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The Greater Toronto Area (including our head office in Markham) was hit with a winter ice storm on Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 that coated the city in a sheet of ice. Although some of us are without power in our homes, some living in hotels, and all of us attempting to find a working oven to cook a turkey, the Markham help desk is open for business! Thank you for your patience if your wait time is longer than usual.

The image below is from outside our Markham office. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

The Constellation Team

Ice Storm 2013 @ Constellation Head Office

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BILD Race for Humanity 2013 - Toronto Star, In2ition Realty, Habitat for Humanity, BILD GTA

On July 18, 2013, a record 27 teams of builders, developers, renovators, and service professionals took to the streets of Toronto, facing off against each other in the fourth annual Race for Humanity!

Constellation fielded two teams: in the green corner, the “Data Devourers” analyzed clues like no other team could; and in the blue corner, the “Warranty Warriors” followed their directions meticulously so there would be no mistakes.

Presented by In2ition Realty and the Toronto Star, this Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt saw our teams criss-crossing the downtown core in search of their next challenge. All proceeds support Habitat for Humanity Toronto on behalf of the Building Industry and Land Development Association’s (BILD) 1,400 members.

Teams danced the “Gangnam Style” and got in touch with their inner-Rice-Krispy-builder by creating miniature developments out of sweets. A speed-hammering contest, five-legged race, tug-of-war, and agame of “Guess Who” featuring the BILD Board of Directors added to the team building and tested their industry knowledge. Here’s a collage of the day’s activities.

Empire Communities Wins the 2013 Race for Humanity presented by BILD and Habitat for Humanity and the Toronto Star

The race ended at BILD’s annual Charity BBQ, where Empire Communities was crowned champions for the second year in a row! They had better watch out for Constellation teams in 2014! A big, humble congratulations to Empire Communities: “Empire Strikes Back” indeed.

Since 2003, BILD has raised more than $535,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

Follow along with the action using the hashtag #BILDR4H2013 on Twitter and Instagram for more photos of the day’s events. Check out our teams from last year too!

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On July 19, Constellation entered two teams in BILD’s 4th Annual Race for Humanity in support of Habitat for Humanity. The “Amazing Race”-style event took our teams from The Toronto Star headquarters at the foot of Yonge Street to Centre Island, as well as to CityPlace, Pinnacle, and a number of other recent build sites in between. Challenges along the way included icing a cake, riding the log ride at Centreville, and using a slingshot to remove some angry birds from their perch.

Our two teams of five racers competed valiantly along with 23 other teams from the BILD community. Constellation NEWSTARs Amrita, Lunnette, Angelo, Simon, and Kevin were stacked against a difficult route, finding themselves running as far east as Sherbourne and as far west as Bathurst in pursuit of a single challenge! Constellation High Risers Anna, Elaine, Dimitrios, Chris, and Lauren rode a wave of good timing and knowledge of city landmarks to finish in an unofficial second place! Both teams ran themselves to the limit and all were equally exhausted by the time we arrived at BILD’s 20th Annual Charity BBQ.

Our teams brushed elbows with a number of Constellation’s customers, including Empire (the winners!), Geranium, Monarch, Reid’s Heritage, Ballantry, and Countrywide, although customer courtesy may have – at times – given way to competition!

The Race alone was able to raise over $18,000 for Habitat – all of which went to the charity as The Toronto Star and In2ition Marketing Insights covered the costs. Combined, the Race and BBQ raised over $45,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

Photos from the event can be found on our Twitter feed @ConstellationHB as well as on BILD’s blog and Facebook page. Thanks go to @BILDGTA, @TorontoStar, and @In2itionRealty, and congratulations to @HabitatToronto and @Empire_Living!

Constellation would like to thank all participants – NEWSTARs, High Risers, and otherwise! It was a great day for a great cause.

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NEWSTAR users from Ontario and beyond joined Constellation’s experts for a full day of networking and learning at the Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City on Wednesday, June 13. Constellation was thrilled to host 75 attendees from over 30 organizations, at an event geared towards helping current customers to maximize the software they already have – and to provide sneak peeks at the NEWSTAR enhancements that will be rolling out in the months to come.

Constellation is always listening for customer feedback, providing service, support, and opportunities to learn through a range of channels, culminating in regional summits. A number of speakers provided insights, including NEWSTAR experts and vendors highlighting software that integrates directly and seamlessly with NEWSTAR.

Blayne Parrish of Center6 demoed InformXL; helping to ensure that NEWSTAR users are using the tool to its full potential, generating reports from their NEWSTAR system in real time. John Linney of Tarion discussed MyHome, a digital platform that allows new home buyers to ensure their warranties are being upheld to legal standard. And Chang Su impressed wide-eyed builders with customizable user-controlled 3D walkthroughs of new homes. Center6’s InformXL is currently offered in NEWSTAR, with version 2.0 on the way; Tarion’s MyHome will be a big part of the next release of NEWSTAR; and Constellation is currently testing Your Home 3D with NEWSTAR.

Customers eagerly networked, discovering new ways to utilize their NEWSTAR solution that they may not have considered – furthering the NEWSTAR community through shared information and ideas. Constellation’s development team was all ears, listening for where their attention should be placed next.

Constellation’s next NEWSTAR Regional Customer Summits will be taking place in Baltimore, MD and Dallas, TX this coming fall – details to follow.  Also, customer feedback from the Summit suggested a high level of interest in a North America-wide multi-day customer summit. If you would be interested in a larger-scale summit, please contact Cathy Kotsopoulos.

NEWSTAR is a comprehensive suite of integrated software modules for homebuilders, all designed to help you increase sales, and enable you to earn more on each home with more satisfied customers.

NEWSTAR customers can access slides from the day’s keynote speakers by following this link and logging into the Client Care Center. Constellation is always available to customers through the Client Care Center, and group discussions are welcome through the private NEWSTAR LinkedIn community and the public forum of Twitter.

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