Team building in Alberta is guaranteed to be lot’s of fun and outdoors! Alberta is booming and more and more people and businesses are locating there. Alberta is also a popular meeting and conference location for Canadian and international groups. The scenery provided by the Rocky Mountains is unmatched and can create a very special meeting environment. The areas of Calgary, Canmore, Banff and Jasper are the most popular locations for corporate meetings and conferences in Alberta. This area is truly a four-season destination with all you need for a great family holiday, a recreational adventure or a great team meeting or conference.
Summit Team Building is Canada’s Premier Team Building company and delivers programs throughout Canada and internationally. We have been delivering programs in these areas for over 30 years so who better to give you a tour of the area. Below is some information based on our years of experience.
Top Venues. Our Top 5 List
Although there are many great meeting and conference venues in Calgary, below are our top 5 favourites.
Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown: right in the heart of the action with great meeting spaces for large and small groups.
Deerfoot Inn and Casino: this facility offers many great meeting room options and the casino provides a great informal team building and recreation environment.
Fairmont Palliser: host your meeting in style at this great facility. Whether your group is large or small they can meet your needs.
Scotiabank Saddledome: how cool would it be to host your meeting in this amazing stadium. They have meeting rooms and great food options. When your meeting is dome, get a facility tour or catch a Calgary Flames game.
Sait: If you are looking for a fun and unique meeting spot the Sait is your location. A smaller boutique style venue can put on a fun and special meeting or event for you.
Top Meeting Venues in Banff
It is hard to beat Banff for an inspiring meeting location. The fresh mountain air and the stunning views will take your meeting to the next level. It is hard to choose from these impressive venues. Wherever you go, book well in advance as they fill up fast. There are so many great options to choose from, but the below are our top 5.
Fairmont Banff Springs: a classic and so impressive. If you really want to impress your team this is the place to go.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: also a top choice for luxury and style. If you have an important occasion or a high-level group this is your choice.
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort: a beautiful and full service resort with great meeting facilities.
Sunshine Mountain Lodge: another stunning choice in the heart of the mountains.
Rimrock Resort: a little closer to town, but again a stunning full service venue with great meeting facilities and easy access to the mountains.
Top Meeting Venues in Canmore
Canmore has countless options for hotels and meeting space. Below are our favourites.
Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre: a great hotel and conference venue located in the heart of downtown Canmore. Walk to countless shops, bars, restaurants and more.
Malcolm Hotel: one of Canmore’s newest luxury venues. Located close to downtown and many of the beautiful walking trails.
Mount Engadine Lodge: located outside of town this backcountry lodge will allow your team to focus on their meeting in an amazingly beautiful location.
Kananaskis Mountain Lodge: located just out of town this property is easily one of the nicest in the region.
Top Meeting Venues in Jasper
Jasper is truly a special place. Not as busy as Banff and Canmore, but a little further to get to. If you are looking for a quieter experience, but still have access to the mountains Jasper is right for you. There are many great meeting locations in Jasper, but the below are our favourites.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge: treat your team to a great event at this full service luxury venue.
Pyramid Lake Resort: enjoy the beauty of the mountains at this lakeside resort. Perfect for small group meetings.
Chateau Jasper: a great choice for a multi-day team meeting that puts you in the heart of the mountains and close to so many recreation options.
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Top 5 Team Building Programs to be Delivered
When hosting a team meeting or conference in the Calgary, Banff, Canmore or Jasper area many groups are looking for active and engaging team building events as well as learning and development. Some of our most popular team building programs include.
At 8850m Everest is the tallest mountain on earth and one of the most sought after mountaineering goals. Your team will have a chance to embark on a simulated ascent of this extraordinary mountain as participants make critical decisions that will lead them to the top. This is an indoor, table-based program with a high level of team interaction, communication and decision making. Duration 90 minutes to 2-hours.
In this invigorating team building experience, we will coach your team towards mastering the art of juggling. The process involved in overcoming this challenge can be applied to tackling any challenge in the workplace. In addition to providing a fun and lively energy-booster to your meeting, the Juggling Act can also produce numerous learning moments for your team. This indoor based program requires a large open space. Program duration 60-90 minutes.
Organizations must have effective leadership at all levels in order to be successful. Developing effective leaders is a deliberate and ongoing process. This multi-stage program will inspire participants to set a compelling personal leadership vision, help them to assess their current reality and give them the tools they need for success.
We integrate Emotional Intelligence (EQi 2.0) and a suite of other personal development assessments to provide a framework for examining leadership styles and attributes, and to inform the action-planning process.
The program looks at relevant leadership theories and develops important skills for engaging followers, building teams, communicating, giving feedback, coaching, managing change and connecting people to the organization’s purpose. Leaders learn to create a team environment where trust, innovation and commitment flourish. Above all, they create their personal vision for “greatness” and a plan to get there.
MORE OPTIONS: team building, training workshops, motivational keynotes
Custom designed for your group, Summit will effectively blend a motivational keynote and a training workshop.
This half- or full-day workshop integrates Scott Kress’ extremely popular “Learning In Thin Air” or “Achieve the Outrageous” keynote with a mix of activities, models, tools and strategies that will meet your learning and development goals.
The riveting true stories makes this workshop highly engaging, and the content makes it valuable to your team and your organization.
Whether as a leader or a team member, much of a person’s success is based on their ability to be in touch with, monitor and manage their emotional interactions. This is referred to as Emotional Intelligence. The measure of Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a powerful predictor of success, and it can be improved through training.
This course is based on the EI 2.0 assessment completed online by each participant prior to the course. During the workshop, we build an understanding of key concepts, hand out personalized reports and provide tools to enhance emotional functioning. Participants create action plans to improve functioning in the two areas that they find to be most relevant to their workplace performance.
Scott Kress is a masterful storyteller, a leadership trainer and team building expert, a former Executive MBA Professor and a life-long adventurer. What sets Scott apart is his ability to climb mountains. He is one of the very few people in the world who has summited Mt Everest.
In fact, he has climbed the highest peak on each of the 7 continents plus skied to the South and North Pole. A feat that fewer than 50 people in history have accomplished.
Scott’s keynotes will contain not only gripping stories from his adventures, but also the personal, team, and leadership strategies he used that have been proven to create enormous success not only for scaling mountains, but also for individuals, teams, and organizations.
Additional Places and Things to Do in Alberta to Help Build Your Team
Summit offers many great team building options to give your team and meeting the boots they need, but there are also many other great options in the area.
Calgary Olympic Park: get a tour of the Calgary Olympic Park where the 1988 Winter Olympics were held. While you are there try out one of the many sport options.
Summer Recreation: hiking, rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, mountaineering, rock climbing, photography, and star gazing are just a few of the myriad of amazing recreation and team building options.
Winter Recreation: there are countless winter opportunities for skiing, hiking and snowshoeing. You could spend a lifetime here and still not do it all.
Columbia Icefield Adventure: by foot or by vehicle this is an adventure you will remember for a lifetime.
Banff Hot Springs: paper yourself in the comforting water of the Banff Hot Springs. Once through to hold magical healing powers, these waters will soothe and refresh you