Business Builder Retreat Agenda

Refresh, Replenish and Rejuvenate: Join Knowledge Bureau Instructors and Inspirational Leaders for this one-day hands-on
retreat that focuses on you and your business holistically in seven steps:

Step 1: Share Your Story
Step 2: Renew Your Passion
Step 3: Enhance Your Leadership Potential
Step 4: Rethink Your Strategic Plan
Step 5: Create Your Safe Havens
Step 6: Technology Plus Value
Step 7: People Power
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This business leaders retreat is truly different: it will help you to refocus in a distracted world, calm your mind, think about your priorities -personally and in business - so that you can re-engage with what defines you and your goals. You’ll feel happier, more focused and more determined to live the life you want to live – inside and outside of the office. Give yourself permission to replenish and repurpose with others who feel the burden of responsibility as much as you do. The result? You’ll have the chance to think more strategically about growing your firm, getting the results you want with less stress. To help you engage in a deeper thought process for each session, there is a thought provoking question for you to reflect on prior to arrival. Take some time to gather your thoughts and come prepared to share, network and collaborate with your peers in an open learning environment.

To help you engage in a deeper thought process for each session, there is a thought provoking question for you to reflect on prior to arrival. Take some time to gather your thoughts and come prepared to share, network and collaborate with your peers in an open learning environment.


4:00 – 6:00 PM Registration
Pick up Badge and Materials
Hilton Lobby
6:30 PM Meet at Le Monastère Des

77 rue des Ramparts, Quebec, QC. G1R 0C3
Map will be provided 12 min walk or cab

6:30 – 7:30 PM Tour of Le Monastère Des

In 1639, three Augustinian sisters came to Quebec City with a charter from King Louis XIII, to care for the sick and to open the continent’s first hospital north of Mexico. A visit to Le Monastère des Augustines is a unique opportunity to discover a chapter of history in a place dedicated to heritage, culture and well-being. The monastery holds some 40,000 artifacts and extensive written archives, which chronicles the sisters’ centuries of work in the community and offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of Western health care.

7:30 – 9:30 PM STEP 1 –

During this evening’s dinner featuring local farm to table cuisine and hosted by Evelyn Jacks, Founder and President of Knowledge Bureau, and our Lead Sponsor, share your story with other business leaders in an open and welcoming environment.

  Thought Questions:

What Defines You and Your Business?
The Buck Stops Here:  How does your “no excuses” role affect you? 
What Inspirational Message Do You Have For All Of Us?



In preparation for each session please review the thought provoking questions and come prepared to discuss with your peers.

7:15 – 8:00 AM FUEL UP:
Awaken Your Senses
Take It All In.  Le Monastère des Augustines is the perfect setting to begin your holistic experience in personal mindfulness, balance and purposeful thinking. A delicious breakfast buffet will be served to jump start and energize your day.
Guest Host: Alan Rowell
8:00 – 8:30 AM REVITALIZE AND FOCUS: Cardiac Coherence Technique

How to Be More Present.  Learn a “miracle” technique that helps you clear your mind, reduce anxiety and start every day in a calm, natural state of readiness so that you can be “in the present” for the people who crave a deeper relationship with you.

8:30 – 9:30 AM STEP 2:

Rebuild Your Passion Statement.  Sometimes it’s lonely at the top but it doesn’t have to be.  Reconsider:  why do you do what you do? Revisit your aspirational passion statement with business leader Dan Collison.

  Thought Questions:

What are you passionate about?
What keeps you from doing the things you are passionate about?
If you could rebuild your passion statement, what would it be?

9:30 – 10:30 AM


Leadership is about followers.  What makes a great leader?  Who follows you and why? Challenge yourself to dig deeper and find your latent leadership potential with executive coach Joanne Sigurdson.
  Thought Questions:

Who are the great leaders you admire and why?
What is the one thing you’d like to improve upon to enhance your leadership potential?
How do you lead into a new economy?

10:30 – 10:45 AM Health Break Grab a Health Shot! Learn from the Chef about the benefits of a fresh juice concoction and receive your special recipe for renewed energy.
10:45 – 11:15 AM SHARPEN YOUR CONCENTRATION Constantly Distracted?  Try Meditation for Beginners! If you are frustrated that you can’t get to the important things because of the noise all around you, you’ll appreciate learning effective ways to work on your concentration and memory in your daily life.  Learn about some high-quality apps to remind you in your day. . . “fit-bits” for your brain!  Practice in group, too!
11:15 – 12:00 PM STEP 4:

Meet the Dilemma of the New Economy Head On.  Who is your next client?  What do they want?  Rethink your strategic business plan by focusing on who you want to serve with Jenifer Bartman.

  Thought Questions: Who is your preferred client?
What services do you want to offer your next clients?
What is the mission of your “new economy” plan?

Is Time Your Enemy?   What’s the connection between a healthy body, a healthy economy and a planet healthy?  You’ll find surprising answers as you revisit the “new rules” of nutrition and receive a unique, practical model to guide your food selections, too!  Your “culinary coach” will give you scientific facts and tips on “mindful eating”.   You’ll discover a new attitude toward healthy eating, being in the present throughout this pleasurable activity, while you learn more about making more conscious selections for human health and our planetary eco-systems as well!

1:30 2:30 PM STEP 5:
Manage Risk More Effectively.  It’s critical that you and your stakeholders operate within safe havens.  In a world in which technology, privacy and compliance disrupt sound business practice, learn why understanding business law better can help, with lawyer Philippe Richer
  Thought Questions:

Do you have the right contracts in place for your clients?
What improvements do you need to make in engaging staff and contractors for the longer term?
How are you and your business protected from breaches in confidentiality and privacy?

2:30 – 3:00 PM STEP 6:
Let it Go - Disconnect with Purpose.  Modernizing your practice for a new economy means embracing even more IA and enduring more rewiring of your over-taxed brain.  To fight this bizarre relationship with your electronic devices, a type of self-inflicted loneliness, learn why you absolutely need to unplug to rest your brain and take back control.  Find out how with our technology partners.

Thought Questions:

What is the biggest issue in managing change for you?
How can you introduce mindfulness into managing the time you and the stakeholders around you spend with your various devices?

3:00 – 3:30 PM NOGGIN NOSH AND CHAIR YOGA Let’s really have some fun! Learn more about stretching and experience a great, easy way to take a “no excuses” approach to feeling better and smiling more throughout your afternoon. . . (as an alternative to eating chocolate bars from the vending machine!)
3:30 – 4:15 PM STEP 7:

Just how do we crack the recruitment conundrum?  Trouble getting and keeping staff?  It’s a common thread in most businesses.  Share your human resources concerns with our instructor panel hosted by Evelyn Jacks

  Thought Questions: What is the most frustrating part of the HR equation for you?
How do you empower and motivate your staff?
What results would you like from your HR Plan?