Tales from the Road: ClearSpan Goes to Canada Day 1

ClearSpan in CanadaRecently, our Advertising and PR Specialist Marc Zirolli traveled North of the boarder for the APWA “Best Show In Public Works” Congress & Exposition in Toronto, Canada. While on this business adventure, Marc kindly agreed to write down his happenings for a special four part blog series. Over the next four days, Marc will give a great behind the scenes look at the trade shows we attend and also how our ClearSpan Representatives entertain themselves when they are out on the road.

Saturday, August 16

My flight to CanadaAs the summer begins to wind down, trade shows really begin to pick up here at ClearSpan Fabric Structures. I was asked about two months ago if I’d be willing to represent the company at the annual APWA “Best Show In Public Works” Congress & Exposition in Toronto, Canada and I gladly accepted the opportunity. The near two hour flight from Hartford to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport kicked off the journey, which marked my fifth time to Canada’s largest metropolis.

After a short drive from the airport to downtown I arrived at my exquisitely-designed hotel a little over an hour after touching down in Ontario. The Fairmont Royal York is, well, royalty. In 1997, Queen Elizabeth II and Price Phillip were distinguished guests at the hotel, and their portraits are on display in the hotel lobby. The lobby itself feels like an expensive shopping district, with high-end boutiques, clothing stores and fine dining establishments – did I mention there’s a pipesmith on the premises, too?

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip at the Fairmont Royal York

I had a quick meal at a hotel-based restaurant named Epic, where I met a few gentlemen that arrived earlier in the day who were going to be attending APWA. I immediately hit it off with a public works data professional from Chicago, who noticed – and complimented – my sporting of a Hartford Whalers hat, a defunct team of the National Hockey League. That also cued his colleague to join the ice-breaking conversation, noting he was also from Connecticut. The other patron representing this newly-formed, late night quartet at Fairmont Royal York, was from Austin, Texas.

Check back in tomorrow to see how my first day went and learn what I heard about this past winter in Canada that I just could not believe!

Night scene of Toronto, Canada

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