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of programs, including a diploma in domestic science, a two-year Housekeeping Certificate and many three-month short courses. It trained prospective domestic science teachers, who then took their education to the countryside and farms. Continued success led to a four-year Macdonald Institute degree program in 1948 in affiliation with the University of Toronto. The Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph is North America's oldest veterinary college. It was moved to the Guelph campus in 1922, after beginning in Toronto in 1862 as a private institution. It became affiliated with the University of Toronto in 1919, teaching future veterinarians in an era that relied heavily on horses for transportation. In 1962, the Ontario Agricultural College, Macdonald Institute, and the Ontario Veterinary College were integrated into three Federated Colleges with a dean for each college and a Board of Regents. On May 8, 1964, the

University of Guelph Act was passed by the Ontario Legislature, bringing the three founding colleges together as a single institution. Wellington College, with faculties of arts, social science and physical and biological science was added as the fourth college. Today the University of Guelph continues to educate with many of the same principals used by Adelaide Hunter Hoodless. She cared deeply about engagement and considered it important to teach people to care about their neighbourhoods and their environment. “As we celebrate our first fifty years, the University of Guelph has been recognized as the world’s most caring university. That caring is the legacy of Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, and it is our future,” says Alastair Summerlee, University of Guelph President, 2003 to 2014. Both current students and alumni share a profound sense of social responsibility, a desire for local volunteerism, a concern for international

development, and an obligation to address global issues. The university community focuses on a dedication to cultivating the essentials for quality of life–water, food, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture and learning. The University is ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities with a commitment to student learning and innovative research. Today it is made up of seven different colleges, including the College of Arts, College of Biological Science, College of Business & Economics, College of Physical & Engineering Science, College of Social & Applied Human Sciences, Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College. Additional satellite campuses and research stations fall under the university umbrella, as well as the University of Guelph-Humber. The College of Business & Economics was recently renamed from the previous title of the College of Management and –continued on page 4

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The Launching of “Tour de Guelph” a bicycling fundraiser takes place on July 6, 2014. In memory of George Vetter, the ride will start and finish at the University of Guelph. The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital, Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph-Trillium are organizing this annual event in support of the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital. Participants, sponsors, volunteers of all ages are welcome to take part in this exciting new venture. Sponsor the event, a rider or a donation. Register before June 27th to receive a discount of registration fees. For more information, Registration and Sponsorship forms visit the “Tour de Guelph” website: www.tourdeguelph.ca Want to know more about Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium? Visit our Website: www.trilliumrotary.org Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium Facebook and Ribfest Facebook Pages & Ribfest website: www.ribfestguelph.com ... to get to know us better and see what our club is currently doing international and locally. April/May 2014 page 3

Volunteers Needed Volunteers will be key to making Tour de Guelph a success. If you, a family member or a friend would like to volunteer on ride day, email: volunteer@tourdeguelp.ca, visit www.tourdeguelph.ca for more information or to volunteer.

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Economics, to better reflect its offerings. “It was acknowledged that many potential students, parents and employers are unaware that Guelph offers a full suite of business programs, despite having offered a commerce degree for nearly fifty years,” says Dean Julia Christensen Hughes. “Students also said identifying the college as a business school would better help them compete in the job market.” Within the college, the former Department of Business will become the Department of Management, and the existing School of Hospitality and Tourism Management will become the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management. The University’s Board of Governors recently approved renovations for offices and learning space in Macdonald Hall, to make it the new home of the business school. The University of Guelph offers a wide variety of programs and courses, all taught by outstanding and often award-winning faculty. More than 27,000 students are enrolled across the province; students attend Guelph from 83 different countries, and graduates are in 144 different countries around the world. At the first convocation in May 1965, Dr. MacLachlan was installed as the first president of the University of Guelph with George Drew, a native of Guelph and former Premier of Ontario, becoming the first chancellor. Effective August 15, 2014, Professor Franco Vaccarino will succeed President Alastair Summerlee to be

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appointed the eighth president and vicechancellor. When asked why the University of Guelph seems to be different than many other institutions, Hon. Bill Winegard, University of Guelph President, 1967 to 1975, said, “you don’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been. This institution knows where it has been, knows its roots, and has hung on to those roots and the spirit that goes with that for many, many years.” For more information about celebration events taking place throughout the year please visit www.uoguelph.ca/50/.

University of Guelph Alumni and visitors to receive over 20% off overnight tourism packages with Visit Guelph Guelph Tourism Services has partnered with the University of Guelph to build three unique tourism packages that will save visiting U of G Alumni and guests over 20% when they book an overnight package. These packages celebrate the University of Guelph’s 50th Anniversary, which began in January. The promotion is being offered April 1 to June 30. Three package options were created to cater to the variety of visitors expected. They include the ‘Welcome Back’ package featuring a downtown Guelph dining experience, the

‘Fearless at the 50th’ package featuring rappelling or zip-lining in Elora and the ‘Guelph Gastronomy’ package which features an array of local culinary tastings–including a sampling at Wellington Brewery. Additionally, all packages include a 10% discount at the University of Guelph Bookstore and the ‘Visit Guelph’ information centre located within City Hall at 1 Carden Street. Visitors can book their choice of getaway online through visitguelphwellington.ca/packages

Family-fun cycling event–Sponsorship opportunities for Tour de Guelph Plans are rolling along for the first annual Tour de Guelph, a family friendly bicycling event for all ages and abilities. The event, to take place on Sunday July 6, is in support of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital and the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium. “We have a fabulous group of people working hard to make this a first-class fun and fundraising event” commented Suzanne Bone, The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s CEO. “One of the areas we are focusing on is sponsorship. We have a number of cash and in-kind sponsors on board already, and, of course, are looking for more!” Venture Guelph Publications Ltd. has already joined as a media sponsor for the event. Tour de Guelph offers an opportunity to promote your business in front of communi-

ty-minded individuals who enjoy family activities, the great outdoors and supporting worthwhile causes. And, you’re supporting our Hospital and Rotary at the same time! The committee anticipates a minimum of 600 participants and volunteers of all ages, coming together in support of our community and healthy, active living. Of course, the event is looking for riders, too. There will be routes – 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k and 100k, so something for everyone. The routes are well-planned through urban and rural areas as well as the University of Guelph's Arboretum. All rides will start and finish at the University of Guelph’s Soccer Field Complex. Interested in learning more? Check out www.tourdeguelph.ca, or call or email Suzanne at 519-837-6440 x2350,sbone@gghorg.ca. April/May 2014 page 4

Welcome to our April issue of Business Venture. We are heading into the season where we begin to see many events and celebrations taking place throughout the community. An important celebration to take note of this year is the 50th anniversary of the University of Guelph. Be sure to read our cover story and learn more about the history of U of G which dates back 140 years to the opening of the Ontario Agricultural College. The 19th Annual Women of Distinction™ Fundraising Gala takes place on May 1. The YMCA-YWCA of Guelph recently announced the annual nominees which are listed below. A new fundraiser this year is Tour de Guelph, a family friendly bicycling event for all ages and abilities in support of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital and the Rotary Clubs

of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium. The committee welcomes any interested business sponsors; both cash and in-kind sponsors are appreciated. For more information read the article below. Visit our website www.ventureguelph.ca to view our calendar of events. Upload your events for free by filling out the digital ‘jotform’. Our next issue of Business Venture and our Summer Activity and Events Guide will be published in June. Watch for our Citywide Summer Sales Guide coming in July. For more information or to share your story email us at infoventure@golden.net.

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YMCA-YWCA of Guelph announces 19th Annual Women of Distinction™ Nominees The YMCA-YWCA of Guelph announced the names of this year’s 45 Women of Distinction™ Nominees at the 19th Annual Women of Distinction™ Nominee Reception, held at Cutten Fields. The Nominee Reception, hosted by the Women of Distinction™ Alumnae, served to announce and recognize each woman as a nominee, in preparation for The Women of Distinction™ Fundraising Gala, held on May 1st. This year, the Gala is expected to be an exciting evening where attendees will recognize and respect the contributions these women have made in our community, and raise funds to support the Guelph Y Teenage Parents Program (TAPPs). The Honourary Chair for this year’s event is Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar. TAPPs is offered to teens ages 14-21 in Guelph and Wellington County, providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment where young pregnant and parenting teens can gain access to resources, tools and information to develop their parenting skills and reach their full potential. It is the only program of its kind in our region. Last year TAPPs supported over 90 young mothers, fathers and their children. Visit www.guelphy.org or call YMCA-YWCA of Guelph for more information or to make a donation to TAPPs.

The 2014 nominees are: Arts & Culture Renann Isaacs Margaret Peter Nancy Pounder Rosemary Walton Janet Wilson Business & Entrepreneur Janét Aizenstros Susan Beirens Glenna Colling Bobbi Miner-Neal Jean Prichard Education & Training Cheryl Anderson Hilary Appleton Helen Hambley Jacqueline Murray Health,Wellness & Recreation Kelly Hadfield Dr. Jane Hosdil Karen Kamphuis Elizabeth Kent Janet Parr

Information Technology Kelly Brooks Kathy Hanneson Brenda Sherry Public Sector Susan Bennett Debbie Bentley-Lauzon Heather Fowler Anne Gardner Andrea Lawson Lynne MacIntyre Science & Research Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe Trades Margaret Wells Young Women of Distinction Nicole Bauman Joléne Labbe Naythrah Thevathasan Fawn Turner Alexis Wagner

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St. James Catholic High School awarded $15,000 from the Greenbelt Fund

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by Tim Yawney, Principal, St James High School Imagine snack time in the Grade 5 classroom, and a healthy nutritious snack made with strictly locally grown foods. Further, a snack that has no additives and would contribute to daily healthy food choices. This is one of the goals for St. James Catholic High School hospitality teacher Mrs. Mary Weiler and her students. In October 2013 she applied to Ontario’s Greenbelt Fund to support this very worthwhile idea. In March 2014 Mrs. Weiler and the hospitality program at St. James CHS were awarded $15,000 to move forward with her plan. The Local Food Challenge, led by the Greenbelt Fund, with support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, is helping public institutions such as hospitals, schools, and childcare centres incorporate more Ontario food into their menus. Funding of up to $15,000 is available for projects that help market more local food options to students, staff, and patients; educate people on the benefits of buying local; and connects them with local suppliers. “From farmers’ markets to grocery stores, local food is everywhere. Regardless of the season, Ontario farmers are growing something close to home,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Fund.“The Local Food Challenge gives institutions the opportunity to cook with more local food and explore their menus with the added incentive of having a little competition amongst communities across Ontario. We can all do more when it comes to buying local, even if it’s just one new item each week.” The St. James plan promotes the idea of buying local by providing our students in Grades 4 to 8 with breakfast foods using local products, including items such as homemade breakfast bars. Students will develop ten recipes for breakfast

foods suitable for use by school based breakfast clubs. Then we will develop a recipe book to be distributed in nine elementary schools. We will use locally grown foods that meet Ontario’s Healthy Food for Healthy Schools Act, 2008 and PPM 150: School Food and Beverage Policy. Teacher Mrs. Weiler sees the partnership with the Greenbelt Fund as an “incredible opportunity to increase awareness of local healthy food and recipes beginning at a younger age.” The students in the St. James hospitality program and the students in Grades 4 to 8 will learn that it is possible to use local food to create simply everyday recipes for daily nutrition breaks. St. James CHS was in great company in receiving this funding. Other challengers include Centennial College (Scarborough Campus), Toronto; Health Sciences North, Sudbury; Lakehead District School Board, Thunder Bay; Niagara Health System, St. Catharines; Niagara Region Child Care Services, Thorold; Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Orillia; University of Guelph, Guelph; University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus), Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. Principal Tim Yawney stated “We are honoured to be awarded this recognition from Ontario’s Greenbelt Fund and look forward to linking our Food and Friends breakfast program to this opportunity and bridging the gap between our elementary and secondary school breakfast programs.” Keep track of the 2014 challengers by visiting Ontariofresh.ca or follow them on Twitter. Follow @ontariofresh for updates and use the hashtag #LFC2014.

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Combined heat and power facility announced for Hanlon Creek Business Park Envida Community Energy Inc. receives 20-year electricity contract from Ontario Power Authority A combined heat and power (CHP or cogeneration) facility planned for Guelph’s Hanlon Creek Business Park will play an important role in meeting the city’s future energy needs while reducing the environmental impact of power generation. As part of its award-winning Community Energy Initiative, Guelph hopes to use cogeneration systems to provide at least 30 per cent of the city’s anticipated total electricity requirements–about 100 megawatts–by the year 2031. Smaller, local energy systems, including cogeneration systems, directly address a number of the community’s priorities–increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the resiliency of the City’s energy infrastructure, improving energy security, growing the local economy, and improving the competitiveness of local industries. Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., representing the City of Guelph as shareholder to Guelph Hydro Inc. and its affiliates, is provid-

ing leadership in doing business differently by aligning the City’s strategic objectives with the project work of Envida Community Energy. Over the next two years, Envida Community Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Guelph Hydro Inc., will build the Hanlon Creek Business Park Combined Heat and Power facility that will improve the resiliency of the city’s electricity distribution system, contribute to reduced energy costs for Hanlon Creek businesses, and improve the City’s ability to attract new businesses in Guelph. The highly efficient, natural gas-fired CHP facility has the capacity to generate 10.2 megawatts of electricity–about four per cent of the entire city’s average demand for electricity. The electricity will be fed into the provincial grid under a 20-year contract with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), granted under Ontario’s Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program. Combined heat and power systems are commonly found in hospitals, educational institu-

tions, large commercial facilities, government buildings and industries. In Guelph, CHP facilities are in operation at the University of Guelph and West End Community Centre. This small-scale CHP facility will be designed to blend in with its surroundings. The facility will consume minimal water resources, produce zero effluents, and generate noise at about the level of a passing road vehicle while producing less greenhouse gas emissions than would be produced if all the buildings connected to the system operated their own chillers and boilers. Typically, generating electricity at a largescale power plant creates a lot of heat, and this heat goes to waste. However, with a CHP facility, waste heat is captured and used to heat water. Using waste heat for a building’s hot water or space heating lowers fuel and equipment costs, reduces space requirements, lowers building and maintenance costs, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The Hanlon Creek district energy system will distribute the hot and chilled water for heating, cooling, and hot

water through an underground network of pipes to buildings in the business park. “Combined heat and power facilities offer tremendous economic and environmental benefits to direct users of the system, the local community and society as a whole,” says Barry Chuddy, Chief Executive Officer, Guelph Hydro Inc. Currently, temporary district energy systems operating in the business park provide heating and cooling to the buildings owned by Fusion Homes and Würth Canada Limited. Once the CHP facility is constructed, the companies and other Hanlon Creek businesses will be supplied from the new facility. By simultaneously generating electricity and thermal energy from one fuel source, the facility is expected to result in efficiencies up to or greater than 80 per cent; this is substantially greater than the 30 to 45 per cent efficiencies achieved in conventional electricity generation facilities. Envida’s first CHP facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2016.

Here’s my take… an opinion column by Terry Diggle Election fever is heating up, as Ontario's municipalities get ready to go to the polls in the fall. While interest in municipal issues and candidates doesn't really peak until a few weeks before the election, it is important that voters do their homework in order that they can make intelligent and thoughtful choices before they reach the voting booth. Democracy is often described as a form of government in which power ultimately comes from the people who are governed, whether through direct voting or through elected representatives. Sir Winston Churchill summed up democracy this way: “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” What's important is that the wishes of the people, the electorate, are carried out by their representatives. Of course not all electors desire the same things. That's why the wishes of the “majority” are usually acted upon. Or should be. That is not always the case, and that is troubling. An example: It is our contention that the majority of Guelph's voters own and drive motor vehicles. It is also our understanding that those automobile drivers use those vehicles within the city to

get to work, to run errands, to transport people to events and activities, to go shopping, to go to and from medical and other appointments, and as volunteers to transport the sick, frail and elderly. To get to their destinations, people desire a well-planned and efficient system of roads that allow for quick, reliable and efficient vehicular transport. That means efficient arterial, collector and residential streets paired with minimal but synchronized traffic signals and a minimum of speed bumps and stop signs that are erected to deter vehicles from certain streets. In addition, those roads must have the requisite number of lanes to accommodate today's and tomorrow's traffic flow. The question must be asked. If the majority of Guelphites drive cars and want to move quickly throughout the city, why are more and more bicycle lanes and “suicide” third lanes being created at the expense of efficient vehicular movement? And at a cost of tens of thousands of tax dollars? Not to mention time lost in business travel. On busy streets when cycling is dangerous, maybe cyclists and pedestrians should learn to co-exist safely and politely. In addition, on-street parking to accommodate residents who have family and friends over for a visit is being compro-

mised. Surely the needs of cyclists, who represent less than two per cent of Guelph's population, can be accommodated without adversely affecting the other 98 per cent of the population. Another example. Last year, council approved “free” bus transportation to the location of the temporary farmer's market in Exhibition Park. Why? The market is a commercial venture just as are the many super ”markets” in the city. To make that matter worse, Exhibition Park has a great deal more parking than the downtown's cramped location. The market was in a position to attract more business at that location. Again, the majority of taxpayers, who either seldom support the market, or who drive to it in their vehicles, were forced to pay a subsidy to a retail operation. Those are but two examples of the wishes of the majority of taxpayers being ignored. Unfortunately, there are many others. This fall, voters should carefully weigh their choice of councillor. Is the individual willing to represent the wishes and views of his or her constituents? Or is that candidate more likely to promote his or her own “pet” projects and policies? Ask questions; look back in history. Think very carefully before you vote. The future of our city really does depend on it.

Potholes on the growth road by Tony Roy We all know that potholes can do serious damage to our vehicle and sometimes even put us right off the road. When a business is growing rapidly there can be many “potholes” along the way that can seriously impair the company’s ability to maintain that growth and even stay in business long term. Here are three critical potholes I have witnessed along with some suggestions to help steer clear of them.

Cash Flow When companies are experiencing rapid growth they can outstrip their ability to fund their growth and, in extreme cases, grow themselves into bankruptcy. This occurs when a company has rapid sales growth combined with granting credit to their customers. The Accounts Receivable grow, and without a strong Collections system, cash does not come in the door fast enough. Cost of materials, payroll, taxes, rent and other overheads still have to be paid and without a constant inflow of cash, companies can literally run out of money to pay their bills. A detailed Cash Flow forecast going out at least six months combined with a consistent and effective Collections Process can help prevent this problem.

People A growing business often needs to hire more people and if events are happening rapidly the normal safeguards, checks and balances and proper hiring practices can be bypassed in the name of expediency. This can allow people onto your team that do not “fit” the organization. This may lead to reduced efficiency, poor customer service and numerous HR problems. The cost of a “bad” hire can be significant in money, company reputation and managerial time. Establish an effective and efficient recruitment and screening process to ensure only qualified people who are a good “fit” for your organization get onto your team. For growing companies this should be an on-going process so that you always have a list of potential recruits. You should also establish an effective onboarding process combined with a strong review process- especially in the first three months.

Product/Service Delivery

meet forecasted requirements (assumes you are forecasting sales!) will make sure that potential customers aren’t disappointed and go elsewhere. If you are selling a service, having trained people available to meet the needs is critical. Stretching out wait times due to your inability to find the resources to deliver your service can lead to customers looking elsewhere. Proper Sales Forecasting, Material Planning and Production and Delivery Systems (Supply Chain Management) are vital to keeping customers supplied when they need your product or service and ensuring that they not only buy from you once, but also become a long term client. Watch for the upcoming issue of Business Venture where I will discuss how marketing and planning can impair a company’s growth. Tony Roy is a Certified Business Coach for ActionCOACH. He can be contacted at 519-729-0033 or tonyroy@actioncoach.com

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Family & Children's Services launches NHL Hockey Collectibles Raffle Family & Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County is stepping into the hockey world with the launch of a raffle of authenticated NHL Hockey Collectibles. Raffle proceeds support the Children First Fund which has been established by Family & Children's Services to provide financial assistance to programs not currently funded through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Programs supported through the Fund help improve the lives of children, youth and families in our community. The raffle Grand Prize is an autographed Boston Bruins jersey donated by former Guelph Storm player and captain, Daniel Paille. Mounted inside a framed cabinet, the autographs which have been authenticated, are of the 2013 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup finalist players. Signatures include Zdeno Chara, Jaromir Jagr, Patrice Bereron, David

Krejci, Milan Lucic and of course Dan Paille. Raised in Welland, Ontario, Daniel played his minor hockey with his hometown Welland Tigers. He played junior hockey for the Guelph Storm and was also a member of Team Canada for the 2003 world Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the Team Canada captain for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning silver medals in both tournaments. Daniel joined the Boston Bruins in 2009 where he plays the left wing position. "Family & Children's Services is very excited to enter into this partnership with Daniel and Dana Paille. Their commitment to children and youth in Guelph and Wellington will help our Children First Fund provide support for vulnerable children and their families," says Daniel Moore, Executive Director of Family & Children's

Services of Guelph and Wellington County. The NHL Collectibles Raffle includes as second prize a framed Daniel Paille hand-signed game photo of Dan with the Stanley Cup taken after the Boston Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup winning game as second prize. The raffle third prize is a uniquely framed game photo of 2014 Team Canada player Drew Doughty. Drew, a former Guelph Storm player, now plays for the Los Angeles Kings. Raffle tickets are $10 each and are available individually or in books of 10. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Fund Development Coordinator, Carolyn Tait-Guest at 519-824-2410 ext. 4172 or at Carolyn.tait-guest @fcsgw.org. The winning tickets will be drawn on June 18, 2014.

Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium Ribfest Recipients for 2014 The Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium organizes and runs an annual Ribfest at Riverside Park in late August. Proceeds from Ribfest are allocated to local organizations, which apply for grants, to help support their good works in the community. On Wednesday, February 12 and 19, area groups were presented their grants by Dan O’Donnell, Chair of Funding Allocations, Rotary Club GuelphTrillium, at a breakfast meeting. Each representative spoke at the meeting on how their grant will be used within their organization. Recipients were: Big Brothers /Big Sisters of Guelph; St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation; Lakeside Hope House; Westminster Woods Public School; Focus on Nature; Michael House Pregnancy Care Centre;

Front row: Heather Fowler, Big Brothers /Big Sisters of Guelph; Barbara Macrea, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation; Karen Kamphuis, Lakeside Hope House; Dawn Nicholson, Westminster Woods Public School. Back row: Dan O’Donnell, Chair of Funding Allocations, Rotary Club Guelph-Trillium; Shirley Hunt, Focus on Nature; Rosemary Coombs, Michael House Pregnancy Care Centre.; Jane Colwell, Hospice Wellington; Sly Castaldi, Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis; missing from photo is Allison Stoffman, Ottawa Crescent Public School.

Hospice Wellington; Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis; Ottawa Crescent Public School; Action Read Literacy Centre; The Elliott; Community of Hearts Learning Centre; J.O.E. (partner with Guelph Public Library); Food& Friends (Children’s Foundation); Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood; Guelph Enabling Garden; Sunrise Equestrian. The Rotary Club of Guelph - Trillium is dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through local and international projects. We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Cutten Fields in Guelph. New members and guests are always welcome. For more information about joining the Rotary Club, please go towww.trilliumrotary.org.

Front row: Mira Clarke, Action Read Literacy Centre; Michelle Hughes, The Elliott; Susan Wahlroth, Community of Hearts Learning Centre; Amy Baskin, J.O.E. (partner with Guelph Public Library) Back Row: Dan O’Donnell, Chair of Funding Allocations, Rotary Club Guelph-Trillium; Laurie Lantaigne, Food & Friends (Children’s Foundation); Dan Evans & Peter Wilks, Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood; Trevor Barton, Guelph Enabling Garden; Ann Caine, Sunrise Equestrian (supplied photo)

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Ribfest: Guelph’s favourite festival returns for it’s 17th year The Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium hosts Ribfest year after year to enormous community response. The group relies on the generosity and strength of Guelph’s business community to provide valuable resources that ensure the event is a success! Partnering with Ribfest is a great way for your business to be profiled at Guelph’s favourite festival. Here is how your sponsorship dollars work: • Your funds help offset the costs of putting on a community party for 50,000 or more community members. • The money raised at Ribfest is dispersed to local community charities. • You strengthen your community by helping those in need and providing a great community festival. Join as a sponsor of Ribfest at a level that suits you: Friends of Ribfest Sponsors - $250 • Your company name listed as a sponsor in the Ribfest supplement • Your company name included on Ribfest website • Charitable tax receipt

Want greater community impact for your business or organization? Add a vendor booth for $600. Amigo Sponsors - $500 • Your company name listed as a sponsor in the Ribfest supplement • Your company name and logo included on Ribfest website • Company name displayed at the entrance to the park • Your company mentioned in the press release thanking sponsors. Want greater community impact for your business or organization? Add a vendor booth for $600. Bronze Sponsors - $1250 All the benefits of Amigo sponsorship plus: • Your company may display its own banner on Ribfest fencing • 10 delicious 1/2 rack meals Want greater community impact for your business or organization? Add a vendor booth for $600. April/May 2014 page 10

Silver Sponsors - $2,500 All the benefits of Bronze sponsorship plus: • Your company name and logo included in all advertisements • Radio promotion announcing your company’s participation • Your company name and logo prominently displayed at the park • Access to Corporate VIP area with exclusive bar service • 15 delicious 1/2 rack meals • Sponsorship acknowledgement plaque

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Gold Sponsor - $5,000 All of the benefits of the Silver sponsorship plus: • Exclusivity: no other similar sponsor • Your company name, logo and web link included on Rotary’s Ribfest website • Invitation to opening ceremonies and luncheon • Your company name prominently displayed at the park and on stage • Judge position for “Best Ribs” Contest (The Toby Awards)

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Title Sponsor - $25,000 All of the benefits of Platinum sponsorship plus: • Your company will be highlighted in all marketing • Receive up to 80 delicious 1/2 rack meals Want greater community impact for your business or organization? Add a vendor booth for $600. Ready to be part of this great event? Contact sponsorship@guelphribfest.com

Finance Long Term Care Insurance Expecting to remain healthy for an extended period of time is a false assumption that can quickly undermine a financial plan. In fact for a couple aged 65 the likelihood that one of them will require long-term care is over 80%. This statistic is exemplified by the fact that a 2012 survey determined that over half of all Canadians have not factored long-term care into their retirement plans. Accordingly individuals need to recognize and consider future health care needs in their plans. Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI) is one product that can be purchased to protect one’s plan. As it is with all insurance products the younger and healthier one is the more likely you are to qualify for the coverage and the cost

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will be affordable because of these two factors. Purchasing this type of coverage at an earlier age is ideal as more options are available. For instance one can take advantage of the unlimited benefit period, which provides a continuous stream of benefits as long as he\she needs extended care. If you are already retired you can still consider LTCI in your financial planning. Certain features such as affordability and accessibility can be adjusted. For example, a combination of a shorter benefit period and a longer waiting period will make a difference in the cost. One should keep in mind that the underwriting process for obtaining the product is detailed and requires a fair bit of data to be provided on

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the three steps are Self-Assessment, SelfDevelopment and then Self-Action. The continuous review of our objectives and skills–short, medium and long term is the formulation of the base. Employees need to take back the responsibility and no longer delegate career management to their employers. They can no longer blame career fulfilment and work/life balance on their employer. Managing is an individual choice of decisionmaking, identifying career mentors, life-stage transitions and dealing with stress. Remember your career management responsibility within an organization, whether domestic or a global organization, and identification of career coaches is your professional responsibility for work/life balance. However, the entire career management process is based on the establishment of defined goals/objectives whether specific or general in nature. Utilizing career assessments and professional career coach may be a critical step in identifying opportunities and career paths that most resonate with someone. Career assessments can range from quick and informal to more in-depth as well as the difference between a volunteer or paid career mentor. Regardless of the tools you use. Start to take self-steps of career management. Janet Roy, President and CEO, Premium HR Solutions Inc. www.premiumhrsolutions.com 519-824-2428.

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Business of Downtown Canadian Anti-spam Legislation (CASL) supplied by Lloyd Longfield

downtownguelph.com Investing public dollars in economic development by Marty Williams, Executive Director, Downtown Guelph Business Association My friend Dietmar Huber tells a story of a seasoned businessman who was brought in as a consultant to solve a problem that had vexed the client for a number of months. Within the first hour of the first meeting he took out a piece of paper and sketched out the solution–one that proved to be exactly what the client was looking for. It worked. Everybody was happy. But then the consultant’s bill arrived and the client balked at cutting a sizable cheque for what he took to be less than an hour of work. “How can you charge me so much when you were here for barely an hour?” “I solved your problem in an hour, sure. But what you are paying for is the 40 years I put in before that hour. That’s why I knew what to do,” he responded. “The bill is payment for that.” And the bill was paid. I love that story. I think the seasoned businessman was absolutely right to charge what he did. It takes a lot of insight and intelligence to make complex and multidimensional issues clear and easy to understand. And when you know it, you know it. He was worth every penny. Of course that’s not what usually happens. Most times the process will drag on. It may ultimately reach the same positive conclusion, yes, but it will make you suffer first. Fat reports, 100 page (plus) documents chockablock with background rationale and a narrative longer than Gone with the Wind will be produced. Meetings will be called and called; minutes will be taken and hours lost. Drafts and redrafts will be circulated until your head is spinning: Which version said what? What happened to idea X? Why do we have a new consultant, what happened to the last one? And this will go on (and on) until the effort expended makes the bill obviously worth paying. Some version of this is now playing out in our fair city with regard to investing public dollars in economic development. There will be reports, there will be meetings, but in the meantime I would like to attempt (like the man in the story above) to provide the auda-

cious, obvious, back of the envelope version of the situation. My take on it would

read like this: we are moving from investment in the industrial lands on the edges of the city to investment in intensification within it. We have pockets of land that are under performing as surface parking lots and brownfields, sites owned by the City that could have a much higher and better use; if we put money here we will see a significant payback; assessments will increase, the tax base will grow, and new money generated can be spent to improve important services; more jobs and more opportunity means greater prosperity for all Guelphites. It really is that simple. I have confidence in this explanation not because I have 40 years of experience in the field of Economic Development, but because it’s working in cities our size across Ontario. It is a proven model where public investment–and public commitment to a long term vision–leverages private investment. In the proposed Baker Project, for instance, 60 to 70 percent of the construction cost will be borne by private and institutional investors. But they need to know that we’re in; this is no time to be coy. Guelph is a confident, growing, smart and vibrant place. We have invested well in our city and we are reaping that reward. We need to seize the opportunity we have before us to reward the future. Yes, there is a bill–there is always a bill. But when you see the fantastic outcomes that you get for your money, any reasonable person would say that it is a bill worth paying.

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Spam is a constant and invasive problem. We can all agree to that. The volume of unsolicited bulk email and instant messages– usually of a commercial nature–coupled with an overabundance of spyware/malware– continue to plague productivity and economies around the globe. While many countries have attempted to curb this problem through regulation, the solution proposed by the government of Canada is the most comprehensive and far reaching of its kind. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) was passed in December of 2010, and establishes rules for the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs), the installation of computer programs on another person’s computer system or the alteration of transmission data. There are also a number of fraudulent and malicious activities that are prohibited. The rules that apply to CEMs come into force on July 1, 2014, while the rules governing computer programs take effect Jan. 15, 2015. As of July 1, 2017, there will be the right of private action, which may include class action lawsuits. The potential administrative penalties for noncompliance are high–up to $1 million for individuals and up to $10 million for corporations per violation. There is also personal

liability for officers and directors and companies are responsible for the actions of their employees. Small business will have to explore whether there are exemptions they can rely on or use alternate delivery systems using traditional mail, or the telephone. Both add cost in time and labour. Chambers themselves rely on email communications, which could now be disrupted across the board. Similar to other businesses, where individuals unsubscribe from receiving electronic communications, this will limit communications that can benefit business. Instead of directing costs to supporting business and delivering programs, administrative costs will take more from membership fees. These arguments will apply to charities and community benefit organizations as well. Costs for mailing invoices and following up with phone calls will re-introduce inefficiencies into operations for these lean organizations. Alarm bells should be sounding off if your business has not started to look at how you are working towards compliance. July 1 is not far away. In the meantime, you have a lot of work to do. The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is here to help. www.guelphchamber.com 519-822-8081

Practical advice for selling your business by Heather Grummett Local author, Wayne Vanwyck, has recently released The Business Transition Crisis, a book filled with practical advice for those business owners who hope to one day retire and sell their business. Vanwyck, a leading Business Transition Coach who works with business owners nationally out of the Waterloo area, is concerned about the tsunami of business sell-offs forming in Canada and other Western countries. “A huge wave of baby boomers will soon be ready to sell their businesses,” says Vanwyck. “In 2005, a survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business showed 71% of all business owners wanted to retire within 10 years. That number was pushed forward by two to three years due to the recession in 2008, which means literally millions of businesses will be coming up for sale soon. With only seven percent of those owners having a written succession plan, many businesses will end up just closing or selling for below the proper value.” For the bulk of small businesses in the States with under 20 employees, only one in five will find a buyer if they put the business up for sale. “One of the biggest reasons businesses don’t sell is a lack of preparation–developing processes to allow the business to run without the owner, a steady number of profitable growth years, and proper delegation of work load to employees.”

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Vanwyck sees one of the biggest challenges for owners is finding the time to think far enough ahead. “To sell for the most value, a business needs to run at peak performance for at least two or three years before it is sold.” Owners also need to be realistic about their business–while it may be a strong family business with employees, there may not be a value or market for it. “Many times owners have the false impression that a buyer will just show up, no matter what, even if it is a flat or dying industry,” adds Vanwyck. He gives the example of an auto parts manufacturer looking to sell at the end of 2008. There also tends to be a lack of encouragement from government and university programs for entrepreneurs to purchase or become a partner in an existing business. Most promotions and incentives focus on start-up businesses. Those entrepreneurs, who are thinking about selling their business in the next five years, need to start now. “Owners should decide what they want to do next with their business and be excited about it. If they are not motivated, they will put it off and not have the energy needed to put into making the business strong and attractive for a buyer.” For more information on Wayne Vanwyck’s book, to follow his blog, or to participate in an Webinar visit www.thebusinesstransitioncrisis.com


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Employment contracts: a must for employers A well-drafted employment contract provides an employer with an excellent opportunity to reduce its liability with respect to a future termination of an employee. It also enables the employer to establish clearly defined terms of employment and in appropriate cases, protect against possible competition by an ex-employee. Without an employment contract, a termination can be a significant expense for an employer. The Employment Standards Act outlines the minimal entitlements of an employee who is dismissed on a without cause basis. These include notice or termination pay up to eight weeks and depending on the size of the employer and the employee’s length of service, severance pay equalling a week per year of service to a maximum of 26 weeks. The entitlements provided in the Employment

Standards Act are just the starting point. An employee is also entitled to notice or termination pay in lieu of notice pursuant to the common law. The amount of notice or pay in lieu under common law is determined based on a number of factors but a rough guideline is one month per year of service. During a common law notice period, an employee is entitled to receive their pay, benefits and possibly other entitlements such as bonuses. As such, common law entitlements are a significant expense and can cause a financial barrier to needed terminations. An employment contract can limit an employer’s financial liability by specifying the employee’s entitlements at the time of termination. A properly drafted termination clause can displace the employee’s common law entitlements and limit the amount of pay in lieu of notice

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required at termination. It is important to note that a termination clause cannot provide for payments or benefits, which are less than the employee’s entitlements under the Employment Standards Act. An employment contract can also minimize the harm that an employee can inflict once the employment relationship has ended by including non-solicitation and non-competition clauses. To be enforceable, these clauses must be carefully drafted. A common mistake made by employers is placing restrictions, which are overly broad and as such, unenforceable. Employment contracts also provide an excellent opportunity to clearly outline the terms of the employment relationship. The contract can address such things as the duties and responsibilities of the position, the expectations of the

employer, confidentiality, and the remuneration, including the formula to calculate any commissions or bonuses. When an employer fails to use an employment contract for new hires, they are missing an excellent opportunity to reduce exposure and limit liabilities which flow from the employment relationship. There are numerous cases in which employment agreements have been held to be void by the Courts. As such, it is critical that an employment contract is properly drafted to ensure it will stand up under the scrutiny of litigation. Evan Campbell is an Associate in the Guelph office of Miller Thomson LLP working in the areas of employment law and litigation. 519-780-4634 or ecampbell@millerthomson.com

Daniel Moore, Executive Director, Receives Outstanding Leadership Award The Board of Directors of Family & Children’s of Guelph and Wellington County is pleased to announce that Executive Director Daniel Moore was presented with the Outstanding Leadership in Child Welfare Award by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) on March 3 in Toronto. Daniel is being recognized by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies for his many years of leadership in child welfare, in particular his work on Early Help, his engagement with the Commission on Sustainable Child Welfare, his long contribution as Chair of the Caring for Children and Youth Council, and numerous initiatives in child welfare practice and policy in previous decades. The announcement from OACAS acknowledges “The contributions that Daniel has made are long-term and sustainable, provincial in scope, and have contributed to excellence and innovation in service to children and families in Ontario.” In the words of one of Daniel’s nominators: “Daniel exudes a passion for the possibilities of Ontario’s Child Welfare system that is informed

by his deep understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural realities of providing services to vulnerable families and children.” Daniel has been the Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services since 2006. He has previously worked at the Grey and the Peel Children’s Aid Societies, was a member of the provincial Child Welfare Transformation Team, and serves on several local and provincial committees that focus on the well-being of children, youth, and families. Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, often known as the children’s aid society, works together with children, youth, their families and the community for the safety and well-being of children and youth. The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies represents Children’s Aid Societies throughout the province of Ontario. Since 1912, OACAS has represented Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario and provided service in the areas of government relations, communications, information management, education and training to advocate for the protection and well-being of children.

Guelph: the centre of big ideas Never in my experience has there been so much attention focused on helping new business get started. At all levels of government, in post-secondary and even high school curriculum, Canada is pushing for the creation and growth of business to ensure that we have a strong economy in the years to come. Of course, the real action takes place on the ground regionally. So what’s happening here in Guelph? When Innovation Guelph (IG) began in late 2010 we were the new kid on the block. Since then, we’ve taken a careful approach to find our niche so that we add value to the local network and establish ourselves as important contributors to the community at large. IG has made an effort to find like-minded community partners, including the University of Guelph, the City of Guelph, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, Conestoga College, and a growing number of forward-thinking Guelph companies. Together we’re establishing the Guelph Innovation Network (GIN). The GIN is a business support network made up of independent companies that cultivate entrepreneurs and collectively work toward building the next generation of strong business for our region. IG is positioned to help the highest potential businesses coming out of the GIN achieve their potential–be that increased revenues, investment, or both.

Daniel Moore, Executive Director for Family & Children’s of Guelph and Wellington County, was presented with the Outstanding Leadership in Child Welfare Award by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. Pictured from left to right are: Jan Lord, Board President, F&CS Guelph Wellington; Daniel Moore, Executive Director, F&CS Guelph Wellington; Marilyn Dumaresq, President, OACAS Board of Directors. (supplied photo)

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Project to help promising community initiatives achieve goals and find sustainable footing. Our team of business mentors bring years of experience running companies, doing fund raising, and shaking the branches to find the right strategic partners. I’m proud to say a lot of entrepreneurs come to IG from outside of Guelph. We tell them about all the amazing forward-thinking things that are happening here, and about the healthy level of cooperation we see among organizations across the city. There’s a buzz in Guelph felt inside and out: things are possible here that are impossible in other cities. Of course, if we’re truly pioneering new ways to pave the way to future prosperity, we have the obligation of sharing what we learn. Let’s not be shy about telling Guelph’s story to the world. We just might be the centre of big ideas. Jamie Doran is the Chief Operating Officer at Innovation Guelph. For more information visit www.innovationguelph.ca.

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