FAQ: GEM CONFERENCE 2022

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Who is the conference for?

Gem conference is for anyone who is looking to level up in their career, business, life, be inspired to make a change, looking to connect + network, and who wants to spark growth. The content is tailored to be applicable to both career women and entrepreneurs, and we think that we can all benefit from really diverse points of view.

Do you have a COVID19 policy?

We are calling it COVID-WISE. We are following all Ottawa Public Health (OPH) guidelines and recommendations. We understand that people have different comfort levels- we are a judgement free zone on how you want to enjoy your experience. Measures we are taking:

  • Capping capacity at 30% of the building allowance.
  • Physical distanced seats.
  • Hand sanitization stations.
  • Attendees will need to do the health check prior to coming. Anyone with symptoms will have to have quarantined for 5 days and be symptom free.
  • Masks optional.
  • Table seating to encourage guests to use the same seat.
  • Judgement free- we want you to know that we are open to however you want to enjoy this experience.

Where is GEM happening?

Gem Conference is in Ottawa, Canada (holla Canada's capital city!). The venue is the horticulture building, a historical urban building in the heart of Ottawa and next to the Rideau Canal and other beautiful green space. Lansdowne (where our venue is located) has ample underground parking and is along transit). It is also a bike friendly. 

Can I bring my baby?

We don't want new parents to feel like they cannot come to the conference! In 2019 we had several parents in the audience with new babies. While we will not have a quiet/change room set up, we will have some comrfortable areas set up for nursing, sitting etc. We do ask if baby gets fussy that we take the due steps to not disturb the speakers + audience too much. We are here to create a space for you to feel comfortable coming with babe + enjoying the experience. Career + business is about work/life integration, and we are living those values.

How long does it go on for?

Gem Conference is a one-day event that is full of inspiring nuggets + content. We know your time is valuable so we worked hard to curate the content down to one day. Registration starts at 9:30am, and the day ends at 6pm.

VIP tickets also participate in a networking breakfast on Thursday, Sept 29th (10am-1pm). 

I want to sit with my friend- are there assigned seats?

We do not have assigned seats! So there is no need to purchase your tickets on the same transaction to ensure you sit together. The only assigned areas will be the VIP seating which will be the first two rows. Otherwise you are free to sit wherever. 

What will I get out of Gem Conference?

Its really up to you what you get out of it. Gem will be sending you some check in sheets prior to the conference so that you can take time to look at where your career/business/life is at and what you are looking to focus on- we think that by doing this you will have your mind open and ready to take the juicy nuggets that our panel will deliver to implement post conference.

We also know that these types of events can be so so inspiring, but then we get home and real life kicks back in and that fire is quickly lost. We are also going to be having you write yourself a letter at the conference that we will snail-mail out to you 6 months later. This will allow you to check in with what you had hoped to get out of it.  

Will you feed me, or should I bring lunch + snacks?

Oh man, are we going to feed you??! We have a local food partner - GATHER FOOD TRUCK -  who will be feeding our guests throughout the day, full coffee/tea service.

*** Should you have any dietary restrictions, please email hello@gemconference.ca with the subject line: dietary restrictions. We will have an assortment of vegan + vegetarian, nut free, and gluten free.

How will I get my ticket?

You will receive your ticket via email to either print off or show on your smart phone (paperless is fine by us).

I want to ask my boss to pay for it, but I'm not sure how to ask...

We got you babe. We wrote a blog post about how to go about asking your boss to send you to Gem Conference. Personal + professional development is quickly becoming a hot bed topic in a lot of HR policies, and a big part of employee retention. We even wrote out a letter that you can print out (or email) to your boss to help you craft your pitch to them! Find the letter HERE.

If they wont pay for it, no worries. We know that Gem is a perfect investment for you. Perhaps the compromise is a paid day off, and you cover the payment of the ticket? There are a lot of compromises, go in to the meeting knowing what you want out of it and have several potential scenarios laid out that work for you.

Remember that professional development + business conferences are a business write off. Get in touch with your accountant to ask if this applies to you!   

How much do tickets cost? 

We did so much research into different types of conferences and what they are asking you to invest in yourself- we believe in offering top level experiences but keeping the price affordable because we know that as a career woman, mompreneur, entrepreneur, maker that every dollar can count. Similar conferences in the states can run you $400US+. And we don't mean to toot our own horns, but conferences that have a lot less attention to thoughtful details are $300+ so we think we have hit the sweet spot for ROI. 

The tickets to GEM conference are $250 and include access to over 20 speakers, almost 4 hours of networking time, all-day food + drinks, access to our goal-setting workbook.

We have a small amount of VIP tickets available that give you access to sitting in the front sections of the tables (can we say up close and personal), and an exclusive brefast on September 29th with other VIP attendees and speakers. VIP tickets also receive a copy of Michele Charles Gustafson's book! VIP tickets are only $350! 

*** Please note that due to the proximity to the event, tickets are now non-refundable.

 Is there parking on site?

Yes, Lansdowne Parc houses a large underground parking facility that costs $20 per day. If you park at the canal entrance, the elevator/stairs bring you directly into the Horticulture Building. Ensure to bring cash or credit to pay for this at the end of the day.