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THE BIG NIGHT

ATHENA AWARD: The ATHENA Award program celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. The ATHENA Award honours individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment. Individuals, who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who open paths so that others may follow.

Behind the scenes BY K A R E N PAT O N- EVA N S

By the time 1,000 guests stroll the red carpet at Caesars Windsor on April 19 and enter the banquet hall for the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards, nearly a year’s worth of dedicated effort will have gone into making the extravaganza happen. “We had our first event in 1991,” recalls Jonathan Roung, chair of the 2017 BEA and senior financial adviser and retirement specialist, CIBC Imperial Service. He says the awards gala has become “Windsor’s premier business event.” The benchmark was set high for the BEA’s 25th anniversary. Roung says, “Last year’s event topped the 25th and 2017 will be another phenomenal year. The momentum is still going.” He hints, “A lot of exciting things are going on to keep it fresh, new and entertaining to everyone in attendance.” “The event is in April of every year and we usually begin convening in May to get the wheels in motion. We assemble a committee of about a dozen or so local professionals from various career paths,” Roung says. Each committee member is assigned to specific components to the show “so we can ensure things are happening in the appropriate order.” Leading up to this year’s BEA, “we had a record number of nominations for 11 award categories over 175,” says Marianne Burke, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s director of events. Business Excellence Awards include categories of Small, MidSize and Large Companies, Entrepreneur, Professional, Young Pro-

Vito Maggio accepts the Entrepreneur of the Year Award during the Business Excellence Awards at Caesars Windsor in 2014. There will be lots of hours of work going into this year’s event Wednesday, April 19. -   TYL E R B ROW NBR ID G E / T H E WI N D S OR S TAR F I LE PH OTO

fessional, Tourism & Hospitality, New Business, Innovation, and Pillars of Our Community plus the ATHENA Award. This year the ATHENA Award recipient is Patti France, president of St. Clair College. Rosati Group is being honoured with the Believe Windsor Essex Award. “It’s the Who’s Who list of Windsor,” Roung says. “It would be terribly surprising if anyone were to walk into the BEA event and not recognize at least a handful of the finalists and the other guests in attendance.” The BEA committee communicates with the nominees and then the finalists, walking them through the process. “Each committee member acts as a liaison between the finalists so they have all the information needed,” Roung explains. Other tasks handled by the committee include marketing and social media, program design, event décor, script and speaking points development, multimedia and the award design. The committee also collaborates with Caesars Windsor which, among other things, caters the gourmet dinner and desserts. Although planning and executing the awards show is “a timeconsuming task that takes a lot of commitment,” Roung finds “it’s tremendously rewarding to see it all come together.” A past judge and enthusiastic guest, “I’ve got some great memories,” he says. “This event is open to absolutely anybody. It’s a great place for business and community members to

gather and socialize.” Whiles the guests enjoy the evening, show producer Mike Lesperance will be synchronizing everything behind the scenes and out in front. With monthly and then weekly meetings of the BEA committees, Media Street Productions Inc.’s creation of videos of the finalists to play at the BEA, lighting, sound and video rehearsals at Caesars Windsor, CogecoTV’s taping of the awards event, and all the other elements that go into the live show, “it’s a pretty multi-pronged endeavour. My job as producer is to pull it all together,” says Lesperance, president and owner of Windsor-based Corbett Productions. “The videos are well-produced. They tell great stories of the companies, both finalists and winners,” Lesperance says. Like the guests in attendance, and later, CogecoTV viewers, he will be paying close attention to learn how the finalists have found success. “The chamber does a great job with the Business Excellence Awards. It is a longstanding event,” Lesperance says. “We couldn’t do this event without Caesars Windsor,” Lesperance says of the support they provide to BEA. He observes, “Windsor-Essex County is a great place to do business and is a place that is very supportive of business.” Lesperance hopes the BEA event helps even more people appreciate that. SEE SCENES ON H5

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BELIEVE WINDSOR ESSEX AWARD: The Believe Windsor Essex Award recognizes an individual or business that has demonstrated a significant and sustained commitment to positive business development, economic growth and diversity within our region. This award is chosen by the Business Excellence Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR: An owner or founder who formed at least one venture, primarily responsible for the recent (last two years) performance of a privately held business that is at least three years old, who has made an outstanding contribution to their local economy, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Nominees will demonstrate company growth including sales, profitability, growth prospects, risk taking, employment creation and acceptance in the market. In addition, they will show commitment to research and development and the development of technological advances in the company’s industry sector. INNOVATION AWARD: Recognizes a business that has significantly improved the esthetics and functionality of the operating environment through the development and implementation of an innovative product, process, technology or service within the past four years. The nominees should also demonstrate that the use or innovation has been commercialized and is in the marketplace today. PILLARS OF OUR COMMUNITY AWARD: This award recognizes a registered not-for-profit organization, philanthropic organization, or person that has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of the Greater Windsor-Essex Area. This nominee positively impacted the community, and demonstrated best business practices. In addition their business mission/ objective/goals of the organization reflect a community need which has a clearly defined strategic plan. PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: An individual professional, who is self-employed or employed in a company or organization. The person has demonstrated excellence in his or her field of business in the recent past, and has demonstrated leadership and posi-

tively impacted the community. Examples include CEOs, lawyers, accountants, doctors, bankers, consultants, etc. Non-profit leaders are eligible for this award. YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: Recognizes a standout young professional/ entrepreneur who is ‘on the rise’. Nominees will be 35 years of age and under and will demonstrate a proven commitment to our community through outstanding scholarship and achievements and exemplary leadership and community involvement. The recipient must demonstrate innovative thinking, exemplary leadership qualities, commitment to making a difference, ability to engage and inspire others, and must act as a positive role model to his/her peers and colleagues. In addition, the recipient will demonstrate significant growth potential as a future leader in the Windsor-Essex community. SMALL COMPANY OF YEAR (up to 25 FTE employees); MIDSIZE COMPANY OF THE YEAR (26-99 FTE employees); LARGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR (over 100 FTE employees): Nominees will demonstrate their strategic goals and how they accomplished them. In addition, they will show success in company growth including sales, profitability, growth prospects, employment creation and acceptance in the market. They will also illustrate their commitment to research and development, and the development of technological advances in the company’s industry sector. NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: A new business or an owner / manager of a business venture that is at least one year old but less than three, or an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their local economy, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Nominees will demonstrate company growth including sales, profitability, growth prospects, employment creation and acceptance in the market. In addition, they will show commitment to research and development and the development of technological advances in the company’s industry sector. TOURISM & HOSPITALITY AWARD: Recognizes a business that has demonstrated excellence in the areas of hospitality and tourism, and has played a vital role in the growth of their sector. The business should demonstrate the critical success factors that have played a role in their success including employee relations, economic development/investment, business growth, and contributions to the community. This local business goes above and beyond providing extraordinary customer service and recognizes the importance of hospitality in the area as well as serving the community. Examples include wineries, restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions, golf courses, etc.


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Kelly Blais, managing director of Windsor’s Media Street Productions Inc., and her team have just wrapped their 15th year as the BEA’s video producers. After getting the list of the three finalists in each award category as well as the special award recipients, Blais and her crew interviewed them on camera and captured B roll at their places of business. “Then we pulled it all together with a dynamic graphics package and short little snippets,” she says. In the creation of each 60-second video, “we try and encapsulate what their businesses are about,” as well as tie in the Windsor-Essex chamber component. “It’s really fun. We get to meet some really interesting people,” Blais says. The Business Excellence Awards is a novel experience for Rachelle Booth, president of Thrive Benefits Group Inc. in Windsor. The newer chamber member attended the BEA for the first time last year and her business is a sponsor this year. When invited to be a 2017 judge, Booth was intrigued. Upon open-

ing her package of nominee documents, she was impressed that “everyone did an excellent job with their submissions.” Being a judge was “absolutely an amazing experience. It was really interesting to be able to read about all the different businesses in our community and what makes the businesses unique and why they’re up for the awards,” Booth says. The consistent quality of the nominees “actually made our jobs a little tough.” “I had the opportunity to meet in person with three of the businesses, where they gave me a tour and I learned more about them,” says Booth. “That was really something: Where we got to see their place of work, meet their staff members and get a real feel for what their business is like.” “That was probably the best part of it.” Eagerly anticipating the Business Excellence Awards night, Booth says, “I’m excited for everybody and waiting to see who wins!” Tickets for the Business Excellence Awards are available at windsoressexchamber.org. WIN00844833_1_1


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Matt Marchand

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MES SAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CHAIR

Welcome to the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards We are excited to celebrate business excellence in Windsor-Essex at the premier business event of year. The 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards recognizes professional individuals and companies who have set standards and demonstrated achievements that have contributed to the prosperity and business development in Windsor and Essex County. With extraordinary exposure and prestige, the Business Excellence Awards is an exciting gala night and has become a mustattend event. This distinguished line-up of Windsor-Essex businesses, professionals and entrepreneurs are applauded for their integrity, creativity, and dedication that contribute to a successful business. Congratulations to all of our Business Excellence Awards finalists and award recipients. You participate in making the Windsor-Essex business community a vibrant part of our landscape and are paving the way for the success of many other businesses. A special thank you goes out to the BEA committee, judges, volunteers, sponsors, and all of those who dedicated their time to make this year’s BEAs an outstanding success. Thank you to all of our attendees for saluting business excellence in Windsor-Essex. Your support and passion for the community is much appreciated and celebrated. Matt Marchand, President & CEO Jeff MacKinnon, Chair of the Board of Directors Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce

Past winners recall moment BY K A R E N PAT O N- EVA N S

When the winners are announced at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards on April 19 at Caesars Windsor, past recipients will be cheering them on. Two-time BEA winner Paul St. Pierre believes his first award for Young Entrepreneur in 2000 put “the wind in my sails” to grow his Landscape Effects sole entity into Landscape Effects Group of Companies. “Gaining that support and Paul St. Pierre endorsement from your peers is the greatest acknowledgement of all the hard work that we put into building these businesses,” St. Pierre says. “It’s great that I receive the awards, but they actually belong to a much larger community of individuals….the talented, creative, supportive, passionate people I’ve surrounded myself with,” he says. “That’s what Windsor has. It’s not just in my industry or my business – it’s the support you get from everyone.” Starting out more than 25 years ago providing landscaping, property management and snow removal services, St. Pierre eventually added Rochester Place Golf Club & Resort, which also features the Parkside Grille, camping and cottages for rent or purchase. Located on Lake St. Clair in Belle River, the complex won accolades with the BEA for Tourism & Hospitality in 2016. Winning an award “increases the energy level and brings you to the forefront in your industry,” St. Pierre says. He is pleased to present this year’s Young Professional award to someone else making their way. “I hope the person receiving this will have the same sense of hap-

piness that I had at the time and that the award will give that person accreditation of what they’ve already created, that they’re on the right path and to keep pushing,” Amy Szewczuk of Amy’s Helping Hands, shown here accepting her Mid-Size says St. Pierre. Company of the Year Award in 2015, will be presenting the honour to this Winning the Innovation award year’s winner.  - NICK BR ANCACCIO / WINDSOR STAR FILE P HOT O in 2010 was a great honour for Italo Bertoni, the Windsor inventor of some recognition that what they lucrative gift at that point, both Cleardeck Systems, a product that are doing is appreciated,” he says. from a monetary value and what “The biggest thing is we worked it meant for future business for makes a swimming pool’s solar blanket disappear, while keeping really hard for our company and promoting oura couple years selves,” Szewczuk says. “As a small it handy at the pool’s edge for ease to establish the business, we really appreciated of use. Manufactured in Essex County, the Cleardeck Systems winery as a tour- that.” Based in Windsor, “we’ve expeproduct is sold in North America, ism area and Europe and Australia. hospitality site,” rienced quite a bit of growth in the “My dad came here from Italy says O’Brien. last number of years,” she says. when he was 25 years old and The award from Her organization was declared didn’t speak a word of English. business peers the BEA’s Mid-Size Company of was affirmation 2015. The admittedly talkative Next thing you know, he’s standing in front of the busi- Tom O’Brien of “what we actu- owner was momentarily struck ness elite of Windally worked on, speechless when Amy’s Helping sor and accepting we did.” Hands was announced. an award,” says Taking pleasure in providing “It took me a little while to get to Ornella Bertoni- customers with a positive expe- the stage,” she remembers. “I just Liburdi. rience, O’Brien was motivated by thought, ‘How lucky can we be to “We had three the BEA win. “Right afterward, I win a second award?’” tables of people volunteered to take up a role as Team members of Amy’s Help(at the BEA event). a director in the Southwestern ing Hands came to the BEA event. When he won, we Ontario Tourism Corporation,” “Several patients’ families were Ornella Bertoni- hooted and hol- says O’Brien. in attendance and thanked them lered!” she rememHe is the current board chair. personally for what they do,” SzeLiburdi “I’ve really learned a lot about wczuk recalls. “That recognition bers. “At the time, he thought it would tourism. Being given the Business meant the world to my staff.” be good publicity for the product, Excellence Award was just the start After winning the first award, Szewczuk was honoured to be a which it was. But it was more to focus of it,” he says. “I’ll be presenting to this year’s BEA judge. on what we actually do here in Essex County” and to promote made in Tourism & Hospitality winner. I’m “It really opened my eyes to the Canada, Bertoni-Liburdi adds. excited about that.” amazing talent and entrepreneurAmy’s Helping Hands had only ship that we have in this city,” she Her father died two years ago. “Now I’m running his company been in operation for a little over says. “It’s a real blend of ingenuity, for him.” 18 months, providing home care creativeness and enthusiasm that I In his honour, Bertoni-Liburdi is services and adult day programs think is unique to Windsor.” presenting the Innovation award for seniors, when it received the Szewczuk is looking forward to winner to this year’s winner. 2011 New Business award. presenting the award for Mid-Size When Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards “We were just starting to make Company of 2017. Recalling that won the Tourism & Hospitality a name for ourselves,” says owner at previous BEA events when her award in 2014, “you could have Amy Szewczuk. “Winning the BEA’s business was a finalist, she could pulled me off the ceiling. We were New Business award certainly cata- “hardly breathe,” Szewczuk says, so excited and elated,” says Tom pulted us into more of a limelight “I’ll be able to take it all in from a O’Brien, president of the Harrow situation. We started to become a different perspective and maybe winery. more commonly known name” in put the person at ease when they The Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards the home healthcare industry. get to the stage because I know retail and restaurant staff were The prize included a full-page exactly how overwhelming and “ecstatic. Everyone likes to have ad in The Windsor Star. “It was a exciting it is.”


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Thank You!

THE BEA COMMITTEE

Marianne Burke, Windsor- Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (Director of Events); Bryce Chandler, University of Windsor; Keith Chinnery, Bell Media radio stations AM800 & AM580 (Platinum Sponsor); Shelby Colarassi, Windsor Essex Community Health Centre; Marlene Corey, CogecoTV (Exclusive Broadcast Sponsor); Elizabeth Elias-Hernandez, Parker DKI; Natalie Henderson, Canadian Auto Stores Ltd.; Mike Lesperance , Corbett Productions (Show Producer); Gisele Levasseur, Dominion Lending Centres; Amanda Reid, Windsor Star (Presenting Sponsor); Jonathan Roung, CIBC Imperial Service (Chair); Chase Stoyshin, Essex Linen Supply; Jason Toner, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce extends its appreciation to all volunteers and providers who support the Business Excellence Awards. Their contributions to this event are immeasurable.

TVCOGEGO Thank you to the staff and volunteers of CogecoTV for the annual support and coverage of the Business Excellence Awards. Programming and Community Relations Manager, Robert Scussolin Producer/Director, Marlene Corey

2017 BEA JUDGES • Rachelle Booth, Thrive Benefits Group • Deborah Brady, Better Business Bureau • Sharon Coburn, CX North America • Peter Corio, Business Development Bank of Canada • Nancy Creighton, Ministry of Development, Employment & Infrastructure • Lee Anne Doyle, 1999 ATHENA Leadership Recipient • Alba Giglio, Bruce Philp Florist & Girard & Co. • Justin Fox, St. Clair College • Maurice Marwood, MMARCO International Services Inc. • Jason Towsley, Towsley Construction • Peter Wares, DevMark Consulting

EVENT SUPPORTERS • Live Show Producer, Mike Lesperance, Corbett Productions • Video Producer, Media Street Productions • Décor, Elegance by Design • Live Announce, Patty Handysides, AM800 CKLW Award Category Presenters • Ornella Bertoni Liburdi, Cleardeck Systems (2010 Innovation Award Recipient) • Joe Ciaravino, Antonino’s Original Pizza (2011 Small Company of the Year Recipient) ST. CLAIR COLLEGE STUDENTS • Simon Dwyer, Bell (ATHENA Hairstyling students: • Lexy Delicata Award Sponsor) • Audrey Inting • Ted Farron, Farron’s Gourmet • Alexandra Fenton Butcher Shop Inc. (1991 EntrepreEsthetician students: neur of the Year Recipient) • Kayla Rucha • Don Hearn, Hearn Industrial • Hayley Bruce Services (1998 Company of the Year • Hanin Bidaweed Recipient)

• Jakub Koter, Red Piston (2012 Start Up of the Year Recipient) • Marty Komsa, WFCU Credit Union (Believe Windsor Essex Award Sponsor) • Tom O’Brien, Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards LP (2014 Tourism & Hospitality Award Recipient) • Stephen Roberts, McTague Law Firm (2002 Professional of the Year Recipient) • Robert Scussolin, CogecoTV (2006 Good Neighbour Award Recipient) • Paul St. Pierre, Landscape Effects Group of Companies ( 2000 Young Entrepreneur of the Year and 2016 Tourism & Hospitality Award Recipient) • Amy Szewczuk, Amy’s Helping Hands (2015 Mid-Size Company Recipient and 2011 New Business)

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BEA COMMIT TEE CHAIR MES SAGE Welcome to the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards. Since 1991, the Business Excellence Awards has become the premier business event of the year, recognizing the achievements and contributions of business leaders in Windsor and Essex County. Our over 260 past winners are testament to the achievement, entrepreneurial spirit, and the unwavering commitment to the economic growth of the WindsorEssex business community. Awards are presented across twelve categories that recognize

deserving businesses and individuals here in our own neighbourhood. The Pillars of Our Community Award makes a return to the lineup for a second year, and we’ve reintroduced the Innovation Award, acknowledging businesses that have successfully implemented an innovative product or service within their organization. Media Street Productions has partnered with us once again to bring some astounding multimedia concepts to the event, and I am pleased to have Mike Lesperance with Corbett Productions handling

the technical production of this year’s show. Our business community has much to celebrate. The BEA honours just a fraction of the achievements that our finalists and winners have accomplished to put WindsorEssex in the spotlight, both across the region and around the globe. Finalists, stand proud. You have demonstrated a commitment to making Windsor-Essex a major contributor to the global marketplace, and you continue to drive the economic growth of our region. You are an inspiration and source of pride for us all. Congratulations!

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This event is the result of a collective collaboration of judges and volunteers, as well as the generous contributions from our sponsors and supporters. The time and resources that you have allocated is a tribute to your partnership in helping Windsor and Essex County flourish. Simply put, an event of this caliber would not be possible without you. A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Windsor Star, and our Exclusive Broadcast Sponsor, TV Cogeco. Once again, congratulations to all of the Finalists and Award winners. You’ve worked hard to make Windsor-Essex an excellent place

to live and work, and this celebration is for you. On behalf of the entire BEA Committee, please accept my deaepest a p p r e c i a t i o n Jonathan Roung for everything you do! Jonathan Roung CIBC Imperial Service Inc. Chair, 2017 Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce BEA Committee

The Business Excellence Awards will air on CogecoTV on the following dates: •Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. •Monday, May 1 at 6 p.m. Check Cable 11 700HD listings for other times.

CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP

Voice of business and professionals The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and professionals in our region. Incorporated in 1876 the Chamber works to encourage an economic climate favourable to business and industry. The chamber provides member firms with valuable direct services for day-to-day operations, as well as represent the business, professional and industrial community in its relations with the public sector. The chamber relies on the efforts of its membership, including hundreds of committee members, a strong board of directors and a truly dedicated staff. As a not-for-profit organization, the chamber operates on the investment paid annually by members.

The W i n d s o r- E s s e x Regional Chamber of Commerce says it’s smart business to join their ranks. Smart is: A vibrant and growing membership, top quality events, infinite opportunities. Smart is: Networking, advocacy and resources. Smart is: Leadership linked to common goals. Smart is: Sharing knowledge and experience. Smart is: Extending your network of businesses and professionals. Smart is: Supporting growth and prosperity. Smart is: Being a part of a collective business voice.

Networking and sharing knowlege and experience are among reasons why membership in the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is smart business.

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M I D - S I Z E C O M PA N Y

Jeff Ives

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table to the front porch to the garage. In 1995 Ives built a new office facility and embarked on a new growth strategy. Between 1995 and today, Ives established additional offices in Lasalle, Leamington, Bayfield, Ayr, Amherstburg, Sarnia and Edmonton Alberta. Ives is also licenced in Michigan, Ohio, Vermont and Illinois. Today Ives employs 58 full time professional staff.

Ives was selected by Profit magazine in 2005 and 2006 as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, has been selected a finalist by Insurance Business Magazine in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as one of Canada’s top brokerages. Their President was also selected as a finalist for broker of the year in 2014 by Insurance Brokers Associations of Ontario. Ives staff sit on many insurance company and community advisory

boards and partners with Libro Credit Union for the annual “W.E. Care For Kids” golf tournament, they support the Dragon Boat Races, In Your Jeans, Movember, Inspiration 100 and the Italian Handicapable Fishing Derby. Through “Ives Helping Hands” staff members raise funds and food through various functions from Jean Fridays to pasta dinners and everything in between. A true community supporter.

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Southwestern Ontario with offices in Windsor (head office), Detroit, London, and Waterloo. Next Dimension has partnered with Cisco Canada to build out a 10G North American Network and have established data centers in Windsor, Toronto, and Chicago, ensuring clients have the best connectivity, backup and networking options currently available. As a result of their network, Next Dimension recently won a contract from a German web-based company for their North American

hosting. That network was built on the foundation of technical innovation in Windsor and other regional offices. Next Dimension has seen rapid growth in the last 12 months and much of that is built upon the strength of their technical team, their leadership, and the ability to deliver dynamic solutions to any size company. Next Dimension believes in community involvement and has donated over $100,000 to the Teen Health Centre in recent years. They

are involved in the Junior Achievement program, Rotary, Career Day Educational Programs, Movember, and encourage all of their employees to participate in local charities and community programs, offering time off in lieu for engagement. Employees and management adopt a family for Christmas every year as well, and the support from the staff has been tremendous. Management are also involved in the WEtech Alliance and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Ives Insurance Brokers specializes in commercial business and personal insurance, providing professional advice to clients and seeking out insurance solutions for their specific needs. Established in Essex in 1966 by Jerry and Marion Ives the business focused on home and auto insurance. Between 1966 and 1995, the company expanded from the kitchen

Next Dimension Inc. is a full service IT company offering a variety of compelling solutions and technology partners to help support growth initiatives for businesses right across North America. Whether you have 5 employees or 5000, they can design an IT Management Strategy that is right for any organization. Founded in 1997 by Adam Davis, Next Dimension has grown from a three-person IT shop to over 70 employees encompassing much of

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Nancy George

Windsor Beauty & Esthetics Supply Inc. has served Salon Professionals and retail customers with professional beauty products in WindsorEssex and North America since its inception in 1987. Windsor Beauty Supply is owned and operated by Andy and Fay Zeboony and their three daughters Nancy, Tina, and Sylvia Zeboony. They all provide a strong asset to the business as Andy comes from an engineering background, Fay is a successful hairstylist, Nancy has a bachelor in business and marketing and in French,

Tina is an educator for hair extensions, and Sylvia is a young and creative hairstylist. They currently operate six locations, five in Southwestern Ontario and an outlet in Michigan. With ever-changing trends in hair, nails, and skin, Windsor Beauty Supply brings the latest in all trends. They also offer extensive classes and seminars year-round ranging from, hair seminars, and esthetics courses in Chatham, Windsor, and London. In June of 2016, Windsor Beauty Supply revamped their website to offer products and

information at customers’ fingertips and have implemented a loyalty program where clients earn points as they buy at all locations including online sales. During their annual beauty event, Windsor Beauty Supply chooses a charity to raise money for. This has included the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Transition to Betterness. They are also involved with Hiatus House, Leamington Hospital Gala, St Anthony’s Church, and Knights of Columbus. They hold a can drive “Give and Feel Beautiful” from midNovember to the end of December, as well.


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T O U R I S M & H O S P I TA L I T Y

Tish Harcus

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Visitor Centre Manager of the Year Award for both 2013 and 2014. In 2016 the Canadian Club Brand Centre created several growth strategies including new tour programs such as the Cocktail Champions mixology class and the Coppers and Robbers Prohibition-themed scavenger hunt. The “Behind the Gates” corporate rental program was introduced in 2016, sharing the luxury of the Brand Center with modern day

conveniences and upscale event planning assistance. The Canadian Club Brand Centre further expanded by opening an online store on Amazon and with its “Made in Windsor” gift shop items campaign. To support tourism in the area, it partners with other tourism vendors such as The Rum Runners Tour, Windsor Essex Trolley Tours, Windsor River Cruises, Lakeshore Excursions, Great Adventure

Tours, and WindsorEats. The Canadian Club Brand Centre supports many causes including In Honour of the Ones We Love, Children’s Aid Society Windsor-Essex, and Windsor Youth Centre. It has also made donations to private and public charitable causes. Harcus is involved with sports tourism and has offered discounted rates and customized packages for the large number of sports tourists and activities in Windsor-Essex.

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lanc-Beaudoin. Since opening, they have been contestants on Chopped Canada, selected as a finalist for the TIAO Champion of the Year Award, partnered with Big O’ Conservation Area of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, and were Ambassadors of the Local Food movement achieving a FEAST ON Local food designation. In order to be immersed in the community, The Iron Kettle decided to contribute to local organiza-

tions as well as committees that benefit the region as a tourism destination. The Iron Kettle have volunteered for and sponsored the St-Francis Xavier Catholic Women’s League, Town of Lakeshore Kids Camps, Comber Baseball Team, WindsorEssex Children’s Aid Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex, Guatemala Hope, Tim Horton’s Kids Camps, and IODE, Comber Chapter, among many oth-

ers. They were also participants in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex Foundation Battle of the Hors D’Oeuvres and in the launch of the Good Food Charter of Windsor Essex County. The Iron Kettle created a healthy eating campaign with the French school board CSC Providence to promote healthy eating and healthy decisions in elementary and high schools across Southwestern Ontario.

Tourism Experience, Tourism Industry Association of Canada Tourism Innovator of the Year, OCTA Ontario Culinary Tourism Leadership Award, and their Drinks of Walkerville was named an Ontario Signature Experience. In 2016, WindsorEats launched two new marketing initiatives: the WindsorEats Traveller (a mobile bar travelling the province showcasing the culinary products of Windsor-Essex) and the Friday Night Lights bike rides (a pub and

grub crawl on bicycles throughout the city of Windsor that is free to attend). This year WindsorEats is planning several new tours, including a Sandwich Town walking tour and an Authentic Windsor Pizza Tour, showcasing the high quality pizza the city is known for. WindsorEats regularly provides tours to charitable organizations for fundraisers and have made charitable donations to organizations such as the Canadian

Historical Aircraft Association. They also provide their time and expertise to educate potential food business operators through the Enactus Cookstart program at the University of Windsor. Coowner Adriano Ciotoli currently sits on the board of directors for the Southwest Ontario Tourism Coporation Board as well as the board of directors for Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. He has served on Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance board as well.

The Canadian Club Brand Centre, located at 2072 Riverside Dr. E., allows patrons and tourists to learn about Canadian Whisky on the site where it all began. Manager and brand ambassador Tish Harcus is the founding manager of the Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre and transformed an architectural anecdote into a tourism leader. She is the recipient of the International Whisky

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The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast, located at 7005 County Rd. 46 in Comber, opened in April 2014 and has set out to be the premier accommodations and special event space in Essex County. Primarily a Bed and Breakfast, The Iron Kettle also offers catering service and a venue space for special events and occasions. The Iron Kettle is owned and operated by Benjamin and Ginette Leb-

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WindsorEats is a provincially and nationally recognized leader in culinary and cycle tourism. Launched in 2004 as a simple menu guide, WindsorEats has continually identified opportunities to steadily grow and showcase Windsor-Essex as a premier culinary and tourism destination. WindsorEats is the recipient of several awards and designations such as Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance Best Culinary Adriano Ciotoli


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Tony (left) and Nick Rosati are co-owners of Rosati Construction Inc., this year’s Believe Windsor Essex Award winner.

Rosati Construction Inc. was established in in 1969 by its founders, Vince and Olivia Rosati, and is now in its second generation of ownership with Vince & Olivia’s sons, Tony and Nick Rosati. As coowners, they took over operations in 1999 and together they ensure the business operates at the high level of quality that has become the Rosati hallmark of excellence. They have grown the company into one of the largest general contractors in Southwestern Ontario Rosati is a full service building company that performs general contracting and construction management but its strength is design/ build construction. Rosati is well known for being a single-source company with a complete in-house development team including a full engineering department, as well as a lawyer and real estate agent on staff. They employ approximately 50 people in total averaging over 15 years of service. Other services that Rosati has to offer include Industrial and Com-

mercial Land Development and Leasing, Building Partnership Programs, Machine Foundation Design/Build construction and they are also the Butler – Building Systems provider for WindsorEssex County. Rosati has constructed well over 8 million square feet of projects in Windsor/Essex County focusing on Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional projects and has continually been placed as a Top 100 Contractor across Canada in accordance with On-Site and Commerce & Industry Magazines. With 48 years of experience, Rosati’s project and customer portfolio is vast and impressive. Some past projects and customers include Green Shield Canada headquarters, Vistaprint’s high-tech printing facility, Nemak Windsor Aluminum Plant, Michel Gratton French High School, AP Plasman, Ford Motor Company, Centerline (Windsor) Ltd., Reko International, Valiant, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, several WFCU Branches,

Jackson Park Health Centre, Greenwood Centre, Lakeshore Oasis, the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel CBSA Buildings, Greater Essex County District School Board and the 750,000 square foot Chrysler / Syncreon Logistic Centre built in just under 11 months. However, the Rosati family is most proud of their deep involvement in giving back to the community. Over the years, they have supported and been directly involved with numerous charitable and not-for-profit groups including but not limited to Transition to Betterness, Windsor Lifeline Outreach, Italian-Canadian Handicapable Association, Windsor Goodfellows, St. Vincent De Paul, WETRA, W.E., Habitat for Humanity, W.E. Care for Kids, Windsor Girls Home, Spina Bifida Foundation and the Essex Region Conservation Foundation. The Rosati family truly believes in the Windsor/Essex community and strive to go above and beyond to help as many people as they possible can.

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Research and Trend Analysis Specialist at Workforce WindsorEssex. The following year, she was promoted to Director of Project Management. In 2013, at the age of 25, Antoniw was appointed Executive Director of Workforce WindsorEssex and assumed the leadership role for the entire organization. Antoniw’s continued training includes Statistics Canada Statistical Advisory Services training, Economic Developers’ Council of Ontario Labour Market Information Training, Year 1 of Economic

Developers’ Association of Canada Training, and Leadership Coaching. Being active in the community is important to Antoniw, who has participated on several committees including Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee, Pathway to Potential Collaborative Leadership Team, Community Living Essex County First Choice Employment Program, the Windsor-Essex Local Immigration Partnership, Collège Boréal Bridging Training Program Advisory Com-

mittee, St. Clair College Liberal Arts Program Advisory Committee, and St. Clair College GROW Program Steering Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Assistance of Windsor, Vice-Chair of the Business Resource Centre of Essex County Board, and was a member of the ATHENA Scholarship Selection Committee in 2014. She was also selected as a Community Champion through the Odette School of Business Leadership course.

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ceed and strives to build a regional technology community fostering entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration. Among WEtech’s signature programs/events are Hacking Health Windsor-Essex, the first ever cross-border Hacking Health event to take place in the world, as well as the FIRST Robotics Windsor-Essex Great Lakes Regional which is the largest FIRST Robotics Regional in Canada. In addition to her role as President and CEO of WEtech Alliance, Yvonne is an instructor at St. Clair College’s The MediaPlex.

For Pilon, volunteering has never been an option, it has been a priority. This includes serving on committees such as the WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Task Force; Workforce WindsorEssex’s Local Employment Planning Council Central Planning Table and Co-Chair of the Windsor-Essex Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Regional Alliance. She has volunteered or supported various community initiatives such as Windsor Regional Hospital’s Hats on for Healthcare Campaign, Tim Horton’s #SmileCookie Campaign,

Raise a Reader Campaign, Windsor’s Polar Plunge, United Way’s iClimb and Truck Pull, and Crime Stoppers Bail or Jail. She is also a Board of Director of The Young Professionals Network of Ontario and Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario’s Red Shoe Society Windsor-Essex. Pilon is the recipient of the Odette School of Business’s MBA Program Community Champion Award (2015), University of Windsor Alumni Foundation’s Odyssey Award (2013), and is a graduate of the Leadership Windsor/Essex program (2012).

members, managing all charitable giving Families First is involved with including her three years as the chair for the Windsor Goodfellows Golf Tournament, developing Families First’s strategic plan with regards to marketing and various campaigns, and offering new ways to honour the deceased through personalized services. As the Vice President of Family Service, Wells along with her partner Sherri Tovell are personally

accountable for every family that walks through their door. Their team trusts that when something goes wrong they can come to her and together they will take care of any problems that may arise. Last year, Wells organized Families First’s 20th anniversary, where she turned the focus back to the community—more specifically to the individual volunteers who comprise each organization and who make it possible for many

organizations to carry out their mission—and honoured 35 volunteers for their commitment to Windsor-Essex. As the Windsor Goodfellows’ Golf Tournament Chair for the third year in a row, Wells along with the Goodfellows Golf Tournament Committee increased fundraising from $8,000 to more than $25,000. This past year the committee reached their fundraising goal of over $30,000.

Tanya Antoniw is the Manager, Policy and Staff Development in Employment and Social Services at the City of Windsor. Tanya was the Executive Director of Workforce WindsorEssex until January 2017. She has a Combined Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the University of Windsor, Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Windsor, and Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In 2011, Antoniw was hired as a

Yvonne Pilon is a young professional passionate about technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and putting Windsor-Essex on the map. At the age of 24, she founded her first company, AD2IT and by the age of 29 she became the youngest female to lead a Regional Innovation Centre in the Province of Ontario. Pilon is President and CEO of WEtech Alliance, one of 18 Regional Innovation Centres in the Province of Ontario. WEtech helps technology and innovation based entrepreneurs start, grow and suc-

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Since the age of 21, Jennifer Wells has been working for Families First Funeral Home with the endeavor to lead the team through day to day operations. She was promoted to Team Leader of Human Resources when she was 25, which has evolved over the last six years to her current role as the Vice President of Family Service. Wells’ achievements include leading the organization and caring for the needs of over 68 team


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Chantal Vallee, head coach of the University of Windsor Women’s basketball team, is shown accepting her ATHENA Award in 2012. That ceremony, skyline waterfront. Caesars Windsor congratulates the and Business Excellence like this year’s Business Excellence Awards, was shown on CogecoTV.  -

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2010. Manifesto Studios Inc. is currently located at 2187 Huron Church Road. They now have grown to a team of six, with in house planners, designers, editors, and photographers. They work primarily with wedding, portrait, and corporate clientele. Manifesto Studios has photographed hundreds of weddings both locally and abroad, and have designed a line of products to last

for generations. Manifesto Studios empowers entrepreneurs through assistance with business and brand development and online/ social media campaigning. For each commissioned project they strive to make the entire process seamless and easy with vendor connections and resources that come from years of networking and experience. Photography, design, and entrepreneurship are passions of the

Manifesto team, and not just a source of income for them. Their goal is to get to know and tell the Manifesto of each client they work with, believing that client relationship and experience are the keys to each assignment’s success. Through sponsoring and spearheading fundraising and awareness campaigns focusing on adoption, fostering, and refugee assistance they also show a strong belief in giving back to the local community.

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the largest private property management firm in the city with 1,350 rental units. The company has grown from four employees in 2011 to a current headcount of 25 with plans to hire for four new positions. MARDA Management expanded its mission and purchased multi family residential property in 2011 and 2012. With the purchase of 50 rental units, they conducted extensive renovations to the properties as a way to provide clean, fresh, well

cared for housing to Windsorites. Last year, MARDA Management made its biggest capital investment to date with the purchase of a 9,000 square foot facility at 1000 University Ave. W. The company is renovating 4,500 square feet for their business. The remainder of the building was also renovated and is being rented to other local small businesses in an incubatorstyle environment. MARDA Management con-

tributes to several charities in the region including the Revolution Ride in support of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. MARDA Management encourages employees to engage in the community and support initiatives. In May 2015, they matched dollar for dollar a campaign one of its employees initiated to raise funds to support purchasing a therapy vest for a local child living with cystic fibrosis.

In 2007 Arica Klassen posted a photoshoot of her brother to Facebook that she took with her sister’s camera. That day she booked her first paid gig and began developing what would turn into Manifesto Studios. In 2009 Arica met the love of her life, Joshua Klassen, who just so happened to have a larger camera collection than she did. Naturally, they partnered in the business, and were married in

MARDA Management Inc., located at 1671 Victoria Ave., provides exceptional service to investors in Windsor-Essex who have committed to providing safe, affordable homes in the region while using local contractors and employees to ensure they have a viable business model in the Windsor area. In 2010, MARDA Management started with 34 units under management and today is proud to be

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Surveyors On Site Inc. (SOS) provides legal surveying, engineering, consulting, construction as-built, and layout services. On June 22, 2016, SOS celebrated its fifth year in business by opening its brand-new head office at 3244 Walker Rd. and added two new branch offices in New Liskeard, ON and Detroit, MI. SOS now employs 10 people. SOS has evolved to offer a wide range of land surveying related services, including topographic surveys, legal surveying, as-built surveys, GPS surveying, control surveys, 3D laser scanning, industrial precision surveys, volume surveys, lot grading surveys, underground mining surveys, mining claim and crown land surveys, construction layout, tunnel surveys, underground locates, deformation monitoring surveys, and a wide range of consultation services. This year, SOS plans to offer 2D

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image projection layout for use in the automation and layout of assembly lines in large scale manufacturing. SOS has close working relationships with clients. They provide clients with cost updates, project completion reports, and follow-up calls. SOS uses a series of checks by several different project members to ensure work is completed

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as promised. SOS supports several local minor hockey teams and has also made a financial contribution to St. Clair College’s Concrete Canoe Club. SOS has contributed their time and resources to the Spitfire Memorial in Essex. SOS has invested a great deal of time and materials to the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) Geomatics Recruitment Liaison Committee (GRLC), which seeks to promote the profession in local high schools. This year SOS has been instrumental in promoting the newly introduced Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Introduction to Land Surveying program that will be launched in high schools across Ontario in September 2017. SOS is looking forward to introducing its Workplace Campaign to support local United Way. They also encourage employees to bring forward ideas on areas in which they can enrich the community.

The Business Excellence Awards (BEA) Committee reviews the award categories to ensure they match the current business climate. Each September, the committee begins accepting nominations for the following year’s awards. The first stage includes using a simple nomination form including a 100 word summary of why the individual or business should be nominated. Any individual or business can submit a nomination according to the criteria outlined for each award category. Chamber membership not a requirement. After the initial screening process, a select group of nominees, the semi-finalists, are sent an information questionnaire to be completed and returned to the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. The nominee is asked to provide specific information on how they meet each of the criteria. The questionnaire requires some investment of time to complete and all documents and information are treated

in confidence. The judges base their scores on the submissions. An independent judging panel comprised of local businesspersons and community leaders complete judging of the semi-finalists in each award category. No member of the judging panel shall have direct familial or financial involvement with any of the finalists selected. Each judge is asked to sign a conflict of interest and confidentiality agreement. Where a conflict is perceived the submission is removed from that judge’s package. The judging panel will complete its deliberations and finalists will be selected based upon who best adheres to the eligibility criteria and the overall goals of recognizing business excellence. Decisions are final and confidential. Finalists selected for each award are announced at a news conference each January. All finalists are recognized and a winner from each category is announced at the BEA awards.

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AlphaKOR Group Inc., located at 7800 Twin Oaks Dr., is a full service technology and innovation partner. They provide IT solutions and support, 24/7 help desk support, website design, social media strategies, custom software and mobile apps. AlphaKOR opened in 1995 and now has a team of 42 dedicated and committed members. They serve organizations of all sizes in Windsor-Essex, across North America and globally. Their most innovative development is a software tool called KAReHR, a digital time clock where employees use their fingerprint to punch in/out or key in passcodes. Either a touch screen, computer, tablet, or smartphone can be used to track employees’ hours. It is unique in embracing bio-

■ KEENTEC NA INC.

Creating Amazing Business Partnerships within the Winsor Community.

Established in 2014, KeenTec NA Inc., located at 4000 N. Talbot Rd., Unit 1, specializes in plastic welding, design, and robotic integration. They handle automation projects from small stand-alone machines to complex multi cell systems and provide various challenges from conception to commissioning and throughout their service life. In only a few short years, KeeTec has been able to create over 20 new jobs and continues to grow by hiring more and creating new positions. They work closely with many Tier one suppliers in the automotive industry. KeenTec’s most innovative development is their patented 3C system. 3C stands for Complete Contour Compen-

metric technology embedded in the tool. The real-time dashboard shows who is in, who is out, who is on vacation, and punch in/punch out times. This innovation has created three fulltime jobs internally. AlphaKOR has been recognized with awards including the Business Excellence Award Mid-Size Company of the Year (2014), Business Excellence Award Entrepreneur of the Year (2012), Windsor Executives Association Executive of the Year (2009), Business Excellence Award Small Service Company of the Year (2009), and Room Exchange Best Computer Company in Windsor (2001). Giving back to the community is important to AlphaKOR. This includes sitting on committees, boards and associations such as WEtech Alliance. Employees volun-

sation. It is a surface scanning system that inspects parts prior to processing which eliminates scrap and improves overall equipment safety and effectiveness in the fuel system industry. This is a one-of-a-kind system that will improve the quality and safety of a job. Properly calibrated, 3C systems have proven to provide the following: elimination of poor welds/ fuel leaks, improved overall product quality and equipment throughout, reduced cycle time, scrap reduction, and overcomes process variables through automatic adjustment. KeenTec builds machines (like their 3C system) to help reduce scrap which in turn, saves on material. During their machine design, they try to use non-harmful materials and use compo-

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nents that need less energy (i.e. LED technology). Maintaining involvement is important to KeenTec, who are proud to support and raise funds for the Windsor/Essex Humane Society. As they continue to grow, KeenTec plan to join in on more fundraising activities and community affairs.


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Founded in 2013, Powerball Technologies Inc., located at 720 Ouellette Ave., Suite 103, has grown to become a world class technology company in the sizzling AR/ VR space and is transforming how furniture is purchased. Powerball Technologies Inc. has developed the leading augmented reality 3-D commerce platform for the North American furniture and interior design industry. They boost sales for furniture and interior design firms by bringing to life furniture products such as sofas, area rugs, and patio sets in the customer’s home setting. Their ÖgTM 3-D commerce platform allows users to explore their favorite furniture piece online in full interactive 3-D. The user can instantly transport it from the web into their space through a powerful iPad app called ÖgTM Augmented Design. The app uses augmented reality technology to overlay 3-D furniture models into real space in real-time. The furniture is brought to life in 3-D photorealistic perfection and visualized in the app. Powerball Technologies Inc. has truly brought augmented reality to life. The company has developed an inventive augmented reality application and applied it to two indus-

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tries, furniture and interior design, that have been lacking in technological advances. By utilizing specialized scanning techniques and cutting edge augmented reality technology, they have given interior designers the power to present furniture and home décor products in their client’s space in real-time and to real life scale. Powerball Technologies Inc. is a proud member of the entrepreneurial community at the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator and WEtech Alliance. TECUMSEH ROAD BRANCH

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braces at no premium, and custom interest-free financial plans. Complimentary exams and their Growing Smiles program to annually evaluate dentofacial development have increased the accessibility to orthodontic care across WindsorEssex. They treat patients from seven years old (when they recommend the first orthodontic exam) to 77, with a perfect solution for everybody! In the short time since serving their communities, Abraham

Orthodontics have partnered with various schools across WindsorEssex, including Leamington, Kingsville, Harrow, and Tilbury to initiate programs that encourage mathematical and environmental science skill as well as nutrition and healthy living. They have provided community outreach on dental health and orthodontic awareness across many different groups, including local churches, day camps, various health professionals and community agencies,

like the Windsor-Essex Health Unit. Dr. Abraham is also an advocate of the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre. In addition to utilizing their services, he has also shared his experience with entrepreneurs about the benefit of their support in starting a new business. Abraham Orthodontics is very excited to be back to serve their communities that have given them so much and are excited to create these beautiful, confident smiles for many generations to come!

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as 2018. They have catered weddings for up to 350 guests and VIP tents for events. Smashed Apple expanded their food truck and catering business, adding a takeout location in Amherstburg and shifted their mobile kitchens’ focus to catering instead of operating as a food truck at events or on the street In their approach to innovate and improve the eatery scene in Windsor-Essex, Smashed Apple

was one of the first food trucks to offer customers a “gourmet” level of eating. Their menu is inspired by their constant need and desire to explore new techniques, experiment with flavours, textures, and combinations of foods, and bring unique meals to the region. Smashed Apple believes in giving back to the community and participated in several GM Test Drive events where GM gives $20 for each test drive with proceeds going

to different programs at General Amherst High School. Smashed Apple sets up on site encouraging people through social media to come out to test drive and to eat. A portion of Smashed Apple’s proceeds for the day are donated to the cause. They also participate in the Community Living Souper Wednesday event and the heart and stroke soup event by providing and serving soup.

Abraham Orthodontics, located at 185 Erie St. S., Unit 1, has introduced a new standard of service for orthodontics in Essex County. With the most current technology and expertise in creating beautiful, confident smiles for life, the team behind Abraham Orthodontics— Dr. Maxwell Abraham, his wife, Christen, Vanessa, and Helen— provides exceptional service, with customized treatment options like Invisalign and clear

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Smashed Apple Gourmet Catering is a premier catering company focused on high quality food and creating an extraordinary dining experience for any occasion. The company has grown over the last three years that they’ve been open—from a single employee to 15+ fulltime and part-time staff and from 10 event bookings to 70+, with a schedule filling as far ahead

ATHENA AWARD WINNER

PATTI FRANCE The ATHENA Award honours men and women who are recognized for business and professional excellence, for community service, and for mentoring and providing a role model to encourage women to achieve their leadership potential. It is with great honour that we congratulate this year’s Athena Award winner and WFCU Credit Union Board Member, Patti France. Patti’s dedication and support to the Windsor-Essex region is an inspiration for all and her contributions continue to improve the lives of women. On behalf of WFCU Credit Union’s 35,000+ members, staff and Board of Directors, congratulations Patti! Patti France

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Witeck Solutions is a team of Sales and Marketing Experts, Google Partners, and Internet marketing professionals with over 25 years’ combined Sales and Digital Marketing experience. They foster business relationships between businesses and their prospective clients by providing tailored, locally-relevant digital media and sales and marketing solutions designed with both these

audiences in mind. Starting from the basement of founder Usman Mughal’s house in 2015, Witeck today holds three locations in partnership with the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator and an independent Development Office on Coronation Ave. Witeck is a proud Google Premier Partner, Bing Certified Digital Agency, and has been recently recognized as one of the top 10 fastest growing digital agencies in North

America by Googleplex. Three of their product lines have been published in the 2016 Annual Edition of www.awwwards.com. Witeck operates as a Turnkey Marketing Engine by offering both services and products through the mode of its B2B and B2C engagements. Starting with one employee, Witeck has engaged and retained 13 extraordinary individuals over the course of 15 months. Currently, Witeck Solutions is hiring for five

additional resources. Witeck contributes to a number of local and national charities. Whether they take a day away from the office to find the perfect toys for the Salvation Army, collect diapers for low-income families in East Side Windsor, or grow moustaches to benefit men’s health, they like to get behind those who need a helping hand. The company contributes monetary donations, collects physical items, or volunteers their time for various causes.

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CHAMBER EVENTS What: May Regional After Business Tradeshow & Networking presented by Johnson Insurance Where: Canadian Historical Aircraft Association Hanger When: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

What: 81st Annual Golf Tournament Where: Pointe West Golf Club When: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

What: June After Business presented by Johnson Insurance & Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island Where: Wolfhead Distillery When: 5 – 7 p.m.

What: Chamber 141 Featuring Lifetime Achievement Award Honouring Marty Beneteau Where: Augustus 27 – Caesars Windsor When: 6 – 10:30 p.m.

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BELIEVE WINDSOR-ESSEX AWARD WINNER

ROSATI GROUP

The Believe Windsor-Essex Award recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated a significant commitment to positive business development. The recipient has in place definite and precise goals that will result in diversity of our region and enhanced economic growth. It gives us great pleasure to extend our sincerest congratulations to WFCU Credit Union memeber and this year’s winner of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Excellence Awards’ Believe Windsor-Essex Award, the Rosati Group. We applaud the outstanding achievements of like-minded businesses, like the Rosati Group, that have made their mark in their industry and this region. Congratulations to all the nominees and recipients of this year’s Business Excellence Awards. To learn more about WFCU Credit Union and to see why we’re better than a bank, call 519-974-WFCU, visit wfcu.ca or stop by a branch today.

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consultant. He was inducted into PEO’s Order of Honour as a Member, honoured as a Fellow of Engineers Canada for his dedication to the engineering profession, recognized for 20 years of volunteering as a Board Member for the Windsor-Essex Chapter PEO, actively volunteers on several committees and task forces for PEO headquarters in Toronto, and bestowed the 2016 Windsor-Essex County Engineer of the Year Award. Sean firmly believes in giving back to the community and “if

you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” He passes his enthusiasm for engineering to others through talking to elementary and secondary students about the benefits of taking math and science, and becoming actively involved in science fairs and similar extracurricular activities, to make available additional opportunities for pursuing a career in technology or engineering. Sean is also very passionate about his involvement at the University of Windsor Faculty of Engineering,

where he initiated his professional journey through an undergrad and graduate degrees. Years later, he became a sessional instructor for several courses. Sean continues his relationship as a guest speaker, discussing the benefits of being a licensed engineer. He was also selected as a Warden of Camp #14 for the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer (“Iron Ring Ceremony”), providing him the honor of ringing many of his past students and family members pursuing an engineering career.

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at RE/MAX national events and is chairperson of Cross Canada Referrals, the largest referral and mastermind group of top producing RE/MAX Realtors in the country. A continuous learner, he brings forward thinking initiatives to our local real estate climate. Todorovic is a passionate leader who enjoys empowering Realtors to reach their goals personally & professionally. He oversees a team of talented sales representatives, along with administrative and

marketing professionals. He and his team apply tech solutions and cutting edge internet, radio & print marketing to offer clients exemplary service. A focus on unmatched client satisfaction and marketing led to the formation of Team Goran, which applies a team approach and a professional business model to real estate sales. Team Goran conducts business on the core values of professional excellence and integrity, and the

principles of teamwork and community support. Active in the community, Todorovic is Past President of Beach Grove Golf & Country Club (2013-2016) where he served during the largescale clubhouse renovations in 2014. He is also Past President of the Windsor Essex County Association of Realtors, Past President of the Serbian Centre and has served on numerous committees and boards for local charitable and community organizations.

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the foundation for her career as a communications professional. Today, Ward is the founder of HWard Communications Inc., a full-service public relations and marketing firm that helps clients tell their brand stories to target audiences. Ward and her team plan and execute big-picture communication strategies using a combination of public relations and marketing activities to create meaningful

campaigns that resonate through a wide variety of channels. Prior to opening her firm in 2014, Ward worked as a senior communications executive at two of Windsor’s largest employers; first at Caesars Windsor for 11 years and then at the University of Windsor for four. In October 2016, she graduated from the graphics design program at Specs Howard School of Media Arts and opened a new office in Riverside to

hire employees and expand the variety of services offered. Ward volunteers by giving “Story Telling Smarts” workshops to non-profit groups. She is also a member of the Communication and Development committee at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Previously, she was a member of the Lakeview Montessori School volunteer board and helped them launch their new brand.

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Sean P. McCann

Goran Todorovic

Holly Ward

Sean P. McCann, President, McCann International Consulting Enterprises, located in Tecumseh, is a very passionate engineer. He is a Member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and has 27 years experience as a licensed engineer. Sean travels across Canada, assisting clients from many different industries with their Scientific Research & Experimental Development tax credit claims as a technical writer and specialized

Goran Todorovic is a real estate broker and team leader of Team Goran RE/MAX, providing highquality residential and commercial real estate services in Windsor and the surrounding area. With over 28 years as a top-producing Realtor, Todorovic exudes a passion for the business. He has achieved highest honors at RE/ MAX, including The Lifetime Achievement Award and Diamond Award. He has also spoken

When Holly Ward started her first after-school job, she had no idea the influence it would have on her career path. She was 13 when she walked to Riverside Library and applied for a job using her report card as a resume. Working among the bookshelves, she cultivated a deep appreciation for the power of storytelling, which directed her education and formed


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■ T H E M U LT I C U LT U R A L C O U N C I L O F WINDSOR AND ESSEX COUNTY

Carol Derbyshire ■ THE HOSPICE OF WINDSOR AND ESSEX COUNTY INC.

Founded in 1979 by Reverend Canon Paul Chidwich to provide hospice palliative care, The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc., located at 6038 Empress St., is the first and largest community-based hospice in Canada, with more than 50 wellness services ranging from lifestyle support to community-based palliative care and 24/7 residential services. All programs and services at the Hospice are available at no cost from the time of diagnosis. It is the Hospice’s mission to support, educate, and empower those who are affected by or are caring for a person with a life-altering diagnosis in order to achieve their desired quality of life. With that goal in mind, the Hospice services more than 2,000 patients and families annually located throughout Windsor and Essex County. Programs and services are offered at the Hospice Village in Windsor where the Wellness Centre, Pain and Symptom Management Clinic, Children’s Home and Hospice Residential Home provide a variety of options for patients, families, and caregivers to access while coping with a lifealtering diagnosis. Celebrating a milestone achievement in 2016, the Hospice opened Canada’s first satellite residential home, named the Erie Shores Campus, and located in beautiful Leamington. Both facilities are fully operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week by nurses, personal support workers, and a virtual army of volunteers. The Hospice is committed to serving patients and families throughout the region and welcomes selfreferrals from anyone coping with a life-altering diagnosis.

Established in 1973, The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (MCC), located at 245 Janette Avenue and at 7651 Tecumseh Road East, works to create a welcoming community through education, engagement and the promotion of diversity and equality. Since its founding, the MCC has supported newcomers with their settlement and integration needs by providing essential client and community services. Among their many initiatives are the Windsor

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■ TRANSITION TO BETTERNESS

Since its inception in 1997, Transition to Betterness (T2B), located at 3200 Deziel Dr., Unit 307, has contributed more than $10 million to hospitals and healthcare facilities in Windsor-Essex County. Their mission is to provide comfort to patients and their families impacted by life-altering illnesses. Their 200+volunteers help build the much-needed bridge between hospital and home everyday through their 17+ programs. T2B services patients and families in the Oncology, Paediatric and Palliative Units.

Resettlement Assistant Program, Client Support Services, Language, Orientation, and Welcoming, Language Services, and Community Partners for Multicultural Health. Moreover, the MCC has proudly coordinated the popular Carrousel of the Nations Festival for the past 42 years. This community-wide celebration has led to an increased cultural competence, as well as an appreciation for the diversity found within our region. Additionally, the festival has received numerous awards, including being recognized as a top event nationally. T2B’s most notable program is their room refurbishment campaign. Most recently, T2B opened a 20-bed Palliative Unit called the T2B Supportive Care Unit “Stephanie & Barry Zekelman Wing” inside Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Tayfour Campus. The unit was completely refurbished to include a state-of-the-art family kitchen, lounge, reception, nurses’ station, and much more all with a 5-star hotel feel. With no government funding, T2B relies solely on the generosity of the local community. All funds raised locally, stay local. Recognizing the importance of giving back, T2Brecruited its newest committee, the #T2BYouthAmbassadors, who is a group of youngpassionate philanthropists, aged 10-17, that host kid-friendly events with proceeds supporting T2B’s commitment to the Ronald McDonald House Windsor and T2B’s Paediatric Programs. T2B has been recognized for its’ commitment to improving healthcare by the provincial and federal government, as well as various groups in Windsor-Essex County.

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The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County works diligently to combat racism and

discrimination by promoting cultural understanding within our community. MCC staff and volunteers accomplish their mission in a variety of creative and inclusive ways, including launching the Harmony Ribbon Campaign and establishing the Herb Gray Harmony and Champion Awards. In working with many committed, devoted, and selfless community partners and stakeholders, the MCC enhances cultural understanding, identifies and removes barriers to participation within Windsor-Essex, and creates a more welcoming community for all.

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L A R G E C O M PA N Y O F T H E Y E A R

Neil Bishop

Jim Dimenna

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ka, Rum, Liqueurs, and Bulk Alcohol Sales. Hiram Walker produces brands such as, J.P. Wiser’s, Lot 40, Pike Creek and Royal Reserve Canadian whiskies, Polar Ice vodka, Malibu and Lamb’s rums, and McGuinness Liqueurs. Hiram Walker & Sons supports the Essex and Kent Counties’ agriculture industry by purchasing 4.2 million bushels of local grain annually (equivalent to 60 square miles of agricultural land).

Hiram Walker & Sons is the recipient of multiple LCBO Supplier of the Year Awards and of three LCBO Elsie awards (2015), Pernod Ricard Global Best Award (2015), ENWIN GreenSTAR Award (2012), and numerous awards at the recent 2016 World Whiskies Awards. The company supports a number of charities such as United Way/ Centraide Windsor-Essex County, Transition to Betterness, and The Hospice of Windsor and Essex

County, as well as community events such as Carousel of Nations, Rotary Club Wines of the World, and Rotary Club Art in the Park. In 2015, Hiram Walker & Sons was honoured with a United Way Community Partnership Award in recognition for combined success of the Workplace Employee Giving and the Corporate Giving in support of United Way. Currently, the distillery is supporting Polar Bears International with its bear-less Polar Ice Vodka bottles.

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550 acres of greenhouses within North America, including Mexico, the U.S., and Canada, and their newest expansion in Ohio. This makes Red Sun Farms the largest greenhouse operator in North America who owns and controls every part of the growing process from seed selection to delivery of fruit. Red Sun Farms has partnerships with some of the biggest retailers in North America, and have devel-

oped distribution offices in Montreal, Taylor, MI; Pharr, TX, and Wapakoneta, OH. Many of these facilities are experiencing further expansion with the Pharr, TX facility expanding in September 2016 from 42,000 square feet of cold storage to 66,000 square feet. Red Sun Farms was named Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures (Waterstone Human Capital), Canada’s 50 Best Managed Com-

pany (three years in a row), and Top 5 Tomato Producer in the World. One of the key values on which Red Sun Farms is built has always been community. The company supports organizations that lobby for a healthier North America with Feeding America and locally through Forgotten Harvest Canada. Red Sun Farms partners with Produce for Kids and the “Save our Monarchs Campaign”.

Located at 2072 Riverside Dr. E., Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. (a Pernod Ricard subsidiary) has been producing spirits since 1858. As Windsor’s most historic employer with 300 employees, the facility boasts the largest distillery in North America. For almost 160 years, the Hiram Walker Facility has been a leader in Canadian Whisky and has diversified its business to include a variety of Canadian Whisky recipes, Vod-

Based out of Kingsville, Ontario, Red Sun Farms is a high-tech greenhouse growing operation. As a vertically integrated grower, they maintain control over every aspect of the supply chain from seed selection, to propagation, and growing, to harvesting, packaging, and shipping to partners across North America. Red Sun Farms spans more than

The power to excel. ENWIN delivers so much more than safe, reliable electricity and water. We are proud to support the business community through collaborative partnerships that provide planning, projects, innovation and technology to ensure the future of our community.

The true power lies in working together.

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L A R G E C O M PA N Y OF THE YEAR

Rishi Mahajan ■ RELIANCE HOME COMFORT

It’s all about comfort. Our customers’comfort. Reliance Home Comfort has been providing affordable, reliable home heating and cooling to Canadians for more than 50 years, and proudly serving Windsor and surrounding areas for over 18 years. Our customers know they can count on us for fast, friendly, knowledgeable service and advice – and that’s comfortable! 70 Reliance Team Members in Windsor join a team of 1,700 across Canada in the business of helping Canadians make their homes comfortable all year round, so we understand how important it is to have a home. In 2016, with the help of our HVAC and water heater manufacturer partners, we donated $300,000 worth of equipment and installation hours. As well, Reliance team members rolled up our sleeves and put on hard hats hammer nails and paint walls, so that deserving families could afford a comfortable home. Through our annual United Way campaigns, we encourage our team members to help build stronger communities. In 2016, our team members donated over $400,000. Every day, we focus on delivering a great customer experience, attracting great talent and giving back to the communities where we live and work. This untiring dedication is what will drive profitable growth and help us fulfill our vision: to be the fastest growing and the largest provider of heating and cooling systems and water heater services in Canada.

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Patti France is a positive role model, leader, and mentor. She encourages and fosters positive collaboration within St. Clair College and the community. France was appointed the sixth President, and first female President, of St. Clair College on September 1, 2015. France was the project lead on both the $35 million Anthony P. Toldo Centre for Applied Health Sciences and the $7 million Trades and Technology Building. Over the past decade, France has experienced direct responsibility for key College sectors including the Registrar’s Office, Human Resources, Student Services,

Information Technology Services, Health and Safety, Facilities Management, and all academic issues. She has played a key role in the formal College interaction with the Faculty and Support Staff Unions and is the primary College interaction with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. France demonstrates a commitment to encourage and support females in the education field of non-traditional professions, particularly the STEM Programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She was keynote speaker at the 2016 Build a Dream Event and the 16th Annual ATHENA Scholarship

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Luncheon. Giving back to the community is important to France who is involved the Windsor Regional Hospital Board of Directors and the Human Resources Sub-Committee, WFCU Credit Union Board of Directors, Connecting Windsor-Essex Chair, United Way/ Centraide Windsor-Essex “Women Leading the Way in WindsorEssex” member, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Gold Circle member, Pathway to Potential, Chatham-Kent Community Leaders’ Cabinet member, Committee of Presidents of Ontario Colleges member, and School Boards in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent.

Patti France is the 2017 ATHENA Award winner.

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Michael Patella

Gino Piccioni

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square foot warehouse space today. With a strong desire to lead and innovate, Patella is part of an invite-only business mastermind group based out of New Jersey composed of 70 like-minded business owners in the fitness industry who discuss ways to improve their businesses. This past summer, Patella received the group’s Courage Award for demonstrating continued success and perseverance toward his goals.

Through Sweat, Patella has donated items to local art events, University of Windsor S.O.S (Students Offering Support), and Transition to Betterness. Sweat was the main sponsor for W.E. Care For Kids’ 2013 Blue Gala. Patella is involved with Windsor’s Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs, Catholic Central High School’s Physical Education department, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School’s

annual fitness day, and often does talks to college and university students. He is currently working with Concours Mould Inc. to establish a wellness program for their employees. Patella is the author of The Women’s Guide to Slim, Strong & Sexy, available on Amazon, and is in the process of writing a book geared toward Men. He also co-hosts The Full Depth Podcast found on YouTube and on iTunes.

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the construction business, Piccioni knew early on he wanted to do more than just build; he wanted to create. The fire that lights Piccioni’s passion begins when he first sits down with his clients to discuss what they want in their home. His unique ability to transform a concept into a home is a gift. Throughout the years, Timberland has received over 25 Greater Windsor Homebuilder’s Associa-

tion Golden Hammer Awards and People’s Choice Awards. They also won the 2013 Ontario Award of Distinction for Custom Home over 5,000 square feet and were named a Finalist for the 2014 and 2015 Ontario Award of Distinction for the same category as well as a finalist for best ad campaign 2015. Piccioni has been involved in various local charities through

Timberland: LaSalle Police Foundation, Transition to Betterness, W.E. Care For Kids, and the Special Olympics. In 2013 the first W.E. Care For Kids Annual Golf Tournament was held in memory of Mario Piccioni, Gino’s father. Last year they participated in the Motown Boat Cruise for W.E. Care For Kids and the Ronald McDonald House and were a Silver sponsor with Grow On.

Michael Patella of Sweat Fitness & Performance, located at 320 Croft Dr. in Tecumseh, was born and raised in Windsor. He has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Honours in Movement Science and a passion for human performance and self-development. A personal trainer for 11 years, Patella started Sweat in a small, 1,400 square foot studio space in 2012 and has expanded it to a 5,000

Gino Piccioni is the President of Timberland Homes, one of the fastest growing custom home builders in Essex County. Piccioni, who opened Timberland Homes in 1996, is committed to using the highest quality products and tradespeople in the industry and having the best after sales service in the region. Raised by his father who was in

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ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Goran Todorovic, left, Holly Ward and Sean P. McCann give a thumbs up after learning they are Professional of the Year finalists in the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards during a news conference at Windsor Star News Cafe Soup Market in January. The winner will be announced April 19.  - NICK BR ANCACCIO /

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Anne Waters is the President and CEO of Anne’s on the Avenue, located at 1695 Manning Rd. Anne’s has been proudly selling International and Canadian made fashions since 1989. An accomplished wardrobe specialist and certified Color and Style Consultant, Waters has produced and delivered hundreds of fashion seminars and shows to various institutions, charitable organizations and community groups. She created a “Customer Service Excellence” course for the Industrial Resource Centre in Windsor, and conducted retail and customer service training seminars for the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) and Royal Bank of Canada and presented “Dress for Success” and “Retail Excellence” seminars for the Odette School of Business. Waters is the recipient of the Entrepreneurial Certificate of Excellence from the Chamber of Commerce (1991) and Anne’s on the Avenue received the Biz-X magazine award for Best Accessory Store (2008), Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island award for “best woman’s clothing store of Windsor-Essex” (2016), and the Biz-X award’s “Trendiest Fashion Boutique” (2016). Committed to helping her community and local charities, Waters is past Chair and board member of the Better Business Bureau of Windsor and Essex County, past Director of the Canadian National Better Business Bureau, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Economic Forum, Windsor Executives, and the Tecumseh BIA and founded and served as President of the “UP on the Avenue Merchants Association.” Currently, Waters is a member of the WERCC, Women’s Economic Forum, W.R.A.C.E. (Walkers and Runners Across the County of Essex), and Toast Masters International.

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