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4 Examples of Employee Team Building To Boost Workplace Happiness

Are you excited to get up and go to work each day? If you’re running a business, do you believe your employees are truly happy? Since most of us spend about 70% of our week at work, it’s important to make sure your team is excited to get out of bed each day and perform their best at work. Employee team building activities will boost workplace happiness, which results in higher productivity, customer service and sales. Below are 4 examples of employee team building that Tigris incorporates into our workplace culture.

Employee Team Building : Increase Productivity, Customer Service & Sales by Boosting Workplace Happiness!


1.Weekly & Monthly Meetings

Regardless of the amount of employees a business may have, it’s crucial to get together for weekly and monthly meetings; whether its the entire team or a separate meeting for each department. Here at Tigris, we host our weekly meeting each Monday to discuss upcoming events, recap the previous weekend and ensure everyone is on track for their receptive projects. Since we are an event staffing agency, many events do occur on the weekends so Monday is the perfect day to recap a weeks worth of events.

Once a month our team picks a local restaurant to discuss business strategies and evaluate our progress. So far we’ve indulged in sushi, pho and pad thai at our monthly meetings! Give your team something to look forward to and they will appreciate a break from the office. They may be more inspired to contribute ideas in a new atmosphere.


2. Employee Outings

Plan an exciting outing for employee team building. This could incorporate networking events, events your clients may have invited you to, or fun activities. Tigris attended the 2014 Notable Awards as a team and had a blast mingling, dancing and networking. Last summer, our team had a blast on a boat cruise! We recently went to a local Paint Nite where we created our own masterpieces at a local bar. These outings helped us bond as a team and learn more about each other outside of work. Really think outside of the box for these events. Tigris recently provided staff to act as bus captains on an employee ski day at Horseshoe Valley for one of our clients. The employees had a blast!


3. Celebrate Each Other & Holidays

As a small business, it’s easier for our team to remember special occasions from birthdays to an employee’s 5 year anniversary. We celebrate each milestone with cards and gifts to ensure everyone is recognized on these special days. We also go out of our way to celebrate mainstream holidays such as Christmas & Halloween. Last Christmas, Tigris had a Kris Kringle where we exchanged gifts and went out to lunch. For Halloween, everyone baked spooky treats to bring to the office.


4. Help Each other Grow

As an experiential marketing agency, it’s important for our employees to be aware of the latest technologies and strategies. We encourage each other to take classes and learn more about sales, marketing and advertising. Be sure to give your employees the opportunity to grow – it will benefit the employee and your business! Whether it’s night classes to obtain a new degree or workshops, giving your employees this option will encourage them to learn to skills and apply them in the workplace.

Do You Want To Boost Morale With Employee Team Building?

Employee morale is such an important component of the workplace – be sure not to overlook spending quality time with your team! If you need assistance planning an employee event or are looking for brand ambassadors to assist with the event, give us a call today! Tigris operates in over 15 markets across Canada including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa. Send an e-mail to or call the head office at 416-283-9119. We look forward to helping you create a happy workplace!

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4 Essential Steps To Plan A Product Launch Party

Burt’s Bee’s Lipstick Product Launch Party & Gallery Showing

When a small office full of women are approached to assist with a charitable lipstick launch, you know we’re going to jump at the opportunity! Tigris teamed up with Brandfire to plan a unique exhibition to promote the launch of Burt’s Bees new line of lipstick appropriately called, “Shades”.

If you’re familiar with Burt’s Bees, you already know that the brand believes in people and the planet. It is part of their philosophy, called “The Greater Good”. From their kitchen chemistry to strategic partnerships, Burt’s Bees is basically “a bunch of hands-on, tree-hugging, greased elbow do-gooders”, which is why all proceeds raised from Shades by Burt’s Bees Gallery Show were donated to Wildlife Preservation Canada.

Burt’s Bees Moisturizing, Long Lasting Lipstick 

Shades by Burt’s Bees is a luscious, full-coverage colour lipstick complete with 8-hours of moisture – so it’s truly a lipstick that loves you back! The lipstick is made with 100% natural ingredients, with a smooth satin finish that comes in 14 vibrant shades. It’s made with beeswax, moringa oil and raspberry seed oil. You’ll be able to purchase your favourite colours in participating stores this April.

 4 Essential Steps To Plan A Product Launch Party

Our client came to us with their idea of exhibiting artwork completed by commissioned artists who used mixed media in conjunction with Burt’s Bees new collection of lipsticks to create unique, dramatic works of art. In collaboration with ten of Canada’s most vibrant artists, this original artwork would be presented at the exhibit, where guests were able to bid on the pieces with all proceeds going to Wildlife Preservation Canada. It was up to Tigris to source the venue, talent, caterer and coordinate logistics for the launch party on February 26th (media & beauty bloggers only) and gallery showing (open to the public) February 27th to March 11th from 3pm-8pm each day.

How do you begin to plan a product launch party and art exhibit for such a renowned company with an upstanding reputation? Take a look at our event planning check list:

1. Venue Selection

Where would one host a launch party and 14 day gallery showing in Toronto in a high volume location with steady foot traffic? In the distillery district, of course! The Distillery is Toronto’s heritage district, and one of the city’s largest hubs for arts and culture. It’s easily accessible with a stunning atmosphere. Located inside the distillery district is the Arta Gallery, known for exhibiting artworks from international artists. This was the venue the client preferred and ultimately selected for the event, but before their final decision was made, Tigris sourced and provided availability and costing for 12 prospective venues. The list was narrowed down to the top 3 options for site checks and ultimately, Burt’s Bees selected ARTA – the perfect venue to showcase #LipstickThatLovesYouBack.

2. DJ and Musician


Due to the unique nature of the event, Tigris believed an acoustic solo instrument performance would provide the best ambiance for the product launch party. The main focus of the event was to showcase the products, so the music needed to be soft and enjoyable. After reviewing 3-4 DJ/Entertainment companies, Bongo & B was selected to provide all AV equipment, as well as an electric violin performance and a classic guitar performance.

3. Food & Beverage


The product launch party on February 26th required hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails for up to 30 VIP guests. Our account managers collected options and costing from 8 caterers, which we narrowed down to 5 to present to the client. BrandFire selected Lindsay Shaw Catering, who created a beautiful menu for the event. Delectable appetizers included poached lobster on petit chive scones, roast beef tenderloin on brioche box and mini lemon curd tartlets with meringue peaks. A signature cocktail was also created, a wildflower honey and white cranberry elixir with fresh mint. Beautiful and delicious!

4. Photography & Videography


It’s crucial to have an experienced photographer and videographer to capture special moments at your event. Along with capturing raw footage, the production company was required to create a post production video edit. For any type of event, it’s important to use a professional photographer versus a smart phone for high quality images. When selecting a photographer/videographer, be sure to discuss copyright, their knowledge of the venue and request a current portfolio. Remember, a photo is worth a thousand words!

If you’re in Toronto, make sure to stop by the Arta Gallery to check out Shades from 3pm-8pm until March 11th. Along with viewing the amazing artworks, you’ll be able to snag a free sample of the lipstick and a coupon!

Are You Looking To Promote A New Product & Generate Massive Brand Awareness?

Are you ready to plan your product launch party? Tigris is a dynamic event staffing and experiential marketing agency that is able to bring your brand to life; whether that’s by creating a concept and designing an event from scratch, or simply booking the right brand ambassadors to enhance the experience for your consumers. Tigris has been in business for over 12 years and has expanded with 1,500 brand ambassadors in over 15 markets across Canada including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Contact Tigris today at 416-283-9119 or send an e-mail to to learn more about our services.

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Tigris Attends Student Marketing Competition at the Ryerson Marketing Conference

Did you know that 3 of the employees at the Tigris head office are Ryerson Alumni? Serena, Tigris CEO graduated with a Journalism degree, Evangelia, our Regional Account Manager graduated with a business degree, and Nicole, the Marketing Coordinator graduated with a degree in Radio & Television Arts. When Tigris received an invitation to a student marketing event from Daniel Petz, the Vice President of Corporate Relations with the Ryerson Marketing Association (RMA), were were more than happy to visit our old stomping grounds for the Ryerson Marketing Conference.

Tigris Leads Student Marketing Competition at RMC

The RMA is a student-run organization within the Ted Rogers School of Management that serves the largest undergrad major in the school. On February 6th, the RMA held its 3rd Annual Ryerson Marketing Conference (RMC) and extended an invitation to Tigris to participate.  The two-day, student-run marketing conference was held in downtown Toronto at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Center Hotel. Over the course of the two days, the RMC featured engaging workshops, inspiring speakers and panels, and a case competition.

student-marketing.jpgTigris attended the Agency Hour portion of this event, where students were assigned to agencies and given cases to complete among the other agencies. Tigris CEO, Serena Schwab, gave a short presentation to the students, describing Tigris and showcasing some of our recent events. After each agency spoke, Tigris was assigned a group of 11 aspiring marketers to tackle a competitive case. The students were split into 3 groups, where they were then given an hour to brainstorm the perfect pitch. The task was to develop event marketing concepts that will help a specific brand to connect with small business owners to generate leads with and ultimately, sales from, new customers. The campaign would potentially run from May to August in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Students were asked to present 3 options for their top concept for $50,000, $100,000 and $200,000.

After the hour was up, each group presented their ideas directly to Tigris. It was interesting to see their bright ideas – from mobile truck tours to small business consulting, these marketing students had a great understanding of the task we presented and how to successfully approach it. Tigris presented the winning team with a small gift bag, including gift cards and a branded Tigris scarf. Ultimately, the winning group won due to their creativity, attention to detail and presentation skills.

We received a thoughtful e-mail from one of the aspiring marketing students (who also happened to be part of the winning team) :

“I wanted to send you a quick email today to say that it was a pleasure meeting you at the conference, and to thank you for donating your time, on a Saturday no less, to help us learn as marketers.  As I had mentioned on the weekend, I really enjoyed working with you and your group from Tigris because experiential marketing is one of the factions of marketing that interests me the most, so it was great to learn from people who are not only experienced, but very successful in their trade.” – Scott Fasano, Ryerson

We had an amazing time speaking with ambitious marketing students and connecting with the other 5 agencies who participated in Agency Hour. With a large portion of our brand ambassadors and promotional models currently post-secondary students, Tigris has a passion for helping young people succeed. Tigris had our first student intern last summer, who completed an Event Management Internship with Tigris for school credit.

Student Marketing Competitions and Marketing Directly to Students

Tigris spends a lot of time with various clients whose main objective is to market directly to students by targeting them on university campuses. It was interesting to see the ideas presented by this popular target demographic and which experiential marketing ideas they found the most appealing. There’s no better way to study a demographic than to spend some quality time with them! If you’re interested in learning more about marketing to millennials, check out our 3 marketing tactics that have proven to be a success.

Are you interested in developing an experiential marketing campaign to increase brand awareness or sales? Tigris does more than provide exceptional events staff – we are able to develop, design and execute campaigns from start to finish. If you are interested in any of Tigris’ event staffing, event, marketing or personnel services, contact us today! Give us a call at 416-283-9119 or send an e-mail to

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Top Choice Award

Top Event Staffing of 2016 in the Greater Toronto Area

The results are in!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for Tigris between December 1st, 2015 – February 1st, 2016. The votes have been tallied and it’s official – Tigris is the Top Choice Awards Winner for Top Event Staffing Agency of 2016 in the Greater Toronto Area!

The Top Choice Award is a “Mark of Excellence, worn by today’s leading businesses and professionals, representing the trust and loyalty they have earned from the people they serve”. Below is a letter from Monica Couto, the President of the Top Choice Awards, that Tigris received on Feb. 4th.


Tigris wins Top Choice Award for Top Event Staffing Agency of 2016

The Top Choice Awards are an international market research firm that have been conducting surveys annually since 2005. The survey receives nominations from the public and allows them to vote in numerous categories for their top choice in businesses and professionals in their city, based on quality, service, image, value and professionalism.

When Tigris was notified of our nomination for Top Event Staffing of 2016 in the Greater Toronto Area, we reached out to our valued clients, friends, family and 1,500+ brand ambassadors across Canada. We are grateful and proud of the nomination but we are ecstatic that the Tigris team has won this award. What’s different about the process for these awards is that is not simply a rating system; voters are actually able to provide specific feedback on why they believe in our business, making each vote and review extremely meaningful.

Serena Schwab - editSerena Schwab, Tigris CEO, was excited to share the news with her clients and staff and had this to say:

“I am honoured and humbled to receive the news that Tigris is the winner of the 2016 Top Choice Award for Top Event Staffing Agency in the GTA. This is a huge opportunity for our team to be recognized – from our account managers who work tirelessly to plan every detail of our projects to our 1,500+ events staff and managers nationwide who are out there executing our projects day in and day out.

While the mission of our business is to create, plan and staff memorable experiences that build brands – I believe what sets us apart in the industry is our passion for our people; those who work for us, with us and around us.

Winning the Top Choice Award for event staffing is a testament to the hard work we’ve put in, not only in this past year but in the 12 years we have been operating. We are often asked, what makes Tigris different?

Clients have told us our staff are exemplary but it’s also the “before and the after” – from the moment they reach out to us for a quote to the final wrap up, they know they can trust us, get a hold of us and we will go above and beyond to ensure success for them.

For those on our roster, we offer top wages, pay within 2 weeks by direct deposit, offer incentives and out of pocket expenses. We believe in building people up and giving them opportunities that allow them to develop as young professionals and young adults. Our business would not be possible without them and we do our best to take great care of them.”

Tigris will be in attendance at the Top Choice Awards Gala at the Royal York Hotel on Saturday, October 22 to receive the awards statue on behalf of our team.

If you’ve been following Tigris on social media, you probably know that this wasn’t the company’s first awards nod. In 2014, Tigris was nominated for a Notable Business Award for marketing and advertising and later won a sales achievement award at the Ultimate Wealth Weekend for doubling company sales in one year. In 2015, Tigris was shortlisted to Canada’s Top 100 List with the Globe & Mail and also nomination in the Best Employee Branding category, alongside Molson Coors and The Keg, for the Canadian HR Awards. We are excited to add 2016 Top Event Staffing in the GTA to our list of achievements!

If you’d like to see the full list of North America’s 2016 Top Choice Award Winners, view list of winners here.

Are You Looking to Work With the Top Event Staffing Agency of 2016?

top-event-staffing.jpgTigris has a team of over 500 events staff in the GTA and 1,500 nationwide that are paid top wages in the industry and receive payment among the quickest –  bi-weekly by direct deposit. If you’re interested in joining the team, please send 2-3 photos and your resume to

If you’re interesting in booking our top events staff to build your brand or business, Tigris not only operates in the GTA, but in over 15 different markets in Canada including Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver and Saskatchewan. Give us a call at 416-283-9119 or send an e-mail to and one of our experienced account managers will be in touch!

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