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What’s Coworking at Treehaus Really Like?

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Coworking is a relatively new thing, and while you might be acquainted with the concepts of coworking, (collaboration, networking, productivity, community and more!), you might wonder what coworking really looks like in practice. Here’s a rundown of some common events in a coworking space on a day-to-day basis:

  1. Coworkers come in bright and early to start the day (or not). One of the best things about coworking at Treehaus is that the space is there when you need it, and if you’re feeling a bit under the weather, you can stay home and work in your pajamas. Don’t expect to find many people at Treehaus in the morning if it’s raining, windy, or snowing outside!
  2. We have night owls here. Some of our members work 9-5 jobs, and then work on their own projects at Treehaus after hours. We’re a 24/7 space for our members. Don’t be surprised if you see lights on inside Treehaus in the middle of the night!
  3. Coffee breaks are frequent. We love coffee here at Treehaus, and although we have three different coffee machines in the kitchen, there are just too many delicious cafes in the area to pass up! We make frequent coffee runs to Kava Bean, Café Pyrus, Matter of Taste and Williams—which are all just a few minutes from our front door!
  4. We love eating our lunches in the park. We just head straight out our back door, and we’re right in Victoria Park! If the weather’s nice, you’ll often find a Treehaus member sitting under the clock tower, or on a bench or picnic table, enjoying the great outdoors and bodacious community park.
  5. Our board members do it all. Our board members are volunteers, and coworkers just like you and me, plus their responsibilities extend far beyond the usual expectations of a “typical” board member. Replacing light bulbs, squashing ants and setting up new coffee makers are just a few of the tasks they take on to make sure members have what they need.

Make Treehaus your coworking spot. Email us at treehauscw@gmail.com and book a space tour with one of our board members!

Flashback to Coworking Week 2016 at Treehaus!

IMG_0263Treehaus residents and guests came together for a week of fun and learning August 2-5 to celebrate our annual Coworking Week! It was a full week of fun, learning, networking, and getting to know friends new and old!

On Tuesday, August 2, we kicked things off with an Open Haus at Treehaus, a great chance for guests to get to know our space, meet members and enjoy some delicious cookies and lemonade.

Wednesday, August 3, Treehaus members took a well-deserved break at Yoga in the Park, followed by an afternoon of free coworking for our friends and guests in the community! After a productive afternoon, we headed to The Boathouse in Victoria Park for happy hour!

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IMG_5841On Thursday, August 4, Rob Clement from the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre delivered an informative workshop on the Business Model Canvas. Members learned how to create a simple, but effective business model, either for a new idea or product, or to re-evaluate their current one. There was learning, networking and pizza!

Friday, August 5, was our final day of coworking week and Treehaus members enjoyed slushies and games, then headed to the Kitchener Clock Tower right out our back door for the Kitchener Blues Festival. The festival line-ups were fantastic and the food trucks were delish!!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Treehaus for coworking week, we hope you had as much fun as we did!

Building a Treehaus

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As our week-long celebration of International Coworking Week continues and with our sixth anniversary freshly behind us, now seems as good a time as any to reflect on our past.

In 2010, “coworking” wasn’t a common term. The idea was still fairly new, particularly in Canada. While major cities in the States and in Europe were embracing this new movement, there were really only a handful of spaces in Canada and most of those were located in major city centres.

Here in Waterloo Region, I was interested in how shared space might solve some problems for my non-profit clients (like getting their overhead costs down, and the opportunities to cross-pollinate ideas and share other resources).

At the same time, Natalie MacNeil was also looking at coworking for creative professionals as a way of retaining top talent in the Region. A mutual friend connected us and over coffee on a bright March morning, we discovered that although we had the same values about the spaces we wanted to create, we had very different ideas about our target markets. We parted amicably and wished each other well. It seemed fate had a different plan in store for us.

Over the next two weeks, Natalie and I bumped into each other EVERYWHERE! It was like we were stalking each other. One day while standing in line at a coffee shop we got to chatting and I asked her what she intended to call her space. “Treehaus,” she told me. “That’s so funny because I was going to call my space KNest,” I said. There was a quiet moment as we looked at each other. “Do you think we should just work together?” she asked. “Let’s do it,” I replied.

Four months later on July 1st, 2010 Treehaus opened its doors. Although Treehaus continues to evolve, even today we maintain great diversity in our membership. From non-profits to entrepreneurs to telecommuters, we have a wide variety of people and organizations that call Treehaus their “work home.” And we like it that way.

 

Written by Gabrielle Clermont, Co-founder of Treehaus

Celebrate Coworking Week with us August 2-5!

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International Coworking Week is coming up and Treehaus is ready to celebrate with a full week of fun events for learning, bringing members together and having a great time!

Tuesday, August 2 | Open Haus & Chair Graffiti 1-4pm

We’ll kick things off with an Open Haus 1-4pm on Tuesday! Are you or your friends in coworking at Treehaus? Want to meet some new members? Just interested in the amazing snacks including cookies and lemonade? Come visit the Treehaus Open Haus!

Plus, we’re doing some chair graffiti! Bring your old glitter glue and spray paint (we’ll have some too) and we’ll use our creative side to decorate a chair for the space during the Open Haus!

Wednesday, August 3 | Free Coworking, Yoga in the Park & Happy Hour 12-7pm

Wednesday is all about celebrating our amazing location and community. At noon, we’ll head to Yoga in the Park with Queen Street Yoga, for some free de-stressing and time outdoors. Then we’ll host some Free Coworking for the afternoon until 5 p.m., followed by Happy Hour at the Boathouse in Victoria Park! This is the perfect day to introduce your friends to the beauty of working right in a park, and an ideal mix of fun and productivity!

Thursday, August 4 | Lunch & Learn 12-2pm

On Thursday we’ll get down to business (and pizza!) with a Lunch and Learn! Join us and Rob Clement from the Small Business Centre for a hands-on Business Model Canvas Workshop, and a free lunch! The workshop will enable participants to sketch out their business ideas or explore a new direction for a service or product. Bring your friends to check out Treehaus, learn something new and eat some delicious pizza.

Friday, August 5 | Board Games & Blues Fest 1-9pm

Fridays are for kicking back and getting ready for a weekend of fun! We’ll celebrate in this spirit with a Board Game Afternoon, plus slushies and snacks. Feel free to bring in some of your own games, and be prepared to get competitive and have a great time!

After an afternoon of board games, we’ll step right out our back door to Kitchener Blues Festival for free concerts starting at 5pm on the OLG Clock Tower Stage!

 

Written by Laura Janzen, Community Manager

Flashback to Treehaus 6th Anniversary Potluck Picnic!

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Treehaus guests and residents new and old came together on July 5th to celebrate Treehaus’ 6th Anniversary with a potluck picnic in the park! Everyone brought something to share, from delicious salads to pitas and hummus, egg tarts and antojitos. The weather was beautiful as everyone in Treehaus took a break, sat outside and enjoyed learning more about the diverse range of people who cowork here. It’s important to take a break once in awhile!

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To top it all off, we all enjoyed a huge chocolate cake and coffee from our brand new coffeemaker! Happy 6 years, Treehaus—we look forward to many more!

Written by Laura Janzen, Community Manager

Welcome Laura, our Community Manager for the summer!

DSC00426Please welcome Laura Janzen, our Community Manager for the summer here at Treehaus. Laura is a recent graduate of the Music & Business co-op program at University of Waterloo. She is continuing her studies in the fall at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto. She has always loved to sing, dance, and act, and hopes to perform professionally in musical theatre following her graduation.

Laura loves Treehaus and coworking because she’s surrounded by a diverse group of people working on so many different projects, startups, and businesses. She has a passion for marketing and communications, and hopes to spend the summer building Treehaus’ social media following and engaging with its online community, and planning some fun events for Treehaus members!

Feel free to stop by and chat with Laura in the office from 9-4 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, or email her at lauraejanzen@gmail.com. She’d love to hear any suggestions you may have for Treehaus!

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE: INTERNATIONAL COWORKING WEEK @TREEHAUS 2015

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Release Date: August 7, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Downtown Kitchener’s Treehaus Coworking Workplace celebrates five years in city’s business community

Kitchener, ON – This summer Treehaus Collaborative Workspace celebrates its fifth year of bringing coworking to the Kitchener community. Treehaus is an incubator for entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations and telecommuters in the region. With an open-concept office setting, a kitchen, two board rooms and more than 20 workstations, Treehaus has become a second home for many programmers, artists and start-ups for the past five years. With the coworking movement gaining momentum in Canada, there are three things that make Treehaus stand out: its commitment to diversity, affordability and community building.

Gabrielle Clermont, Co-founder and Treasurer, has been at Treehaus here since the beginning, ensuring that these three values are at the core of the organization. When it comes to its residents, she says “our members are working in all different fields but we all share a passion for getting to know each other and being part of the bigger community of Treehaus.” Treehaus is part of a vision that favours collaboration over competition and its members feel the benefits first hand. “At Treehaus, we don’t take just anyone willing to pay the rent. It’s a curated community,” shares Clermont.

At five years old, Treehaus is one of the founding grandfathers of the coworking movement in the province. “We are one of the oldest coworking spaces in Ontario. Coworking is still a fairly new concept in Canada. Most new spaces close within two years,” notes Clermont. Treehaus’ success is due in equal parts to support from the community and the City of Kitchener.

When it comes to company structure, Treehaus functions with a minimalistic sense of style. As a space that curates and nourishes the needs of local professionals, Treehaus prides itself on its ability to be financially independent. Operated through the collaboration of a volunteer Board of Directors and part-time Community Manager, Treehaus goes without general executive services, such as reception. “We are the only coworking space that is run as an incorporated nonprofit organization. It’s part of the reason our space is so affordable. Treehaus is a true 24/7, help yourself kind of a place,” notes Clermont.

As a member of the Ontario Coworking Collective, Treehaus believes in giving its residents incentives for choosing coworking over a traditional setting. One of these incentives is the Coworking Health Insurance Plan (COHIP), which provides the stability of accessible insurance coverage for independent workers in Ontario.

Treehaus is taking its fifth anniversary as an opportunity to give back to the community by celebrating coworking culture with International Coworking Week happening from August 10 to 14. Highlights from Treehaus’ Coworking Week celebrations include an open house, free coworking days and evening social events at the nearby Boathouse Restaurant. On Thursday, August 13, Treehaus hosts a free training session co-presented with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre on the Canvas Business Model. The session features Q&A sessions with legal and marketing professionals, complimentary lunch and a coupon for a free coworking afternoon at Treehaus.

Treehaus is thrilled to present these and other community events to educate and celebrate Coworking Week in Kitchener’s downtown coworking space.
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TREEHAUS COWORKING WEEK EVENTS: AUGUST 10-14

Monday, August 10
Monday Funday Lunchtime Frisbee: 12pm-1pm
Open House: 10am-5pm
Treehaus Tour: 10am, 2pm, 4pm
Boathouse Social: 5pm-7pm

Tuesday, August 11
Office Supply Swap: 11am-2pm
Treehaus Tour: 10am, 2pm, 4pm
Boathouse Happy Hour: 5pm-7pm

Wednesday, August 12
Potluck Picnic Lunch in Victoria Park: 12pm-1pm
Free Coworking: 1pm-5pm
Treehaus Tour: 10am, 4pm

Thursday, August 13
Free Waterloo Region Small Business Centre Canvas Business Model Q&A and Workshop,
with lunch included: 12:30pm-2:00pm
*Event registration through Eventbrite required
Treehaus Tour 10am, 2pm, 4pm

Friday, August 14
Open House 10am-5pm
COHIP Insurance Info Session 1pm-2pm
Treehaus Tour 10am, 2pm, 4pm

To see Coworking Week Events Poster, click here.

Media Contact: Alex Glass | Treehaus Board Member | 226.792.4849 | alex@artsbuildontario.ca

Treehouse Collaborative Workspace is a nonprofit organization that has fostered over 85 different companies, individuals and organizations since its opening on July 1, 2010. Treehaus is home to consultants, single person businesses, nonprofit organizations, start-ups and telecommuters. Its proximity to the Iron Horse Trail and Charles Street Bus Terminal offers car-free commuting options for its residents year-round. Above all, Treehaus is committed to fostering a sense of community among its residents and regional businesses.