Asessippi Ski Retreat

Last week, MMP Architects employees left our desks behind and headed out on our first MMP Winter Retreat. MMP has a long legacy of designing, building, and renovating spaces in the Russell, MB region, including the newly renovated cafeteria space in the Lodge at the Asessippi Ski Resort. When the idea of a Ski Retreat emerged, it seemed fitting to spend our time hitting the slopes of this space that we are intimately familiar with.

Our time away began with the four-hour bus journey to the hill, followed by an afternoon of ski and snowboarding lessons, showing off talents on the slopes while mostly avoiding major spills, tubing adventures for some, and relaxing in the lounge for others. After our time on the hill, we made our way over to a private cabin where we partook in shotskis, warmed up by the wood fire, and enjoyed a 4-course meal. We finished the day with hot-tubbing, waterslides, and more fun late into the night at the Russell Inn. Following an excellent breakfast at the hotel the next morning, we all packed back into our bus and made our way home.

We owe our gracious hosts and bosses a huge thank you for making our time away such a great experience. Here’s hoping that this is the first of many winter retreats!

Please see above for a few photos from our time together.

2017 MMP Staff Retreat

In mid-August, MMP Architects employees left our desks behind and headed out for our annual staff retreat. This highly anticipated work event brings all the MMP staff together for a three day stay out on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. This break from the office provides staff the time to relax, bond as a team, compete in a golf day, and unwind from daily stresses together.

Our time away began with the now annual MMP Golf Tournament which was sponsored this year by ten gracious product reps. Teams of four golfed alongside our sponsors competing for bragging rights (as well as some amazing prizes) on a beautiful Manitoba summer day. After our time on the links, we made our way over to the wooded cabin site where we pitched tents and started the party. Highlight of our time included chatting around the bonfire, pontoon boat adventures, beach lounging and frisbee throwing, dance parties, incredible meals, drinks, and snacks, and much more.

We owe our gracious hosts, sponsors, and especially our bosses a huge thank you for making our time away such a great experience. The countdown is already on for next year!

Please see above for a few photos from our weekend together.

2016 MMP Staff Retreat

From August 18-20, MMP Architects employees once again turned on our “out of office” email notifications, locked the office doors, and took off on our annual staff retreat. This highly anticipated work event brings all of the MMP employees together for a three day stay at a cabin on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Our break from the office provides staff the time to regroup, bond as a team, work together in a team building exercise, and unwind together.

Some highlights from our time away included coloured bonfires, pontoon boat adventures, beach lounging, dance parties, karaoke, frisbee matches, a washer toss tournament, tenting, amazing food (including a crab boil) and drinks, snacks and much more. A feature of this year’s retreat was our first ever MMP Golf Tournament! Graciously sponsored by a number of product reps, teams of four took to the links of Grand Pines Golf Club for a day of (mostly) friendly competition. The rain stopped right as the first group teed off, and I think all would agree that we had a great day battling it out for bragging rights as well as some amazing prizes.

I’ve said it before, but it truly is so great to work for a company that values bonding together as a team. A big thank you to our gracious hosts, and all the folks that helped make our time away such a great experience.

Please see above for a few photos from our weekend together.

2015 MMP Staff Retreat

Last week MMP Architects employees turned on our “out of office” email notifications, locked the office doors, and took off on our annual staff retreat. This highly anticipated work event brings all of the MMP employees together for a three day stay at a cabin on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Our break from the office provides staff the time to regroup, bond as a team, work together in a team building exercise, and unwind together.

Some highlights from our time away included bonfires, cribbage matches, pontoon boat adventures, sea doo drives, tubing wipe-outs, beach lounging, dance parties, limbo, team games, frisbee matches, some amazing meals, drinks, and snacks and much more. A feature of this year’s retreat was the Amazing race game that sparked some friendly competition between three teams of MMP staff who raced through the bush following GPS waypoints, answered MMP trivia, and ended up using slingshots to launch marshmallows at a teammate sitting in a chair in the middle of the lake. The race was tight, and with only a 6 second lead, team red (Marty's team) pulled ahead right at the end with a perfectly aimed marshmallow.

What a great thing it is to work for a company that values bonding together as a team! A big thank you to all the folks that helped make our time away such a great group experience.

Please see above for a few photos from our weekend together.