Last week Roger and Shawn went to Calgary for the 2011 Calgary Real Estate Forecast Conference & Tradeshow. We took an early Air Canada flight, landed in -21 degree weather, plus wind chill. Cold is cold. We cabbed, not wanting to drive in that kind of weather. We are from Victoria.
We visited the impressive Calgary Real Estate Board office, were re-acquainted with the IT and MLS® Support Desk people, and brought them West Coast gifts, from our great clients, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub.
Afterwards we did a tutorial for new Radar Hill website client Christine Richard, then joined a small group of friends at a terrific and highly recommended Lebanese Restaurant, Aida’s Mediterranean Bistro.
The tradeshow was held on the Stampede Grounds in the BMO Centre, a huge convention building that easily dwarfs anything we have in Victoria. To stand out, we both wore our Radar Hill lab coats. With iPads, smartphones, a tablet computer, and digital photo frame, we mainly promoted our Homeport Listings product, and also the custom designed real estate websites we do. As a sign-up bonus, the first 10 signs received their choice of a Calgary Flames hat or wristwatch.
After packing up the booth we joined more Homeport clients at the closing reception. Then off to the airport for a late flight home, with a two hour stopover in Vancouver. Looking for food, even Tim’s was closed at the Vancouver Airport, though we did not exit to the main part, not wanting to go through security screening again.
Victoria was a relatively warm zero degrees when we landed. It was 43.5 hours door-to-door, though was so intense, it felt like a week. We had a great time, and will be back.