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New President David Prang is off and running for 2019 See page 4

Chamber of Commerce Brantford • Brant


David Prang

With Brantford • Brant

Assante Capital Management Ltd. 1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Paul McCaig

Paulsan Construction 2ND VICE PRESIDENT

Ken McNaughton

McNaughton Agency Inc. The Cooperators TREASURER

Cindy Swanson Enterprise Brant


Tony Araujo

Laurier Brantford DIRECTORS

Peter Choma RBC Royal Bank Paul Bisanti Lanca Contracting Limited Chris Rayfield Methapharm/ ACIC Pharmaceuticals Inc. Jacinda Reitsma Conestoga College Trevor Rumble The Marco Corporation Dennis Touesnard Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon, LLP Sandra Vos Brant County Federation of Agriculture EX-OFFICIO TO THE BOARD CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Charlene Nicholson LIAISONS

Dan McCreary City of Brantford (Ex-Officio) David Miller County of Brant (Ex-Officio)

InTouch cover image courtesy of Heather Cardle Photography.

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Fostering a Healthy Work Environment is a Win-Win    

Moving Forward

A strategic approach to Ontario’s transportation needs  

Financial Feature So you’ve purchased an investment property, what’s next?

Cowan Insurance Group Read about one of Canada’s most admired corporate cultures Charlene Nicholson

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Managing Editor

Lana Lang-Nagle Advertising Ashley MacBeath Production Leslie Barker Distribution

IN TOUCH With Brantford • Brant is published six times a year by the Chamber of Commerce Brantford • Brant 77 Charlotte Street, Brantford, ON N3T 2W8 Phone: 519-753-2617 • Fax: 519-753-0921 Mandate: To be the voice of business that promotes economic growth and prosperity in our community. Publication Agreement # 4076850

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Message from the President David Prang We will continue to actively encourage our our membership to participate and engage with Chamber activities. The new provincial government has indicated that Ontario is “open for business”, however, supporting a business-friendly environment while supporting areas of our society who struggle for success will continue to be a challenging part of our work. The impact of online and retail cannabis in Ontario will be very interesting to watch, and the unpredictability of the President of the United States will continue to fuel a dynamic business relationship with our country’s largest trading partner.

Welcome to a new year and a new Board for your Chamber of Commerce BrantfordBrant. After a busy year with a provincial and a municipal election, the Chamber looks forward to continuing our advocacy efforts to support a business-friendly community in our region with our newly elected politicians in the City, County, and our new MPP, Will Bouma. Building and strengthening our relationship with government is extremely important. We provide the voice of business to decision makers while ensuring a balanced and reasonable approach that will benefit all members of the community, including our neighbours in Six Nations and New Credit. Major issues for this next term include transportation infrastructure within and out of our community, healthcare infrastructure, continued support for post-secondary education including skilled trades, and the recruitment and retention of businesses, members, and great candidates for the jobs available in our community. A successful business environment for our

David Prang, President members begins with the participation of the community in our activities and by the building of successful businesses owned, operated, and/or employing community members. Business and community are truly a symbiotic relationship – one cannot be prosperous without the other.

With a federal election in 2019, look for the Chamber to again produce a televised debate for our riding. Business retention and expansion support, strategic partnerships, networking opportunities, and programming to lower the cost of doing business are key areas of focus that our members consistently look to the Chamber to enhance. I look forward to seeing you at one of our events this year!

Assurance & Accounting ~ Business Valuation Estate Planning ~ Financial Planning ~ Information Technology Serving Brantford and Hagersville

Succession Planning ~ Taxation Partners: M.J. Dixon, CPA, CA H.C. Johnston CPA, CA S.A. Salole, CPA, CA

T. J Leyzer, CPA, CA

S.E. Goodwin, CPA, CA

J.B. Baetz, CPA, CA

T.B. Sinclair, CPA, CA

R.W. Storoschuk, CPA, CA

Associates: R.A. Parker, CPA, CGA, CFI


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M.E. Terdik, CPA, CA

J.O. Carr, CPA, CA

D.A. Cleary, CPA, CGA, CFI S.W. McGaghran, CPA, CA

G.M. Malecki, CPA, CA

R.D. Sciannella CPA, CA, CBV

S.D. Klein, CPA, CA

J.E. Chowhan, CPA, CA

J.A. Laporte, CPA, CA

G.S. Gravett, CPA, CA P.E. Merrylees, CPA, CA

B.Y. Brenneman, CPA, CA

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Keeping up with Ontario’s Employment Legislation The Employment Standards Act was radically changed by the passage of Bill 148 in November 2017, and then changed again with the passage of Bill 47 (Making Ontario open for business act) in late 2018. The changes under Bill 47 become law January 1, 2019. How can business keep up with these rapid and radical changes to ensure compliance? A good way to start is to talk to the professionals. Our Chamber of Commerce is pleased to once again partner with BDO to present a seminar on how this legislation will impact your business.

• What has changed since Bill 148 became law and what hasn’t? • How will this Bill be enforced and what are the penalties for non-compliance? • What is the new formula for calculating holiday pay? • Which scheduling provisions under Bill 148 have been repealed and which haven’t? • How have the provisions for emergency leave days changed? These and many other topics and questions will be addressed in this seminar. For information on how to register, please refer to the ad on this page or visit:

519.752.0088 / 800.461.2543

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Members Corner Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2019. Membership has its privileges and this year, let’s make sure your business has Lana Lang access to all Business those privileges Development, and everything CSP that your Chamber membership has to offer. Your Chamber is more than a business organization; the Chamber represents a community. A community of like-minded and strong business professionals

looking to succeed through partnership. Our local Chamber members and businesses are innovative, different and unified. Together we are strong because Membership Matters. Below is list of some benefits of membership you may like to learn more about in 2019. For more information please contact me directly at • Complimentary, 1/2 page, Member Profile in the In Touch magazine • Complimentary, 1/2 page Members in the News in the In Touch magazine • Complimentary business listing both online and in our annual Membership Directory

• Chamber Group Insurance with Advantage Insurance • Advocacy information on provincial and federal issues that directly affect your business • Discount Programs on gas, phone, shipping and more! A special thank you to the below Chamber Members for your referrals over the past couple months. It was my pleasure connecting with these businesses to learn more and include them as our newest Members of the Chamber because.... Membership Matters. • Narinda Coward, Fifth Avenue Collection • Stella Johnson, Intrigue Brantford

• Over 40 networking opportunities each year

Welcome to Our New Members n Brantford Metal Recycling

Scrap Metals Steve Clark 143 Adams Blvd Brantford, ON N3S 7V8 (519) 759-0784 n Abigail's Bakery Express

Bakeries Ivan White 153 West Street Brantford, ON N3T 3G4 (519) 304-8664 n Body Balance Centre

Holistic Health Care Rosemary Lee 175 Olivetree Road Brantford, ON N3R 7Z4 (519) 865-3302 n Canadian Cancer Society Hamilton Brant Norfolk

Non Profit Organizations Vanessa Janzen 328 Mountain Park Ave Hamilton, ON L8V 4X2 (905) 575-9220


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n Rockcliff Auto

n Curves Fitness-Brantford

Exercise, Health & Fitness Training & Gyms Sherrie Milla 330 West Street Brantford, ON N3R 7V5 (519) 751-1133

Automobile Dealers - Used Cars Ezio D'Lgnazio 275 King George Road Brantford, ON N3R 5L1 (548) 880-5555 n Marriott Towneplace Suites

n Dairy Delivery Co.

Brantford & Conference Centre

Delivery Service Mark Cooper 283 Brantwood Park Road Brantford, ON N3P 1H6 (519) 759-7181

Hotels Fawad Khan 30 Fen Ridge Court Brantford, ON N3V 1G2 (519) 720-0084

n Dalhousie Street Limited Partnership

Real Estate Developers Jeff Glickman 5183 General Road Mississauga, ON L4W 2K4 (647) 709-4542 n Greg Kellam

Trucking Greg Kellam 205-140 West River Street Paris, ON N3L 0B7 (519) 755-4075

n Our Kitchen Brantford

Caterers Catherine Ferrar 20 Roy Blvd Brantford, ON N3R 7K1 (519) 757-6527 n Sandstone Aesthetics

Spas-Beauty, Health and Destination Sandy Carter 175 Lynden Road Brantford, ON N3R 8A7 (519) 304-7263

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Membership Renewals Renewals occur on the anniversary of the date a member joined. The following represents those renewals that have occurred since the previous issue of In Touch. ■■A.S. Security & Surveillance Inc ■■Advantage Forklift ■■Advantage Insurance ■■Aecon Mining Construction Services ■■Richard G. Allan ■■Apotex Pharmachem Inc. ■■ASCO Numatics ■■Atomic Spark ■■Avaropoint ■■Ballachey Moore LLP ■■Betco Products Inc. ■■BioDesign Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. ■■BML Multi Trades Group Ltd. ■■Boddy Ryerson LLP ■■Booster Juice ■■Brant Food Centre ■■Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board ■■Brant Skills Centre ■■Brantford Golf and Country Club Ltd ■■Brantford Industrial Warehousing Ltd. ■■Brantford Minor Hockey Association ■■Brantford Regional Real Estate Association ■■Brantford Toyota ■■The Brantford-Brant Business Resource Centre ■■Britain West Automotive Specialties Ltd. ■■Children’s Safety Village of Brant ■■CMBB Bakeware Canada Inc & Pan-Glo Canada Pan Coatings Inc. ■■Colborne Pharmacy & Medical Center ■■Community Living Brant ■■Creative Circuits Inc. ■■Culligan Water & Beachcomber Hot Tubs

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■■D J Recreational Products ■■Doug Campbell Construction ■■Curtiss Wright Flow Control Corporation, Farris Engineering ■■Financial Navigators ■■Food4Kids Brant-Haldimand ■■Gates Canada Inc. ■■Good’s Machine Shop Inc. ■■Grand River Council on Aging ■■Grand Valley Educational Society ■■Grand View Chain & Cable Inc. ■■R. A. Grinton & Associates ■■Habitat for Humanity ■■Hematite Manufacturing ■■Home Hardware, Paint and Home Products Division ■■Hotline Apparel Systems ■■HUB International Ontario Limited ■■Ingham Monuments ■■Inspirational Hearts ■■J & K Home Building Centre ■■J.C.K. Farms Limited ■■The Jelly Girls ■■Joro Flowers ■■Josie Kocsis/Rodan & Fields ■■The Keg Steakhouse & Bar ■■Ken Wallace Contracting Inc. ■■Knight Limo ■■Kuriyama Canada Inc. ■■L.C. Bakery Equipment Service Ltd. ■■Lanca Contracting Limited ■■The Lions McInnes House ■■The Lung Association ■■McGowan Office Interiors Incorporated

■■McKeough Supply Div. of Emco ■■Medix College of Healthcare ■■Meridian ■■Minotaur Stormwater Services Limited ■■OE Canada Inc. ■■Oriental Restaurant & Tavern ■■Paris Crane Inspection Services ■■Queen Street Collision Centre ■■Remax Twin City Realty-Park Road North ■■Rick Sterne ■■Robertson Restoration ■■Rotary Club of Brantford ■■Ruggz Building Cleaning ■■Scott C. Chapin CPA Professional Corporation ■■SelectCom Inc. ■■Sharp Bus Lines Ltd. ■■Silver Fox Production Inc. ■■St. Joseph’s Lifecare Foundation ■■STM Construction Ltd. ■■StreetSeen Media ■■Sun Life Financial-Gordon Richards ■■The Q-META Group/Bellwether Investment Management ■■Tim Horton’s - Colborne St. ■■Translations Paris Traductions ■■Trepanier, Verity ■■West Brant Window World ■■Whole Body Health ■■William Street Eyecare ■■Woodview Mental Health & Autism Services ■■J. H. Young & Sons Ltd.

January 8th, Co-hosted by Brantford Musicians Association & Best Western Brantford Hotel & Conference Centre. February 12th, CIBC, Lynden Road. Business After Hours is held the *second Tuesday of each month, and is a great opportunity for Chamber members to network. For more information on hosting a Business After Hours, contact Leslie Barker at: *Occasional exceptions do occur. Visit to confirm event dates.

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January 24, 2019

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L to R: Tanya Stephens, Enterprise Brant; Wendy Challe, HUB International; Tanya Nagle, HUB International; Michelle Bake-Murphy, Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services; Christine Canning, Bank of Montreal; Narinda Coward, Fifth Avenue Jewelry and Wine Women & Shopping Chair; Comedian Laurie Elliott

WINE, WOMEN & SHOPPING 2019 The annual Wine, Women and Shopping event proved to be another successful evening of celebrating and showcasing local business, networking, shopping and laughter. On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant and the organizing committee, we extend our heartfelt thanks to BMO – Bank of Montreal, lead sponsor of the event. Other sponsors we wish to thank include; • Via Rail • Enterprise Brant • HUB International • Walking Floors International/Canada • Bunnell Hitchon Insurance Brokers • Forest of Flowers Brantford • Mulrain Guitars


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The chosen charity for the event was Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services. A $1500 cheque was presented to Woodview representing the proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets and a donation from BMO. Wine Women and Shopping would not be possible without the participation of the vendors and we thank these local businesses for their continued support. The organizing committee extends special appreciation to the two hundred attendees of the event and we hope to see you again next year on November 20th. Stay tuned for more details about another exciting Women in Business event in the spring!

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Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon LLP Fostering a Healthy Work Environment is a Win-Win

Caitlin M. Turner Lawyer In the day and age of #MeToo, anti-bullying media campaigns, and greater societal awareness of the importance of mental health, it is no surprise that harassment in the workplace is becoming a common topic of discussion. Employees and employers reap the benefits when employees feel safe at work through better attendance, productivity, and loyalty. When harassment does occur, real harm is caused to both victim and employer. Understanding and embracing requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) can help employers avoid the financial costs of harassment, while also fostering a comfortable and safe environment for employees. The OHSA defines “workplace harassment” broadly as “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome”. Essentially it is bullying in the workplace. While the current OHSA does not require

Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon LLP Brantford office is located at 20 Wellington Street, Brantford. employers to provide a harassment-free environment, the legislation is moving closer and closer to that standard. Employers are required to have a conspicuously posted and current (updated yearly) policy on workplace harassment. If the employer has more than 20 employees, that policy must be prepared in consultation with a member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee. The policy must describe mechanisms for employees to report harassment, specify a procedure for the investigation of harassment, and outline how a complainant will be kept informed of the status of the investigation. Employers must investigate complaints of harassment and as a result, complaints cannot be dismissed at the onset because they do not fit within the receiver’s interpretation of harassment. At the end of the investigation a written report must be generated and provided to the complainant. The Ministry of Labour may request a copy of the report, as may the Workplace Safety and

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Insurance Board. Breaches of the OHSA can trigger an inspection from the Ministry of Labour. The Ministry can make a number of orders, including that an employer retain a third party to investigate complaints of harassment, at the employer’s expense, or the imposition of a fine. Employees cannot be penalized (face a “reprisal”) for seeking enforcement of the OHSA by reporting harassment. If an employee can establish that a harassment complaint was made and that a penalty followed, the employer bears the onus of disproving that the penalty was connected to the complaint. Reprisal awards at the Ontario Labour Relations Board can be high, including awards for lost wages, loss of value of the job itself (sometimes allowing an employee to double recover their income loss), and even reinstatement of a terminated employee.

a compensable injury under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (“WSIA”) since January 1, 2018. As a result, not only should employees feel free to report harassment but they should be encouraged do so. Early identification of harassment gives the employer an opportunity to address the situation early, with the goal of limiting the psychological impact of the behavior on the victim. The victim will benefit through early intervention, as will the employer by avoiding increased WSIA premiums. If you have questions about your obligations to employees with respect to issues of harassment, I encourage you to contact one of the lawyers in Waterous Holden’s employment law group. We are here to help.

Chronic mental stress in which workplace harassment is a predominant cause has been

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Members in the News Habitat for Humanity Brant-Norfolk Everyone deserves a safe, decent place to live. Founded on decent, affordable housing as a basic human right, Habitat for Humanity Brant-Norfolk invites you to celebrate our 20th Anniversary in 2019! Please join our enthusiastic team of volunteers, community partners and professional staff. Together, we work alongside our partner families to create stability and a strong foundation for affordable homeownership. On average, every Habitat home build generates $175,000 of social benefits, making Habitat a smart community investment. To date, Habitat Brant-Norfolk’s contribution is over $4million! We also operate Restores in Brantford (80 Morton Ave East) and Simcoe (29 Park Road), offering quality new and gently-used household and renovation


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materials. Donating goods and shopping at a ReStore is a socially conscious decision, diverting goods from landfills and generating funds to build more homes. Nothing compares to being part of the solution to a housing crisis in your very own neighbourhood. You can help create opportunities and a place for families to thrive by working together with us. Together, we can help people from all walks

of life to build strength, stability and independence through Habitat’s unique homeownership model. Everyone deserves a decent place to live, and everyone can do something today to help make that possible. Through volunteerism, financial support and advocacy, you can make a difference today. Find out how at or call us at 519.759.8600.

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Member Profile Sherwin Williams Brantford Ask Sherwin-Williams™ For more than 150 years, SherwinWilliams has been an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings. As North America’s largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, SherwinWilliams is dedicated to supporting both do-it-yourselfers and painting professionals with exceptional and exclusive products, resources to make confident color selections and expert, personalized service at its more than 4,200 neighborhood stores.

We are open seven days a week for your convenience and look forward to seeing you in our store. Sherwin Williams-Brantford (8772) 225 Fairview Drive, Unit 14, Brantford, ON N3R 7E3

Here at the Brantford location our staff is ready and able to assist you in any project, ranging from a single room to a brand new home. We have a skilled team that can help with product and colour selection, paint quantity estimating, and even an outside sales rep that can come to larger jobs for on site assistance.

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Financial Feature


Millards Chartered Professional Accountants So you’ve purchased an investment property, what’s next?

Wes Caldwell CPA, CA Senior Accountant Purchasing an investment property is a way to diversify your investment portfolio, as well as generate a steady stream of income. However, it’s important to understand the tax implications of this transaction before buying. Effects on Taxes Whether owning your own investment property or just renting out a room in your house, you are required to report the income to the Canada Revenue Agency. If owned personally, the income and expenses will be included on your personal tax return, which will either increase or decrease the tax payer’s total income earned for the year. It is therefore important to make sure that the income and expense figures reported are accurate and classified correctly in order to maximize your after tax profits. During the year, these amounts as incurred should be referenced to invoices, receipts, contracts, or any other supporting documentation, in case the Canada Revenue Agency request further documentation. Keeping an ongoing track of income and

Millards Chartered Professional Accountants Brantford office is located at 96 Nelson Street expenses helps to minimize amounts being missed at year end, as well as allows you to track the financial success of your investment during the year. Business vs Capital In today’s market, most investment properties aren’t purchased for the cash flow, but for the capital appreciation generated during ownership. When it comes time to sell the property, the difference in original purchase price and sale price, less costs to sell and capital purchases, will be reported in the year the property is sold. The amount of tax you pay will be larger dependent on whether this gain/loss is classified as business or capital. The distinction between whether this transaction is on account of business or capital is very important, as business income gets included at 100% while capital gains are only included at 50%. The following are a few factors used by the

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Canada Revenue Agency when determining if a transaction is deemed business or capital: 1) Intent - the sale of an investment property is considered a capital gain if the property was originally purchased with the intent of keeping it for an extended period of time and eventually selling it for an increased value. On the other hand, the investment property being purchased with the intent to renovate and quick resale (flip) would be classified as business income. 2) Frequency – The higher the amount of prior investment properties sold, the more likely that the Canada Revenue Agency will consider it on account of business income. 3) Length of time the property is held – Generally speaking, the longer the property is held the more likely the transactions will be classified as capital.

When to Sell Deciding when the right time to sell your investment property can be a very hard decision to make. As mentioned above, whether the gain is classified as business or capital, the amount will be included on the tax payer’s tax return in the year the property is sold. This amount will be taxed at the tax payer’s marginal tax rate. Therefore, strictly from a tax point of view, it would be in the tax payer’s best interest to sell in low income years. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out as planned and market conditions might dictate that selling the property sooner at a higher price might be more advantageous.

To learn more about how investment properties might affect your personal or corporate business, please contact a Millards representative at (519) 759-3511 or visit us at

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Cowan Insurance Group Named One of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures The Cowan Insurance Group, a prominent Canadian-owned and operated independent insurance brokerage and consulting operation with offices in Brantford Brant, has been named by Waterstone Human Capital as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ of 2018. This national program annually recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that enhance performance and help sustain a competitive advantage. Cowan Insurance Group’s submission highlighted a culture characterized by excellence, commitment and innovation; the outcome of continuous, disciplined execution of robust employee engagement strategies directly aligned to corporate business goals and objectives supported by a corporate social responsibility program, a constant focus on employee development

(growth, mid-market and enterprise) and one not-for-profit category (broader public sector).

and an integrated recruitment and retention framework. “At Cowan, collaboration and delivering exceptional value to our clients is an integral part of our culture,” said Heather McLachlin, President of Cowan Insurance Group. “We actively work at creating a resultsdriven culture focused on trust and accountability through open and transparent communication across all levels of our organization. We don’t take it for granted. I am extremely proud that our efforts have been recognized with our second consecutive Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures award.” Forty winners are chosen across four categories; three are based on revenue

“At Waterstone, we believe corporate culture drives performance and that it’s your organization’s greatest asset,” said Marty Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterstone Human Capital and Chair of Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures. “What’s notable about the 2018 winners is their commitment to culture as a competitive advantage. This year’s winning organizations are to be admired for the diverse and impactful ways they ensure culture underpins their success.” The 2018 designation follows the 2015 win for Cowan Insurance Group — one of ten organizations to be awarded this designation in the mid-market category. Winning Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures allows organizations to use the logo and trademarks for three years as a mark of excellence in culture and performance.


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Member Profile Synergy Mouldworks – Better Business Demands Synergy Synergy Mouldworks is a fullservice manufacturer of custom plastic injection moulds, serving the food and beverage, cap and closure, medical, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and automotive industries. Cory Robertson has always believed that a cohesive team working closely together is greater than the sum of its individual parts. In 2011, the mould making company Robertson was employed by encountered financial troubles and was ultimately forced into receivership. Amidst the chaos and insecurity of the entire organization facing unemployment, Cory took the biggest risk of his professional career – leveraging everything to buy the assets, revive, and transform the organization’s business model. With the support and commitment of many former colleagues, the team focused on

growth by putting its customers at the heart of every project. In 2011 Synergy’s core team was just five people with annual sales of $224,000. Following an intense focus on rebuilding industry relationships, establishing new and profitable partnerships, that team has grown to 12 employees with an average growth rate is 45% year-over-year. Over the past seven years, Synergy has made over 1.8 million dollars in capital

investments and expanded their services to include a larger range of injection moulding capabilities and sub-assembly/value-added services. Additionally, in a strategic effort to remain buoyant, Synergy has diversified far beyond a focus on automotive consumers, which has empowered the company to flourish despite economic conditions. As a result, Synergy now shares that success with their team via lucrative profit-sharing options.

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Member Profile Grand Valley Construction Association Who We Are Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA) is an exciting and dynamic organization that serves more than 600 members across Ontario’s Grand Valley region. We provide resources, information and education opportunities for our members in the ICI construction (and related) industries.

How Can We Help? We connect bidders and buyers with precisely the information they need to get their jobs done.

• Electronic plansroom (bestbidz) – over 2,100 projects posted annually • Full-size colour print service • THE HUB – weekly updates on the best articles and most up-to-date bidding opportunities. • Exclusive Crystal Ball Pre-bid report • CCA/CCDC construction documents, seals and guides • Training room and boardroom facilities • Commission of Oath • GVCA Journal magazine subscription

GVCA membership includes access to services that will help your business be more efficient, more competitive through better business practices, and more educated through increased relevant education opportunities.

• All e-communications and bulletins

Members have access to the following services:

• Health and safety training

• Listing in the member’s directory (print and online) • Gold-seal accredited courses and examination centre • Invitation to all networking events

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• Special Groups – HR in Constriction, Leaders in Construction (LinC), and Women in Construction (WinC) • Savings and discounts through Affinity Program But that’s not all. Many benefits are less tangible, such as access to knowledgeable staff who are trained to assist in all kinds of ways that are unique to our industry. What are you waiting for? Visit www.gvca. org/join to join today or give us a call at 519-622-4822.

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Member Profile Curves – Build Strength, Balance and Community Today for a Healthy Tomorrow Over 25 years ago, Curves changed women’s fitness by delivering studio fitness without the premium price. While the workouts are only 30 minutes, you feel the benefits long after. Unlike traditional gyms, a Curves membership gives you the tools and support you need to reach your goals and set the stage for a healthier, more active future. Curves is a 30-minute, total body workout on our strength training machines. During the quick 30-minute workout, you’ll work every major muscle group with strength training, cardio and stretching. For over 10 years, Franchisees Mary Black and Sherrie Milla along with their team of Coaches, have passionately helped women in the community of Brantford improve the quality of their lives as they’ve aged. Curves


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members remain active well into retirement, which allows many of them to volunteer in the community of Brantford. Curves is a supportive environment where you can gain strength, balance and flexibility with the guidance of your coach. Curves is committed to providing women with the tools necessary to empower them to live more fulfilling lives. Curves of Brantford, ON is proud to be locally owned and operated, focused on strengthening women throughout

our community. For more information, please visit Curves Brantford 330 West Street, Brantford, Ontario 519 751 1133

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Members in the News The Jelly Girls become a reality.

Catherine Jelly Ferrar is the owner of The Jelly Girl’s jam and jelly business established in 2013.

This kitchen is for the community, to help entrepreneurs grow and develop their passion, network, and host events - all at an affordable cost. We wanted the rates to be affordable to keep it inclusive, so everyone can use it. Whether it’s a small business ready to expand, someone taking that first step in starting a new business, or even someone hosting a large family dinner.

The Jelly Girls makes jams and jellies with local ingredients using traditional recipes with organic cane sugar or no sugar. This fruit and vegetable preserving is a tribute to Betty Jelly and is the fruit of the Jelly family tree. Per Catherine, “I have three sisters, Anne, Brenda and Debra and we have always been known as the Jelly girls. Growing up on the farm, we all followed our mother Betty’s example of preserving and preparing fruits and vegetables from the family farm”. “When the Ferrar family moved to Brant County, the property gifted us with apple trees, pear trees and mulberry trees. My sisters stepped in to help and we cooked and preserved many jars of apple sauce,

caramel apple jam, and vanilla pear jam.” The Jelly Girls had a dream of having a certified kitchen in their home. That dream quickly turned into something more when it became clear that other small businesses had that same dream - unlimited kitchen access to work in and expand a small business. After careful consideration, and a lot of support from friends and family, the lease was signed and Our Kitchen Brantford has

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We named the kitchen “Our Kitchen Brantford” because we wanted to create a community, to utilize and share the space, and to create a warm and welcoming environment as if it were our home kitchen. The Jelly Girls invites you to come and cook with us! The Jelly Girls Our Kitchen Brantford

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PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY 134 Shaver Street, Brantford

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