Biz X magazine March 2019

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Prospect Of Losing Third Shift Makes Windsor Auto Workers Nervous THE PARENTING BIZ Help Your Child Shine As A Star Student With Local Tutoring & Educational Companies

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Cleroux & Sons Roofing; PeopleReady Employment Agency; LaSalle’s WiredCats FIRST Robotics Competition Team; Souq ; Teaze Resurrection Concert And Leadership Advice From “Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium” Speakers

GIRL POWER! You may not have to be Wonder Woman to run your own business, but with all the other pressures facing female entrepreneurs, it probably wouldn’t hurt. “International Women’s Day” recognizes women’s achievements and acknowledges the challenges they face in the quest for gender equality. Let’s meet several local women who pack a punch in the Windsor business world. — Page 18 B IZ X M A G A Z IN E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9




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4 Funny Stuff 5 From The Publisher: Achieve Your Real Estate Goals At “OREC-WinCity” 6 Editorial Viewpoint: Third Shift At FCA Plant On The Line? Fears that Windsor’s 6,000 job automotive assembly plant could be closed have been debunked, but slumping sales of superstar car Chrysler Pacifica (see top photo of 2019 model, courtesy of FCA) could threaten the plant’s third shift, which employs some 1,000 workers, writes Columnist Alan Halberstadt. 8 Front Lines 13 Heard On The Street 14 Newsflash 16 Dates To Remember 24 Tech Bytes: Going Beyond The Status Quo 25 XX Files: Shannon Masojc, Naturally Vain Custometics 26 Take The Lead: Words Of Advice From “Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium” Speakers 28 Portfolio Corner 29 Ask The Experts: Putting A Roof Over Your Head With Cleroux & Sons Roofing 30 Hot Shots: Transition To Betterness (T2B) “Gala 22” Enjoying the glamour and glitz of this annual gala held at Caesar Windsor’s Augustus Ballroom were Doris Lapico, T2B Co-Founder and John Ondejko, President of Seacliff Farm, Ltd. (in middle photo by Rod Denis). With over 1,100 in attendance, our roving photography team aimed to get as many shots as possible during the evening . . . so take a looksie at who posed for our camera! 33 Guest Column: Family Business Succession Planning Part Two 34 THE PARENTING BIZ: A Lesson On Local Tutors As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Luckily for area residents, Windsor Essex has plenty of educational professionals around who will raise your child up to be the best they can be! So, to help little junior become a straight A student, let us teach you a thing or two about local tutoring companies all sharing a common goal — success in school and in life, for their young clients. 41 Health Matters: Let’s Get Physical! 42 Have A Cup Of Joe With Joe: Practice Makes Purrfect For LaSalle WiredCats Robotics Team 45 Food For Thought: Take A Culinary Adventure Of Flavour With Souq 46 Making A Sound Living: The Resurrection Of Teaze 49 Hot Shots: In Honour Of The Ones We Love “Diamonds And Ice Gala” 52 From The Bookshelf: A Woman’s Fight For Survival And Spiritual Reading In The Man Cave 53 The Way It Was: The 75th Anniversary Of The Windsor Flying Club 54 Biz Of The Month: People Ready, Matching Workers To Employers

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While businesses owned exclusively by women are still in the minority, it is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Canadian economy. From personal services to retail and from party planning to real estate and advertising, female entrepreneurs are becoming more visible in the Windsor Essex economy. And in their own individual way, each is a super hero in the local business world. Check out our special tribute story to celebrate “International Women’s Day.” Photo credit: © Can Stock Photo/alphaspirit

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Windsor Real Estate Investment Conference March 16, 2019 By Deborah Jones

Properties are selling in Windsor-Essex faster than in any other city in Canada, with an average of only 12 days on market, according to a February 6 article. This is no surprise, as Windsor is becoming recognized as one of the best options for real estate investment in Canada. Both local and out-of-town investors are taking advantage of the affordable prices, attractive rent-topurchase-price ratios, and the promising future of the city. Cassidy Logsdon, REALTOR, and the founder of WinCity Investors Club, has experienced an increase in clients seeking investment properties in Windsor, whether they are purchasing their first investment property or expanding their existing portfolios. Many are eager to learn more about Windsor’s real estate market and how they can thrive in today’s market climate. To answer this demand, WinCity Investors Club has teamed up with the “Ontario Real Estate Conference” (OREC) to host a real

Cassidy Logsdon, Club Founder and Speaker at the event, believes “Any successful real estate investor knows how essential their network is to their success. This event will be the perfect opportunity to build great connections and valuable relationships.”

estate investment conference in Windsor. “OREC-WinCity” takes place on March 16 at the Ciociaro Club, 3745 North Talbot Road. “The event is focused on education and empowerment, with two stages and a trade hall showcasing local resources,” states Logsdon. “The purpose of the event is to help attendees expand their knowledge and their network in order to thrive as real estate investors.” Attendees can learn from successful local real estate investors such as Jon Seguin of Seda Developments; Dan Grenier of

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PE Real Estate, and many more, about their best strategies for investing in Windsor today. Amongst the roster of out-of-town speakers is Mathew Frederick, life-long real estate investor, large-scale developer across Canada and internationally, and real estate coach and trainer. Others include: Kory MacKinnon, author and coach, with a large and thriving portfolio of buy-and-holds in Sarnia and London; and co-host Matt McKeever, who retired from his corporate job at 30 through real estate, and now has over 27,000 YouTube subscribers on his channel dedicated to real estate investment. The event covers topics from Flipping, Residential and Commercial Buy & Hold, Student Rentals, and Self-Storage Investing, to Market Trends, the Future of Windsor, and Business Strategies for Real Estate Investors. Perhaps most importantly, the event is an opportunity to connect with the speakers, local trades and resources, and other attendees. Sponsorships and trade booths are also available. The $150 tickets can be purchased at: (“OREC-WinCity”). Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event runs all day with lunch included, but a special V.I.P. dinner option is also available. For information, log on to: or email: Please be sure to let them know Biz X sent ya!


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Time For A New Product At FCA Assembly Plant By Alan Halberstadt *If you have a comment on this topic, please post it under my column in the CITY section of


ver since General Motors announced last November it was closing its Oshawa Assembly Plant — at the cost upwards of 2,500 jobs — there has been paranoia afoot at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Assembly Plant in Windsor. Could Windsor be Oshawa-ed? Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens has raised that possibility, claiming the city needs to triple efforts to diversify its economy to lessen its reliance on automotive jobs. So I asked Tony Faria, retired University of Windsor professor and auto industry guru, if there was any danger of our FCA plant closing down?

“Young families can’t afford it,” says auto analyst Tony Faria, speaking about the Chrysler Pacifica. Photo supplied by the University of Windsor.

“It’s always good to prepare, but I don’t see any problem in the near to mid-term,” says Faria. “But who can predict 20 years down the road?” Windsor’s minivan plant, which manufactures the much decorated Chrysler Pacifica, and the Dodge Grand Caravan, employs 5,859 hourly and 245 salaried workers. A limited number of Pacifica Hybrids are also built here. Windsor’s security blanket is the $2 billion plus plant that was completely retooled four years ago to build the new Pacifica on a global platform. “It’s still leading all plants in world class manufacturing,” boasts Windsorite Ken Lewenza Sr., former National President of the Canadian Auto Workers union. “It’s a great plant with a great workforce and I don’t see Fiat abandoning it,” Faria remarks. But, here’s the rub. The minivan market is shrinking as consumers opt for bigger models such as Jeep SUVs, and RAM pick-up trucks, built in the U.S. If the trend continues Faria says the 35 year old third shift at the Windsor Assembly


Plant could be in jeopardy. If it is eliminated that would mean the loss of over 1,000 jobs. I know a retailer who speaks candidly to FCA insiders. Every extended layoff sets off alarm bells inside the plant, he reveals. The latest signal came when FCA shut down the plant for two weeks in January and another week in February for “inventory adjustments.” FCA, short on delivery orders for new cars, has reacted by slowing down the line by 10%, which means two workers are needed instead of three, with the third one being laid off. Hundreds of workers could be let go this way, some permanently. These are called line re-assessments and are much preferable to the public relations black eye of shutting down the third shift. This is how Faria believes the company will handle things. Pacifica sales are slumping badly in Canada. As a snapshot, sales tumbled 47%, from 522 vehicles sold in January of 2018 compared to 277 this January. Faria attributes it to price. “Young families can’t afford it,” he says. “When I heard what the Pacifica price would be I thought it was really high, I really wondered.” When the all new Pacifica was launched, replacing the Town and Country, prices were set in the $60,000 range for fully loaded 2017 models. Today, with dealer discounts up to $7,000, a 2019 Pacifica with all the bells and whistles can be fetched for $57,465. An indicator of the current climate is the fact that Dodge Grand Caravans, assembled by the same workforce along the same Windsor line, are outselling their brethren by wide margins in North America. With prices as low as $27,485 with a dealer discount, 32,253 Caravans were sold in Canada in 2018, compared to 5,999 Pacificas. The Pacifica has done better in the huge American market, selling 118,322 vehicles in 2018, and setting a record for monthly sales of its product in the U.S. last October, increasing 22% to 9,277. In the months since then, Chrysler sales, including the Caravan, have declined. Ironically, the slump comes despite the Pacifica being showered with dozens of awards. B IZ X M A G A Z IN E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9 recently named it “Family Car of the Year” for the second straight year. When the first minivans rolled off the Windsor assembly line 35 years ago, Chrysler minivans were the only game in town. This is no longer the case although the Pacifica and Caravan still dominate the segment, having expanded their share from 51% to 57% over the Asian competition — Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. But, the competition within the segment is compounded by consumers rushing to buy from other segments, like light trucks and Jeeps. The Pacificas have superior fuel efficiency, but in an era of cheap gas, polluting the air is a distant concern to people who love bombing around in a pick-up truck or Jeep Cherokee, without spending $100 to fill their tanks, like when gas prices a decade ago were five or six dollars a gallon. “The price of gas today is not scaring anybody off from buying a big engine vehicle,” says my retailer friend. At its peak, 430,000 Chrysler minivans were built annually. In 2018, that number has fallen to 299,997, according to the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturing Association. Of those, 171,066 were Caravans and 128,931 Pacificas. “The Caravan is what’s keeping the plant in business,” says Lewenza. Faria doesn’t disagree, but reminds us that “2016 was supposed to be the last year of the Caravans and they’re still building them in 2019.” The two men agree that FCA is overdue for a third product to sustain a full throttle third shift. Faria states, “Somebody really needs to do something about it. The Caravan is long in the tooth.” “We have to work really hard to reinvest back into the plant and put a supplementary product in there,” concurs Lewenza, noting the Volkswagen Routan was manufactured alongside the Chrysler products for six years ending in 2013. “At about 300,000 units a year, the plant could stay on three shifts, but it will have more ‘inventory adjustments’ as it has been having over the last couple of months,” Faria comments. Chrysler officials are mostly tight-lipped, although Steve Beahm, Head of FCA’s Passenger Car Brands, said recently the company is considering an all-wheel drive Pacifica that has the potential to put other products in the Windsor plant. Don’t expect that news to appease the nervous nellies. “In a plant like ours there’s a rumour every hour,” quips Lewenza.

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FRONTLINES Upstream Approach Puts Patients At The Centre To End Hallway Healthcare A new collaboration involving healthcare professionals across the Windsor area is designed to help patients with mild to moderate mental health issues, as well as those with more complex needs. Windsor Team Care Centre, a partnership between the Windsor Family Health Team (WFHT) and the WindsorEssex branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, has already taken in over 500 referrals from more than 60 local physicians in just six months, since opening its doors.

care professionals to help Windsor area solo practitioners manage their clients through a comprehensive approach to mental health and addiction. “When doctors refer patients to our centre, we are able to provide services in a timely manner, which allows other healthcare professionals to deal with patients with more serious issues,” explains Mark Ferrari, Executive Director of the WFHT. Dr. Christel Tayag, a team leader at the centre, says “this team-based system is designed to end hallway medicine and its upstream approach to healthcare helps ensure hospital beds remain available for those in need of acute care.” The centre, which opened in the Jackson Park Health Centre at 2475 McDougall Avenue in September 2018, received $1.5 million in funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Dr. Marguerite Chevalier, a solo practitioner working out of 1275 Walker Road in Windsor, has supported the centre since it opened.

Brittni Jacobs, a client at the centre, discusses how the team’s involvement in her care has turned her life around.

Brittni Jacobs, 29, came to the centre a few months ago to seek help in shedding an addiction to painkillers. “It’s a cliché, but I got hooked after injuring my anterior cruciate ligament,” Jacobs discloses. “I’m not embarrassed to admit I had some serious issues.” She adds, “Everyone here gets it, and because they care so much about their clients, it becomes easier to start caring about yourself. I’m totally sober now and I would recommend this program to anyone with similar issues — it changed my life.” The service, offered at no cost to clients, provides an interdisciplinary team of health-


Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens congratulates healthcare professionals for putting together a new team-based healthcare initiative. Listening from left are: Addiction Counsellor Beth Lalonde; Centre Director Neelu Sehgal; Addiction Counsellor Derek Roberts; Social Worker Dana Marie St. Jean; Facilitator Jessica Hindi; Social Worker Jason McKinley and Nurse Practitioner Cathy Awad. Photos by Dave Hall.

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Mark Ferrari, Director of the Windsor Family Health Team, outlines advantage of the new program for helping clients deal with mental health and addiction issues.

“Primary care practitioners are striving to help clients who have multiple needs, but there are not enough resources in the community to support them,” says Chevalier. “The Team Care Centre is a much needed service that will support practitioners’ patients’ health.” Mayor Drew Dilkens admits it’s not as simple as getting a big cheque. “But, this is one of the pieces of the puzzle,” he says. “We have a big demand for services and it can take up to six weeks or more to get people the help they need. This centre should get people the help they need when they need it.” For more details, visit the website:

FRONTLINES Libro Credit Union Opens For Business At The Windsor Accelerator Libro Credit Union has now added Windsor to its list of 31 branches in southwestern Ontario, and the company is looking to connect with biz pros in the city. As of February 4, 2019 Libro is open for business in Windsor inside the Windsor Accelerator, 1501 Howard Avenue, Suite 106, by appointment only. The Accelerator — where community and business collide — was the perfect space for Libro to expand into the area. Libro has invested in renovating the space, which has a commercial office, lounge/ meeting room and the new co-working space — the Libro “Chill Zone.” “Libro is opening their arms to the Windsor community and, with the Accelerator already aligning with so many of the same values, it was the perfect fit,” says Lindsay Lovecky, Account Manager and Financial Coach at Libro Credit Union. Lovecky was selected to work in this commercial space, because of her passion and expertise in supporting businesses and enterprises in the region. The credit union’s aim is to be a connector.

It exists to help individuals and businesses, that call southwestern Ontario home, live their best life and as a result make communities stronger. Instead of leveraging opportunities only through sponsorships or donations, the credit union wanted to be right in the middle of the action to offer its skills and expertise to help Windsor continue to thrive. “One of the benefits of my office being in a co-working space is the opportunity for true collaboration,” Lovecky explains. “Also, having a physical presence in the Accelerator is important because we can do more together simply by working closely with local businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-up companies.” Lori Atkinson, Regional Manager at Libro Credit Union is excited about the possibilities of new partnerships and relationships with businesses in the area. “I’m confident the Windsor community will see the benefit of partnering with Libro when they meet with Lindsay,” Atkinson believes. “She will champion our unique approach to financial coaching to help

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Lindsay Lovecky, Account Manager and Financial Coach at Libro Credit Union is pictured at her desk inside her new office at the Windsor Accelerator. Photo courtesy of Libro.

businesses in the area grow and evolve.” Libro has already been working proudly with partners across the Windsor Essex region, including WEtech Alliance, Hackforge, and the University of Windsor EPICentre to help create jobs, increase financial literacy and support economic growth in the region. Libro Credit Union has more than 75 years of history in Essex County, and currently has locations in seven communities. For more information, visit:


FRONTLINES St. Clair College $21.5 Million Project Really Hit It Out Of The Park

On hand for the official announcement and ground breaking on February 1, 2019 from left are: Laura Walker, President of the Student Athletics Association; Holly Nicholson, President of the Student Representative Council; Michael Schlater, President and CEO of Domino’s Pizza of Canada; Marty Gillis, Chair of WFCU; Patricia France, President of St. Clair College; Drew Dilkens, Mayor of Windsor; Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh and Essex County Warden; Stephanie and Barry Zekelman of The Barry and Stephanie Zekelman Foundation and Dan Allen, Chair of St. Clair College. Photos by Rod Denis.

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St. Clair College students, staff, sponsors, VIPS and the community gathered in early February, to witness the ground breaking ceremony for the new $21.5 million St. Clair College Sports Park. Expected to be completed by early 2020, the St. Clair College Sports Park will be a “state-of-the-art” multi-sport facility that will provide students with recreational and varsity athletic programming. This exciting development will see the complete rejuvenation of the College’s current outdoor sports facilities at the south end of the campus. The Sports Park will boast a 1,500 seat soccer field complete with artificial turf, digital score board and press box; a 400 seat softball diamond with artificial field, team rooms and scoreboard;

concession stands; and four lighted beach volleyball courts with a lounge. Indoor tennis courts, proshop, and dressing rooms will be developed in a later phase. The project will be overseen by the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the Student Athletic Association. Support from the community has been unparalleled, thanks to the generous sponsorship from the Barry and Stephanie Zekelman Foundation and Michael Schlater, CEO of Domino’s Pizza of Canada. In addition, the College also is grateful to the Fortis Group (awarded the construction contract); Architecttura Inc., (architect); the WFCU Credit Union. the City of Windsor and the Town of Tecumseh for their continued support.

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Digging up a little dirt near the existing recreational field at the far south end of the campus, to mark the beginnings of the Sports Park are: Carmen Brunone, Co-owner Architecttura; Dilkens; McNamara; Dan Amicone, Co-owner Architecttura; Barry and Stephanie Zekelman; France; Gillis; Allen; Nicholson; Walker and Max De Angelis, President of Fortis Group, Inc.

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HEARD ON THE STREET A family partnership is bringing a craft brewery and appetizer-style restaurant to downtown Amherstburg in April. Tammy, Brian and Jeff Fowkes, along with Gerry Vanderheide, are opening Lot 10 Brewing Co. at 263 Dalhousie Street, a location previously occupied by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. “It’s been a dream of ours for a long time,” says Tammy. “We love tasting different kinds of craft beers and we think the time is right to do something in downtown Amherstburg.” The partners took over the building in September 2018 and have been transforming it into a craft beer tasting room and restaurant ever since. The brewery will offer four or five standard beers including a lager, stout and an IPA, a selection of seasonal beers and a number of different creations from brewmaster Dylan White. Tammy tells Biz X the restaurant will seat 70 and offer cheese and charcuterie plates, dips and breads, as well as soft pretzels with mustard. Initially, the brewery will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The partners plan to host acoustic music nights and painting parties as well as other special events. For more information, email Tammy at: A website is expected to be launched in the near future.

New owners have taken over the former Kilt & Fiddle Irish Pub in downtown Windsor, with plans to re-open a bar (no set date at press time) on the ground floor with condominiums on the second floor. The building at 28 Chatham Street East, also once housed Plunkett’s, a long-time fixture in the

city core, and later Mick’s Irish Pub. Chris Poupard, Owner of A Plus Construction, which is doing the work on behalf of Tan Property Management, indicates the condos are expected to be ready for occupancy in early summer. “It’s a great opportunity for anyone wanting to live downtown where so much development is happening at the moment,” says Poupard. In addition to this project, there’s also work going on to turn the former Loop and Fish Market complex into offices for Quicken Loans. Renovations are also taking place at the former City Beer Market and Chatham Street Grill for as yet unspecified business opportunities. And St. Clair College is preparing to move into the ground floor of 1 Riverside Drive West, which houses Canadian headquarters for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, as well as The Keg Steakhouse & Bar.

A panel discussion featuring female leaders from business, non-profit and healthcare sectors — “Inside the Minds of Female Leaders” — is scheduled for Thursday March 7 at the Water’s Edge Event Centre. AM800 News Anchor Patty Handysides moderates the discussion featuring Janice Kaffer, President and CEO of HôtelDieu Grace Healthcare; Pat Soulliere, President and CEO of Soulliere Financial and Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh, Director of Leadership Windsor/Essex at United Way and Biz X Columnist. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and costs $25, which includes dinner, or $45, which also includes a t-shirt. It’s being presented as a partnership between the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Windsor, WEtech

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Alliance and the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Centre. For more information, visit:

Matt Kelly, who owns the Victoria Tavern on Chilver Road in Windsor, has just completed the purchase of Shooter’s Roadhouse, at 17 Sandwich Street North in Amherstburg. “I’m from Amherstburg and I’ve always wanted to open a place in my home town,” Kelly explains. “It’s seven minutes from my home, so it’s the perfect location.” He plans on completing some renovations, including a new ceiling and other cosmetic changes, as well as new menu items more reflective of the bar’s roadhouse theme. The food choices will include burgers, wings, salads, clubhouse and reuben sandwiches among other items. Kelly will also add local live blues entertainment, including Mark Chichkan on Thursday nights beginning in April. The bar remains open during renovations with a grand opening planned for next month. Kelly has worked in the tool and die industry for a number of years, but has given that up now that he owns two businesses.

The former Windsor Croatian Centre at 5259 Tecumseh Road East has been sold, but future plans for the building have not been announced by the new owners. The building was previously owned by Bill Kobrosli who also owns the Factory House restaurant directly across the street. Kobrosli originally had plans to turn the large site into a health and wellness centre with 17 townhomes at the rear of the property. Mona Elkadri, Kobrosli’s daughter and business partner, says she didn’t think the new owners had the same plans for the site. Elkadri adds the family has decided to concentrate on running their restaurant business and doesn’t have the time to devote to a new project. Real estate agents for the buyer couldn’t be reached by press time.



NEWSFLASH THE RUNDOWN Nominations are now open for the 2019 “Kingsville Business Recognition Awards,” a program created by the Town of Kingsville to recognize the many contributions local businesses have made within the Town, demonstrating their support for the growth of their community. The Committee is asking for nominations for three awards. First, “Business of the Year” recognizes a business operating within the Town of Kingsville that has demonstrated a commitment to the community and its residents, while displaying strong ethics within the business and society. Second, The “Business Innovation” Award acknowledges a business that demonstrated innovation in enhancing its business and services. This may relate to implementing an “outside the box” system, or by rejuvenating its operations through new technologies and facility upgrades. And the third award, “Young Entrepreneur (under 35)” honours the hard work demonstrated by a young entrepreneur (under 35 years old at the time of nomination), who either resides, operates an active business, or grew up primarily in the Town of Kingsville. Nominations are accepted until Sunday, March 31, 2019 at: Winners are announced at the “Business Recognition Awards Ceremony” on May 30, 2019 at Pelee Island Winery at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on the website listed above and are $70 each or a table of eight for $500. Connections Early Years Family Centre is the recipient of a $117,000 Capital Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Located at 795 Giles Blvd. East in Windsor, the grant money will be used to renovate their existing 374 square-foot kitchen and turn it into a fully functional, accessible community kitchen. The Centre is a not-for-profit location that offers free services and programs for families with children up to six years old. In addition to modernizing old, unsafe equipment and cabinetry, upgrades will include the installation of an eating area with accessible seating. The Centre expects to hold 11 programs or events offered to approximately 100 families per month. It will also collaborate with other community programs by sharing the space with


neighbouring agencies. To learn more about the centre and other fundraising campaigns, see:

NEW IN BIZ In early February EncoreFX (, a leading provider of foreign exchange, global payments, and risk management products for corporations, announced it has partnered with Windsor and area’s Motor City Community Credit Union to offer cross border payment solutions and foreign exchange risk management services to Motor City’s business members. The partnership was established to leverage EncoreFX’s industry expertise as global payment and foreign exchange specialists. Motor City’s members benefit by gaining access to EncoreFX’s new Fintech platform, Express, allowing members to make international payments online in over 150 currencies. In addition, members receive access to experts who provide tailored risk management strategies to companies dealing in cross-border transactions. “We’re excited to partner with Motor City and offer its business members a better way to send international payments and manage currency risks,” says Windsor based EncoreFX Business Development Executive, Linda DeLuca. “Members will be able to login, add beneficiaries and send payments from their Motor City accounts to countries around the globe.” Steve Schincariol, Motor City Vice President of Commercial Operations adds, “We are pleased to provide our commercial members with leading edge Foreign Exchange through our new partnership with EncoreFX. This solution will assist our members in completing their Foreign Exchange transactions in a more timely and efficient manner than is currently offered.” Hustle, hustle, hustle! New entrepreneur Brooke Gursoy has been dancing in Windsor and Toronto for 15 years, eventually moving on to teaching her craft as well. The inspiration of big city dancing has fuelled her energy over the years, and the style and vision of hip hop became her passion. This passion became her reality when she saw an opportunity to combine her lifelong love with her future career, leading her to open INDUSTRY Dance Co., 1250 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor, in January B IZ X M A G A Z IN E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9

2019. Taking the idea behind drop-in dance classes offered in big cities like New York and L.A., the model behind Gursoy’s company is to create an environment where people of all ages and ability levels have a studio environment where they can come to learn, laugh, grow, and of course . . . get fit and fabulous! Her vision has finally become a reality, creating a place where other young professionals in the area offer their expertise in multiple styles including, but not limited to, heels class, pop and locking, fitness, and traditional beginner and advanced hip hop classes for all ages, from kids to adults. Check out: to learn more about this exciting new biz. In early January 2019, three strong local business women combined their passions and skills to open Synergy Day Spa at 7150 Hawthorne Drive, Suite 106 in Windsor. Co-owner Tracey Laforet offers her services ranging from hair styling to braids and extensions, as the “Tray’Elle” hairstylist. Co-owner Nadalina Francic brings facials, hydrafacials, reiki and reiki facial services to the spa. Completing the trio, Co-owner Bienka Jones (also Owner of Uncover U Lasers) provides premium services such as laser hair reduction, skin tightening and skin laser treatments, and fat reduction laser treatments. You can also purchase an array of products inside the spa from a fantastic natural skin care line, Arcona. This new spa offers a unique set up, which allows clients to spend an entire day there and receive all desired services under the same roof. For more information go to: As of mid-February 2019, there is a new free resource — — an online hub for family friendly events and information. Owner (and busy mom) Carrie Docks, has designed the site to make parenting just a little bit easier. “I’ve tried to put all the resources in one place, right at the fingertips of busy parents,” she states. “You can expect to find upcoming events, everyday activities, parenting articles, local restaurants that offer kid specials, and even holiday craft ideas. I’ll be updating it weekly, so the information is available ahead of time to help you plan.” The site was created after Docks herself spent hours of time online, scouring the Internet for family friendly events, discounts, and activities. But what began as a personal project, soon turned

into many long discussions with friends, family and online group members, in an effort to help keep them up-to-date on all the information she was uncovering online. “I sort of became the go to for people trying to plan family time, and eventually decided it would be best to put it into a website.” At the end of the day, Docks believes family time is precious. “I hope Kidz Corner can continue to grow into something that allows parents to spend a whole lot less time searching, and a whole lot more time playing.”

ON THE MOVE The Town of Essex announces the appointment of Chris Nepszy to the position of Chief Administrative Officer as of March 15, 2019. Nepszy has served the Town as the Director, Infrastructure and Development Services since 2008. He was appointed to the Deputy CAO position by Council in 2018. “I’ve worked with Chris for more than four years as Councillor and Mayor, and during that time he demonstrated that he is a dedicated and passionate public servant,” comments Essex Mayor Larry Snively. “He brings a wealth of experience that will contribute to the

strength of our organization and help our community grow.” Incoming CAO Nepszy adds, “The relationships I have built with residents, developers, other municipalities and organizations, along with County and Provincial officials, will ensure a seamless transition into the CAO position.” Nepszy is a Registered Professional Engineer in both Ontario and Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Windsor and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business. Find out further details on the town’s events, meetings, facilities and more on:

HALL OF FAME The Windsor Essex region picked up two big awards on January 31, 2019 at the “President’s Dinner & Awards Ceremony” at the Economic Developers Council of Ontario’s (EDCO) 62nd annual “Conference and Showcase” in Toronto. Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI;, along with the Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wine Growers Association, received the award for “Collaboration and Partnership,

250,000+” in the category, “Local Collaboration and Partnership” for “EPIC 1867 – 150 Years of Winemaking in Windsor Essex, ON.” This collaboration celebrated 150 years of Canadian winemaking, which included a museum exhibit showcasing the evolution of the region’s wine industry, a public lecture, wine tasting, and a limited release wine collection produced by 10 participating EPIC wineries. And Yvonne Pilon, President/CEO of WEtech Alliance ( was the recipient of “Digital Influencer of the Year.” Pilon was nominated by TWEPI for this award and Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex notes, “From a tourism standpoint, her accomplishments have been essential in fostering a ‘sense of place’ for visitors and residents alike, while assisting in the development of an authentic destination.” Pilon adds “The #YQG hashtag, which Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island has embraced whole-heartedly, is being used in hundreds of social media posts, reaching over half a million unique accounts and nearly 1 million impressions every single day. The posts cover topics from tourism, to businesses development, to family fun and events — a truly regional hashtag!” Find out other provincial award winners here:


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Please be sure to confirm all events before attending. March 1 to 31: Mayor Drew Dilkens has officially proclaimed March as “Easter Seals Month.” The “37th Easter Seals Telethon” — broadcasting live from St. Clair College on CTV and streaming on WE Digital — happens March 31 from 10 to 4. Join the charity and their supporters to help kids with physical disabilities in Windsor and across Ontario. For more information visit: or call Rebecca Rivard, 944-0044. March 1 to 31: The Arts Council Windsor & Region (ACWR) highlights the second “Women in Culture Month,” a celebration of “International Women’s Day” (March 8, 2019) recognizing cultural events led or developed by women. This initiative began as a response to the 2017 study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives that ranked Windsor the worst place to live for women, for the second year in a row. The ACWR is committed to exploring the identity of women, raising awareness of inequality, celebrating


achievements and rallying for social change to build a more gender-balanced world. For the complete listing of all events view: You can also email: or call 252-2787. March 15: Does your child have a talent they want to share? Here is his/her chance to shine! The very first “WindsorEssex Youth Talent Night” presented by the Film Camp for Kids & Youth takes place at the Downtown Mission Theatre, 664 Victoria in Windsor from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Children under 18 can participate as an individual or part of a duo or group to win prizes. To demonstrate his/her talent, participants must fill out an application (first come, first serve basis as acts are limited) at: by March 4. NOTE: All acts must be approved by the Film Camp for Kids & Youth (including choice of song, scene performance, etc.) and must be family friendly (i.e. no inappropriate content).

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Spectators at the talent show will vote on around 40 acts and the theatre can hold up to 380 seats so come out and cheer for your favourites! Admission is $10/ticket (+$5 for entry fee for performers). Questions? Need tickets?; refer to: or dial 226-348-9427. March 16: The Ontario Real Estate Conference (OREC) in partnership with WinCity Investors Club presents “OREC — WinCity” the premiere one day real estate investment conference, at the Ciociaro Club. For complete details on this conference, see page 5 of this issue. March 16: “Say Yes to the Prom Dress” at New Beginnings, 1015 Highland Avenue in Windsor from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Young women from the community can come out and browse the selection of over 1,000 new or gently used prom dresses. To get more details email:; see: or call 254-2363 ext.6.

March 11 to 15: March Break activities, camps and events to keep your child entertained take place throughout Windsor and Essex County. To view several activities check out pages 44 to 47 in the February issue of Biz X found online in the “Back Issues” section at: March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Support a local business in the hospitality industry and stop by an area bar or restaurant for a pint of green beer and corned beef sandwich. March 22 to 24 & March 29 to 31: “Next To Normal” presented by Cardinal Music Productions takes place at the Urban Field House, 1203 Faith Drive in Emeryville starting at 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday nights) and Sunday at 2 p.m. This is a TONY award winning emotional rollercoaster musical which explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Admission is $25 with tickets available at the Cardinal Music Box Office, 256-B Jefferson Blvd., Windsor. For more information email:; check out: or phone 944-5800. March 29 & 30: The 14th annual “Windsor Military Studies Conference” takes place at the Major F.A. Tilston, V.C. Armoury, 4007 Sandwich Street in Windsor. Friday evening’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Donald L. Miller speaking on “Bombing Germany.” Friday registration is at 6:30 p.m. with presentation to follow at 7 p.m. Saturday’s registration occurs from 8:30 to 9 a.m. with opening remarks at 9:10 a.m. Saturday’s speakers are Robert L. Nelson: “Did Versailles lead to World War Two? Not the Usual Explanation”; Peter J. Way: “The 7 Years War in the Great Lakes”; Mike Tracey: “My Lai and Vietnam”; Geoffrey Hayes: “Crerar’s Lieutenants: Building Blocks for the Essex Scottish” and Alexander Fitzgerald-Black: “Eagles Over Husky: The Allied Air Forces in the Sicilian Campaign 14 May to 17 August 1943.” Admission is $30 for Friday and Saturday (with lunch on Saturday). FREE for all students and members of the military (with proper I.D.) For event details log on to: or You can also contact: S. Michael Beale by email: or phone 735-4633. March 30: “RYT ROCKS!” presented by Revolution Youth Theatre (RYT) takes place at Rockstar Music Hall, 2418 Central Avenue, Windsor from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. This is an ALL AGES rock concert with the RYT kids performing classic rock tunes accompanied by a special guest band,

The Twelve Tones. Admission is $10 each or a family pack of four for $30 (two adults and two children). For further information email: or go to their Facebook event page at: Tickets are available at the door or by calling 226-345-9891. March 31: The Windsor Regiment Band presents its annual free family-centered live performance spring concert, “E-for Everyone” at the Major F.A. Tilston VC Armoury, 4007 Sandwich Street, Windsor, starting at 2 p.m. The Armoury is barrier free with plenty of accessible parking.

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For more details contact 2Lt Dee Shaw by emailing: April 7: The second annual “Antique Show by Janine” takes place at the Fogolar Furlan Club, 1800 North Service Road East in Windsor from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visitors will see a wide variety of antiques, collectibles and nostalgic items with over 60 vendors on site. To be a vendor, email: Cost to attend is just $3 for adults with children able to attend at no charge. Learn more at their Facebook event page: or call 903-7574.



to take as much time to build a business.” According to StatsCan, there were 308,700 female-owned businesses across Canada in 2013 compared to 232,800 in 2005. And women employed almost 900,000 people in their businesses compared to about 754,000 in 2005. But, while that growth is encouraging for female entrepreneurs, men still own the vast majority of small to mediumsized businesses at 67 percent compared to 18 percent for women. Generally, female entrepreneurs are younger, have fewer years of management experience and are more likely to launch businesses in the retail and service sectors, compared to their male counterparts. “International Women’s Day” is a global day (March 8) to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In recognition of this special day, Biz X magazine has prepared a short list of successful local women who have stepped up and opened their own businesses.

LC Platinum Realty: Maggie Chen

All across Essex County, women are taking care of business, clinching deals in all kinds of industries and running profitable companies. Photo credit: © Can Stock Photo/feedough.

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mall business owners are the economic engines of Canada, employing thousands of people across all sectors. Women are making up an ever-increasing percentage of those entrepreneurs in sectors including personal services, retail, advertising and public relations, as well as real estate. While many business surveys used by Statistics Canada to determine ownership of small to medium-sized enterprises across Canada are a few years old, there is no doubt that female entrepreneurs are the fastest growing segment of business owners (tying in nicely to the title to this story quoting a line from a song by Helen Reddy). Women often face a different set of challenges than their male counterparts, according to Francine Schlosser, Executive


Director of the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre at the University of Windsor. (Refer to: “Women can still be somewhat restricted by what they are taught in schools and by what they learn at home,” says Schlosser. “They can also face challenges accessing investment capital because they might not have access to the same network of investors as men.” She continues by adding, “Finding mentors can sometimes be more difficult for women because the pool of successful female mentors is generally much smaller. There’s also the issue of work-life balance because in many instances women are still regarded as a family’s primary caregiver and as a result may not be able B IZ X M A G A Z IN E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9

When Maggie Chen was told by other real estate brokers and agents that she was making a mistake in opening her own business, it just made her more determined to prove them wrong. And, almost eight years after launching LC Platinum Realty Inc. Brokerage with herself as the sole employee, Chen now has 60 agents working for what has become one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in Southwestern Ontario. “It was the fire in my belly,” she says laughing. “I’d been in the business for seven years and I wanted another challenge. I was doing very well, but I was getting a little bored. So I started to think — what was more challenging than working for a brokerage? And I decided it was owning one.” Chen comments that back then most Broker-of-Record individuals were white men, but the industry is slowly changing and she’s grateful to be part of that change. “I am a minority and a single mom — a strong one — but still a single mom and I’m very happy where I am today,” Chen expresses. “I was ridiculed at first and told it wouldn’t work, but here I am.” Chen came to Windsor 20 years ago as an international student and after earning a master’s degree in education at the University of Windsor, she started working for a mortgage broker in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Then 9-11 happened and border crossing became more difficult, and after the birth of her first child in 2003, Chen decided her career future lay on this side of the border. She began working at Deerbrook Realty


Maggie Chen, Broker of Record at LC Platinum Realty Inc. Brokerage, started her own real estate brokerage in August 2011 and now has 60 agents working from their 2518 Ouellette Avenue location.

in 2004 before launching LC Platinum, by investing her own money. At first, Chen rented office space at 150 Ouellette Place in Windsor, but now owns her own building at 2518 Ouellette Avenue. “I knew it would be difficult but, life is short and I decided I had to try it on my own,” she states. “If you work hard, have a good personality and persevere, you can achieve your goals.” At 12 and 16, her children are largely self-sufficient, but Chen carves out enough family time to make it all work. “I don’t believe in smothering them because smothering isn’t love,” she explains. “I want to help them grow into independent, loving people and I believe that when they see me working hard, they respect me.” She wraps up by stating, “My work life and my home life are one big package and we all make it work.” For more information see her website:

Anne Waters, who opened Anne’s on the Avenue in 1989, is coming up on an impressive 30 years in business, which is a major milestone for any independent business. “I started with $500 and a small business loan for $5,000 and I was so gung-ho about the idea that I was too naïve to recognize there were challenges with any small business,” recalls Waters. When Waters opened up at 1395 Ouellette Avenue, the original plan was to use the location as storage space for her home fashion party business. “I had worked for L’Oreal for many years and I was looking for something in Windsor,” explains Waters. “I had met some women who were doing in-home fashion parties and I thought I might as well try that as well.” But, she eventually decided to open a store instead and had to rent space just outside the downtown core because, back then, retail space was at a premium in a thriving downtown. She added another store at 344 Manning Road in 1994 and eventually decided to consolidate her two locations into one store at 1695 Manning Road in 2014. “I’ve been lobbying the Mayor (Gary McNamara) to change Manning Road to Manning Avenue, but I guess he has other issues to deal with,” says Waters laughing. Over the years, Waters has transformed her store into a shopping destination with planned events and parties, as well as staging fundraisers for a number of local groups. They include Street Help and the Alzheimer’s Society of Windsor & Essex County. She is also on the board for Women’s Enterprise Skills Training and is part of an initiative to collect business attire to help women enter the workforce. “Providing women with business clothing gives them the confidence to start new lives,” Waters believes. “It’s amazing what

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a difference it can make in people’s lives.” Waters also realizes the importance of social media with Facebook, Instagram and the store’s website, all playing a major role in her marketing initiatives.

Anne Waters — pictured inside her store, Anne’s on the Avenue in Tecumseh — is approaching 30 years in the women’s clothing business. She opened the first store on Ouellette Avenue before moving to her current location in 2014.

“Our website has helped us sell clothing to customers in Sweden, Ireland and Scotland, while our local customers use the website as a catalogue to see what we have in the store,” notes Waters. Waters is still looking at ways to increase the store’s social media presence and is in the process of investing in new point-ofsale technology, which would link sales to the website. “I never looked far enough ahead to think about being in business for 30 years, but I’ve enjoyed every day of it,” she states with great pride. To shop online log on to Anne’s website:

ONESource Moving Solutions: Danielle Carriere

After working in a number of family businesses over the years, Danielle Carriere decided it was time to strike out of her own. Five years after beginning to work for ONESource Moving Solutions, Carriere bought the company’s franchising rights in a deal that closed on January 31, 2019. “I had been thinking about doing this for a number of years because it’s challenging,



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Danielle Carriere (middle) is always on the move! As Owner of ONESource Moving Solutions, she and her team specialize in making transitions easy from one home to another for seniors, professionals and families in Windsor Essex and Chatham Kent. Photo courtesy of St. Louis Studio.

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“We will do whatever a client needs to help them become comfortable in their new surroundings or even in their old space if it needs some re-organizing and downsizing,” comments Carriere. Many of Carriere’s professional clients simply don’t have the time to organize a major move and many of her senior clients don’t have family close by to help them move into new accommodations, which often require downsizing. “It can be traumatic for seniors to have to downsize and we try to help them along the way,” Carriere points out. “We talk people through their moves and help them make difficult decisions.” Carriere and her team also offer personal organizing visits every three months to help people reduce the clutter around their home. Married with three children — aged 20, 18 and 12 — she mentions everyone pitches in to help out at home. “We’re a team, which is how we make it all work,” says Carriere. “I’m very energetic and my level of work enthusiasm is not normal, but when you own your own business, you have to put in the hours and dedication required.”

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS Carriere has two full-time employees and three part-timers and works with third-party contractors on the moving and packing required to complete a relocation. She is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers and attended its annual convention in early March in San Diego, which helped give her an insight into new trends in the industry. “It’s like any other industry in that there’s ongoing education and you have to keep on top of it,” Carriere states. To read up on all their services check:

Designs By Diane: Diane Spencler

A wedding and corporate party planning business, which started out as a hobby for Diane Spencler, has turned into a 30 year passion. “My first client was a friend of mine and I organized the reception at her wedding and I realized I loved it,” says Spencler, Owner of Designs by Diane. Spencler was working at St. Clair College at the time and started organizing and staging weddings and corporate events in her spare time. “An event planner hired me to organize a large corporate event and I just put every dime I made back into the business,” she explains. “With every event, I just put the

Diane Spencler, Owner of Designs by Diane, poses with some of the many decorations she uses in designing elegant weddings and corporate events.

money back in and that’s how my inventory grew over the years.” She continues, “It’s no different than any creative occupation; either you have it or you don’t. I’m lucky in that I’ve always been a creative person whether it’s fashion design or interior decorating and this business allows me to indulge those passions.” Spencler stresses though she is a very humble person who counts her blessings every day. Her business operates out of 5885 Huron Church Line in LaSalle, where she also has numerous buildings on site to house all her decorations, which includes trees, chandeliers and almost everything else she needs to stage large events. When Spencler started, she was working

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two jobs while raising son Steven, who works in the marketing and advertising field running his own business, Spencler Creative Group ( After retiring 11 years ago from St. Clair, Spencler bought the expansive property, which also includes a stable where she and husband Jay Glover (her right hand man in all she does) keep their two horses. “It all feeds into my second passion, which is animal rescue,” remarks Spencler. “I work with the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society in their animal rescue efforts and my business helps fund what I can do to help.” Over the years, trends have changed and Spencler finds the wedding receptions she stages are largely about elegance while the corporate events are often tied to themes. “We’ve done Beauty and the Beast, nautical themes, Gatsby, Phantom of the Opera,” she lists. “If they can imagine it, we can pull it off!” To view photos from the company’s past events, visit:

Douglas Marketing Group: Kay Douglas

With offices on both sides of the WindsorDetroit border, in Welland and another expansion planned for Grand Rapids this spring, Kay Douglas shows no signs of slowing down after 28 years in business.



Kay Douglas, at her desk at Douglas Marketing Group, 4960 Walker Road, Unit 2, in Windsor, opened the agency with a partner in 1991. The agency also has offices in Detroit and Welland, Ontario and plans to expand to Grand Rapids, Michigan this spring.

Douglas and business partner Nancy Brockenshire opened Douglas Brockenshire and Associates in 1991 and four years later when Brockenshire left for other opportunities, Douglas took over as sole owner and adjusted the company name to Douglas Marketing Group (DMG). “Our first client in the early days was Lazare’s Furs and we handled everything for them including advertising, media buys and window displays, which combined all of our skills,” Douglas describes. It has been a steady growth ever since. Douglas began servicing Detroit clients in 2002 and five years later, opened an office across the border.

“We are one of the only local agencies with an office across the border and I believe that gives us a unique perspective on cross-border advertising and marketing opportunities,” explains Douglas. Douglas acknowledges that in the early days, she was often the only woman around the table in business meetings but that is slowly changing. “Until recently, our staff was heavilyweighted in favour of women, which was not by design, but determined by who best filled the roles we needed,” says Douglas. “But, considering that more than 80 percent of purchasing decisions are influenced by women, we think it worked well for us.” Currently, her 13 person staff is basically balanced between men and women. Douglas, now single with two adult children, admits there was little in the way of balance in her life in the early days. “I was a single mom and didn’t have much choice,” she mentions. “It was mostly work, sleep and repeat. I would take the kids to hockey and guitar lessons, but there wasn’t a lot of time for me. But, when I hit 60, I decided to take time for myself.” Douglas now goes to the gym three days a week and works with a personal trainer; she’s joined a bowling league at the Detroit Athletic Club and has begun

to have a more well-rounded social life. She often rises as early as 4 a.m. to accommodate her daily ritual of prayer and meditation before she either hits the gym or heads into work. Her son Shawn has returned to Windsor to take on the role of Vice-President of Operations, which makes it easier to take a step back. Another son, David, lives in Kelowna and has forged his own path. “Our future goal is to keep expanding and to continue adding to our client base on both sides of the border,” adds Douglas whose agency has won numerous awards in its almost 30 year history. For further details on this agency go to:

Inspire Rejuvenation Centre: Laura Seguin

Behind every small business owner there is often a supportive spouse and family who all pitch in to make the long hours and business pressures easier to handle. When Laura Seguin took over the lease of an existing LaSalle spa at 5841 Malden Road #114, renamed it Inspire Rejuvenation Centre and added more services five years ago, it also meant some changes at home. “My husband (Ray Seguin) is a Firefighter and because of his shifts, he is able to do most of the cooking and work at home while I am

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CELEBRATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS here at the spa,” explains Seguin. “When I took over, my children were 10 and eight so they weren’t babies and they were also really helpful in helping me make this all work.” Seguin had worked at an insurance agency and a rent-to-own business before deciding to put her cosmetology and esthetician education from St. Clair College to use in a career. She first worked at the spa she now owns and took over when the previous owner left the country. “I was new to being an owner, but it just snowballed from there and I was able to use what I had learned in my previous jobs in my new business,” says Seguin. “I believe you learn something from everywhere you have ever worked,” adding, “and I truly believe that if you work hard, everything will fall into place.” The centre offers laser hair removal, reflexology, skin tightening, cellulite and circumference reduction, organic all-natural facials, Reiki and energy healing, as well as spiritual and clairvoyant readings. “I love helping people and when my clients leave here feeling better and feeling rejuvenated so they can help the people they need to help in their lives, it makes me feel as if I have helped them,” Seguin expresses. She continues by stating, “I am very

“Weekends are family time and I am very protective of that time,” she stresses. For more information on her products and services, visit her website:

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Client Nancy Milak takes advantage of a Reiki energy healing treatment from Laura Seguin, Owner of Inspire Rejuvenation Spa on Malden Road in LaSalle.

fortunate to have great clients some of whom we refer to other practitioners if we don’t offer the services they need.” In order to add balance to her busy life, Seguin points out she doesn’t work weekends unless there is a special event or occasion which requires her attention.

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The purpose of this story was to introduce you to several female entrepreneurs in Windsor Essex, to not only recognize “International Women’s Day” (IWD), but to celebrate the accomplishments of women each and every day of the year. This also applies to the IWD theme, which is #BalanceforBetter (learn more on the website: Everyone has a part to play to build a genderbalanced world, not just on March 8, but far into the future as well. Balance is not just a women’s issue, it is a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a genderbalance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage . . . Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. So get out there to all the IWD events in Windsor Essex this month and then motivate others to accelerate gender parity!



Women In Tech: Saying No To The Status Quo By Katie Renaud

What does it take to realize gender diversity in the male-dominated tech industry? That’s a controversial question with a multiplicity of opinions. As the Talent and Digital Marketing Strategist at DataRealm Inc., a controls engineering and tech firm, it’s a question that crosses my mind daily. Of our 30 employees, six are women, with five in tech roles. We are proud to have three female engineers, a female software developer, and a female data scientist working with us. Arguably, six out of 30 isn’t bad in the tech industry. However, “isn’t bad” is not what we’re aiming for. So, what’s the big issue? Why can’t employers seem to recruit and retain women in this industry? What are we doing wrong? I’d argue we’re maintaining the status quo when the status quo isn’t enough. Let’s look at some ways we can go beyond the status quo.

1. Make a concerted effort to reach out to women when recruiting. We don’t receive nearly as many resumes from women as men. However, with tools like LinkedIn Recruiter or targeted social media ads, we can actively target women for recruitment. We can also ensure a bare minimum of at least one female candidate when conducting interviews. 2. Actively support our female employees in their career advancement. We put an emphasis on training and development for career progression. Nevertheless, we have no women on our management team. We can develop clear pathways to management for our female employees and build in the appropriate training and mentorship for them as they progress in their careers. 3. Participate in STEM initiatives. We need to invest in the women in our community before they invest in us. It isn’t fair to expect women to apply to a company

and be inspired by female employees if we aren’t involved in initiatives like Build A Dream and Canada Learning Code, which support women in the community and help them get to know us. None of these ideas can be stand-alone. Companies need comprehensive diversity plans that incorporate several initiatives simultaneously, to be successful in increasing gender diversity. At DataRealm, we do have strategies like flexible working hours and equitable pay raises in place to encourage gender diversity. When I spoke to our female employees they were happy with our workplace. But, to truly move the dial, we can’t settle for six women out of 30. It’s time to move beyond the status quo. Katie Renaud is the Talent and Digital Marketing Strategist at DataRealm Inc. She has a keen interest in the Windsor tech scene and authored the “Decoding the ICT Workforce” report in her previous role at Workforce WindsorEssex.

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Queen Of The Natural Beauty Biz

hannon Masojc is on a mission to make women feel naturally beautiful — one client at a time. With a vast array of experience and knowledge in the beauty industry under her belt she has no problem accomplishing this. Masojc, Owner of Naturally Vain Custometics (home-based), features in-home consultations to go over her clients’ current products and their concerns about their beauty routine. After an assessment, she creates a customized regime, personally shops for products for clients and then teaches them how to use each product. On top of skincare, makeup and personal shopping, she also offers a portable bridal service and lash application. “I provide a very unique and personal service to women who struggle with the thousands of products available on the market today for skincare, colour cosmetics, hair and nails,” says Masojc. “I help women bring out their natural beauty by first perfecting their skincare and in turn their skin, making a flawless canvas for colour. Natural makeup is my speciality. You never want to see makeup on the skin — you only want to use it to enhance the skin’s natural beauty.” With more than 15 years of experience in the industry and having worked with a multitude of high-end products from different companies, Masojc has even had the opportunity to work with Whitney Sellors, a Toronto Makeup Artist who worked on the set of “Canadian Idol.” “I offer many personal beauty services from wedding makeup to skincare to camouflage makeup, to clients who simply just want to learn how to use the many products on today’s market,” states Masojc. “My most popular

Shannon Masojc uses a variety of products and top brands with her clients, including Vichy Mineral 89 serum, the Nars translucent light reflecting pressed setting powder, and the Cover FX powder brush, as shown in this photo courtesy of John Liviero, Sooter’s Photography.

service was bridal makeup, but recently, with the power of word of mouth, my personal shopping cosmetic service and in-home training has really taken off.” Having been intrigued by makeup and skincare since she was a little girl, Masojc has cultivated a passion for the industry. “I was always looking for the next best thing,” recalls Masojc. “I was always eager to try out different products and experiment with makeup and skincare.” Four years ago, after 12 years of working at a Shoppers Drug Mart location where she managed a beauty boutique, often working

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seven days a week, Masojc decided to leave the company to pursue her dream as a freelance Makeup Artist to be able to be her own boss and spend more time with her family. Balancing her work and home life continues to be her biggest challenge. As the mother of three children, ages 10, five and two, this requires a lot of her attention and time. “Leaving Shoppers was a very hard decision for me because I loved my job and the interaction I had with clients,” admits Masojc. “I knew that I had to leave for my family, only to later start my amazing business, Naturally Vain Custometics, which has allowed me to continue to do what I love.” One aspect of running her own business she draws energy from is the constant learning it provides. “The entrepreneurial path leaves me with every day learning, and the highs and lows are all part of this amazing journey,” she comments. She credits her husband, Nicholas, as a huge factor in her success, as he has always encouraged her to follow her dreams. With the makeup industry booming, thanks to social media, a lot of women can feel discouraged about trying to get their foot in the door and have a dependable career, but Masojc begs to differ. “The makeup industry us one of the biggest industries in the world, worth more than $200 billion worldwide,” Masojc stresses. “There are so many opportunities available. I am so passionate about what I do that I always find myself a place in the industry.” To learn more about Masojc and Naturally Vain Custometics, or to book an appointment or service, email her at:




Leading Future Leaders By Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh


he 7th annual “Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium” (GOLS) took place last November. The event was funded by the Richard Peddie Leadership Initiative to develop students’ leadership competencies at the University of Windsor. Peddie is “Leader in Residence” at the Odette School of Business and Author of “Dream Job” and “21 Leadership Lessons.” His opening message for students — “the best leaders continually develop: leadership doesn’t happen in a day, it takes a lifetime.” Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Olympia Entertainment, was inspirational with his story of how he was involved in developing the Pontiac Silverdome, which was far beyond his experience, but started a path that gave him nine championship rings. His message was about “being fearless, knowing your strengths and weaknesses and not forgetting to find the fun and enjoyment in the business.” Wilson spoke a lot about “values, making a difference and having no regrets by taking time for your own family and involving them in what you do.” Bob Richards, retired Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance at the Government of Bermuda and Author of “Bermuda Back from the Brink,” completed his MBA at the University of Windsor. He shared with the audience that “you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, leadership is a learned skill.” Richards had to make many unpopular decisions to move Bermuda forward and shared with those in attendance that “it is not always about doing what is necessary, but doing what is right, we must always keep our principles and high ideals intact.”


Patti-Anne Tarlton, COO of Ticketmaster Canada was a groundbreaker and the first woman inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She envisions a world “when we don’t even have to think about gender.” I am a huge advocate of the belief that we need to “live in the moment” as she explained. “Everyone is so busy recording what’s happening and we actually miss experiencing it,” Tarlton stated and advised students to “accept challenges, move out of your comfort zone.” She feels, “it’s more important to be respected than liked and being positive opens you up for creativity and to inspire those around you — it is not enough that you succeed, you must help others to succeed and develop.” Jordana Strosberg, Global Advanced Technology Communications Manager, General Motors, is a graduate of the Windsor MBA program who spoke about “how important it is to say yes to opportunities.” She explained that, “General Motors did not seem like a good fit for me, but led to an incredible experience to work for Mary Barra, one of the most powerful women in the world.” Tracey Stockwell, Senior Vice President and C.F.O. of Universal Studios Orlando and Windsor B.Comm graduate shared with us her secret to success — to have a passionate curiosity and turn every interaction into a learning opportunity. She emphasized the importance of thinking like the owners and treating your company like you own it.

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Richard Peddie poses with Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh at the “Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium” at the University of Windsor last year.

She also stressed the importance of having a career brand and a personal brand. Andrew Oland, President and CEO of Moosehead Breweries LTD., shed some light on what it’s like to have a family company and the importance of working somewhere else first to earn your stripes and make mistakes elsewhere. He recommended separating work and business, especially at meal times, and to have a clear succession plan. Oland also felt it was important to reflect brand loyalty. I asked a few students for their reactions. Michael Valente, a third year B.Comm student had the honour of introducing the speakers and commented: “I can’t choose a favourite; they all had so much varied experience.” Sophia Mannina, Honours Business Administration program, was impressed with Tarlton as a female trailblazer and role model, and will heed her advice to accept new challenges. Now, take the lead and find out more about the November 2019 event by visiting: and Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh is the Director of Leadership Windsor/Essex at United Way. She is a former Principal, Chief Communications Officer and business owner with over 30 years of experience in education, administration, mentoring, consulting and community leadership. If you know a leader in the community to profile here in this column, please email:

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Homegrown Opportunities By Steven Mayo

As we go through 2019, the Canadian stock market should be viewed as relatively good value. We’ve been here before. The S&P/TSX Composite Index hit a post-financial crisis low in February 2016 (when oil was $30) and from there went on to rally and produce a 15%+ return for the next nine months. 2018 was an underperforming year for the Canadian market, but not as bad as other parts of the world. Through 2019, I will consider buying quality Canadian companies since so much negative news is already priced in. We already know the problems. Challenges facing Canada are; eroding competitiveness, household indebtedness, commodity dependence, and energy transportation, these being the primary issues. I can’t say I share the extreme negativity that many investors do, primarily because of valuations. As long-term investors know, returns are often more compelling when

valuations were initially low. In general my preference for investing remains North American equities, since I tend to get plenty of diversification without taking on additional risks of country, currency and regional politics. There is plenty of risk and volatility here. Although the U.S. market has outperformed the Canadian over the last few years, extra attention should be placed here now. Many of our best companies are still raising their dividends and buying back stock. Along with this, the dividend tax credit is helpful to our taxes. Going forward, two things could bumpup Canada in 2019, creating buying opportunities. First, the ratification process for the new trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico . . . NAFTA 2.0 may face challenges with the Democrats. Second, our federal election in October. Please be aware of these pending events.

Simply put, I believe Canada can go from “not loved” to “not so bad” this year. This subtle shift could also result in more investment dollars flowing to our market from other parts of the world. Canada is still viewed as a politically stable environment and many institutions (pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds) will consider us a safe place for investments at the right price. Presently, we are not “on the radar” for foreign money in a significant way, but positive policy changes, such as those that address competitiveness, can greatly influence the flow of money towards Canada in the future. Consider this quote from Ernie Pope (1960s), Senior Sales Manager, Pitfield Mackay Ross: “In times of prosperity, prepare for adversity. In times of adversity, prepare for prosperity.” A quote that is as meaningful today, as back then. Steven Mayo is a Vice President, Director, and Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. (Member — Canadian Investor Protection Fund). This article is not intended as, nor does it constitute, investment advice. Readers should consult a qualified professional before taking any action based on information in this article.

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Hiring A Professional Should Be Your First Step When It Comes To Your Roof Story And Photo By Dave Halliday


ou’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to make your home comfortable and a reflection of yourself. Every decision has been painstakingly considered — wall coverings, flooring, and renovations — all completed with great attention to detail. Your home’s interior living space is perfect! Want to keep it that way? Better take a closer look at those shingles on your roof. You’re not even sure how old the roof is on your castle, but it looks ok from your vantage point . . . or does it? A quick walk around the house perimeter offers a new perspective of your roof conditions. The shingles at the south face appear curled and brittle and you hadn’t even noticed the missing shingles from the west face. Even to your untrained eye, this doesn’t look good. We called in the professionals at Cleroux & Sons Roofing to take a look and provide some advice. This company has been serving the needs of local residents and area home builders for the past 24 years and recently opened a showroom located at 8320 Highway 3 in Maidstone (more information on them can be found online at: Owner Damien Cleroux generously shared his 12 years of personal experience with our readers. How can you tell if your home’s current roof is in need of attention? “The most obvious signs that an asphalt shingle roof is in need of replacement are curling, cracking, granule loss, shrinking, lifting, and missing shingles,” Cleroux points out. “If a roof does begin to leak, clients will notice discolouration in ceilings and walls where the water has penetrated.” What should we expect from our roofer prior to starting work? “All customers should be receiving written estimates that include a detailed breakdown of the work to be performed and the products to be used, including product and service warranty information,” states Cleroux. He adds, “Be sure to ask for proof of insurance and WSIB clearance if the contractor doesn’t provide it with the estimate.” Are there warning signs that you are not dealing with a reputable roofing contractor? “Unusually low estimates,

Whether it’s a new build or a retrofit, a professionally installed roof is your first line of defence against the elements.

verbal estimates rather than written, vague or missing details of products and services, and request for payments in cash, can be indicators,” Cleroux says. “An unwillingness to provide proof of WSIB, Working at Heights Training certificates, or addresses of previous installations are also prime indicators of a weekend warrior roofer.” What are the risks associated with hiring a weekend warrior? “The largest risk associated with fly-by-night roofers, by far is the homeowner’s liability in case of a worker fall or injury,” indicates Cleroux. “Roofing is an inherently dangerous profession and if the contractor doesn’t have the appropriate clearances and insurance the financial burden would fall upon the homeowner.” How important is adequate ventilation in the life cycle of a residential roofing installation? “Adequate ventilation is essential to maximizing the lifespan of asphalt shingles,” Cleroux explains. “Inadequate ventilation can lead to a number of problems including reduced lifespan, dry rot of framing and sheathing, excess humidity in the attic space resulting in potential mould, frost, and ice damming.” Are there any accessories or components that are worthy of inclusion in a retrofit roof installation? “Virtually all shingle manufacturers recommend the installation of Ice and Water Shield at the lower edges of the roof and coverage of B IZ X M A G A Z IN E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9

the entire deck with underlayment,” states Cleroux. “These products work wonders in preventing leaks caused by wind-driven rain, melting snow, ice damming, and surface tension.” What types of shingles are most common? “Most roofers have moved away from the older style three tab shingles and onto laminate shingles as a base product,” he informs us and concludes, “This is generally because of the enhanced durability, higher wind rating, longer service life, and improved appearance offered at a minimal price difference.” You were surprised at the state of the existing wood sheathing when the roofers removed the old shingles from your home. You were equally surprised to learn there were actually three layers of shingles in place. The roofer advised this was likely a leading a cause of the premature failure of your roof system. Suffice to say your new roof should be in functional service for a long time to come. You had additional venting installed and the job was carried out with an obvious level of professionalism. The look of your home has even improved as you chose a shingle that had aesthetic appeal as well as functionality. It’s funny that when your roof was failing you never even thought to glance up at it. Now that your roof is brand new you catch yourself looking up at it every time you pull in the driveway!


Transition To Betterness (T2B) “Gala 22”

HOT SHOTS HOT SHOTS HOT SHOTS HOT January 26, 2019 at Caesars Windsor Photos by Rod Denis. All people in photos listed from the left.

1. Over $520,000 was raised in support of cancer care for the Windsor Essex community at the gala, so Gala Host/T2B Spokesperson, Dave Hunter, definitely deserved a little relaxing time in the evening! He is pictured with friends Terry Fancsy and Jack Bailey, Windsor Firefighter/Training Instructor and Salesperson at Viewpointe Estate Winery. Hunter is a radio personality and host of the “Dave and Chuck the Freak” show on WRIF in Detroit, which is syndicated in Boston and Florida as well. He is also married to Amber Hunter, T2B Executive Director. 2. Over 1,100 guests turned up to show their support for the charity, including Toni Maceroni, Tania Sorge (T2B Founder along with Doris Lapico, pictured on the contents

page of this issue) and Biz X magazine columnist Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh. They shared a little time together before the crowds packed the ballroom. 3. Danielle Tartaro, Owner of Lakeside Bakery and her husband, Ezio Tartaro, Senior Principal of Gintar Contractors, are also long time T2B supporters. While a business owner is continually promoting what they do wherever they go, the couple not only did a little networking at the gala, but also enjoyed an evening out together, which included live entertainment by the Brendan Friel Trio and the Greatest Hits Live band. 4. Most importantly, the gala celebrated 11 of the lives of those who lost their courageous battle with cancer. One of the honourees was Andrew Gatto, whose family was in attendance to celebrate his life — Mauro Gatto, Denise Gatto, Giovanni Didone, Rob Pestrin (kneeling), Rino Gatto, Chris Gatto, Sara Gatto, Isabella Gatto, Jennifer Pestrin, Christina Grossi and Jason Grossi.

3 Funds raised from the gala proceeds go directly to support T2B’s ongoing programs within Windsor area hospitals and health care facilities, providing comfort to patients and their families impacted by a life-altering illness. Learn more about this worthy organization by visiting their website:

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5. Every year Barry and Stephanie Zekelman (Stephanie & Barry Zekelman Foundation) are proud T2B sponsors and partners in many projects, including being the title sponsor of the 22nd gala. This year for the live auction they donated a major prize worth thousands of dollars for a gourmet lunch, cocktail party and plenty of added luxurious benefits. 6. Eddie Francis, WFCU Credit Union President & CEO and his daughter, Sienna and son, Phoenix, were full of smiles hanging out in the V.I.P. Room at this year’s gala.




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7. (see photo previous page) Steve Lovell, Cherie Lovell, Renee Laforet and Mary Marion honoured Daniel Marion who was a loving father and husband. He was also President of Essex Acoustics & Drywall. 8. (see photo previous page) LiUNA! (Labourers’ International Union of North America) was also a title sponsor of the gala. Representing the union were: Vlasta and Carolyn Vacik (guests), Bill Moreland, Secretary Treasurer at LiUNA!625 (Windsor Essex and Chatham Kent local unions); Martina and Jeff Burrows, Community Relations Officer for LiUNA! 625 and drummer for the bands Crash Karma, the S’Aints and The Tea Party. 9.

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Manufacturing Manager at Integrity Tool and Mold, did a great job entertaining the company’s guests — Amanda Ward, John Gyori, Ryan Smith, Marie Smith, Julie Brouillette, (Mike Brouillette), Lody Paossi, Mike Litster and Damien Doyscher. Integrity Tool and Mold Inc., has been in the business of manufacturing plastic mould injection since 2000. 10. SWT Group, a multi-faceted provider of quality asphalt and industrial coating products, was also a gala sponsor. Representing the company at their table were: Rob Chanko, Holly Read-Myers, Corrine Manning, Doug Read, Nancy Campbell, Brian Campbell, Andrea Brkovich, Chris Osborne, Meaghan Osborne and Rory Osborne.


11. Friends who gathered with the family members of Moir Crane Service Ltd., to honour the late James Moir, included: Marlene and Mike Roth, Darrin and Shelley Oglan, Terry and Nancy Turner, Cathy and Bob Krug and Kathi and Randy Moir. James Moir, a third generation owner of Moir Crane Service, was also an avid antique car collector and supporter of the Historical Vehicle Society and The Canadian Transportation Museum. 12. Another gala sponsor, the Landscape Effects Group of Companies, was represented by Ken Stewart, Tammy Batista, Peter Dobrich, (President of Private Financial Group), David Scott Hunter, Amy Lane, Zak Lane, Jarred McKinlay and Mel Monczak.


Part Two On Business Succession Planning

How The Advantage May Be Given To The Child Keeping The Business By Andrea Pontoni


s a result of questions posed to me from my first article on “Business Succession Planning,” I thought a follow-up article would be in order. The original article is in the November/December 2018 issue of Biz X magazine (available in the “Back Issues” section at: The main and common question was, “Andrea, I thought the value of a business is a mathematical formula, so how can the advantage be given to the child retaining the business? Isn’t the value of a business a proven methodology and calculation?” Well, to answer the above question you have to understand that a business valuation involves some science and some subjective components. Let’s call these subjective components the art of a business valuation. The science of a business valuation are the mathematical formulas and theories used to attempt to quantify the value of a business based on assumptions of expected future cash flows/earnings and the expected risks associated in achieving these cash flows. It is correct to say that the mathematical formulas themselves leave little room for manipulation, unless they have been applied incorrectly. This issue is fairly obvious and is a matter of competence and training, The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators and the American Society of Appraisers have extensive training and accreditation programs designed to ensure these valuation mathematical formulas are applied correctly and in the right circumstances, essentially governing valuation bodies protecting the public’s interest. The art of a business valuation typically involves the variables/data that are inserted into these mathematical formulas for the purpose of generating a business value. Some of these variables, which involve professional judgement and affect a business valuation, include the following . . . • The assessment of normalized or sustainable earnings and cash flow • The assessment of sustainable capital reinvestment • The assessment of the potential growth rate of the company • The assessment of the risks associated with the company in achieving future cash flows • The assessment of a normal financial capital structure

• The assessment of normal related party compensation and expenses • The assessment of a normal cost structure for the organization • The assessment of, and the selection of, the appropriate valuation approach and methodology • Etc… Therefore, the quality of these variables and professional judgement is crucial in ensuring a fair valuation. The quality primarily stems from various source information, which may include the company’s records, external research databases and independent professional judgement. The first two sources are self explanatory; professional judgement however, is based on a significant amount of experience developed over an extensive period. In some respects, even the most experienced professional continues to refine his or her professional judgement. Professional judgement, on the selection of the appropriate data and variables to be inserted in these mathematical valuation formulas, is where the manipulation of business value lies. Not unlike a Trial Judge, it is crucial for the business valuator to be of the right mindset when assessing these subjective variables used in a business valuation. Any bias in the business valuator’s assessment will be reflected in the end values. That is “Garbage In, Garbage Out.” So, just like a Trial Judge, you want your business valuator to be as independent as possible and of the right mindset, so the highest level of standards and integrity are reflected in a quality business valuation. If your business valuator is of the wrong mindset and possesses bias towards one party or the other, they can easily manipulate and disguise the variables discussed above to suit their purpose, thereby favouring one party over the other and producing a substandard valuation. So let’s go back to the original question posed to me, “How can the child retaining the business be given the advantage in a succession plan?” Well, if the corporate accountant or any other individual prepares the business valuation and is motivated to retain the annual recurring accounting, tax and consulting fees from the child (“child 1”) who is being transferred the business, they B IZ X M A G A Z IN E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9

can easily manipulate any of the valuation variables to suit child 1. A lower value would be in child 1’s best interest. This of course would be to the disadvantage of the other siblings in the family who chose not to retain the business. This is why, in a succession plan, it is to all family members’ best interests to ensure the business valuator is indeed independent, in fact and appearance. You truly want to understand and evaluate the business valuator’s past and future relationships to all stakeholders connected with the valuation outcome. In an estate situation when the parents pass, these succession planning transactions might be scrutinized further. All siblings are typically beneficiaries of the parents’ estate, and if the parents’ estate has been depleted due to a biased valuation of one of the parents’ most significant assets, this may then become a significant issue in resolving the estate distributions. If you are in this situation, I would recommend consulting your own independent legal counsel and business valuator in order to assess the issues. Andrea (Andre) Pontoni holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree, is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in business valuations with the American Society of Appraisers and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) with CPA Canada and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Andrea has also completed the three part Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s in-depth tax specialty program. Andrea has over 29 years of experience with 17 of those years at two national firms where he held senior positions including that of a partner. His practice includes providing independent advice on business valuation, economic loss quantifications, financial investigations, accounting, personal and corporate taxation, financial forecasts, business planning and corporate finance matters to clients varying in size and industry. He can be reached at C: 519-890-6288 or Ph: 226-674-4901 or by email at: apontonicacbv@pontoni.hush. com or For more information on his background, visit his website at:




child’s path to success can sometimes be a bumpy one, and as a parent, you can only help so much. Luckily, Biz X has you covered! We help you learn the ABCs of tutoring to see when your child may need a tutor and why. But that’s not all! We check out some of the local educational support systems to give you a lesson on the learning services and tutoring choices available throughout Windsor Essex. Read on to learn more . . .


The Literacy Loft

Poor grades, bad time management, lacking confidence, comments from teachers and having a learning disability are some of the reasons why you should consider getting a tutor for your child, according to local Literacy and Learning Strategist Shelley Lavoie. As Owner of The Literacy Loft, Lavoie tutors people with various learning challenges including dyslexia, ADHD and dysgraphia. She also tutors people with autism, mild intellectual disability (MID) and Down syndrome.

Shelley Lavoie, Owner of The Literacy Loft, shows Keenan MacDonald that tracing letters and saying the letters made from various materials teach him sounds of the alphabet by means of muscular and visual memory. Photo by Rod Denis.

In her teachings, she uses renowned approaches and theories, utilizes assistive technology and creates individualized learning strategies. Located in the Lavoie Learning and Wellness Centre at 2052 Ottawa Street in Windsor, The Literacy Loft opened in 2016. There are many benefits of hiring a tutor, Lavoie points out, such as developing better communication skills and building better relationships with peers inside and outside of the classroom. Other advantages are: avoiding gaps in knowledge, increasing confidence and feeling comfortable as a student due to receiving one-on-one instructions, and learning the proper rules of English to be able to apply them correctly.


Feature Story By Rebecca Wright “It provides confidence and knowledge for lifelong learning,” comments Lavoie about hiring a tutor. Another benefit is that children “learn to celebrate their differences,” she notes. Kids learn to describe what their specific challenge is and how it affects their learning, then how to help themselves with individualized strategies and knowledge so they can achieve success. Lavoie tutors people from aged five up to adults at The Literacy Loft. Topics include reading, spelling, vocabulary, phonological awareness, sentence structure, fluency, comprehension and syllable types. Lavoie also teaches her students “to advocate for themselves, especially in the education system, for future success.” Along with her office at The Literacy Loft, Lavoie attends school meetings as an advocate for students. She indicates there is a continuous intake for services, and you may register for services at any time. Fees at The Literacy Loft range from $40 to $50 an hour. And Lavoie provides updates such as continuous verbal feedback as well as reports at the end of each of the five levels her students work through. Lavoie says she has personal experience to assist her as a professional learning strategist because she is the parent of children with learning disabilities. She also has a wealth of knowledge and experience, including: earning a B.A. degree in psychology; being a developmental service worker; having a post-grad certificate in Learning Disability Studies; working for Community Living Essex County for many years, and more. She is currently on the Tri-County Literacy Network Board and is an B IZ X M A G A Z IN E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9

Adult Literacy Instructor at Windsor Public Library. She is also a member of the International Dyslexia Association, Learning Disability Association (LDA) and Network of Assistive Technologists. In the past, she was a Lead Instructor for LDA and was on their Board of Directors for six years. Find out more about Lavoie and her business on Facebook by searching under “The Literacy Loft.”

LaSalle Kumon Centre & Forest Glade Kumon Centre

Kumon is a name that’s been known in Canada for three decades, and one that their website defines as going “beyond tutoring” in their approach. Scott Sylvestre, Owner of LaSalle Kumon Centre, 5841 Malden Road, #158, in the Malden Square plaza (website: and Forest Glade Kumon Centre, 7610 Tecumseh Road East, #130, in Windsor (website:, says they specialize in math, English, reading, writing and comprehension. The Windsor location opened in 1996 and LaSalle followed in 2000. At Kumon they tutor kids from pre-kindergarten all the way through post-secondary, and all ages are welcome. According to the company’s main website — — “Kumon is a structured, proven, self-learning program that gives your child the critical thinking skills and mindset to learn new materials independently. Regardless of academic level, your child will progress through the individualized instruction at his or her own pace — advancing step by logical step.”


As you can see by this happy selfie shot taken inside one of his classrooms, Scott Sylvestre, Owner of the LaSalle Kumon Centre and Forest Glade Kumon Centre, has a true passion for education and an earnest desire to help children succeed. Photo courtesy of Scott Sylvestre.

Sylvestre recommends getting a tutor when potential issues arise from typical learning experiences that divert from the norm. Students are provided increased awareness of the given topics through tutoring at Kumon, he adds. Many Kumon students are studying above grade level, asserts information posted on their website. With more than 25 years of experience and a background in teaching the related subject fields, Sylvestre emphasizes

he and his team are committed to helping children get ready for their future. Fees range from $110 to $120 a month, per student, per subject. Students are able to enrol at Kumon year-round and feedback is reported directly to parents, frequently, through phone and email.

A21 Academy

Kristi Spidalieri and her teaching team focus on delivering Ontario curriculum in “a progressive, project-based, positive

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educational environment” at A21 Academy. “We are proud to offer you a positive academic environment where your child’s character strengths, talents and interests are leveraged to spark innate drive, well-being and confidence.” This statement can be found on their website: Located in the WFCU Centre at 8787 McHugh Street in Windsor, A21 Academy opened in 2013. A21 goes far beyond the Ontario curriculum with relevant, real-world, integrated assignments that provide deeply purposeful learning through an entrepreneurial lens. And they use (as quoted on their website) “a progressive operating system to design and track individualized academic plans.” Parents should consider providing a tutor for their child in preparation for university applications, says Spidalieri, adding that the SAT (a standardized test of academic achievement) is critical to U.S. university entrance and scholarships. A21 is also an NCAA Prep High School. A21 Academy instructs students in grades six to 13. Their classes are only available on certain dates, so parents need to check out their website or call to learn more about available intakes. There are several ways Spidalieri and


THE PARENTING BIZ her staff help kids get ready for their future, including support to ensure correct courses are taken to ensure admission requirements for specific college and university programs, as well as working to maintain academic Grade Point Average (GPA) and SAT Prep. Their fees range in price, with their SAT Prep Course costing $300, according to Spidalieri. Her staff has a wealth of knowledge and vast life experience, and several have their masters, doctorates, or are college professors, Spidalieri notes. A21 Academy is a member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools, Prep School Hockey Federation, Positive Education Schools Association and the VIA Institute on Character. On the main page of A21 Academy’s website, there are many great quotes pertaining to why, how, and what they do, including: “We believe every child needs individualized attention in a positive education system that fosters their innate strengths. It is our joy and our passion to inspire each child to autonomously pursue their academics and experience what is necessary to design a fulfilled life. Children are amazing — they can understand and self-assess the skills necessary to self-actualize and flourish!”


Mathnasium of Tecumseh Owner Joseph Jones Jr. runs a unique type of learning centre with available open drop-in hours, making it flexible for parents to get their children the help they need. Photo courtesy of Mathnasium of Tecumseh.

Mathnasium Of Tecumseh

The owner of a local math-only learning centre, specializing in one-on-one instruction and 100 percent personalized student learning plans, claims his business is “the authority in supplemental math education,” and is part of a

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brand with over 1,000 locations worldwide. Joseph Jones Jr. is the Owner and Centre Director at Mathnasium of Tecumseh, which opened in November 2018 and is located at 25 Amy Croft Drive, Tecumseh in the St. Clair Shores Shopping Centre. A second location was recently opened in

THE PARENTING BIZ LaSalle by his father, Joseph Jones Sr. at 5848 Malden Road, Unit 103B, in the Zehrs Plaza. “Our approach to learning drives math mastery — a true understanding of math concepts,” explains Jones. “Our techniques build number sense, confirm comprehension, and most importantly, build student confidence and enthusiasm for math.” Math is fun at Mathnasium (websites: and, states Jones, and students look forward to each visit adding, “Our students improve quickly because they are excited to work with us, and that is why Mathnasium has seen such consistent results.” When a child has a negative attitude toward learning, they are probably not receiving the type of support they need, Jones points out. This would be the first sign of needing some sort of supplemental learning. “Extra practice helps, but a learning plan is the most beneficial thing,” Jones stresses. “I would say that a tutor typically helps in the short-term — such as helping a child pass a class — while a learning centre helps in the long-term, and builds up a student’s understanding for future success.” Kids in grades one through 12 are welcome to attend Mathnasium. They can start any time of the year and they attend on their own schedule. “We are a flexible drop-in centre, and students are welcome during our instructional hours as often as needed,” Jones states. “Mathnasium operates similar to a gym membership — our instructors are ready whenever students are ready to work out their brain!” There are many different enrolment options, but their program ranges from anywhere between $15 to $30 per hour, depending on student age and frequency of visits.

Students receive monthly or bi-monthly progress reports, as well as pre/post assessments, frequently, throughout the program. Jones is a certified math teacher with experience in Canadian, American, and International systems, and his staff members are certified teachers or are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Windsor.

Oxford Learning

Karen Kamen says she and her teaching team’s objective is to provide a positive and permanent change in the way a child learns, and “not just a temporary fix.” “Our programs are designed to build cognitive (learning) skills first,” states Kamen, Owner and Centre Director of two area Oxford Learning locations. “They change how students process and integrate information — how they learn. We focus on the process of learning, not just the results.” In 2015, Kamen took over Oxford Learning (refer to: in Tecumseh, 13300 Tecumseh Road East, Suite 290 and in 2011, the LaSalle location, 5844 Malden Road, Unit 24A. “We offer supplemental education for students in JK up to Grade 12,” says Kamen, adding they also offer SAT/ACT tutoring for students hoping to go to school in the U.S. Oxford Learning has classes in all subjects, including reading, writing, spelling, French, math, study skills and critical thinking. They also offer chemistry, physics, biology and math to their high school students. “The best indicator that lets a parent know their child needs help, is the report card and communications with the child’s teacher,” notes Kamen, adding that communicating with a student’s teacher is so very important. “We at Oxford communicate with each student’s teacher so that we can work as a team to ensure the best possible

Karen Kamen, Centre Director and Owner of two Oxford Learning locations in the area believes hiring a tutor can relieve some of the stress and tension between a parent and a child having difficulties with schoolwork or facing challenges learning — and this frees up time for the parent and child to spend more quality time together. Photo courtesy of Oxford Learning.

outcome. We also review each report card/progress report as they happen.” At Oxford Learning, they do a detailed assessment of each incoming student, which looks at both the cognitive and academic sides. This allows them to develop a program that is unique to each of their students, says Kamen. “Tutoring can take the burden off the parent and allow qualified teachers to help the students with their weaknesses and their studies,” she asserts. “This allows the parent to spend quality time with their children and not be stressed over homework.” They work with children from ages three to 18, and have also had university students come to their centres for help. Their programs are offered year-round, including summer. “Many of the study skills and techniques students learn at the centre can be used throughout their school years and into their careers,” states Kamen. “Besides working on the academic issues, we provide the students with time management, organizational and study skills.”

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THE PARENTING BIZ She adds, “These skills are necessary in today’s world.” Kamen is a Chartered Accountant and her background is in business and finance. The teachers on staff are Ontario College of Teachers certified, and all of their teachers go through training once they are hired so they can offer the Oxford curriculum and follow their teaching methods. Their fees are comparable to those of their competitors, according to Kamen, and they meet with parents every six weeks to go over their child’s progress. “We welcome the parents to stop in anytime if they have any matters they wish to discuss,” adds Kamen. “The more communication that we have with parents, the better we can help their child.”

Sylvan Learning Centres

Giovanna Russo-Romao admits that having a learning disability herself allows her to have important insight into the kids she and her staff help through the learning centres she owns. “I often demonstrated bad behaviour because of my frustration and inability to learn in the conventional way,” recalls Russo-Romao, a franchise Owner of Sylvan Learning. “I can empathize and relate to what many of these children experience.” She mentions her experience as a child led her to study and understand learning disabilities. Now, with a background in Special Education, she possesses the ability to work with children’s programs and create very unique approaches, just for them. “I also take time to read and study any psychological testing reports and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) to ensure that I am implementing the recommendations of the psychologist,” says Russo-Romao. Russo-Romao owns two local Sylvan centres — one at 3194 Dougall Avenue, Unit 2, in Windsor and the other at 1614 Lesperance Road, Unit 4, in Tecumseh.


Sylvan Learning centres (website: first opened locally in 1998 at a different location, but RussoRomao has been the owner since 2012. She and her team offer any type of support for students from kindergarten to post-secondary, including the core subjects — reading, writing and math — all the way up to higher level tutoring in math, sciences, essay writing and support for entry exams for students pursuing careers in the medical field, law, pharmacy, SAT and ACT Prep and more. Their tutoring services are taught by Ontario College of Teachers certified instructors and children are able to come to Sylvan Learning Centre to start tutoring any time of the year. They specialize in offering a unique approach to learning for children with learning disabilities and children with exceptionalities. “What sets us apart is that we teach more than we tutor,” Russo-Romao stresses. “We perform a battery of tests throughout to ensure the child is reaching benchmarks and the child is learning and retaining information in order to be able to build on these skills.” At the very beginning of the program, they review three years of report cards and contact the teacher to begin the journey to success. A component of the child’s program is their motivation program, Russo-Romao notes, which entails building confidence by recognizing even the smallest efforts with tokens. “Each child can earn up to 10 tokens an hour, and once these tokens accumulate they can purchase items from our Sylvan Store,” she explains, adding it is a way to show positive reinforcement. “In addition to the positive comments from the teachers, the child starts to build confidence and realize they are more capable than they think. These tokens help empower a child and reward them for their hard work.”

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Declining grades, a child expressing the material is too difficult or homework turning into a battle are indicators a tutor may be needed, according to Russo-Romao. And behaviour issues at school are often a cry for help that is not always recognized. Depending on the needs of the child, Russo-Romao says they offer many programs to suit, not only specific needs, but they work with budgets as well. Monthly report cards are provided for each student and Russo-Romao sits with the parents to review, not only the successes, but the struggles as well. She wraps up by stating, “We speak about academics, confidence and bridging the gap between school and the child’s ability.”

Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor-Essex County

At the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor-Essex County (LDA), Executive Director Mary-Ann Fuduric is proud that their greatest takeaway for their students is “for them to see their ability,” and not just their disability. “Everyone has a strength and we really focus on those strengths and use them to help with the area they are struggling in,” states Fuduric. “We are a charity whose mission is to support individuals with learning disabilities and those who support them.” The LDA is located at 647 Ouellette Avenue in Windsor, but they run their tutoring program at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Elementary School, 775 Capitol Street in Windsor, and in Holy Name Elementary School in Essex, at 200 Fairview Avenue West. At LDA, they tutor children who have been diagnosed with a learning disability and/or ADHD. On the Internet you can refer to: to get information on all their services. “Children with learning disabilities benefit from working with tutors who

THE PARENTING BIZ They offer three sessions — fall, winter and spring — each running seven weeks and for one day a week. In the summer there is an enrichment camp for five weeks, five days a week. Parents are welcome to sit with the tutor to discuss their child’s learning goals and progress. “Our staff is made up of certified teachers who have been trained to work with children with learning disabilities and ADHD,” notes Fuduric. “We also have other educators such as Child and Youth Workers and Educational Support workers who have also been trained to work with children with disabilities.” Their services cost $100 for a seven-week session, and she adds, “Thanks to our generous donors, subsidies are available for those families who qualify.” A tutor with the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor-Essex County, Hanh Dao instructs one of their many students, Molly Tarte. Photo courtesy of Annie Marie Domsic.

have training that is specific to children with learning disabilities,” Fuduric indicates. “Our tutors are trained to tutor children with learning disabilities by using strength-based activities through a number of different sensory modalities.”

Their tutoring program has been developed for children in grades three to six. Fuduric explains their tutors tailor the program to a child’s specific needs, which may be a reading disability or dysgraphia (writing disability), or dyscalculia (math disability).

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Head Of The Class Education Centre

Julie Fader and her team are passionate about excellence, research-based best practices and cutting-edge visionary approaches for supporting learners. “The benefits of hiring us are myriad — research has shown that one-to-one tutoring increases efficacy academically and


THE PARENTING BIZ decreases anxiety,” emphasizes Fader, Owner and Director of Head of the Class Education Centre. “Children learn the intrinsic value of learning, growth mindset, competence and confidence.” Fader, who has her Bachelor of Education degree and has been teaching for nearly 25 years, informs us her teaching focus is the neurobiology of learning and growth mindset. “We specialize in the brain and how reaching potential is possible for all learners,” she states. “We believe the sky is the limit for our students.” Head of the Class Education Centre opened in 2008 and is located at 1247 Grand Marais Road West in Windsor. They tutor children from JK all the way up to post-secondary, and adult learners as well. Online you can find out more on their website: “We tutor all subjects and include cognitive skills, mindfulness for selfregulation and executive functioning,” comments Fader, adding they have a very friendly and comfortable centre that students attend. Children can start using their services at any time of the year and Fader does advocacy services for students at schools as well.


Fader claims their fees for one-on-one tutoring are the lowest storefront fees in Southwestern Ontario. “We are uniquely positioned to help children embrace their futures because our approach is looking at each student as purposeful and as an individual, to allow them to build confidence and competence and live the lives they are meant to live,” Fader expresses.

Julie Fader, Owner and Director of Head of the Class Education Centre is proud to have a gifted and talented teaching team who have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer students. Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Smith.

Parents can recognize when a tutor is needed in a few different ways, Fader says, including homework battles, classroom teacher concerns and child reports. At Head of the Class Education Centre, they have a very dynamic communication system with parents, through communication logs, weekly informal check-ins and longer scheduled check-ins.

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There you have it . . . our lesson in tutoring has come to an end. We hope one of the learning facilities profiled here can benefit your child in the long run from math to science to English and more. A change you make in your child’s life now to improve their academic performance could have an immense impact on their future. So hire a tutor today. Class dismissed!



Active Transportation And Healthy Living Supplied By The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

hysical activity is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy starts with being active early in life and extends into older adulthood. Physical activity is also an important factor in the prevention and treatment of leading chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some cancers. For children, being active can help them maintain a healthy body weight, do better in school, improve their self-esteem, learn new skills, have fun playing with friends and family, and help them sleep better at night. Although there are many benefits to being active, many of us, including our children, are not getting enough physical activity. Many of us also spend a lot of time sitting and lounging around (sedentary behaviour) using electronic devices for recreational reasons such as watching television, playing video games, and using smart phones. Indeed, data shows that approximately one-third of Windsor and Essex County residents ages 12 and over spend 25 or more hours per week on recreational screen time (Canadian Community Health Survey, 2015) These sedentary behaviours further increase the risk to our mental and physical well-being. How can we build physical activity into our everyday lives? A good way to build more physical activity into your day is by using Active Transportation (AT) which involves “selfpropelled” transportation such as bicycling, walking, running, in-line skating or skateboarding, to help us get around. Building AT into your daily life is not only a healthy choice, but it has other benefits as well . . . • An opportunity for socializing with friends and neighbours • Reducing road congestion • Reducing greenhouse gas emission • Saving money on gas and parking Think about how you get from place to place in your neighbourhood. If you wanted to, can you efficiently get to destinations in your neighbourhood without using a car? Can you walk or bike to work, the library, school, or grocery store, instead of hopping in your car? Are there safe and connected routes in your neighbourhood that can allow you to run errands easily by foot or bike? If the answer is yes, take steps to build AT into you and your family’s daily lives. Check out the City of Windsor’s “Mapp My

Get your child off the couch and mobile this spring! Canadian kids need to move more to boost their brain health according to the 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

Citations • Canadian Community Health Survey — Annual Component (CCHS) Detailed Information for 2015 [Internet].Ottawa (ON): Statistics Canada; [updated 2015 Apr 20; cited 2016 Jan 27]. View: http:// on=getSurvey&Id=164081) • ParticipACTION. The Brain + Body Equation: Canadian kids need active bodies to build their best brains. The 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Toronto: ParticipACTION; 2018. • Public Health Agency of Canada. (2014, May 02). Active transportation. Retrieved from: being-active/active-transportation.html City” ( website for more information on parks, trails, bike lanes, and routes. For additional information on trails and bike routes throughout Windsor and Essex County, visit the County Wide Active Transportation Systems’ (CWATS) website: If the answer is no, think about ways that you can get involved to bring more AT opportunities to your neighbourhood. Speak to your neighbours, local planners, municipal councillors, and MPPs. Let them know that you support AT and that creating an environment that makes being physically active the easier choice is the right thing to do. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, in partnership with other agencies and health care providers, seeks to enable all Windsor and Essex County residents to be as healthy as possible. The unit is located at 1005 Ouellette Avenue in Windsor and online at: B IZ X M A G A Z IN E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9



Wired Up On Robotics Story And Photos By Joe McParland

Mentors and team members gather around the evolving robot.


n the March 2018 issue of Biz X magazine, my colleague, Dave Hall, introduced our readers to the Villanova WiredCats FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Team 5855. They are one of many area high schools in this popular extracurricular school activity. As Hall wrote, “Competition has spread to 250 countries and 4,000 teams involving 250,000 High School students, and tests competing teams’ abilities in so-called STEM courses — Science, Technology,


Engineering and Mathematics. FIRST signifies: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” Biz X Publisher Deborah Jones asked me to do an update on the WiredCats, so I set out to visit them on a Saturday afternoon in February, listening on my car radio to the STYX classic, “Mr. Roboto.” The team was in their second of a six week “build” at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic School in LaSalle. I was met at the front entrance by fourth

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year Team Member and Captain, Erica Rossi. This outgoing grade 12 student escorted me around for an hour visit to observe the bee-hive of activity by about 45 of the 60 plus member team. Due to its popularity, the WiredCats has grown in numbers by about 30 percent from a year ago. Under the direction of Teacher and Lead Mentor, Stacey Greenwood, team members are assisted by 14 mentors — parents and industry experts.

THE PARENTING BIZ Rossi has held many positions on the team over the past four years, including Captain of the electrical group last year. Reflecting on her four years as a WiredCat, she says, “It’s been my favourite part of high school. I would not trade this experience for the world.” When asked if she had to choose between the robotics team and the grade 12 prom, she replies, “robotics team.” The team has five components: design, programming, electrical, mechanical and business. As Rossi explains, “Anyone can join the team — we’ll find a place for them.” Each group interacts with the other and no one group is more important than another. During my visit I observed four or five students busily brainstorming ideas on a large whiteboard. They are part of the business component which oversees media outreach, communications and fundraising activities. Since the WiredCats are the school’s most costly extracurricular activity, the team relies heavily on fundraising and sponsorships. Biz X magazine is a proud Platinum Sponsor of the team, but the school is always looking for more sponsors. To help sponsor the team as well, visit their website at: I chatted with a few of the industry

Members of the WiredCats sit on the steps of success during an early February photo shoot. (Note: team Captain Erica Rossi is seated far left on the bottom step)

expert mentors, trying to find out why they were volunteering their weekends to help the teenagers. Eric Michaud, Mechanical Engineer

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Product Development Manager from CenterLine (Windsor) Limited (refer to: explains, “All the things we do at CenterLine are very similar to the things we are doing here now. All aspects of what we do in industry happen here: electrical, programming, mechanical, design work — all elements. These are all our future employees.” Gerry Kwiatkowski, Industrial Automation Professional and Professor at St. Clair College adds he’s “very excited to work with these students, especially with today’s evolving technologies.” He also recognizes that these are some of his future students at the College. Perhaps the most engaging response I received was from Bob Hedrick, President at CAMufacturing Solutions, Inc. ( His company develops Computer Aided Manufacturing software for programming machine tools and robots. Hedrick has been with the team for all four years and devotes his time because “by the end of the build season they should know how to program an FRC Robot and I get to hang out with the cool kids.” With time quickly passing by, the team is working feverishly on their build. They’re feeling extra pressure


THE PARENTING BIZ because they lost a week of “build” because of exam week at the school. Details of the build must be kept confidential by everyone until the competition. Since the March competition takes place when this edition of Biz X is officially released, they were able to describe their robot for me — though I had to promise not to tell anyone the details until the magazine comes out. “Our robot is designed to pick up hatch panels and deliver them to all the loading stations around the field,” Rossi describes. “Hatch panels are basically giant circular discs with a hole in the centre — like large CDs. And we’re also planning to do a level three climb at the last 30 seconds of the games; our robot will drive onto a platform and climb up and onto the highest podium to gain extra points. These are our two main objectives. Keeping the design simple in the past has worked best for us since the more complicated the build, the more danger of errors occurring. Picking up hatch panels will allow us to gain the maximum number of points with the minimal amount of mechanisms.” The WiredCats head to Durham, Ontario from March 1 to 3, 2019 to compete against 40 other teams, many from the GTA.


Next is the “Windsor Essex Great Lakes District Event” at the University of Windsor St. Denis Centre (free admission) March 28 to March 30. This is followed by the “Provincial Championship” in Mississauga April 10 to 13 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre, and then the “FRC World Championships” at the Detroit Cobo Centre April 24 to 27. The WiredCats hope to improve upon their 2017 best year when they qualified for the “World Championships” in St. Louis, placing 10th out of a field of 60. Windsor Essex FIRST (website: lists the following local schools and community organizations and their team names for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition . . . • Sandwich Secondary School (Sabre Bytes) • Kingsville District High School (Kingsville CavalGears) • Maranatha Christian Academy (Infinity) • Saint Anne’s Catholic High School (Saints Bot) • Vincent Massey Secondary School (Mustangs) • Belle River District High School (Belle River Automatons) • Cardinal Carter Catholic High School (Cougar Robotics)

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• Catholic Central High School (Electric Comets) • Tecumseh Vista Academy (Viral Vortex) • Ecole Secondaire de Lamothe-Cadillac (Falcons) • Holy Names Catholic High School (Knight Vision) • Hon. W.C. Kennedy Collegiate Institute (KENNEDYcache) • Ecole Secondaire E.J. Lajeunesse (E.J. Lajeunesse) • St. Thomas of Villanova (Villanova WiredCats) • Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society (The Centurions) • Ecole Secondaire Catholique L’Essor (Sabotage) • Windsor Islamic High School (WIHS Robotics) In addition to three Community Teams. . . • CK Cyber Pack • A-Team Robotics • Build-A-Dream Robotics I wished the team much success in their competitions and reminded the students they will always be known as the WiredCats and not the “WeirdCats.” LOL! And, in the famous words of Dennis DeYoung from 1983, “Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto.”



Souq, 1-2651 Howard Avenue, Windsor, ON By David Clark


ith inspired fare from the Middle East, North Africa, the Levant, Egypt and other exotic locations, a new delightful restaurant called Souq in Windsor makes the kind of ethnic food you dream about from overseas when you’re in for a pleasant change at the dinner table. Having opened recently on October 12, 2018, the word is just starting to get out that this Middle Eastern treasure is serving the kind of dishes that are mainly native to those areas and only rarely available here. A real treat to be sure.

Souq Owner, Ghassan Bassiso presents the healthy Haloumi Salad. Photo courtesy of the staff at Souq.

“Souq translates to market in Arabic,” according to Ghassan Bassiso, Owner and Operator. “Markets are busy, vibrant places where people buy fresh local foods. The theme of Souq is just that. We offer a diverse menu of fresh, authentic, locally sourced foods that are cooked to order.” Bassiso and his team are happy to serve a different type of menu than a typical Mediterranean style. Inspired by cuisine from different areas in the Middle East, Morocco, the Levant, the Gulf, Egypt, the Orient and Africa, the Souq menu choices offer meals that are close to being authentic to the meals of these regions. You are promised a unique dining experience. Taken from food in distant lands, the menu features lots to choose from.

The vegetarian Cauliflower with Tahini is a traditional dish hailing from the Levant in the eastern Mediterranean. Food photos courtesy of Ghassan Bassiso.

In the Starters and Soup portion, the Arayes comes to mind, offering seasoned kafta meat that is pattied on pita bread and grilled fresh to order. The Harrirah Soup is North African consisting of lentils, tomatoes, celery and fresh lamb meat. The Lentil Soup is a starting staple for many ethnic meals as well. Main course signature dishes feature entrees from the Levant including the Kufta with Tahini. This dish is made with an entire plate of fresh ground Ontario beef mixed with a blend of herbs and spices and topped with fresh cut pita bread or rice. The North Africa menu offerings include Tajine, a blend of Ontario lamb and local vegetables, slowly cooked and served with couscous. A Souq specialty we believe you will love! The Gulf selections include Kabsa that has Ontario raised chicken served with saffron, infused rice topped with raisins and almonds, and served with an in-house yogurt salad. This dish is typically eaten by royalty. In Egypt, Macarona Bi Bishamal is a different take on Lasagna, including pasta layered with delicious Ontario sourced beef smothered in a creamy bechamel sauce. This is Souq’s way of doing it.

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When you want to eat light, the vegetarian menu has the Cauliflower with Tahini, the best seller for veggie dishes. “The majority of the menu at Souq is healthy eating and everything is roasted, baked and/or grilled,” Bassiso comments. “Souq does not fry their food. For a good balance of healthiness and taste, the Kufta with Tahini is a solid choice.” The restaurant is also ready for your catering business. Luncheons, birthday parties and other special events are available at Souq. Parties of 70 can be held and you can build your own customizable menu or choose from premade options. Delivery is offered through the Skip the Dishes service and takeout is also available. “We are currently working on releasing a new menu,” Bassiso states. “My aim is to have bi-weekly special dishes from different Middle Eastern countries and introduce fusion items. We are also dedicated to the possibility of expanding to new markets.”

Experience Lasagna the Egyptian way with Macarona Bi Bishamal, a beef pasta dish smothered in a creamy bechamel sauce.

Souq is also involved in charitable causes throughout the Windsor area, gladly giving back to needy people in the community. For more information including hours and the latest happenings at Souq, look under: or you can visit their website: to see a menu.



One Night Stands Equal 40 Years In The Making For Teaze By Lori Baldassi

It’s been a long time since THEY rocked and rolled but a Teaze resurrection takes place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on April 6, 2019. From left: Chuck Lambrick (a multi talented musician and local favourite with Greatest Hits Live, who replaces Chuck Price), Mark Bradac, Mike Kozak and Brian Danter. All proceeds from the event benefit the “Kids Beating Cancer” program by In Honour Of The Ones We Love. Tickets available at the theatre box office. Photo courtesy of Teaze.


t took 12 high school gigs in the mid-’70s to move local band Teaze from the beginnings of a dream into a small recording studio in Ajax, Ontario to record their first LP. From there, it was a move to Toronto, which had them playing in signature clubs on small tours. Another move to Montreal had them signing with Aquarius Records and booked by legendary promoter Donald K. Donald. Their first tour with Triumph propelled them to a solid opening act spot on numerous major tours with Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Street Heart, Toronto, Toto, April Wine, Meatloaf and many more. Fifty shows later they were headlining 14,000 to 15,000 seat theatres in Japan. It was a long way from the band’s very early days in a dilapidated industrial warehouse on Walker Road where Chuck Price, Mike Kozak, Brian Danter and Mark Bradac took turns shooting off illegal pyrotechnics in an effort to add to their shows. Not bad for a few scrappy kids from Windsor, who had to stretch out their shows because they didn’t have enough songs! You would think with that kind of momentum, success was assured. Are you new? This is the music industry and what you think should happen and what


you prepare for is still a crap shoot to what really happens! Keep in mind that, like Windsor’s Tea Party, Teaze received ZERO airplay in their own home town, yet managed to rock the rest of Canada. Sadly, it all ended with a whimper, not a bang, as the world of music changed with the release of The Knack’s song “My Sharona.” It moved the needle of the public’s musical taste to new wave, punk, and early rap. At the time Bradac was told by a record executive that Foreigner was the last rock act in the door to be signed. “Things just didn’t move,” he recalls. Following this shakeup, Danter had his fill of the business and left the band. Unfortunately, the band’s last album didn’t measure up to the expectations of the record label and, with no hits, no album, and no tour prospects — it was over. Yet what goes around comes around and seven years ago, through radio in the U.K., came a release of their third album “One Night Stands” and Teaze was rediscovered! It moved impressively onto the retro charts on Rock Candy Records. More of their catalog was to be released but, in typical music business fashion, red tape stopped things before they could even begin. B IZ X M A G A Z IN E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9

Since then, Bradac has remained in the music industry, playing with various musicians and bands. Danter rediscovered his voice through his church. Kozak stayed in the city, working in the automotive industry and Price now works in the trades. Forty years later — and a secure place in suburbia with wives, children and grandchildren — the band is scheduled to reunite for one show. I sat down for a coffee at a local Tim Hortons location in mid-January with Kozak and shortly afterwards on that day with Bradac, at his pawn shop in Windsor, to talk about preparing for the band’s 40 year resurrection concert on April 6 at The Walkerville Theatre, in support of In Honour Of The Ones We Love’s “Kids Beating Cancer” program. Biz X: What musical influences did you have? Mike Kozak (MK): I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times — it starts with The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” That’s what got your attention. Beyond that, you move on to The Rolling Stones and all the other groups of the times. But, you know what? Local bands were a huge influence. It’s the first time you get to see live rock and roll. For me, it was The Lonely Knights, they were

a local band that played a lot of Stones’ music. You went to different high school dances and you would see different bands like Jazzmen and Joe Konus, who was a huge influence on everyone around here. Those are the things I think have the biggest impact on you to light that fuse to want to play yourself. You see The Beatles and all those other big names, but they’re untouchable, you don’t think that’s possible, but you see guys locally that you could actually talk to and you think “maybe.” Mark Bradac (MB): I was always a blues guy. Johnny Winter was always my favourite, by far. (Also) Leslie West of Mountain. I was a Stones guy more than The Beatles. My first concert was Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, (and) Albert King. Biz X: Where was your first show? MK: (Our) First show was Western High School ’cause that’s all there was then — high school dances to play. But, here’s the trick that no one else has done: we played 12 high schools and got a record deal. We never played a club! We played 12 high schools and moved to Toronto with a record deal. It’s the stupidest thing — we were the Halley’s Comet of music. It was a guy whom Brian knew, through working at a music store in Windsor that came to hear us and had some connections. He was impressed and said to us, “Do you have any original music?”

We said, “Yes, about 11 songs.” He said, “OK, let me get back to you.” We had no songs at all! It was time to get busy. Biz X: What kind of plan did you have in the beginning? MB: We didn’t know anything, we were just young and reckless. You think you’re invincible when you’re young and, back then, you would meet the right people who would build you and groom you and place you where you needed to be. Today, you’re expected to do everything yourself — press your own records and sell a zillion copies before a record label would look at you, print your own shirts, etcetera, and then they are on YouTube and videos and streaming. It’s all on you now. Biz X: Touring as an opening act for such big names, what was that like? MB: It was great. There was no pressure. We got better and better and better, to the point that we weren’t scared anymore. I remember opening for Aerosmith and Cheap Trick and thinking, “We’re gonna kick their butt!” You have to remember we saw bands like J. Geils and Foghat. They were professional opening acts, and they were only opening acts for people like Johnny Winter and bigtime headlining acts. It was always fabulous. When we toured with April Wine, the road

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crew was from Pink and they would watch us, and I think the headliners thought we were humorous, ‘cause we played so hard and we would just try and break our necks to try and impress anybody and we would do whatever it took. We gained the respect that way. Biz X: Tell us about when you opened for Meatloaf at the height of the “Bat Out of Hell” Tour where he fell off the stage. MK: Yes, we did. We came out of the dressing room to see Meatloaf, and I went back to the dressing room for something and I hear all this screaming. I run out and I asked, “What happened?” and they said, “He fell off the stage into the pit,” which was pretty far. They have the lights of the arena on, and they’re bringing an ambulance in. We just think he lost his place, he spun around and just lost it. Just recently, in the last two months, I read an article where Meatloaf said, “I was losing my mind on the road and I was begging management saying we have to stop.” He suggests he threw himself off the stage because he needed a break and that was the only way. Biz X: Are there other memorable nights opening for big name acts? MK: We opened for Toto at Massey Hall. I mean, they were very accomplished musicians and they had risers for their


risers. There was just no space, and I remember it was an odd gig ’cause we’re playing and we’re killing it with the balcony. The main floor was not so crazy about us, but the balcony loved us! We were grateful to get those gigs. It was our job to get the crowd going, and it made the headliners work a little harder. Sometimes, we took it a bit too far, but we saw ourselves as messengers of rock and roll and were pretty resigned to the fact the headliners were much better musicians, and they had hits. We understood that we were going to have to work harder than them and we did. Biz X: What was the biggest stumbling block in your career? MK: We had great radio support in Montreal because when we played The Forum, the audience knew all the songs. Where management went wrong was, we were clearly cut out for an American audience. We played The El Mocambo in Toronto one night, it was simulcast on CHUM Radio and, the next night, we open at Maple Leaf Gardens for Cheap Trick. Gil Moore from Triumph came backstage and said, “You gotta get to England. You’re exactly what’s happening over there.” We couldn’t get to England, or the States, because there was no tour support from the label. The record labels would give money to the bigger bands because they wanted to see a return on their money, but they wouldn’t support the smaller bands, and then you are stuck in a box. It happened to a lot of bands then. MB: I say Teaze started at the top and worked their way down. Fifty dates as a band and we were in Japan — that’s unheard of for that time. I think that not working our way up from clubs to tours really hurt us. When we got to 16,000 to 17,000 seaters, we were ridiculed by industry insiders because we had such powerful people in our corner without the benefit of years of the road. The biggest thing was when we were first known to the Canadian public, it was about the hit on the radio called “Sweet Misery.” But “Sweet Misery” didn’t reflect what we were. Much like Extreme’s release of “More Than Words,” we were a fun Detroit sounding, stripped-down rock band. Our biggest mistake was that while on tour, we never played our hit. It was our choice and it was our mistake. Biz X: How did the end of the band come about? MK: We had worn ourselves out in Canada, and the last album just didn’t go well. The Knack has just released their first album, and the record company wanted more of that sound. We hadn’t really established ourselves, and we were working with a


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new producer who was a great guy, but (he) took out the guitars on a band that is guitar driven. The label heard the album and shelved it, along with our international deal. Brian ended up calling everyone and saying he was done. The record label called and wanted him back, which we said, “No, he doesn’t want to be here.” We could have gone with another singer, but the feeling I had then, and still do today, is “This is the band, and if we can’t find anybody, then this is how the band ends.” So, we did, and we went on our way. We ran out of options, and our record label, Aquarius, called us for a year and a half asking if we wanted to do one more album, but we had nothing. MB: We were a steady progression up. A bunch of things happened right in a row and we couldn’t recover from them. First one being, our second last album cost $200,000, and we were on Capitol Records, and we did the demo for the last record, and the record company was eating it up. I remember thinking, at the time, Van Halen was out and Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” and I’m thinking, “Wow, this is crazy. This is what we’re up against!” We had a Foreigner/Deep Purple sound. Then Capitol signed The Knack and released “My Sharona” for really cheap dollars. New wave was breaking (out), budgets were slashed, and it became a whole new game. We should have handled things differently, but it all just fell apart. Happens to a lot of bands, it’s not an unusual story in the music business. Biz X: Why reunite now? MK: It’s unfinished business for me. I’m the only one in the band that kept playing and never really did get over it. I’ve been waiting for this for years. I’ve talked about it so much on social media, people just stop listening to me. I love it (playing live music). It’s about the comradery and a chance to play your own songs. MB: We tried over the years and now, well, we’re running out of time — I mean it’s almost (been) 40 years! Find out more on this band and their upcoming concert on the following page: From working backstage production to the radio airwaves, Lori Baldassi has been involved in the music industry on a number of professional levels for many years. Having spoken in front of the CRTC, Baldassi holds a certificate in Adjudication from York University Toronto and is a graduate of St. Clair College’s Media Convergence program. If you have any questions for her, please email:

The 21st Annual In Honour Of The Ones We Love (IHOWL) “Diamonds And Ice Gala”

HOT SHOTS HOT SHOTS HOT SHOTS HOT February 2, 2019 at the Ciociaro Club, 3745 North Talbot Road, Oldcastle, ON. Photos by Rod Denis. All people in photos listed from the left.

1. In Honour of the Ones We Love Founders Sergio and Anita Imperioli are honoured, these last 21 years, to make a difference for patients with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. The awards started on a high note when Anita was presented with the prestigious Ontario Trillium Foundation plaque for all her hard work. Find out more on their charity at: 2. Motor City Community Credit Union (MCCCU) has been a proud supporter of this event for many years. Representing MCCCU were: Sue Mancini, Assistant Branch Manager and IHOWL event committee member; Wayne Pawluk; Sonia Lenhardt, Branch Manager, MCCCU and Daniel Iannetta, Risk Compliance Manager at MCCCU. 3. A proud moment for the architectural and engineering firm Architecttura at this year’s gala, was when owners Dan Amicone (fourth from left) and Carmen Brunone (sixth from left) earned IHOWL’s the “Hand in Hand Award.” Their contributions to The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, Hôtel-Dieu Palliative Care, and Ronald McDonald House, have helped support patients with cancer and other life changing illnesses. Their actions drive a message of hope, action and involvement in a tireless battle to inspire others to do the same. Sharing this honour with them were: Guido and Teresa Policella, Nancy Amicone, (Dan), Val Brunone, (Carmen), Ruth and John Mastroianni, Laurie and Joe Scandale. 4. Over 1,250 guests attended the sold out IHOWL gala including: Cheryl Hardcastle, MP for Windsor-Tecumseh; Brian Masse MP for Windsor West and Tracey Ramsey, MP for Essex. 5. Koolini Chefs Mimmo Casagrande Bei and Alice Contesin, served well over 40 different kinds of specialized appetizers. All were gobbled up by guests who still managed to save room for a gourmet dinner cooked up by the culinary team at the Ciociaro Club! 6. (on next page) The late Robert (Bob) LeBlanc, was one of the loved ones honoured during a special ceremony. Bob was President of Commercial Contracting Corporation; Founder/President of BossTech International; President of Collavino Construction Company and Controller of Soulliere Financial Group of Companies (run by his wife Pat Soulliere). Present for the Candle Lighting Ceremony were: Bob’s son in law Dana Forshner; his daughter Andrea; Pat Soulliere’s granddaughter Elise Keller; Pat’s daughter Michelle McDonald; Pat Soulliere; Pat’s granddaughter Emma McDonald,





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6 Bob’s children James and Jennifer Patterson and Pat’s granddaughter Justine Geberdt. In the front row was Pat’s great-grandson Manning Oran. 7. Fundraising for the charity and celebrating members of the community who have lost their battle with a major illness are the main reasons for this gala. Over the past 21 years the Moceri family (represented by Vince Moceri, President of Windsor Disposal Services, Ltd. and his wife Margaret) have not only remembered their own relatives who have passed away, but also have been the title sponsors of the gala so others can honour their loved ones as well. 8. The Canadian Club (CC) brand has also been a big supporter of In Honour for several years

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and once again was a valued sponsor. Guests at the CC table were this year were: Dan Allen, Former Windsor City Councillor; Pam Allen; Norma and Art Jahns; Jane Deneau; Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens; Tish Harcus, Brand Ambassador Canadian Club; Ed Harcus; MaryEllen Willard, Executive Creative Director at adHOME Creative and Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. 9. Is there a politician in the house? YES! There sure were! Always willing to attend community events and show their support for the cause, we grabbed this group shot of area politicians with their spouses and friends — Brian Masse, MP for Windsor West; Germaine Ramsey; Tracey Ramsey, MP for Essex; Tracey Bailey, Community Support Centre of Essex County; Julie Curtis, Community Support Centre of


7 Essex County; Cheryl Hardcastle, MP for Windsor-Tecumseh; Joe Bachetti, Deputy Mayor Town of Tecumseh; Brenda Bachetti; Marianne and Gino D’Alessandro, Fulger Transport, and Heather and Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. 10. Jason Schneider, Director & Team Lead, CIBC Commercial Banking and Natasha Kovacs, Senior Financial Planner at TD, networked with employees, franchise owners, family and guests of McDonald’s Restaurants (a gala sponsor): Gene Dennis, Senior ICO Researcher at G. Dennis Financial

To see even more photos and videos from this event and others, visit: under “Biz X was there”



9 Management; from Evandrew Foods Inc. — McDonald’s Restaurants Windsor & Essex County, Julie Dennis, Community Relations Representative and Nancy Pizzo, Supervisor; Tony Pizzo; Andy Bukovac (local McDonald’s franchisee and owner of Evanandrew Foods); Eva Bukovac, John Foglia and Helen Manz.

The IHOWL gala supports needed projects in the community and pays tribute to individuals who lost their battle with cancer and other major illnesses. The 2019 honourees for their memorable signature Candle Lighting Ceremony were: Domenico Mariani, Ned and Janey Colovic (photo in frame), Maria Louisa Gesuale, Kenneth Robert Garant, Rosetta Cannata and Robert E. LeBlanc.


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from the bookshelf

Love With Deceit And Refuelling In A Man Cave By Marlene Markham-Gay


ocal Windsor author Jenn Sadai has just released the latest book in her fictional “Survivor Series.” It is an enthralling and suspenseful tale that demands respect for Katelyn, the main character, and demonstrates how women have the ability to save themselves. “Her Beauty Burns” is the story of a young woman who lets a “monster,” in a handsome young man’s body, warm his way into her heart and break her confidence down until he thinks he has triumphed and his power has totally consumed her. Katelyn, a university sophomore, has too much pride and is embarrassed to admit to her friends and family that she has made a grave mistake by not heeding the warnings about her boyfriend Nathan. Katelyn moves into an apartment with Nathan in Toronto. She believes all his deceit and continues to ignore her feeling that there is something wrong. Even when a visit back home to Windsor results in a young woman’s death and Nathan is wanted for questioning, she will not believe he could have been involved. Only after being drugged, raped and burned while being held against her will does she rise and use the power that is within her, the will to survive. Trust me, when you start reading it


you won’t want to put this novel down! “Her Beauty Burns” can be purchased locally at Indigo, 194 Commercial Blvd., Tecumseh; Storytellers Bookstore, 473 Ottawa Street, Windsor and on the author’s website: or Amazon. Sadai also hosts a book launch on March 22, 2019 starting at 6:30 p.m. inside Nola’s — A Taste Of New Orleans, 1526 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor and of course will have copies available for purchase. Next up we have “40 Days in the Man Cave, Men’s Devotional,” written by Leamington author Todd Stahl. He has a unique way of writing and within the book has included some pictures of powerful art, which he has created. These are both personal and significant and leave an imprint on your heart and mind. Stahl has also completed the illustrations for numerous children’s books. Loving the adrenaline rush and camaraderie of his career as a North American certified, First-Class Firefighter, he has proudly served his community since 2004. Stahl is happily married to Sherry, a Christian author, speaker, and blogger. Stahl writes, “Nowadays, men are bombarded with expectations at work, our church, and in our homes. We are expected to be leaders. Guys don’t want to show their flaws. Hey, you can try and go it alone, and life may run like a well-oiled machine, but sooner or later you’re going to mess up or make a bad decision. When these circumstances arise, having a sanctuary — or man cave — is vital.”

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Some men go to the cave for the wrong reasons; they go to a cave they should not be in. They cannot deal with reality and want to shut out the world. It should be a place to gather your thoughts and speak with God. Many people are born leaders, others are not. Stahl believes, “We all have God-given qualities to excel in life. The dictionary defines a second fiddle as one that plays a supporting or subservient role.” Are second fiddles important? You bet they are! They are the supporters. Would a band sound the same if the bass guitar player wasn’t there? Stahl tells us “You never know, playing second fiddle might just be what someone needs from you! If you support and encourage others, God will reward your faithfulness!” For the guys out there, this is an inspirational read. With Stahl’s witty writing you will enjoy every chapter. Women will also enjoy this devotional book as much as men. It may just clear up some mysteries about your man or provoke different thoughts about his role! Print copies of “40 Days in the Man Cave, Men’s Devotional” are available at The Sanctuary Gifts & Books of Faith, 6 Division Street North, Kingsville and the Leamington Arts Centre, 72 Talbot Road West, with an electronic version available through Indigo and Amazon. Marlene Markham-Gay is the former host of CFTV’s “Storyteller.” She promotes local authors through the book corner at the Essex Railway Station, inviting them to display and sell books. Marlene is an avid reader and encourages her eight grandchildren to read.


Take It Around The Patch, 75 Years Of Windsor’s Aviation History By Andrea Grimes


anada’s aviation history changed the landscape of our national ambitions through a fascinating web of really great achievements and some failures; of fears and victories; of courage and merit; of vision and the rapid growth of 20th century technology. When Great Britain declared war on Germany, August 4, 1914, aerial warfare took the fight to the enemy above the clouds thereby turning another page in the chapter of Canada’s distinguished military history. Our returning WWI RAF Veterans pioneered contributions to the development of aviation by conducting aerial surveillance, by delivering medical supplies, food and the mail, throughout Canada’s remote northern wildness. According to the book, “The Story of Aviation in Essex County 1920-1992” written by E.M. Robinson (a Windsor resident who began his career as a Flight Trainer with the Border Cities Aero Club in 1936), “a group of WWI Veterans and many of Windsor’s civic leaders got together in 1919 and formed the Border Cities Aero Club (BCAC). The BCAC — the oldest active club in the Dominion was granted its charter as a member of the Royal Canadian Flying Club Association in 1920. The goal of the Club was to expand wartime knowledge and experience into useful civilian aviation.” To commemorate the official opening of the Walker Airport, September 8-9, 1928, the Border Cities Star published the Border Cities Aero Club Walker Airport: Souvenir Programme, Official Opening September 7, 1928.

The program recognized such Club members as: Captain D.B. McColl, Colonel Ernest S. Wigle, K.C., Colonel Sydney C. Robinson, Colonel Paul Poisson, M.D. and Colonel Alan Prince, as well as Hiram Walker, George H. Wilkinson, George Hanrahan, Harrington Walker and Cecil E. Jackson. Although the Great Depression caused the Club to become insolvent in 1938, post war interest in propelling the commercial aviation industry once again took flight in Windsor!

Members and guests attend a dance at the Windsor Flying Club Recreation Hall in 1947. Photo courtesy of the Windsor Flying Club.

According to Miranda Dupuis, the Windsor Flying Club’s Marketing and Social Media Manager, “The purpose of the club is to provide training for aspiring pilots, providing scenic flights to the public, and is a place for all pilots from various walks of life to join an organization that helps provide plane access to pilots, to further grow their aviation skills, and to be a part of a community of people with the same love for aviation.”

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Since 2016, the Windsor Flying Club has supported Operation Flight North. As Reverend Jane Humphreys of St. Mary’s Anglican Church (see explains in this quote: “Ruth Kivinen, of our congregation, organized this humanitarian mission in recognition of our 75th anniversary. To date, 5,550 lbs of our ‘bales’ (consisting of dried goods, school supplies, gently used and new clothing, and some toys for Christmas) have been flown to the Diocese of Mishamikoweesh, (the first Indigenous Diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada) in Northern Ontario and Northern Manitoba, by members of the Windsor Flying Club. (Without their help) St. Mary’s Church would not be able to provide this essential level of help furthering Operation Flight North. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.” 2019 marks a major milestone for the Windsor Flying Club, with Vice President Henry Dupuis commenting, “The club was organized on September 26, 1944 to promote the spirit of aviation. This year, we celebrate our 75th anniversary with a ’40s-themed gala presented in partnership with the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association, taking place March 23, 2019. Rounding out our anniversary year, the Club hosts a “75 Aircraft Fly-in” July 6 and 7. Proceeds from these events will support the Club’s development of two Commercial Pilot Licence scholarships.” (For more event details, refer on social media to: By taking a step back in time to experience the Windsor Flying Club’s 75th anniversary, our community will be introduced to how the Club fosters a keen appreciation of the development of Canadian aviation, promotes aviation fellowship with a distinct sense of place and engages in community-based outreach partnerships. “Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.” ~ Opening lines from “High Flight” a poem written by WWII RCAF Pilot John Gillespie Magee, Jr.


OF THE MONTH Story And Photo By Dave Hall

Ready, Willing, And Able Workers On Demand With PeopleReady


pen for more than a decade, PeopleReady is a local business dedicated to helping Windsorites find work on both a temporary and permanent basis. With clients of all sizes across all sectors, PeopleReady has more than 300 registered workers looking for everything from landscaping work to off-loading trucks, often with less than a day’s notice. “We start them off with a registration process either online or in person and that’s followed by an orientation session which familiarizes them with our business,” explains Nemer Zaidan, Branch Manager for parent company TrueBlue, which is based in Tacoma, Washington. Once workers — many of whom are students — are accepted, they are expected to show up at the company’s Windsor office at 127 Tecumseh Road West ready to work on anything a client needs. It could be in hospitality, light industrial, manufacturing, warehousing and logistics or as general labourers. Workers also undergo a health and safety orientation session before leaving for wherever a company or job site needs their services. Zaidan indicates PeopleReady has more than 80 branches across Canada and informs us that the company takes nothing from the worker in terms of payment. “We charge our clients for our services depending upon the industry and the type of workers required,” says Zaidan. “Workers are then typically paid between $14 and $17 an hour depending upon the work they will be performing.” Workers are generally paid the day after they perform the work and are eligible to return to the office on a daily basis if they need more employment opportunities. Zaidan discloses that about 75 percent of the temporary workers get hired on full


Nemer Zaidan, Branch Manager of PeopleReady in Windsor, helps Windsorites find temporary and permanent jobs in a variety of different industries and sectors. He’s also a Branch Manager in London.

time once they prove they are qualified to do the work required. A St. Clair College graduate with an electronics engineering degree, Zaidan worked for almost 20 years in the food industry and owned Slices and Squares, a pizza business. A family tragedy a year and a half ago convinced him to re-assess his career goals because of the amount of time he was forced to take away from his business. “When you own a business, you have to always be there and I wasn’t,” Zaidan admits. “I spotted a job opportunity online, applied and was successful in getting the job.” He adds, “I love what I do now because I know we are helping people find work and helping companies find the people they need.” The company, which rebranded itself from Labour Ready to PeopleReady

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three years ago, focuses largely on bluecollar jobs, which can be hard to fill on a temporary basis, but with a large student employee pool. Zaidan notes the business is growing extremely quickly. “I’d say we’re up about 1,000 percent in the past 18 months (when he became Branch Manager) and that’s good news for workers as well as employers,” Zaidan comments. With franchises across North America, he expresses that the Windsor PeopleReady location is not as small a company as it looks from the outside. “We operate out of small storefronts, which keeps our overhead low,” points out Zaidan, who has two employees working in the office to process applications and assign work. For more information, visit the website:

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