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Genesis Group opens training facility in new location

Jennifer Obleman
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2007

YELLOWKNIFE - The Genesis Group recently opened a brand new state-of-the-art training facility in its new 3,300-square-foot location on the second floor of the Nunasi building.

The 1,300-square-foot training room is equipped with two large screens, two digital projectors, DVD/video equipment, a sound system, and a document camera (like a digital overhead projector).

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Allison Simpson, training co-ordinator with the Genesis Group 10/17/07 - Jennifer Obleman/NNSL photo

The company is also planning to add video conferencing at some point in the future.

"It's similar to a high-tech university classroom," said Allison Simpson, training co-ordinator with the Genesis Group. "You don't find many boardroom style rooms this size anywhere in town, except for the hotels, and they're not equipped like this."

All the equipment is user friendly, touch-screen, and when the room is rented out to organizations that require space for training, the renters can easily learn to use the equipment, she added.

In its old location, a 2,500-square-foot space in the Panda II mall, the Genesis Group used to rent out its office boardroom as a training space for leadership and management training. However, when the groups were bigger than 12-14 people, a larger space was needed, and there was nothing available that served the company's purposes.

The Genesis Group's new training room can comfortably hold about 35 people.

"It's not a banquet room, it's a good-sized training room," said Simpson.

The training facility has already been rented out a couple of times, and the Genesis Group expects interest will pick up after open house is held in November to show off the new facility.

The company is planning to enhance its service to renters by making any necessary arrangements for coffee, snacks and meals as well as administrative services such as printing, photocopying and name-tags for its renters.

"It's a one-stop shop," said Simpson. "So in the end, they just get one invoice. It solves a lot of problems for clients because they don't have to run around and do all that themselves."

The facility also has break-out rooms available for brainstorming or small group meetings.

Genesis Group and Mediaworks offices are also located in the new space.

The Genesis Group does consulting and training as well as graphic design and media and marketing services.

Cathy Munro, vice-president of finance and operations for the Nunasi Corporation, which owns the Genesis Group, said she's pleased to have the business under the same roof as its parent company, and to see a new service offered that wasn't previously available in Yellowknife.

"It's a high-end conference facility and you're hoping that it will fulfil the needs of Genesis Group's clients as well as other businesses in town looking for room to do training," she said.