Happy New Year

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2016!

The Rostie Group wishes you the best start to the New Year

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Start 2016 off right for your business and take advantage of our professional virtual office and reception services. Every business, no matter what stage it is at can benefit from a corporate address, friendly phone answering and exceptional meeting room space.

http://www.rostiegroup.com/virtual-office-packages

When you find your business is growing, you are hiring more employees and looking for more space, we’ve got you covered! Transition into a full-time coworking space, small private office space or maybe even a team room. The possibilities are endless – and customizable.

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Start 2016 off right and give your business what it needs to succeed!

Let’s Chat with The Rostie Group: Victoria Syme of Harmony Marketing

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As we launch the Let’s Chat with Rostie Group series, we decided to interview PR maven Victoria Syme of Harmony Marketing. From planning to execution, Harmony Marketing brings its skill and knowledge to all phases of a marketing program and has worked with clients such as Redpath Waterfront Festival and City of Toronto. Here’s what we learned from Victoria:

Tell us a bit about your business and the area you specialize in.

I work for Harmony Marketing, a full-service boutique marketing, communications, sponsorship and government relations agency here in Toronto. My most recent project was the Redpath Waterfront Festival. I helped manage media interviews, live television hits, event listings, blogger outreach, and all onsite PR activities as well as marketing for the festival leading up to the 3 day event.

Why should someone chose Harmony Marketing?

A client should choose Harmony Marketing if they want a dedicated team that will bring skills and knowledge to all phases of a marketing program. We believe in brokering unique opportunities and partnerships that are innovative and often differ from the norm. We are driven by success; success for our clients and their partners. 

How did you develop your interest in (and obvious talent for) this business?

I did a BA in Communications at McMaster University and a Post-Grad in Corporate Communications & Public Relations at Centennial College. As a child, I was a dancer and very social. I always knew this was the field for me as my entire family is in media or the arts. My dad is a producer, my mom works in marketing, my uncle’s a lighting designer and my aunt is a former actress turned pyrotechnician.

What sets you apart from the rest?

Although my focus is in PR, I have a firm understanding of marketing and social media marketing. I’ve also had experience with agencies of varying sizes and working on projects remotely so I can assist organizations no matter what their size or geographic location.

What is the most exciting part of your job?

I love that everyday is different. I love change and enjoy the fact that my role is multi-faceted and keeps me on my toes. I’m not at the desk all day, I’m always on the go… whether it be meetings with clients, industry events, or on location.

How long have you been living in Toronto?

Since Day 1 – I was born here.

What would you say are your 3 favorite places to dine in Toronto?

  1. During the summertime, I always need a good patio. I would say that the Mill Street Brewery is my pick. It’s always great in the distillery.
  2. Joe Allen’s on the Danforth is a family favorite. I grew up in the neighbourhood.
  3. You definitely need a guilty pleasure on the list. The Black Bull on Queen is my local haunt. I go there for the convenience and the people watching!

If you were to look back, what would be the most memorable experience you have had?

I was asked to work in Chicago for their Tall Ships event and it has been one of the highlights of my career so far. Tall Ships America had seen the great media response we had when the Tall Ships came to Toronto last year and requested that I come to assist their media team at Navy Pier. I communicated with major news outlets in the US such as Fox, WGN, and NBC and it was a great feeling to know that my skills transferred to the US market.

If you could be granted 1 superpower, what would it be?

I would choose to fly – how cool would that be? I’ve always wanted to experience the feeling of flight. It would be quite powerful to see the world from above and cutting back on travel time would be a bonus! Even the ability to simply fly through clouds would be phenomenal.

 

For more detailed information on Harmony Marketing, their background, clients and past experiences, please visit www.harmonymarketing.ca.

Client Testimonial – 1Go Media

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1GO Media recently made The Rostie Group their new home. Here is what they have to say in this month’s edition of The Waterfront BIA’s e-Newsletter:

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Read the entire August 2014 Ripple e-newsletter here…

Let’s Chat with The Rostie Group

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Introducing our new blog series: Let’s Chat with The Rostie Group.

With our centre bustling with creativity and many innovative projects taking place at The Rostie Group, we have decided to launch a series on our blog that will feature both our clients and other trendsetting companies that are doing exciting work. The Let’s Chat with The Rostie Group will begin this week and will provide industry insight and a venue for you to meet local entrepreneurs and inspiring individuals.  Stay tuned for our first interview.

When a Recruiter Calls…

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Contributor:  Pamela Inglis, Recruiter – Rostie & Associates

You know the call, as soon as you hear it’s a recruiter on the other end of the phone there’s a good chance that the first thing you say is “thanks, but I’m not looking”. Fair enough. The majority of the people we call are happy in their current role. But does that mean you shouldn’t take a few minutes to find out what they’re calling about? It may not be for you but perhaps you have a friend that’s on the market or maybe, just maybe, it’s your dream job.

It may not be the time for you to make a move, maybe not the right role, but why not take a few minutes and get to know us a little. Hopefully you’ll never be in the position where you have to find another job, but eventually you may want to. And we’ll be here…waiting for your call.

Construction Updates for the Waterfront Area and Southcore

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Waterfront Toronto was kind enough to update us about the  following construction advisories and road restrictions in the area and we would like to pass them on to you.

Construction News

Rees Street Intersection Re-Opening
The Rees Street intersection will re-open the morning of Tuesday, July 22.  Crews will continue working east of Rees Street to Lower Simcoe, pouring concrete for the new road base in preparation of the asphalt paving in the next two weeks.

New Roadway Construction
A traffic shift was implemented late last week which moved westbound Queens Quay traffic onto the new TTC right-of way from the Ellis-Don/RBC driveway, through the York intersection, and to the 207 Queens Quay west drive way. This traffic shift allows crews this week to begin excavations for both the north side (new roadway), and the southside curb lane (landscape and Martin Goodman Trail work), east of York Street.

Weekend Work: July 19/20
There will be crews working at several locations this weekend:

  • Rees Street to Lower Simcoe: Final details for intersection re-opening and continued sub-base and road preparations to Lower Simcoe.
  • Spadina Loop area: Overhead cabling work TTC crews.
  • Westin Hotel: Crews will be power washing and cleaning the granite pavers along the front promenade at the Westin Hotel this Saturday.

For information, please contact Robert Pasut, Eastern Construction at (416) 505-3073.

Ongoing Construction Updates

TTC Track Installation: Crews will continue final track work in the following areas:

  • Spadina to Yo Yo Ma Lane: Crews will continue with excavations and begin to prepare and form the sub-base for concrete and the installation of the remaining streetcar rails.
  • 85 Harbour Street to the Bay Street Portal: Crews have completed the final concrete pour and set of rails in this area. New TTC tracks now run from the Bay Street Portal through to 390 Queens Quay.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart to Peter Slip Bridge: This week, a small section of the TTC corridor has been exposed for TTC crews to install the rail lubricator pads.

Spadina Loop Reconstruction: TTC Overhead Cabling crews will continue their work to install the grid of cables in this area. Crews may work overnight shifts due to traffic constraints in the area.

Granite Installation and Parking Laybys:

  • Bay to York (southside): Last week, crews reached the area by the Scotiabank, and will continue to excavate for the new sub-drains, conduits, and silva cells in the service road. This work began at the southwest corner of Bay Street, and crews will continue to move west to the service entrance of 33 Harbour Square. The service entrance will remain fully operational during this phase of construction work.
  • York and Queens Quay: This week, crews will continue with the excavations at the northwest corner of York and Queens Quay. Work in this area includes the sub-base preparations, installation of tree trenches for two new/additional trees, and the electrical conduits for the new Astral Information pillar.  Crews will also begin to excavate the north and southside curb lanes. The northside work will start east of York Street to the York Ramp Parkette entrance where new catch basins will be installed. The southside curb excavations will start at the southeast corner of York, and the 77/99 Queens Quay condominiums, east to the 55/65 Harbour Square driveway entrance. Old street lights & poles will be removed and replaced with temporary poles on new permanent foundations. A pedestrian diversion path will be created around this southside work zone using the south curb lane. Access to all businesses will be maintained along this area.
  • 208 & 218 Queens Quay Driveway:  Crews have completed the granite installation of this driveway. This week, crews will continue to pour the concrete road base, followed by asphalt and road restorations between York Street and Lower Simcoe. The driveway will re-open once the road surface is paved.
  • Lower Simcoe to Rees Parkette:
    • Northeast corner of Lower Simcoe/Queens Quay: Last week, crews completed 100% of the granite paver installation on the northern portion of the sidewalk area, adjacent the Grill 4 U business. This included the placement of the ADA – Accessibility tiles at the sidewalk/curb interface. The area has now been fully reopened to the public.
    • Northwest corner of Lower Simcoe/Queens Quay: Crews will continue with the excavations for two traffic signal pole footings at this corner of the intersection.
    • 228/230 Queens Quay: The paver work continues at the Rees Street Parkette, where crews will continue with the infill of the second layby with granite pavers. This week, crews are expected to complete the installation of granite pavers in this area, and up to the property line of 250 Queens Quay.
  • Rees Street Parking Lot: Crews have completed the pour of concrete for the removable tree trench covers, and placed the planting soil in the tree trenches. Last week, crews also began to lay the new granite pavers in this area. This work will continue, and is expected to be completed in the next two weeks.
  • HTO Park East: Crews have completed the installation of granite pavers in this area from the Rees WaveDeck west to the EMS/Fire Station driveway. This area will be re-opened to the public once the final landscape details are completed this week.
  • West of Lower Spadina: Crews will continue with roadway excavations, layout, and sub-base preparations, and pour the concrete base structures. Some noise should be expected with these activities. The installation of granite pavers is scheduled to begin this week.

New Roadway Construction Underway: Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay.

  • Bay Street to York Street: Roadway construction (service laneway) will continue on the southside.
  • York Street/Queens Quay: A traffic shift last week, moved westbound Queens Quay traffic onto the new TTC right-of way in this area. This week, crews will begin to excavate both north and southside curb lanes east of York Street.
  • York Street to Lower Simcoe: The concrete base slab between York and Simcoe will continue to be formed and poured, followed by new asphalt paving.
  • Lower Simcoe to Rees: Crews will continue with the concrete base road preparation which includes the form and pour of the concrete base slab in this area, in advance of the asphalt resurfacing.

Telecommunications Work:  Distinct Technical Cable Services crews (sub-contractor for Rogers, Cogeco, and Allstream) will continue work at the 350 Queens Quay/Beer Store and various other locations along the Queens Quay. All work will be performed behind jersey barriers/fast fence with no impacts to pedestrians or traffic.

For more information, please click here to read the complete notice or visit the project webpage – www.waterfrontoronto.ca/constructingqq:

 

PATH Coming Soon!

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The new RBC WaterPark Place Tower is almost complete and we are delighted to see the progress. Along with the new RBC WaterPark Place, our building will be connected to the PATH. Walking through the neighbourhood, we saw the bridge to the PATH and can see it is almost ready. We are very excited to be connected to Union station and all the amenities of the PATH.

 

Here is a video of the proposed building:

 

Sneak Peek: RBC’s New South Core Tower

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We received this great article in a newsletter from BisNow (www.bisnow.com) and we had to share it!. To view the full newsletter or to subscribe to the BisNow list, please click here.

 

What led Oxford Properties VP John Peets to call WaterPark Place III Toronto’s “smartest” building? We brought our camera and some pub trivia questions to test it out.

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John took us on a hard-hat tour of the 31-storey, 900k SF tower in Toronto’s burgeoning South Core, slated to open Sept. 5. The third phase of a 1.7M SF, three-tower commercial complex at Bay Street and Queens Quay Boulevard, WaterPark Place III will be Royal Bank of Canada’s retail banking HQ. It will also house Cisco Canada’s 100k SF head office and an innovation centre showcasing the company’s latest technology, while Canada Newswire will occupy the 30th floor. The building is already 81% leased.

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Designed to achieve LEED Platinum, WaterPark Place III has an array of green features: Fritted glass fins on the facade (pictured) deflect sunlight; green roofs reduce the heat island effect; and recycled greywater is used for irrigation. The building is equipped to take in 30% more fresh air than the ASHRAE standard, and there are 350 bike-park stalls—vs 450 car stalls—with showers and change rooms.

 

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RBC decided to move to WaterPark Place III largely because it will be connected to the downtown PATH system (above is where the opening will be). The tower will have an above-ground link to Air Canada Centre and Union Station via an elevated, covered walkway that will run under the Gardiner Expressway through a new condo complex being built across the road.

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The building will have 50k SF of retail, a big boost for the South Core, which has had little by way of shops and services. In addition to the 12 vendors located in the glass-ceiling food court (pictured—if you ordered some food, it may be a little while til it’s ready), there will be a Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Rexall pharmacy, medical/dental office, fitness centre, and 25k SF auditorium for RBC. John tells us there will also be a high-end sushi restaurant, as well as an outdoor patio.
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The office floors—26k SF on average—are open, flexible, and designed to accommodate high densities. Cisco technology powers the operating systems. Each light has its own IP address, so when a tenant swipes a parking pass, it alerts his or her workspace of the arrival and sets the lighting to their preference. (Same for temperature.) Each floor will be separately metered for power, so tenants can monitor consumption. “It’s the most advanced building we’ve done in Toronto,” says Paul Hickey, left, of EllisDon, the project’s GC (here with superintendent Brian Blackman).

Happy Birthday Cynthia!

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Happy Birthday Cynthia Rostie

Happy Birthday Cynthia!

The team at The Rostie Group would like to wish Cynthia Rostie a very Happy Birthday. We hope she has a wonderful day and is enjoying her travels. We look forward to celebrating with her upon her return!

Meetings made easy with videoconferencing

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Video Conferencing

 

Videoconferencing is a convenient and effective meeting option which can save your organization both time and money. This technology has many advantages over traditional business meetings.

Lowers travel expenses

Share information with colleagues around the world in mere seconds without unnecessary travel costs, long layovers, pricey courier services, and all those other stresses and hassles associated with travel.

Conduct worry-free recruiting

Find the best candidate for the job no matter where they may be located. Videoconferencing enables you to pre-screen, interview, and privately interact with potential employees all while providing personal contact in the assessment process.

Gain a Competitive “Edge”

Videoconferencing gives you the instant “edge” in an increasingly globalized business world. Get a variety of diverse perspectives from off-site associates with limited planning or notice.

Stay ‘in the loop’

Whether working from the office, connecting from home, or conducting business off-site, videoconferencing allows you to effortlessly manage your business priorities while remaining an integral part of the decision making process.

Reduces your Company’s Carbon Footprint

With the business world changing rapidly, videoconferencing allows you to host a traditional meeting without the traditional constraints of space and location Bring your groups from several key locations together rather than relying on high-emission transport to get everyone into the same room.

Let The Rostie Group host your next videoconference. Our cutting-edge equipment is safe, secure, and reliable. Plus, we offer on-call technical support and assistance throughout the entire videoconferencing process. Whether purchasing or renting our equipment, The Rostie Group can provide your organization with innovative communication solutions for an ever-changing global marketplace.