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Essex County Residents,

As your current president for the local Federation of Agriculture, I am pleased to be part of the launch of our 5th edition of our BUY LOCAL map spanning 10 years of publications. This year, in partnership with Libro Credit Union, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) and The Windsor Star, we are able to supply this information booklet, to you the residents of Windsor and Essex County. The map itself is available through various locations throughout the county including our office in Essex, TWEPI and the Libro Community Credit Union branches. Participants on the map are local growers, agri-businesses, farmers markets and restaurants that utilize the Buy Local products produced here in Essex County by your local farmers. Look over the map, tour the county, support your local farmers and enjoy the bounty this county offers. Sincerely, Lyle Hall










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he proof is in the eating, as the saying goes. That certainly applies to the ingredients made possible by Essex County’s farmers and producers. At Mettawas Station Italian Mediterranean Grill in Kingsville, the menu reflects the changing seasons, in accordance to what is being harvested locally. A tomato that is ripened on a neighbour’s vine has a flavour and freshness that is far superior than a tomato that has been traveling on a truck over thousands of kilometres for several days, finds chef Anthony Del Brocco, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Janet. Also showcasing fresh Lake Erie perch and pickerel and regionally raised meats, Del Brocco says, “We source out as much as we possibly can from local places. We’re proud of carrying things from our county.” He adds that’s also good for the local economy, keeping money in the region. “It’s creating jobs in our own area. Hopefully, those people are going to come out to the restaurant and enjoy the fruits of their labours, knowing that we use their products.” Guests who stay and eat at the Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast in Comber are soon introduced to the bounty of the county. Co-owners Benjamin and Ginette Leblanc-Beaudoin are enthusiastic ambassadors of local produce and meats. Ninety per cent of what they serve is from Ontario; 75 per cent of that is raised in Essex County. “This is some of the best produce in the world. We send it out but we keep it humble,” Benjamin says. “It makes my life easier as a chef to put a raw ingredient on a plate that speaks for itself.” Ensuring that “before they go home, our guests can take the taste of Essex County with them,” the Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast hosts send them to local farmers’ markets and

Benjamin Leblanc-Beaudoin owns and operates Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast in Comber with his wife Ginette.

produce stands. “One of the things that is very touching is when our guests stop at a roadside stand and the people who are greeting them and taking care of them are the people who actually grow the vegetables or are related to them,” Benjamin says. People from the Greater Toronto Area and other regions are astonished when they drive up to an unattended roadside stand, laden with just-picked food that was growing that morning in the field or orchard down the lane. “The best thing is the honesty box, where you pay for what you take,” says Benjamin. “That’s something that doesn’t work in every area.”

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Duffy and Jordan Kniaziew of Orangeline Farms | Zing! Health Forward.

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hile riding his tractor in Simpson Orchards north of Leamington, Wally Simpson takes photos of fruit growing on the trees and posts them on Facebook and “Not as many people work on farms or have relatives who farm anymore, so they are not as connected as in previous generations,” he finds. They appreciate seeing what is growing while they are at work in the factory or office. “Essex County is a great place to grow,” Simpson says. “Because we’re further south, we usually have a bit of a jump on the rest of the province.” As a fourth-generation producer, Simpson and his wife Debbie carry on family traditions begun in 1921. The orchards are planted with 30 varieties of apple trees plus peaches and pears. The gardens yield melons, sweet potatoes, squash, quince and other edibles. The produce is sold at Market Square in Windsor, where people come specifically to purchase the bounty of the county. Customers are often astounded they can buy locally grown apples year-round. Simpson

doesn’t wax his apples before storing them in bins. “Our apples look like they come off the tree,” he says. Harvest time is frequent for a boutique greenhouse grower situated on more than 100 acres of land just north of Leamington. Orangeline Farms | Zing! Health Forward is a member of Essex County’s large greenhouse fruit and vegetable industry. “The enclosed growing environment gives us greater control over the health of the crop and purity of the products our customers bring home to their families,” says Duffy Kniaziew, whose family owns the business. “For example, the windows (vents) of our greenhouses are fully screened (just like residential homes) which creates a barrier to keep pests and disease out of our greenhouse,” Kniaziew says. “Further, we use natural rain water as our principle source of plant nutrition, which is collected from our roof before it ever has a chance to touch the ground,” he adds. “We currently grow over 60 different varieties of our signature ZING! peppers,

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Fourth-generation Simpsons carry on the fruit-growing tradition started in 1921 in Simpson Orchards.

along with our ZING! European Runner Beans and ZING! Super sweet Strawberries and are always on the lookout for new and exciting healthy products,” Kniaziew says. “We are very fortunate to have loyal local customers who purchase our products from our on-site, refrigerated kiosk as well health-conscious consumers in Canada and the U.S.” Founded by two medical professionals, Dr. Richard and Pauline Kniaziew, Orangeline Farms | Zing! Health Forward encourages nutritious eating with useful, fun information about eating fruit and vegetables at “We also work to incorporate various healthrelated activities in and around the farm, as well

as promote healthy lifestyles,” Kniaziew says. “We wear fitness trackers and ride bikes during work! We used to talk about the weather; now that we have fitness trackers, it’s about how many steps we did that day.” 

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Leo Guilbeault, a local grain farmer surrounded by skids of seed.


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glass of Canadian Club whisky distilled in Windsor and a tanker of biofuel produced in GreenField Ethanol’s Chatham facility both started as corn growing on Essex County farms. These facts often surprise people who drive past a field but have no idea of the crop’s destination or end purpose. Growing grains is not like growing tomatoes or apples, when people can immediately eat the harvest as is. “Our crops get to the consumer through grain-fed steaks and other means,” says Leo Guilbeault, a local grain farmer. He and his family grow corn, soybeans and wheat on rotation on approximately 2,000 acres forming a triangle of farms in St. Joachim, Stoney Point and Comber. Essex County’s flattish terrain typically makes it simpler to plant and harvest crops than Ontario’s hillier regions. “We’re blessed in a way,” Guilbeault observes. Come harvest, much of his grains are handled through an agricultural co-operative

elevator system that sells to the cattle and hog food market. Hiram Walker, which produces Canadian Club whisky, and GreenField Ethanol are also “two major markets for corn in Essex County,” Guilbeault notes. One-third of his soybeans are “identity preserved” and shipped to Asia, eventually consumed by people enjoying them as bean sprouts and tofu. The remaining two-thirds are Roundup Ready soybeans sent to Windsor-based Archer Daniels Midland Company and processed for soybean oil. The bi-product is turned into meal to feed cattle, hogs and chickens. “Ontario mills use 60 per cent of wheat grown in the province and the rest gets exported. For us, being so close to the border, it’s easier to ship stateside.” Essex County grain also makes its way to Tecumseh, where Chana Food Products grinds durum, hard red and soft white wheat, corn, spelt, kamut, chickpeas, rice, rye and

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Owners of Chana Food Products, Ajit Chana with his son Jagir and brother Sewa.

buckwheat at its mill. “My father and uncle as children used to operate a flour mill back home in northern India,” says Jagir Chana, controller of the family business. In 1979, the brothers opened a tool shop in Tecumseh, building special purpose machines, tooling and gauges. When the economy was shaky in 2008, they decided to diversify and incorporate what they originally knew. Chana Food Products was established on the premises and Sartaj Stone Ground Flours was launched. Drawing on extensive mechanical experience, “we have a proprietary way of dressing the mill stones,” Chana says. Instead of traditional waterwheels, large electric motors drive the wheels. When all four big mill stones are in operation, the rated milling capacity is one metric ton per hour. Purchasing grain from local farmers and larger providers, the company cleans and mills it into stone ground, whole grain flour. “We feel the stone milling produces a more nutritious flour with more micronutrients because you’re not heating up the grain,” Chana explains. 

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Claudio Adragna whose father Gaspare started commercially fishing on Lake Erie’s north shore in 1967.

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Grazing in a field, fattening up The family expanded the in the barn or swimming in Lake business into Dockside Fisheries in Erie, protein choices destined for Wheatley in 2010, where there is Essex County’s tables come from a a store front with a deli and diner. variety of sources. The company also sells its fish At Hylander Beef in Tecumseh, wholesale. Brian Hyland starts with young Adragna’s brother Paul runs the stock weighing 300 pounds and boat. “You can talk with us and find raises them to 1,200 pounds to out where your fish came from— achieve valuable cuts of meat, even what part of Lake Erie,” particularly from hip to shoulder. Adragna says. Brian Hyland He finds the younger meat is leaner White bass, white perch, yellow and more tender. perch, pickerel and smelts are the five main Forty head of cattle are raised at a time in the species caught and processed by Dockside naturally vented barn. “All quality starts with Fisheries. “They are a delicacy for local folks me and ends with me. Everything I do is for because they are caught right in their backyard. gratification on my part but it’s also important They don’t realize how close it is,” says the consumer knows it’s reliably raised Angus Adragna. “The fresher the fish, the better it is.” beef,” says Hyland. At Bradt’s Butcher Block in Leamington, “When you talk to the farmer, you can get butcher Scott Bradt sources lamb, chicken, an education.” pork, beef, turkey and rabbit from local He encourages people to ask about the producers. Proud to do things old style, the animal’s diet, weight category and origin. butcher cuts to the customer’s preference. “Local is better than imported,” says There is also an in-house chef who creates Claudio Adragna whose father Gaspare started chicken parmesan and other grab and go meals commercially fishing on Lake Erie’s north to heat at home. “For a busy mom like me, it’s shore in 1967. easy to heat a healthy meal that doesn’t take

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Bradt’s Butcher Block in Leamington sources fresh meats from many local producers.

time to prepare,” says Lisa Bradt, a nurse who also helps in her husband’s butcher shop. Conscious of nutrition, Lisa appreciates knowing the responsible practices their meat

suppliers use in raising the animals. She also values buying local. “When we support our farmers, they in turn support the community. It all goes around in a circle.” 

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Without good soil to grow crops, “we don’t have much,” says Michael Dick, agricultural technician with the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA). It behooves farmers to be responsible stewards of the land, keeping soil on the fields and out of watercourses to ensure the sustainability of the farm, crop yield and the environment. ERCA is a resource for farmers seeking help with conservation practices and soil erosion issues. Through its Clean Water, Green Spaces program, ERCA works with farmers to achieve best management practices on their fields. “Sometimes it’s management techniques we can suggest to them; other times its structural things they can put on their properties,” Dick says. In addition to technical advice, “we provide funding for them to put in wind breaks or tree plantings to provide buffers along waterways and to control soil erosion.” ERCA covers most of the cost to put trees on land not suitable for farming. Establishing a natural treed area guards against soil eroding away. Another solution is to build rock


spillways, creating channels that carry excess water off fields into ditches. “Those things are all there to reduce the amount of soil that is leaving fields and entering water courses,” Dick says. ERCA also supports farming organizations, including the Essex Soil & Crop Improvement Association. Brian Hyland is the first vice president of ESCIA, a director of the Essex County Federation of Agriculture and a farmer in Tecumseh. “We want to build our soils and manage phosphates going into the Great Lakes,” he says. Fungi, bacteria, earthworms and organic matter are added to enrich the soil. Manure breaks down into vital nutrients—nitrogen, phosphorous and potash—that can remedy deficiencies. When planting corn, soybeans and wheat,

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SUSTAINABILITY minimum or no tillage techniques are used with machinery designed to minimize soil movement and erosion. “Essex County’s flatness is a bonus,” says Hyland, noting that the natural filtration and tile drainage lessen compaction when planting and harvesting. “Farmers are constantly educating themselves about best management practices through seminars, webinars and trade journals,” he says. “If we’re lucky, we have a son or daughter going to agricultural school to also keep us informed.” “There are seven billion people on the earth right now. By 2050, we’ll have nine billion,” Brian points out. “We need smart people in agriculture.” Lesley and Tom Labbé own Our Farm Organics, a Ruthven-based certified organic farm following all Canadian organic protocols. “You can farm organically and still mistreat the land,” Lesley observes. She and Tom strive to be good stewards by feeding their 50 acres of cropland and five acres of market vegetable gardens with manure from their own livestock. Our Farm Organics’ soil also receives boosts from crop rotations, including seasons where cover crops—winter wheat, oats, rye

Tom and Lesley Labbé of Our Farm Organics.

and clover—are planted to add nutrients and organic matter. Working with ERCA, the Labbés plant trees annually on their 12 acres of bush and along the fields’ edges. Lesley says, “The shelter belts stop topsoil from flying off your land.”

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More than just Seeing produce displayed on a roadside stand in front of a farm, orchard or greenhouse, “you know where it comes from,” says Mary Ann Mastronardi. “And it’s as fresh as it can get.” Mastronardi and her family own Grateful Harvest in Kingsville, where they grow peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries in their own greenhouses. “Our produce is hydroponic so it’s not sprayed,” she explains. Open seven days a week after Easter weekend through to Thanksgiving, the Grateful Harvest team picks fresh produce every morning in the Mastronardis’ greenhouses. In season, edibles are also collected from neighbouring farms and

Mary Ann Mastronardi of Grateful Harvest in Kingsville grows fresh produce and her son Josh of Go Produce helps deliver to your front door with his home delivery service.

brought to the Grateful Harvest stand where home cooks can buy the fruits and vegetables. Making their choices out in the fresh country air, customers enjoy the connection of being close to where their food is grown. Wholesalers also purchase much of the daily yield. Some of the bounty is hand-selected and put into bags destined for homes all over WindsorEssex County. The home delivery service, Go Produce, was created a year ago by Mary Ann’s son, Josh. Busy families and people who aren’t able to get to the grocery store easily appreciate being able to place their orders at and receive premade, custom, organic and bags of fruits and vegetables in various sized bags. Promoting the labours of other Essex County producers, Go Produce also offers home delivery of locally baked fresh bread, strawberry jam, dressings, vinegars, honeys, beef jerky, butchered meat, wine and beer. “There is no delivery cost,” says Mastronardi. “Fresh is delivered right to your door.” Realizing that everyone benefits through Buying Local, homegrown agri-businesses like Grateful Harvest and Go Produce endeavour to help create a sustainable community nourished by safe, high quality food, proudly raised in Essex County. 

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Steve, Harry and Brian Bradley on the Bradley farm.

Every farm has a story, often stretching back several eras. The Bradley family tale begins after World War I, when Albert Edward Bradley left his home in England and came to Essex County. He started out sharecropping tobacco in Leamington. By the 1940s, Albert was joined by his son, Charles Joseph, on their small farm. They grew potatoes and tobacco in the fertile soil. Charles Joseph eventually had his own family—sons Harry and Charlie—to add to the operation. They planted 120 acres of their traditional crops: potatoes and tobacco. In 1967, C.J. Bradley & Sons was incorporated. Today, Harry and his sons, Steve and Brian, grow crops on approximately 800 acres spread over their farms in Leamington and near Cottam, as well as rented land. “Small farms don’t really exist anymore so we had to keep up with the times and go bigger,” says Brian. In addition to seeding more land, investment in large, expensive equipment was vital. The huge costs involved in operating a farm is the source of the saying that farmers are often asset rich but cash poor. “In the late 1990s, we stopped growing tobacco,” Brian recalls. Potatoes have since been the mainstay, along with peas, sweet corn, field corn and soybeans. This year’s extremely wet spring submerged the fields in water, causing the concerns about

Charles Joseph Bradley in 1946.

seed rot and other detrimental issues that could impact their yield and bottom line. These are the same challenges that Albert and all the generations following him faced in some years and yet continued to persevere. Knowing that their forefathers and mothers came through tough times gives farmers a fresh load of optimism each season—a resource that is as important as their accumulated experience, expertise, equipment and the right amount of rain and sunshine. Acknowledging that the Bradleys aren’t getting wealthy off crop farming, Brian wants his legacy to be “that we kept the family farm going.” Steve now has three little boys of his own who may in future become part of the family business. Brian hopes that if he has children someday, they, too, will join C.J. Bradley & Sons…or daughters..

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Leslie Balsillie, shown with her husband Doug and their Fruit Wagon has become an agriculture advocate, speading the word about agriculture related jobs. - P H O TO C O U RTE SY OF TH E F RU I T WAG ON



Sustaining more than 200,000 jobs in owner of The Fruit Wagon in Harrow. Ontario, the agriculture and food industry She has gone to local school boards, asking contributes more than $33 billion annually to them to tell students about the many types of the province’s gross domestic product. careers in agriculture. There are more positions At the University of Guelph, the open than qualified people to federal government has injected fill them. Three jobs exist for $76.6 million to launch a digital every agriculture graduate with a revolution in food and agriculture. bachelor’s degree. These statistics, The university’s Food From determined by the Planning for Thought research project is using Tomorrow report commissioned high-tech information systems by Ontario Agricultural College incorporating precision agriculture and released in 2012, indicate the techniques to enable farmers to agriculture and food industry is produce more food on less land, booming. Mechanics, computers, using fewer inputs. environmental sciences, “Research and agriculture have entomology, accounting, legal, always been close,” says Owen sales and marketing, production, Roberts, adjunct professor of financial analysis, research-animal biosciences and director Owen Roberts, adjunct “Whatever area you look at, of research communications at the professor of animal think of it from an agricultural biosciences and director of University of Guelph. “Through perspective. There is probably a research communications the years, farmers have realized job for you,” says Leslie Balsillie, at the University of Guelph Continued on page 30


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the advantages they get from technology, biotechnology, new variety development and livestock improvement.” Commending the Food From Thought research project, Owen notes, “One of the major contributors is IBM Canada,” which will be involved in research collaborations, cognitive and data analytics tools and training and secure cloud-based storage. “Farmers were one of the earliest disciplines to take up technology,” including computers. Proof is in today’s tractor: Doing more than ploughing, it also serves as the farmer’s mobile field office. Spread sheets are checked on iPads. Emails are exchanged on a smartphone with the commodities broker. With precision agriculture, GPS alerts the farmer to specific areas in the field that are deficient in nutrients and require an application of phosphorous, nitrogen or potassium. A drone flying overhead helps with ongoing research, identifying areas in micro ways and accumulating data points.



Knowing how to best feed the soil is beneficial to farmers like Scott McLean. He grows corn, soybeans and wheat on his family farm in the Harrow area and is also a grain originator, marketing grains for Archer Daniels Midland Company in Windsor. McLean acknowledges that when economic times are tough, food sales can be counted on. “Everybody needs to eat.” The lower Canadian dollar has been an advantage to farmers who can sell their products competitively in the world market. “The last 10 years with elevated commodity prices has created a lot of opportunity,” says McLean. “It’s a good news story.” However, “the cost of growing a crop has gone up substantially, as well,” McLean notes. At the mercy of weather, pests and disease and needing to invest in expensive equipment, “farmers shoulder a lot of risk.” Hardworking farmers “are diverse creatures who need to know about a lot of things,” Scott says. Continued on page 32

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As a farmer and a grain originator, Scott McLean sees the benefits of modern tecnology and machinery.

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Once a very physically taxing occupation, farming is becoming less so through advanced machinery. For instance, cows can be milked by robotic milking machines, unchaining dairy farmers from the barn. Tractor cabs are more comfortable. There are even driverless tractors that can plough fields. Not only is leading-edge technology good for farms, it’s good for farmers, who average in age from late 50s to mid-60s. “Technology has lengthened out some farmers’ years,” Scott believes. There’s no telling where the next advancements will take the new generation entering the agricultural industry.



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In Canada’s 150th year, Libro Credit Union is reflecting inward on its own growth and development over the past 74 years, and looking toward the future with excitement. From humble beginnings in a parish hall in 1943, Libro has been present in Essex County communities through economic highs and lows for over seven decades, always with the same purpose: to help grow prosperity in this bountiful area we call home. After the Great Depression, borrowing money required substantial security and excessive interest. Rural families with little to no collateral were unable to access the funding they needed to rebuild their farms and businesses, resulting in great financial hardship throughout Essex County. In the spirit of the day, collaboration for mutual success was

crucial to building a home or gathering a harvest – any task that could not be accomplished by a single family was completed with the help of neighbours. Led by Father E.G. Doe, members of the Woodslee community gathered together to pool their limited cash to enable others to borrow and survive. In May of 1943, Fred Mooney became the first president of the first rural credit union in the area. Until 1957, the credit union office was the kitchen table of one of the founding members, Woodslee resident Charlie Diemer. This neighbour-helping-neighbour, grassroots cooperative formed the original Woodslee Credit Union, now Libro Credit Union. Throughout the next several decades the credit union flourished in Essex County.

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With organic growth and a series of mergers, Woodslee Credit Union became United Communities Credit Union in 2006. In 2014, following the combination of Libro Financial Group and United Communities Credit Union, the newly named Libro Credit Union was born. “We’ve grown bigger, better and stronger over the years, all while staying true to where we came from and why we opened our doors,” says Lori Atkinson, Libro’s regional manager for Essex-Kent. “We believe our continued commitment to the success of our communities is key to our success as a company.” Focused on growing prosperity in southwestern Ontario, Libro thrives with 31 branches and over 103,000 customer/owners across the region. Reflecting the diversity of each community it serves, every Libro branch has locally elected Branch Councils

that provide feedback on product and service offerings, represent the area’s interests at the annual meeting, and direct Libro’s community investments. With eight branches located throughout Essex-Kent, Libro is committed to: providing outstanding financial services to individuals, farms and businesses, supporting the local community, and putting Libro owners and their success first. The credit union opened in 1943 because people needed unique banking solutions. In the 74 years since, Canadian credit unions have paved the way with industry firsts, including the first to lend to women in their own names, the first to offer debit cards and the first to offer full service ATMs. “Today we enjoy that same spirit of innovation, but never at the cost of service,” says Atkinson. “We still provide world class


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Simpson Orchards

Over 90 Year Years ears of providing you the opportunity to ear

“buy y local” Hours - Tues-Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 9-5pm, Sunday 10-4pm

Visit us at 519-326-9459

13 Main St.West, Kingsville

237 Road 5 (West of Hwy 77) Leamington, Monday - Saturday: 9-5:30


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Market Square Ottawa St.Windsor Every Friday & Saturday

Curtis Appleyard 519-992-2239

Richard Benson* CFP® CLU® CH.F.C.

Patrick Benson* CFP® B.Comm

Brett Benson* B.Comm.

Bill Benson* CLU® CH.F.C. Associate Advisor

Edward F. Bergen*

Benson Financial Services Inc.

Amanda Bieber* CFP®

Darren Bodi* B.Comm (Hons)

Jodi Brush* B.Sc. B.Ed OCT

Jocelyn Calica

Berit Defelice 519-566-6307

Chris K. Dell* B.Comm.

Tony DiBartolomeo

Linh Floresca*

Matthew Foulis* BA CFP® 519-676-9849

Eduarda Harrison* B.Comm. 519-250-5444

Richard Hawrish* BA

Nathan Komsa*

Life’s brighter under the sun *Mutual funds distributed by Sun Life Financial Investment Services (Canada) Inc. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada is a member of the Sun Life Financial group of companies. © Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2017

You need the right solutions to meet your goals and protect the business you’ve worked so hard to build. Together we can find the right solution for you and your business. Let’s talk about Money for Life.

Windsor Kent Financial Centre 519-974-3200 • Greenwood Centre, 3200 Deziel Drive, Suite 508 Windsor, ON N8W 5K8

Marie Jean Ogali-Galigao* BBM MBM

Peter J. Thomson* BA CFP® CHS™ Front Row Financial Solutions Inc.

Stephanie Drysdale* Sales Manager

Ryan Peters*

Tracy VandenBerg*

Michael Rogelj

David Wiens* CFP® 519-326-4462

Davide Marazita* Associate Manager

Mitchel Scherer*

Jeff Willms* MBA CFP® CLU® CHS™ Willms Financial Services Inc.

Elias Doskoris* Senior Associate Manager

Max Spada*

Marco Zaccagnini* B.Comm

Scott Collier* B.Comm CFP® Financial Centre Manager

Randy Thiessen*

Gabriel Pannunzio* Fred H. Waugh* CLU® CH.F.C. Associate Associate Advisor Advisor

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Buy Local: Homegrown in Essex County  

Tour the region, support your local farmers, enjoy the bounty this county offers and read Buy Local.

Buy Local: Homegrown in Essex County  

Tour the region, support your local farmers, enjoy the bounty this county offers and read Buy Local.