Party Time!

July 6, 2016 Boudewijn Neijens

Most of you will know that Copperleaf moved offices a few weeks ago and will have read Judi’s blog post on the subject. We’re all rightfully proud of our new offices, which are quite a step up from our previous modest headquarters. And so it was only normal that we should throw a party to celebrate our move and our upgrade to new architectural heights.

In pure Copperleaf style, this event was meant to be fun—a celebration of a big milestone by and for the team. It was also an opportunity to invite many of our local supporters: people and companies that have helped us grow over the years and could now see tangible proof of Copperleaf’s success.

Anybody who has ever decided to organize a housewarming party knows the challenge: you pick a date which ideally is not too distant from the actual move-in, send out the invitations, and then discover that the premises are not quite ready for the big day. Small building imperfections need to  be fixed, furniture doesn’t quite work out as expected or has not yet arrived, and with 85 creative minds hovering around, you can imagine there is always a next best idea on the table. Thankfully our party date was cast in stone due to agenda constraints of some of our distinguished guests, otherwise I suspect we would otherwise still be hanging frames and rearranging furniture in a strive to perfection prior to officially opening our doors.

An office inauguration requires some form of ribbon-cutting of course. But considering that most of our customers manage billions in infrastructure assets, we decided to forego the traditional ribbon and cut something a bit more substantial. We toyed with the idea of high voltage transmission lines (assuming we could first locate the switch to deactivate the line), or high-pressure gas mains, and finally settled for a relatively safe and conveniently copper-coloured water pipe. Needless to say, a conventional pair of scissors was not going to do the job.

You’ll have to watch the inauguration video to discover the highly unorthodox technique used by the Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk to cut the pipe!

The video also shows the most important component of our building: its occupants, having fun and visibly proud of their new work environment. We moved in eight weeks ago and it’s been fascinating to see how the Copperleaf team has adopted the new space and its many cool features. In other words and stealing a page from the asset management best practices guide: our new offices have clearly become an asset that is delivering value to all its stakeholders!

Feel free to check out the photos as well.


About the Author

Boudewijn Neijens

Boudewijn is the CMO at Copperleaf, a Board Member of the Institute of Asset Management, and Chair of the Canadian committees for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on asset management and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on managing electrotechnical assets.

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