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In a recent survey of Canadians by Probe Research Inc., an independent market and public opinion research firm out of Winnipeg, 70% of Canadians reported drinking both tap water and bottled water–choosing a bottled beverage for the convenience, and choosing water over a sweetened beverage for a healthier choice. While the bottled water industry is half the size of the beer or sweetened beverage industry, the Puslinch Nestlé Waters Canada plant is the largest beverage facility (over pop and beer) in Canada in terms of volume from a single plant. “We do not compete with tap water,” says John Challinor, Director of Corporate Affairs for Nestlé Waters Canada. “We compete against other bottled beverages, offering a healthier choice to those consumers who are looking to purchase a bottled beverage.” The bottling facility recently applied to extend its Permit to Take Water from the Aberfoyle aquifer and was approved, authorizing the withdrawal of water until 2016. A letter to Nestlé Canada Inc. from the Ministry of the Environment states that ongoing monitoring and recent extended pumping tests indicate the current water taking does not affect the City of Guelph and is not having an impact on any other groundwater uses. The Ministry Director is confident that the water taking is sustainable, protective of the natural functions and the local ecosystem, and poses no threat to groundwater uses over the next five years. The City of Guelph also confirmed to the ministry that the water taking would not interfere with the City’s interest over the next five years. As part of the Nestlé Waters bid to renew its permit, the company spent $3.2 million on research of the hydrogeology and biology in what was the most extensive investigation in support of a water-taking permit in the history of Ontario. While also very expensive, Nestlé Waters hopes the report will be beneficial to those who manage the resources and has donated its findings to the Grand River Conservation
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Area, Friends of Mill Creek, and G360 Centre for Applied Groundwater Research at the University of Guelph–where field-based research is being done to help improve groundwater-related decision-making. Two years ago the bottling company, which seasonally employs up to 350 local area residents, completed a $15 million expansion to the facility. “A project of this size could take ten years to get our investment back,” says Challinor. “It’s not logical to make that kind of investment unless you are protecting your water source for the long term. We manage our natural resources efficiently and for the long term and, if we didn’t, the government would step in and shut us down.” Manufacturing at a high standard, in an efficient and innovative manor is something the Nestlé Waters executive takes pride in. Using 100% recyclable con-
tainers, Nestlé Waters’ primary packaging material is PET plastic, as it is for the entire beverage industry. However, like virtually all consumer product packaging, plastic has an environmental impact. To help manage this impact, the company is investing in reducing materials, while working with communities to promote recycling programs. “Plastic makes a great container. Many people think it cannot be used more than once, but plastic can be recycled over and over again, as long as is it not contaminated,” states Challinor. In 2007, the company introduced a new container for its half-litre bottle, which uses 30% less plastic than the average similar sized bottle on the market. The lightest beverage container in Canada, the new bottle is reducing materials by 65 million pounds of PET resin each year. -continued on page 3
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Our Awards of Excellence Gala has closed off a great year for our community. The stories of excellence in our community continue to reverberate. Congratulations to those who submitted their stories, to our finalists, and to our winners in each category of business excellence. Business Innovation: Established in 1921, Hammond Power Solutions has grown from a small Guelph based family-owned business to the largest dry-type transformer manufacturer in North America. HPS launched an industry first innovative online training Lloyd Longfield centre whose modules are updated on a monthly basis. They’ve also developed a unique and proprietary online stock check tool called E-Quotes which can be accessed using a blackberry or other mobile devices. Through constant product innovation, complete product training, and easy-to-use quotation tools, HPS is able to seize opportunities in high-growth markets and is clearly a leader in business innovation. Environmental Stewardship: In 2009/2010 the University of Guelph cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,363 tons per year, implemented water conservation measures that save approximately 37,000 cubic metres of water per year and diverted 60% of campus waste from landfill with unique community partnerships and student and staff efforts. U of G students have been key drivers of the changes on campus, voting to contribute $10 per student per semester to an energy conservation fund. The University is also a strong supporter of the City’s energy conservation efforts, aligning campus energy and water strategies with the Community Energy Plan. In 2010, President Alastair Summerlee established the Presidential Task Force on Sustainability to help the University community focus and accelerate environmental initiatives. Customer Service: In 2009, Eramosa Engineering was the recipient of the 1st Annual Premier Award for Client Satisfaction presented by PSMJ Resources, the leading management consulting firm for the architecture/engineering/construction industries. Eramosa was one of six engineering firms in North America honoured with this award for providing their clients with exemplary service, benchmarked by top quality communications, outstanding performance and cost effective solutions. They are the only Canadian Engineering firm to be selected for this honour. Their clients reported that Eramosa Engineering Inc. exceeded their expectations in all areas. Community Building: The Delta Hotels & Resorts brand started the Good Neighbours Challenge in 2008 to link the good work done across the country through Delta Helps activities. The Good Neighbours Challenge is made up of four priority areas: Access to Affordable Housing, Protecting our Environment, Supporting Neighbourhood Causes, and Volunteering. In 2010, Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre exceeded their fundraising goal by over $4,000 by raising $50,172 and volunteering 255 employee hours to many local charitable partners. Also in 2010, Delta Guelph made gift donations of their services to the value of $22,000 throughout the local community. For 2011, Delta Guelph has expanded their list of charitable partners and increased the event fundraising goal to $63,950 and 280 employee hours. To further help build our community, Delta Guelph also accepts co-op students, providing exposure to the hospitality industry and makes their management team available to speak at local schools and career days.
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Nestlé–continued from page 1 Unfortunately, many bottles end up in the solid waste stream due to limitations on the reach of recycling programs and lack of education on the importance of recycling. As of now, 66% of Nestlé Waters’ bottles are being recycled. “We won’t be happy until 100% of our products are being captured and recycled,” adds Challinor. Focusing on that goal, Nestlé Waters and its industry partners have developed public spaces recycling, a program that collects recyclable aluminum, gable-top, glass and plastic from streetscapes, sports venues, parks and trails. Started in 2008 in Quebec, then in Manitoba in 2010; pilot projects have taken place in Halifax, Sarnia and the Niagara Region. A pilot program is currently underway in Richmond, British Columbia. Nestlé Waters has also funded and initiated small Public Spaces programs within Wellington
County and Puslinch Township. The Optimist Centre, the Puslinch Community Centre, Marden Park, Aberfoyle Public School and the Town of Erin all have public spaces infrastructure in place, in the way of bins, signage and the methodology of placing garbage bins and recycling bins together. A residential and away from home program has also been created in Manitoba to strengthen recycling by bringing the program to the Northern areas of the province. “People think that recycling is available to everyone, but in fact it isn’t,” adds Challinor. “We have brought recycling programs to Northern communities in Manitoba and we are now looking to bring programs to the Northern areas of the rest of Canada that currently do not have recycling in place.” Industry led ICI programs are also being developed. Currently there is no government legislation that requires the Industrial, Commercial,
or Institutional sectors to recycle. The bottling company has increased funding to introduce recycling programs to institutions, transit stations, and multi-residential units. “We need to encourage ICI recycling,” adds the Director of Corporate Affairs. “Once we have transformed these sectors, we feel 90% is a realistic and achievable recyclable rate. Unfortunately there will always be that 10% of the population who are never going to recycle.” Over the long-term, the bottling company is committed to developing packaging that will be made from recycled materials or renewable resources. It continues to support environmental stewardship through protection of watersheds and natural systems; promote health and wellness with nationwide school fitness programs; and continue to donate and distribute bottled water for worldwide disaster relief.
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Announcing Ontario's largest communityfinanced urban solar park A new Guelph-based renewable energy cooperative is offering Guelph and area residents the opportunity to finance a solar energy park. The planned 7.5 megawatt ground-mounted installation at 2162 Gordon Street, will be located on urban reserve lands owned by IAMAT–the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers, a division of the Foundation for the Support of International Medical Training. A Feed in Tariff (FIT) application was recently submitted to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) by Hall's Pond Solar Cooperative, who will develop and own the system on the property leased from IAMAT–making it the largest urban community financed project in the province. An important contribution to the city's Community Energy Initiative, Hall's Pond is seeking members to help build the solar park using a Community Power model. The goal is to raise the financing from the citizens of Guelph and surrounding area. The initial financial commitment is for 5 years with a term up to 20 years to match the length of the Feed in Tariff contract. The co-op will pay an
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Local business Speedpro Imaging recently worked with the University of Waterloo's Alternative Fuels Team by donating printing and installation of sponsor decals to their EcoCAR. As one of 16 University teams competing across North America, the team has developed an alternatively fueled vehicle for advanced vehicle technology competitions–a way to educate the community on the potential and value of alternative fuel sources. Pictured above: Chris Shum (in the car), Chemical Engineering at UW. Back row l to r: Mike Giannikouris, Mechanical Engineering at UW, Mark Cremasco, Mechanical Engineering at UW. Kneeling l to r: Eric Mallia, Business at Wilfred Laurier, Environment and Business at UW, Allyson Giannikouris, Computer Engineering at UW Supplied photo
Speedpro works with University team to decal EcoCAR Over the last three years the University of Waterloo's Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) has been participating in the EcoCAR Challenge, competing against universities across North America to develop more fuelefficient vehicles from a stock platform. Teams receive a donated vehicle, strip it down, and build it up with a greener approach. EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge is different from other competitions because GM offered students unprecedented access to the world of vehicle design. Students worked with the original GM vehicle platform and integrated new advanced drive-train systems involving alternative fuels such as hydrogen, ethanol, and biodiesel. The vehicles maintain performance and minimize environmental impact through the cutting of emissions and efficient use of energy. For the second consecutive challenge, the
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Internet health and wellness information by Anna Bartolomucci The internet is a very powerful tool, which many use for medical information. Use this information wisely, do not believe everything you read, and most importantly, remember that the internet is not intended to replace your doctor. Studies show the average Google search has a 40% accuracy rate. When researching a health topic, also research the source. Insure you are using credible sites. The internet can help you to prepare questions for your doctor. It can also help to better understand the treatments or tests your doctor has ordered for you. The internet can help you be pro-active in dealing with your illness or condition. There are exercises that help arthritis sufferers, diet options that will lower cholesterol, programs to help smokers quit, and the list goes on. There are support groups that can be
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Leadership Guelph & Wellington recently celebrated the graduation of its second class of participants from a year of discovery, learning, networking and community building. Leadership Guelph & Wellington offers leadership skills training to 25-30 participants annually. Over the course of the past year, participants learned about the local community, leadership skills and opportunities, and how they can impact our communities. The Volunteer Centre of Guelph/ Wellington is the lead organization for Leadership Guelph & Wellington. Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, notes, “The participants and alumni of this program come from a wide variety of backgrounds resulting in a network of strong leaders in fields throughout the community.” The 2012 program begins in September 2011 and runs until June 2012. It is available for those 18 years of age or over who work or live in Guelph or Wellington County. The ideal candidate is committed to taking a leadership role in the community, either at work or as a volunteer. Tuition for the program is $2,750. This includes all learning materials, meals and retreat costs. There are a limited number of tuition subsidies available. To find out more or to apply for the program, visit www.leadershipgw.ca or call the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/ Wellington at 519-822-0912.
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also some financial and organizational support. The Guelph Youth Music Centre will continue to provide financial backing and a home for the GYSO, which will rehearse and perform in the GYMC’s beautiful Recital Hall and have access to the centre’s resources, including the orchestra music library inherited from the former Guelph Youth Orchestra. The GYMC’s Junior & Intermediate String Orchestras, directed by
The Guelph Symphony Orchestra (GSO) and Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) are proud to announce they are partners in the new Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO). The GYSO is Guelph’s own youth orchestra and intends to be a high-quality, full symphony orchestra that enriches the youth of Guelph and surrounding communities. It will be important for our community’s youth and a vital component of Guelph’s musical life, both present and future. Chris Cigolea is the inaugural music director of the GYSO. Chris is the principal trumpet of the GSO, and has a wide range of skills that make him a perfect choice for the orchestra. He is not only a skilled conductor and a virtuoso trumpet soloist, but his music training at a prestigious Conservatory in Romania gave him advanced skills as a violinist, as well as many wind instruments. He is also an experienced school music teacher who absolutely loves music and teaching kids. Chris is a resident of Guelph. The Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s support of youth orchestras in Guelph has reached a new level in the sponsorship and development of the GYSO. GSO members will coach members of the GYSO. Side-by-side concerts and opportunities for advanced members of the GYSO to perform in GSO concerts will continue enthusiastically. The GSO will help promote the GYSO in the community, and offer not only its musical skills but
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Q. What are some new initiatives the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) is considering for the promotion
members. With that in mind we need to keep one eye on the future, the long term development opportunities that have been articulated by the city and the province, and also keep an eye on the here and now. It is critical that as we move to that bright shiny future we look for opportunities in the present to make what we already have as vibrant and viable as we can. The city is doing great work with programs like the façade improvement grants and making sure that the streets are kept clean. We need to pay attention to the little details as well as looking for ways to build smart.
Q. I understand the Art on the Street event in July will be launched through the businesses during the week leading up to the event. A. The idea is to link stores with the event–that way customers will know about Art on the Street and people who come to Art on the Street will know about the stores. We will have thousands of people here and we want them to stay as long as possible. To go for lunch or buy some shoes. To see more of what a fantastic place this heart of the city really is.
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Submitted by the Wellington Catholic District School Board It is essential that Education and Business partner together to provide students with necessary skills and experiences to improve prospects for student success in school and in life. At the Wellington Catholic District School Board (WCDSB), we have developed and nurture many partnerships that enable us to provide our students with exciting and varied opportunities that otherwise would not be possible. Providing new and alternative ways for students to learn both in and outside the regular classroom, the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program, the Dual Credit Program and Promoting Women in the skilled trades initiative, are a few of the recent and exciting opportunities made available to students in the District. With the assistance of business partners, the SHSM programs expose
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Home ownership for new Canadians Home ownership is a common goal for many newcomers to Canada. If you are new to Canada, once you have the right tools and resources at your disposal, becoming a homeowner may be closer then you realize. Each person’s situation will be unique, but here are some tips that will help you understand the home buying process. If, like most Canadians, you require a mortgage, you will need to provide proof that you have been employed full time for a minimum of three months. Financial institutions require this document as proof that you can afford the monthly payments for your mortgage. You might want to live in
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International authority on workplace behaviours to speak in Guelph One of North America’s most prominent social workers will lead two workshops in this area in October which are expected to attract hundreds of professionals from both the public and private sectors. Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, who has spent the past ten years studying the concepts of vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame in the workplace and home. Sponsored by Trellis Mental Health and Development Services, Brown will present a seminar on on October 19 and a work-
shop on Thriving in Today’s Stressful Workplace on October 20. The bullying workshop will be held at the River Run Centre in Guelph. The workshop will take place at St. George’s Banquet Hall in Waterloo. Brown is a nationally renowned speaker and has won numerous teaching awards, including the University’s Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2008, she was named Behavioural Health Scholar-in-Residence at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. The author of three books, Brown is also
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Wellington Fiat 935 Woodlawn Road West In the Guelph Auto Mall 519-822-8950 www.wellingtonfiat.ca
*1.99% Financing available up to 36 months O.A.C. Example: $10,000 financed over 36 months. COB $318.72. See Dealer for Details. Wellington Fiat is a Division of Wellington Chrysler Jeep Dodge
76 Dawson Road, Guelph
340 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph 485 Silvercreek Parkway North, Guelph Units of 2,500 SF of commercial space available in hightraffic area. Up-to 7,500 SF of contiguous space available. Easy access to Hanlon Expressway. Ideal for restaurant, office or service establishments. Minimum Rent: from $9.00/Sq.Ft.
2,160 SF available in plaza located at Woodlawn Road and Silvercreek Parkway. Easy access from Hanlon Expressway. Ample free on-site parking. Minimum Rent: $11.00/Sq.Ft.
161 Waterloo Avenue, Guelph
51 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph Approx. 1,600 SF of commercial space for lease in hightraffic location. Conveniently located close to Home Depot and Wal-Mart development. Ideal for restaurant. Outdoor patio possibility. Additional 400 SF in basement with office and washroom. Minimum Rent: $16.00/Sq.Ft.
+/- 27,000 SF industrial space for lease in building with easy access to Hanlon Expressway. Dock and Grade level loading, 600 Amp, 550 Volt electrical service. Minimum Rent: $4.70/Sq.Ft.
15 Surrey Street West, Guelph Approx. 2,537 SF available in professional service plaza. Free on-site parking. Close to downtown amenities. On bus-route. Located next to established medical centre. Ideal for professional/medical office. Minimum Rent: $14/Sq.Ft.
Professional second storey office space for lease in recently renovated building. Central location in close proximity to downtown amenities. On-site parking available. Minimum Rent: $750.00/Month.
Park Capital Inc., Brokerage 76 Dawson Rd., P.O. Box 923 Guelph, ON N1H 6M6 Tel: (519) 824-9900 - Fax: (519) 824-2471 Email: email@example.com
The Realtor and its agents have relied upon the owner and other sources for the information provided in this material and although we believe it to be substantially accurate, it is all subject to verification by the prospective purchaser or tenant and his/her/its respective legal, tax and other advisors. The Realtor and its agents assume no liability for the accuracy or use of this information in any manner by anyone and reliance upon or use of this information by anyone is solely at his/her/its own risk. The Realtor and its agents reserve the right to change prices, terms and other conditions or withdraw the property from sale and/or lease without notice. This material does not constitute an offer for sale or lease. Not intended to solicit properties currently listed for sale or lease, or to entice parties to breach any existing agency contracts.
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