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Waterloo 2017

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2 explorewaterlooregion.ca UNIQUE Venues FROM RENOVATED HERITAGE BUILDINGS TO LUXURIOUS PURPOSE-BUILT VENUES, PLANNERS HAVE A RANGE OF OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM FOR MEETINGS OR EVENTS, FROM INTIMATE BOARD RETREATS TO FULL-ON CONFERENCES. u HACIENDA SARRIA What was once intended as a residential home is now an elegant event venue for corporate meetings, charity galas, award ceremo- nies or product launches. The Courtyard's 40 ft. high soaring ceiling and magnificent stone arches add a touch of grandeur to cocktail receptions or seated din- ing. The Ballroom features a grand fireplace, hand-painted tapes- tries and seats up to 120. The Lounge features a small boardroom, perfect for smaller retreats. Groups can also help out in the Hacienda Market Garden, should they want to do a corporate social responsibility component in their program. As the largest community garden in Kitchener-Waterloo, guests can harvest produce or purchase produce baskets for the Working Centre, a not-for-profit organization in Kitchener. t LOT42 Patrick Doyle and David Brisson are creating a planner's playground where they hope creativity will meet community, technology and art. The duo, who are respectively managing partner and president/CEO of LOT42, are creating what they call a "Global Flex Campus" in the former Rudolph Ardelt industrial building on 17 acres of land in central Kitchener, with easy access to Highway 7 and the 401. The campus has five main buildings onsite, with some permanent tech and research tenants, but has plenty of room to spare for events, conferenc- es and concerts. "We live in a tech town and we're positioning the site for clean tech, arts, culture and tenants that support our vision." Available venues range in size from 13,500 to 40,000 sq. ft. "The beauty of our space," says Doyle,"is the ability for planners to come in here and be as creative as you want to be in our five, very different event spaces." Amongst the rolling hills of rich pasture and the Mennonite farms established in the last century, there are over 30,000 technology professionals now working in the Waterloo Region, creating a globally renowned innovation corridor that's the envy of the country. From bleeding edge research and the intellectual property of both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, to the Canadian headquarters of Google, OpenText and Kik Interactive, this entrepreneurial spirit is driving research, and employment in the area. A strong base in manufacturing and finance with companies such as Manulife, Sun Life, Piller's and Toyota also contribute to the economic prosperity of the region. Located just an hour from Toronto, the Waterloo Region is an easy access point from Toronto Pearson International Airport and Highway 401. See why Google chose the Waterloo Region for their Canadian Headquarters

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