Why you should Rent your Meeting Space

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Meeting Space Rent

It’s a fact of life (or a fact of business) that you’ll eventually have to have meetings. One-on-One, group meetings, team meetings, etc. You name them, they’ll have to meet at some point. Have you considered renting that meeting space?

So when you’re finding a space for those meetings to occur, it is often a corner of the office somewhere, where everyone has to bring their chairs and scoot over. Just making what might already be an uncomfortable space, even more so.

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones that has their own proper meeting space. But of course, owning space is very different from renting it.

For one, you have to maintain it. It can be costly to maintain a meeting room up to standard. Of course when it’s just your team, a little mess can be expected; some markers laying around, a used whiteboard, some leftover snacks.

But then if you want to bring a new client into that space, you’ll have to make sure it’s all clean and tidy. And your staff, as great as they may be, are busy making sure the business runs. They don’t have time to clean up every speck of dirt. Which then means you need to hire a cleaning crew, or extend the current crew’s service into the meeting room. But that brings potential reservations over confidential information…

And that isn’t even mentioning the cost of maintenance. What if the chairs break? Or the meeting table is damaged? The TV on the wall starts displaying static?

It’s just a whole cycle of never ending issues.

And of course, think about the opportunity cost. Space is expensive, especially in large cities. You already pay a significant amount for rent, and having enough space for your employees to actually do their job, do you really want to have to worry about paying rent for a room that will be sitting empty most of the time?

Unless your meeting space is doubling as your break room (which it really shouldn’t be), then it’s actual wasted space, and wasted money.

For those who are looking to cut some costs on their rent, and have a top notch, clean, and well stocked room, you should consider renting your meeting space from The Rostie Group. Free Wi-Fi, full technical support, videoconferencing, and delicious catering are all available.

Egg Painting Competition

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We’d like to thank everyone so much for coming down and joining us to paint some Eggs.

We’ve discovered that it’s actually a very nice way to de-stress. Very relaxing and creative. And no, you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy painting an egg.

Here is a Gallery of all of the eggs! All of them are great!

But of course, there can only be one Winner! (At least this time)

Congrats Puneet!

The Oxford Way

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Back in September 2017, Oxford Properties conducted a customer satisfaction and loyalty survey. Many clients took the time to let Oxford know whether they were meeting or exceeding service expectations. To celebrate the fantastic results Oxford have created a visual representation of this commitment via “The Oxford Way” video:

We love being part of WaterPark Place!

Here’s some events they’ve held in the building over the past year:

Click here for more information on how you can become part of the Oxford community.

Meet You @ The Rostie Group – The 3 Meeting Room Styles

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Toronto Meeting Rooms

 

The Rostie Group is the perfect location to book your meetings and training rooms. We’re just a short walk from Union Station through the PATH so you won’t have to brave the elements any longer. Overlooking the lake on one side and Toronto’s Financial Core on the other, the view alone is enough to get your creative juices flowing. With over 7000 sq. ft. of meeting space, our variety of modern meeting rooms can host anywhere from 2 to 100 people.

On top of the great venue, our caring and dedicated team will give your events a personal touch, customizing any room to the specific needs of your event. We buy high q
uality local food, providing fully catered pre-fix menus and/or a breakfast meeting menu with freshly made and just out of the oven pastries, croissants and bagels. Our team also provides in-house technical support to help set up rooms for you’re A/V needs.
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Over the last 25 years, we’ve had the pleasure of overseeing a large variety of businesses using our space for events such as:

1. Training events and Town Hall meetings

Join the growing number of businesses conducting Town Hall meetings to engage with their employees in a more personal setting. Our larger rooms like Rainy Lake and Muskoka are perfect for hosting bigger, training sessions or conferences; these rooms can be customized to be open concept and promote collaboration and teamwork.

For the last 15 years we have also been host to several Canadian universities such as Concordia and Dalhousie. They employ this style of meeting to enrich their learning experiences while utilizing our video conferencing systems to best help their students succeed.

food-22. Formal meetings

Our Atlantic and Pacific rooms are perfect for formal meetings such as off-site arbitration, board meetings and client consultations. With modern design and video conferencing equipment, you will be more than ready to close your next deal. Our Toronto Bay room which looks out onto the Toronto Waterfront also has a comfortable seating area and has the amenities to conduct a more personal meeting if required.

3. Interviewing rooms

Get out of the loud and crowded coffee shop and into one of our conveniently-priced smaller rooms like Lake Joe, Baltic or Caspian. They provide the perfect intimate atmosphere to have one-on-one interviews. With soundproof walls, you will be sure to have the privacy you expect in your meeting. These rooms also come equipped with A/V hardware and can be used for video conferencing.

And much more

With fully customizable rooms, we are fully flexible and can adjust the space for any sort of meeting, event or training session required. You can easily book online at www.TorontoMeetings.com or call us toll-free at 1-800-648-1840 or 416-216-4622.

#ThirstyThursday Oktoberfest

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Join us @ The Rostie Group for our Oktoberfest #ThirstyThursday Social for some well deserved Highlander Brew Co. Local Craft Beer courtesy of SIP.  Make sure to not miss out on this opportunity to unwind after a hard days work for fun times, social networking and some great beer.  

What is SIP? SIP is a membership club for discovering bars and restaurants near you.  SIP members enjoy 1 Welcome Drink per day at any of their partner venues which includes tons of Toronto hot spots.

Download the SIP app today and enter the invite code sipbar30 to enjoy a FREE 30 day trial!

 

#ThirstyThursday – Welcoming Fall

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Fall colours will be hitting Toronto soon, and you know what that means! Crisp air, football, pumpkins, Halloween costumes, mouth-watering Thanksgiving dinners, a ridiculous amount of leaf raking and refreshing beer to top the week off!

The Rostie Group Waterfront Work Community would like to invite you to attend our “Welcoming Fall -Thirsty Thursday” event featuring beer from the Amsterdam Brewery in our new and improved Sales Hub!

Thirsty Thursday is totally FREE and you will get a chance to connect with everyone from the business centre and Waterfront Work Community.

Don’t get the Summer blues, keep calm and Welcome Fall with us!

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Social Fridays Are Going Local!

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The Rostie Group is proud of our collaborative and supportive Waterfront work community.

This fall we are starting a new initiative to feature local businesses at our Social Friday’s and special events! Everything from microbrewery beer, to wine and cheese! The possibilities and opportunities are endless.

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Creating long-lasting relationships between businesses is our business! Get your product featured within the Bay St. business community and the Waterfront work community.

Toronto thrives on entrepreneurship and The Rostie Group is a business centre focused on supporting and growing with your business.

Want to get in on the action? We would love to hear about your business!

Connect with us at info@rostiegroup.com and be sure to check out our Twitter and Facebook pages!i-support-local-658

Recap and Photos: Lunch ‘N’ Learn with Paul Hellyer

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The Pacific room filled with summer sunlight and those excited to understand what Paul Hellyer’s life work means for the present and future of our society.

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Engaging, educational and dotted with anecdotes Paul Hellyer took us on a history lesson, different from the kind we learned in school. Conspiracies, secret governments, global bank programs created without the public knowing, and the question of who really runs the world? And what does this mean for us?

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Discussion and questions ensued about some of Hellyer’s political experience and current projects. He touched on power and the financial situation of Canada and the global understanding of wealth. Pamphlets were distributed explaining the Canadian bank system and how everything changed in 1974.  Check out CanadianBankReformers.ca for more information.

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Hellyer happily wrote personal notes in his books for everyone to take home. Featured were three books, A Miracle in Waiting: Economics that Make Sense, Light at the End of the Tunnel, and his newest book Money Mafia: A World in Crisis.

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For more information on Paul Hellyer, to purchase his books and to connect with him please visit http://www.paulhellyerweb.com.

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The Rostie work community is grateful to have Paul Hellyer as an influential part of the community. Thank you Mr. Hellyer for sharing with us and thank you to everyone who came out to the Lunch ‘N’ Learn. For more photos check out The Rostie Group Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/RostieGroup/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154485180159568

Please stay in touch for more exciting events coming this Fall!

WANY’s Annual Educational Conference in NYC: The British are Coming!

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WANY’s (Workspace Association of New York @workspaceany Educational Conference and Celebration was dedicated to establishing greater collaboration within the industry globally, with a focus on cross-Atlantic cooperation.  It was also dedicated to the industry’s groundbreaking thought-leaders.  The Rostie Group was pleased to attend WANY’s Educational Conference in New York City, representing Toronto’s Waterfront Workspace community.

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The first stop was a full tour of 4 WTC (World Trade Center) @4WTC with Mathieu Schepard, Director of Sales for Silver Suite Sales Offices @SilverSuites.  We toured their latest centre, which is a clear leader within the industry.  Mathieu also gave us the unique opportunity to see one of the few outdoor terraces in 4 WTC building, offering an incredible view of both downtown Manhattan, and One World Trade Center (formerly the Freedom Tower).

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The main event on Friday, June 17th took place at  Silver Suites Executive Workspace, on the 10th floor of 7 WTC. Thank you to all the exhibitors and sponsors who helped to make the conference both more exciting and more informative.

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We would like to congratulate Layton Dodson @officequarter for his appointment on the WANY Board.  Additionally,  a huge thank you to Angela Olivo from Select Office Suites @SelectOffices, BC@50 Chair.

The Rostie Group established strategic ties to other leaders in the industry both in New York, across the US, and in Britain.  We participated in an exchange of information about new trends, innovations, and about the evolution of the workspace industry as a whole.

Below is Martin Senn, from our channel partner, Davinci, accepting an award recognizing their invaluable contributions to the industry from David Alberto, Angela Olivo, and David Kinnaird.

Our Channel Partner Davinci - Martin Sean being given an award for years of service by David Alberto, Angela Olivio & David Kinnaird

Dara McQuillian, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer from Silverstein Properties @SilvProp (below) gave an extremely informative presentation.  He spoke about green energy buildings and the new 2 WTC that will begin construction immediately.    If you happened to turn around at this point in the presentation, you would have seen top environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio @LeoDiCaprio checking in on the developments.

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We congratulate our colleague Jennifer Brooke, BCA Executive Director @thebca  (pictured left with Angela Olivo and Lori Spiess @VoffiCenters) for her dedicated service to the industry as well as being a great host to our President, Cynthia Rostie, in the UK.

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After the conference, David Kinnaird @kinnairdd from essensys @essensysJEFF hosted a celebratory dinner for all of the conference participants.  Pictured below are a few of the party-goers.

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Cynthia Rostie attended the conference with Richard Fernandes, CEO and Founder of The Staffing Exchange @mycareerbroker.  Richard is partnering with The Rostie Group to launch the first #Coworking #SalesHub.  Our #SalesHub is scheduled to open in August 2016 and is the first of its kind.  Also in attendance was  Spencer Anderson, member of the Rostie team.  Spencer currently attends McGill University and is a summer  intern with our partner Roger’s Communications.

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Stay in touch for news on the upcoming Launch Party and Member Registration for The Rostie Group #SalesHub

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Thank you again to Ray Lindenberg @RayLindenberg at Winning Workspaces Hospitality Group for all of your efforts on bringing us out of Toronto to see New York’s new financial district.

The WANY Educational Conference allowed workspaces from around the world  the opportunity to collaborate on  innovative technologies, flexible design, green buildings and how to boost service to the next level.  Our industry is booming, and growing at an unprecedented rate, offering serviced space to all industries.  The Rostie Group invites you to share in the innovation, creative entrepreneurship and partnerships that flourish in shared work environments like nowhere else.

Learn more about The Rostie Group community here.

Check out our creative work community events in our monthly newsletter.

Get the latest news on all our membership perks and workspaces available.

If you want your team to get the most from their future workspace, stop by for a tour at WaterPark Place, 20 Bay Street, 11th Floor, Toronto, Ontario.   See where your team will be most successful- The Rostie Group, in Toronto’s SouthCore.   Toronto’s Waterfront Workspaces & Meeting Rooms.

Ahoy! Join us for the Redpath Waterfront Festival Canada Day weekend!

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Calling all mates! Celebrate summer in full sail with the Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by PortsToronto as they launch the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes Series.

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Tall ships return to RWF and will be docked in HTO Park for public deck tours. The star ships include: Draken Harald Hårfagre, the most authentic Viking ship built in modern days; the Spanish ship El Galeón, with 5 decks to explore; and from the USA, Pride of Baltimore II. Other ships include St. Lawrence II, Playfair, Pathfinder and Canadian Ocean Racing’s O Canada.

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The Royal Canadian Navy will be joining the festival for the first time with two 55-metre, coastal defence naval ships, the Ship Shape Obstacle Course, the Urban Fresh Navy Cook Off, and a host of interactive on-land activities!

redpath festivalReturning this year, the Waterfront Artisan Market will offer unique products and delicious treats from 50 top artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers! Enjoy our beautiful waterfront while you eat, shop and browse at Toronto’s newest open-air market. Also returning is the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show, featuring non-stop, jaw dropping tricks from adorable rescue pups! See them play piano, do handstands, skateboard, tightrope walk and so much more.

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Celebrate Canada Day with us and take in the spectacular firework show at Harbourfront Centre on July 1st. A crowd favourite, the grand finale Parade of Sail on Sunday, July 3rd, will feature all festival ships and unique local vessels as they sail through the Toronto harbour to bid farewell. Bring the whole crew!

The Rostie Group is a proud Festival Partner with The Redpath Waterfront festival! We have had a behind the scenes look at a lot of the planning and hard work that goes into making the festival the best event on Toronto’s Waterfront every year!

Visit www.TOwaterfrontfest.com for more information.