MISA Ontario Tells Vendor Luncheon Of Plans to Expand Benefits for Patrons
February 7, 2013
What’s the value of being an associate
patron of MISA Ontario? A new Value
Statement will spell out to vendors the benefits of being active participants
in the association.
Representatives of vendors who attended the
Associate Patrons Luncheon learned that MISA Ontario has begun an initiative to
better define patrons’ benefits and to determine if additional benefits can be
realized using the enhanced service-delivery capabilities of MISA Ontario’s new
Vice-President Dan Munns told the crowd of
about 80 people gathered for the annual luncheon at the University Club of
Toronto on November 23 that a draft Associate Patron Value Statement is being prepared
for review by MISA Ontario members.
"It will make clear what opportunities you
can receive through this organization and help you understand why membership is
important to your companies,” Munns said.
The draft Value Statement has been compiled
by a group including Munns and the associate-patron members on the MISA Ontario
Board of Directors, John Millar of Digital Boundary Group and Mark Kindree of
Microsoft Canada Co.
They have made use of member surveys and
input from the Member Services Committee.
The committee plans to have a final draft of the statement ready for
presentation at the Annual General Meeting in June.
Munns said the committee is considering
vendors’ requests for:
- Greater recognition of
- Facilitation of access to
municipal IT decision-makers;
- Market research on
municipalities’ strategic and spending plans to give associate patrons
Delivery of such benefits will be made
easier by the recent relaunching of http://www.misa-asim.ca with its expanded interactive capabilities, member profiles and discussion
The work that MISA Ontario is doing could
have national influence. Munns is a
member of the National Vendor Program Working Group convened in the fall of
2012 by MISA/ASIM Canada. The group will
take into account Ontario’s
Associate Patron Value Statement in planning to propose a national vendor
program by the fall.
Associate-patron value will also be a focus
of the MISA Ontario 2013 Annual Conference and Tradeshow on June 2-5 in the
City of Waterloo.
The conference will give sponsors and
exhibitors a unique opportunity to engage with decision-makers from many
municipal departments, not just information technology, Garry Bezruki, acting
general manager and CIO, Corporate Services with the City of Waterloo, told
vendors at the luncheon.
Bezruki will be the conference chair, as he
was in 2007 at the same spacious RIM
Park location. The 2013 event is being presented jointly by
the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener
with a theme of "We’re All in IT Together.”
Bezruki said the conference theme
recognizes that IT purchasing and project decisions are frequently made by
"So to bring value to associate patrons,
what we are planning to do at the 2013 event is to reach deep into each
municipality and bring out other key decision-makers in addition to IT leaders,
such as those from public works, planning, finance and other departments,”
Information is available on this site for prospective
conference sponsors and exhibitors.
MISA Ontario has awarded certificates of
appreciation to four vendor representatives who volunteered their time in
recent years to represent associate patrons as ad-hoc members of the Board of
Mark Lehmann of Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. and Karen Mayfield of eSolutions
Group received their certificates November 23 at the Associate Patrons Luncheon
at the University Club of Toronto from the current vendor representatives on
the Board: John Millar, left, of Digital Boundary Group and Mark Kindree of
Certificates will be delivered to Chris Medina of NCI and Ruth Gastle of Microsoft Canada.