Posts tagged Ontario

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Spring Has Sprung

sun over lake

The sound of morning birds high in the trees singing their early morning calls…toss and turn at 453 am…dog out to do it’s business…coffee on and i thought, “why not sit down and write a spring blog”. After all, three days of 20 degree + celsius and it actually feels like spring has sprung in Toronto. I must also admit that some other factors contribute to this overwhelming shift in season for me. Obviously with the NHL playoffs commencing this week, after what might have been a lost season, the city is truly excited. I was blown away by the sea of blue and white downtown and on the subway on Wednesday night. Love to see the community spirit. As a partner with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens we actually celebrated a little playoff BBQ at our head office on Tuesday, just to get the team in the spirit of spring playoffs. Our President Stewart Glendinning and Chief Legal and People Officer Kelly Brown and fellow leadership team members helped host staff over the lunch hour…a little competitive spirit added of course. And we can’t forget our third sponsored club in the first round of playoffs of course - Ottawa Senators.

Stewart and Kelly hosting

Stewart and Kelly hosting

And then of course there is the return of the summer rep. Gosh, 32 years ago I sat in a similar seat as a young representative from northwestern Ontario. It was the summer of the Jeux Canada Games in Thunder Bay. What a grounding experience that has carried friends and memories for me across my entire 29 career at Molson Coors. A toast to our returning summer reps and those who have just joined us. I know that they will represent us well at events and promotions coast to coast to coast and always flying the responsible choices banner as they go about their business.

summer reps

Another sign of spring is the annual Randstad awards night. Randstad does a great job at reaching out to 7000 prospective employees across the country to assess the attractiveness of 150 employees. Proudly Molson Coors ranked eleventh this year. A special treat this year was Debbie Travis presenting her “ten commandments” for success. Inspiring and entertaining to say the least !

debbie travis

A toast to our employees and all that they do to carry the passion, commitment and drive for our business…over the past 227 years. Now that’s heritage. Naturally we are nothing without those who carry our products to market and the beer drinkers who support us at the taps, retail store or your favourite drinking occasion. We appreciate and value your business.

Economic Club Toast_n

And of course the beer business and all that we face in regulations, taxes, mark ups. Provincial budgets are another sign of spring and the Ontario budget was filed yesterday by the Wynne government in Ontario. Good news for beer drinkers and customers in Ontario is that there is not any increase in the beer taxes. Now that’s worth a toast on a sunny day at the legislature with blossoms in bloom at the memorial to Queen Victoria !

spring blossoms at leg

Another sign of spring is the renewed commitments to community. Across this great land we engage with community leaders in so many ways. Whether they are local festivals and events designed to instill community spirit and celebrate the arts, local sports events and team get togethers or support for a charity or not for profit of choice. The Beer Store in Ontario will be undertaking their annual drive for Leukemia. Hats off to them and their union membership and Beer Store customers who donate their empties and the difference that they make in our community. May 25th and 26th please donate your empty deposit refunds.

Perhaps you have a thought on spring being sprung. I hope you’ll share it. A toast to you and yours this spring weekend. No doubt we’ll all be seeking a patio, a television screen to watch playoffs and some great quality time with family and friends as the weather warms. Cheers to a great wrap to the week and start to the weekend. @MolsonFerg

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

25 Years of Campus Hospitality

From left: CHMA President Jeff Dockeray; Geoff Ross CBM Manager Ontario / West; Greg Barbour Director of Sales Ontario; Paul Norman CHMA Chairman

The Campus Hospitality Managers Association (CHMA) hosted its 25th Anniversary Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the end of May, celebrating years of campus-based professional development and networking for bar, restaurant, pub and nightclub professionals.

CHMA has members from campuses across Canada (including my college, which I wasn’t aware of while in school!). The organization started in the 80′s with four institutions coming together to network and discuss campus hospitality.  Over years, (as campus ‘beer halls’ began to change into pubs and clubs….I’m guessing beer halls are simply giant rooms where you drink beer…..?), more campuses joined the group and CHMA became one of the most important associations in the Canadian hospitality industry. 

This year’s conference was a special one for Molson.  We were presented with the supplier of the year award and recognized for our 25 years of affiliation.

Congrats to CHMA on 25 years of great work!





Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Molson Toronto Brewery Hosted Peter Love Ontario’s Chief Conservation Officer

Last week was Energy Conservation Week across the province of Ontario and Peter Love Ontario’s Chief Conservation Officer was a man in high demand! Participation and support towards energy conservation came from every corner of the province. Thousands of Ontarians, from students to business people or politicians, all embraced and participated in activities related to the Energy Conservation Week.  We, at Molson, had recently held our own Brewery Energy Conservation Week (Week of April 28) and Peter took time from his busy schedule to stop by and visit us at the Toronto brewery. The Chief Conservation Officer was able to see for himself what we at Molson do and how we raise awareness of all employees to support energy conservation in their day-to-day work or at home. 

Peter came accompanied by two communication interns working with him at Ontario Power Authority. Also present for this visit where representatives of Enbridge Gas Distribution; Peter Goldman and Ashu Kahol. Peter and Ashu took this opportunity to present Molson with the sum of $18,915 in recognition of our conservation efforts.  (Thank you Enbridge Gas Distribution for this show of support and acknowledgement.)

The group spent a couple of hours with us at the brewery and learned about our Brewery Energy Conservation Program and various other energy conservation efforts implemented in our operations in the past few years. These efforts augment our energy efficiency and help us conserve those precious resources we all depend on. Our guests also gained knowledge of our recycling initiatives in place at Molson breweries across Canada. The group was then given a tour of the brewery packaging facility and met some of our employees working the line. Our guests were able to acknowledge employees directly for their energy conservation efforts. The visit was then concluded with the sampling of a fine cold Molson beer and a toast to energy conservation!