Happy Birthday Coworking

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The newest buzzword ‘Coworking’ is here to stay and its taking the world by storm with over 2500 coworking spaces now operating across the globe.

It was August 9th 2005 that Brad Neuberg opened the first collaborative workspace, called Spiral Muse, and dubbed it “coworking”. He was quickly joined by other early coworking leaders like Tara Hunt & Chris Messina, who were original founders of the Hat Factory (along with Brad Neuberg and a few others), and finally Citizen Space, which is still a thriving coworking space to this very day in San Francisco.

Join us in celebrating Coworking’s 10th birthday and try a FREE week of coworking at The Rostie Group!

Book today – 416-214-1840 – info@rostiegroup.com



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Kajama Summer Boat Cruise!

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This is your chance to get on board one of Toronto’s best attractions and sail the Kajama, a traditional 165 foot three masted Schooner boat cruise!
Sit back and relax with a cold drink from the fully licensed bar, and a delicious meal as you set sail on Toronto Harbour and beautiful Lake Ontario. The best Toronto attraction in our work community!

Join us in celebrating summer!

When: Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Where: Queens Quay terminal, just outside of 20 Bay St., WaterPark Place
When: the cruise boards at 5:30p.m. The perfect after work drink spot.

Tickets are $21+HST.
Email rsvp@rostiegroup.com to reserve yours now!

FREE Lunch ‘n’ Learn with Davis Martindale Accounting

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Enjoy free lunch and engage with Davis Martindale on a wide range of topics including:

  • Cross border issues
    • Personal tax issues
    • Corporate tax issues
    • Inbound and outbound tax
    • Reporting and compliance requirements – each country
  • Use of Trusts – income splitting and asset protection
  • Corporate ownership advantages
  • Estate planning
  • Valuations
    • What is your business worth
    • Value drivers
    • Getting it ready for a sale

When: Thursday, August 13th, 2015  12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: 20 Bay St. WaterPark Place, The Rostie Group, 11th Floor, Pacific Room

Reply to rsvp@rostiegroup.com to confirm your attendance!

About Davis Martindale

Founded in 1967, we are excited to be approaching our 50th Anniversary – we truly are the little accounting firm that grew and grew. Our growth can be attributed to the specialization we offer in our services and the strength of our tax group, and our professional and advisory services groups.

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.


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.


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

Peak of the Week has now ended!

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This is our official wrap-up of the Peak of the Week lunch series! We are phasing out this program with the recent arrival of WaterPark Place’s new food vendors. For the last year, while the building was under renovation, The Rostie Group had started ‘Peak of the Week’ which is a meal delivery program for our clients. We picked a new restaurant every Wednesday (the peak of the week) and had lunch delivered for all of our clients from that restaurant.

We would like to thank our customers for their ongoing participation and support of Peak of the Week, which has made our program successful over the renovation period at WaterPark Place. Below are the most popular restaurants and dishes chosen by our customers. These are all local and Canadian favourites that we encourage you to try, especially if you’re interested in exploring more of Toronto’s food scene!


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Summer Sweet Salad


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Pad Thai

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Quarter Chicken Dinner


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Smoked Meat Sandwich

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Souvlaki Dinner

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! – Talk Like a Pirate Day


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Toronto’s Waterfront Workspace and Conference Centre was under siege by buccaneers for International Talk like a Pirate Day! There was plunder from sunken ships in the lounge, including a treasure chest filled with sweet treats for all. Our team was dressed in their best pirate attire while practicing their “Yars!” in good spirits.

Speaking of good spirits, the winner of our Funniest Pirate Joke Contest is Phil from PMC Specialist Recruiting Solutions! Check out his joke after the jump!

Why did the pirate have red eyes? Because he had too much seaweed!

A jolly good time was had by all!

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.

The countdown for the Pan Am Games begins with a gift from Cisco

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Over the weekend, a festival was held to give residents a taste of what is to come for the Pan Am Games next year. The festival kicked off the one year wait to the big games. The celebration started on Friday morning with the unveiling of a countdown clock and speeches by several dignitaries. Cisco was kind enough to unveil a beautiful clock that they created just for the countdown to the games. The clock has many interesting features and many new features will be unveiled between now and the start of the games. To find out more about the clock, please read Toronto Star’s article here.