Meetings on the move

A man and a woman in business attire are walking next to each other.

What is a meeting on the move?

A meeting on the move is one that takes place while the group is on the move instead of sitting in an office or boardroom. We spend far too much time at our computers at work. Have you ever considered whether your meetings actually require access to a computer? If you find a computer is necessary, ask yourself whether you require it for 100% of your meeting time. When we schedule a meeting, we often assume our conversations must take place within an office or boardroom setting. In reality, many of our inspiring thoughts and creative moments happen outside of these settings. Join the growing trend of holding meetings on the move.

A meeting on the move is still a meeting and should have the same elements as other meetings: a start time, an agenda, a purpose, discussions and an end time.

When you schedule a meeting with someone, ask if they’d like to try doing it on the move!

Why have a meeting on the move?

  • Research suggests that the act of moving/walking can lead to increases in creative thinking.
  • Moving side by side promotes better engagement by breaking down barriers between meeting members, creating a greater opportunity for relationship-building.
  • Time away from a screen contributes to improved physical and mental well-being.
  • Conducting a meeting on the move allows you to incorporate movement into your day.

Some things to consider for a successful meeting on the move

  • Group size: Two to four people is an ideal size.
  • Pace: When choosing your route, establish a pace that is appropriate for everyone involved and ensure that everyone is comfortable with the plan.
  • Clothing: Wear appropriate shoes and clothing. It may be helpful to send a friendly reminder to participants to do so.
  • Route: Designate one person as a guide for the scheduled route.
  • Minutes: If your meeting requires minutes, designate one person to record important points (for example, use voice recorder on a smart phone). Be aware of your surroundings (ex: stairs, crosswalks, etc). 
  • And be sure to enjoy!
15-minute routes

Indoor routes

Indoor routes

Route #1 – Between FSS Cafe and LMX

This short route goes from the Faculty of Social Science (FSS) building to Lamoureux Hall (LMX). Grab a coffee from Première Moisson and get your meeting going!

  1. Meet at the Première Moisson café in FSS.
  2. Walk up to the second floor and walk straight ahead. (If you're taking the elevator, turn right when exiting, then right again into the hallway.)
  3. Make a left at the hallway leading to Vanier Hall (VNR).
  4. Go through the glass doors leading to VNR and turn right.
  5. Follow the signs to LMX.
  6. Go through the connecting hall into LMX and continue to the end of the hall.
  7. Turn around and follow the same route back to Première Moisson in FSS.
Cafe Première Moisson in FSS.

Route #2 – MNT loop

Go through some of uOttawa’s most popular hallways in Montpetit Hall (MNT), Morisset Hall (MRT) and the Jock Turcot University Centre (UCU), with plenty of windows and natural light to lighten your mood!

  1. Meet at the top of the stairs in MNT.
  2. Walk down the hallway towards UCU and continue to MRT.
  3. Turn right at the staircase leading to the library, go down two flights and turn towards UCU. (If using the elevator, turn left before the staircase, near the toilets, to take the elevator. When exiting at level 0, turn left, then left again towards UCU).
  4. Once in UCU, walk past the lounge, the agora and the bookstore.
  5. Turn around and head back to the staircase just past the bookstore. (If you wish to use the elevator, there is one on the left of the Bookstore entrance.)
  6. Go up two flights of stairs to UCU and head back to MNT.
  7. Follow the same route back to the starting point.
Montpetit Hall corridor

Visualize the instructions of 15-minute indoor route #2 (YouTube).


Route #3 – Between MNT/LMX and FTX

This route starts in Montpetit Hall (MNT) near Lamoureux Hall (LMX) and goes through Fauteux Hall (FTX) then back to MNT. It takes you by plenty of windows, through quiet halls and up and down a staircase to get you moving!

  1. Meet at the top of the stairs where MNT meets LMX.
  2. Walk down the hallway towards the Jock Turcot University Centre (UCU) and continue to MRT.
  3. Continue past the staircase leading to the library.
  4. Turn right at the hallway leading to Déjà-Vu, Thompson and FTX.
  5. Follow the hall through Déjà-Vu and continue to FTX.
  6. Walk down three flights of stairs to the basement. (If you prefer not to use the stairs, we advise you to make one or two loops around the FTX floor you're on instead. Get back to instructions at point #8.)
  7. Take a break for a minute or so.
  8. Turn around and follow the same route back to where MNT meets LMX.
    Montpetit Hall corridor

    Visualize the instructions of 15-minute indoor route #3 (YouTube).

    Outdoor routes

    Outdoor routes

    Route #1 – North Campus Loop

    1. Meet at Tabaret Hall (TBT) steps.
    2. Head towards Seraphin Marion Private and turn right.
    3. Turn right on Cumberland St.
    4. Cross Laurier Ave. E and go past Morisset (MRT), go up the steps past the University Centre (UCU), down the steps (2 sets) (For an accessible alternative path, enter MRT and exit near UCU 125).
    5. Turn right and go down University Private past the Residential Complex (90U).
    6. Turn right at intersection before Simard (SMD) and Perez (PRZ).
    7. Head back to Cumberland.
    8. Return to TBT steps.
    Tabaret sign outside of the building.

    Route #2 – Sandy Hill Loop

    1. Meet in front of Colonel By Hall (CBY).
    2. Take the path around the building (For an accessible alternative, enter CBY and take the elevator to the bottom floor).
    3. Cross King Edward ave. and go down Templeton St.
    4. Turn right at Saint-Germain Park.
    5. Turn right onto Mann Ave.
    6. Turn right at King Edward.
    7. Return to CBY.
    Main entrance of Colonel By Hall, seen from outside.

    Route #3 – UCU to CBY

    1. Meet at the terrace outside upstairs level (L2) of Jock-Turcot University Centre (UCU).
    2. Go down stairs towards Monpetit Hall (MNT) (For an accessible alternative, enter UCU and take exit 125)
    3. Head past Lamoureux Hall (LMX) on Jean-Jacques-Lussier Private.
    4. Cross the street when you reach the food truck in front of Biosciences (BSC).
    5. Turn left then turn right before the clinic towards Colonel By Hall (CBY).
    6. After reaching the benches in front of CBY, return to meeting point.
    UCU terrace outside of L2.
      30-minute routes

      Indoor routes

      Indoor routes

      Route #1 – UCU Loop

      This longer route travels from the Jock Turcot University Centre (UCU) to Morisset Hall (MRT), back through UCU and into Montpetit Hall (MNT).

      1. Meet at the UCU auditorium.
      2. Walk through the Agora to MRT.
      3. Take the MRT elevators to the second floor. (You could take the stairs if you wish.)
      4. Head out of the elevators and towards the main hallway to UCU and MNT and turn right.
      5. Continue to MNT and take the second hallway on the left.
      6. Stay right and walk towards the cement wall and continue along the MRT hallway to the end.
      7. Turn left, go through the two sets of double doors and turn left at the end.
      8. Walk to the end and turn right into UCU.
      9. Go down the two flights of stairs at Tim Hortons. (If you wish to take the elevator, just go a bit further in MRT, then turn left, near the toilets. Go to floor 0.)
      10. Return to UCU auditorium.
      11. Repeat two more times.
      The hallway between UCU and MRT.

      Route #2 –TLSS Loop

      1. Meet at the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS) counter (basement of Morisset Hall, MRT).
      2. Walk to the MRT staircase and go up two flights.
      3. Head left and go down the hall through the Jock Turcot University Centre to Montpetit Hall (MNT).
      4. Take the fire escape staircase and go up two floors. (If you prefer not to use the stairs, we advise you to make one or two loops on the MNT floor on which you are. Get back to instructions at point #7.)
      5. Follow the main path to the opposite end of MNT.
      6. Take the fire escape stairs and go down two floors.
      7. Continue through MNT and UCU to get to MRT.
      8. Take the large staircase leading to the library (or the elevator), go down two flights and head back to the TLSS counter in MRT.
      9. Repeat two more times.
      The TLSS counter.

      Visualize the instructions for 30-minute indoor route #2 (YouTube).


      Route #3 – Between Marion and SITE

      Take this route and enjoy the opportunity to walk through the new STEM building! Note: This route involves many stairs; you can take the elevator instead, if you wish.

      1. Meet at Marion Hall (MRN). (Note: the main entrance at 140 Louis Pasteur is not accessible. If you need an accessible entrance, use door 139, located on the side of the building - when facing the main entrance go to the right and follow the wall to door 139.)
      2. Take the stairs to the basement.
      3. Follow the route to cross into STEM.
      4. Continue through STEM and make your way to Colonel By Hall (CBY).
      5. Go up the stairs in CBY and follow the signs to the SITE Building (STE).
      6. Continue to Tim Hortons.
      7. Turn around and make your way back to MRN following the same route.
      The Marion Hall entrance.

      Visualize the instructions for 30-minute indoor route #3 (YouTube).

      Outdoor routes

      Outdoor routes

      Route #1 – Rideau Canal Pathway

      1. Meet at University Square.
      2. Take Jean-Jacques Lussier Private towards the Biosciences complex.
      3. Head down the underpass between Vanier Hall (VNR) and CAREG (CRG) (For an accessible alternative: a ramp is available).
      4. Cross Nicholas St. and turn right.
      5. Cross Corktown Footbridge.
      6. Turn right on Rideau Canal Western Pathway.
      7. Head towards Laurier Ave. Bridge.
      8. Go up Queen Elizabeth Driveway and take the ramp to cross Laurier Ave. Bridge.
      9. Turn right before the streetlights and then take the left path at the fork; follow the Eastern Rideau Canal Pathway all the way back to the underpass.
      10. Return to starting point.

      Route #2 – Bigger North Campus Loop

      1. Meet in front of the Monpetit Hall (MNT) main entrance.
      2. Take left on Louis-Pasteur Private.
      3. Turn right on Thomas More Private.
      4. Head down to Osgoode St. (crossing King Edward Ave.)
      5. Turn left on Russell Ave.
      6. Turn left on Laurier Ave.
      7. Turn right on Cumberland St.
      8. Turn left on Stewart St.
      9. Turn left on Waller St.
      10. Turn left at the pillars, walking past Hagen Hall (HGN).
      11. Go back to your starting point by walking through campus
      Montpetit Hall main entrance, seen from outside.

      Visualize the instructions for 30-minute outdoor route #2 (YouTube).


      Route: #3 – Strathcona Park

      1. Meet in front of Fauteux Hall (FTX).
      2. Walk on Copernicus St. towards Laurier Ave.
      3. Turn right on Laurier.
      4. Go all the way down Laurier to Strathcona Park, and down the steps to your right to enter the park. (For an accessible alternative, turn right on Range Rd. and take the ramp into Strathcona Park).
      5. Walk through the park, until you reach Somerset St. E. and turn right onto it.
      6. Walk on Somerset until it becomes Marie-Curie Private, crossing King-Edward Ave.
      7. Turn right on Louis-Pasteur Private and head back to your meeting point.
      Sign outside of Fauteux Hall.

      Visualize the instructions for 30-minute outdoor route #3 (YouTube).

      45-minute route

       Indoors - Route: #1 – Between CRX and FTX 

      The Learning Crossroads (CRX) is a brand new building at uOttawa. This route starts in CRX then heads through Lamoureux Hall (LMX) and Montpetit Hall (MNT), ending at Go Café on the third floor of Fauteux Hall (FTX).

      1. Meet in front of the elevators on the second floor of CRX.
      2. Turn left and go towards LMX.
      3. Take a right and walk straight ahead towards MNT.
      4. Go through the double doors into MNT, turning left at the end of the hall.
      5. Turn right at the hallway towards the Jock Turcot University Centre (UCU) and continue towards Morisset (MRT).
      6. Take a right at the hallway leading to Déjà-Vu, Thompson and FTX.
      7. Continue through Déjà-Vu towards FTX.
      8. Go through FTX and make your way to Go Café.
      9. Turn around and follow the route in reverse back to CRX.
      Study space in the Learning Crossroads.

      Visualize route 1 instructions, 45 minutes (YouTube). 

      60-minute route

      Indoors - Route: #1 – Between FTX and LMX

      This one-hour route between Fauteux Hall (FTX) and Lamoureux Hall (LMX), via Morisset Hall (MRT), the Jock Turcot University Centre (UCU) and Montpetit Hall (MNT), takes place on a single floor and involves following the route three times.

      (Note: if you need an accessible route, you may start in MRT - if so, start instructions at number 7. OR you can do this route in reverse, meaning you would start in LMX and go toward FTX.)

      1. Meet at Go Café on the third floor of FTX. (Note: if you need an accessible route, you may start in MRT - if so, start instructions at number 7.)
      2. Walk down the hall past the elevators and turn right at the first hall.
      3. At the end, go through the double doors on the left and then make an immediate left.
      4. Cross catwalk hallway, turn right at the end and then take the first left.
      5. Follow this hallway, which leads to Thompson, MRT and UCU and continue through the double doors.
      6. Continue past Déjà-Vu and into MRT.
      7. Once in MRT, turn left, pass through UCU and into MNT.
      8. Take an immediate left, walk to the end of the hallway and turn right.
      9. Go through the two sets of double doors into LMX.
      10. Continue through LMX to the elevators.
      11. Turn around and follow the route in reverse back to FTX.
      12. Repeat two more times.
      The Go Café in FTX.
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