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NIAGARA SUCCESS STORIES

“IN MY LIFE I HAVE ALWAYS STRIVED FOR PERFECTION. FOR MY WINE BUSINESS I HAVE FOUND IT HERE, IN THE NIAGARA REGION” Mike Weir, Proprietor, Mike Weir Wine


THE ELEMENTS FOR SUCCESS

success here. First is the deep talent pool – check. And of equal importance is that our location is in a multimodal hub, just over an hour away from Canada’s business capital, and minutes away from the

Canada – U.S. border – double check. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

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ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Seems the sky is the limit for high technology manufacturing in the Niagara region. As the Canadian arm of the world’s largest manufacturer of civil helicopters, several important factors have lent to our

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Local government

A region of twelve

Important in

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two countries and

any business

working together

is the positive

for mutual success.

support of local governments.

Excellent property rates, affordable rentals and labour costs. Not to mention quick access to everything, reducing travel time and expenses.

Talent pool The region boasts an existing base of excellent skilled personnel along with a major university and college that continue to fuel the region with fresh talent.

Multimodal The region is a transportation hub – 3 international airports within an hour’s drive, Great Lakes shipping, rail and

Work/Play balance The region is a destination

Location Location Location

surrounding

There is so much

Niagara Falls.

more in the

Wining, dining,

Niagara region

excellent

than you can

entertainment

imagine.

and the

It has it all.

global tourism

Niagara escarpment is a designated world biosphere.

“WITH EASY ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS, OUR BUSINESS IS LOOKING UP IN THE NIAGARA REGION.” Marie-Agnès Vève, President & CEO, Eurocopter Canada See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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an international border within minutes.






THE ELEMENTS FOR SUCCESS

success here. First is the deep talent pool – check. And of equal importance is that our location is in a multimodal hub, just over an hour away from Canada’s business capital, and minutes away from the

Canada – U.S. border – double check. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

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Lg

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ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Seems the sky is the limit for high technology manufacturing in the Niagara region. As the Canadian arm of the world’s largest manufacturer of civil helicopters, several important factors have lent to our

3

Mm

L

Reduced overhead Niagara region

Local government

A region of twelve

Important in

communities linking

the success of

two countries and

any business

working together

is the positive

for mutual success.

support of local governments.

Excellent property rates, affordable rentals and labour costs. Not to mention quick access to everything, reducing travel time and expenses.

Talent pool The region boasts an existing base of excellent skilled personnel along with a major university and college that continue to fuel the region with fresh talent.

Multimodal The region is a transportation hub – 3 international airports within an hour’s drive, Great Lakes shipping, rail and

Work/Play balance The region is a destination

Location Location Location

surrounding

There is so much

Niagara Falls.

more in the

Wining, dining,

Niagara region

excellent

than you can

entertainment

imagine.

and the

It has it all.

global tourism

Niagara escarpment is a designated world biosphere.

“WITH EASY ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS, OUR BUSINESS IS LOOKING UP IN THE NIAGARA REGION.” Marie-Agnès Vève, President & CEO, Eurocopter Canada See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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an international border within minutes.






ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Dennis Parass, President, Handling Specialty Manufacturing Ltd.

I may be cropped out of this picture, but since relocating in Niagara we are the picture of success on the world stage. Shipping to our clients in China, Europe and South America is simplified and affordable with multimodal access right at our doorstep. But it is the cost of doing

business here that makes the difference. Between the rent and labour costs, our overheads are significantly less than our neighbours to the North or South. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

I have been extremely happy with my decision to locate my wine business in the Niagara Region. In addition to the geographical and climatic advantages that benefit my winery, I have found the business community to be vibrant and supportive. Proceeds from the sale of all Mike Weir

Wine go to the Mike Weir Foundation which helps disadvantaged children and the Niagara Community is a very giving group that understands and embraces our mandate. Our wine production partnership with acclaimed Château des Charmes winery in this community is a

perfect example of innovation, commerce and charity coming together to create an ultra-premium award-winning wine. It was clearly a winning decision. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

AGRIBUSINESS

“OPERATING IN THE NIAGARA REGION HAS ELEVATED OUR PROFILE – GLOBALLY.”

“IN MY LIFE I HAVE ALWAYS STRIVED FOR PERFECTION. FOR MY WINE BUSINESS I HAVE FOUND IT HERE, IN THE NIAGARA REGION” Mike Weir, Proprietor, Mike Weir Wine See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Dennis Parass, President, Handling Specialty Manufacturing Ltd.

I may be cropped out of this picture, but since relocating in Niagara we are the picture of success on the world stage. Shipping to our clients in China, Europe and South America is simplified and affordable with multimodal access right at our doorstep. But it is the cost of doing

business here that makes the difference. Between the rent and labour costs, our overheads are significantly less than our neighbours to the North or South. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

I have been extremely happy with my decision to locate my wine business in the Niagara Region. In addition to the geographical and climatic advantages that benefit my winery, I have found the business community to be vibrant and supportive. Proceeds from the sale of all Mike Weir

Wine go to the Mike Weir Foundation which helps disadvantaged children and the Niagara Community is a very giving group that understands and embraces our mandate. Our wine production partnership with acclaimed Château des Charmes winery in this community is a

perfect example of innovation, commerce and charity coming together to create an ultra-premium award-winning wine. It was clearly a winning decision. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

AGRIBUSINESS

“OPERATING IN THE NIAGARA REGION HAS ELEVATED OUR PROFILE – GLOBALLY.”

“IN MY LIFE I HAVE ALWAYS STRIVED FOR PERFECTION. FOR MY WINE BUSINESS I HAVE FOUND IT HERE, IN THE NIAGARA REGION” Mike Weir, Proprietor, Mike Weir Wine See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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GREEN TECHNOLOGIES

for agribusiness and sustainable technologies. Our cost of operations is less than most other communities and we have tremendous affordable access to global markets as a result of the multimodal hub, right here. And when

the workday is done we continue our green lifestyle in the Niagara Escarpment – a designated world biosphere. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

The success of our university is clearly reflected in the success of the region. We continue to fuel this knowledgebased economy with talented, bright young minds. Our students and faculty

are constantly collaborating with local business to develop and transfer technology and knowledge developed at the institution. This continuing flow of intelligence assists in placing the Niagara

“IN THE NIAGARA REGION WE can generate more than good revenue.” Clare Riepma, President, PlanET Biogas Solutions Inc. See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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region above the provincial average for R&D. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

In simple terms, we generate electricity from manure and provide the technology and facilities for others to do the same. The Niagara region makes perfect sense for us as it has quietly become a major centre

A+ “WE ENSURE THAT THE NIAGARA REGION GETS AN A+ FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT.” Dr. Jack N. Lightstone, President & Vice Chancellor, Brock University See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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GREEN TECHNOLOGIES

for agribusiness and sustainable technologies. Our cost of operations is less than most other communities and we have tremendous affordable access to global markets as a result of the multimodal hub, right here. And when

the workday is done we continue our green lifestyle in the Niagara Escarpment – a designated world biosphere. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

The success of our university is clearly reflected in the success of the region. We continue to fuel this knowledgebased economy with talented, bright young minds. Our students and faculty

are constantly collaborating with local business to develop and transfer technology and knowledge developed at the institution. This continuing flow of intelligence assists in placing the Niagara

“IN THE NIAGARA REGION WE can generate more than good revenue.” Clare Riepma, President, PlanET Biogas Solutions Inc. See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

niagaracanada.com

region above the provincial average for R&D. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

In simple terms, we generate electricity from manure and provide the technology and facilities for others to do the same. The Niagara region makes perfect sense for us as it has quietly become a major centre

A+ “WE ENSURE THAT THE NIAGARA REGION GETS AN A+ FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT.” Dr. Jack N. Lightstone, President & Vice Chancellor, Brock University See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

niagaracanada.com 




as a technology hub which is not surprising with a major University and College right here. We would not be successful without immediate and ongoing access to the

highly technical minds and talent that are prospering here in the Niagara region. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

benefit for us is the cost of doing business here while being less than an hour away from Canada’s business capital, and minutes away from the Canada – U.S. border. Yet our property, labour and other

costs are low. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

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Our tagline is “Good Things Come From Corn” but we also know that good things come from the Niagara region – good things that have helped us grow despite any economic downturn. A significant

AGRIBUSINESS

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

We not only recover data, we create the technology and even the hardware to do it. And we are not alone in our success. The entire region is becoming renowned

“THE NIAGARA REGION FOSTERS HIGH TECH INNOVATION. THE DATA BEARS THIS OUT.”

“like so many others, our business is growing in the niagara region. literally.”

John Bordynuik, President John Bordynuik Inc. Data Recovery

Eric Chutorash, Plant Manager, Casco Inc. an affiliate of Corn Products International

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as a technology hub which is not surprising with a major University and College right here. We would not be successful without immediate and ongoing access to the

highly technical minds and talent that are prospering here in the Niagara region. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

benefit for us is the cost of doing business here while being less than an hour away from Canada’s business capital, and minutes away from the Canada – U.S. border. Yet our property, labour and other

costs are low. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

O

O

Our tagline is “Good Things Come From Corn” but we also know that good things come from the Niagara region – good things that have helped us grow despite any economic downturn. A significant

AGRIBUSINESS

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

We not only recover data, we create the technology and even the hardware to do it. And we are not alone in our success. The entire region is becoming renowned

“THE NIAGARA REGION FOSTERS HIGH TECH INNOVATION. THE DATA BEARS THIS OUT.”

“like so many others, our business is growing in the niagara region. literally.”

John Bordynuik, President John Bordynuik Inc. Data Recovery

Eric Chutorash, Plant Manager, Casco Inc. an affiliate of Corn Products International

See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

niagaracanada.com



See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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With our Building Futures project, we’re expanding our capacity with improved facilities and new technology to create more than 1,000 new spaces in programs designed to accommodate the growing

needs of business in Niagara. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

“OUR GRADUATES, PROGRAMS AND INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS ARE DRIVING GROWTH, INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT IN the NIAGARA REGION.”

factors are lending to our current growth, despite any economic downturn. Certainly the lower cost of operation is a key factor – for any business. But we also benefit tremendously from an excellent local talent

pool and easy and affordable access to North American and Global markets. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

“Our future is brighter, here, in the niagara region.” Scott Riesebosch, President, CRS Electronics, Specialists in LED Lighting Technologies

Dr. Dan Patterson, President, Niagara College See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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So bright in fact, I gotta wear shades. And when the recession has run its course we will emerge with a definite advantage over all our competition in the GTA (which is only 45 minutes away). Several regional

GREEN TECHNOLOGY

HIGHLY SKILLED WORKFORCE

We are ensuring the region’s sustainability and competitiveness with graduates who recognize all the opportunities in the Niagara region – and they are staying, working and growing here.

See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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With our Building Futures project, we’re expanding our capacity with improved facilities and new technology to create more than 1,000 new spaces in programs designed to accommodate the growing

needs of business in Niagara. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

“OUR GRADUATES, PROGRAMS AND INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS ARE DRIVING GROWTH, INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT IN the NIAGARA REGION.”

factors are lending to our current growth, despite any economic downturn. Certainly the lower cost of operation is a key factor – for any business. But we also benefit tremendously from an excellent local talent

pool and easy and affordable access to North American and Global markets. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

“Our future is brighter, here, in the niagara region.” Scott Riesebosch, President, CRS Electronics, Specialists in LED Lighting Technologies

Dr. Dan Patterson, President, Niagara College See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

niagaracanada.com

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So bright in fact, I gotta wear shades. And when the recession has run its course we will emerge with a definite advantage over all our competition in the GTA (which is only 45 minutes away). Several regional

GREEN TECHNOLOGY

HIGHLY SKILLED WORKFORCE

We are ensuring the region’s sustainability and competitiveness with graduates who recognize all the opportunities in the Niagara region – and they are staying, working and growing here.

See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

niagaracanada.com

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BIO-MANUFACTURING

us immediate access to over 50% of the American market within a day’s drive. But the key benefit for us is the cost of doing business here. We are within an hour of Canada’s business capital and we are paying significantly less in terms

of rent, and labour. And, with a major University and College right here, we always have a fresh pool of young, highly educated talent at hand. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

charges and planning approvals. There are too many fiscal benefits to list in a single ad but another important factor is the work/life balance that is offered here. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

“our Location in the Niagara Region is a vital element in our continued growth.”

“WE’RE IN THE Surveillance BUSINESS AND SURE ENOUGH WE FOUND the PERFECT location IN THE NIAGARA REGION.”

Dr. Yousef Haj-Ahmad, President, Founder, Norgen Biotek

Dr. Tim Nohara, President, Accipiter Radar Technologies Inc.

See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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It seems the sky’s the limit since we relocated in the Niagara Region. But access to world markets has no limits here. And, as our business continues to grow, local governments have been extremely proactive in assisting with development

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

We are one of the new top ten Life Sciences companies in Canada and locating in Niagara has been a key component in our formula for success. A significant portion of our revenue comes from the US and our location here gives

See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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BIO-MANUFACTURING

us immediate access to over 50% of the American market within a day’s drive. But the key benefit for us is the cost of doing business here. We are within an hour of Canada’s business capital and we are paying significantly less in terms

of rent, and labour. And, with a major University and College right here, we always have a fresh pool of young, highly educated talent at hand. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

charges and planning approvals. There are too many fiscal benefits to list in a single ad but another important factor is the work/life balance that is offered here. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

“our Location in the Niagara Region is a vital element in our continued growth.”

“WE’RE IN THE Surveillance BUSINESS AND SURE ENOUGH WE FOUND the PERFECT location IN THE NIAGARA REGION.”

Dr. Yousef Haj-Ahmad, President, Founder, Norgen Biotek

Dr. Tim Nohara, President, Accipiter Radar Technologies Inc.

See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

niagaracanada.com

12

It seems the sky’s the limit since we relocated in the Niagara Region. But access to world markets has no limits here. And, as our business continues to grow, local governments have been extremely proactive in assisting with development

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

We are one of the new top ten Life Sciences companies in Canada and locating in Niagara has been a key component in our formula for success. A significant portion of our revenue comes from the US and our location here gives

See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

niagaracanada.com

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ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

to North American and Global markets, and a business community and local government that actually extends its help to business. Did I mention the work/play balance down here? Spectacular. Smart

people in smart business is all around me here. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

We also benefit tremendously from Brock University and Niagara College and the brilliant talent that they render. And the high speed fibre optic networks that link us to domestic and international markets

“any way you slice it, being in the niagara region is smart business.”

“We’ve found the perfect work/play balance here In the niagara region.”

John Precious, President, Indexable Cutting Tools

Denis Dyack, President, Silicon Knights, Interactive Gaming Developers

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Business is war. So my troops can become quite fatigued, sitting at computer screens developing leading edge video games. That’s why the work/play balance in the region is so key to their productivity.

is critical to our daily operations. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

DIGITAL INTERACTIVE MEDIA

We have realized a greater cut of the market, in part, due to our location being in the Niagara region. Doesn’t matter how you slice it - overheads, labour costs, availability of good skilled talent, access

See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

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ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

to North American and Global markets, and a business community and local government that actually extends its help to business. Did I mention the work/play balance down here? Spectacular. Smart

people in smart business is all around me here. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

We also benefit tremendously from Brock University and Niagara College and the brilliant talent that they render. And the high speed fibre optic networks that link us to domestic and international markets

“any way you slice it, being in the niagara region is smart business.”

“We’ve found the perfect work/play balance here In the niagara region.”

John Precious, President, Indexable Cutting Tools

Denis Dyack, President, Silicon Knights, Interactive Gaming Developers

See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

niagaracanada.com

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Business is war. So my troops can become quite fatigued, sitting at computer screens developing leading edge video games. That’s why the work/play balance in the region is so key to their productivity.

is critical to our daily operations. Original thinkers, original innovators. Right here in the Niagara region.

DIGITAL INTERACTIVE MEDIA

We have realized a greater cut of the market, in part, due to our location being in the Niagara region. Doesn’t matter how you slice it - overheads, labour costs, availability of good skilled talent, access

See what other successful entrepreneurs are saying at:

niagaracanada.com

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Ask those who have discovered our unique formula for success. The Niagara region is comprised of 12 communities, each with their unique qualities where public and private sectors work closely together in order to nurture existing businesses and attract new investment. So, when challenged with promoting the Niagara region as an ideal business location, our task was simple. Just ask those who know best - the people who are doing business here, now. We had so many successful businesses wanting to participate, we had to cut off the number of testimonials that were available to us for this campaign. But that is typical of the region. People doing business in Niagara, enjoy doing business here, and want to help each other succeed. That is unique. So read the statements of just some of the successful companies and entrepreneurs and you’ll learn that your overheads can be significantly reduced while you draw from a deep talent pool, excellent office and manufacturing space, and a business community that works together for mutual success. We all benefit from being a gateway and corridor for international trade between Canada, the United States and overseas. We would love you to join us in a place where you can truly enjoy a lifestyle that won’t see you wasting time, being stressed out in traffic every morning and night. We have the definitive work/play equation. Check us out, and consider joining us in Niagara.

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Niagara Success Stories