Beau’s Brew­ery team works and plays at Cal­abo­gie Peaks Re­sort

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“We’ve al­ready de­cided we’d like to go to Cal­abo­gie Peaks once a year now be­cause our re­treat was a ton of fun and such a suc­cess.”

- Steve Beauch­esne, CEO of Beau’s All Nat­u­ral Brew­ery

If you know any­thing at all about the team from Beau’s All Nat­u­ral Brew­ery, you’ll know that they like to work hard then re­lax with a lit­tle play­time. Their re­cent quar­terly sales meet­ing at Cal­abo­gie Peaks Re­sort pro­vided the per­fect set­ting to do both.

“Our team of 25 gath­ered for two nights at Cal­abo­gie just be­fore the end of the ski sea­son,” ex­plains Steve Beauch­esne, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the suc­cess­ful craft brew­ing com­pany head­quar­ted in Van­kleek Hill, east of Ot­tawa.

“We chose Cal­abo­gie be­cause we felt it had ev­ery­thing we needed in an event des­ti­na­tion. Plus, some of our team mem­bers had been there re­cently and they were im­pressed by the im­prove­ments that have been made to the re­sort in the past few years. It was a pretty easy de­ci­sion for us, as a fam­ily-owned busi­ness, to choose a lo­cal, fam­ily-run re­sort for our sales con­fer­ence.”

“We had a very busy meet­ing agenda in­clud­ing train­ing, re­view­ing sales fig­ures and set­ting the ob­jec­tives for the next quar­ter,” he adds. “Of course, re­ward­ing our hard-work­ing sales team as well as team build­ing and team bond­ing were high on the agenda too. We have been grow­ing so quickly that there are al­ways new faces, so a ses­sion like we had at Cal­abo­gie is a great way to in­te­grate new em­ploy­ees into the team.”

Beauch­esne notes that hav­ing their re­treat at Cal­abo­gie Peaks was par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive not only be­cause the re­sort is con­ve­niently lo­cated just an hour from Ot­tawa but also be­cause it is so self-con­tained. “When we hold sim­i­lar events in a city’s cen­tre, the team tends to sprawl out and we can start to feel a lit­tle dis­con­nected. We found it very con­struc­tive to have ev­ery­one stay in the same ho­tel and en­joy be­ing to­gether the whole time. It fos­tered a real sense of col­lab­o­ra­tion and con­nect­ed­ness.”

While the Beau’s team ad­mit­tedly had a very packed agenda, Beauch­ese says with the sup­port of the Cal­abo­gie staff they were able to get through ev­ery­thing in plenty of time to en­joy their planned leisure ac­tiv­i­ties. “It was great be­cause when we’ve held sim­i­lar events in other lo­ca­tions some­times ei­ther the team bond­ing suf­fers or the pro­duc­tiv­ity suf­fers, but at Cal­abo­gie we were able to have a very pro­duc­tive sales meet­ing, and then kick back and have some fun af­ter­wards. The com­bi­na­tion of work and play made for a truly mem­o­rable sales meet­ing.”

Un­sur­pris­ingly, recre­ation was high on the agenda for the Beau’s team. “The hot tub was a big hit and we ac­tu­ally got the whole group out on the ski hill, which was su­per. Ev­ery­one had a won­der­ful time, and to ex­pe­ri­ence this as a team was great. We had a wide mix of skills in the group but even the novices like me who hadn’t been on skis in many years had a great time on the slopes, as did the ex­pert skiers in our crew. ”

Beauch­esne makes par­tic­u­lar men­tion of the fact that while the re­sort may ap­pear com­pact at first glance, you shouldn’t be de­ceived into think­ing it will be cramped. “We felt like there was am­ple room to ac­com­mo­date us and give us lots of space for our meet­ings. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant when you are dis­cussing con­fi­den­tial sales data so we ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy some pri­vacy with­out los­ing out on easy ac­cess to all the other fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the ex­cel­lent din­ing room and all the out­door ameni­ties.”

The per­ceived sense of value in hold­ing an event at Cal­abo­gie is en­hanced by the re­sort’s many of­fer­ings, he says. “The value is def­i­nitely there – hav­ing a ski hill and ev­ery­thing else right at your meet­ing site changes the dy­namic in a big way. The fun that ev­ery­body had re­ally helped them fo­cus when it was time to get down to work. We were ex­tremely happy with the value re­ceived for what it cost us to hold our event at Cal­abo­gie.”

Beauch­esne noted that the staff at Cal­abo­gie were a big part of his event’s suc­cess. “The ser­vice was very good and in fact I would say it was some­what in­tu­itive. They rec­og­nized we were there to have fun and get work done. As a re­sult, they had fun with us and al­lowed us to have our fun with­out in­ter­rupt­ing the flow of what we were try­ing to ac­com­plish. We had shared our goals be­fore­hand with the Cal­abo­gie team and they helped make sure we achieved them.”

Beauch­esne is quick to re­spond to the ques­tion of whether or not he’d take the Beau’s team back to Cal­abo­gie. “In the past we’ve typ­i­cally ro­tated to var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions all over the province but we’ve al­ready de­cided we’d like to go to Cal­abo­gie Peaks once a year now be­cause our re­treat was a ton of fun and such a suc­cess.”

His ad­vice to an or­ga­ni­za­tion con­sid­er­ing Cal­abo­gie as the lo­ca­tion for their con­fer­ence? “Plan for an ex­tra day so you can have more leisure time. We were re­ally glad we de­cided to book the sec­ond night – hav­ing ad­di­tional play­time made for a much more mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one on our team.”

To book your next cor­po­rate event at Cal­abo­gie Peaks Re­sort, please visit www. cal­abo­gie.com or call 1.800.669.4861.

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