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Good Enough is Not Quite Good Enough Ivanka Trump, Top Businesswoman of 2012

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Helps Put Canada on the Map for International Students Foreign students are worth more to the Canadian economy than exports in aluminum or aerospace products. Around the world, education is being recognized as the driver of economic, social, and personal development and ILAC is at the forefront of the movement. e Bogumila Lapinski Anaya

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ferent countries, thousands of students from around the world who choose ILAC as their starting point for studies in Canada. Some stay for only a few weeks, combining sightseeing and shopping with English courses in Toronto or Vancouver. Others stay for up to one year, completing rigorous language training before going on to colleges and universities across Canada. In both cases, international students at ILAC contribute to what has become an $8 billion industry in Canada, worth an estimated CDN$4.9 billion in GDP and generating CDN$455 million in tax revenue. The International Language Academy of Canada - ILAC for short - is one of the most awarded English language schools in the world, helping to put Canada on the map in the competitive global education industry. ILAC receives students year

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round from emerging markets such as Brazil, Venezuela, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, as well as traditional ESL (English as a Second Language) countries like Mexico, Colombia, Korea and Japan. Pairing language courses with travel and tourism has become a rite of passage in many countries, where parents consider education the key to their children’s success in an increasingly competitive marketplace. International students as young as twelve years old travel to foreign countries to learn a new language, experience a different culture and gain skills for continued education and employment. In many ways, ILAC lessens the culture shock that many foreign students and prospective immigrants experience when they first come to Canada. On-site staff members represent over 14 different languages and students receive personalized support and

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Separation and divorce are difficult. You have rights. We fight for them. The Feldstein Family Law Group, Winner of the 2012 Top Choice Award for Top Family Law Services in the Greater Toronto Area. e Ellen McKenna

IT IS A SAD day when your relationship breaks down. The person that we were once in love with, shared a home with, have children with, and have retirement plans and dreams with—is now the one we can’t run away fast enough from. Relationship breakdown is not only sad, it is fraught with emotions and stress. If you are facing the prospect of separation and divorce, you need a family lawyer to make you aware of and protect your legal rights. Feldstein Family Law Group has an enviable record of success as family law lawyers f ighting for their clients’ rights. And, they have won the Top Choice Award for six years running, including 2012.

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In 2002 aFter a painful divorce and uncertain future, Susan Murray decided to begin making and selling chair covers. Having previously worked as a florist, décor was not new to Susan. Her three sons were wholeheartedly supportive of her and really helped to find her niche. Her son Ryan began helping out with business and administrative tasks on the side of his personal career goals. But as business grew he realized that this venture was where his future lay and together became a winning team. Described as the

“ultimate and perfect combination of creative and professional,” Susan leads the creative department and Ryan runs business operations. Operating from a 20,000 square foot Toronto facility featuring a jaw-dropping showroom, Susan Murray is truly an international company selling worldwide to the US, Ireland, England, Alaska and attending world-class trade shows. Today, 10 years later, they’ve never looked back! In 2008 Susan and Ryan made an executive decision to move away from fabric

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wholesaling and turned to linen décor rentals which now makes up more than 50% of their business. “We gave consumers what was missing in the market. We are building a brand, a Susan Murray brand. It has vision, sophistication, and is always current” says Susan. How is Susan Murray International distinct from the other wedding décor and rental companies on the market? While décor companies try to rent you props that they’ve invested in over the years, the Susan Murray Team: which consists of seamstresses, cutters, stylists and many other décor consultants, will help design a very real, sensory experience. A mood that is incredibly textile-driven and in style. The team follows fashion trends carefully and is prepared for the new ‘in’ look before it hits. So when a bride comes in with a picture of her Vera Wang dress with lifted tulle skirt and crystal embroidered detail, Susan Murray International can complement it in the décor.

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“It’s critical that we do the best job we can for our clients because the outcome of any agreement between separating spouses or partners will affect them greatly—and for years to come,” says Andrew Feldstein, managing partner and founder of Feldstein Family Law Group. Feldstein says that there are two things that help to differentiate his firm from other law firms. “First, we practice family law exclusively. This means we have a profound understanding of all aspects of child custody, child access, spousal support, child support, division of assets, and alternatives to going to court,” says Feldstein. Today, Feldstein Family Law Group has 12 lawyers working from four offices in

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Your persoNalitY is alwaYs portrayed through your materialistic things - the physical and visual objects people see, is how they understand your likes and dislikes. It is just an easier way to get to know someone without having to speak to them. When you purchase something it’s typically because the second you laid eyes on it, whatever the case may be, you automatically felt like it was “made for you”. Now what if that “make” - was a 2012 Maserati

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Table of Contents

Health & Beauty 12 » Maintaining a Pain-free Life 14 » Ever Wanted to Try Hot Yoga? 16 » Tennis Elbow for the Non-Tennis Player 18 » Dr. Matta, a Pioneer in Cosmetics 20 » The Anti-aging "Miracle" 22 » A Vitamin Store in a Tube 24 » Who Needs Evolastin™? Lifestyle 26 » Getting The Most ROI in Love and Business 28 » Creating Magical Living Spaces with Personalized Fine Art Photography 32 » Selecting Your Wedding’s Dinner Style Technology 34 » Microsoft Challenging Apple Automotives 52 » Supreme Collision Centre Style 54 » Are You the Fashion Fool of the Office? Home 58 » Why should you have clean air ducts? 60 » IBX Services 62 » The Importance of Indoor Air Quality Arts & Culture 64 » World Academy of Music Finance & Legal 68 » Why is Life Insurance Planning Important? 70 » What is the Right Business Vehicle for Me? 72 » Niren & Associates 74 » The Duties of a Mortgage Broker

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Managing Editor Monica Couto Art Director Michael Fillier Accountant Executive ITA Accounting Editor Marco Luccisano Sales Manager Fay Xuan Graphic Designers Michael Fillier Photographers Sam Santos George Pimentel Maggie Habieda Writers Sandy Caetano Francesca Filippelli Monica Couto David Silvestre Marco Luccisano Dyvine Silvestre Business Review Specialists Sandy Caetano Francesca Filippelli

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Hello everyone, I hope this Top Choice Magazine issue finds you in perfect health and you are now ready to start another year. Before we open a new chapter, we must first close our previous one. We must reflect on the year behind us and alternate our mistakes into experiences, so we can live life beyond our fears and our sufferings. Fear and suffering are like brother and sister. They can’t live without each other and are created by our own imagination to feed our Ego, so it collects the attention it needs to survive. Experience, on the other hand, is the enthusiastic way to look at mistakes, where you learn from them and move on to a higher level of thinking and acting. I invite you to look back at your experiences and use them as stepping stones to achieve the goals you may have for 2013!! Here are 3 Golden Tips that I believe will help you achieve those goals:

= Teach yourself how to adapt in both of your worlds - Family and Business.

The ability of adapting overcomes any knowledge and experience; training your mind, body and soul to adjust, corresponding to any environment you place yourself in, will always keep you on TOP. Here at Top Choice Media Group, we are always researching and following up with the speed of today’s world. We educate ourselves for the future, so we can guarantee that Top Choice is ready to implement any new methods into our ways of branding. Do the same for your business. Maintain your clients by looking out for products and services that are up to date with today’s technology. Adapt your business to match the needs of the world; the world will not adapt to the needs of your business. In this magazine, you will find businesses that have succeeded to keep up with the speed of today’s pace. It’s what separates them from their competition yearly; their capability to adapt brings them success. If you want good results, associate yourself with those who have succeeded on bringing in high quality products and services. You will find a few by flipping the pages in this issue.

= Surround yourself in the “right environments” (successful ones).

Once you have created an image for yourself, which you are fairly proud of, don’t risk ruining it. Make sure the places and the people you surround yourself with are carefully

selected. Perception is key. Top Choice is recognized as a media corporation. With that being said, we are invited to many events throughout the year. It is our job to educate ourselves about the events. Ask yourself, “Is this something I want to associate myself with? Who is attending? Who’s organizing? Is it worth my time? Make a decision that works at the advantage of your business and your being.

= Stay “ON” and act “ON”

We are “ON” 24/7 - you can get in touch with us before, during and after office hours. We are available at your request. Be ready, be energized, be within reach. In addition, be active at all times. Educate yourself; share and consume information for yourself and those that follow you. Be the answer they are looking for. Here at Top Choice, we are constantly searching for updates that will help us inform you better of the products and services that are best for you. We value the potential of social media and take advantage of its capabilities. We regularly notify and promote award-winning businesses so consumers like yourself can save time and money. Take a step back and review your own business - Is your website mobile friendly ? Does your Website have a “1 minute video” explaining who you are and what you do? Are you in touch with the public, i.e: Facebook and Twitter? If yes, Great! if not, let us help or simply ask your Marketing company/department to look into it, and be sure to be “ON” at all times. Hope these 3 Tips will help you reach the Top for 2013.

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Maintaining a Pain-free Life

Learn about TAC Physiotherapy’s unique approach to pain relief and how they have helped countless individuals maintain their quality of life Serving it’s patients for over 18 years, TAC Physiotherapy Inc. is a trusted, proven leader in the field of rehabilitation in GTA. Since 1993 TAC Physiotherapy has been providing effective and personalized physiotherapy, massage, and acupuncture treatment to its patients. The staff at TAC consists of a team of dedicated, fully licensed health care professionals who strive to provide superior patient care, in the clinic’s positive and warm environment. An individualized treatment approach is vital to our patients’ success in reaching their recovery and fitness goals. TAC’s small scale, family friendly environment allows for a more intimate and comforting setting in order to make treatments as pleasant as possible. Through detailed and thorough assessments, TAC Physiotherapy provides customised and tailored treatments, exercises and therapeutic modalities that best fit their lifestyle and rehabilitation needs. TAC Physiotherapy caters to variety of patients and their specific injuries. At TAC patients vary from infants to geriatric persons and athletes to individuals struggling with obesity. Patients suffer from a wide

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variety of injuries including but not limited to sport injuries, traumatic injuries such as motor vehicle accidents and work related injuries, repetitive strain/sprain injuries, pre and post-operative impairments, and pre and post -natal recovery. Recently TAC Physiotherapy has introduced exercise and education sessions that cater to groups of people with precise

Education and prevention are keys to maintaining the treatment results needs and injury specific requirements. Group exercise and fitness classes include pre and post-natal, osteoporosis and fall prevention. Exercises are organized for groups of up to five people, allowing for a personal approach along with fun social interaction between the patients and the therapist. With today’s emerging elderly population, TAC recognizes the need for

attentive care to improve and maintain the general wellness of the elderly. At TAC the aim is to optimize a patients’ health, not only after a traumatic event or degenerative changes, but to prevent, slow down and best prepare patients for such unfortunate events. A key part of treatment includes and effort to educate patients’ about their conditions, preventive measures and independent maintenance of their overall health. Advocating physical fitness and wellbeing is encouraged for self maintenance outside the clinical setting. With the latest in treatment equipment, TAC utilizes a computerised gait scan analysis for more detailed assessment of walking patterns and general posture. This analysis also allows for accurate and effective fabrication and dispensing of orthotics for many foot and lower body pain and injuries. Furthermore, we are able to provide our patients with highly customised exercises that are delivered conveniently by email, allowing us to constantly interact with the patients even after discharge. Well-being and pain free patients are our primary goal and the measurement of our success.

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Health & Beauty

Ever Wanted to Try Hot Yoga? Hot yoga is the process of performing common yoga exercises under conditions of heat and humidity. The combination of increased flexibility and detoxifying sweat results in a balanced strength and flexibility and helps give cardiovascular endurance.

e Denise Tsui, Director and Instructor of Moksha Yoga Markham

Here's what you need to prepare for your first hot yoga class: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Bring a yoga mat. A bottle of water. A towel that fits the size of your mat. Come on an empty stomach but not growling. 5. Arrive about 15 minutes early to speak with the teacher and let them know that this is your first time. Also inform them of any existing injuries or conditions that you may have that could affect your practice. Plus, you want to settle about 5 minutes before the class and lie down so you can start the session with a sense of calm. 6. Leave all belongings in the change room; leave your cell phones at home. This is an hour or so just to focus on you and to temporarily remove yourself from the chaos in your life. The world can be without you for that one hour. 7. There will be no talking in the practice room. Let’s embrace the silence, something that a rarity nowadays.

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8. Also, remember that yoga is an individual practice and that at most studios they would never expect you to push yourself beyond your limits, especially in your first class, so you are welcomed to take breaks. Just try not to leave the room as it can get distracting for others and is actually more detrimental to your body. Just simply lie down and breathe.

About Moksha Yoga Markham For the past 5 years, Moksha Yoga Markham has been bringing together and creating a warm and humble yoga community. We pride ourselves in our quality teachers, great front desk staff and volunteers that care just as much about the studio as the owners. The teachers are all highly qualified and have completed, at least, a 500 hour yoga alliance teacher

training with continued education through workshops and other trainings. In the last 2 years, Moksha Yoga Markham has won 2 Readers Choice Awards and the 2012 Top Choice Award for best yoga studio in Markham. Moksha Yoga Markham is part of a community with over 75 Moksha studios in North America. We are a group of independent hot yoga studios committed to ethical, compassionate and environmentally conscious living, and believe that the benefits of yoga are limitless and accessible to all. When you're ready to start a new lifestyle, checkout Moksha Yoga Markham. 905-474-YOGA(9642) 2,3 & 4 - 5051 Hwy 7 E Markham mokshayogamarkham.com

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The occurrence of tennis elbow is now so much more prevalent in office workers and administrators.

Tennis Elbow for the Non-Tennis Player e Criston Bandhan, MScPT, BScKIN, MCPA,Registered Physiotherapist at Performance Physiotheraphy and Wellness If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Tennis Elbow, but you do not play tennis you may be a little confused. Maybe if you played tennis all along, you may be more accepting of this aching pain in your forearm and elbow. Here’s the reality of it all. As our world and workspaces have become so technology based, the occurrence of tennis elbow is now so much more prevalent in office workers and administrators. The repetitive mousing, keyboarding, and spending long periods of time in static and unsupported sitting postures contribute to a breakdown in tendons and muscles that run from our elbow to our wrist. These muscles are typically used in the backhand of a tennis player. For the everyday computer user, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year of muscle use adds up to an angry and irritated tendon. The worst part

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is, it no longer just bothers you at work, but you may now have difficulty picking up your cup of coffee, or even lifting grocery bags. So you’ve been diagnosed, what can you do to rid yourself of this pain? We commonly advise clients to change positions frequently when sitting at their workstation, and also ensure that they have an ergonomic assessment of their workspace. Doing so will reduce the potential for the development of repetitive strain. Gently stretching the muscles in the forearm can prepare them for the workload of the day, and icing the area repeatedly also helps to reduce inflammation. If this fails, you should seek assistance from a registered Physiotherapist to provide a safe and rehabilitative exercise program, and integrate manual therapy to break down any scar tissue.

...repetitive mousing, keyboarding, and spending long periods of time in static and unsupported sitting postures contribute to a breakdown in tendons and muscles that run from our elbow to our wrist. Your healthcare provider will also be able to initiate tissue healing and inflammatory control modalities. One of these modalities we find very effective is acupuncture. Although it has pain relieving effects, acupuncture also allows us to stimulate the body’s natural healing process by increased circulation to the injured tissue. This assists and often accelerates the recovery time when you have a stubborn injury like tennis elbow.

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Dr. Matta A pioneer in the field of cosmetics, meet the man behind Brampton’s Top Cosmetic Clinic. The Dr. Matta cosmetic and Laser Clinic is a one of a kind center that provides customized treatment plans to help patients achieve their goals. Dr. Matta graduated with honors from the University of Toronto and has brought 20 years of medical experience to his clinic providing a full range of non-surgical cosmetic options. So many clients notice the effects of day to day stresses; commenting that they no longer want to look “tired”. As a leading cosmetic physician and trainer of other physicians, Dr. Matta and his team can address concerns ranging from cellulite and body contouring to wrinkles, facial aging and skin care. Dr. Matta’s clinic provides Botox® and Xeomin Cosmetic™ for wrinkle reduction, Restylane® and Juvederm™ for volume restoration, laser hair removal, varicose vein treatments, body contouring and cellulite reduction. In addition to these, many spa services are offered such as customized facials and a professional skin care line. To improve skin appearance to its most radiant, the clinic provides Fraxel® and Fractora™ skin rejuvenation. Since beauty is more than skin deep, Dr. Matta and his team provide the education and tools that clients need to make lifestyle choices that impact their appearance. Body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction are a big part of his practice and the clinic provides state-of-the art technologies, including TiteFx™, Acoustic Wave therapy™,

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Relaxation and comfort is a theme throughout the clinic

Sonophoresis and Maximus™ with Dynamic Muscle Activation to help create a more shapely you. Being a leader in his field, Dr. Matta continues to develop new and pioneering methods to help patients improve the way they look and feel. He is regularly attending medical conferences and improving his skills. Having trained other cosmetic physicians from all over the country, Dr. Matta is regularly sought out by media, industry insiders and other doctors for his expertise. It is important to understand that while cosmetic services are incredibly safe, they are still considered a medical procedure and deserve the same respect. Dr. Matta always encourages patients to seek out an experienced physician who understands the anatomy and artistry involved to create the very best result. For more information, contact Dr. Matta’s clinic at 905-790-6644 or visit www.drmatta.com.

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Health & Beauty

Anti-aging "Miracle" SIGNALS, a 3-step skin care system from StemCell™ Health Products Canada, is producing anti-aging results that are out of this world! How SIGNALS Works The 3-step SIGNALS Skin Care System is easy to use: • SIGNALS Exfoliant: Treat your face to this amazing, non-abrasive wash. It removes dead skin cells, makeup and dirt clogging your pores. It prepares your skin for the amazing effects of the SIGNALS Night Cream. • SIGNALS Day Lotion: Apply in the morning before makeup or sunscreen. Send your skin the SIGNALS to behave younger and look younger all day long. • SIGNALS Night Cream: The powerful ingredients replicate the “signals” of skin stem cells from a vibrant 20-year-old woman. Each night you’ll “signal” your skin to behave like you were younger. Scientists, working with the latest stem cell technology, have finally been able to replicate the effects of young adult stem cells entirely in the lab. In other words, we know what makes stem cells tick. We know why they tell a woman in her 20's to “look young” and why they tell someone in their 30's, 40's or 50's to “look their age.”

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With this technology in hand, the scientists and researchers whose breakthrough research discovered SIGNALS have isolated the chemical characteristics that “signal” your skin to look like it does. The result: You can now send SIGNALS to your skin telling it how it should look! The easy 3-step SIGNALS Skin Care System goes to work on the aging areas of your skin by literally convincing it to look younger. The ingredients are formulated to work deeply on the stem cells in your own skin to make them “behave younger.” Within days of regular use, we guarantee you’ll see a remarkable change in how your skin looks, feels and makes you feel.

Why You Need SIGNALS Like it or not, looking young is more important today than ever. Your age – or the age you look – can have a profound effect on your life. It can determine the types of jobs you get. It can play a factor in whether you’re approved for loans, educational opportunities, and the kinds of personal relationships you have. Scientific laboratory tests prove ongoing users of SIGNALS are looking 10, 20, even 30 years younger. From a former Miss America of the 1960s to successful business

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yes ionizing radiation. In fact, exposure to radiation causes harm by precipitating the free-radical storm in the body. And of course, Protect120, our glutathione-based product, brings these capacities to the healthy look of your skin in ways that will surprise you. With all that Glutathione does when your body produces it, and with all of this proven in thousands of scientific studies, why haven’t we eliminated disease entirely. Yes, there’s a catch. As we get older, our body produces less and less glutathione. For years scientists have tried to supplement glutathione but nothing seemed to work. When swallowed in pill form, the acid in our digestive tract destroys the effectiveness of the supplement. When injected into the blood stream, the enzymes in the blood destroy the effectiveness within minutes. Up until now, nothing has worked effectively nor

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Who Needs Evolastin™? To rejuvenate or not to rejuvenate…that is the question. Whether 'tis Nobler to Suffer the Signs of Agedness, or to take Arms against a Sea of Wrinkles. e Dr. Nino Kuzmar, Founding Medical Director of the St. Clair Cosmetic & Laser Clinic Well, in truth the answer depends largely on your personal perspective. For the forty year old seeing the first signs of mild pre jowl sag, might be a good idea to invest in some serious preventative maintenance with a single Evolastin procedure. For the fifty-eight year old thinking of a surgical facelift, you have a very serious non-surgical alternative with a combination of Evolastin plus advanced deep dermal filler injection. These two general presentations within all skin types including tanned skin represent the population of clients to whom I typically recommend this incredible minimally invasive procedure. What is really incredible, is the long lasting progressive improvement in skin tone, lift and volume seen over as

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much as 18 months and lasting beyond 2 to 3 years. There is absolutely no single sitting procedure in the global market today that can replicate this level of progressive creation of new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid with the ultimate visible result of elevating the jawline and lower face. Not bad for a single sitting procedure with minimal downtime, reasonable cost and no scalpels or general anaesthesia… and you don’t need to be Shakespeare to figure this one out. Dr. Nino Kuzmar is a University of Toronto Medical graduate and founding medical director of the St. Clair Cosmetic & Laser Clinic. He is a cosmetic physician with a special interest in non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

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Getting The Most ROI, In Both Love and Business Carmelia Ray is a Dating, Matchmaking & Attraction Expert and Entrepreneur. With 20 yrs in the matchmaking industry, her business savvy and relationship smarts are unparalleled. e Carmelia Ray, Dating, Matchmaking and Attraction Expert Carmelia has personally interviewed over 50,000 singles and helped

over 7,000 singles transform their love lives. Having worked with North America’s largest and leading professional Matchmaking companies, Carmelia’s passionate about getting her clients real and measurable results in record time. Her experience has given her valuable insight to the trials and tribulations of dating, and understands the needs of singles today. A 2010 CBC News report stated “For the first time in Canadian history, there are more unmarried people than legally married people age 15 and over in this country, says the study from the Vanier Institute of the Family.” Four out of 10 first marriages in Canada end in divorce, according to their studies. Hence, definite needs for companies who can help singles connect and find a lasting partner. Online dating and matchmaking companies have grown exponentially over the last 20 yrs. “Traditional” ways of meeting in today’s world extend beyond the bars, friends, church, school and work. A good 80% of singles Carmelia had interviewed admitted to

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have dabbled in online dating, speed dating, singles dances or hired a matchmaker in the hopes of finding someone special. Much of her career has been in an Executive position behind the scenes in the world of matchmaking, a niche that so many people are fascinated by. Matchmaking is a serious & profitable business, but it’s not for everyone and the key to success, with most businesses, is providing valuable service to your clients and getting the most return on their investments from both sides. Singles investing in their love life have high expectations, as they should. And dating companies expect the same from their marketing dollars and investments on their staff and clients. She has worked with both clients and companies ensuring the exchange of values is a fair trade. Carmelia believes when it comes to general dating there are countless options; but when it comes to “MatchMaking” you want to be more selective. “Not everybody is ready for a relationship”. eLove.ca screens and qualifies potential clients face to face. This ensures their clients are emotionally, mentally, physically and financially stable before accepting them as clients and introducing them to other qualified, relationship-minded members. “No one is immune to making mistakes in business and love life”; Carmelia has “been there, done that” when she divorced

My passion for helping people is strengthened when I witness positive results. Nothing's more rewarding than helping someone change their life for the better. in 2007. She is a mother of 2 children and appreciates the struggles of relationship and marriage break-down through her own personal experience. “My passion for helping people is strengthened when I witness positive results. There’s nothing more rewarding than helping someone change their life for the better.” She believes that it’s never too late to find love. The transition from the corporate world to follow her passion to help singles attract and keep love through her websites & blogs was inspired through her business partner Pat Ness: www.buildablogschool.com For Carmelia, helping others in an important area of life we all value and struggle with, through her articles and other Industry Dating Partners has been an exciting and rewarding journey. Learn more about Carmelia and how she can help you at www.CarmeliaRay.com.

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Creating Magical Living Spaces with Personalized Fine Art Photography e p Maggie Habeida Nowakowski, Fotografia Boutique

Decorating your home or office is an immense task, because not only is décor a tool to make your space beautiful, but it is also a reflection of your personality, character and values. Adorning your home or office with personalized fine art photography is an excellent way to bring out warmth, to explore your personal artistic style, and to showcase the love that you and your family share. Fotografia Boutique’s family and individual portrait sessions come with Maggie’s characteristic full-service treatment, and include everything from the initial planning to the photo shoot itself, as well as the post-production process and the finishing touches. The results are as unique and individual as you are.

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Maggie will help you every step along the way, and assist with: • Determining a style for your portrait (such as modern or classic) • Brainstorming ideas for themes and creative possibilities • Achieving harmony and ensuring the colours and themes match your home • Choosing images from the photo session that help you to communicate your feelings to family and loved ones. • Selecting the right size and orientation and choosing a frame that accents and complements both the images themselves and the existing décor in your home.

Maggie takes the time to pre-design the wall upon which the portraits will hang, so that clients can easily visualize the finished product. The result is a timeless piece of art, a unique artistic focal point for family and guests to enjoy every day. With Maggie's special ability to reveal people as they wish to be seen, she will transform your precious portraits into both decorative accents and family heirlooms that will show your family in all its warmth, love, and happiness. See next page for more examples, testimonials and contact details.

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Thank you once again Maggie for the amazing work on the Love Portrait you created for us. The compliments at the wedding alone were outstanding. It was a great idea to use the portrait as the centerpiece in our lobby during cocktails. You captured us in our best way, being ourselves. I thought the compliments would stop there...but after we put the portrait up in our room...the admiring comments continued. The portrait which you created for us has gone far past something we used at our wedding, it is a everyday item in our home. A constant reminder of a memory which we will always remember of our special day... I thought I would share this picture with you...as to how your masterpiece is appreciated everyday... Thank you very much once again...looking forward on working with you again. 4 Rachna & Sumit

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Working with Maggie is so much beyond just having your picture taken. She's not just a professional photographer, she's a visionary with a heart of gold. Once you enter her studio, you will be invited into the world of art and beauty. Your wildest dreams will come true. You will be treated like a family member. It's an experience that will leave you feeling fulfilled and happy about yourself

With love, Agnes Kiesz

I cannot say enough about how truly talented Maggie is..... She takes photography to an outstanding level and delivers exceptional works of art always!!!! These photos blow my mind and will be passed down through generations of my family

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Maggie, once again thank you for the fine art piece, this was the best money spend in my entire life. I wish you many more happy clients like myself.

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Selecting Your Wedding’s Dinner Style The perfect wedding requires a lot of planning, but have you considered what type of meal, how it will be served, and the presentation? By Joseph Vescio, Owner of Roma Hospitality Group You’re getting married, planning the dress, the ceremony and party. But have you considered what type of meal, how it will be served, and the presentation? The wedding meal is an integral and central part of your wedding; often taking centre stage. When selecting the dining scenario, stick to the type that bests suits you and your guest personalities. Here are some tips to best select your wedding dinner style.

Seated Dinner

Buffet

Cocktail Reception

Why choose it:

Why choose it

• If you and your guests enjoy catching up over seated meals

• To offer variety or appeal to more than one culture through multiple main dishes

• For a Ballroom – they are well suited for seated dinners

What you should know • Keep in mind guest preferences or dietary restrictions • Plated vs. French Service; find out what your venue offers, or is willing to let you choose. • Don’t assume plated dinners are more expensive, a buffet can be more expensive due to variety and return trips.

• If you and your guests are more interested in dancing, chatting and celebrating

Why choose it • For a cool party atmosphere • If you love the trend of minis – they go well with cocktails and are great for a party vibe • If you’re having a small number of people for a shorter period of time

• If the venue is not suited to a seated dinner or if you want a casual vibe

What you should know

What you should know

• C o n s i d e r y o u r g u e s t p r e fe rences when it comes to meals and celebrating

• Consider the number of people and the buffet set up. Avoid lines by calling tables. Your guests can continue to enjoy themselves while minimizing wait times for all.

• Don’t assume a cocktail reception will be inexpensive, if the event is long or falls over the dinner hour it may be pricey

• Include your theme and décor on the buffet tables • Follow your wishes rather than perceived cost savings as buffets can be more expensive than seated dinners. Bottom Line: Whether you choose a seated, buffet or cocktail reception, remember to always consider the style and preferences of you and your guests. Keep the lines of communication open with your venue to make sure the event is celebrated according to your vision. And when it comes to budget don’t make any assumptions, price out the details with the Event Specialist at your Venue.

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Technology

Is it too late for Microsoft to catch up to Apple in the mobile market?

Microsoft Tries the Apple Did they think mobile was a fad that would die out? Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 8 suggests otherwise, but has Microsoft waited too long take a bite out of Apple? e Michael Fillier After long denying Apple’s presence and practically monopolizing the world of operating systems, it seems like Microsoft (MS) has finally had a taste of being the underdog and drastic changes suggest they don’t like the feeling. While reading this I want you to keep this quote by Picaso in mind “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” Windows, the most widely user operating system (OS) in the world. When you hear Windows you either rejoice, shudder or don't really care. No matter your reaction, this article is less concerned with Windows or OSs and more focused on it's developer MS and the quite drastic changes the company is currently taking on; changes that I believe are fine examples of a company learning from its industries,

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“Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” – Pablo Picaso changes that hold lessons any business or business owner can learn from. MS is renowned for it's almost stubborn approach to developing software. I can speak from experience since I have used Windows exclusively and kept a close eye on many of MS's products and services. As a user, like many, I am usually underwhelmed with MS products...but they do get the job done. MS has always typically turned away from the trends, what's up-and-coming,

and what’s buzzing in the industry. The company almost seems to believe that they are the trend-setters, not the trend followers. It's almost an admiral approach to running a company...unless you don’t actually set the trends and other company’s start getting all the attention. It’s also an exceptionally bad idea if you don’t listen to the consumers of your product or services, which has seemed to be MS's forte. If you don’t listen to consumers and don’t improve your product or service, how can you stay on top? MS’s strategy was really clever, you don’t give them a choice. MS dealt directly with computer manufacturers to ensure that their OS comes pre-installed on practically every machine available on the market. So, even if a thousand competitors come out with brilliant

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OSs, you’ll never even have the option to choose between them. So with no options, users used Windows and whether they liked it or not, they became familiar with it. They were now Windows users. Apple’s computers and software trudged forward as a minority and were never really able to “break out” from under MS’s industry dominance. So, what changed then? New technology creates new behaviour and people started using technology differently. Our world went mobile.

We tasted the Apple. Apple has been around for a long time. They have released a long line of computers, laptops and software with a dedicated, albeit minority, following. So how did Apple cause MS to tremble. They created the iPhone and, more importantly, the ecosystem that now drives it; the App Store. Without the App Store, the iPhone would be nothing more than a fancy device in your pocket. The App Store is what brings the iPhone out of your pocket and into your life allowing you to get your fix, no matter what your taste. It allows the phone to hold value for businessman and child alike. The App Store was the opportunity for development companies to create apps and sell them to the masses and it really took off. The App Store added to the phone’s value with both free and paid

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apps. Then, the sheer number of apps available increased sales of the iPhone, which in turn made selling apps even more profitable. Wash, rinse, repeat and now we have one of the most profitable business models ever conceived. There are a number of businesses that have, to date, made millions of dollars, solely off of selling their apps in the app store. But a phone is just a phone. People have phones, but they also have a laptop or desktop computer. MS is fine, right? I think they would have been, except Apple decided to go off and make that “phone” larger and more capable, giving birth to the iPad tablet. The iPad then became the intermediate step between the phone and laptop/ desktop. Many things that an iPhone user would normally turn to a full-fledged computer for, were now being performed on the iPad. With beautifully designed hardware and painfully easy software, Apple was able to become the dominant force in a market that MS completely overlooked...our lives. Apple made it clear that beautiful design and user experience is profitable and many technology companies followed in their footsteps creating sleeker, more capable devices to take a slice of the smart phone and tablet loving society. This competition is great since it drives the companies to continually innovate and push the boundaries. But where has MS been during this “revolution”.

Microsoft Breaks It's Bad Habits For this first time, it seems like MS is tipping its hat to Apple and decided it’s going to learn from their success. They have a lot of catch up to do, but on October 26th, 2012 MS will take its first major shift into the mobile space with the launch of Windows 8 and it’s very own tablet the MS Surface. There are also some sophisticated phones from companies like HTC, Nokia and Samsung that are going to be available at launch or sometime in the near future. So it’s not just MS that’s excited about the new OS. What’s the big deal? Well, besides the typical buzz that would surround any MS OS, Windows 8 is taking a completely different approach to its system. Usually, each subset of devices has it’s own OS, typically mobile (think iPhone/iPad) and then “fullsized” for laptops and desktops. This means that an app for your phone is probably not available on your laptop and vice-versa. This is because the app developer has to create a different app for each device and that's often too much extra work. Windows 8 aims to change that, they designed the OS to be usable on phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and tables (that’s right tables, the kind usually reserved for coffee!). One operating system for multiple devices, that’s the future! This means development companies create ONE app and it works on a variety of devices from the get go.

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Microsoft is taking aim at the iPad with the Surface tablet. The optional magnetic cover doubles as a keyboard, quite innovative. Touch lovers should not fret, the built-in touch keyboard looks slick.

Windows 8 would be far from spectacular had MS just served up their traditional OS, but this thing is far from old school. MS decided to become great designers and steal a few things from Apple.

Here’s what they’re stole: The “App Store”. MS is launching its own version of the app store. You will no longer be required to buy a box at the store or visit a company’s website to their app, you just visit the app store and in a few clicks you are enjoying the app. Simple Interface. They could have easily changed the name from “Windows” to “Tiles”. Opening up Windows 8 gives you a bright collection of tiles that provide useful information, such as Facebook statuses, email notifications or just simply functioning as a button to launch an app or program. For the first time Windows looks beautiful, a compliment usually reserved for Apple. Windows for Everyone. Windows has never really had to push for your love. You were just sort of stuck with it. This Windows is sleeker and its marketing suggests it will be more personal, more in touch with what you want, need and expect as a user. Now, Windows WANTS you to love it. The iPad. Windows is launching its own tablet call the Surface. And while it's difficult for any company to release a tablet that isn't dubbed an iPad knockoff, I think MS did a great job with theirs. Especially since this is their first major venture into the hardware space. All-in-all I think Windows 8 is a step in the right direction and only time will truly

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Windows hopes its "App" store takes off like Apple's

tell the outcome of the new OS. I am definitely excited that I too, like many Apple users, will be able to brag about my OS and the devices it runs on.

Lessons for your company The world IS changing. Innovation is necessary to remain competitive. Learn from what works. Even if it is your competitors who are enjoying the success. Beautiful design is profitable. No matter what type of industry you work in, if your product or service goes directly to the consumer, then understand that they notice and appreciate good design. “Less is [most definitely] more” and it can be applied to many aspects of your business, even your office’s furniture layout.

Culture keeps customers. You’re not just selling a product or service, you are selling a feeling and good feelings come from good culture. When people have a good feeling from your company, they keep coming back for more. If a customer loves your company, not even you will be able to stop them from giving you their money.

Remember that quote? So, you may think it’s a shame for a powerhouse of a company like Microsoft to come in and steal the “little guy”’s ideas. Well, maybe they just shared the philosophy of Picaso that “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” Another well-known figure also believed in this, he was Apple’s Co-founder, the late, and most definitely great, Steve Jobs.

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International students during orientation at ILAC Vancouver

Helps Put Canada on the Map for International Students Foreign students are worth more to the Canadian economy than exports in aluminum or aerospace products. Around the world, education is being recognized as the driver of economic, social, and personal development and ILAC is at the forefront of the movement. e Bogumila Lapinski Anaya

They come from more than 70 different countries, thousands of students from around the world who choose ILAC as their starting point for studies in Canada. Some stay for only a few weeks, combining sightseeing and shopping with English courses in Toronto or Vancouver. Others stay for up to one year, completing rigorous language training before going on to colleges and universities across Canada. In both cases, international students at ILAC contribute to what has become an $8 billion industry in Canada, worth an estimated CDN$4.9 billion in GDP and generating CDN$455 million in tax revenue. The International Language Academy of Canada - ILAC for short - is one of the most awarded English language schools in the world, helping to put Canada on the map in the competitive global education industry. ILAC receives students year

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"...international students at ILAC contribute to what has become an $8 billion industry in Canada, worth an estimated CDN$4.9 billion in GDP and generating CDN$455 million in tax revenue."

round from emerging markets such as Brazil, Venezuela, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, as well as traditional ESL (English as a Second Language) countries like Mexico, Colombia, Korea and Japan. Pairing language courses with travel and tourism has become a rite of passage in many countries, where parents consider education the key to their children’s success in an increasingly competitive marketplace. International students as young as twelve years old travel to foreign countries to learn a new language, experience a different culture and gain skills for continued education and employment. In many ways, ILAC lessens the culture shock that many foreign students and prospective immigrants experience when they first come to Canada. On-site staff members represent over 14 different languages and students receive personalized support and

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ILAC's boutique style campus in Toronto

counseling throughout their study period. In addition, ILAC has educational partners in each of its markets that provide cultural expertise, academic guidance and visa assistance in a student’s native language. All ILAC teachers have experience teaching English as a second language and are TESL certified.

The Ultimate Student Experience In addition to providing students with top-notch English language training, ILAC offers students a variety of programs and services at its boutique style campuses. Luis Tavarez is from the Dominican Republic and is one of many ILAC students who started in ESL and is now continuing on to university. ILAC’s University Pathway Program prepares students for post-secondary education in Canada and offers free university and college placement as one of its services. Currently, ILAC has over 50 partnership agreements with higher education institutions across Canada. “I learned many things about Canadian culture at ILAC that will help me succeed in university,” says Tavarez, who is planning to go to Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax to study Business Management. “I expect to stay in Canada and get a job after I finish school.” At ILAC, students take English classes during the day and live with Canadian families called “homestay” to fully immerse themselves in the Canadian experience. In the evenings and weekends they visit local tourist attractions such as The CN Tower, Niagara Falls, and of course, the Eaton Centre for shopping if they are in Toronto. At ILAC Vancouver, students participate in numerous outdoor activities such as kayaking, camping and skiing. Toronto and Vancouver are the most popular study destinations in Canada and account for the majority of study permits issued by the government. This past September, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that

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Canada was working hard to attract and retain the world’s best and brightest international students. Currently Canada ranks in the top four study destinations in the world along with the UK, USA and Australia. This competition is expected to intensify as the benefits of attracting foreign students become more widely recognized and the global demand for international education grows. It is estimated that by 2025 the number of students studying outside of their home countries will have grown from 1.8 million to 7.2 million worldwide. Source: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, www.international.gc.ca

ILAC gives back 1 ILAC Directors Bernardo Riveros and Jonathan Kolber present Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish (Daughters for Life) with a donation through the ILAC Foundation. 3 Luis Tavarez is from the Dominican Republic and is one of many ILAC students who started in ESL and is now continuing on to university.

Promoting Peace through International Education This year ILAC celebrates its 15th anniversary as a leading English language school in Canada. As part of its commitment to international education, ILAC decided it was time to give back to the larger community and develop its own corporate social responsibility strategy. The ILAC Foundation is a non-profit division of ILAC that is dedicated to the promotion of peace through international education, with a focus on fostering of equality, diversity and respect among students. One of ILAC’s first projects was to donate CDN$200,000 worth of scholarships to Daughters for Life, a charity that provides leadership, education and health opportunities for girls and women in the Middle East. Since then, additional initiatives have included an international essay writing contest on the subject of “How International Education Can Contribute to World Peace”, with two prizes of up to CDN$50,000 toward any university or college across Canada. For more information about the ILAC Foundation, visit www.ilac.com/foundation

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Susan Murray, CEO of Susan Murray International

Susan Murray International Imagining, designing and creating dreams e Mary Chapman In 2002 after a painful divorce and uncertain future, Susan Murray decided to begin making and selling chair covers. Having previously worked as a florist, décor was not new to Susan. Her three sons were wholeheartedly supportive of her and really helped to find her niche. Her son Ryan began helping out with business and administrative tasks on the side of his personal career goals. But as business grew he realized that this venture was where his future lay and together became a winning team. Described as the

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“ultimate and perfect combination of creative and professional,” Susan leads the creative department and Ryan runs business operations. Operating from a 20,000 square foot Toronto facility featuring a jaw-dropping showroom, Susan Murray is truly an international company selling worldwide to the US, Ireland, England, Alaska and attending world-class trade shows. Today, 10 years later, they’ve never looked back! In 2008 Susan and Ryan made an executive decision to move away from fabric

wholesaling and turned to linen décor rentals which now makes up more than 50% of their business. “We gave consumers what was missing in the market. We are building a brand, a Susan Murray brand. It has vision, sophistication, and is always current” says Susan. How is Susan Murray International distinct from the other wedding décor and rental companies on the market? While décor companies try to rent you props that they’ve invested in over the years, the Susan Murray Team: which consists of seamstresses, cutters, stylists and many other décor consultants, will help design a very real, sensory experience. A mood that is incredibly textile-driven and in style. The team follows fashion trends carefully and is prepared for the new ‘in’ look before it hits. So when a bride comes in with a picture of her Vera Wang dress with lifted tulle skirt and crystal embroidered detail, Susan Murray International can complement it in the décor.

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“We gave consumers what was missing in the market. We are building a brand, a Susan Murray brand. It has vision, sophistication, and is always current” Susan Murray linens add glamour to the room so clients don’t require as many extras to achieve the feeling they want to evoke in the room. For example, adding sequins to a tablecloth is a minimal cost compared to tabletop décor such as candles and crystal. Guests won’t remember the food as much as they will remember the décor. Why? Because it is a sensory experience that creates emotions inside all of us. Memories are yours to keep forever. At Susan Murray they don’t just see the occasion; they sees you and the occasion. First by taking time to get to know each client. Using her gift for reading people coupled with a deep passion for celebrating

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life’s joyful moments, Susan oversees the process of designing “an experience that lasts beyond a lifetime.” One thing that is always included with every project is quality. Susan Murray’s fabrics come from all around the world. Many are yarn dyed and then woven with each individual colour as opposed to dipping a garment into a vat of colour. The Susan Murray state of the art in-house cleaning process involves spot cleaning, washing linens in Italian machines built for fine garments and hand-pressing the fabrics for a flawless finish. The glamour and luxury of this attention to detail is not lost in the final product.

Susan Murray is so much more than “the decorator,” she becomes part of her clients lives. From the bride that paid special tribute to Susan in her wedding speech to the woman bound for Fiji who called from the airport because she couldn’t leave for her honeymoon without thanking Susan once more, it’s evident that Susan does so much more than decorate a space. She is in the business of realizing dreams. Susan and Ryan love being able to share people’ cherished moments. “The nicest thing about our business is that we really get to know people” says Ryan. “First they come to us for the bridal shower, then the wedding and soon a baby shower. We make these wonderful connections. Our job is all about the nice moments.” Looking back at how far they’ve come and what has been accomplished reminds Susan that her story is one of courage, of believing. “This has been a journey,” she admits tearfully. What is Susan’s biggest delight in all this? It’s seeing people really like her styles. She loves the ‘ah’ moment when someone walks into her showroom. Susan Murray International is a trailblazing company leading the way in sophisticated décor and ambiance setting. Behind streams a long line of satisfied clientele and strong connections. In another ten years Susan and Ryan hope to set Susan Murray as an established brand across major cities in Canada so that more people can enjoy their innovative designs and experience a magical event no one will ever forget. You can learn more about Susan Murray International by calling 1-866-757-8726 or visiting www.susanmurray.com

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Ivanka Trump

“Good Enough” is not quite Good enough e Francesca Filipelli


Let’s take a moment to think. Review your life as it is today. Try to recap a time in your life where you have accepted a form of offer; some kind of advantage that puts you above and beyond others. This happens to all of us. Whether we experienced it already, whether we declined it, or whether it’s coming our way, it just happens. Now some people’s advantages can and will be bigger than others, and that’s where problems arise. It is with great pleasure that we, Top Choice Awards, announce Ivanka Trump as the Top Businesswoman of the year. A surprise to none of course, Ivanka Trump has built a reputation for herself, that has many referring to her as a huge role model for young women all over the world. Born into one of the world’s wealthiest families or better yet, known as the daughter of Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump confirms her last name to be the advantage in her life. However, in her opinion, the privilege of the name “Trump” wasn’t everything, "You can be born into privilege, or you can not be born into privilege. You can be born into the opposite extreme and into poverty. I think from there on though, you really do have to make your luck," Ivanka stated. In both business and life, nothing is ever handed to you - you receive the odd push into the door, but remaining in the room is all in all up to you and what you can deliver. You need to learn how to thrive in all environments - “you cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do or what people expect you to do.” Build your reputation out of the success you have brought to others and yourself, from the results of what you did, what you said and what others will ultimately say about you. It can be extremely difficult to think that someone with a family history as Ivanka Trump deserves to remain in the position she is today. It is easier for us to manipulate our own mind into thinking that because her “advantage” was bigger and better than ours, it’s the reason why she is as successful as she is today. I am writing today to change that mentality and to give my opinion for a new way of thinking. The article below will inform you how Ivanka Trump is not one to believe that success falls into your lap - in fact, “Success isn’t something that happens to you, you happen to it.” First, you create your reputation. The next step is a little harder - maintain it while you live; and finally, preserve it after

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you die. Now, that may seem impossible to some people; how do you continue something after you die? Simple! Your children. It is one thing to build an empire; but it is another to educate future generations to maintain it and carry it on. “My parents set the bar high for me and my brothers. They gave us a lot, but they expected a lot in return” she shared with her readers. “My father is definitely not the kind of guy who would place his children in key roles, if he didn't think we could surpass the expectations he had for us” she concluded. These values and prin-

ciples were implanted into her since birth. Not once did she think she was entitled to the success her father created for himself. She worked hard at practicing the education her parents gave her - being the best, surprising people, and to never settle for “good enough.” Ivanka was 25 years old when she was appointed to the board of directors of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Due to her circumstance, yes, she had scored an opportunity to work with an extremely

Most would see having Donald Trump as your Father to be an advantage and Ivanka doesn't deny it. But there are also immense responsibilities and high expectations that come with the package.

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"I've had tremendous access to some of the most creative, free thinking minds in business – much of it thanks to my parents' friends and associates. But contacts are only that. A point of connection. A place to start. It's what you do with those contacts that counts." successful company; but it was totally up to her to prove that she belonged. “I was young and inexperienced; I was a woman; and I was Donald Trump’s daughter. It might appear as if this last would be a plus, but I didn’t see it counting for a whole lot in my favour.” To many, if not all, her name brought her reputation down to “daddy’s little girl” and nothing more. Now, when you come from a household where “good enough is not quite good enough” , you will do anything and everything in your power to showcase your dedication and to make a contribution after all. That’s just what she did. “By the end of that first meeting, most of my anxieties fell away, feeling as if I had made a difference and as if I would make an even bigger one going forward” Ivanka shared her thoughts. Believe this – when a group of individuals come together, it can be the beginning of something great. When they maintain a good enough relationship to keep the group together, it can be a progress to richness. Working together, depending on one another and using each other's knowledge and intelligence, now that’s success. Ivanka’s co-workers recognized and appreciated her abilities in the field of business and welcomed her to a road of success. She has slowly, but surely, become an extremely successful young entrepreneur who has already played an integral role in developing more than seventy real estate projects around the world, including buildings in New York, Chicago, and Dubai. Ms. Trump founded the Trump Hotel Collection with her brothers in 2007. Today, the company is regarded as

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Ivanka during the launch of her Spring collection at The Bay in Downtown Toronto.

one of the leading hotel management companies in the industry. Presently, the Trump Hotel Collection portfolio includes the highly acclaimed Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, Trump International Hotel™ Las Vegas, Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach, Trump SoHo™ New York and the recently opened Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower Panama. Additional projects in the company’s pipeline include world class hotels in Toronto, Cap Cana, and Scotland. One may say - that is quite impressive! “She is very serious, she is ambitious and she just loves what she does”, Donald Trump shared his views on his daughter. I will not stand here and try to sell you a story line that is not true. Ivanka Trump did indeed have an advantage that is beyond a large percentage of people out there. I just believe that we all are given different opportunities that match the lives we are meant to live, and that we should all embrace these opportunities and make something out of ourselves. Ivanka took her opportunity and built her life and her career from those advantages. “I've had tremendous access to some of the most

creative, free thinking minds in business – much of it thanks to my parents' friends and associates. But contacts are only that. A point of connection. A place to start. It's what you do with those contacts that counts.” It is obvious that Ivanka Trump deserves this Award. She has been an inspiration to women all over the world. She represents power, elegance and intelligence - qualities all business people should possess. Let her life be an example to you, and be proud to follow into her footsteps. Be thankful for the things that keep you above the rest and use them wisely. Become someone great and accomplish greatness. In the end of it all it, what got you started will not be what keeps you around. Allow your being and intelligence to be the reason why you are respected and appreciated in your career. Find your own advantage and discover the best use for it. Be confident in yourself! You are never entitled to anything in life; you may just be given the opportunity to earn it. Be like the Trumps! “Trumps don't play to perceptions. They play to win.” Connect with Ivanka w ivankatrump.com z @IvankaTrump

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Separation and divorce are difficult. You have rights. We fight for them. The Feldstein Family Law Group, Winner of the 2012 Top Choice Award for Top Family Law Services in the Greater Toronto Area. e Ellen McKenna

It is a sad day when your relationship breaks down. The person that we were once in love with, shared a home with, have children with, and have retirement plans and dreams with—is now the one we can’t run away fast enough from. Relationship breakdown is not only sad, it is fraught with emotions and stress. If you are facing the prospect of separation and divorce, you need a family lawyer to make you aware of and protect your legal rights. Feldstein Family Law Group has an enviable record of success as family law lawyers f ighting for their clients’ rights. And, they have won the Top Choice Award for six years running, including 2012.

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“It’s critical that we do the best job we can for our clients because the outcome of any agreement between separating spouses or partners will affect them greatly—and for years to come,” says Andrew Feldstein, managing partner and founder of Feldstein Family Law Group. Feldstein says that there are two things that help to differentiate his firm from other law firms. “First, we practice family law exclusively. This means we have a profound understanding of all aspects of child custody, child access, spousal support, child support, division of assets, and alternatives to going to court,” says Feldstein. Today, Feldstein Family Law Group has 12 lawyers working from four offices in

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Andrew Feldstein regularly represents the firm on live television, often providing insights into current Family Law issues.

the Greater Toronto Area, making them the largest family law firm in York Region and one of the largest family law firms in Greater Toronto. “Second, I believe we do a tremendous job communicating with our clients. Our success depends on us working together with our clients, toward common goals,” says Feldstein. Feldstein and his team work closely with their clients, ensuring they are continuously informed of the progress of their case. That includes making sure their clients get all the information about their files within a day or two of the firm’s receipt of them. Clients approve any letters or documents containing important information before they are forwarded to the other side’s counsel. At Feldstein Family Law Group, clients are provided early on with an evaluated viewpoint of the strength of their case, so that they have realistic expectations of the final outcome. Recently, the firm implemented a so-called extranet—a web portal where clients can track the progress of their case online—the first family law firm in Ontario to implement such a system. All documents are filed in folders and the site is available 24/7, via a username and password. This gives clients many advantages including full access to their own files, reduced paperwork, and reduced photocopy and filing costs. And, the extranet is also a green technology, saving thousands of pounds of paper annually. Andrew Feldstein was honoured in 2010 with the inaugural appointment to

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“I am very proud of our team of lawyers, law clerks, and support staff. You can’t win an award like this without teamwork. And, you can’t keep winning the Top Choice Award for six years running without teamwork,” – Andrew Feldstein, Toronto Family Lawyer and Founder of Feldstein Family Law Group the Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) Panel for Newmarket. He was selected for this appointment because of his vast experience with and successful ability to resolve complex family law issues using alternatives to traditional court methods, including the collaborative family law process. A n d , t h e Fe l d s t e i n Fa m i ly L aw Group maintains a vast website at www.separation.ca where those thinking about separation can visit and learn about Canadian family law, all in plain English, for free. There are articles, videos, and media clippings. One of the most useful tools is an article titled “Roadmap to Divorce.” Andrew Feldstein is frequently sought after by reporters, editors, and producers for comment and insight on Canadian family law issues. He is frequently interviewed by many news outlets including CTV, CBC, Newstalk1010 radio, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Law Times, and The Lawyers Weekly.

In addition, Andrew Feldstein advocates for needed changes in family law. He advocates for increased privacy of divorce files in Ontario, access to justice, and expanding the unified family court. “I am very proud of our team of lawyers, law clerks, and support staff. You can’t win an award like this without teamwork. And, you can’t keep winning the Top Choice Award for six years running without teamwork,” says Feldstein.

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You never know what to expect in the spacious show room. Cars come and go so quickly, it's like a different dealership every week.

Does Your Vehicle Drive You? You’ve always dreamed about opening the garage with that feeling of anxiousness in your gut. Gently sliding your hands across the hood as you make your way to the driver’s seat. You can’t wait for that tingle to trickle down your spine as you grip the wheel. The sound of the engine and how it gets your heart pumping, it reminds you you’re alive. That’s the feeling you get when you drive a luxury vehicle and that dream is not out of reach at Paramount Fine Cars. e Francesca Filippelli

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Your personality is always portrayed through your materialistic things - the physical and visual objects people see, is how they understand your likes and dislikes. It is just an easier way to get to know someone without having to speak to them. When you purchase something it’s typically because the second you laid eyes on it, whatever the case may be, you automatically felt like it was “made for you”. Now what if that “make” - was a 2012 Maserati

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GranTurismo? What if what appealed to you was a ridiculously beautiful car? A machine! In that case, someone needs to help you out - you are in need of immediate assistance. Paramount Fine Cars is without a doubt, a dealership where you are guaranteed satisfaction. Paramount Fine Cars Inc. has been in business for over 15 years, selling used fine cars - everything from Range Rovers, BMW, Porsches, Bentleys and more. Sam Amini is

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the owner of Paramount Fine Cars. He has been involved with cars ever since he can remember; loving and learning about them as time went by. He decided to follow his passion, and finally opened his own used car dealership providing only the best for his customers. For some, owning a car is a symbol of prestige and status; transporting them from one place to another, continuously making a statement for all to see. In fact, to them the words “a day in the sun”, means having the rooftop down in a newly purchased BMW, with the radio blasting while cruising on the way to nowhere. I’ve been there; it’s a great destination for a Sunday afternoon. Paramount is here to provide THAT kind of experience for you. Fun and exciting! “It is difficult not to love these cars” Sam shares with Top Choice. In fact, as a lover of cars, Paramount shares with the people, different models of exotic machines. For years now, Sam and his team have been providing beautiful designs in his shop. He backs them all up with incredible engines that produce some of the most amazing sounds I have ever heard. Sam is pleased and proud of the growth of Paramount Fine Cars. His staff are knowledgeable and professional. He shares with his team the love to strive for the best, and the guarantee that his clients will receive excellent customer services, and

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"To us its not about making a sale, we are here to create the perfect match, a match between the driver and the car" satisfaction. In fact, “To us its not about making a sale, its all about making sure you leave here with the perfect car that suits your needs and your wants. We are here to create a match that works, a match between the driver and the car” Sam concludes. They go above and beyond to ensure every customer is satisfied with their purchase. I had the pleasure to interview one of Sam’s clients and he had nothing but good things to say about Paramount Fine Cars. John has been buying cars at Paramount for years now and has never been disappointed. “Sam does not only sell cars he sells piece of mind. If anything is ever wrong with the car, Sam will take care of it. He makes himself available and corresponds to your schedule and to your time. “Whatever you need and want, Sam is there for you.” He concludes. It is very difficult to walk in the doors and leave without a new set of keys in your hands, placing you behind the steering wheel of your new car. I mean these machines are like magnets - it is almost impossible to detach yourself from them. It is not only due to the looks of the cars, I mean, these vehicles drive incredibly well. Not only that, they are so comfortable to drive in. You need to drop by and test drive

one – I am certain you will leave with the car of your dreams and for affordable prices. Now, whether a business is successful or not, will depend on many factors. Factors, which Paramount Fine Cars has present inside of his shop. After a few visit you will realize that their success lies in the quality, profitability, high customer satisfaction and unparalleled representation, of the cars he sells. All of these features and more, have helped Sam and his team become and remain, one of the most profitable automobile providers in the Greater Toronto Area. Ready to start driving the car of your dreams? Give Paramount Fine Cars a call at (416) 636-5150 or visit paramountfinecars.com. 2 Locations in Toronto 4467 Chesswood Dr 1023 Finch Ave W

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Automotives

Driven to Raising the Bar

Supreme Collision Centre boosts business by boosting customer confidence. As the owner of Supreme Collision Centre, a collection of collision repair shops north of Toronto, Marty Reddick typically meets people in less than ideal situations. “No one visits a collision repair centre under happy circumstances,” s a y s R e d d i c k . “ T h e y ’r e stressed and upset that they now have to take time out of a busy day to deal with an unexpected problem. That’s why we’ve made it our goal to make the repair process as quick, as friendly and as painless as possible.” Walk into any Supreme Collision Centre and you instantly recognize that this is no ordinary collision repair shop. Each location features

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the latest technology and equipment. But probably the biggest surprise is how pristine and organized they are. “We’ve set up our shops to help our customers feel at ease throughout the repair

– and that starts with a clean, lean work environment. It makes our customers feel a lot more confident that we’ll take good care of them.” The first Supreme Collision Centre opened in

“We’ve set up our shops to help our customers feel at ease throughout the repair process” process,” explains Reddick. “We know that the automotive repair business can be intimidating so at Supreme, we’ve worked hard to make the whole process transparent

1963, and now includes locations throughout Thornhill, Aurora and Bolton. The company was named ‘Business of the Year 2006’ by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and

has been named the Greater Toronto Area’s Top Choice in the Auto Repairs & Services category for the last three consecutive years. Supreme Collision is also the first collision network in Canada to become a national platinum sponsor of WICC, the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade. “ We ’ v e s e e n a l o t o f increased competition over the years, particularly as large, national chains have entered our market,” says Reddick. “But we’ve been able to not just compete, but grow, because we know that this business isn’t just about repairing vehicles, it’s about supporting our community locally.”

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Year after year, we meet great people by accident. Since 1963, Supreme Collision Centre has set new standards in quality collision repair for neighbours who have hit a bump in the road. For the third straight year, our community has thanked us with a Top Choice Award Mark of Excellence and we’re proud to be recognized for our team’s drive to exceed expectations. Because we believe that while dealing with a collision may not be fun, it doesn’t have to be hard. Visit www.supremecollision.ca to learn more.

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Style

Looking for a promotion to management? Not when you dress like that!

Perception is Everything! In between "too sexy", "too casual" and "too serious" is a balanced image that can help you succeed in an office. Care about your image and others will notice. e Francesca Filippelli

I was horrible when I first started working in an office. Whether I was too dressed down or too dressed up, I just didn’t get it. It got to a point where to me, the way I dressed and the way I portrayed my image to either my colleagues or clients, just didn’t matter. I, of course, didn’t know any better. I thought, like many others, that

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Everyday I see women with the potential to look extremely fabulous, but refuse to do so.

a person would be judged at their workplace based strictly on their ability to work and what they can deliver for the company. Unfortunately, that’s not how the world of today works. Everyday I see women with the potential to look extremely fabulous, but refuse to do so. They are dressed terribly from

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Style head to toe with things that you should NEVER wear, especially to an office. In fact, how you choose to dress each day reflects how you feel about your job and yourself. Learn to make a statement without words, invest in yourself, and use your appearance to speak up. Showcase that you take your position seriously, you are ready to work, and you are ready to make an impression. Now I know, life works in funny ways. I mean, the prettier the outfit, the less comfortable it seems to be. But regardless of the excuses, keep thinking of what's best for your image because there are some things out there that are just NOT meant to be inside of an office.

work. It’s when you overdo it. What you wear with it needs to be low and quiet. Try your best to keep it simple. Too loud clothing will reject with the sequins and pattern, making your outfit a screaming disaster.

right away begin to ask why. There goes the reputation. You are now giving people space to wonder about your personal life. Something you do not want to mix with your business life. You will be surprised of the things that some people can come up with - and how fast it will travel! Don’t make people question the position you have earned and worked so hard for, simply because you decided to be sloppy and unorganized.

This list below is a guide for you to look great:

1. Please don’t wear flip-flops to the office. There isn't anything really attractive about displaying your toes to the public; but if you must, do it at the park, while you take a walk or even when you’re at home you know, your weekend attire. Not your office attire!

3. Now you know, just because you have to make a living and report to the office daily, it doesn’t mean you need to have a nice pair of baggy sweatpants to accompany you. This type of “wear” is way too casual for the office - it brings out the message that you are not ready to work and that you’d rather be at home on the couch (that might very well be true, but don’t show your boss that). A juicy tracksuit is a great example. Brainwash yourself to understand this - just because something has a large price tag on it, it doesn’t mean it is something that you should be proud to wear in an office environment. 4. Let’s talk about too much skin. It’s a problem when you're showing off too much at the office. It is a place of business, not a place of “personal.” Learn how to divide the two. Midriff should not be an option in the morning. Be covered from just below the collarbone to just above the knee. Do not use work as a place to display parts of your body that you shouldn’t . Just keep thinking: place of business, place of business – professionalism, professionalism.

6. Women need to wear make-up. Yes, I support natural beauty. I mean, if you can pull it off, that is a definite plus for you. Understand, however, that make up isn’t something that hides your beauty; it’s here to enhance the qualities on your face. We all hate to say it, but it’s proven that women who wear makeup are most likely to receive better treatment in the workplace. You just look more professional. Whether we accept it or not, this world is a visual world. Follow these tips and trust me, things will begin to change. Change for the better. People don’t care about people that don’t care about themselves. Show yourself a little appreciation and remember that the way you dress and present yourself is the way you are deciding to brand your personal being. Whether we like the idea or not, you WILL be judged on your appearance.

Sound off It's time for you to let me know what happened. I want to hear about your experience with workplace fashion. If you find any of the tips useful, please get in touch and let me know what happened. Also, if you have experienced anybody at work who makes any of the violations, I would like to hear about that too! 2. Animal Print and/or Sequins! Big problem today! This is an issue for many women working in an office. Its one simple rule - do not wear too much of and it will

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5. Oh no, you are wearing the same clothes as yesterday! Why? People will

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Why should you have your air ducts cleaned? The EPA claims, “Your indoor air quality is found to be 70 % more polluted than the outdoor air.” What are you doing to improve the quality of the air in your home? e Ted Helps, President of Prestige Duct Cleaning The Department of Consumer Affairs also states, “Children and the elderly are more likely to be affected by polluted air.” By having your entire air handling system professionally cleaned, you are helping to reduce the risk of developing breathing disorders and reducing dust and pollutants in your home. The Asthma Society of Canada claims that, “Many cases of asthma and breathing disorders are triggered by allergens and pollens, dust mites, moulds and certain air pollutants, all of which can be found being circulated within your home.” Having your air ducts cleaned helps reduce the symptoms of allergies and asthma, as well as reduces the risk of costly repairs to your HVAC system. It will help it run more efficiently and effectively, saving you money year round. The decision of who you choose to use to have your air ducts professionally cleaned is just as important as the decision

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to have them cleaned. Just as there are many levels of service and quality in any industry, the same holds true in the air duct cleaning industry as well. Pricing for this service and standards can vary widely. Make sure the company you choose is reputable, has been in business for some time and offers a guarantee. Remember, the

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Family Roots, Corporate Success A look at the continuing growth of IBX Services, a company that continues to break the “small business” mould. Monica Couto I t ’ s r a r e to day to

find a company that embodies both the benefits of a small and large business, but they do exist and companies like IBX Services are the prime example. IBX Services specializes in Environmental Restoration services, restoring facilities to their original condition after floods, fires, windstorms and all of nature’s other hazards. We first became acquainted with IBX and the Xhelili family in 2007, when they were chosen as Top Choice Restoration Company. They have continued to win the award year after year and every time we visit the company, there is always

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something bigger and better. Larger facilities, more employees and most importantly bigger smiles. IBX has family at its roots, but this foundation is not lmiting them from branching out and pushing the boundaries in every aspect of their industry. Most recently, IBX has settled into new facilities at 690 Garyray Dr, Toronto. The 20,000 square foot state-ofthe-art facilities includes a contents processing, cleaning and decontamination room, ozone treatment room, along with climate controlled contents storage area. The office administration area includes

a training room with the latest in A/V equipment to ensure that their employees are on the cutting edge of industry developments. This space doubles as an education area for their clients’ employees, training them

how to safely deal with hazards in emergency situations. IBX Services has 24/7 emergency service and no matter what time you call, one thing you can count on is someone greeting you with a smile.

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Why is Indoor Air Quality Important to Your Health and Safety? e Cambridge Heating, Cooling & Duct Cleaning

Clean air is very essential for good health, and this is especially true when it comes to indoor air. Canadians spent around 90 % of the time inside their homes or at work. As per EPA, the air inside your home may be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Unfortunately, most people are not aware that poor indoor air quality is affecting their health. Indoor air pollutants range from minor irritants such as dust and animal dander, to major irritants such as molds and chemical vapours that may be emitted from building materials and furnishings. Poor indoor air quality has been linked with a wide array of health problems, including allergies, asthma, lung cancer and throat and lung infections. Healthy indoor environment is important, especially for children who are at a higher risk for exposure to indoor contaminants.

Health & Safety risks? • • • • • • • • • •

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The quality of your indoor air affects everyone in your home.

Common symptoms of indoor air pollution: • • • • • • •

Coughing Sneezing Watery eyes Fatigue Dizziness Headaches Upper respiratory congestion

Respiratory Health Effects • • • • • • • • •

Eye irritation Rashes Fever, chills Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat, sometimes leading to shortness of breath) Headache or dizziness Lethargy, fatigue, malaise Nausea, vomiting, anorexia Muscle pain Hearing loss

Ways to control the quality of your own indoor air: • • • • •

Air Purification System Humidifier Heat Ventilation System Hepa Filtter Recovery Ventilators

Poor indoor air quality has been linked with a wide array of health problems, including allergies, asthma, lung cancer and throat and lung infections. All of this equipment helps to defend against poor indoor air quality. The PureAir system uses exclusive UVA-light technology to attack all three classes of indoor air contaminants–particles, mold/mildew/bacteria and odors/chemical vapors. It also destroys ozone, an irritant known to be harmful to lungs. Lastly, it also helps to restore the proper balance of moisture inside your home and eliminate problems associated with dry air and also to alleviate allergies and respiratory symptoms, headaches and nasal congestion. For more information contact: Cambridge Heating, Cooling & Duct Cleaning by calling 416 750 4363 or visiting www.camheating.com Located at: 746 Warden Ave, Unit # 11 in Toronto

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Your house can save 1 over $800 each year All it takes is a switch to the most efficient and quietest furnace you can buy2, the SLP98V Variable-Capacity Gas Furnace from Lennox. Precise Comfort™ technology adjusts fan speed, heat and airflow capacity in increments as small as 1% for the ultimate in temperature control.

Variable-capacity operation similar to the cruise control system of high-performance automobiles, automatically making adjustments to allow maximum fuel efficiency.

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1) Potential energy savings you can expect from the SLP98V furnace, versus older furnaces with lower efficiency ratings. Criteria used in this example are 2,000 full-load heating hours, with a 60,000 Btuh heating design load and $1.368 ccf for gas. Your actual savings may vary, depending on the weather patterns in your local area, local fuel rates and your individual lifestyle. 2) icomfort Wi-Fi™ Touchscreen thermostat must be installed with an icomfort-enabled indoor unit for maximum performance.


Arts & Culture

World Academy of Music was voted Top Music School of 2012 in Markham

Professor Maya Djafarova Founder of World Academy of Music

His Worship Frank Scarpitti, Mayor Town of Markham during the Annual Summer Music Concert, June 2012

World Academy of Music One of the most important contributors to music education in the GTA voted Top Music School of 2012 in Markham It has been over 10 years since Maya Djafarova first founded her own music studio. Founded in 2001, Alania Music Studio gradually earned its place and made its mark in the GTA musical community. In-depth knowledge of the Russian classical school of music, in combination with comfortable working conditions in Canada, allowed Maya to quickly gain popularity and recognition in the music world. Dozens of her students are winners of music festivals and competitions and some of them continue their music education at university. A few years after Alania Music Studio opened, it became clear that the scope of Alania Music Studio was too narrow for the more significant musical projects Maya had envisioned. In 2009, led by passion and perseverance, Maya established the World Academy of Music, a musical institution that has, in the last 3 years, gained a reputation for being one of the most important contributors to high-quality music education in the GTA. A team of talented and dedicated teachers in the areas of piano, violin, vocal, musical theatre, and music theory, have helped World Academy of Music become

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a symbol of excellence in the music community. In RCM Examinations, the average mark achieved by her students in the 20112012 school years was 88%. Being faithful to her musical vision, and for the purposes of promoting interest in the study and practice of musical arts and arranging musical concerts, classes and seminars, Maya founded "Maya Music Society" in 2010. At the Third Annual Summer Musical Concert held June 2012, His Worship Frank Scarpitti perfectly articulated the success of the school in a heartfelt speech: "...Congratulations to Maya Djafarova for really, the inspiration behind the school; and although it's been around for a short time, and although some of the talent that we heard from today haven't been with the school for that long, I can see that there has been great benefit from Maya's experience and her unique style of blending some of the Russian background with other teaching techniques...Congratulations to all of the teachers for the school, and certainly all of the students that are with the school...Thank you Maya, continue the great work through the school, with the

talent that I've heard here this afternoon, there is an incredible future for you... One day, whether you [students] perform at Roy Thompson Hall, at the Opera House downtown, the ACC, or who knows, maybe even the new arena if we're lucky to get that facility here in Markham, what I hear is incredible talent and an incredible future, and thank you for making Markham a great cultural place."

"...thank you for making Markham a great cultural place." – His Worship Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham World Academy of Music 8791 Woodbine Ave., Unit 205 To learn more about programs or to book a complimentary consultation call 905-604-MAYA(6292) waofmusic.com

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HIGH PERFORMANCE VISION™ The Bochner Eye Institute is internationally-recognized as the experts in Laser Eye Surgery. Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Bochner is the longest established laser eye treatment center in North America. “We have thousands of satisfied patients from all over the world— 40 countries and counting — to have laser eye surgery,” says Dr. Raymond Stein. “However, the most significant acknowledgement of our expertise comes from the fact that well over 300 eye doctors have chosen our Institute to have their eyes treated.” The father and son teams of Harold and Raymond Stein, and Albert and Jordan Cheskes trained at the world renowned Mayo Clinic. They also hold professorships at the University of Toronto and have collaborated on an impressive 35 texts — the most academic books attributed to a private institution in North America. “Our reputation as a center of excellence is attributable to the quality of our surgeons,” notes Dr. Harold Stein. “Patients considering a laser procedure can be rest assured that our surgeons are amongst the most skilled and experienced in the world,” explains Dr. Stein, “what really sets us apart is our expertise partnered with the most advanced laser technology available.” Technologies like the new Intralase® equipment. The Intralase® laser is the safest, most effective all laser LASIK technique. This technology provides improved safety, better vision, higher degrees of predictability and precision. Now with, new diagnostic equipment, the Bochner Eye Institute is now better able to detect and correct diseases and disorders of the eye at the earliest stages. “Innovation, safety, experience, dependability, and the longevity that comes with years of experience and thousands of happy patients are what keep the Bochner Eye Institute at the forefront of laser technology in Canada,” concludes Dr. Albert Cheskes.

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SERVICES KERATOCONUS Keratoconus is a corneal disease that occurs when the normally round dome-shaped cornea (the clear outer area of the eye) progressively thins causing a conelike bulge to develop. New treatment modalities are offerred including corneal collagen crosslinking with Riboflavin and intracorneal rings.

INTRAOCULAR TECHNIQUES Intraocular techniques, as the name implies, are done within the eye. Three intraocular techniques are available at the Bochner Eye Institute: Phakic Intraocular Lenses - often referred to as an Implantable Contact Lens (ICL), Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) and Cataract Surgery

LASIK LASIK, or Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, is a type of laser eye surgery for correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. In order for light to focus more clearly on the retina, the outer window of the eye and the cornea must be of the proper curvature.

PRK During photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), the surface cells of the cornea, called the corneal epithelium, are removed instead of creating a LASIK flap. The excimer laser is applied to reshape the cornea and correct vision. Visual outcomes are equally as impressive as with LASIK, however, the healing time tends to be longer.

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Financial & Legal

Why is Life Insurance Planning Important? All life insurance protects your dependants against the loss of an income by creating or conserving an estate in the event of the death of the insured. It’s designed to create capital for the beneficiaries. e Victor Ferreira, President of Ferreira Insurance & Investment Concepts Inc.

Do I need Life Insurance, when I’m starting a family? When you have young children/dependents, life insurance protects their financial future. An ongoing use of capital is provided by life insurance, such as: • Investments can be purchased from which to create an income for loved ones to cover living expenses; providing for the retirement of a spouse, etc. • A trust can be established, from which a family can acquire income If you are price sensitive, consider a term plan or a combination of term and permanent, it depends on what meets your needs and life style. “Term insurance” is like renting- at the end of the term; you can… renew for

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another term, usually at a higher cost or move to something permanent. “Term insurance” provides coverage for a limited period; does not accumulate cash value; premiums that increase with age. "Permanent insurance” is like buying – in time…it will build equity in the form of a cash value. “Permanent insurance” provides lifetime coverage; accumulates cash value; premiums can be levelized/guaranteed.

Do I need Life Insurance when I retire? Permanent plans can resolve estate planning issues; because there are often additional investment vehicles built into the policy (“participating policies” include the use of the life insurance company’s dividends, etc.). The cost of the permanent plan coverage is higher than term plans, but the tax-free death benefit can be used to address estate planning issues, such as paying an estate’s tax liability on capital gains, etc.

What can the proceeds provided by a Life Insurance be used for? • Pay off liabilities such as credit cards, debts, outstanding bills, mortgage, loans and/or estate taxes upon death • Pay for final expenses, such as funeral and burial. • Create capital to pass on to heirs such as children or a spouse.

• Pay off business related liabilities.

Can I buy more life insurance when I’m healthy? If you get high blood pressure or diabetes, or suffer from angina before you buy insurance, you may be rated and the premiums will be higher than for a healthy person. Depending on your health issues, you may also be declined for coverage. So buy as much as you can afford, that meets your needs when you are younger and healthier. Ask your advisor to do a capital needs analysis. It is relatively easy to calculate the capital needed over any short or long period of time and at any stage of the insured’s life, if he/she were to die.

Victor Ferreira President of Ferreira Insurance & Investment Concepts Inc. Victor Ferriera is a Senior Advisor and Life and Qualifying Member of the prestigious “Million Dollar Round Table” (Ranked top 1% of advisors worldwide) who has been helping people make clear financial choices for almost two decades. Well recognized and respected by his community and the Financial Services Industry. To learn more visit www.lifehealthandwealth.ca or call 416-709-2716

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What is the Right Business Vehicle for Me?* When starting your own business you must carefully consider your business vehicle By David Costa, Lawyer and Founder of Costa Law Firm pc Congratulations on deciding to start your own business! You will need

to choose your method of carrying on a business. Here we address three potential business vehicles to consider depending on your needs: (i) Sole Proprietorship, (ii) Partnership, and (iii) Incorporation.

Sole Proprietorship The Sole Proprietorship is perhaps the easiest method of carrying on a business. It comes into existence whenever an individual sets up a commercial operation. The sole proprietor owns the assets of the business and is the ultimate decision maker. There is no formal registration requirement for a sole proprietorship. However, you may have to register a business name. Although relatively easy to set up, this method does not have the benefit of separate legal status and limited liability, as may be found in a corporation.

Partnership When two or more persons carry on business together with a view to profit, the

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relationship is called a Partnership, and its co-owners are called Partners. Similar to a Sole Proprietorship, a partnership is relatively easy to create and does not have separate legal status apart from its partners. In addition, partners are agents of each other and can enter into agreements on behalf of the partnership, thus binding all co-owners. Although not required, it is recommended that partners enter into a partnership agreement in order to clearly set out the parameters of their relationship; otherwise, the partnership relationship is governed by the default rules of the Partnership Act. When drafting a partnership agreement, it is crucial to address issues in the partnership relationship such as: admission of new partners, dissolution, how decisions will be made, retirement of a partner, etc.

Corporation Unlike Sole Proprietorship and Partnership, a Corporation is a legal entity separate in law from its owners. It can therefore own property, carry on business, possess rights, and incur liabilities.

One of the main advantages to carrying on a business through this legal form is the limited liability and perpetual existence of the corporate form. To create a corporation, one or more individuals who are 18 years of age or older, not mentally incapable, and not bankrupt sign and file Articles of Incorporation (which is like a birth certificate for a corporation). Articles of Incorporation typically include information such as: company name, address of a registered office, the number of directors; the number and characteristics of shares authorized to be issued, and any restrictions that are imposed on the transfer of shares. There are three major sets of players in a corporation: the directors, the officers, and the shareholders. Directors oversee the corporation and make major decisions. Officers carry out the day to day operations and implement the policy decisions put in place by the directors. While shareholders “own� the corporation through their ownership of its shares, they do not own the property belonging to the corporation, or assume its rights and liabilities due to the corporation’s separate legal existence. Shareholders are entitled to vote, elect directors, receive the remaining property of the corporation upon dissolution, and typically share in the profits through dividends declared by the directors. *Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is NOT legal advice but fundamental information to be further inquired upon professionally. You should always consult with a qualified lawyer to obtain proper advice.

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Making your way to Canada There are several legal paths to permanent or temporary residence in Canada, each with its own specific requirements and procedures. The Canadian immigration lawyers at Niren & Associates will help you choose the best way to reach your goals.

e Michael Niren, Immigration Lawyer

and Founder of Niren and Associates

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Permanent Residence Skilled Workers Applicants in this category are assessed and awarded a number of “points”, based on the contribution they can make to the Canadian work force. Business and Investor Immigration The Business Immigration Program encourages investment and employment growth in Canada, by welcoming people who have the ability to successfully establish a business or invest in Canada. Family Class If you have a close relative who is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, they may be able to serve as a Sponsor for your own immigration to Canada. Immigration Hearing and Appeals If your immigration application was refused you may have a right to appeal and have the refusal reversed. Other Permanent Residence Categories There are various other programs for people wishing to immigrate to Canada including the Provincial Nominee Program, Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications and the Canada Experience Class. Our Canadian immigration experts can help you understand the complicated requirements and procedures involved in each of these paths, and help you follow the best path to your goals.

Tempoporary Visas to Canada Work Visas Canada welcomes thousands of people every day who want to enter the country on a temporary basis — to study, to work, or just to visit. The rules of entry can be strict, and our Canadian lawyers can help you make sure your work visa application is a successful one. Study Permits for Students If you’re a foreign national wishing to study in Canada, you will likely need a Study Permit to enter and reside in the country. Our experts in immigration law can help you make sure you meet all the necessary requirements for success. Visitor Visas There are several different kinds of Canadian visitor visas, and it’s important to choose the right path for you, depending on your circumstances and goals. We can help you determine which visa represents the best opportunity for you.

Denied entry to Canada? If you have been denied entry, you still may have options. Niren & Associates provides immigration services for Canada and the USA. For more information call Toll-free 1-888-528-7885 or visit them online at www.visaplace.com

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The Duties of a Mortgage Broker Looking for an unbiased view in regards to your mortgage choice? Then let a Mortgage Broker do the work of securing a mortgage for you. By Eddie Quindamo, Mortgage Broker, License #10584 How to select the right Mortgage Broker for you? There is a lot to consider when financing your home and selecting the right Mortgage Broker is essential in maximizing the right mortgage for you.

Free Service As a Mortgage Professional I am paid a finder’s fee by the lender, which is similar to commission in traditional sales.

Access to prime interest rates As a Mortgage Professional I have access to discounted interest rates that the banks cannot compete with as well as insight to wide range mortgage products.

Shopping the Market As a Mortgage Broker I am working for you, not the bank. For that reason, I can shop the market which includes credit unions and trust companies to saving you time and money.

Comparison As a Mortgage Professional I am able to provide you side-by-side comparison of both

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interest rates and mortgage products (not all lenders have the same mortgage products).

Fast and Easy Application Process Experience is essential here. As a committed Mortgage Broker I am able to assess, process and deliver your application to lenders within 24 hours.

Step-by-step Guidance As your Mortgage Broker I am able to walk you through each stage of the mortgage process, regardless if you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned real estate

connoisseur, by understanding every step you will feel more confident in the decisions you are making that can otherwise seem overwhelming.

A Lasting Relationship Because I truly appreciate your business and your referrals, I work hard to ensure that you are satisfied with my service and my commitment always goes the extra mile for you. Annual Mortgage Check-Ups, Variable Rate Updates and the planning of your Mortgage Burning Party are all thoughtful ways that separate me from other Mortgage Brokers.

Eddie Quindamo Mortgage Broker, License #10584 For over 20 years, Eddie Quindamo has helped thousands of clients obtain their dream home and other financing goals. Eddie’s proven record of success can best be captured by his solid reputation and the strong relationships he has developed within his community as well as with his 50+ lenders. To speak with Eddie about the possibilities of your Mortgage, call (905) 652-3000 ext. 200 or email him at eddie@quindamo.com

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Food & Drink Sam Santos, JC Pimentel Photography

The family behind Bairrada. Carlos Pires (center) founder of Bairrada and his two sons and managers Nilton and Denis.

A Legacy of Excellence Authentic Portuguese cuisine from an honest Portuguese family, that’s why diners choose Bairrada Churrasqueira. Upon entering Bairrada Churrasqueira one finds an ambiance of casual family dining where authentic Portuguese cuisine can be savored in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The food is anything but casual! Bairrada has an adventurous menu that presents Portuguese classics with a flavourful flare that will leave your appetite satisfied and make you come back for more! In the summer months, the true feeling of Portugal’s culture can be experienced on the spacious outdoor patios, where you can savor delicious specialties right off the charcoal grill. You can choose the perfect companion for your meal from Bairrada’s fine selection of

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Mississauga Location

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St. Clair Location in Toronto

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full-bodied Portuguese wines and cocktails and be sure to leave room for one of the tantalizing desserts or mouth watering Port wines! Family values are a strong part of Portuguese culture and at Bairrada it is no different. Bairrada is the top choice of families for Portuguese take-out in the GTA, so when you can’t get the family to Bairrada you can bring Bairrada to your family. Bairrada is a family owned and operated restaurant that was established in 1989 by Senhor Carlos Pires. Over the past 20 years, Carlos has

developed the Bairrada Churrasquera legacy, working closely with his sons who will proudly continue its success and growth. Today, Bairrada has 3 locations in the GTA which have strengthened the upward momentum of the restaurant and have people of all backgrounds raising an eyebrow with genuine interest towards Portuguese cuisine and culture. When dining at Bairrada Churrasqueira, a delicious meal and a great time is guaranteed.

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You asked for it! We listened. A common question we receive at Top Choice is “Who do you recommend for…?” So, we created the Winner Pages. Whenever you need a product or service in your city, see the back of Top Choice Magazine for a list of participating Top Choice Award winners. This list will be published EVERY issue, so you’ll always know who’s on top!

Electrical Contractor Gemini Electrical Group 8551 Weston Rd. Unit 10 Woodbridge, On L4L 9R4 905 850 8939 geminigroupinc.com

Law Firm Costa Law Firm 1015 Bloor St W Toronto, On M6H 1M1 (416) 535-6329 costalawfirm.ca

Entertainment Complex Woodbine Entertainment 555 Rexdale Blvd. Toronto, On, M9W 5L2 416-675-3993 www.woodbineentertainment.com

Life Insurance Services Ferreira Insurance & Investment Concepts 18 Brule Trail Kettleby, On L0G 1JO 905-939-2930 lifehealthandwealth.ca

Event Staffing Agency Femme Fatale 647-456-2644 femmefatalemedia.com Exterior Moulding Company Canamould Extrusions Inc. 101A Roytec Rd. Woodbridge, On L4L 8A9 905 264 4436 canamould.com Family Law Services Feldstein Family Law Group Professional Corporation 20 Crown Steel Dr. Markham, On L3R 9X9 (905) 415-1636 separation.ca Kids’ Catering Company Yummy Catering 1444 Dupont Street, Unit 24-25 Toronto, On M6P 4H3 416-532-5250 yummycatering.ca Landscaping Services Turf Lawn Care and Maintenence Inc. 95 Joymar Drive Mississuaga, On, L5M 3S8 905-896-4016 www.turflandscaping.ca Language School ILAC 920 Yonge St., 4th floor Toronto, On M4W 3C7 (416) 961-5151 ilac.com

Mortgage Specialist Eddie Quindamo 21 Roysun Road - Unit 6 Woodbridge, On L4L 8R3 905-652-3000 ext 200 mortgagecentre.com Optician Hakim Optical 128 Hazelton Ave. Toronto, On M5R 2E5 (416) 924-8866 hakimoptical.ca Painting Contractor Painters Group 2719 Bur Oak Ave Unit 2 Markham, On L6B 1K7 905.294.7777 thepaintersgroup.ca Painting Supplies Retailer Steeles Paint 4190 Steeles Ave. West Woodbridge, On L4L 3S8 416.743.4040 steelespaint.com Plumbing Services Priority Plumbing 354 Annette St Toronto, On M6P 1R5 (416) 762-8662 priorityplumbing.ca Printing Services Print 2 Go 4858 Yonge Street North York, On, M2N 5N2 416.406.4444 www.print2go.ca

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cleanse yourself, naturally We are all born from nature, yet few have discovered the true healing power that nature has to offer. Manuel Antonio Medeiros has dedicated his life to finding natural treatments for many of today’s most common ailments.

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Section Restoration Company IBX Services 690 Garyray Dr. Toronto, On M9L 1R3 416 252 5959 ibx.ca Wedding Decor G.P.S. Decor and Wedding Services Unit# 2 , 1310 Steeles Ave.E. Brampton, On L6T 1A2 647-989-9041 gpsdecors.com Window and Door Company Dundas Wood Windows & Specialties Inc. 2113 Dundas St W Toronto, On M6R1X1 (416) 534-4593 dundaswoodwindows.ca

Markham Dance School KICKS Dance Studio 50 Bullock Drive - Unit #6 Markham, On L3P 3P2 905.294.2618 kicksdance.ca Montessori School Yip’s Canada 28 Crownsteel Dr. Unit 19 Markham, On L3R 9Y1 905.513.0955 yips.com

Italian Restaurant Il Porcellino 6720 Davand Dr, Mississuaga, On L5T 2K7 905-696-9755 ilporcellino.com Physiotherapy Clinic TAC Physiotherapy Clinic Inc 4141 Dixie Rd Mississuaga, On L4W 1V5 289-814-1564 tacphysio.com

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Music School World Academy of Music 8791 Woodbine Ave., Suite 205 Markham, On L3R 0P4 905-604-6292 waofmusic.com

Dance School CB Dance Academy 10077 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, On L4C 1T7 905.884.8850 cbdance.ca

Korean Restaurant Nak Won 3225 Hwy 7 E. Unit 3 Markham, On, L3R 3P3 905-604-2471 www.nakwon.ca

Financial Advisor Page and Associates Ltd 95 Mural St, Suite 405 Richmond Hill, On L4B3G2 905-884-5563 askpage.com

Yoga Studio Moksha Yoga Markham 5051 Hwy 7 East, Suite 2, 3 and 4 Markham, On L3R 1N3 905-474-YOGA (9642) markham.mokshayoga.ca

Hair Salon Cerilli Beauty Centre 10520 Yonge St Richmond Hill, On L4C 3C7 (905) 508-9400 cerillisalon.com

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Banquet Hall Roma’s Hospitality Centre 5-5980 Shawson Dr. Mississauga, On L4W 3Z6 905 670 7662 romashospitality.com

Alternative Health Services Ervanária Victoria Inc 920 Dundas St W Toronto, On M6J 1W3 (416) 603-7978 ervanariavictoria.com

Italian Restaurant That Italian Place 470 chrysler drive, Unit 32 Brampton, On L6S 5Z5 (905) 451-5552 thatitalianplace.ca

Dance School The Dance Factory 6535 Millcreek Drive, Unit #72 Mississauga, On L5N 2M2 905 821-2110 dancefactorymeadowvale.com

Auto Body Repair Universal Auto Body Repair 123 Toryork Drive North York, On, M9L 1X9 416 746 9924 www.universalautorepairs.ca

New Car Dealership Brampton Chrysler Dodge Jeep 190 Canam Cres Brampton, On L7A 1A9 905-459-1810 bramptonchrysler.com

Injury Law Services Nainesh Kotak 120 Traders Blvd. E, Unit 120 Mississauga, On L4Z 2H7 (905) 755-8900 naineshkotakpersonalinjurylawyer.com

Banquet Hall Atlantis Pavilions 955 Lakeshore Blvd. West Toronto, On M6K 3B9 416.260.8000 atlantispavilions.com

Brampton Acupuncturist Performance Physiotherapy & Wellness 1-11670 Hurontario St Brampton, On L7A 1R2 289-632-1700 wellnessphysiotherapy.com Banquet Hall Dreams Convention 75 Hedgedable Road. Brampton, On, L6T 5P3 905-451-1500 www.dreamsconventioncentre.com

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Section Fine Used Car Dealership Paramount Fine Cars Inc. 4467 Chesswood Drive Toronto, On M3J 2C2 416 636 5150 paramountfinecars.ca Immigration Law Services Niren & Associates 20 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 2202 P.O. Box 2023 Toronto, On M4R 1K8 416-410-7484 visaplace.com Kitchen Remodelling Services Kitchen Designers Plus 79 Sheppard Ave. W. North York, On M2N 1M4 (416) 512-7979 kitchendesignersplus.com Massage Therapist Bodyone 302-688 Richmond Street, W. Toronto, On, M6J 1C5 (416) 516-2114 www.bodyone.ca Nail Salon Zen Nails And Spa 1969 Avenue Road Toronto, On M5M 4A3 647-351-9361 zennailsandspa.ca Office Furniture and Equipment ABCO Business Interior 2480 Lawrence Avenue E. Toronto, On, M1P 2R7 (416) 750-0118 www.abcooffice.com Property Management (Residential) Del Property Management #109 - 4800 Dufferin Toronto, On M3H 5S9 (416) 661-3151 delpropertymanagement.com Take Out Restaurant Bairrada Churrasqueira 1000 College St Toronto, On M6H 1A7 (416) 539-8239 bairrada.ca

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Vaughan Banquet Hall The Venetian 219 Romina Drive Concord, On L4K 4V3 905-660-1110 thevenetian.ca Hotel Novotel 200 Bass Pro Mills Drive Vaughan, On L4K 0B9 905.660.0212 novotelvaughan.com Insurance Brokerage Brokers Trust Insurance Group. 2780 Highway 7, Suite 201 Vaughan, On L4K 3R9 905.695.5159 josephcarnevale.com Italian Restaurant Vinsanto Ristorante 28 Roytec Rd, Suite 3 Woodbridge, On L4L 8E3 905 264 3991 vinsanto.ca Japanese (Sushi) Restaurant Ginza Sushi Restaurant 8401 Weston Rd Vaughan, On L4L 1A6 (905) 850-0032 ginzasushiandthai.com Window & Door Company Arrow 2000 Window and Door Systems 960 Edgeley Blvd., Vaughan, On L4K 4V4 416-741-7070 arrow2000.ca

Media Television Program (Morning Show) Breakfast Television 33 Dundas St. East Toronto, On, M5B 1B8 416-599-2489 www.bttoronto.ca

Television Program (News) CP24 News 33 Dundas St. East Toronto, On, M5B 1B8 416-599-2489 www.cp24.com Television Personality - Male Steve Anthony 299 Queen St. West Toronto, On, M5V 2Z5 416-384-2400 www.cp24.com Television Personality - Female Dina Pugliese 33 Dundas St. East Toronto, On, M5B 1B8 416-599-2489 www.bttoronto.ca Radio News Program 680 News 777 Jarvis St Toronto, On, M4Y 3B7 416.935.8471 www.680news.com Radio Program -Morning The Dean Blundell Show (102.1 The Edge) 25 Dockside Drive Toronto, On, M5A 0B5 416-870-3343 www.edge.ca Radio Personality - Male Scott Fox 5312 Dundas Street West Toronto, On, M9B 1B3 416.213.1035 www.z1035.com Radio Personality - Female Ashley Greco 299 Queen St. West Toronto, On, M5V 2Z5 (416) 925-6666 http://www.chumfm.com Daily Newspaper Toronto Star 1 Yonge Street Toronto, On, M5E 1E6 416-367-2000 www.thestar.com Journalist/Columnist Mike Strobel 333 King St. E. Toronto, On, M5A 3X5 416-947-2222 torontosun.com

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Emily Lyons By realizing her industry was all beauty and no brains, Emily turned her passion for modelling into a nichĂŠ service for corporations. Femme Fatale was born and high-calibre event staffing is catching on. b Founder of Femme Fatale / Event Staffing and Model Management x Toronto, ON, Canada T 647 456 2644 O femmefatalemedia.com Femme Fatale Media is an event staffing and model management agency. Representing promotional staff, professional models, dancers and all forms of event staffing for corporate functions, print, film/TV, product launches, trade shows, events and more. Having started her career as a promotional model, Emily Lyons quickly realized that although a pretty face will get attention, agencies were failing to provide the brains behind the beauty. She recognized an industry that was full of potential and saw a need for an agency with higher standards. Having been constantly told that she has an eye for both beauty and business, Emily decided to take it upon herself to create an agency that would actually live up to it's potential, in July of 2009 she started Femme Fatale Media. With her entrepreneurial spirit and love for the industry, it wasn't long before Femme Fatale became a full-service agency, satisfying such high-end clients as Warner Bros. Canada, National Bank Financial, UFC, Playboy and many more. Setting new standards for staffing agencies. In 2010, Femme Fatale was awarded "Best

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Promotional Modeling Agency In The City Of Toronto" at the Toronto Night Club Awards, an award it has received 2 years running. Emily has built an illustrious company, acclaimed for attention to detail and the absolute highest caliber of staff. Backed by a dedicated team of industry professionals, Emily Lyons continues to dedicate her time and resources to improving the rapidly growing industry she loves so much.

"We work with companies of all sizes to bring that special flare to events that I felt was missing and, until now, not easy to acquire."

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Alma Agoviku It's quality over quantity for this bright, spirited Realtor®, who understands the importance of building relationships on both sides of the deal. b Real Estate Sales Representative x Richmond Hill, ON, Canada T Direct: 416.857.0005 E alma@remaxinfinite.com Soon after her graduation

from York University with a Masters in Economics, Alma Agoviku has developed into a woman where all of her endeavors have involved the need to meet challenges, expand her knowledge, protect and bring value to others, and perhaps to take some chances. She is the type of person that believes anything is possible once she puts her mind to it. She is focused, able to work under pressure and guaranteed to meet your deadlines. Her goals and aspirations are growing as time passes by, with more opportunities to learn and experience. Working as a realtor gives her an opportunity to fulfill her hopes and dreams by helping people to sell their home and buy a new dream home. She adds on by saying "If I can contribute with the analysis of the market and your home, then it would be an exciting way to complement my studies." Alma developed her communication and negotiating skills as an assistant manager, sales representative and in other various work experiences where she

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learned the importance of building strong personal relationships on both sides of a deal. These were exactly the skills she needed to turn her passion for Real Estate into a successful career. “One of the main reasons I got into Real Estate was that I liked meeting new people and was eager to help them out with whatever I could. There’s no better way to do both of those things other than being part of one of the biggest decisions of their lives - which is helping people sell their homes and buy their dream home.”

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“Without hardwork, there is no sense of accomplishment. Set yourself a goal, work towards it, achieve it and then set your next goal… The sky is the limit, don’t cut yourself short of any dreams you may have” – Argyris

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Michelle Argyris Actress, Model, Dancer, Gymnast, Entrepreneur. Is there anything this young woman from Mississauga can’t do? x Mississauga, ON, Canada b Actress, Model, Entrepreneur O michelleargyris.com From an early age, Michelle would find comfort living life in the limelight of many athletic activities from competitive dance to gymnastics. She quickly developed a natural talent in cheerleading which lead her to the top of many all star teams:

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The York Lions, The Power Cheer Toronto Cobras, and finally on a national scale, representing Team Canada. “I thank my mom everyday for placing me in all these sports. It has kept me healthy, disciplined, physically fit, and has come in handy for several different acting and modeling projects.” Her athleticism, along with her talent, beauty, energy, and positive work ethic, would land Michelle several TV appearances on shows such as “Hellcats”, “Scare-Tactics”, “Get-Out Canada”, “Looka-like” and Spike’s hit TV series “Blue Mountain State”. Her face would also become well known in the commercial and print industry, for a wide array of products. In 2010, Michelle was offered a starring role as Alex Froschiber in the horrorthriller “Devil Seed”. This would be the role that would prove Michelle’s versatility and talent as a formidable actress. “It was a privilege to play Alex since she dove into several characters in one film:

the sweet girl next door, a mentally unstable somewhat schizophrenic and finally a fully possessed demon.” – Argyris With an ever-growing audition demand, and a promising future in the film industry, Michelle has been pro-active in attaining two Honour’s Degrees in French Studies and in the Communication Program at York University. Shortly after she graduated, Michelle started her own promotional staffing-agency called LandmarX Staffing (www.landmarxstaffing.com), and has become an ambassador and co-founder of a smart-phone application called ”DrinkzOnMe”. (www.drinkzonme.com) “My passion is acting, but I get a strong sense of achievement from my business-entrepreneurial background. Hopefully one day I can somehow combine the two”- Argyris Now, barely in her 20s, with a thirst for business, a passion for acting and a strong athletic background, Argyris continues to pursue her strengths leaving viewers and fans eager to see what she’ll do next.

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