Omada Teambuilding - Trinity Western University’s challenge course rebrands.

Trinity Western University’s Omada Teambuilding formerly the TWU Challenge Course now offers a wide variety of services and activities to help teams and corporations gel. (photot by Vanessa Dyck)

"Discover the difference great teamwork can make" is the tagline for the newly rebranded Omada Teambuilding offered through Trinity Western University.

Known previously as the TWU Challenge Course, Omada first opened its doors in 1998 and was most recognized for its high ropes course. At the time it was the first year-round ropes course run by a university in BC, and the first team oriented High Course of its kind in BC. Since its inception, the program has grown considerably seeing more than 4000 participants attend its programs yearly. Ranging from secondary school students, churches, to large organizations like Kodak, Envision Financial and the RCMP.

Omada Director Jamie Barrow felt the need for a name that encompassed more of the variety of team building activities that the program provides. Barrow says, "Omada, which means "team" in Greek offers so much more than the high ropes course. We started off with that as our main business but since that time we have really grown the program and can offer corporate clients customized teambuilding programs that can suit their needs and all ability levels. The rebrand and name change speaks to this."

Omada is much more than a ropes course, boasting of a variety of program lengths from half day sessions to multi day programs. It MAL-challengeCourse-21offers high and low ropes/challenge courses, rowing, orienteering and even scavenger hunts with GPS, and it's "menu" offers eight choices of programs with such as "Energize your Team", "The Adventure Factor", "Vanopoly" and "Corporate Row."

"We spent considerable time working on our rebrand," says Barrow. "We wanted a look and a name that would speak to the services that we provide and allow us to grow and develop. Omada strives to be able to adapt our programs to the client and while we offer some set packages we can happily work with organizations to provide innovative and client centered programs."

Besides hosting groups onsite at the university Omada is also the teambuilding company for Young Life Canada's corporate retreat centre "Wolf Creek Lodge" and has partnered with Langley's "The Great Escape" where Omada will provide educational and teambuilding programs for their facility.

Says Barrow, "There are some really exciting things happening with Omada and we encourage corporations,MAL-challengeCourse-23 groups, teams etc., to take a fresh look at what this type of teambuilding can do for team cohesion, leadership development and enhanced working relationships of their groups and organizations."

More information on Omada can be found by visiting their website at

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2009-05-27
Author: Erin Mussolum