Welcome to Toronto

There is a special kind of Mozillian that lives in the Great White North. They’re known as Torontonians.

And they’re growing.

The new Toronto office opened in August of 2011. Boasting high ceilings, large windows, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a central location; it is a huge improvement on the cramped quarters of the former space. In this issue of the WPR newsletter we caught up with Office Services Coordinator Hilary Hall to ask about the new Mozilla Space in Toronto and what makes it unique.

What do you think sets the Toronto space apart from the other Mozilla offices?

It’s full of Canadians, EH! We have one of the biggest Moz Spaces in all of Mozilla, and our coffee and scotch infrastructure is absolutely impeccable.

What is your favorite part about the new office space?

Overall, just having more space! The space itself is so beautiful that I don’t think I could possibly choose one favourite part, but I guess it would have to be the Mozilla Space. Being able to host large events is a huge draw and a big win for us.

What is the biggest event you’ve hosted in the new office?

Our Fireside Chat with Mitchell Baker in December 2011 drew approximately one hundred people. A close second was the Mobile Platform Workweek in October where we had approximately 65 Mozillians from all over the world.

Is it true Toronto is so cold that you had to have fireplaces installed?

It’s true that Toronto is cold, but being cheeky Canadians, we wanted to make sure Canadian stereotypes were properly represented; one of which is having a campy feeling in the office. Being tree huggers, we insisted that our little luxury doesn’t impact the environment. So we have eco-friendly LED fireplaces!

We heard you have a kegerator. True or False?

True! We’re currently serving Mill Street Organic, a Toronto local brewery located a few minutes drive from the office. (Thanks Jim Cook!)

Tell us about your espresso machine. Just how awesome is it?

It’s fire engine red, and it’s spectacular! We recently had a local espresso bar owner come in and give us the rundown on pulling the perfect shot of espresso. (hint: it’s all in the blonding)

What has been the biggest challenge in the new office?

Tracking all the deficiencies – meaning all the items that still need to be fixed post-build-out has probably been the biggest challenge, and thinking of all the things the office needs (we went from a shoebox to a hockey rink! … no really, our office is approximately 17,000 sq feet, which is equivalent to an NHL regulation sized hockey rink!)

Is there anything you miss about the old space?

Our green bin, our office portal and- our Shaver.

What would you recommend that a visitor to Toronto does or sees?

Visit our office! In all seriousness, CN tower, The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), The Royal Ontario Museum, The Distillery District, Centre Island (in the summer, of course!), and Wychwood Barns (if you’re around on a Saturday – stay for the farmers market and art show!)