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Waterloo 2020

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Jennifer Eddings Director of Sales T: 519.585.7517 ext.210 E: jeddings@wrtmc.org explorewaterlooregion.com Ready to meet in Waterloo Region? Call us to book your site tour THOUGHTFUL DINING The eat local movement means groups are getting both an authentic culinary experience and reducing their carbon footprint. Feast On®, a certifi cation program by the Culinary Tourism Alliance, recognizes restaurants and suppliers who source food and beverage grown and produced in Ontario. At last count, there were 12 Feast On® partners in the Waterloo Region. "It's just another indication that we are a culinary hotspot," says Minto Schneider, Chief Executive O cer, Explore Waterloo Region. For the most up-to-date list of restaurants and partners who support local food systems, visit ontarioculinary.com. Ma ive Gatherings LOT 42 KITCHENER A former steel factory, Lot 42 o ers a funky industrial vibe ideal for tradeshows, conferences and festivals—and it has recently upgraded its acoustics, making it a great choice for concerts and keynotes. On-site B Elegant Catering and Event Planning makes the process easy and seamless. And you can take your event outside with a 25,000 person capacity space called the Back Yard, which is punctuated by edgy gra ti murals. THE EXTRAS 4 Meeting Rooms 70,000 sq. ft. of Meeting Space GET COOKING For a creative o site for foodies in your group, Conestoga College's Hospitality & Culinary Arts Program conducts hands-on cooking demos and wine tastings led by instructors (up to 52 participants depending on the program). The program's Bloom restaurant, run by its students, hosts dinners and small gatherings. TAKE A SWING Whether your attendees are regulars at the links or total newbies, Golfplay o ers a memorable, social and fun experience. With eight bays of the world's best simulator technology and ample event space (including a VIP room), it's an entertaining choice for teambuilding, customer appreciation events and meetings for 12 to 80. GREEN TRANSPORTATION The ION light rail transit system line from Waterloo to Kitchener—with 19 stations—began operations last June. Brentwood Livery's fl eet—including Tesla's Model Xs—can easily whisk guests in comfort and style from brewery tours to progressive dinners throughout the region, as well as airport transfers. KEYNOTE CONNECTIONS Thanks to the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, meeting planners can access a vast array of experts in several vital economic sectors—such as fi ntech, technology, education and manufacturing—for numerous program enhancements, including guest speakers and customized tours. Just ask and we'll connect you! 4 | Ignitemag.ca | Ignite Destination Supplement

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