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Join us on Friday, February 23 (8:30AM - 10AM) at the beautiful Andaz Hotel for this month’s talk on curiosity! We’re pleased to welcome twin brothers, artist and curators Jason and Stefan St-Laurent to the CreativeMornings Ottawa stage as this month’s speakers. 

Curiosity is many things—a trait, a mindset, and a skill. To wonder about the things you don’t know and to actively fill those gaps with knowledge is to consciously enrich your life. It’s also the secret sauce for creativity. Curiosity silences ego and encourages us to ask why. By constantly asking why we keep the channel open, allowing inspiration, perspectives, and ideas to mold our work and ourselves.

Tickets are FREE and will be available HERE at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, February 16, 2018! Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and don’t sleep in too late!

** Photo credit to Pat McGrat of the Ottawa Citizen. **

Happy New Year - we can’t wait to kick off our 2018 CreativeMornings series with all of you! Join us on Friday, January 26 as we welcome Marketing Specialist accidentally turned Linkedin Viral Content Creator, Michaela Alexis to the stage as this month’s speaker our our global theme anxiety

In this talk, Michaela will explore the ties between anxiety and perfectionism, how she overcame her battle with agoraphobia, and how even with anxiety, you too can learn to live life to its fullest.

Tickets are FREE and will be available at https://creativemornings.com/talks/michaela-alexis at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, January 19, 2018! Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and don’t sleep in too late!

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Make plans to join us at Wallack’s Art Supplies on Friday, December 15, when Ottawa designer, Art Director and Partner at Able Company, Steve St. Pierre will speak on the global theme of “context”.

“Those who seek beauty will find it.” It can be hard to look at the world through a positive (or different) lens when times are tough. St. Pierre presents lessons learned from years of struggling with mental health issues and how he applies them to growing as a creative person.

Tickets are FREE and will be available at https://creativemornings.com/talks/steve-st-pierre at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, December 8. Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and don’t sleep in TOO late!

Join us on Friday, November 24 at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management as we welcome Ted Fellow, Dr. Andrew Pelling to the CreativeMornings Ottawa stage as this month’s speaker on our global theme death!

His laboratory discoveries and advances are all predicated on death and the semi-living. The The living cells and tissues they study, and the products required to maintain them, are all a product of death. Ultimately, the creative scientific process of discovery is made stronger because it demands death - the death of ideas, hypotheses and specimens. 

Tickets are FREE and will be available HERE at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, November 17. You wan’t want to miss this one!

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Make plans to join us at EcoEquitable on Friday, October 27, when Ottawa Fashion Designer, Stacey Bafi-Yeboa will speak on the global theme of “pioneer”. 

You might be on the edge of pioneering something new; only time and your relentless drive to create against all odds will determine that. We look towards pioneers to bring us to new discoveries, domains, and knowledge about ourselves.

We’re looking at you.

Tickets are FREE and will be available at https://creativemornings.com/talks/stacey-bafi-yeboa  at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, October 20. Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and don’t sleep in TOO late! 

EcoEquitable will be hosting a Textile Summit throughout the day on October 27, click here for more info.
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Hey! We’re doing things a little differently this month this month! We’re hosting a special CreativeMornings on Tuesday (that’s right, not Friday), September 26 at the new National Art Centre at 8 a.m. (30 mins earlier than usual). We’re honoured to welcome Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the NAC Orchestra t the CreativeMornings stage to lead us in a discussion about this month’s global theme: Compassion. 

The event is free, but you have to RSVP! Registration opens here –> https://creativemornings.com/talks/alexander-shelley at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19! Limited seats available so don’t miss out! 

Mark your calendars and join us at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park on Friday, August 25, as Kwende Kefentse takes to the CreativeMornings Ottawa stage as our August speaker on the global theme of “Genius.” You’ll hear about the concept of Genius Loci - the phenomenology of place. Kwende will tell the story of how he came across the term and how it's changed his life trajectory.

Tickets are FREE and will be available at https://creativemornings.com/talks/kwende-kefentse at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, August 18. Set your alarm, and don’t sleep in TOO late! 

Photo was taken by Ottawa photographer, Rémi Thériault .
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While strict diets and hours of hard workouts may not necessarily be on the top of everyone’s things-that-thrill-us list, it is hard to deny that an active and cheerful morning routine can mean the difference between feeling on top of your game or at the bottom of it!

As a successful professional athlete our April speaker, Canadian Olympian, Sekou Kaba knows a thing or two about that. So he gave us a glimpse of his “zero-to-hero” morning routine! We were glad to hear that coffee does play a significant role in it…

What is your morning routine?

I get out of bed at 7:00 AM and pick up my headphones. I play some of my favourite groovy tunes and think of the day’s agenda. From there, I head out for a morning walk to clear my mind and loosen up. This is followed by a great breakfast and more eclectic music.

How long have you been following this routine for and why is it important to you?

I’ve been doing this for as long as I’ve been committed to becoming an elite athlete. I realized I needed to wake up every day with a burning desire to pursue my goal. My routine is what gets me in that state of mind.

What time do you typically wake up and go to bed?

I make it to bed around 11:30 PM and I rise at 7:00 AM - that’s what works for me!

We have to ask: Do you hit snooze? How often?

No snoozing for me. I sometimes wake before my alarm, if it does beat me, I usually get up after the third ring.

Would you say it is important to you to get a certain amount of sleep in a night?

Not necessarily. It depends on how taxed my body is from the day and what activities lie ahead. I’ve had some of my best performances on less than 4 hours of sleep.  

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

While still in bed, I examine my muscles for soreness from the previous night’s training. I proceed to stretch and activate the sore areas, followed by a back adjustment. It’s a great way to start the morning.

Do you answer emails first thing in the morning or leave it until later in the day?

I respond to short emails during breakfast and sometimes throughout the day. Long emails are for the evening.

Does your morning routine change on weekends? How?

My routine does change. Saturdays are my hardest training days so I spend most Fridays mentally preparing for the strenuous training session. I eat smarter and I spend a lot of time reading, listening to inspirational talks. I also get to bed earlier than usual.

What do you do in the morning that makes you feel the most prepared to start your day?

I listen to my favourite tunes with my good friend, coffee.

What do you do if you fail to follow your morning routine, and how does this influence the rest of your day?

I simply adjust. Those are old cars days. It may take a while to get my engine started, but I dig deep and do some positive self-talk. soon after the engine gets going.

Don’t miss Sekou’s talk on this month’s theme “Beyond” happening on Friday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m. with some good morning tunes and even better 

Free tickets will be released HERE on Friday, April 21s at 11 a.m. Stay tuned and be sure to RSVP!

ADAM BENT'S MORNING ROUTINE

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CMers know that mornings can have a huge impact on how the rest of the day unfolds. That’s why we’re always curious to see how our inspiring speakers start off their day. 

We asked our March speaker, Adam Bent, co-founder and chief operating officer at thisopenspace, about his morning routine. It was refreshing to hear that you don’t have to be a morning person or even have a strict routine to have a successful, productive day! Here’s what he had to say…

What is your morning routine?

I am not a morning person and prefer to be left alone for the first hour of my day. I keep my phone on do not disturb from 9 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. I hop into the shower and I always throw on “world report” on the CBC radio app. I stretch in the shower and practice some deep breathing while I start building a mental checklist of my top to-do’s that morning.

Food is a huge priority for me and breakfast is usually one of three options: Granola with almond milk and bananas, cold press juice or my classic smoothie with 12 ingredients or I’ll have sourdough toast with boiled eggs, avocado and tomato all with a side of coffee of course.

I get dressed based on my day’s most important meeting or how I want to feel that day, and then I walk to my office which is about 20 minutes. I’ll throw on the news or a podcast on CBC (I’m a CBC junkie). If I have a backlog of calls from the east coast from that morning, I’ll get on the phone and get through some calls on my walk. 

How long have you been following this routine for? Why is it important to you?

I have travelled frequently my whole career so my morning routine really forms around where I am that week, my routine suits the market. I am a very adaptable person and consistency is not something I need to do my best work, in fact change of environment is a driver for me. This year I am splitting my time 30% east coast and 70% west coast, and my respective routine changes to suit the weeks priorities. 

Toronto has a night culture both socially and in business. Networking and after work events are much more prevalent and they are an important part of being a successful entrepreneur in that market - relationships are everything. My morning routine is not as much of a priority when I am in Toronto, I might rush out of bed and be ready in 20 minutes and out the door to my first meeting at 9 a.m. In New York I’m up early because I don’t know how to get anywhere and lots of travel planning for meetings needs to happen.

In Vancouver people wear sweatpants or leggings to work and they go to bed at 9 p.m. so they can wake up and do yoga at 5 a.m. The business culture there doesn’t demand a nocturnal component so I wake up much earlier and follow more of a routine in the morning.

What time do you typically go to bed?

 It’s rare for me to be in bed before 11 p.m., I usually can’t get to bed until 12 or 1 a.m. Business culture tends to celebrate the early risers as a common denominator for productivity but I am glad to see research and the profiling of successful late night entrepreneurs and creatives that have been published over the last two years. There’s a lot of us out there and I think it’s an important story to tell. 

Do you hit snooze? How often?

Absolutely, but I also set three alarms for the morning 10 minutes apart. If you mix that in with the 5 minute snooze delay, my phone is guaranteed to terrorize me out of bed.

Is it important to you to get a certain amount of sleep in a night?

I can get by on 5/6 hours no problem. I’m a sprinter, so I will go weeks with little sleep but definitely need a recharge week at the end of a sprint. If I haven’t slept much the night before I will have a late afternoon lull, that’s when I will switch to an hour of something less demanding of my brain like research or candidate searching. If I have a day full of meetings then I stay spry, deal making and pitching gives me a lot of energy, it’s better than coffee. 

Do you do anything before going to bed to make your morning easier?

When I am crawling into bed, I listen to podcasts or I read to help shift my mind off work. This helps me fall asleep faster which I suppose helps me wake up easier on a good day.

Do you have a morning workout routine?

In the summer I will go to the gym or run before work a few times a week. In winter I cannot be compelled to wake up early AND work out. I need to be at the gym or go to a class, I need the environment. I don’t like working out at home, even Yoga at home I can’t get into. It’s my space to cook and relax or sit at my desk.

Does your morning routine change on weekends? How?

Ironically I get up as early on weekends as I do on weekdays, depending on Friday night’s activities. I love Saturday, it’s the only day I take off and when I wake up, I just lie in bed longer and I will cook a great breakfast or go for brunch. When I am in Vancouver I like to call my friends in Ontario since they are further into the day, it’s a great time to catch up.

What do you do in the morning that makes you feel the most prepared to start your day?

I think of my team and what everyone else is working on that day. Everyone at thisopenspace compels me to do my best work and each individual team member has a responsibility to each other and what we are building. That’s what makes me prepared to go and crush the day, alongside my incredible team.

What do you do if you fail to follow your morning routine, and how does this influence the rest of your day?

I think if you took coffee away and my breakfast then we have a problem, but other than that I’m totally unphased. 

Adam Bent will be speaking on this month’s theme – Taboo – how start-ups that operate in a legal grey zone bend the rules to scale their business and disrupt archaic industries. Don’t miss it on Friday, March 31 at 8:30 a.m. (hopefully Adam will be awake enough to talk to us by then!)

Free tickets will be released on Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m. Stay tuned and be sure to RSVP!

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