Top 10 Choices for Winter Fun on the Waterfront!

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Toronto’s winter has been unpredictable to say the least! The Waterfont community is still full of excitement and fun things to do. Use this list to plan your next after work night out, or visit to the Waterfront on the weekend!

ART:

  • Stay warm and feed your eyes and your ears with Quebec artist Patrick Bernatchez’s installation work on now until May 15, 2016 at The Power Plant Art Gallery. Immerse yourself in the changing seasons, pondering the cycle of life and death, rebirth and what time really means. Great for a date or friends to visit, and its FREE!  Find the Power Plant at 231 Queens Quay W.
  • powerplantLooking for some obscure and enigmatic art to whisk you out of this awkward winter we are having? Look no further than Deliberately Ambiguous. Five exhibitions at The Harbourfront Centre organized in conjunction with the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. You will be confused in the most positive way possible, and pushed to the limits of design, art and craft. This event is also FREE, because you know it’s better by the water!

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  • “The City of Toronto, in partnership with OCAD University, has launched a temporary, digital art installation at Union Station. The interactive exhibit, called Memory Capsule, pays tribute to the venerable station and cherished public space, which is undergoing a major revitalization”. There you have it! Taking the subway can be boring, but Union station has ramped up the artistic exposure with this installation, taking us all to the next level, and down to the Waterfront of course!

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EVENTS:

  • For the very first time, the Waterfront is hosting it’s own Sugar Shack – Quebec style too! Taking a page out of Canadian history and tradition, maple syrup tasting is a must for all Torontonians and tourists alike. It really makes you want to say Canadian eh? Catch this experience March 12th and 13th. Don’t forget to check out all the local food trucks serving up popular eats from around the city – our favourite the Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich from Caplansky’s!

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  • If you have ever been to a convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, then you know anything is possible here. The venue was made for events like Comicon! You don’t have to be a die hard fan of Comics or Superhero’s either. This year will be featuring guests such as Jason Isaacs from Harry Potter and Tovah Feldshuh who plays Deanna from The Walking Dead! Guaranteed you will see someone dressed as Deadpool, and hey maybe this is your chance to put on that Catwoman costume you’ve been meaning to wear again. With over 400 exhibitors, you’ll be sure to find something that excites the hidden sci-fi lover inside all of us. March 18th-20th. Tickets: http://comicontoronto.com/tickets/

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FOOD:

  • Miku restaurant – The best sushi experience in Toronto. The sushi looks like art, and tastes amazing. Sweet and flavourful, there is no need for Soy Sauce. The Sake pairs well too! Convienently located in 10-20 Bay Street, WaterPark Place is accessible through the PATH or off of Bay St and Queens Quay. Stop by before you hop on a flight at the Billy Bishop Airport or have your next lunch meeting here.

 

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  • Watermark Irish Pub and Restaurant  – Our go to place for after work food and drinks! Literally situated on the water at the Queens Quay Terminal, you will want to indulge in a Guinness or two. Be sure to stop by on March 17th for St Patrick’s Day festivities!

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  • Harbour Sixty – Ideal for those looking for an exquisite up-scale steakhouse experience. Classic and on-point, Harbour Sixty is frequented by our clients for business lunches and after work rendezvous. Mouth-watering goodness!

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  • C’est What?!? Located at 67 Front St. East., this spot is a mix of board games and fireplaces, craft beer and delectable wine selections if you’re into that kind of thing! Good for a night out with friends or an after work unwind.

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HOTEL:

  • Our number one hotel choice is the Le Germain – connected via the PATH and located right in Maple Leaf Square, Le Germain offers a unique boutique hotel experience, with original décor and stellar service –  you will feel like a celebrity visiting Toronto for TIFF! Trust us, you’ll like it. Book here: http://www.legermainhotels.com/en/torontomls/

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Oh yeah, The Waterfront’s Singing Ambassadors are hiring for the summer season. If you like to sing and hang out by the Waterfront, you should definitely apply! We would love to see you around.

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The Scoop is out for December!

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The Scoop is out for December! Check out what is happening at your Waterfront work community. Events, ice skating and eggnog, December is the time for spreading your Holiday cheer!

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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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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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…

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!

Rostie Group Networking Pancake Breakfast

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This morning we hosted a Pancake Breakfast in the Rainy Lake Room. It was the perfect start to the day. Thank you to those that could make it. Below are some pictures from this morning. Please stay tuned for more fun events that we will be hosting throughout the summer. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @RostieGroup

 

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Rise N’ Shine – It’s Pancake Time!

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The weather is beautiful and we feel that it is time for another networking event. This time we will host a fun breakfast that will allow you to network with our clients. Please be sure to join us for our Pancake Networking Breakfast on June 24, 2014 from 8:00-10:00 AM.

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Now Available: A New Home for Your Office Team

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Team Room Available Now

Here at the Rostie Group we pride ourselves in being able to provide quality and affordable office and team space for rent.

Move In Today!

An excellent space that can be used for projects, team space for up to 30 employees, or whatever your business need may be.
Features include:
  • Fully furnished and available at any notice.
  • Spectacular city views
  • Situated in the thriving downtown South Core, steps away from Union station and just a stone throws away from the lake.
  • Flexible and customizable office configuration to meet your company’s unique needs
    • Currently configured for 10 stations but large enough for many more options.
  • Excellent as a day office for brainstorming sessions, focus groups, and project work
  • Committed specialist support available from any of our teams (catering, in house IT support etc).
  • Rostie Group meeting rooms, voice over IP, videoconferencing, full service kitchen and business lounge all available at or for preferred rates.

We look forward to offering you a unique office solution that meets your company’s needs.

Feel free to contact us for further information or to book a tour: 416-214-1840 or visit www.RostieGroup.com

The Waterfront BIA Hosts a Wonderful Member’s Appreciation Breakfast

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The Rostie Group at The Waterfront BIA Appreciation Breakfast

The kind individuals at The Waterfront BIA hosted a delicious member’s appreciation breakfast on board Mariposa Cruises‘ Captain Matthew Flinders this morning. The breakfast was followed by two informative presentations.  Mark Lebovits and Stephanie McIsaac from Environics Analytics revealed detailed statistics of our waterfront service area. We learned a great deal about our waterfront community including including who the community is, average household incomes and detailed expenditures plus other relevant data on overall activity to help us succeed in our businesses. We really appreciated the insight that they were able to provide and it opened our eyes to the possibilities.

The second presentation provided details about the annual 3-day Redpath Waterfront Festival including their new partnership with the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival and information on their world-class events such as the North American Flyboard Championships and DockDogs World Qualifying Championships. For more information about the Red path Waterfront Festival, you can read our previous blog post about it here.

Several local businesses also provided great prizes for a raffle. The Redpath Waterfront Festival’s intern Shane was the winner of a Rostie Group branded umbrella. With this unpredictable weather, Shane will always be keeping dry.

The Rostie Group is very thankful to have such an active BIA that is constantly thinking of the members and working on improving our area as well as hosting  informative and creative events. If you are a business in the Waterfront Area, you may want to become a member.