Remembrance Day 2015

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Remembrance Day is observed on November 11th to commemorate the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in both war and peace.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks the end of the First World War in 1918, after more than four years of continuous warfare. Since the beginning of the First World War, more than 1,500,000 Canadians have served, and more than 120,000 have died for our country’s peace.

 

Starting at 10:50AM on Wednesday November 11th Oxford will be holding a ceremony in the Atrium lobby of 10 and 20 Bay WaterPark Place.

Please join us in reflection and remembrance of those who gave their lives and service so we may live in peace.

 

Lest we forget.

 

Take a moment to remember

WaterPark Place Athletics Now Open

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20 Bay Street, WaterPark Place has its very own Athletics Facilities!

Run by TriFit, this all-inclusive centre is home to a vast array of active living amenities for tenants of WaterPark Place.

Exclusive Features Include:

  • Large Group Exercise Studio with Vaulted Ceilings
  • Full schedule of group exercise classes including Yoga, Indoor Cycle, Barre, Zumba, Kickboxing, Metabolic classes – and our favourite Cardio Dance Party!
  • State of the art Life Fitness cardio and strength equipment
  • Dedicated Free Weight Area
  • Change rooms with showers and day lockers
  • Towel Service
  • Open Monday to Friday 6a.m. – 7p.m.

Monthly Fee only $40.00/month + tax

With a gym at your office, there’s nearly no excuse why you can’t get a workout in!

Studies have found that employees that take care of themselves live longer and don’t become sick as easily as other people. Healthy employees also present a positive image to the people they work with, which helps build a proud and effective working environment.

Sign up today by going to:

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=223410

or calling

(416) 360-4047

 

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Thanks For My Sight Night 2015 Charity Dinner – Eye Foundation of Canada

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The Rostie Group and friends enjoyed a wonderful evening at The Eye Foundation of Canada’s annual charity dinner and dance ‘Thanks For My Sight Night’. The Eye Foundation of Canada celebrated their 26th anniversary on October 23rd, 2015. The independent non-profit organization promotes the preservation, enhancement, restoration of sight through innovative research, advanced education, and improvement of patient care. All of the proceeds from this event will go towards the future of eye care. Please visit www.eyefoundationcanada.ca for more information on The Eye Foundation of Canada and their journey to improve the future of eye care

We began our night at 20 Bay Street, WaterPark Place, loading onto the bus that took us safely to and from Montecassino Woodbridge Banquet Hall.

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Upon arrival, we took a super group photo!

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There were delicious ordoeuvres available and we all participated in the Silent Auction and Raffle.

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Johnny Bower gave a great speech, along with the Directors of the Board for the Eye Foundation of Canada.

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Dinner was served over 3 courses. In between courses we enjoyed watching exciting dancing couples and belly dancing.

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The night continued with dancing, fundraising and making new friends while connecting with old ones.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the event, and recognizes what an amazing job the Eye Foundation of Canada does for so many people.

We are looking forward to next year already!

A big Thank You to David Silva for taking so many great photos.

http://davidsilvaphotography.com/

For more photos check out:

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This is our Waterfront

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Welcome to our Waterfront work community!

We love being a part of Toronto’s vibrant and fun Waterfront.

From June 19-21, 2015 the Redpath Waterfront Festival helped launch Toronto’s newly revitalized waterfront with 5 Events in 4 Parks over 3 Days along 2 Kilometres, making it 1 Giant Party!
Events included Party on the Promenade, DANCE Pan American Style, DockDogs & Ultimutts, Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival and Sweetness Pride Beach Party.

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The promenade never looked so good!

We are looking forward to 2016!

Workplace Fraud 101 Rise & Shine Breakfast Seminar with David Malamed from Grant Thornton

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Join us for a very special and important Rise & Shine Breakfast Seminar

Workplace Fraud 101:

With the typical organization losing 5% of its revenues to fraud each year, it is paramount to learn how to prevent, deter and detect issues. David Malamed will present on the realities of internal fraud using real life examples and stories. The presentation will focus on:

  • Victim mindset
  • Preventative controls
  • Techniques to identify and qualify red flags
  • Reduce risk and exposure
  • Avenues for recovery

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 8 a.m.

Where: Pacific Room, The Rostie Group, 20 Bay St. WaterPark Place, Toronto, Ontario

Email rsvp@rostiegroup.com to confirm your attendance.

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Presenter Profile: David Malamed CPA,CA.IFA, CPA (IL), CFE, CFF, CFI
As a Forensic Accounting Partner with the Grant Thornton Specialist Advisory Services practice, David works with clients helping them understand, investigate and manage their risk. He is the Canadian Chartered Accountant Magazine’s Technical Editor for Fraud and a regular columnist. In 2012 and 2013 David’s column was awarded the Kenneth R. Wilson award. David has investigated, reported and managed numerous fraud investigations involving both civil and criminal allegations. He also works with clients in establishing and implementing anti-fraud controls that reduce risks and maximizes detection of potential issues. David is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Chartered Accountant specializing in Investigative Forensic Accounting, a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiners and a Certified Fraud Investigators. David has qualified as an expert and provided testimony numerous

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Millennials – Challenges in the Workforce

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Everyone knows that the millennial workforce thrives on coworking, coffee and flexibility in their chosen career path(s). There is even a study called NextGen to support this! “Where Generation X values control over work, development opportunities and pay satisfaction, Millennials are driven by the more social needs of flexibility, appreciation and team collaboration” (PwC, 2014). Many millennials identify their work habits as multifaceted; calling themselves entrepreneurs, tech-pros, freelancers and bartenders all at once. A one track career path is seen as boring or lacking in opportunity these days. Life-work is connected now more than ever, and everyone wants a personal experience, and to work for a brand that represents them (think Coca-Cola’s name bottles).

The challenge is this:

How can I merge my personal goals with my career and income generating goals?

You could take the advice ‘follow your passion and the money will come’. Well what if your passion is watching full seasons of ‘Friends’ on Netflix, with no breaks, all week long?

Or follow the trend right now and become an insta-famous tech startup! Maybe move to Silicon Valley, wear awesome Chive t-shirts and have a man-bun.

It works for these guys —-> https://www.pinterest.com/explore/man-bun/

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Ultimately you should start by envisioning and outlining what you expect in a job – any job! Salary, type of coworkers and boss (if any), environment (office, home, coworking space, the jungle or the beach) and specifics of what you will actually be doing!!

Just saying “I want to start a business” won’t start the business. Usually taking action and getting out into the world is better than spending hours planning and talking about what you are going to do.

Millennials are not ‘lazy’ or too ‘entitled’. Most millennials, like any other generation, want to work hard; they just want to work hard at something that they believe in. Young people have tons of great ideas, sometimes it is just hard to know where to start.

A good place to start is with a virtual office and coworking membership.

You get the best of every world with these packages.

A professional business address will give you an edge in any field – especially when writing to potential investors/donors/funding opportunities.

Also it will save time and money – all your mail and packages are collected for you and arranged nicely for pick up or delivery! No more waiting around for deliveries or worrying about cheques being lost in the mail. You won’t need to hire a receptionist or assistant either!

Coworking and coworking spaces are in generous supply around the world today. Providing an alternative to busy coffee shops; like-minded individuals and teams can bounce ideas off of one another or work quietly without the restrictions of a coffee shop or distractions of home.

Before signing up to any ol’ space on the block, explore your options! Be sure to make a list of what you envision your coworking experience to be.

Is free coffee important?

Can you have a dedicated, personalized space with a locked filing cabinet?

Is there 24/7 access?

You may have a day job and want to work on your other ventures by night!

What about when you have guests, coworkers or potential investors stopping by…is there meeting room space available on the fly?

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There are a variety of workspace cultures available. Be sure the one you choose aligns with your goals and expectations in your career and personal life.

Coworking and Virtual Office Memberships – http://www.torontomeetings.com/cowork.htm

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Facilitating Meetings with Ease

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Facilitating Meetings With Ease –

Toronto: October 21-22, 2015

We’re all spending so much time in meetings and are being asked to achieve crucial goals that meeting process facilitation is fast becoming a core competency for anyone who’s on a team, leads a task force, heads up a committee or manages a department. Whether you’re new to facilitation or have years of experience, this workshop provides a unique opportunity to enhance your mastery of any group situation.

Learn essential skills from certified, veteran trainers who have taught meeting facilitation skills for years. Experience a dynamic and totally interactive learning environment.

The Learning Opportunity:

  • Core values, principles, and behaviors of meeting facilitation
  • Work with powerful process tools and techniques
  • Develop your confidence in handling resistance and dysfunctional behaviors
  • Receive personal feedback and coaching • Practice new tools in a safe learning environment

Who Should Attend:

  • Project managers – earn PDUs!
  • Six Sigma and Lean Professionals
  • Managers of any level who run meetings
  • Internal Consultants
  • Professionals who need to increase buy-in and decrease resistance in group settings
  • Team Leaders
  • Business Analysts Participants earn fourteen Professional Development Units through the Project Management Institute upon course completion.

Facilitation First has been a Registered Education Provider since 2006 and our current Provider rating is 92.39% (average rating for all providers is 85.61%).

Workshop Agenda

Module One – Introduction to Facilitation Roles & Beliefs of a Facilitator Partner Interview: The Five Core Practices Distinguishing Process and Content Leadership Norming Lecturette and Exercise Giving and Receiving Feedback

Module Two – Decision-Making Moving on Up! Exercise The Decision-Making Roadmap Converging and Diverging Tools and Exercises Overview of Consensus-Building Testing for Agreement How Neutral do Facilitators have to be?

Module Three – Meeting Management The Fundamentals of Meeting Management Exit Survey Review and Exercise Case Study: “Meeting in Overtime”

Module Four – Managing Conflict Healthy Debates versus Dysfunctional Arguments Conflict Management Tips The Language of Intervention and Exercises Q&A, Evaluations, Wrap-up

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Workshop Outcomes

Module One: Introduction to Facilitation

  • Understanding the importance of ‘facilitation’ as a key leadership core competency within the context of running effective meetings and managing diverse groups
  • Getting clarity as to the role and beliefs of the facilitator in the context of creating powerful meetings
  • Experiencing the power of pairs and how to minimize group resistance through the use of the ‘buy-in frame’
  • Learning the 5 core facilitation practices and how to use these to gain group alignment
  • Understanding the importance of ‘process’ versus ‘content’ as the foundation for understanding dialogue
  • Reviewing how to initiate and maintain a facilitation
  • The importance of defining ‘purpose’ and ‘process’ in creating the meeting context
  • Exploring the use of norms in helping groups understand interpersonal and task related expectations

Module Two: Introduction to Group Decision-Making

  • Experiencing criteria based decision grids – a more sophisticated approach to prioritization versus ‘pros and cons’
  • Understanding the five most used decision-making options: from ‘delegation’ to ‘consensus building’
  • Learning how to choose and facilitate the right decisionmaking option
  • Practice using methods for giving and receiving peer feedback

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  • Learning how to apply the learning immediately to relevant work situations
  • Understanding the parameters of facilitator neutrality
  • Developing knowledge on the nine basic fundamental elements of running effective meetings
  • Practicing how to develop a process design for a ‘planned’ intervention
  • Using exit surveys as a methodology for making group and/or meeting improvements

Module Four: Introduction to Group Conflict Management

  • Distinguishing immediate vs. planned interventions and when either is required
  • Reviewing proactive techniques to handle common types of meeting conflict
  • Practice using the three-step language of intervention model in dealing with common blocks during meetings

For almost 20 years, Facilitation First has been top of mind for those seeking training in process facilitation. Our Facilitating with Ease workshop has been honed by Ingrid Bens, author of the national bestselling books ‘Facilitating with Ease and ‘Facilitation at a Glance!’. With thousands of participants rating the course an average 4.5 out of 5, we provide an experiential workshop process that equips learners with simple yet powerful tools that they can apply in their next meeting. What You’ll Receive You leave our workshop with the tools you need to combat wasted meeting resources.

You get access to online customizable templates, a textbook filled with meeting designs and intervention techniques, and the personal feedback and coaching from participants and the trainer. Our certified trainers are ‘facilitators first,’ who bring this real-world experience to the classroom.

 

Register Today!

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call 416-465-9494 or email us at info@facilitationfirst.com

Dates: October 21-22, 2015 Times: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location: The Rostie Group, 20 Bay Street, WaterPark Place, Suite 1100, Toronto, ON

Trainer: Kevin Quinn

Fee: $1,100 + HST ask about our discounts

What Some of our Clients Are Saying…

“Kevin was phenomenal. A true facilitation guru. Felt at ease and learned a lot of practical tools.” Cathy Katrib-Reyes, Project Coordinator, CBC

“This workshop was a carefully perfected blend of content, process and opportunities to practice in a safe and supportive environment that encouraged risk taking and reflection. Top shelf!” Monica Wand, Vice Principal, York Region District School Board

“This training shocked, amazed and inspired me. After just two days, I feel equipped to bring operational improvements to my organization.” Joe Crampton, VP Product, BPS Resolver

About Your Trainer: Kevin Quinn

Meet the meeting doctor. We all know that an innovative facilitation process can make the difference between a dysfunctional work group and a high performing team. Kevin models and teaches leaders how to design and facilitate meetings to get the best results from individuals and groups. Kevin provides expert meeting facilitation, especially as a teacher or troubleshooter of these skills. His expertise includes teaching people on how to deal with difficult stakeholders, how to negotiate to get results and how to use creative problem solving with individuals & teams. He has mentored and taught business and thought leaders in the public and private sector in North America and the UK. Every year he runs an adventure leadership school in Canada’s subarctic, teaching leadership in an environment where the decisions you make are a matter of life and death. Kevin combines academic achievement with practical experience as a project manager and general manager in large public and private organizations. Kevin has helped a wide range of business partners to navigate organizational challenges and improve their business results. He is the instructor of record at the City of Toronto’s leadership development program and the Schulich School of Business Health Administration MBA program. He teaches extensively in the health care, banking and municipal government sectors.

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Team Space Office – Move-In Ready

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Join the Waterfront work community today!

20 Bay St, WaterPark Place, on the 11th floor has everything your business is looking for!

You will be minutes from Union station, connected by the PATH – Toronto’s indoor pedestrian walkway that connects the downtown core.

Fully furnished and customizable team space to suit your business, with Wireless Internet and phones included.

You have 24/7 secure access to your space; including the Rostie Kitchen and Lounge, reception and mail services, fax/copier/printer services and use of meeting room space.

Save on overhead costs with flexible terms.

Cleaning, lights, AC, security and more all included.

NEW – On-site WaterPark Athletics Centre – for tenant use only!

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Book your tour today!

info@rostiegroup.com                        416-214-1840                1-800-648-1840