CUSW is a place where workers come together, express their voice, and create their own future. We have a long history of standing up for workers, protecting their rights, and improving the lives of members and their families. We are a proud, independent, and democratic union based on membership engagement, fairness, and participation from the ground up.

Our National Committees play such a vital role in supporting our vision. They are the pathway by which members contribute to the policies and processes that guide the union between Conventions. 
With the National Capacity Building Committee in place, we are finding ways to support the work of committees to overcome stumbling blocks, so that it’s easier to achieve their goals. 

We are excited to invite you to this National Committee Workshop, February 23rd-24th, 2024, and look forward to working with you. 

Thursday February 22nd - Sunday February 25th, 2024

Horseshoe Valley Resort - 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Barrie, Ontario,
Canada L4M 4Y8  | View Map

There will be a registration table outside the Fairway Room in the foyer. Please ensure you pick up your registration package between 7:30-8:45am on Friday February 23rd.

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Learn more about the resort

If you have any questions, kindly contact [email protected]

Workshop Agenda

Meals & Info Agenda for Families

Pre-Conference Package

Preparing for the Workshop - What to Do & Bring


Directions, Check-In/Out
Horseshoe Valley Resort is located 20 minutes north of Barrie up the 400 Highway.

Located at the front entrance of Horseshoe Resort. You’re welcome to check-in anytime after 4:00pm on Thursday February 22nd.  Please have photo ID and credit card (for incidentals) ready for check-in.

After the Workshop on Saturday February 24 
11:00am on Sunday February 25
You must confirm in advance which option you are choosing.

Parking is free at Horseshoe Resort for any standard or oversized parking across all resort parking lots. Electric vehicles can be charged at one of our six charging spaces, located near the Inn. Each charging session costs $15.
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High-speed wireless internet in guest rooms and public spaces

Horseshoe Resort has an indoor pool, sauna and hot tub for guests to enjoy. There is also a fitness centre and games room (located inside the Inn lobby).

The cost of member accommodation and meals during the meeting will be borne by the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers Training Trust Fund.

Thursday February 22nd there will be dinner available, semi-private dining in Go West Restaurant. Buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner will provided on Friday February 23rd and Saturday February 24th for all members and their families. No meals are provided on Sunday.
Meal times will be posted soon.

Thursday Dinner - Go West
Friday/Saturday Breakfast - Eleven01 
Friday/Saturday Lunch & Dinner - Keewatin, Simcoe and Copeland Rooms. Private dining, only CUSW Members and their families.

Any special requirements (food allergies, etc.) have been captured during the registration process. If you need to make any changes, please contact: [email protected]

The Expense Policy allows for lost wages (if applicable), mileage and/or reasonable travel expenses for the trip from the Member’s home/work location to the National Committees Workshop and the return trip. No lost wage expenses will be accepted for travel outside the workshop days, except for pre-approved special circumstances.

Please feel free to contact [email protected] to discuss special circumstances.

Families wishing to participate in activities will do so at their own expense. Horseshoe Valley has many winter activities for families to enjoy, including: 

Skiing - you can plan ahead and buy your lift tickets online before you arrive.
Click here to learn more

Tubing - very popular activity, it is advised to book a time slot in advance.
 Click here to learn more

Horseshoe Valley Resort has more than just skiing and tubing to offer. There are some amazing family friendly winter activites.
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To maximize your participation, please bring the following items with you:

- Your committee’s current mission/mandate 
- Your committee's Business Plan
- Laptop or iPad
- August 2022 Workshop binder if you have one
- Headphones (if planning to Zoom other committee members)
- A mindset for learning and readiness to collaborate with your fellow National Committee Members

You can review the Committee websites HERE

Looking forward to seeing you at Horseshoe Valley Resort!