April 16, 2012
Marketing Supplement to Ottawa Business Journal

Diefenbunker - Canada's Cold War Museum

Take your business underground

The Diefenbunker is a meeting and events venue like no other

If you would like to strengthen your team and get your mission-critical projects done on time and under budget, take your inspiration from Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Built to protect the government from nuclear attack, the once-secret Diefenbunker is now a museum and National Historic Site of Canada that provides a variety of programs for students, tourists, government organizations and businesses.

The Diefenbunker is a 100,000 square-foot architectural and engineering marvel, built in only 18 months and under budget in 1958-59 by the ‘Canadian government’. It is an enduring reminder of the Cold War, the horror of nuclear conflict and the dedication of the personnel who were expected to leave their families behind to fulfill their duty.

“There is certainly a thematic link between the role the Diefenbunker was intended to serve and the concepts of team-building and cooperation,” said Yetta Riegel, Executive Director. “There is no other facility like this in North America built as both a nuclear blast and fallout shelter that is open to the public.”

The Diefenbunker is a unique venue with a retro ’60s look that can accommodate events with 20 to 250 people. Located only 10 minutes from Kanata, it works with local businesses to provide full catering and event planning services.

Riegel and her team don’t hesitate to play up the quirky appeal of this “big man cave.” On one hand, it is the perfect setting for ethics workshops and the emergency preparedness scenario testing required of government departments. Business clients also come to the Diefenbunker for corporate retreats and team-building events.

However, the Diefenbunker also hosts kids’ camps and birthday parties with a spy theme, James Bond martini parties for the grownups, and corporate zombie parties. In July, the bunker will even host a performance of the Moscow String Quartet as part of Julian Armour’s Music and Beyond festival called Beyond the Bomb: Music of the Cold War.

To learn more about corporate memberships and how you can have a blast in the past at the Diefenbunker, please visit www.diefenbunker.ca or call 1-800-409-1965.

PHOTO ABOVE: Kelly Eyamie, Marketing & Community Relations Manager

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