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Innovation Guelph’s Pitch It Finals allowed local entrepreneurs to present their businesses to a panel of angel investors and local business leaders, with the chance to win cash and prizes. The six finalists pictured inset left to right were: Mark van Berkel, Hunch Manifest; Josh Hagan, Salistera; Kelly Brooks, SpeakFeel Corporation; Kimberley Lugsdin, Kimberley's Own; Valerie Blackmore, Wyndham Forensic; and Jamie Draves, Katan Kitchens. The winners of the Pitch It event left to right were: second prize, Josh Hagan, Salistera; third prize, Kelly Brooks, SpeakFeel Corporation; and first prize, Jamie Draves, Katan Kitchens. (Photo by Natasha Persaud, Venture Guelph Publications Ltd.)

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Businesses make the pitch Innovation Guelph recently held the 2nd annual Pitch It event, with over 100 people in attendance. Pitch It is a free workshop series open to entrepreneurs with innovative start-up businesses. Participants learn to develop a strategic framework for their business, how to articulate that framework to investors, and gain the ability to develop a narrative about their business. “The ability to develop an investor pitch is an extremely critical skill for all entrepreneurs. It allows them to convey the value proposition of their business to investors, customers, vendors, and employees,” says Anna Nguyen, Front of House Manager for Innovation Guelph. Twenty companies participated in the Innovation Guelph Fall 2012

workshops, with ten companies going on to participate in the semi-finals in October. Six companies were selected to participate in the Pitch It Finals where they were judged by a panel of angel investors and local business leaders, with the chance to win cash and prizes that they could use to build their businesses. “This is a great opportunity for new entrepreneurs in the Guelph business community. Pitch It is a chance for them to pitch to real investors, face tough questions about their businesses, and win some great prizes,” adds Nguyen. The series provides group learning as well as one-on-one mentoring from Innovation Guelph’s Entrepreneurs in Residence. Mentors, Kevin Boon, John Pickard, Sanjay Saxena, and Steve

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Barrett, shared their experience and knowledge with the business owners. Kevin Boon provides coaching and mentoring in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, sales and investment pitch development. John Pickard, a sales and marketing strategist has over 30 years experience in the consumer packaged goods, publishing and telecom industries. Sanjay Saxena has experience ranging from coaching employees to deliver productivity improvements, to working with senior leaders to develop and implement corporate risk and emergency management frameworks. Steve Barrett brings experience in raising capital, building high performance teams, managing technical development, and creating strong vendor partnerships and new reference customers.

"The principal benefits for all contestants were achieving clarity and focus for their business and crafting their story, which they’ll tell daily to recruit investors, customers and new team members,” says Steve Barrett, Entrepreneur in Residence. “Start-ups are chaotic with seemingly 1,000 important things to do every day and not enough hands. Our Entrepreneurs have been able to identify their critical priorities and articulate a vision to focus and motivate their teams." First prize in the Pitch It Finals went to Jamie Draves of Katan Kitchens. His business aims to provide pure, premium health healing superfoods to individuals who have food allergies, intolerance or indigestion challenges, enabling them to be ‘healthier today than they – continued on page 6

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Entrepreneurism is Alive and Well in Guelph The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a key partner in fostering entrepreneurship in Guelph. Our business network is electric with connections to help businesses of all sizes and types to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. The Guelph Chamber of Commerce has been helping businesses to connect to each other and to resources to support business growth and prosperity since the early 1800’s/ so where are we at today?

Guelph helps businesses to start, grow, and thrive by offering programs and services to address the needs of entrepreneurs, community organizations, researchers and business leaders. Innovation Guelph’s team of experienced advisors will help you determine which resources best match you and your product, goals, and stage of company development through programs offered by MaRS, local support, and industry research collaboration programs. The Downtown Guelph Business Association provides connections Getting Started for businesses in the heart of Guelph. The Guelph Chamber of Commerce connects businesses and business people, and The World Bank recently ranked Canada as the third easi- provides programs for peer to peer learning and works est country in the world to start a business out of 185 closely with the other business support agencies. countries (ref: Once your business is registered, Guelph provides the Bizpal service, a Business Friendly collaborative effort of the City of Guelph, Service Ontario, Guelph has an incredible support network for any stage and Industry Canada. This one-stop, online service helps local businesses start up or grow by providing access to of business, with many local entrepreneurs having grown information on business permits and license requirements their businesses to becoming players on the international stage. Guelph’s access to talent from our leading school from all three levels of government. The main goal of BizPal is to make it faster and easier for entrepreneurs to board, college, and university networks has long been a get started by simplifying the time consuming document key strength for our businesses. Guelph is also becoming a research process. Bizpal can be found on under landing site for newcomers to Canada who bring diversity to our talent, and connections to other parts of the Business Licenses. world. The coffee shops, restaurants, and many cultural Getting Going attractions give Guelphites a place to connect and build friendships. Guelph is a friendly place–a great place to Since 1999, the Guelph Wellington Business Enterprise meet people–and a great place to do business. Centre has been helping business startup, early growth businesses, and self-employment. Through the support and Business Growth in 2013 continued commitment of the Municipal, Provincial and The Guelph Chamber wants to make 2013 a breakthrough Federal Governments, Centre Staff, Board of Directors, year for your business. Connect to us and we will help Founding Partners and Corporate Sponsors, GWBEC has you to make the connections to make this happen. Happy been able to provide direction and assistance to people who are starting or operating small businesses. Innovation New Year!

The Chamber helps strengthen Guelph’s ‘creative advantage’ − The Guelph Cultural Mapping Project develops important strengthening tool− Successful cities have long identified the cultural sector as the fourth pillar of sustainability and prosperity. As cities compete to gain the kind of ‘creative advantage’ that generates jobs, attracts talent and drives a strong economy, Guelph needs to strengthen its ‘creative chops’ in order to jump to the front of the line.

Access to comprehensive cultural data is foundational to the strengthening process; that’s why the Guelph Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the City of Guelph and Guelph Arts Council on the Guelph Cultural Mapping Project to develop–for the first time–an inventory and database of Guelph’s cultural assets. The Cultural Mapping project will: • identify and record Guelph’s artists, creative entrepreneurs and enterprises, culture workers, events, cultural organizations, volunteers, creative spaces, venues and public art • turn the collected data into a searchable online cultural directory incorporating interactive maps, profiles, images and stories that will be freely available to the public.


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The Cultural Map will be used to: • SEARCH for information • CONNECT people • HARNESS resources • PLAN Guelph’s future The Cultural Map will help to: • BROADEN our networks • CONNECT creative initiatives • CAPTURE our diversity • SPUR collaborations • LINK to Connect Guelph • SUPPORT Guelph Prosperity 2020 To capture Guelph’s creative assets, we need everyone to stand up and be counted. That’s why I’m inviting all Chamber members linked to arts and culture–either through business or personal interest–to help populate the database by creating their own profile, in three easy steps: 1) Visit 2) Complete the online form 3) Click ‘SUBMIT’ Our business sector has greatly benefited from– and contributed to–Guelph’s creative and cultural vibrancy, its quality of life and sense of place. By strengthening our ‘creative advantage’, Guelph will be poised to jump ahead of the competition as a premier place to live, work and build successful businesses. Lloyd Longfield, President and CAO Guelph Chamber of Commerce

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Company Profile Modesty, Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance, and Indomitable Spirit: Celebrating 20 Years of Sealy Karate School In 1991, Sealy Karate School (SKS) first opened its doors in Guelph, Ontario, under the direction of Shihan Kevin Sealy, a Sixth Degree Black Belt and lead singer of metal rock band, Persist. Providing a unique combination of karate and Brazilian jiujitsu, SKS teaches self discipline, respect and strength, to students through the karate kata system and equips students with self-defense abilities through jiu-jitsu methods.This blend of martial arts represents one of the most complete systems of training available, and sets Sealy Karate students apart for their comprehensive skills sets. Since its inception, SKS has trained more than 200 black belts and hundreds of students of all ages in martial arts skills and personal excellence. In September 2011, Sealy Karate School celebrated its 20th Anniversary of providing excellence in martial arts training, and Shihan Kevin and the staff and students of SKS look forward to 20 more years!

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Business to Business Publisher’s message It’s that time of year! You have in your hands the last issues of Business Venture AND the Activity and Events Guide for 2012. Lots of great things happened this year here at VGP Ltd. We created a new website, introduced our products to more people due to an increased sales staff, hired ourselves a new photographer, and published our second annual Guelph’s Citywide Christmas Guide. We pride ourselves on a diverse distribution of all our publications through door-to-door delivery, multiple copy pick-up locations, over 200 single copy locations, our website, Facebook, and a business-to-business mailing in Guelph, Fergus, Elora and Rockwood. Moving forward–this combined issue of Business Venture and the Activity and Events Guide is something we plan on

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Remember, we’re local folks. We not only work here~ we live here, play here, volunteer here, and support our local businesses and clients whenever we can. It’s made us what we are, and hopefully in some ways we’ve made your lives and your businesses a little bit better by getting to know us. This Christmas, take a moment to give thanks and spend time with friends and family. Be sure to perpetuate the “random act of kindness” ideal throughout the holiday season and on into the New Year. Have a safe and happy holiday season and a great 2013. Mike Baker, Publisher Venture Guelph Publications Ltd. Guelph, Ontario

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Welcome Wagon recently hosted their first New to Business Reception at Innovation Guelph. New Business Owners, Managers and Professionals as well as Business Professional Welcome’s sponsors were invited. The event was organized and hosted by Anja Gangur who has been with Welcome Wagon for almost ten years and enjoys serving her community. The Guelph Business Professional Welcome program was started in June of 2012. Anja Gangur visits approximately 15 new business owners, managers, professionals and executives every month, but expects the program to expand to 20 to 25 visits. Mayor Karen Farbridge as well as Chamber President Lloyd Longfield and Kristel Manes, Director of Innovation Guelph were present at the event. They all agreed that Welcome Wagon’s new program is a great asset to the city and the Chamber of Commerce. During her visits, Anja presents a letter from Mayor Karen Farbridge congratulating the visit recipients on their new position. She also introduces the Chamber of Commerce, the Guelph Wellington Business Enterprise Centre, the Better Business Bureau, CFIB and brings greetings from MP Frank Valeriote. The program is sponsored by local businesses such as an accountant, bookkeeper, printer, promotional company, employment benefits company, and many more. The event provided an opportunity for networking and discussion of challenges and solutions amongst the business owners, managers and professionals.


Printing- a community partner of the programas well as, develop communication solutions for real clients. The program develops a high level of skill in the area of graphic (print) communications, business, marketing or related field. The course consists of approximately 2.5 hours daily of “in studio” time. The lab and course delivery is designed to emulate what students will experience when working in the field including: SHSM has become a common acronym with 1. Regular client and project briefings not only students but many employers and post 2. Managing project information through secondary institutions. SHSM’s (Specialist High appropriate, “industry relevant” management Skills Majors) allow senior students to focus on protocols such as: docket sheets, time sheets a career path that matches their skills and interand direct client contact by email ests. Successful completion of the course bun3. Managing time through record keeping and dles earns the students an SHSM's seal on their time sheets diploma and real world knowledge of their “The upside for the students in a program like industry of choice. this is significant,” says coordinator and teacher “The Specialist High Skills Major programs Chuck Temple whose background was in art offer students a significant advantage whether direction prior to teaching. they are headed for an apprenticeship, the world “Our students are obligated to real world conof work or a post secondary institution,” comditions. Real jobs with real parameters. Plus, ments Don Drone, Director of Education for they walk out of the program with a portfolio the Wellington Catholic District School Board. loaded with great projects,” he says simply. The SHSM program for Information & For more information about becoming a client,please Communication Technology at Bishop contact Rob DellaCroce or Chuck Temple Macdonell High School is one example. at the school. “It operates like a business,” says Rob DellaCroce, one of the program’s coordinators and the school’s Vice-principal. Students work on projects that meet the needs of the school and district, they shadow projects that have been processed through M&T

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U of G ranked Most Inventive University in Canada

The University of Guelph is Canada’s most inventive university, according to a new survey. Guelph ranks No. 1 both in the number of inventions per faculty and in the number of inventions in proportion to research funding. “This is well-deserved recognition for our faculty and researchers,” said Kevin Hall, vice-president (research). “It’s a tribute to the excellence of their work and their creativity, innovativeness and skill.” The survey, conducted by The Impact Group, calculated inventiveness in two ways: number of inventions per fulltime faculty and inventions per million dollars of research funding. Researchers are required to disclose to their institution all ideas emerging from their research with commercial potential. On average, Guelph researchers produce 0.158 invention disclosures each, or about one disclosure per six faculty positions. That is twice the national average of 0.048. Queen’s University had 0.1 disclosures per faculty; the University of Victoria had 0.097. Other universities in the top five by faculty are McGill

University at 0.071 and École de Technologie Supérieur at 0.068. Guelph also came out on top in cost per invention. U of G researchers produce one invention disclosure for every million dollars of research funding received. That is 50 per cent more than the next-closest university, the University of Victoria, with one invention disclosure per $1.49 million of funding. Other universities in the top five by income are École de Technologie Supérieur (one invention for every $1.79 million of funding), St. Mary’s University (one per $2.25 million) and the University of Manitoba (one per $2.26 million). Guelph’s No. 1 ranking in both categories speaks to U of G’s effectiveness at working with industry to turn research into new knowledge and applications, Hall said. “Not only do we want to make discoveries, but we also want to put those discoveries to use in finding solutions to challenging issues,” he said. “So moving research knowledge out of our classrooms and laboratories and putting it to use to benefit

people’s daily lives is our overarching goal.” He added that Guelph aligns its research with provincial and federal innovation agendas, and works via the Catalyst Centre to link U of G expertise and resources with the research and development needs of industry and entrepreneurs. “The ranking shows that a medium-sized university with a carefully co-ordinated team can thrive in this environment.” Nearly all universities must disclose inventions, allowing for equitable comparisons of inventiveness among institutions. Patent applications are a more costly measure that discriminates against lower-funded universities, according to the survey. The Impact Group, an independent national consulting firm, tracks research activities of Canadian companies, universities and governments. Its sister company, RE$EARCH Infosource, publishes an annual ranking of Canada’s top research universities.

Summerlee receives International Quality of Life Award Humanitarian work in Africa and his contributions to higher education and science have earned a prestigious award for University of Guelph president Alastair Summerlee. He received the 19th annual International Quality of Life Award from Auburn University during a ceremony at the United Nations in New York City on Dec. 3. Created in 1994 during the United Nations’ International Year of the Family, the award recognizes significant and lasting contributions to individual, family and community well-being, locally and globally. Previous recipients include Nobel Prize winners Desmond Tutu

and Norman Ernest Borlaug; former American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Millar Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity International; and Catherine Bertini, director of the United Nations World Food Program. “I am proud and humbled, and truly grateful for the award,” Summerlee said. “I have been fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to help make a difference. Many others are doing more every day, and there is so much more work to be done.” Summerlee is known as an “innovative teacher, internationally acclaimed scientist, visionary administrator and passionate

humanitarian,” said June Henton, dean of Auburn’s College of Human Sciences. In particular, the award recognizes the U of G president’s efforts to improve access to education for girls and women in the Dadaab famine refugee camp in Kenya, and his six-year term as chair of the World University Service of Canada, one of the country’s leading international development agencies. The award also honours U of G’s leadership in civic engagement and volunteerism, and Summerlee’s award-winning teaching and research.

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Ingenuity Matters! Best Return on Investment in Canada Best Return on Investment in Canada The University of Guelph is Canada’s most inventive university. The University of Guelph is Canada’s most inventive university. Guelph ranks No. 1 both in the number of inventions per faculty and in the number inventions proportion to inventions research funding, according Guelph ranksofNo. 1 both ininthe number of per faculty and in to a new surveyofby the Impact Group. the number inventions in proportion to research funding, according to aInnew by invention the Impactdisclosure Group. rate is twice the national average, fact,survey Guelph’s andfact, we Guelph’s have by invention far the lowest cost-per-disclosure ratenational in the country. In disclosure rate is twice the average, and have by because far the lowest rate ininfrastructure the country. and This we is possible of ourcost-per-disclosure world-class researchers, visionary partners, including theworld-class provincial and federal governments. This is possible because of our researchers, infrastructure and visionary partners, including the provincial and federal governments. Investing in the University of Guelph makes sense for your business future and your in bottom line. d Investing the University of Guelph makes sense for your business future and your bottom line.

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Pitch It–continued from page 1 were yesterday’. His current focus is to create a local industry for quinoa production. Second prize was awarded to Josh Hagan from Salistera, who has developed a mobile platform that helps companies drive actionable safety information. The result is fewer injuries and increased productivity. To accomplish this, Salistera provides customers with mobile-based safety activities such as audits, inspections, and job observations, as well as the drill down analytics to analyze and quickly react to the incoming information. Third prize was presented to Kelly Brooks of the Speakfeel Corporation. With offices in Toronto and Guelph, SpeakFeel delivers mobile applications and web-based solutions to North America. They have created over 500 apps since 2009 and have developed high profile mobile technology for brands and consumers such as the University of Waterloo, TorStar and RIM. The runner up finalists were: Kimberley's Own, a versatile artisanal gourmet granola that is free of gluten, wheat, soy, corn dairy, refined sugars, oil or water; Hunch Manifest Inc, founded with the goal of using innovative technology and design methods to reveal sustainable resources for homeowners and their community; and Wyndham Forensic Group Inc, a privately-owned, independent company committed to providing solutions to forensic challenges in Canada and internationally. “Guelph is full of innovation and these Pitch It finalists proudly showcased their new companies and the variety of exciting new ideas growing in our City,” says James Doran, Chief Operating Officer for Innovation Guelph. Judging the finals were Chris Chipman Manager Business Tax Incentives Group, Ernst & Young LLP; Karen Grant - Executive Director, Angel One Investor Network; Randall

Howard - General Partner, VERDEXUS; Rob Scully - Investment Manager, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund; Sandy Robertson - Founder & Managing Director, Georgian Angel Network; and Will Mactaggart - Investment Advisor, Macquarie Private Wealth Inc. "I was very impressed by the quality of the companies that competed at the Innovation Guelph Pitch It Completion. Picking the top three companies was quite a challenge,” said Karen Grant, Executive Director, Angel One Investor Network. “At the end, the judges chose companies that have strong and unique value propositions in terms of intellectual property, markets and leadership. The three company founders were very impressive." The next Pitch It workshop series begins in April 2013. Watch Innovation Guelph's newly redesigned website - for all the information.

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Durose Manufacturing receives $73,000 rebate for energy-efficient retrofits submitted by Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc.

Durose Manufacturing, one of Guelph’s oldest metal fabricators, recently received more than $73,000 for energy-efficient system upgrades made through the saveONenergy RETROFIT PROGRAMOM, available through Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and the Ontario Power Authority. Durose Manufacturing was founded in the 1940’s as a small welding and machine repair shop. From dirt floors and doors that “a cat could fit under,” Durose Manufacturing has grown into a large fabrication, machining, welding, and finishing operation with 105 employees working out of a 139,000-squarefoot plant. Some of their more recognizable work includes the roof of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, Olympic stadium in Rome Italy, Atrium at the Roosevelt Field Mall and Rockefeller Center in New York City, and the Home Depot Soccer Stadium in Carson, California. Durose operates more than 20 hours a day, processing and fabricating metal for a variety of industries including architecture, nuclear, forestry, mining, and oil and gas. A resilient organization, Durose has survived three recessions, and management is always looking for opportunities to save money. After hearing about the saveONenergy RETROFIT PROGRAMOM, they called Guelph Hydro to learn more. Through the RETROFIT PROGRAM, Durose underwent an energy audit and discovered that they could realize improved operational and energy efficiency by making upgrades to their manufacturing processes. By switching from raw material that required blasting and cleaning; to a special coated metal when fabricating and converting to a self-contained post cleaning process that reclaims the water and phosphate they use, Durose was able to decrease their energy consumption significantly. Durose’s had originally been running the blasting machine for up to 19 hours per day and the new cleaning process cuts time from 1.5 hours to a mere 14 minutes.“The shot blaster

used to be running constantly,” says Angelo Maggiolo, President of Durose.“Now we use it maybe four or five hours a day.” Coupled with lighting upgrades, the process improvements garnered Durose a $73,327.39 rebate through the RETROFIT PROGRAM. The RETROFIT PROGRAM is offered through local electricity distribution companies like Guelph Hydro and funded by the Ontario Power Authority, providing businesses with substantial financial incentives for replacing existing equipment with high-efficiency equipment and for installing new control systems that will improve the efficiency of operational procedures and processes. Local businesses interested in conducting their own retrofit project are encouraged to contact Guelph Hydro for direction on how to proceed. For more information about the RETROFIT PROGRAM, visit or contact Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. at 519-822-1750 (ext. 2240) or via email at Funded by Ontario Power Authority and offered by Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. Subject to additional terms and conditions found at Subject to change without notice. OM Official mark of the Ontario Power Authority. Used under licence.

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The Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium honoured eight students with their annual Fred Black scholarships on Wednesday, November 7 at the club meeting hosting both the award winners and representatives from each of their schools. Seven High School students received $500 each and one University of Guelph Student in the Marketing Co-op Program received $1000. Fred Black was a Rotarian who was instrumental in helping form the Guelph Trillium Rotary Club. “This annual scholarship is honouring Fred’s contributions to the birth of the Guelph Trillium

Club,” explained Peter Moore, club historian. Gregg Mitchell, chair of the Fred Black Scholarship program, told the recipients that, “the scholarship was originally only one award for all high schools, but grew to include one for each local high school thanks to the success of the club’s annual fundraiser Ribfest.” Ribfest is held the last weekend of August at Riverside Park and this year celebrated its 15th year. The recipients of the 2012 scholarships: • University of Guelph Scholarship Marketing Co-op Scholarship Recipient: Laura Donaldson

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can assess their needs, implement appropriate program(s), evaluate, modify and continue the program as desired. Workplace wellness programs are beneficial to each participant’s health and wellbeing. The employee benefits from increased awareness of illness and injury prevention, increasing productivity, effectiveness, morale and job satisfaction. The employer benefits by attracting and retaining employees, reducing absenteeism and health care costs, and contributing to a happy and healthy work environment, while improving their own bottom line and remaining competitive. Workplace wellness is a win-win situation! This is a great time of year to learn more about how your organization can implement Wellness programs in time for 2013. Anna Bartolomucci RN, WellServe Health Care Management, 519-837-3896 Ext 17,

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for students who are enrolling in Community College, with the exception of the University of Guelph Marketing Co-op Scholarship, as there are far fewer scholarships for the college bound. The wording of the requirements allows the schools to choose students who are not necessarily recognized for other efforts, but are well-rounded future leaders. The Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium was officially chartered in October 1991 and is entering its 21st year with almost 60 members.The club meets Wednesdays at 7:00 Cutten Fields,190 College Avenue,East.

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new e-commerce site to support local non-profits, a newly established non-profit social enterprise serving Guelph and Wellington County, recently launched their ecommerce website, thanks to the support of over 50 local non-profit organizations, dozens of corporate and retail partners, and a $101,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). MPP for Guelph, Liz Sandals, joined OTF representative Molly Kriksic in congratulating the Board at the official launch held at Innovation Guelph. “This grant is an investment in our community’s well-being. I’m delighted to see so many nonprofit organizations and businesses coming together in this entrepreneurial way to support the operational costs of our local non-profits. The importance and value of their work to our community cannot be overestimated,” remarked Ms. Sandals. Joanne Grodzinski, Chair of, commented to approximately 70 guests, as she cut the ‘virtual ribbon’ and launched the site: “We

are so very grateful to all of our community partners who are working together to help us launch this unique social venture in our community. We know that the public will embrace the concept of social purchasing by shopping online, and, at the same time, support their own neighbours. We are thankful to all of our supporters, and especially to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, for their commitment to social innovation.” is an online marketplace where you can purchase many of the local products and services you want and need at a discounted price. All of the items found on the site are produced by Guelph and Wellington’s nonprofit community or provided by local businesses. Through a transparent granting process, all of the surplus funds raised from this social enterprise are donated back to our community’s local charities and non-profit organizations. It’s a unique social shopping experience benefiting all of us. For more information, visit

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Business to Business Can employers spy on their employees? by Carol VandenHoek Recent media attention to a large Toronto law firm’s use of fingerprint technology to monitor the comings and goings of their employees brings into the spotlight the privacy expectations of employees versus the rights of employers. Many employees may be surprised at the lack of privacy laws addressing their right to privacy in their workplaces. The context of the action, including the reasonableness of the employer’s concerns leading to the activity, will generally be examined in determining the propriety of the employer’s conduct. Simply put, there is no encompassing ‘right to privacy’ for employees. Each type of action by an employer, which may give rise to privacy concerns is considered on a case by case analysis. The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in R. v. Cole confirms the employer’s right to monitor computer systems for inappropriate usage while addressing employee’s expectations of privacy. Employers have the ability to monitor workplace computers and networks but are

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On Co-op, connecting local co-operatives by Heather Grummett The Ontario Co-operative Association (On Coop) is a trade association for 1300 co-operatives across Ontario, representing 85% of the English speaking co-ops and credit unions in Ontario. Most On Co-op members are Federations of Co-ops, who oversee various businesses, each with numerous members within them. On Co-op is a co-operative with a mission to lead, cultivate and connect the co-operative sector. The Association does that by: Providing a common table - By allowing members to speak with one voice, On-Co-op brings

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JA Guelph Wellington is helping to grow the business spirit in Guelph Wellington! Junior Achievement Guelph Wellington is looking for 75 volunteers to bring financial literacy and entrepreneurial programs to our local youth. For over 55 years, as the largest youth education organization in Canada, Junior Achievement (JA) has been inspiring and preparing more than 4 million youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. Last year alone, more than 226,000 students, in 400+ communities, benefited from JA programs that were delivered by over 13,500 dedicated business mentors who presented in excess of 232,000 hours of instructional time. “Junior Achievement is about volunteers igniting and engaging the student’s mind. As a volunteer and a parent I can attest to the power of these programs.” “My daughter was diagnosed with ADD at the age of 9. She found it challenging to pay attention in school....things learned where easily lost and not retained. She came home from school one day and proceeded to tell me to the very detail about the Economics for Success program that she had participated in that day. She had even remembered the name of the Junior Achievement volunteer. This I thought...has got to be a good thing.....sign me up! If this program could impact one child then that was my inspiration to try and

make an impact on other children. I have been a volunteer for Junior Achievement for over four years and now sit on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement Guelph Wellington. I have delivered over 12 EFS Programs which equals approximately 300 students.” Holly LaFontaine – JA Volunteer and Parent, Guelph Since 1983, JA programs have been offered in Guelph Wellington. JAGW offers a suite of programs to learn about business world practices, on a volunteer basis and with real results. Programs are facilitated by business professionals, who volunteer their time and are trained in the course materials. These volunteers bring current business know-how to the students' learning experience. There is no charge to the schools or students to access these offerings. Instruction materials are purchased with the funds contributed by businesses, service organizations and citizens. JA is the successful link between education and the business world, giving youth the confidence and knowledge they need to define personal success, enhance their workforce readiness and pursue their dreams. JA inspires youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable financial decisions, start companies, develop career plans and express their innovative spirit. To further ignite the spirit of business in Guelph Wellington please contact us at 519-835-1140 or visit



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Message from the editor Welcome to our winter issue of the Activity and Events Guide, which we have combined with our December Business Venture. This gives us a chance to introduce our publications to a segment of readers, who perhaps are not familiar with what else we do. The holiday season is upon us and there are so many great activities taking place around the city. It’s a great time to get out with family and friends. The downtown skating rink at City Hall has opened for the winter, and Sparkles in the Park opens at Riverside Park on December 15.

Many organizations appreciate your support throughout the year, and especially during the holidays. The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign is running at various locations throughout the city, as are many toy drives for community children. Be sure to read our article from the volunteer centre on page 6, which lists other opportunities for giving. Be sure to also support your local businesses throughout the city during this festive time– many are open extended hours for your convenience. Our spring issue of the

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Quitting smoking: learning from past attempts by Sarah Micks

People say that practice makes perfect when it comes to learning a new skill but what if you are trying to quit smoking? According to Health Canada (2003), smokers needed an average of 3.5 attempts before they successfully quit smoking. So maybe the saying holds true after all. As a smoking cessation counsellor at the Guelph Editor: Heather Grummett Family Health Team, I often encourage current Publisher: Mike Baker smokers to think about what has worked in past Venture Guelph when they have tried to quit smoking. If keeping busy, using quit smoking medication or having the Publications Ltd. support of a friend was helpful in the past, it will be Front cover photos: again. I encourage smokers to use previous quit Natasha Persaud, Venture Guelph: attempts as a learning experience rather than Santa Claus Parade; Give Back Village. believing that they have failed at a quitting. Thinking Pictured at the Give Back Village soft in this manner makes it much easier to stay positive launch were l-r: MPP Liz Sandals; Joanne Grodzinski, Give Back Village; and go into the next quit attempt with a lot more and Molly Kriksic, representative for the confidence and knowledge. Trillium grant. If you are currently a smoker and thinking about Alexandra Chasty: Rudolf, Old Quebec St. quitting why not attempt a practice quit day. This Follow us This issue is on Facebook available online may help you to figure out what you need to prepare in advance of your real quit day. Some quick This issue is 8 pages without any inserts. Free home delivery, posted to the Venture web site and available at convenient pick-up sites. VENTURE tips for your practice quit day are as follows: GUELPH PUBLICATIONS Ltd. 2 Quebec St, Suite 232 Guelph ON N1H 2T3 E: 519-824-1595 Mike Baker, owner and publisher. • Pick a day that you know is not going to be overQUESTIONS or CONCERNS about Distribution: Please call JP Abbott Distribution 519-821-3206 with details. ly stressful. • Get rid of extra cigarettes and do not purchase any right before your practice day. • Figure out other things that you can do when you are craving a cigarette such as: drinking cold water, brushing your teeth, having a healthy snack or chewing gum. • Plan out what your day is going to look like so



Diabetes: a call for action Don’t underestimate the effects of nutrition and physical activity on diabetes management Diabetes has become one of the most costly and burdensome chronic diseases of our time with the cost to the Canadian healthcare estimated at $12 billion yearly. The complications resulting from uncontrolled blood sugars are far-reaching and can affect the health of the heart and vessels, the nerves, the kidneys, the eyes and the feet, to name a few. As dismal as this may sound, there are many preventative steps that someone living with diabetes can take to greatly reduce their risk for these complications. The importance of good nutrition and physical activity cannot be emphasized enough. In conjunction with maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise and healthy eating can reduce diabetes incidence by 60%. Contrary to what some people may have heard in the media or from “helpful” friends and family, there is no such thing as a “diabetic diet”. Having diabetes does not mean you can never enjoy dessert again or that a specific meal plan exists that you must follow to a tee. Instead, what is recommended is eating regularly throughout the day and consuming a balanced diet and be realistic about portion size. Another tip that may assist with good blood sugar management is to choose foods that are naturally high in fibre such as vegetables, fruits and beans. These foods are also low glycemic index, meaning they result in a much slower rise in blood sugar levels after consuming them. Including a lean protein source with each meal and snack will also result in improved blood sugars after eating. For example, instead of choosing just an apple or crackers for a snack, try adding a couple slices of reduced fat cheese, a handful of raw

almonds or a spoonful of peanut butter. This will also help you feel fuller for a longer period of time. Exercise recommendations are the same for those living with diabetes as they are for the general population. Blood sugar levels can be improved by accumulating 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week and doing strength exercises three times per week. Studies have shown that exercising for three 10-minute spurts throughout the day can be just as beneficial as one 30-minute session. Examples of aerobic exercise include walking, jogging, swimming and cycling. Examples of strength exercises include weight lifting, water aerobics and using resistance bands. At Diabetes Care Guelph we work with our patients to ensure they are armed with the best information and help to create individualized nutrition goals and exercise programs. Our team consists of trained professional health care providers who specialize in diabetes prevention and education, includes Nurses, Dietitians, Social work, Pharmacist, Health Promoter (Kinesiologist), Mental health Counselor, Foot care Nurse, Wound care specialist, Family physician and Endocrinologist. Diabetes Care Guelph (DCG) is funded by the Ontario MOHLTC, provides education and care in four different locations across Guelph and one of seven centers recognized nationally as Centre of Excellence in diabetes care across Canada in 2012 If you are at risk or have diabetes and you want to know more or book an appointment, please call Diabetes Care Guelph on 519 840 1964 or visit our location at 83 Dawson Road.

you don’t get bored and start looking for a cigarette. • If you have a slip, get right back on track with the rest of your practice quit day. At the end of the quit day, plan to take some time to reflect back on your day to evaluate what worked well and things that you would change in the future. Feel free to repeat this approach as often as you need in order to gain confidence and find several different things that keep you on track. After all, practice makes perfect. Sarah Micks RN BScN CDE, Guelph Family Health Team/Diabetes Care, 519-840-1962 Ext. 351.

Local toy drive Support the Salvation Army by dropping off new unwrapped toys for children aged 12 and under, at the Guelph Toyota Annual Toy Drive. Each year, Salvation Army delivers food hampers to local Guelph families. Within those households, children under 12 years old receive toys and teenagers receive gift cards. Guelph Toyota is located at 635 Woodlawn Rd W. Toys can be dropped off: Mon. to Thurs. – 8:00am to 8:00pm Fri. – 8:00am to 6:00pm Sat. - 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Don’t let the gate stop you! Located in the Village by the Arboretum is Guelph’s newest full service, continuum of care retirement home. The Village of Arbour Trails, a partnership with Reid’s Heritage Homes and Schlegel Villages is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013. It is centrally located next to the Arbor Medical Centre on Stone Road in Guelph. When completed, the village will offer four different neighbourhoods of

care that will appeal to seniors who are ready to make the transition from their home. Our retirement apartments will offer spacious suites with meals and housekeeping services; full service retirement suites provide assistance with medications and bathing; assisted and memory care neighbourhoods offer full assistance, medications, meals, housekeeping services, and a secured environment for those who have dementia or

Alzheimer’s disease. All neighbourhoods have access to 24 hour registered staff. In the centre of these neighbourhoods is Schlegel’s signature indoor main street, including a library, café, bistro, pub, general store, fitness assessment centre, chapel, greenhouse, hobby room and a full service spa and hair salon. Outside will offer beautifully landscaped grounds with sunny patios and terraces and a bus for

trips and outings. Scott, Philip and Kelly invite you to visit the sales centre located behind the gates and reserve your space today. Whether you are looking to move in the spring or in the future you are invited to secure your space on our waitlist, which offers peace of mind when life suddenly changes. For more information, call 226-251-3065 or visit our website at

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Accepting as a given from census statistics that there will be an unprecedented growth in the 55+ age demographic across Canada as the “Boomer” generation matures over the next few years, the City of Guelph has developed an “Older Adult Strategy” that is about to be released. The strategy addresses any and all areas that may be of concern to or may affect seniors in the broader community. In a nutshell, the overall objective is to give Guelph the designation and reputation of being an “Age Friendly Community”. As it is anticipated that fully 33% of Guelph residents will fall into the “seniors” demographic in the very near future, implementation of the strategy will be needed and appreciated as it represents forward thinking on the part of the city. While the city moves forward with its strategic plan, the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA) moves along in lock-step. The GWSA, with a membership approaching 3000, has recognized and has been serving the needs of the seniors in the greater Guelph area for close to three decades. The programs and activities, both cerebral and physical, as well as the support services offered, have become the envy of other communities and senior associations throughout the province. The degree of success and positive reputation of the GWSA could not have been realized without the support and cooperation of the city over its many years of existence. A perfect example of the hand-in-glove relationship is manifested in the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, a city owned facility most predominantly dedicated to GWSA use. What appears as something of an anomaly is the fact that the community does not seem to be totally aware that the GWSA and the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre are synonymous. There is a tendency for some to view the two as separate entities when, indeed, the GWSA exists as the vehicle for seniors involvement and the Evergreen is the house where that involvement unfolds. This is just a part of the message the GWSA promotes and takes forward in its presentations to various groups throughout the city and the county. The GWSA has a Speakers Bureau that entertains requests from church and social groups as well as service clubs. Any such requests for presentations may be arranged by calling the GWSA at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre. Meanwhile, both the city and the GWSA continue to work in concert with their strategies to the benefit of both current and future seniors.

Workshops and Events for Seniors The Evergreen Senior Centre offers a wide selection of programs for Active Living, Computer, General Interest, Health and Wellness, Visual and Creative Arts, and Retirement Planning. The following are a sample of the workshops and events available. For a full list visit or call 519-823-1291. December 13 Christmas Dinner Join us for a special Christmas

dinner served up by the Evergreen Dining Room. Enjoy roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. For dessert: English trifle. Three sittings will be available 11am, 12pm, 1pm. Please purchase your tickets early from the front desk. A special take-out dinner is also available. Cost $9.15 member/$10.80 non-member December 13 Kitchen Party 2pm. Join us at the Evergreen Centre as the Riverside Celtic College invites you to a celebration of Irish and Scottish music and dance Live music with fiddler Dan MacDonald, multi-instrumentalist Brian Taheny, bodhran player, Jacob McCauley and our wonderful caller, Siobhan Harrop! Listen to some foot-tapping, lively jigs and reels, try your hand at playing with a tipper and bodhrán, learn how to do the jig step, and enjoy the musical festivities. All ages welcome! Riverside Celtic College is a non-

profit organization, and this event has been made possible due to the generosity of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. January 18 Roast Beef Dinner 4:30 - 6:30pm. Join us for a special all you can eat roast beef dinner served up by the Evergreen Dining Room. Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables. For dessert: homemade pie. Please purchase your tickets early from the front desk. Cost $15.00 March 22 Retire in Style Trade Show 11:30 - 3pm. If you are preparing for retirement or already retired, you will want to attend this trade show at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre. Come and find our about volunteer opportunities, housing, recreation, health services, travel and education. Visit the Centre on Woolwich Street Guelph.

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Homework: A bit more time can mean better grades Did you know‌in the time it probably takes to prepare lunch, you can positively impact your children’s academic performance? According to findings from a survey on education conducted by Ipsos-Reid, children performing at an above average level in school are spending 12 minutes more per night on homework than their struggling counterparts. In short, the children who spend those extra minutes studying are reaping benefits that translate to success in the classroom. To help show your children the value of homework and quality study time, Kumon Math and Reading Centres offer these tips: • Schedule specific daily times and set aside a space for your children to complete homework. This consistency

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will make it easier for your children to smoothly transition into a homework routine. • Ensure that your children have a well-stocked study area. By having all required resources and tools, your children won’t have to break study momentum to locate materials and can focus solely on the task at hand. • Take time to discuss completed homework. This is a terrific way to reinforce the concepts just studied, to gauge your children’s understanding of what they’ve learned, and to determine what support they may require. More educational tips and hints can be found online at To learn more about Kumon, visit

YMCA engages local youth by Heather Grummett The Guelph Y has launched a new youth program–Y Act Up. Funded by the YWCA of Canada, this youth council mirrors other successful programs that are running across the country. With the goal of engaging youth in the community, Y Act Up gives local youth a voice. Geared to youth ages 14 to 18, the program is run entirely by youth, with the guidance of YMCA-YWCA of Guelph staff. Members discuss topics of importance to local youth and propose civic engagement activities to educate community members on theses topics. The goal is to address one topic per month. Bullying is an example of an important topic from the youth council. A proposed way to make a statement about bullying is to draw attention with a Freeze Mob in areas around the city, including Stone Road Mall and the downtown square. A Freeze Mob is where large groups of people break into partners and

strike a pose representing a certain topic, then hold the pose for 10 minutes at a time. Proper signage and flyers are available for spectators to learn more about the represented topic. Currently Y Act Up has approximately five youth attending on a regular basis. The Y is looking for interested youth to join the committee. You do not have to be a Y member to participate. Council members meet every other week on Tuesday evenings, with a total three-hour commitment per month. The youth council provides experience in operating a committee, with youth members holding positions of Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary. The goal for staff members is to eventually have a youth member represented on the YMCA-YWCA Board of Directors. For more information on Y Act Up contact Falishia Owen at 519-821-3900.

Community Workshop adds new capabilities thanks to $15,000 OTF grant

The DIYode Community Workshop has received funding for several innovative and capable prototyping tools, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). MPP for Guelph, Ms. Liz Sandals joined OTF representatives in congratulating the non-profit workshop at a ceremony in early November. “This grant will be instrumental in helping us support Guelph’s community of innovators and Do-It-Yourselfers. When you give capable tools to capable people, exciting things have a tendency to happen,� says Simon Clark, President, Diyode Community Workshop. In October 2010, DIYode officially opened the doors to a 1,600 square foot workshop at 71 Wyndham St. S. Members have access to a wide range of woodworking, metalworking and electronics tools, a laser cutter, CNC router and milling machines. Volunteers from Diyode reach out to the community to provide educational and hands-on work-

shops. Diyode is currently spearheading an initiative to teach electronics programming to school children with an innovative new curriculum approach. “The 3D printer [bought with the OTF grant] has already produced some exciting results, allowing us to design in ways that were not possible a couple of years ago. From 3D computer models, members have printed a liquid pump, hold down clamps to aid with our laser cutter projects, and unique game characters designed by people we know,� says Eva Bodahelyi, Diyode Member. An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. For more information about the Diyode Community Workshop, visit or call 519-822-6788. The Guelph & District Multicultural Festival recently held their Sponsorship Appreciation Night. Planning is underway for 2013 Multicultural Festival, which will run June 7, 8 and 9, 2013 in Riverside Park. Pictured l-r: Delfino Callegari, Olivia Trussell, Stephanie Pellizzari, Nanita Mohan, Elio Turchet, Anu Saxena, Sue Ricketts, Caroline Turnbull, and Erin Wallace.

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wrapped and packaged for delivery to the families. Donors receive a tax receipt for their donation of gifts, providing they submit receipts for their purchases. You can also help by donating gift cards or by making a cash donation. Referrals are made through social service agencies in Guelph and Wellington County for single moms/dads, independent teens, two parent families and children being raised by grandparents. Complete the application to become a donor at: or call 519-8290855. Chalmers Community Service Centre Christmas Gifts bags are provided to guests at all three pantries during the week of Dec. 10 and 17th. Please use a new recyclable bag as the gift bag. Suggested items to include: pair of gloves, pair of socks, hand towel, face cloth, full size shampoo, comb or brush, toothbrush, toothpaste &/or dental floss, bar of soap, shaving cream for men/ personal hygiene product for women, shower gel or body wash, antiperspirant/deodorant, bag of disposable razors, candy treat, chocolate candy, small jar of instant coffee, box of tea bags or tin/box of hot chocolate. For more information contact Diana Sterenberg at or 519-822-8778. Guelph/Wellington Women in Crisis Donations of cash, non-perishable foods, diapers and baby wipes, personal hygiene products, phone cards, grocery cards, bus tickets, gas cards and department store gift cards are needed. Donations can be accepted at the Administration Office at 38 Elizabeth Street in Guelph during business hours 9 to 5 or at our other locations in Fergus, Erin, Mt Forest and Palmerston. For more information, visit the website at: gwwomenincriR.E.C.E. Qualified Staff or contact Lillian 519836-1110 or 519- 836-6831. More holiday giving opportunities at the Volunteer Centre’s WINNER Reader’s Choice Award website:

At this time of year, more than ever, people in our community want to give their time as an expression of their holiday spirit. The Volunteer Centre receives many requests; so many in fact, that the Volunteer Centre publishes its own fact sheet of “Holiday Volunteer Opportunities”. There are a variety of opportunities for families, groups and individuals to volunteer during the holiday season and beyond. There are currently no publicized opportunities to donate your time on Christmas Day and other statutory holidays. Many organizations already have existing volunteers in place or provide their services in advance of Christmas Day. Volunteers are truly needed each and every day of the year. The Volunteer Centre encourages our community to keep in mind that volunteering is a year-round activity. Consider making a New Year’s Resolution to give their time throughout the year to organizations and activities that they are passionate about. There are opportunities for everyone at the Volunteer Centre. The Volunteer Centre has also published a fact sheet on “Holiday Giving Opportunities” for those interested in donating goods or dollars to charitable organizations throughout the holiday season. The Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington Adopt-a-Family Holiday Donation Program This program matches families in need with community donors [individuals, families & businesses) at this holiday time. Donors receive a wish list from their "adopted" family, then purchase and deliver the unwrapped gifts to the Children’s Foundation. The gifts will be

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November 23 - January 6 Eat, Sing and Be Merry: Cultural Holiday Traditions in Guelph Experience our new exhibit "Eat, Sing and Be Merry"! Learn how Guelph celebrates the holidays through a variety of vibrant cultural seasonal traditions. Current: Christmas Kettle Campaign Support the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, running until December 24. Kettles are at Stone Road Mall and other store locations in Guelph, as well as one location in Fergus. December 7-9, 14-16 Snow White–All Wrong Everybody knows the story of Snow White! Or do they? The Dwarves were part of the story, and they claim that 'everybody' tells it wrong. When they’re given a chance to tell what really happened, they almost steal the show. $ 12.

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worship service on the Sunday before Christmas, the fourth Sunday in Advent. December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 6:30pm. A beautiful candlelight service on Christmas Eve, featuring Christmas music played by our band and other special music items, and time spent with family and friends in our candle lit sanctuary. Christmas Eve Table D’Hote 5pm - 10pm. Join us in Fifty West Restaurant for a relaxing evening. Feature menu includes a delicious three course dinner with festive offerings. December 25 Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner 10:30am - 2pm, 4:30pm - 8pm. Celebrate Christmas Day with us in the Royal City Ballroom, Delta Guelph. 50 Stone Road West. December 28 Fourth Fridays 7pm - 10pm. Come celebrate the creative, neighbourly, interesting, cool, welcoming vibe of Downtown Guelph on the Fourth Friday of each month. Join in a culture crawl, get a taste, sound, touch and sight of

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December 21 Winter Solstice-Guelph 2012 A gathering of extraordinary women and an evening of celebration, transformation and renewal. Hosted by Milestones Celebrant December 8-9 Services. $15. Tickets to be purchased Creative Spark Winter Market ahead of time from Bonnie Mullen, 10am -6pm Featuring 32 artists, a variety of 519-837-9274 or Ceska Brennan 519items for sale from handmade wool mitts to 249-6237 Victoria Road East Golf Course specialty edible treats, jewellery and much more! 95 Crimea St. Guelph December 23 Christmas Sunday Family Worship 11am. Join the Salvation Army for a family

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Calendar Girls Directed By: Trevor Smith Diggins Celebrating 40 Years! The SSSG and Guelph Orff Music Studio introduced a new Early Childhood Music programme this year. This partnership offers exciting possibilites for your child(ren) and family. Weekly classes are grouped by year of birth, and are all adult accompanied. Classes are at the GYMC, and taught by Karen Haack. Schedules and registration information available now.

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Providing mental health support for 25 years First conceived by the original members of the Schizophrenia Society of Guelph, Dunara Homes for Recovery Inc. recently recognized 25 years of operation. Dunara provides a unique variety of recoveryoriented programs that assist individuals in need of mental health support through short term and long term residential, crisis and community programs. Dunara’s holistic approach facilitates individual recovery and personal growth, which is encouraged through flexible support and community collaboration designed to build and improve on the individual's strengths, skills, coping abilities, and achievement of personal goals.

Dunara’s Residential Program operates a psycho-social rehabilitation program for adults who are experiencing chronic psychiatric issues. Supportive accommodations are provided for a total of seven men and women, 18 years of age or older. Supervision is provided 24/7 and preference is given to applicants from Guelph, Wellington, Dufferin and Waterloo Counties. Referrals are accepted from all mental health agencies and health professionals. Dunara is also a partner in the Crisis Respite service for adults in crisis or distress who can be supported safely in a community residential setting. This service provides a short stay, voluntary, non-

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film presents a realistic portrayal of the experience of dementia, from the perspective of those living with dementia and their families. Discussion and questions to follow. Victoria Park Senior Centre, 150 Albert St. W. Fergus. Registration at 519-787-1814.

December 31 New Year’s Eve Party Enjoy the New Year's Eve party and fireworks in Riverside Park Guelph.








January 9 Tokyo String Quartet January 7 The Quartet is disbanding in June 2013. I’m Still Here This gala benefit concert supports the 10:15am. This deeply moving 55-minute GYMC and includes an elegant champagne reception and the opportunity to meet A Natural Treasure the artists. Tickets B O RE $100 including a $50 AR T receipt. Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan St. R S IT



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Cambridge. OR 7-8:30pm, Holiday Inn, 30 Fairview Rd. s., Kitchener. This is a free event. Call to register. January 18 Owl Workshop: a Who`s Whoo in Ontario 9am - 8pm. Owl Prowl 6 - 8pm. Discover how to use your eyes and ears to identify Ontario Owls. Learn about owl plumage, calls and behaviour, habitat requirements, migration patterns and owl folklore. $95. Register by January 10. January 21 Robbie Burns Night 5:30pm. Attendees enjoy a full Scottish meal and evening of entertainment. Early Bird Special: $40. After Jan 6: $45. Royal Canadian Legion. 500 Blair St. Fergus. Tickets online at

tive of those living with dementia and their families. Discussion and questions to follow. St. Joseph’s Health Centre, 100 Westmount Rd., Downstairs Auditorium. There is no charge, but registration is required. 519-836-7672

declaration of 2012 as the Year of the Co-operative. Choose from 28 different workshops by registering in UC103. Organic Expo and Tasting Fair in University Centre is free, and open to the public on Sat. and Sun.

January 25 Animal Tracking 9am - 4pm. We will be studying the tracks and signs of Ontario mammals and other types of wildlife. Learn tracking terminology, proper track measurement, pattern classification, clear print classification, compression shapes, general scat identification and track aging theory. $75. Register by Jan. 17.

January 27 Alzheimer Society Walk for Memories 9am -12pm. Alzheimer Societies in communities across Ontario host Walk for Memories events. Make a difference for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Old Quebec St. Mall, 55 Wyndham St. N.

February 2 Night Stalker's Owl Prowl January 26 7pm - 8:30pm. Learn about the behaviour Photographing Winter Landscapes and adaptations of owls in the Guelph area. 1pm-4pm inclement weather date Feb. 2. The introduction to this program will take Photographer Sylvia Galbraith will host a place indoors, but dress warmly in prepadiscussion and visual presentation. Topics ration for a walk outdoors. $15.00/adult; January 22 January 15 include determining exposures and lighting $8.00/child; $40.00/family of 4. Register by Open House at Alzheimer's Society The Language of in bright snow, protecting your equipment Jan. 24. Guelph Wellington 10am - 4pm. Drop by Dementia from the cold, equipment best suited for to meet our new staff, browse our resource February 5 Forum will provide landscape photography. Dress warmly and Winterfest 2012 helpful information for library or ask any questions you may bring a tripod if possible. All skill levels, have about dementia. Bring a friend to 1pm. Winterfest events, volunteer-led and families and healthfilm or digital. $55. Register by Jan. 17. enjoy hot cider and yummy cookies too! organized by community and neighbourcare providers hood groups, take place throughout the porting persons with 111 MacDonell Street. January 26-29 afternoon and range from snow shoe races dementia. Speaker Dr. January 23 31st Annual Guelph Organic to face painting. For a list of activities check J.B. Orange. 2-3:30pm, I’m Still Here 7pm. Moving 55-minute Conference Expo and Tasting Fair out Langs Community film presents a realistic portrayal of the Seeds of Co-operation–follows the UN Health Centre, 1145 experience of dementia, from the perspecConcession Rd.

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February 16 Basic SLR Photography 10am - 4:30pm. (inclement weather date Feb. 23) Learn about shutters, apertures, exposures, using different lenses and zoom settings, composition, lighting, and more. Part of this class will be outside. $100. Register by Feb. 7. February 22 MCI-Mild Cognitive Impairment 10:15am. Is it the precursor to Alzheimer's disease? Session will explain Mild Cognitive Impairment and consider what the person diagnosed and what family members can do, if MCI is an issue in people's lives. Victoria Park Senior Centre, 150 Albert St. W. Fergus. Registration at 519-787-1814. March 11 Advance Care Planning 10:15am. Why do we need ACP? Session will consider Power of Attorneys and look at some common situations where ACP is critical. Presented by the Alzheimer's Society Guelph Wellington. Victoria Park Senior Centre, 150 Albert St. W. Fergus. Registration at 519-787-1814. March 19 The Art and Practice of Pruning 1pm - 4:30pm. This half-day indoor/outdoor practical workshop will teach you the principles of easy and correct pruning in the home garden. $55. Register by March 12.

MOTHER’S EVE We will send Kisses to Heaven. Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Join us for a brief and gentle service of remembrance. Bring Letters or notes to mother and they will be planted at the foot of a shrub in the Mothers’ Grove. (In remembrance of Mothers everywhere, not just in Woodlawn). LILAC REMEMBRANCE DAY Wednesday evening, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. Join Hospice Wellington, Gilchrist Chapel and our staff as we plant a Lilac in remembrance of families served. Lovely service. Please bring a lawn chair. Lilac Block, west side. ROCKWOOD SUMMER SERVICE Wednesday evening, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us in the Hanna Chapel for our annual service of remembrance and evening of fellowship in a charming country cemetery.


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Business of Downtown

Downtown: there is much good here to work with by Marty Williams, Executive Director, Downtown Guelph

The view from the sixth floor of the newly rebuilt Gummer Building in Downtown Guelph is spectacular. You can see most of the city from there. You can see the Evergreen Senior Centre, the General Hospital, the University and beyond. But the view I like the best is the one of the city core rooftops. If you didn’t know better you might think that you were looking at an old European City. It’s so quirky, as unique as a fingerprint, delightfully chaotic and, somehow beautiful. You don’t notice it from the street as much, or maybe you just get used to it, but when you see it from above you can really take in the immense testament to the effort of city building the view represents. 185 years of blood, sweat and tears. From above you can see the booms and busts, the fits and starts, the rough-hewn city patched together. Parts of it were once torn down or burned down and rebuilt–parts of it steadfast and unchanging. And it makes me happy and proud to be a part of it all. In my travels around town, most people I talk to want to be city builders. One way or another they want to make Guelph better. It’s true that some focus on what we lack, on the problems we have, and complain that other people and entities aren’t doing what they should to get us where we need to go. Others take a sunnier approach and rather than cast aspersions they acknowledge that there is much good here to work with and urge people to do what they can to make it better. People ask me why we need to pay attention to Downtown, why we need to put in place conditions that will spark economic activity, or why we should help iron out the complexities of city building within an historic and environmentally complex environment? I say it’s because a prosperous Downtown is vital to the economic, cultural and social health of the whole city. It’s not everything or the only thing, but it plays an important role. Downtown is the largest commercial node in the city. It is the centre of civic life, the hub of the transit network, and the home of the vast majority of social services. All of this contributes to the health of Guelph. It is also a beacon for all kinds of economic development. A vibrant Downtown is one of the things that attract business to Guelph. Look at it another way and consider this: Mississauga wants what we have. After decades of malls and sprawls they are trying to create a downtown that has the sort of look and feel we possess in abundance. Some people think that Downtown Guelph is simply a

historic curiosity–a sort of living museum of what commerce once was. They say that ship has sailed so get over it. They miss the most important point about what’s going on here. Sure, the commercial landscape has changed, but the ace up the Downtown sleeve is the unique shopping experience that cannot be replicated in other formats. We are lucky that the historic fabric lends itself to oneof-a-kind dining, services and retail. Many of our storeowners work in their stores and are deeply connected to their customers. Talking to somebody who knows their business intimately makes the experience of shopping Downtown something unique and enjoyable. An experience cannot be supplanted by online shopping or large format retail or national chains. That is an incredible strength to have.

working there, bringing new life and vitality to Douglas St and St. George’s Square. There will be exciting new retail options–including another great new restaurant. Jerry Garcia–late of the Grateful Dead–said of his band what we might also say of Downtown Guelph: “we’re like licorice, not everybody likes licorice but those that do really do.” People seeking the unique want to live here–they want to shop and dine here–they want to discover what expert service is like. From that view on top of the Gummer Building, I can see a new wave of progress and prosperity coming into the city centre–great news for all of Guelph.

Here are a few more positive signs: • The new condominium apartment building beside the Cooperators tower is now over 70% sold; a very strong sales ratio right out of the gate. Sales at the Market Common on Gordon at Waterloo are also very good and there is construction activity on both sites. • The recent MPAC Assessments show Downtown as one of the few areas of the city whose real estate value rose above the average. That means that commercial activity has improved and the properties will be contributing even more to our tax base. • The City has agreed to bring more bus routes back through the core. As of December 2nd there are now 6 outbound and 7 inbound buses that stop at St. Georges Square. Service levels demanded the change; people want to get here. • New businesses are opening. Ox restaurant on Quebec is both fantastic and fantastically popular. • Also, the re-animation of the Gummer building. Soon hundreds more people will be living and

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RiverHouse Condominiums–destination of choice for Guelph There’s a transformation underway in the city of Guelph, and RiverHouse Condominiums is right in the midst of it. In a city where progress and growth is apparent everywhere, RiverHouse is central to the core of it—as well as the sights, sounds and scenery of attractive Downtown Guelph, where people certainly enjoy coming to shop, stroll, dine and attend theatre and events. With sales already well over 70 per cent, RiverHouse has been deemed an overwhelming success. At a fall preview, plans were unveiled to introduce this much-awaited urban lifestyle to the city core and to young professionals and empty nesters who make up the majority of buyers. It’s THE place they want to live in the heart of this city on the move. Guelph is no longer a university town--it’s a city of urban delights and now RiverHouse is among them. A vision of gracious living, it takes its place on the banks of the Speed River within easy reach of the city’s urban amenities. From this location, it will look out to the winding

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Skyline hits company record Skyline, Guelph’s real estate investment, development and property management group, recently set a company record by purchasing a $120 million commercial portfolio for the Skyline Commercial REIT; just the first phase of a two-phased acquisition with a total price tag of approximately $242 million. The Phase One purchase is comprised of properties throughout the GTA, including Barrie, Etobicoke, Vaughan, North York and Mississauga. The Phase Two purchase will be comprised of properties in the Ottawa area. Founded in 1999, the Skyline Group of Companies comprises four primary entities: Skyline Management Inc., Skyline Asset Management Inc., Skyline Commercial Management Inc. and Skyline Wealth Management Inc. Together they exist to service the Skyline Apartment REIT and Skyline Commercial REIT, also under the Skyline umbrella. Both the Skyline Apartment REIT and Skyline Commercial REITs are private alternative investments that are 100% Canadian owned and operated. The synergy between these enti-

Coop –continued from page 8 says Mark Ventry, Executive Director, Ontario Co-operative Association. Education - Recognizing life long learning, On Co-op partners with organizations to promote co-ops as a way of doing business. Recently the Association developed a business model which high school teachers can now present to their students in business and leadership classes. Co-op development - On Co-op provides valueable resources for new and emerging co-op businesses, as well as advice to those established businesses that want to expand. Based in Guelph, the Association holds regional meeting across the province. A yearly membership fee is based on business size. Local members include The Co-operators, Gay

Lea Foods, and AgEnergy. “We are the hub for co-ops,” adds Ventry. “We are very member driven. Large established co-ops are members because they want to provide support to others. We have meduim sized business members who take advantage of networking opportunities, while also making the Association stronger by getting involved. Third, we have new, small business co-ops who benefit greatly from the services provided and use On Co-op as their first point of contact for growing their business.” This marks the 10th anniversary for On Coop having operated as a co-op trade association, and coincides with the International Year of the Co-op. Acting as a huge promoter--in celebration of the International Year of the Co-op, On Co-op developed a large billboard campaign running across Ontario. The first of its kind, the campaign has fostered community awareness for local co-ops, while providing a sense of pride.

ties is the secret to the company’s continued success and impeccable track record of consistent and growing distributions to its REIT investors who have also never lost a single penny. This is the largest portfolio acquisition in the company’s over 13-year history and an exciting milestone for the small company from Guelph that currently holds over $1 billion in real estate among its two REITs–ranking Skyline among the top ten largest private owners and managers of real estate in the country. To learn more about investing with skyline visit

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don’t have to learn yourself-and this is one A good friend, business associate and highly of them. respected speaker, Mr. Jim Ruta, shared his simple, yet effective financial planning strategy 2) Save the money you spend to impress yourself - if your gross spending habits exceed with me and I present it here for your considyour net income your upkeep will be your eration. Although light in nature the message is downfall. Buying things just to make yourclear. self feel better has short term compensation 1) Learn to live on 80% of your NET income. but the bitterness of having no money Keep 20% in reserve. So many of us live on lingers on long after the sweetness of having cash flow-where your monthly income cov“stuff” is forgotten ers payments ON purchases rather than pay3) Success in investing has never been about ing FOR purchases. The upshot of this losrate of return. It has always been about the ing strategy is that many end up living on personal discipline of putting money away. or about 120% of their net income. Once in The propaganda we see every day about this “program” some people can escape but investment options is all interesting but not most of them end up with a heart attack, very important if you don’t save any money. bankruptcy or sometimes divorce. There Remember - the only way to make comare some lessons you

pound interest work for you is to have money for compound interest to work on! 4) Remember that peace of mind equals quality of life. In choosing your investment options keep this simple idea in mind. Being able to sleep soundly at night can never be overvalued.

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I would like to thank all the Business Venture readers for their comments and input on my by Carinta Mannarelli articles this past year and wish everyone a happy holiday season and prosperous new Spending polls have been published for 2012 year! and Canada is expected to be one of the few countries that are increasing their Christmas budgets over their 2011 spending. We averJohn Moran BA, EPC, President of Lyon Financial Services, aged a budget of just over $500 per spender 519-766-0001 or in 2011 and are expected to increase that to $700 in 2012. Canadians lead the world in choosing to submitted by MacLean & MacLean Financial Group Inc. shop online. Maybe it’s our cold winters and warm dens that lead us to point and click Although tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) Close to one-third (31%) of those surveyed The TFSA numbers rather than park and shop. Shopping online have been on the market since 2009, the major- who don’t have a TFSA said they have no inten- • 74% view TFSAs as a long-term savings tool; is increasingly attractive with many retailers ity of Canadians aren’t using them, and general tion of opening one this year or next, while • RRSPs top the list as preferred investments, offering free shipping and online coupons. knowledge about the savings vehicle is lacking. 52% remain undecided. with 52% of those surveyed ranking RRSPs Shoppers should be cautious of a few comA new survey by ING DIRECT reveals that 44% “The TFSA has been around for nearly four ahead of TFSAs, which came in second mon pitfalls: of Canadians have a vague idea of how the years, and it’s unfortunate that so many (29%); Customs: Online purchases from American TFSA works, while 19% say they don’t underCanadians aren’t taking full advantage • 47% of Canadians hold their savings in a savretailers are subject to customs fees. First stand it at all. of this savings opportunity,” says Peter Aceto, ings account, 17% in mutual funds and 10% time online buyers are often surprised by a However, lack of cash plays a bigger role in president and CEO of ING DIRECT. “Since its in a GIC; and why Canadians aren’t using them than the lack launch, the TFSA has been a great way to • 25% of respondents have used less than half of delivery demanding cash payment to cover these expenses or a bill that arrives in the of knowledge about the product. Fifty-three reach short-term and long-term savings goals the contribution room available for 2012 mail shortly thereafter. Choosing to shop percent of those surveyed said they didn’t have and provide flexibility that other investment (between $1 and $9,000). with Canadian online stores is a decision the money to contribute to a TFSA. options, like RSPs, don’t.” MacLean & MacLean Financial Group Inc. 519-837-3880 or that 83% of Canadians make to combat this surprise fee. – continued on pg 14

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Where are your profits coming from? by Tony Roy The most important number in business is your Net Profit, yet how many of us look at this number when it comes back from the accountant at the end of the financial year and wonder how we arrived at that figure. One of the keys to creating a successful business is to constantly focus on the profitability in your business, in particular analysing and understanding what the main profit drivers are. Few businesses analyse the net profitability they derive from each of the different products or services they sell (and let me be clear that I am referring to net profit and not gross profit). The exercise can be very revealing. When I have done this exercise with my clients they have frequently been amazed and yes, sometimes horrified to find out where the profits are coming from or in some cases - not coming from. Inevitably, within their stable of products and services there are some that are much more profitable than others. This revelation often results in significant changes in their pricing, business strategy and marketing focus. In some cases I have worked with, we actually reduced their revenue, while turning around the busi-

ness from losing money to making a profit, purely by eliminating non-profitable product lines. To get to net profitability by product or service it is necessary to determine the Gross Margin–(Revenue– Cost of Goods/Service sold) and then subtract off an allocation of an overhead charge to that product or service. Your bookkeeper, accountant or coach can help you do this. Often business owners price their products only taking the Gross Margin into account and forget that price must also cover some overhead costs as well as provide some level of profitability. Business is a numbers game. It is vital that you know your profits and where those profits are coming from. So while growing Revenue is important growing profitable revenue will make you a success. Remember Revenue is about EGO, Business is about PROFIT! Tony Roy is a Certified Business Coach for ActionCOACH. He can be contacted at 519-729-0033 or

The economics of Christmas –continued from page 13

Happy Holidays To our Friends and Associates

Return Policies: It’s estimated that between 1540% of online purchases are later returned to the retailer. Shoppers are wise to establish the return process and policy in advance. Free shipping rarely means free return shipping. Payment Options: Shoppers that often buy online might be wise to get a USD based credit card. Every credit card is different, and there can be many surprises when making purchases in another currency (exchange rates can be a surprise, international fees can be a surprise, etc). By using a USD credit card, the purchaser

has full control over the exchange rate on the USD/CAD exchange and can be strategic about the timing of their exchange. Pros and Cons aside, online shopping doesn’t help those of us that are Christmas Eve shoppers. It’s estimated that as many as 10% of us do the majority of our shopping in the days before Christmas. Even the best online retailer can’t help you on Christmas Eve. Statistical references from: Vancouver Sun, Shine,

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