Submitted by Stephanie Van de Kemp
Kicking Horse Coffee
Kicking Horse Coffee hosted a ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, March 12th, officially launching their new staff area. Located in the Invermere facility, the funky and modern space is equipped with lockers, showers, a library and a WiFi room. The main feature is a bright kitchen and lounge area where staff can gather for meals and downtime. The kitchen leads out to a deck, which will be equipped with picnic tables and barbecues, just in time for summer.
Instead of gathering around the water cooler, employees can make use of a state-of-the-art espresso maker, enjoying the fruits or coffees of their labour. Kicking Horse Coffee chief executive officer and co-founder Elana Rosenfeld was excited to cut the ribbon, joined by chief operating officer Chris Wrazej and Larry Reinhart of Reinhart Construction. The Kicking Horse Coffee team now numbering 70 employees, and growing raised glasses of champagne in celebration of the new space, with Rosenfeld expressing her appreciation in a short speech.
After 17 years of Kicking Horse Coffee, this is one of my proudest moments, being able to create a work environment like this, she said. I am grateful for the hard work, passion and commitment of our Kick Ass team. This is what makes Kicking Horse Coffee Canadas number one organic, fair trade coffee!
Employees shared Elanas excitement, enjoying the first of many meals together in the new space. The staff area represents Kicking Horse Coffees fun, unique culture and the companys commitment to employees. Its a space truly designed with their needs in mind. Here, employees can rest, eat and socialize together and of course, horseplay is permitted.