Success through creativity

Creativity is the new economy. Businesses, government and associations must cut through the clutter. Technology skills are no longer enough. We must engage, intrigue and interest our audience. But how?

Brainstorming at the Bunker will give you the tools to ignite your creativity and deliver effective results. Learn:

  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Presentation strategies
  • Evidence-based concepting

Get inspired, build confidence, and network 80 feet underground!

Who should attend?

  • Marketing managers
  • In-house designers
  • Marketing directors
  • Communications coordinators
  • Content creators and writers
  • Social media and PR staff

No artistic ability is required.

Previous Attendees



  • Creativity Hacks
  • Brainstorming Techniques
  • Communications Strategies


  • Interactive Workshops
  • Group Discussions
  • Networking


  • Dynamic Presentations
  • One-of-a-Kind Venue
  • Practical Applications

Presenter and Facilitator

Robert B. Smith, RGD

Robert Smith is a respected author, creativity professor and a founding member of the RGD (Registered Graphic Designers). He has presented and facilitated events including: national and in-house design conferences such as Design Thinkers and the RGD In-House Design Conference. He has also presented for Creative Mornings, Algonquin College, St. Lawrence College, Costco and The Royal Canadian Mint.

During his more than 25 years in the industry and as owner of Greenmelon, his clients have included the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Warner Brothers, DC Comics and Farm Boy. He is the author of The Frankenstein Condition and Stop Looking for Zebras, his soon to be published exploration of the creative process in the communications industry.


Technology free

No smartphones, laptops or tablets. In order to develop stronger problem-solving skills you will be using the “pens and pencils before pixels” technique. Notebooks and pens will be provided, as well as brief “technology breaks” between sessions and during lunch.

What’s included?

Shuttle Bus

A free shuttle bus from and back to the Brookstreet Hotel is available for those who require transportation.

Lunch Provided

Lunch is provided with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Beverages and snacks will be available all day.

Special Notebook Provided

Because this is a technology-free retreat, a special notebook and pencils will be provided.

Private Tour

Join us for a private tour of the Diefenbunker. Grab a local wine or Diefenbunker's own beer and explore this relic of the cold war.

Brookstreet Hotel

Need accommodation?

The Brookstreet Hotel is delighted to offer discounted accomodations for attendees! To reserve your room, contact the Reservations Team* at 613.271.1800 or 888.826.2220, or via email. Tell them you’re part of “Brainstorming at the Bunker” to receive your discount.

* The Reservations Team can be reached Monday to Friday 8am–8pm, Saturday 9am–5pm, Sunday from 9am–2pm.