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MISA Ontario Tells Vendor Luncheon Of Plans to Expand Benefits for Patrons

February 7, 2013   (0 Comments)
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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 website.

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 membership support;
  • Facilitation of access to municipal IT decision-makers;
  • Market research on municipalities’ strategic and spending plans to give associate patrons competitive advantages.

Delivery of such benefits will be made easier by the recent relaunching of with its expanded interactive capabilities, member profiles and discussion forums.

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 and Cambridge, 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 multiple departments.

"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,” Bezruki said.

Information is available on this site for prospective conference sponsors and exhibitors.

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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 Directors.


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 Microsoft Canada.

Certificates will be delivered to Chris Medina of NCI and Ruth Gastle of Microsoft Canada.