MISA BC Spring 2017 Workshop – April 25 & 26

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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!

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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 pastpresident@misa.bc.ca, indicating which committee(s) you are interested in.  Committee members must also be current members of MISA BC.

Attachments:

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!

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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: https://crowd.cc/misabc-fall2016

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 president@misa.bc.ca 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.

MISA BC

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.

Community

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.   

 

MISA BC 2016 Annual Reports

The MISA BC 2016 Annual Reports will be delivered at the Annual General Meeting scheduled for Thurs April 21 beginning at 1:30 pm at the Coast Hotel & Convention Centre: 20393 Fraser Highway,  Langley, BC V3A 7N2 Canada

Members can view the reports in the Documents Library.

Reporting Back to Our Membership

MISA BC sends members of its executive and committees to conferences so that they may “learn, network and share”.  Conference attendees are accountable for the following:

  • Note and report on host conference organizing ideas/practices; hosting chapter initiatives, progress, challenges; and operating ideas/practices that may benefit MISA BC.
  • Prepare a summary report of conference for executive and for general member communication.
  • Working with the communications chair share summary report to general membership.
  • Share information on MISA BC initiatives, progress and challenges with host executive and explore opportunities to work on initiatives that are beneficial to both.
  • Where possible, provide host conference attendees with a short update on MISA BC initiatives and activities.
  • Attend hosting chapter’s executive meeting, sessions and social functions, networking with conference delegates, both municipal and vendor, raising the profile of MISA BC and encouraging attendance at MISA BC Fall conference.

Barbara Davey, MISA BC President and Chris Mazzotta, MISA BC Vice President,  represented MISA BC in Halifax and attended:

  • MISA/ASIM Canada 2016-2020 Strategic Planning session
  • MCIO Summit (which included PSCIO Update)
  • MISA Atlantic Conference 2015

Here are their reports:

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Tom Diersch, MISA/ASIM Canada Liaison Chair attended the 2016 Canadian Public Sector Lean Summit in Fredericton NB.  Report: MISA Atlantic 2016

 

 

Municipal Innovation Conference, September 16, Barrie Ontario

Think Differently

The Municipal Innovators Community (MIC) is a new network for municipal employees of all levels and job functions who thrive on thinking differently and finding new ways of delivering services.

http://www.municipalinnovators.ca/

Join the MIC today to connect with colleagues from municipalities across Canada to learn about how they are embracing innovation to improve their towns and cities.

The MIC’s first conference is on September 16, 2015, in Barrie Ontario: Driving Innovation in Municipal Government

Surveying Municipalities on Online Transactions for Business

BizPaL (http://bizpal.ca) is an online service that benefits Canadian businesses by helping them identify which permits and licences they require to start and/or run a business, and how to obtain them.

Currently, only about three percent of the permits, licences and other requirements listed in BizPaL allow businesses to apply online. Around forty percent offer printable forms (e.g. Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word) and more than half do not offer any type of form online.

Putting transactions online has significant benefits for businesses, for the government, and for the economy overall. To help realize these benefits, the BizPaL partnership is interested in understanding more about the current state of online applications for business permits and licences. In particular, we would like to explore:

· Which online application solutions are currently being used by Canadian municipalities
· What are the barriers to the implementation of an online solution
· What types of common solutions or partnerships would help more municipalities to put services online

Completing the Questionnaire

This questionnaire has been commissioned by the BizPaL initiative.

We appreciate the support of Canadian municipalities in completing this questionnaire about online applications for business permits and licences. Ideally this questionnaire would be completed by the manager responsible for business services and/or IT solutions.

Not all questions are mandatory, but we appreciate your efforts to provide as much information as possible. The questionnaire should take around 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

All participants in the questionnaire will be provided with a summary of the results.

If you experience any difficulties completing the questionnaire, please contact Annie Crombie at annie@rethinkconsulting.ca or 613-863-9569.

Take the Questionaire

 

Executive Election & Appointments

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MISA BC Executive elections were held in April at this year’s AGM held during our Spring Workshop in Port Alberni. Barbara Davey, Metro Vancouver was elected President and Cheryl Trent, Sunshine Coast Regional District was elected Secretary. Chris McLuckie, District of North Vancouver was elected as Vice President but is no longer employed with the District and thus has resigned as Vice President. To fill this vacancy, Chris Mazzotta, Regional District North Okanagan, has been appointed to Vice President. The Treasurer vacancy created by that appointment has been filled by Jason Birch, City of Nanaimo. Mike Senior, District of North Vancouver, has taken over Chris McLuckie’s role as co-chair of this year’s fall conference. MISA BC Bylaws were adopted at the AGM to allow for two Directors at Large. Rob Entwistle (pictured), City of Kelowna, and Darin Young, Corporation of Delta, have been appointed as Directors at Large.

Click here to view a current list of executive and committee chairpersons