The marketing team here at Altus is in a bit of conference withdrawal.
After months of preparation for our big annual user conference, our excitement to share three great days with all of our customers was overwhelming. We arrived early Wednesday morning to a quiet hotel and within a couple hours the area was a buzz with our pre-conference training attendees. We set up funky sticker signage on the floors, laid out nametags with care, sorted out the 13 different types of buttons and filled massive glass containers with Altus Logo coloured gummies. All ready to welcome our favourite people - our customers!
By late afternoon it was time to get ready for our welcome reception on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel. Probably one of the best places in Toronto to view the skyline. Everyone had a great time trying to guess the celebrity on their back and taking photos in our 2016 Customer Yearbook Photobooth. Post- reception we enjoyed the mild weather walking to SPiN Toronto where we challenged each other to some competitive games of Ping Pong!
It was an early start the next morning as we wanted to make sure that everyone got the most out of the conference. Luckily the coffee was flowing and a delicious breakfast was served. Colin kicked off the event with a welcome and then passed the stage to our Keynote, Adil Dhalla from the Centre for Social Innovation. Adil's talk "Salad and Other Secret Ingredients to Creating Innovative Culture" showed us that it doesn't take a big budget to create culture - the smell of garlic bread can do it!
From the keynote we all headed to a full day of training sessions in the most unique "conference rooms". Penthouse suites (which are now housing the NBA All-Star players!), Boardrooms, Screening Rooms and even a nightclub kept things interesting.
In the evening, it was time to celebrate the winners of our Annual Customer Awards in the newly renovated Thompson Lobby bar. Everyone enjoyed drinks, food and the chance to update their LinkedIn photo with our Professional Photo booth.
Friday morning kicked off with another great keynote from Anil Patel of Grantbook who talked about how to manage change in an organization. It was then on to the final few sessions of the conference (and the final few pieces of candy), before we wrapped up with this great video:
Thanks to everyone for making Altus Alliance 2016 the best one yet. We appreciate all the time our employees took building and presenting such great training sessions. We thank our sponsors for their support and content that they provided. And most of all, we thank our customers for making the trip to Toronto to share in this experience with us.