We know the same old business routine. Your company wants to host a conference to discuss strategic planning or new ideas or goals, and the stress of picking a place to hold these meetings is overwhelming. Often the venue options for these meetings can lack the inspiration your team needs to generate the enthusiasm and focus you’re looking for.
More and more companies are opting for alternate venues to engage their team outside of the office for conferences and events. The Gladstone as a venue provides a blank slate for your corporate event, where your ideas and visions can be accommodated and flourish, and your team can be inspired to work toward collective goals and ideas that are being discussed.
Read on to find out how we take corporate conferences to the next level at the Gladstone!
Get Inspired with Your Environment
Being over 130 years old and the longest operating hotel in the city, the Gladstone definitely has its quirks. And with those quirks come an assortment of unique spaces that hold a deep and rich history in this city, which can help generate excellent conversation prompts and starters as to why it’s important your team is together. Depending on the size of your group, different areas of the hotel will more than willingly cater to your conference needs. Venue spaces in the hotel range in size and are all able to transform themselves into collaborative spaces.
For a larger group we recommend the Ballroom, a dynamic open concept space that can be arranged in multiple ways. Exposed brick and large windows looking out into the city provide the perfect backdrop to inspire new ideas.
The Melody Bar provides a cool vibe with large art fixtures on the ceiling, large windows facing Queen West and a historical bar along the side of the room.
For the smaller group one of our second floor gallery studios may be an option for you! The bright rooms have large windows and are equipped with tables and chairs as needed.
Try a Team Building Activity
As a corporate venue the Gladstone offers many spaces to engage your team in any activities you have planned. From panel discussions and presentations, to break out groups and brainstorm sessions, the Gladstone can accommodate the spaces and any organizing for activities planned!
Step out of your Comfort Zone
Along with the traditional settings we offer for team building activities, why not take the chance to engage your team in something that will challenge the way they think or help them step out of their comfort zone?
Participate in a team morning yoga class surrounded by the art in our galleries or even join in one of the many exciting Karaoke nights at the hotel!
Our Get School’d Workshops are also a great way to learn a new skill through an expert through a small group oriented environment. Get School’d is a weekly educational workshop series where each week we team up with a local artist or creator to provide an accessible space to learn a new skill and become the artist yourself! Workshops are always different and range in an assortment of topics. Past sessions have included wreath making (pictured above), beer tasting, calligraphy, tarot reading and more!
This is a great way to build teamwork through learning a new skill and can be a great breakaway activity for your conference.
Use Art to Generate New Ways of Thinking
The Gladstone has three gallery spaces on the second, third and fourth floors of the hotel, with rotating exhibitions displaying local and international artists. Art has the reliable tendency of engaging people in conversation and generating ideas that can expand much further than the work itself. Schedule a tour with our Exhibitions Director to learn more about the works on display during your conference!
Fuel Your Team the Right Way
A full day conference requires food to help re-energize the group and keep them focused on the conversations of the day. True to its sustainable mandate the Gladstone uses only local ingredients and supports local farmers through a refined and diverse menu. There are many options to choose from, with vegan and vegetarian alternates and the ability to customize for dietary restrictions and allergies.
Stay a little longer — Make it a retreat!
How about turning your one day conference in to an overnight retreat? After all the Gladstone is first and foremost a boutique hotel. You won’t find any cookie cutter hotel rooms here —all rooms are different and designed by an artist, which will keep your team inspired as they rest for the next day of your conference.
Take advantage of our group deals with discounted hotel rates, preferred room selection, option for early check-in / late check- out and more!
Lastly and most importantly, you can trust that you’re in good hands. The staff at the Gladstone is made up of artists, designers and event planners—all individuals who have the unique ability to transform the hotel’s diverse spaces to suit your group’s needs!
For more information about booking your next event at the Gladstone click here