minded professionals; and an opportunity to work with a great team, for a great organization?  Good karma and a chance to make a difference.

Elected Positions

Elections for the six MISA BC Executive Committee positions will take place during the 2017 MISA BC Annual General Meeting at the Sandman Signature Hotel, Langley BC, Wednesday April 26, 2017 @ 2:30pm.

The six positions are:

– President
– Vice President
– Treasurer
– Secretary
– Director at Large (1)
– Director at Large (2)

Please refer to the two attachments below for more information about these positions as well as a nomination form.  MISA BC Notice of Election and MISA BC 2017 Executive Committee Election.

Volunteer Positions

In addition to the elected positions, MISA BC is often looking for talent to join the following committees:

– Communications Committee – including web and social media support
– Education Committee – to explore educational opportunities for our members
– Membership Committee – to explore methods to maintain and grow our member base
– Sponsorship Committee – liaising with our conference sponsors
– MISA/ASIM Canada Liaison Committee – to explore options for working well with our fellow Canadian chapters.

Anyone interested in participating as a Committee member is invited to email, indicating which committee(s) you are interested in.  Committee members must also be current members of MISA BC.


2017 MISA BC Website Election Notice

MISA BC 2017 Executive Committee Elections

Spirit of Innovation Award 2016

Congratulations to Duane Birnie, City of Trail for his presentation of Securing Endpoints with Bit Locker and Windows Hello!



MISA BC 2016 Conference App – download today!

appstoreThe MISA BC 2016 conference app is now available!

The app contains full conference details: schedules, speakers, bus schedules, and more.

Once downloaded, be sure to sign into the app to access many more features including the new in-app game where you could win a $200 Visa card to use for whatever you like… dinner at a fine restaurant, new golf club, spa treatment perhaps?

If you are using a Blackberry device or laptop, you can also view the app on your browser:

Make sure you check out the About icon for access to WiFi info, bus schedules, and more.

See you soon!

MISA BC 2016 Fall Conference website

Call for Nominations for the Kelly Blunden Spirit of Service Award

The Kelly Blunden Spirit of Service Award was created in 2015 following the sudden death of the respected municipal IT leader from Whistler for whom it is named. Kelly was a dedicated leader to the Whistler IT Team, a solid and steadfast contributor to MISA BC, and a devoted Whistler community member. Kelly was well known, well respected, and well loved by all who knew him.

This award is open for nominations annually for individual service to MISA BC and to the wider community that exemplifies the spirit of working “in service” with humour and humanity and thus making a difference to MISA BC, to its members, and to the wider community.

Kelly Blunden exemplified that spirit of service, and working beyond the call with humour and humanity, in both his professional and community life. His warmth and caring came through in his handshake, his smile, and his humour.  Easy to be with and a pleasure to work with, those connected to him considered it a privilege to have shared some time with him.

Kelly’s contribution of service is outlined below. Please consider your colleagues and nominate a member who deserves to be celebrated! This award is open to all MISA BC members – Regular, Associate, Affiliate and Honorary. Submit your nominations in confidence to before August 19, 2016.  

Municipal IT

Kelly was the IT Manager at the Resort Municipality of Whistler since 1994.  He was responsible for the migration from their WANG mainframe environment to client/server infrastructure. He developed the cutting edge software that was used in ski resort operations, stepped up to the technical challenge when Whistler and Blackcomb merged in 1998, and in 1999 lead Whistler to become the second organization in the world to implement Windows Terminal Server.

In 2010 Whistler hosted the Winter Olympics and Kelly’s involvement was substantial. He developed the technical requirements for Canada House, RCMP/Secret Service, various media houses and the Athlete’s village. He also negotiated several agreements with Olympic sponsors.  One of the greatest Olympic legacies is the vital dark fibre network infrastructure he implemented that runs all through Whistler Village. Kelly represented Municipal IT, not just on the national but on the world stage and made us proud.


During Kelly’s tenure at Whistler, he hosted and organized the 2013 MISA BC Fall Conference attended by hundreds of delegates from BC and MISA chapters across the country. Despite the massive responsibility and workload that comes with being a conference chairperson, Kelly handled it all stride in his calm and competent way. With Kelly, you were not just a delegate, not just a vendor, not just a volunteer, you were family.

Kelly was all about team building, bringing like-minded people together to pursue a goal, but he was humble and preferred to work quietly in the background.  During the 2013 conference he avoided the limelight that the conference chair usually occupies, deferring instead to an avatar to represent him on stage when required, and to one of his talented staff members as MC. He was an Oilers fan but invited one of the most respected Vancouver Canucks, Trevor Linden, to be a keynote speaker at the conference. That humbleness, humour and openness were part of why people were so drawn to Kelly and why he was successful as a leader.


In addition to his exemplary professional work for his municipality and for MISA BC, Kelly was a leader, mentor, volunteer, instructor, coach and friend.

He was a Level 4 ski instructor and a Level 3 (World Cup Circuit qualified) racing coach and brought that drive and enthusiasm to everything he did. He was a prominent member of the Whistler Cycling Club, a tireless long time minor hockey coach, instrumental in building the Whistler Old Timers Hockey League as a board member and a player. He was well known to the local ski community and volunteered whenever asked to assist with technology – building a community website or fixing a friend’s computer.

In 1996 Kelly spearheaded the effort to bring in teams from all over the world to compete in the Eco-Challenge, a multi-day expedition adventure race. That BC competition, which aired on the Discovery Channel, won an Emmy Award.    

Kelly was definitely a pillar of the community.