Free Idea Fridays!

The Life of the Party
Let me begin by saying that anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I do drink. I’m Italian, so of course I had my first sip of wine at the age of 4. My brothers are big wigs in the beer industry (love my Krombacher) and I can personally account for a rise in sales of Hendrick's Gin.
One can easily say that I love to drink, but I love my job even more, and the two just don’t mix. My job revolves around “the party”, but I should never be “the life of the party”.
As event professionals, our job is to produce the party, not partake in the party. We have a long list of responsibilities, which include: to our team, our suppliers, the venue, our clients, and their guests.
I need to stay clear, focussed and diligent. And let’s not forget, I need to get up really early the next morning and do it all over again.
So, let’s talk about the Mad-Men era of liquid lunches that changed drastically in the 90’s. This was when mixing business with entertainment became a no longer acceptable expense for income tax purposes by the government. I remember the former owner of a renowned restaurant here in Toronto recounting stories of business tycoons and government officials spending long lunch hours ordering very expensive wines. Believe it or not, this all changed practically overnight as a result of the regulation change, and a move to a much more conservative attitude towards drinking and business. Today, the Disrupters Era is seeing a gradual acceptance to “entertainment at work”, with beer fridges and ping pong tables becoming more common place in many communal work spaces.
So where does the Event Industry fit in all this?
In my early days in special events, my love of drinking flaunted that I was “one of the boys” which made networking in a male-dominated industry much easier. When I became a business owner, my attitudes matured because I want to be remembered as a professional who is always appropriate and contributing. I wanted to lead my team and set an example. For my business, drinking on the job wasn’t a winning strategy.
Our industry is bravely built by the hard work of so many small businesses. Unfortunately, many of these small businesses don’t have HR departments to deal with drinking policies and regulating disciplinary action for drinking on the job. Here we are again back to a reoccurring theme in my blogs this year – self regulation.
Drinking before, during, or after an event won’t let you keep your job for very long, especially if you have to be on the job and on your toes the next day.
Event Professionals (planners, venue managers, decorators, florists, entertainers and yes even those audio-visual techs) everywhere take note: If the next event you produce starts feeling like your own private party, with a drink in hand, it may be time to consider a change in career.
Blog post by: Dana Zita

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Growth 500: Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies
They say you are known by the company you keep and judging by this prestigious list, we are certainly in good company – Canada’s top 500 growing companies!
Check out who made the list at 492!   YES - aNd Logistix Inc. cracked the top 500 growing companies in Canada!
Canadian Business and Maclean’s ranked aNd Logistix Inc. No. 492 on the annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. The winners of the 31st annual Growth 500 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies are the most ambitious, innovative and successful businesses in Canada.
Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and is now available online at and
“The companies on the 2019 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Beth Fraser, Growth 500 Program Manager. “As we celebrate over 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”
aNd Logistix is proud to be on the Growth 500 ranking,” says CEO Dana Zita, CSEP, CMP. “This achievement reflects the strength of our nimble but mighty team. To be recognized for our steady and continuous growth on our 25th anniversary year is especially momentous.”
Happy Free Idea Friday!
Blog post by: Dana Zita
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Where have all the “GOOD” people gone?
With all the ethical questions surrounding the SNC-Lavalin affair here in Canada, news stories are full of references to the roles of ethical committees/commissions/boards.
I started thinking about how much an ethical committee really can do. Can they differentiante and weed out the BAD from the GOOD? Within the events/meeting industry, we follow a code of ethics. Or do we?
Do we really? Even in this era of instant news and social media commentary, the worst scandals seem to be swept under the rug.
We can’t ensure ethical behavior. It is near impossible to enforce it. We can only encourage it and educate others to be better professionals. I urge all my peers in the event and meeting planning field to encourage your industry association to find better ways to promote ethical behavior.
It comes down to self regulated personal principles.
Here are links to a few codes of ethical conduct that we should all re-read...
Just doing my part to educate on this Labour Day weekend!
Hope my “Free Idea” makes your Friday!
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Blog post by: Dana Zita
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Supplier Spotlight
Way back in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium, Dana reached out to several of our suppliers to create a NEW IDEAS document to share with clients. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we asked our suppliers once more for fresh ideas to share with all of you.

Get Connected Lanyard:
Now you can provide attendees with a lanyard that does much more than just hang around! This one not only connects event-goers to your vivid four-colour brand imprint, but also connects your phone to your computer, car, anything with a USB port for its necessary charging. It’s a great way to double up the duty of your lanyards by also making them a fantastic give-away.


Stack a Ribbon Fun Packs:
Add some fun to your next meeting with these assorted ribbons for badges. These packs feature popular stack-a-ribbon event themes.  From Hipster Fun Packs to Warning Label Fun Packs, your attendees will love finding ribbons that represent themselves and their fellow attendees.

The Pillar Lanyard:
The Pillar's brushed silver design offers a sleek transition from lanyard to name badge; the satin polyester fabric and dye-sublimated, full-color process create "vivid" imprinting with intricate detailing of your logo. Certainly not an obtrusive "bauble" that overpowers the all-important name tag, but a subtle segue that allows the name, data and design on the tag to shine.

Eco Friendly Options:
Going green for your next meeting?  Consider fully biodegradable name badges and Lanyards.
The lanyards are 100% organic cotton, exceptionally soft and 100% biodegradable. They come in a variety of attachments and can be customized with a sponsor or company logo. Our Bio PVC Holder has a special additive in the PVC that makes the entire holder fully biodegradable with zero toxic residue. ASTM tested safe for commercial and home compost so there's less landfill impact with every meeting!

Best Journal Ever!
Hold cellphone (any size), business card holder, pen loop, envelope in back for receipts, notes, etc.
Walk into a meeting with this journal and you have all you need.


2-in-1 Sports Bottle
Single-walled Tritan sports water bottle with Frost white screw-on PP top cap and spray lid. A trigger produces a fine mist to help you cool down. Perfect for the conference floor or golf course! Stay hydrated and keep cool.


Stainless Steel Straw Kits
Save our planet, one straw at a time with this 18/8 food grade stainless steel straw. The 5-piece set includes two straight straws, two bent straws, and one cleaning brush, packed in a drawstring cotton bag.

Mobile Office Commuter Sleeve
Keep your mobile office up and running with a padded
sleeve to keep you organized when on the road!


Next Level Cool Conference Tote
Tired of the same boring giveaway tote bags? This stylish foldable tote is the world’s best all everything tote, and it comes in a plethora of fashion colours and patterns.

What an exciting year as colour is back.
We were thrilled to be able to incorporate a wonderful grouping of the new yellow canvas
styling for a conference recently.
Our fashion forward setting truly brought the sunshine as yellow is one of the biggest hits of
the season.
We have all been suspended in a grey zone for
quite some time, but working closely with
aNd logistics we wanted to push the envelope

The drapery as well as custom pillows in a pineapple print was greeted with such a complimentary vibe that attendees gathered and enjoyed our lounge with their down time in between sessions.


Another new and exciting trend this year is the new neutrals.
Organic styles like green and beige are being welcomed into the market as they have been missing for so long.
Green reminds us of regrowth and creates a perfect base for any design.
Beige or a biscotti shade seems to relax our clients and bring that natural organic feeling back.


CCR used elaborate laser lighting and intelligent lighting to create the atmosphere for a performance/entertainment driven industry gala night.


This centre stage showcased the creative use of a custom designed set, projection mapping, and intelligent lighting to create a high-impact sales-kick off in an arena.

This Loblaws event involved the usage of a very large wide format screen (about 120’) with multiple projectors and screen blending. It included custom produced content as well as various types of lighting, including LEDs and Movers to create the desired effect.


This Sunlife event involved using a customized and blended semi-circle screen that was driven by custom produced content as the backdrop. It also included outboard screens for content, as well as intelligent lighting to create the desired look and effect.


Signage is key to so many elements of events and conference.  Saman Design shared these ideas that enhance the directional flow of guests.


Registration is the usually the first point of contact and we love making it a great first impression.



Large decals that look like museum displays make a great impact and establishes a distinctive vibe.



Don’t forget things like staircase. It’s a fanastic way to help brand the entire space creating a customized atmospher




Centrepieces don’t have to be flowers. This unique silouette of cityscapes worked great with the theme of the event and the sponsor branding was a bonus feature.


Floor to Ceiling is an impactful look to grab attention

And don’t forget the floor – these neon effect floor decals indicated the way to all the events taking place in the venue.

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2019 Canadian Event Industry Awards Nominees

The aNd Logistix team is delighted to have qualified as finalists for the 2019 Canadian Event Industry Awards! Our dedication to planning and delivering high-quality events has awarded us nominations in three different categories: Best Conference, Best Trade Show or Exposition and one we are extremely proud of – team member Sandra DaMota has been nominated for Emerging Industry Leader.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who collaborated with us to create such incredible events, and our amazing staff who consistently work to craft the best events possible!

Our Partners
Stronco Show Services
CCR Solutions
Saman Designs
Divine Furniture Rental
Susan Murray International

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto
Sophia the Humanoid
The Lost Fingers
Rick Mercer
Steven Page
Barista Brian
Barbra Lica Quintet

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In Honour of J. Charles Grieco
This week’s Free Idea Friday is dedicated to J. Charles Grieco, a distinqued member of Toronto’s hospitality community who passed away this week.
To call him a pioneer is an understatement since his own mind set was so forward thinking – a maverick is definitely more like it!  Hospitality was not a job, it was a vocation.
During his highly successful 35-year career as owner of the renown La Scala Restaurant, he and the Grieco family set a new standard for fine dining and fine wines in Toronto.
His accomplishments later on in life are what resonate most for me, with his leadership of the Ontario Hostelry Institute in 1977 and subsequently becoming managing director at the Canadian Hospitality Foundation, which helped raise millions for student awards and support.
We can all learn from his own words:  “Great hospitality is taking however we felt before we came to the table, and making us feel a little better when we leave.”  For Mr. Grieco it wasn’t about what you did exactly or how timely the service was or the food you plated or what wine you offered -  but how you made people feel around the table.
Saluti to you Sir – your inspiration will live on through our memories of sharing many a table with you.  It was my privilege.

Blog Post by: Dana Zita
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Celebrating 25 Years!

With a new year comes a fresh mindset, letting new ideas flow and embracing motivation at an all-time high!  Most of us begin the new year with resolutions of promises to achieve a certain goal or to stop a nagging habit. As a corporate team, our New Year’s resolution is the continuation of exceptional work ethics and the drive to exceed last year’s achievements.

This year, aNd Logistix is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Time flies when you love what you do! aNd Logistix was established in December 1993 and has experienced lots of change since then. We are proud to continuously organize and execute successful events year after year. We have had the pleasure of forming strong relationships with both clients and team members, that have played such an important role in helping us grow and improve. aNd Logistix is proud to have introduced policies and prompted discussion in the workplace concerning the promotion of inclusion, diversity and an overall safe, enjoyable work environment throughout the past 25 years. This positive open-mindedness has enabled us to work with people from different professional backgrounds and lifestyles. It’s helped us learn and expand our horizons to create a professional organization with a genuine, personal touch.

We enter 2019 with the same commitment and enthusiasm that has defined our corporation since the very beginning, and we would like to thank all of those who have been a part of this journey with us. 


A Special Thank You to Our Clients: Achieving 25 incredible years in business has only been made possible through having the opportunity to work with clients that have established such committed relationships as ours have, and that have always provided belief and support in our projects. We are very thankful to all our clients for helping us improve, overcome challenges and ultimately learn as a company. We hope to continue building our knowledge, share experiences and overall enjoying the advice, collaboration and friendship that our clients have demonstrated throughout these 25 years. The team at aNd Logistix thanks you again and wishes all of you Happy New Year!


A Special Thank You to Our Team Members: The projects we undertake at aNd Logistix require dedication, attention to detail, positivity and an unwavering work ethic. We are extremely fortunate to have a team that is so devoted to doing their jobs with the utmost effort. It has been an absolute pleasure working with every member of the aNd Logistix team that brings a different and unique perspective to each project. We are looking forward to another year of such unbelievable teamwork!

2019 marks such a major milestone for aNd Logistix, we are welcoming it with a renewed sense of vigor and purpose! We cannot wait to see what the new year has in store for us!

Don't forget to check out our instagram @andlogistix - we'll be sharing fun memories throughout the year!

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Out with the Old, in with the New!
Our team’s gift to you this holiday season is our team’s favourite ideas from this year’s conferences.

Creations by Bar Chef from Minah
What’s better than a tasty cocktail at the end of a long day? What about a colourful cocktail that bubbles, fizzes and even smokes! Inciting all your senses—taste, touch, sound, smell and sight. Guests buzzed around this molecular-inspired bar all night, as bartenders conducted the perfect science experiment before their eyes by creating an array of mystical cocktails. Working with Bar Chef was a smooth-sailing experience by customizing their menu to cater to your theme and providing options for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Barista Brian from Shawn
Everyone always appreciates a good coffee between conference seminars and sessions. We were fortunate to secure Barista Brian, an internationally recognized latte artist for The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships conference. By combining caffeine and his artistic skills, he boosted everyone’s energy and productivity. We thank him for being the crowd-pleaser we didn’t know we needed!

Surf set Yoga from Jess
During meals and session breaks, attendees had the opportunity to try the new yoga craze- traditional Yoga but on an elevated surfboard (Surfset Yoga). From downward dog to headstands to simply standing on their feet, attendees were rushing to get themselves surfing between sessions.

Therapy Dogs from Matt
Therapy Dogs were a hit at both our 2018 Shoppers Pharmacy Conferences in Toronto and Calgary. Rescue dog non-profit organizations were very generous in sending many dogs and their owners to help give the pharmacists a well-deserved break during a busy conference. Attendees are very impressed by the multitude of breeds and sizes of therapy dogs, making their conference an even more enjoyable experience.

Mindful Yoga Lounge- from Megan
We swapped out traditional lounge seating with multicolour yoga balls, creating a calming break environment in between the busy conference atmosphere. Allowing pharmacists to take a balanced break at the Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy Conference.

Curling from Candace
SWEEP! A great way to get your conference attendees to socialize and get active at the same time is indoor curling. The game is played with a long mat and 8 rocks (on wheels). This year we incorporated the idea into our activity breaks during general session and a Canadian themed networking lounge. Have two people play against each other or encourage attendees to find new friends by building teams of 4.

Sugar boost from Katie
Falling into that mid-day slump, but can’t stomach another cup of coffee?  Why not let your sweet tooth be your guide!  This year at the CCPPP conference, the international café featured a Candy Bar, where delegates could grab a quick treat, or fill a bag for later.  The candy acted as part of the décor by matching the candy colours to the room theme and as a conversation starter, showcasing Canadian candies and favourites from childhood.  What a treat!

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What the CMP Exam Doesn't Give You
Dana recently wrote her CMP exam and PASSED!  We sat down with her to ask her how she felt about the process and here is what we learned
What was the best thing about the CMP process for you this past year?
I really enjoyed our weekly CMP study group at the office with the aNd team – We’d do it over lunch, and it was a great team bonding experience.  We had some laughs while learning and it was helpful in seeing our different strengths and weaknesses.  

What was the worst thing about the CMP process for you this past year?
I love that our industry is constantly growing, and from early in my career I’ve advocated for the standards we now practise.  However, I found some of the principles a bit unrealistic in real planning scenarios -- a few times I caught myself saying “REALLY – seriously that can’t be the correct answer?”

What can’t the CMP give you?
Patience!  Being patient is something that needs to be constant and I practise patience every single day.
Creativity!  You really need to work at creativity and staying in tune with what is new DAILY is so important to keep creative juices flowing.  I try to look up something new and exciting every single day.
Hands on Experience!  Theory is worthy, but practise makes perfect. Every challenge I faced and solved has stayed with me and I pass that experience on directly to the team, colleagues and our clients.  You need a lot of practise beyond those 3 little letters.
Any closing thoughts?
I am most proud of Sandra – not just for passing but for simply trying and giving it her all. 
We look forward to meeting our goal of 6 CMPs by 2020!
Hope my “Free Idea” makes your Friday!
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Fireworks Friday- Looking Back at Celebrating Canada's 150th Anniversary
With clients and attendees coming from near and far we always strive to add a Canadian touch to our events. But last year had to be bigger and better than any others, because we celebrated Canada’s 150th Birthday!

For 2018 we thought we would look back at some of our favourite moments celebrating the place we call home.

Firstly, Toronto hosted the 10th Annual SEUS-CP Conference and showcased a youth group from the Native Canadian Centre for a traditional dance performance.

IIROC hosted a camp themed Reception sponsored by BMO where Canada’s favourite drink was featured.  Attendees were able to add their favorite fix-ins to this Canadian staple. I’ll take mine extra spicy with a celery stick, please!


IBAO chose the perfect spot for Canada’s 150th Anniversary, overlooking the capital’s parliament buildings. All bases were covered from location, convention logo, staff uniforms and James Cunningham's Mountie costume during MC duties.


The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) celebrated Canada throughout the conference. Attendees came from all around the world, so it was quite special to display our Canadian spirit throughout the Conference. As this conference took place around Remembrance Day, CCPPP made a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion so we could supply attendees with poppies. Other details at the CCPPP Conference included: a reception with “streets of Toronto” food stations and a memory mile to incorporate important moment’s in Canada’s and CCPPP’s history.


Lastly, when in doubt… invite the Prime Minister and sneak a photo.


There were so many amazing moments to look back on, but these were a few of my favourite! Hope everyone had an amazing Canada Day Celebration this year!

Guest Blogger: Jessica Goncalves
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