Executive Oasis International, Toronto - Winter Team Building & Executive Retreats

Winter Survivor Team Building & Executive Retreats

Facilitated Survivor Team Building & Executive Retreats




  • This business team building simulation is 2 - 3 1/2 days.
  • We do NOT specialize in activities that are strictly recreational.


Important: Team Building vs Team Recreation: Here is the difference


Arctic Survival Winter Team Building

To survive, thrive and grow in our turbulent economy, even well established corporations have had to re-think old approaches and invent new ways of doing business. This involves:

  • re-assessing your vision
  • improving products and services
  • re-shaping your marketing strategy
  • shaping a corporate culture that fuels innovation
  • transforming team leader/team member interactions


Arctic Survival, Winter Survivor Team Building is a facilitated 2 - 3 1/2 day business simulation.

Winter, Survivor Team Building, Toronto, Canada

This stranded in the arctic simulation will familiarize your team with suite of tools that they will then use to analyze and reslove your own business issues and challenges.

Your team will participate in a variety of facilitated business team building exercises and outdoor winter challenges.

Winter team building is available in Canada, USA, Japan, and Europe.



Winter Survival: Survivor Inspired Team Building & Executive Retreat

2 - 3 1/2 Day Team Building Simulation

Winter Survival, Survivor Team Building

  • Foster innovation & spark creativity.
  • Introduce your team to a suite of simple but powerful tools for brainstorming, decision making, planning, and project execution in a fast-paced environment.
  • Improve your team's ability to deal with uncertainty and tolerate ambiguity.
  • Equip your team for the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.
  • Enhance cohesion between geographically dispersed teams.
  • Break down silo and improve cross-functional teamwork.
  • Fine-tune your team's marketing skills.


The best news is that your team will have fun doing it.


Arctic Survival Winter Team Building, a 2 - 3 1/2 day facilitated business team building simulation is ideal for executive retreats, sales rallies, and team building.


Please note: We are Toronto based team building specialists and business consultants who specialize in facilitated business team building and executive retreats. Our senior facilitator will travel to your location from Canada to facilitate your sessions.


We had the pleasure of having Ms. Thornley-Brown assist us in developing an Arctic Simulation experience for 35 members of our team. Through the lead up to the event, Anne made herself available for discussion, planning and brain-storming. She was able to put together an effective, tailored package which aligned very well with our key challenges. Anne facilitated the sessions and empowered us to find unique and effective solutions within a collaborative environment. Thanks Anne!

David Peterson, Executive Director, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

I believe mixing the different levels of employees was critical to the success of the activities and projects. All energizers and immunity challenges were excellent. I plan to encourage my staff to more freely. The mind maps encourage equal participation from all.

Chris Goodwin, Store Manager, Mister Safety Shoes

Thank you Anne for keeping me motivated throughout the conference. I will use the tools (e.g. idea chains, force field analysis, storyboards, flow charts). as everyday problem solving techniques.

Celeste Thompson, Store Manager, Mister Safety Shoes






Winter Survival: Survivor Team Building



Inspired by the TV show Survivor, Arctic Survival Winter Team Building takes teams through a step-by-step "team tune up" to:

  • Build team spirit.
  • Identify and eliminate communication stop gaps.
  • Identify untapped markets for your products and services.
  • Harness your team's creative genius to resolve business issues.
  • Forge stronger links between geographically dispersed teams.


Wilderness Survival Version of this Simulation
Available in the Spring, Summer, and Fall


The Storyline

This is the Toronto team building storyline. It will be customized for team building in other parts of Canada and other countries.

It was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime for you and your team....a dog sledding adventure in the Canadian arctic and winter camping in quinzhees....but, you couldn't resist going for it.

A wild race across the tundra, lots of laughs - and suddenly you're separated from your guides and the rest of your party.

You've lost your money, your identification, your passports, and your airline tickets. You have enough food to last a week. All you have is your snowshoes, the clothes on your backs, your survival packs, and the one "luxury" item you managed to sneak inside your gear. You're alone in our teams, struggling to get back to civilization.

You're not too worried. Your Inuit guides told you they'd send out a search party. In the meantime, you must come up with a plan. Your guides will help you implement it and get the word out when you are rescued.


Video Clip


Facilitation: Your facilitator will take you through a pre-briefing to ensure that the links between Arctic Survival and the challenges your team faces are clear. Your facilitator will debrief the experience with your team to identify insights, tools and strategies that your team can take back to work and use immediately.

  • Idea Chains
  • Storyboards
  • Priority Grids
  • Corporate Landscape Analyzer
  • Force Field Analysis
  • Cause/Effect Fishbones (Not reviewed)
  • Flow Charts (Not reviewed)


Prep. & Logistics

Logistics:This simulation is usually offered as an off-site at a winter resort with teams spending some time in outdoor activities as a break from the facilitated team building exercises.

Those who desire will have the option of camping out overnight in a quinzhee.

All or part of this simulation can be offered on-site. We can arrange for teams to participate in the winter activities during 1/2 - 1 day at a camp or conservation area.

Activities Included:

  • Orienteering with a Compass
  • GPS Geocache Treasure Hunt
  • Fire Starter Challenge
  • Bon Fire
  • Night Hike


Important: To offer this session with the name Survivor and include elements from the show, royalty charges will have to be paid to CBS, Disney or Touchstone depending on your location.




This simulation was originally offered entirely on-site with props, videos, photos, and catering selections to reinforce the theme. Over time, we teamed up with one of Canada's foremost outdoor survival experts to add the outdoor team challenges.

Organizations facing budgetary constraints, still offer this simulation on-site in its original format without the activities.