Whistler Microscale Workshop
In Whistler, Meeting Planners Incorporate Time for Wellness and Informal Networking into their Conference Agenda.
Whistler is set to welcome scientists from across the globe to the Microscale Ocean Biophysics 5.0 workshop January 11 – 16, 2019. The event, which convenes every two years provides an opportunity for an otherwise detached group of oceanographers, applied physicists, applied mathematicians, engineers, biophysicists and biologists to come together to present research findings on the biophysics of microscale marine processes, to collaborate, and to network.
Choosing to host the event in Whistler provides not only the formal infrastructure needed to host a five-day event of workshops, poster sessions and keynote speeches, but the relaxed mountain environment provides plenty of informal networking opportunities and a wealth of ways for delegates to stay active between learning sessions.
Indeed, the Microscale Ocean Biophysics workshop is designed to capitalize on Whistler’s abundant winter recreation with workshops and presentations scheduled for early morning, late afternoon and into the evening, allowing delegates plenty of time in between to get in a few turns, explore the pedestrian village, indulge in treatments at Scandinave Spa, or snowshoe the tranquil trails surrounding the village.
“More and more organizations are building wellness into their educational sessions, carving time out of their formal agenda to allow delegates to fully experience their meeting location,” says Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, executive director of Business Events Canada. Of course, such free time provides delegates time to check back in with their office during business hours, but it also gives them permission to explore the destination, creating space for free range thinking, which is critical when formulating new ideas and new ways of doing things.
Cassandra Zerebeski, manager of group business development for Tourism Whistler agrees, “With so many activities to choose from, whether it’s skiing, skating, or snowmobiling, or exploring world-class art museums and cultural centres, there’s no better place to find inspiration than in a spectacular location such as Whistler. When you unleash your delegates, you’d be amazed at the amount of informal networking that can take place while riding the gondola, and there’s real value in those serendipitous face-to-face encounters.”
Whistler, a self-contained four-season resort just a 90-minute drive from Vancouver, is the former host of the Alpine, Nordic and Bobsled events of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Home to the 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Whistler Conference Centre, the pedestrian-only village offers world-class accommodations, spectacular natural surroundings, and abundant recreational experiences to inspire delegates in between business sessions.