Meeting Outside the Box in Banff
With creativity that can’t be tamed, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity combines professional learning opportunities and breathtaking mountain vistas to create unforgettable conference experiences in one of Canada’s most unique venues for business events.
Looking out from the top floor of the Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation, you can see for miles. The building boasts floor-to-ceiling windows on every level with breath-taking views of the Bourgeau mountain range in the heart of Banff National Park – a place well-known for its pristine wilderness and outdoor adventures. But there’s more than mountains out here. This is the newest building at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada’s home for arts training and creation and one of the most inspired locations in Canada to host a conference.
As a designated post-secondary institution and member of Campus Alberta, Banff Centre offers groups the opportunity to learn and create through a variety of programs in arts, leadership, and mountain culture. The Centre has close ties to the University of Alberta, one of Canada’s top 5 universities and a world leader in research excellence. Some of the most iconic and outstanding artists from across Canada and around the world who have helped forge Canada’s cultural identity have graced its hallways including Oscar Peterson, W.O. Mitchell, Yann Martel, k.d. Lang, and Joni Mitchell.
“There’s a proud legacy of creation here, and we try to infuse as much of it as possible into our Conferences, Meetings, and Events,” says Jodi Burke, Managing Director, Sales at Banff Centre. “We draw on the unique artistic facilities and transformative programming at Banff Centre to enable our guests to realize their creative potential and achieve results.”
Take, for example, Banff Centre’s Conference Connectors – interactive and participant-centred experiences that focus on education, motivation, networking, challenge, and creativity. These 90-minute to two-hour programs were developed to encourage conference groups to experiment with new meeting formats and find creative outlets. Conference planners can choose from experiential menu themes: Arts-Based, Explore Outdoors, and Ideation and Foresight.
One, called The Creative Lens, requires participants to use digital photography to explore various themes. In small teams, they’re given a quick tutorial followed by an opportunity to showcase their photos and insights to the entire group. It is an active and engaging way to establish group rapport and connect delegates to the conference’s or meeting’s content.
“The team found the session to be very good; it is something new that we hadn’t tried before and proved to be much better than trying to accomplish the same goal in a boardroom,” said Brody Mainville, Shell Canada, who took part in one of the Team Problem Solving Challenges. “It challenged our thinking as a team and gave us some things to take away and reflect upon.”
All of the Conference Connectors take place in Banff Centre’s exceptional artist facilities. From studios to theatres and auditoriums, the Centre has over 60 exceptional meeting spaces that can accommodate groups of five to 1,000 – like the aforementioned Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation. This stunning building houses 17 fully equipped meeting rooms of varying sizes and flexibility, three of which are also dance studios.
“This place is a vibrant ecosystem of leadership, transformative experiences, and exceptional service,” says Burke. “Come see for yourself, and unleash your creative side!”
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is located on Treaty 7 territory in Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Centre is 90-minutes from Calgary International Airport. The Centre offers full-service Conference facilities as well as on-campus accommodations and dining venues.