Member Spotlight

Rachel Jones

Marketing Manager, Kepler Academy

Kepler Academy is so much more than just a daycare – it’s an organization setting out to change the childcare industry. We’re proud to call Downtown Edmonton home.

In 2016, the idea of Kepler was born. For two full years prior to opening our first location, our team intently researched the field of early education, cognitive and neurological development in a child’s first years of life, teaching using technology, nutrition, childcare methodologies and outdoor play environments. We developed partnerships with industry leaders, and interviewed dozens of parents and educators, all to create our own unique Exploratory Education Curriculum.

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Rachel Jones
Rachel Jones
Marketing Manager

Kepler Academy is so much more than just a daycare – it’s an organization setting out to change the childcare industry. We’re proud to call Downtown Edmonton home.

In 2016, the idea of Kepler was born. For two full years prior to opening our first location, our team intently researched the field of early education, cognitive and neurological development in a child’s first years of life, teaching using technology, nutrition, childcare methodologies and outdoor play environments. We developed partnerships with industry leaders, and interviewed dozens of parents and educators, all to create our own unique Exploratory Education Curriculum.

Opening in Downtown Edmonton was top of our list – for working parents coming in daily from across the city, and for families living downtown.

Kepler Academy Sun Life Place officially opened in October 2018, after four months of construction, offering much-needed educational childcare plus full-day preschool and kindergarten. The centre is brand new and buzzing with little ones, from babies to preschoolers, whose parents love the convenience of having them close to work. Our first kindergarten cohort is set to start this year and has room for a few more children!

Sun Life Place is an ideal location for an exceptional educational childcare program. It neighbours the beautiful river valley and is across the street from the redeveloping Stanley A. Milner Library and City Hall. Being nestled next to the iconic Arts District, which boasts children’s museum exhibits and art galleries, symphonic concerts for wee ones and kid’s theatre (at the Royal Alberta Museum, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Winspear, and the Citadel) gives us access to incredible external programming mere steps away.

We are innovating our services even further through corporate childcare partnerships. We provide various layered benefits at no cost to companies, to add to their benefits packages and wellness programs. Being located downtown, we quickly realized that organizations were looking to build relationships that support their employees in more ways than one - and we are keen to be a part of that solution!

As Marketing Manager at Kepler Academy, I love Downtown Edmonton. We enjoy an easy-going start to our mornings, quick access to so many amenities, and our condo community is growing tight-knit, as well. My little family lives on 106 Street and 104 Avenue, and our son attends Kepler Academy at Sun Life Place.

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Ramona Buda
Campus Director

When Robertson College, a one-hundred-year-old institution, decided to open a campus in the Edmonton region, we immediately concluded that Downtown would be the perfect location. Acquiring space on Jasper Avenue and 100A Street, Robertson College Edmonton Campus opened up its doors to students in 2013.

Almost 6 years later, we have seen unimaginable growth since then. The initial space became too small to accommodate the student population of Robertson College and we began looking, once again, for new real estate. Based on our students’ demographic and location, we only had one request for our agent: to stay Downtown: the dynamics of the fluent transit system, the hustle of the daytime business staff and the epicenter of post-secondary education. Downtown is where we needed to be.

I was asked numerous times why I was so adamant to keep Robertson College downtown. The answer is very simple: for most people, the North Saskatchewan River provides a real visual and mental barrier. Ask any Edmontonian where they live and they will be quick to tell you they live on the North End, or the South Side, or the West End. All the answers will be automatically provided in relation to which side of the river they live in.

Downtown Edmonton is what I would call the “neutral ground”. I have yet to hear someone say that going downtown is an inconvenience - except for parking issues, but that’s common no matter what city you are in. It is easy and convenient to reach Edmonton Downtown, no matter which side of town you live in. Public transit is well developed, with designed routes to reach downtown from all neighborhoods. It is, in other words, the most reachable area of Edmonton.

It is easy to see why Robertson College needed to stay downtown in order to serve students from the entire Edmonton region. Through our search, we were fortunate to find the perfect location for the new campus: on 109 Street, in the Educational Hub of Downtown. This has provided our staff and students with easy access to the campus, as well as great access to all the downtown conveniences such as restaurants and retail.

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Jeremy Hayward
President SNS Technologists

“Being a Downtown Technology business for the past eight years, we as an organization have seen the transformation and evolution of the downtown core as a symbiotic relationship.  We have over tripled in size in that time, and are excited about what the Downtown core has and continues to become. 

So much so 18 months ago when we started looking for space in advance of our lease being up in December of this year, we paused to reflect on where we wanted to be and live as an organization for the foreseeable future. We then empowered our employees by turning the decision over to them, stay Downtown or move to a less urban area? Our culture spoke, and over 85% wanted to stay here in the core, and I am happy to say we signed a ten-year lease on 13,000Sq feet.  Being here isn’t just about office space, it’s about calling somewhere home, the people, the culture, the amenities, and most of all the community.”

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