Irene picked me up today on the way from her house to Wilson Station. The weather was cold. (Mind you, it’s a winter time in Toronto, so ‘cold’ should not be an ancient thing.) She parked her car in Wilson Station and we took the subway to get to our offices. I hop off the subway at St. Andrew Station. I needed to go to 121 King Street West. It’s actually the Standard Life Building. I almost lost my way on the PATH. (PATH is downtown Toronto’s underground walkway linking 27 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment. Follow PATH and you’ll reach your downtown destination easily in weatherproof comfort.)
Julie gave me the security card and booked me a room to be used while I’m in Toronto and need office facility. Peter helped me with internet connection – wonder why I had this problem. I think I should contact Jonathan to fix it.
The Toronto office has about 100 people and it is the country headquarters – we also have offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax. I spoke to Cheryl about the booming in Calgary and she admits that the country’s talents, especially young people, go to Alberta for jobs now. It’s difficult to compete with Alberta for talents right now since the pay there is really good.
The growth in this province is fueled by the booming Oil & Gas industry. PDy Monty told me that McDonald pays CAD20 an hour for their front staffs. I bet you can’t find any “flipping burger” job at CAD20 anywhere else in Canada. And with its strong currency over USD right now it’s even higher than any offer in their US counterparts. The “hot” jobs there are, of course, all positions in Oil & Gas industry, be it geologists, geophysicists, and engineers. It’s also impacting many jobs in Alberta from retail stores to professional positions. The housing market price has been skyrocketing (+29.83% Jan 2007 vs. Jan 2006, or +3.87% over Dec 2006 price). Thus, it’s common to see companies have to juggle between competing for talents and dealing with inflation in housing, etc.
What I love about the pantry in this office is that it has the coffee machine that offers you a variety of coffee and tea (Flavia machine).
While I’m working I get a call and text messages from a friend in Indonesia. I could see the snow falling from the meeting room’s window. I replied all e-mails that need to be responded promptly. I confirmed to have lunch with Roni (a friend from ITB with the same major as me but is now working for Scotia Bank) next week.
I think I’ll meet David, Kennedy, and Yvonne sometime next week.