St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre
The immediate impression visitors to the St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre receive is vast views of Toronto’s downtown financial district, natural light streaming through the windows, and welcoming, open spaces. And yet, this is only the tip of the iceberg for Toronto’s premium corporate conference space.
Started in 1987 as The Corporate Seminar Centre, St. Andrew’s moved to its present location at the Sun Life Financial Centre atop the St. Andrew subway station at King and University. Under the leadership of President Stephen Hodd and Vice-President Andrew Hodd, St. Andrew’s is now one of the city’s most unique spaces of its kind as a purpose-built meeting and corporate-training space dedicated solely on creating the best atmosphere and service for its clients.
Driven by Design
St. Andrew’s distinguish itself by providing a venue solely for the use of its clients. Unlike hotels, the space is tailored to corporate meetings and training, with clear sightlines, acoustics, lighting, and state-of-the-art audio visual and technical support. St. Andrew’s also has an in-house kitchen and capacity to create customized menus for parties of any size.
All of St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre’s rooms have a special look. St. Andrew’s Hall, on the 27th floor, perfect for larger events such as AGMs and presentation, has vaulted ceilings, outstanding lake views, and acoustic fabric walls. With 1,750 square feet, seating can be arranged to accommodate a reception, dinner, classroom, theatre or boardroom events.
St. Andrew’s Lounge is equally as impressive, and at 1,160 square feet, can be combined with St. Andrew’s Hall. A Dining Hall, Executive Boardroom, President’s Study, Caledonia Room and multiple meeting room are streamed to meet clients’ corporate objectives and culture. All meeting rooms are equipped with modern congress and audiovisual technology.
The 16th floor has a more contemporary design, and holds the Conservatory Suite and the new Garden Suite, which was opened in March, 2012. “Our spaces are purpose-built,” says Andrew Hodd. “The flexible layouts mean we can really do so much more for our clients. If they need a large meeting and then a space to lounge, accompanied by one-on-one meetings, we can configure the space to accommodate all of that.”
St. Andrew’s dedication to providing exemplary customer service is rivalled only by its stalwart focus on providing state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and technology, along with an experienced team of audio visual and IT experts to set up, test, and operate any and all presentation requirements. St. Andrew’s can produce clients’ video conference from any of its 18 meeting rooms, wired to 200 Mbps fibre optic internet connection switch, providing both clear picture and quality sound reproduction.
“Our guests are sophisticated and demanding of the very best it terms of quality and reliability,” says Hodd. As such, St. Andrew’s proudly offer webcasting, videoconferencing and secure private networking. This technology allows clients to broadcast their presentations globally, save presentations to be reviewed at later dates, and to conduct a secondary business offering of selling the presentations to companies worldwide. St. Andrew’s “Plug and Present” package allows clients to simply plug in their computer, and the St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre team takes care of the rest, and also provides its webcasting services across any outside location across the GTA.
“Our clients have given us tremendously positive feedback on our live-streaming technology,” says Hodd. “Our chat feature enables real-time discussion and ask questions while logging in from anywhere in the world. We are able to offer a system whereby clients can access their presentation in their own time later, which also allows our clients some auxiliary revenue by selling their webcasting.”
Toronto Campus for the Laurier MBA
For 16 years, St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre has been the downtown campus to the Laurier Toronto MBA Program. The Laurier part-time alternate weekend program allows students to attend MBA classes on alternate weekends while balancing work, family, and study; the perfect format for working professionals looking to accelerate their careers. Laurier and St. Andrew’s enjoy a partnership which provides the MBA students with a quality corporate environment for their studies, productive classrooms with inspiring views of Canada’s financial core and a comfortable convenient location for commuting within the GTA.
“We are proud to be partners with the Laurier MBA Program,” says Amanda Miller, Event Sales and Marketing Manager. “We work with professors and students, many of whom we have seen post-graduation at our corporate events, to make their program as convenient and enjoyable as we can. We prepare a full-service menu for the program, and have become like family with them at this point.”
Maureen Ferraro, MBA Marketing Coordinator, Laurier School of Business & Economics, echoes that sentiment. “We have been with them for 16 years because the service is optimum. They really understand the needs of the student and their location is ideal to our downtown Toronto MBA candidate because they are right in the heart of the financial district which makes it ideal for our students who live and work in the downtown core.”
Ferraro cites the large, open rooms as very conducive to the classroom environment. “It’s a comfortable location and we want our students to feel comfortable and not go into a basement, but somewhere special, and St. Andrew’s provides that.”
“They are very generous in spirit and it comes through in terms of their deliverables and in how they treat our students; we feel it is a great partnership. They go to extremes such as keeping our laptops in shape, getting the best audio visual and sound equipment, and they are always available to us for any of our needs. Andrew and Stephen are more like family than business partners. We’ve been together for a long time, they know a lot of our professors and have seen so many of our students graduate. It’s our home away from home.”
St. Andrew’s Weddings and Social Events
The location at St. Andrew’s is also very appealing to clients for celebratory occasions. The club is frequently utilized for holiday parties, wine tastings, birthdays, anniversaries, receptions, dinners in the private dining rooms, and weddings. St. Andrew’s takes the same approach to these events as it does its corporate: full-service management, care, and attention to detail. With a variety of gourmet four-course menus, any event can be customized to suit a clients’ exact vision and create lasting memories in the club’s hallmark St. Andrew’s Hall. With the city and Lake Ontario as the backdrop, St. Andrew’s leaves a lasting impression.