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The 4 Best Indoor Sports Facilities in Scarborough

February 10/2014
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Winter in Scarborough can be long but it doesn’t have to be boring! Instead of sitting on the sofa wishing it was warm outside, pack your gym bag and head out to one of Scarborough’s stellar indoor sports facilities. Metro Golf Dome Location: 125 Milner Avenue Phone Number: (416) 321-9331 Website Open since 1997 and featuring everything a golf enthusiast could want (except the sunny, blue sky), this facility has over 53 000 sq. ft. of heated dome space and serves 15 000+ customers per year. Under this giant dome there are 46 grass like driving stations and over 3000…

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Why Every Company Should Give Out Awards

February 03/2014
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Corporate awards signal to clients and employees that employers value quality work. As part of an overall program of managing company talent, managers should have a way to keep track of the performance of their team. Studies show that positive incentives are more effective than negative reinforcement. To ensure that management style across the board is consistent, awards can be given to departments, branches, and divisions, or other organizational units. Employee engagement The Harvard Business Review wrote the issue, The Impact of Employee Engagement on Performance. After interviewing 550 executives, they found employees connected to their work when there was…

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Five Amazing Trophies from Around the World

January 20/2014
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The Super Bowl Trophy This world-famous prize known across the world by football fanatics and casual watchers alike also goes by the name of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Vince Lombardi is an iconic figure in the sport dating all the way back to the beginning of his career as a player on the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s. Every year, a prestigious company is commissioned with crafting a new award. It may surprise some to know that the maker of the trophy is none other than the creator of fine jewelry, Tiffany and Co. Google Science Fair Google is…

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Five Examples of Beautiful Art Glass

January 13/2014
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Art glass is both decorative and useful. The functionality of an art glass item sets it apart from glass art. The following items are practical objects that also please the eye. Stained Glass Windows Stained glass decorates the walls of venerated churches steeped in history across European countries. Architects have taken a modern twist on the traditional art form by plating ceilings with stained glass. The translucent ceilings amplify the beauty of a fine summer’s day, dancing coloured rays of light into large rooms, such as in the Chapel of Thanksgiving, located in Dallas, Texas. In this building constructed in…

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Top 5 Most Iconic Sports Trophies

January 06/2014
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Whether it’s the NHL, Little League baseball, or the Premiere Football League, everyone who plays sports has their eye on one prize—the trophy. For years, trophies of all shapes and sizes have represented everything that sports stand for—strength, commitment, focus, sacrifice, and excellence. Not all trophies are created equal, however. Some of these “tokens of victory” have acquired so much prestige and relevance over the years that today; they are not so much awards, as they are symbols of entire sports. And so with that being said and no further adieu, we bring you the top 5 most iconic trophies…

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Tips for Designing an Engraved Logo

December 23/2013
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One of the best ways to personalize small gifts and items is through the use of engraving.  Engraving is the art of creating designs by cutting grooves into hard surfaces. The traditional process was first invented centuries ago — and was used by various people, including goldsmiths, gunsmiths and artisans. But since then, the practice has undergone a sort of evolution — and traditional methods have been replaced by photographic processes and print machines.  Many people like to take designs they’ve seen elsewhere and get them engraved into signs, trophies and even jewelry. But if you’re looking for a more…

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The History Behind the Oscar

December 16/2013
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Winning an Oscar is the epitome of cinematic accomplishment. There is no higher prestige for those in the film industry than clutching that golden statue. But did you know that the Academy Awards have a long and illustrious history dating back to the 1920s? The concept of honoring cinema’s greatest talents was dreamt up over the dinner table back in 1927. It was at the home of MGM’s studio chief, Louis B. Mayer. Mayer had three guests over for dinner that night — all of whom worked in the film industry. They were director Fred Niblo, actor Conrad Nagel and…

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How old is the Stanley Cup?

December 09/2013
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When it comes to professional sports, the Stanley Cup has become one of the most recognizable trophies to date. But did you know that this iconic hockey award was once reserved for amateur leagues only? It wasn’t until much later that the Stanley Cup went to the “big leagues” — honouring excellence in professional hockey. Back in 1892, Canada’s Governor General, Lord Stanley, mused about the concept of recognizing and awarding hockey prestige. A year later, Lord Stanley’s wish came to fruition. Rumour has it he purchased a silver bowl for $50, and named it the “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup”…

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How awards can impact employee morale

December 02/2013
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Recognition-and-reward systems have been used for years in homes and public settings alike. Whether it’s acknowledging good behaviour in your children or praising your team for a job well done, no one can doubt the positive impact of commenting on the great performance of others. In the workplace, effective leaders are conscious of employee morale. And they are always looking for ways to boost morale whenever they can. It’s a proven fact in the business world that when workers are unhappy, it actually affects a company’s bottom line. When employees don’t feel inspired enough to actively participate in reaching the…

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