Thurs, Feb. 2nd. - Court Desautels - "The Neighbourhood Group of Companies and BCorp Certification."
My presentation will start with a brief history of NGC, then move into some of the weird & quirky things we do, which then helped us become a Certified B Corporation (www.bcorporation.net). Being a BCorp, means we are leading a global movement, that measures it's success beyond profits, by using business as a force for good. It's all about what we do for the environment, our employees, the community, and how we govern our business. Of the almost 2000 BCorp's in the World, there are only 17 restaurants, which we are 4 of them. NGC is now the largest certified restaurant group in the World! Pretty cool! Bio
Court Desautels is the President of the Neighbourhood Group of Companies, which includes the Woolwich Arrow Pub, Borealis Grille & Bar and Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro. His passion has been deeply rooted in hospitality since the age of 14 when he started working in the kitchens around Guelph & Toronto, which eventually took him to George Brown College where he received a diploma in Business Management. Court's work experience since then has included being the Event Coordinator for Sleeman Breweries, managing restaurants in Australia and spinning vinyl at various clubs across Ontario. Despite all of his hospitality experience, Court's true passion is to create the most sustainable restaurant group in Canada and help pave the way for how restaurants will do business for future generations to come."
Thurs, Feb. 16th. - Robin Smart - "Finding Your Way: People with Dementia Living Safely in the Community"
Presentation and Bio
Robin Smart has been the Public Education Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington since 2005. Previous to that she worked in Long Term Care since age 16, when she started as a nursing aid. Over the years she worked in a variety of departments including dietary, recreation, activation and for many years as the Admission Coordinator for a local Long Term Care home. Robin’s degrees are from the University of Guelph. Her Masters Degree focused on helping people adapt to institutional living. Robin has also worked as a member of a Special Palliative Care team in Long Term Care, and with developmentally delayed individuals at the Kiwanis Camp at Bellwood.