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December 1, 2015 at the Windsor Club

Peter Hrastovec (2006-2008), Dr. Janice Forsyth (Current), Marty Komsa (2003-2004), Ted Farron (1999-2001), Ross Clark (1981), Don Snyder (1978), Gordon Lee (1982), Larry Bannon (1992-1994), Jim Drummond (2009-2010), Lindsey Boyd (2008-2009), Don Marsh (2004-2005). Seated: Don Atwell (1998-1999), Ron McNeill (1985-1986), Doug Lawson (1980), Eric Neill (1975), Stephen Roberts (1991-1992). Call on Local MPs to Prioritize Economy

Ontario Economic Update 2016

26th Annual Business Excellence Awards


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Letter from the President & Chair We hope that your holidays were restful and that 2016 brings growth and prosperity to your business. We have a lot planned for 2016 and are excited to share with you. The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has been busy advocating on provincial issues for the local business community. In December, we held a roundtable with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to discuss ideas on how to reduce the cost of power—a huge issue identified by Chamber members.


In November, we partnered with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to call on local MPs to fulfill their election promise to make the Ontario economy a top priority. We identified three near-term priorities for the federal government: focusing on manufacturing and agriculture, getting infrastructure dollars out the door, and moving forward with tax relief measures for small businesses. Matt was invited by the Government of Canada to attend the Speech from the Throne in Ottawa on December 4. Coming up for the Chamber is the 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards, April 20 at Caesars Windsor. Tickets are on sale online. You don’t want to miss one of the biggest events of the year and the chance to celebrate business excellence in Windsor-Essex. Hold the date for the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Policy & Solutions Forum, taking place May 11, 2016. We look forward to advocating further for our members in the coming months and hope to see you at our outstanding events soon!

Dr. Janice Forsyth CHAIR

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2015-2016 Board of Directors Dr. Janice Forsyth Chair** President Foresight Management Consulting Mr. Marty Beneteau Director Vice-President Editorial, Southwest Region, Postmedia Editor-in-Chief, The Windsor Star Mr. John T. Clark Treasurer** Partner Clarks LLP Mr. Adam Davis Vice Chair** President Next Dimension Mr. Irfan S. Daya Director Chair - Finance & Taxation Committee Vice President, Commercial Financial Services & Agriculture Royal Bank of Canada Mr. Steve Deneau Director Vice President - Business Development WFCU Credit Union Mr. David Diemer Director Chair - Environment & Energy Committee Associate Dillon Consulting Limited Mr. Romeo Girardi Director Executive Vice President Farrow Mr. Carl Hooper, CPA, CA Director Assurance and Business Collins Barrow Windsor LLP Mr. Jason Ilijanic Director Manager of Business Development TD Commercial Banking

Mr. Scott Jenkins Director Director of Advertising Caesars Windsor Ms. Maureen Lucas Vice Chair** President Lucas Professional Search Group Mr. Rocco Lucente P Eng Director Chair - Transportation Committee Owner R Lucente Engineering Inc Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Chair Elect** Partner McTague Law Firm LLP Dr. Francine Schlosser Director Professor, Odette School of Business Director, Research and Interdisciplinary Learning, EPICentre University of Windsor Ms. Andrea Seguin Director District Manager Union Gas Limited Mr. Owen Stibbard Director Chair - Membership Committee Scientific Specialist Jamieson Natural Sources Vitamins Dr. Alfie Morgan Director Emeritus Non-Voting Professor Emeritus of Business Administration University of Windsor ** denotes member of executive committee


Chamber News

Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Call on Local MPs to Prioritize Economy The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) are calling on the newly elected federal government and local MPs to fulfill their election promise to make Ontario’s economy a top priority. The WERCC congratulates Brian Masse, Cheryl Hardcastle and Tracey Ramsey on their election victory and calls for immediate attention to address local and Ontario economic challenges. The OCC and the WERCC have identified three near-term priorities for the federal government: focusing on manufacturing and agriculture, getting infrastructure dollars out the door and moving forward with tax relief measures for small businesses.

The WERCC and the OCC also encourages the new federal government to address the gap between what Ontarians pay to the federal government and what they receive back – currently estimated at $11 billion. For too long, says the OCC and the WERCC, Ontario’s economic challenges have not been adequately addressed by the federal government. The WERCC will also work with its network colleagues, local MPs, labour and other stakeholders to get Single Sports Betting passed through Parliament and the Senate. Bill C-290, which would have amended the criminal code to allow for Single Sports Betting, was passed by the House of Commons but languished in the Senate for nearly three years.

“It is important that the newly elected government deliver on its commitments to Ontario,” said Matt Marchand, President and CEO, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We want to see increased federal investments in trade-enabling and productivity-boosting infrastructure. The federal government should also adopt a reciprocal market access strategy in trade negotiations as well as currency manipulation restrictions in trade agreements”.

The WERCC will also build on momentum from our successful Canadian Chamber AGM to help ensure we get commitments on PACA type legislation for our agriculture community.

Additionally, the OCC and the WERCC are calling on the federal government to move forward with tax relief measures for small businesses. The new federal government has committed to reducing the small business tax rate from 11 percent to 9 percent. The OCC and the WERCC are urging the new federal government to work with the business community as it designs and implements the tax cut.

“This is a pivotal time for our region and our province,” said Marchand. “We look forward to continuing to engage with our local representatives as we work together to strengthen our business climate.”

The OCC recently shared its federal economic strategy for Ontario with all MPs through its report, In Focus: Federal Priorities for the Ontario Economy, available at

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Windsor-Essex’s Economic Prospects Steadily Improving: Ontario Economic Update 2016 The most wide-reaching provincial economic forecast of the year, the Ontario Economic Update 2016, was released by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Credit Unions of Ontario, with support from the WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce.

in part by an uptick in exports, the result of a stronger U.S. economy and a low Canadian dollar. Government fiscal policy will also be a key driver, as federal and provincial infrastructure commitments will stimulate growth across a variety of sectors.

Employment in the Windsor-Essex region is projected to grow by 1.5 percent in 2015, and will continue to grow at a similar rate for the next two years. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate will decline to 9.1 percent by 2017.

Matt Marchand, President & CEO, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce: “The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce will continue to be aggressive in making the local business community stronger. This includes our goal of doubling exports in our agriculture sector by 2020, developing key aspects of an automotive strategy with the auto advisor, passage of legislation in the House of Commons to allow Single Sports betting and taking advantage of the lower dollar to drive the retail sector, tourism and manufacturing. The Chamber will also continue to advocate its concerns on the TPP as it relates to auto.”

The manufacturing industry will help drive economic growth, as companies continue to invest in production capacity. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, for example, is spending $2 billion re-tooling its Windsor plant. Auto parts company TRW Automotive will open a second location in Windsor in January 2016. Additionally, there have been a number of job fairs held locally to fill key manufacturing jobs. This includes companies such as Hiram Walker & Sons, Radix Inc. and Integram. According to the province-wide data, most areas of Ontario will enjoy improving economic conditions in the coming year. Growth will be driven


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In Our Community Congratulations on your new office location: Diane Bertolin the Strategist and Bram Canada Staffing Solutions! Congratulations to new Start Ups in Windsor-Essex: DRG Communications, Free Perks, TAB Windsor Essex The Alternative Board and Thrive Benefits Group! Windsor Regional Hospital was the recipient of $11,000 in generous donations from Advance Business Systems, local businesses and national companies stemming from their recent 24th Annual Advance Business Systems American Thanksgiving Day Football Classic held at the Windsor Yacht Club. Over the last two decades, this event has generated more than $70,000 in donations. For more information visit Congratulations to the Best Western Plus Leamington Hotel and Conference Centre on their grand opening! For more information contact Charlene Houle at (519) 890-5001. Congratulations to Deborah Jones, Publisher Biz X Magazine on the 18th Annual Biz X Awards and on sponsoring Sparky’s Toy Drive. Big congratulations to the 24 award winners, available online at www. Congratulations to Charlotte Loaring (Loaring Physiotherapy & Health Centre) and Mike Bates (Refine Fitness Studio), on their new partnership - the first of its kind in the region. Refine Fitness Studio will offer individualized and small-group personal training and nutrition services at Loaring Physiotherapy, located at 13126 Tecumseh Rd. E. in Tecumseh. For more information contact Bates at (519) 253-9400 or Loaring at (519) 739-2700. Cypher Systems Group announced a $250,000 multi-year gift to complete the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway, bringing the vision of a region connected by trails one step closer to reality. The Essex Region Conservation Foundation held a gathering of donors, trail enthusiasts, corporate partners and stakeholders to announce that the trail will be named the Cypher Systems Group Greenway. For more information contact Susanne Tomkins, Development & Communications Coordinator, ERCA, at Congratulations to Douglas Marketing Group (DMG) on winning four international awards for a number of projects, including the mega-hospital campaign. The Aster Awards recognizes excellence in medical marketing and honoured DMG with two silver wins for the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation’s Program Brochure and the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation — Building Our Strengths: Single Site Hospital Awareness Campaign. Walkerville Brewery’s Honest Lager packaging was recognized with a gold Summit Creative Award.

The Downtown Windsor BIA (DWBIA) is the recipient of a Downtown Merit Award for its Retail Recruitment Campaign. The award was presented to the DWBIA by the International Downtown Association, and the DWBIA was among six qualified entries in the category of Economic and Business Development. For more information contact Larry Horwitz, Chair, DWBIA at (519) 817-6264. The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), along with Ontario’s 35 additional Conservation Authorities, is pleased to see final assent of the Invasive Species Act, designed to address the urgent and growing problem of invasive species in Ontario. “Invasive species such as Phragmites and Asian carp threaten our local watersheds and create significant costs to industries which rely on our Great Lakes,” said Richard Wyma, ERCA’s General Manager. “In our region, we have more rare and endangered species than anywhere else in Canada, and the importance of protecting our biodiversity cannot be overstated.” For more information contact Danielle Breault Stuebing at Congratulations to Motor City Community Credit Union (MCCCU) on their 75th anniversary! To celebrate, MCCCU is offering a $75 cash referral bonus. For more information, visit Congratulations to the Town of Lakeshore’s Atlas Tube Centre for winning the Athletic Business Facility Award of Merit, celebrating 10 outstanding examples of sports and recreation facility architecture in North America. The Atlas Tube Centre competed against 63 other facilities across Canada and the U.S. Libro Credit Union received an incredible response to its recent Libro Prosperity Shares offering, which will further support the credit union’s growth and help Libro carry out its vision of growing prosperity in southwestern Ontario by transforming banking. Libro planned a limited issue of up to $75 million in Libro Prosperity Shares. Once becoming available, the shares sold out in just two weeks. For more information on other investment opportunities, visit one of Libro’s 31 branches or call the Contact Centre at 1-800-361-8222. The Bully’s Trap Luncheon takes place January 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Skyline Room, St. Clair Centre for the Arts. Author Andrew Faas provides comprehensive and provocative insight into the dynamics, impacts and costs of bullying in the workplace and answers how it can be prevented and stopped. The Bully's Trap highlights just one aspect of unhealthy workplace cultures and is meant to begin the conversation and to help inspire people to transform their workplace cultures. The full initiative is to create psychologically safe and healthy workplaces. Tickets including lunch are $35 available at Chrysler Theatre Box Office. Congratulations to Windsor Club and Chair of the Board Federica Nazzani on their new location at 2072 Riverside Dr. E. We were proud to attend the WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Past Chair’s event December 1, 2015 as the first catered event. Visit them online at


EVENT PHOTOS 139th Annual General Meeting & Luncheon

Wake Up Windsor-Essex

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Multiple Business Holiday Party 2015

Air Canada Luncheon


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26th Annual Business Excellence Awards

26th Annual Business Excellence Awards Presented by Windsor Star Since 1991, the Business Excellence Awards has become the premier event of the year, recognizing the achievements and contributions of business leaders in Windsor and Essex County. This evening will bring together Windsor and area business leaders and media for a celebration of excellence in business. Twelve awards will be presented and award winners will be announced on April 20, 2016 at the Business Excellence Awards. This year a new award category will be presented, Pillars of our Community. This award recognizes a registered not-for-profit organization, philanthropic organization or person that has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of the Greater Windsor-Essex Area. This nominee positively impacted the community, and demonstrated best business practices. In addition their business mission/objective/goals of the organization reflect a community need which has a clearly defined strategic plan. Other Award Categories include: Small Company of the Year, Mid-Size Company of the Year, Large Company of the Year, International Business Award, New Business of the Year, Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Professional of the Year and Tourism & Hospitality Award. Also included in the awards ceremony are the recipients of the Believe Windsor Essex and ATHENA Awards. For more information, visit

Showcase your brand message in the official 2016 Business Excellence Awards feature brought to you by Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Windsor Star.

For more information, contact your Windsor Star Media Sales Consultant or call 519-255-5720



New Certification Training 4 Need-to-Know Changes


• Self-paced training via print based workbooks and e-courses will NOT be available after January 31, 2016 due to requirements set out in the new standards.

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour announced new certification training requirements for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members that come into effect March 1, 2016. If your business has 20 or more employees, here are four changes that most impact you.

• Workplaces cannot conduct their own in-house Certification Training unless they apply through the MOL to become an approved training provider of an approved JHSC Certification Training program.

What you need to know

How can you meet current and future certification training requirements?

Under the revised standards, 1. JHSC members who achieve certification status after March 1, 2016 will require refresher training every 3 years to maintain their status 2. Parts One and Two, as well as refresher training, must be taken from a MOL approved trainer 3. Both parts must be completed within 6 months of each other 4. Training must include interaction with an instructor, and consist of a minimum of 5 days: 3 for Part One; 2 for Part 2. Refresher training is an additional day

What this means for your business

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) has been delivering certification training for 15 years and is available to assist you with your certification training needs. After March 1, 2016, WSPS will continue to offer certification training in classrooms throughout Ontario and can accommodate busy schedules with flexible onsite sessions — any shift, 24-7— an ideal option for group training. Learn more about the new requirements by contacting WSPS Customer Care, 1-877-494-WSPS (9777), ext. 0. * To be certified under the current standard (and be exempt from refresher training), you must complete Parts One and Two by March 1, 2016, with Part Two paperwork submitted to the Ministry of Labour by April 29, 2016.

• If you have JHSC members who require certification training, don’t put it off. Ministry inspectors will continue checking on compliance during workplaces visits and inspections. • Any JHSC members certified before March 1, 2016 are certified for life. They won’t need retraining unless they switch industry sectors. They also won’t need refresher training.*

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW WE ASSIST OUR MEMBERS IN ACHIEVING THEIR FINANCIAL GOALS THROUGH MARKETING INITIATIVES? KNOW SOMEONE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CHAMBER? Contact Sherri Gowman, Director of Sales & Marketing, to consider membership with us and to learn about potential savings in conjunction with our programs. or (519) 966.3696 ext. 223. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CHAMBER’S AFFINITY PROGRAMS AND OTHER MEMBER BENEFITS? Visit us at and click on Membership then Benefits. We are here to assist you with your membership! Contact Caitlin Hildenbrand, Assistant to the Director of Sales & Marketing, at or (519) 966.3696 ext. 230. Please note, the members listed are only for the months indicated. For a full Membership Directory please visit or for a personal copy contact Caitlin. 8 I WINDSORESSEXCHAMBER.ORG

MEET YOUR NEW FELLOW MEMBERS Accucomp Bookkeeping Services Bookkeeping Services, Accountants John Parent, Owner Phone: (519) 735-1856 Fax:(519) 735-1856 Air Canada Airline Companies Fittipauld Lourenco, Director - Government Affairs 300-55 rue Murray St. Ottawa, ON K1N 5M3 Phone: (613) 783-7144 Bruce Philp Florist Florists, Gift Shops Alba Giglio, Manager 2229 Wyandotte Street West Windsor, ON N9B 1K3 Phone: (519) 252-1424 Fax:(519) 254-3597 Comfort Inn & Suites - Ambassador Bridge Hotels & Motels Andrea Bondy, General Manager 2330 Huron Church Road Windsor, ON N9E 3S6 Phone: (519) 972-1100 Fax:(519) 972-6310 Contents Processing Centre (CPC Windsor) Cleaning & Restoration Services Jeremy Brown, Manager 4500 North Talbot Rd. Tecumseh, ON N0R 1L0 Phone: (519) 737-0322 Fax:(519) 737-0137 CUPE 543 Labour Union David Petten, Treasurer 1576 Parent Ave. Windsor, ON N8X 4J7 Phone: (519) 254-3543 Diane Bertolin - The Strategist Strategic Communications Consultants, Digital Marketing Diane Bertolin, Key Strategist 300 Eugenie St., Suite E Windsor, ON N9G 1A3 Phone: (519) 967-1422 Dream Makers Kids Entertainment & Costume Rentals Entertainment, Costume Rentals Pam Martin, Owner / Operator Phone: (519) 566-9782

DRG Communications Video Productions, Communications & Public Relations David Gilbert, Owner Phone: (519) 944-5075 Free Perks Windsor.Com Marketing & Advertising Services, Coupons Don Thibert, President & CEO Phone: (226) 363-0462 Girard & Co. Flowers & Gifts Florists Alba Giglio, Manager 1371 Grand Marais West Windsor, ON N9E 1E2 Phone: (519) 966-3305 Fax:(519) 966-3307 Hook Marketing & Advertising Services Jeff Robillard, President 1880 Assumption Street East, Suite 300 Windsor, ON N8Y 1C4 Phone: (519) 915-7603 Jazz Aviation Airline Companies Fittipauld Lourenco 3200 County Rd. 42 Windsor, ON N8V1A1 Kaspardlov & Associates Wealth Management, Financial Planning Consultants Joshua Lane, VP Wealth Strategies 3630 Rhodes Dr. Windsor, ON N8W 5A4 Phone: (519) 974-4429 Fax:(519) 974-7243 New Dimensions Productions Multi-Media Productions, Audio Visual Equipment & Supplies Sal Albano, President 2063 Continental Ave. Windsor, ON N9E 3P2 Phone: (519) 734-8081 Parker DKI Restoration Contractors Elizabeth Elias-Hernandez, Dir. Business Development 2910 Jefferson Blvd Windsor, ON N8T 3J2 Phone: (519) 944-8015 Fax:(519) 944-2878

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2015 RPPL Industries Ltd. Manufacturing Supplies, CNC Machining, Forging & Aluminum Casting Loveleet Gera, Director 124 Alpaca Dr. Richmond Hill, ON L4E 0R2 Phone: (647) 286-1470 Stratus Plastics International Inc. Plastic Injection Moulding, Manufacturing William Wu, President & CEO 2862 Kew Dr. Windsor, ON N8T 3C6 Phone: (519) 948-1888 Sunray Group of Hotels Hotels & Motels Christine Melnyk, Director of Operations 250 Dougall Ave. Windsor, ON N9A 7C6 Phone: (519) 977-9707 Fax: (519) 977-6404 TAB Windsor-Essex The Alternative Board Business Advisory Services Peter Wares, Owner / TAB Certified Facilitator 3535 North Service Rd. E. Windsor, ON N8W 5R7 Phone: (226) 773-3386 Thrive Benefits Group Insurance - Group Rachelle Booth, President 445 Pelissier St. Windsor, ON N9A 4L2 Phone: (519) 253-0888 Water's Edge Event Centre Events, Banquet, Conference & Meeting Facilities Dana Horwitz, Owner 2879 Riverside Dr. E. Windsor, ON N8X 4S7 Phone: (519) 257-1983 Windsor Jewish Community Centre and Federation Community Centre Jay Katz, Executive Director 1641 Ouellette Ave Windsor, ON N8X 1K9 Phone: (519) 973-1772 Fax:(519) 973-1774


STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP Returning Members – October / November 2015 A Plus Ink & Toner Absolute Tool Technologies Inc. AccountAbility Bookkeeping Accu-Staff Resource Systems Advanced Basement Systems Advanced Commercial Dishmachine Service Inc. AIM Professional Services Ltd. Alexa Translations Ambassador Movers Ltd. AMEC Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure AON Risk Solutions Applied Computer Solutions Inc. Architecttura Inc. Architects At Ease Men's Apparel Aurora Steam AutoMAXX Pre-owned Car Centre The Auto Shop Baron Insignias Ltd. Bertoni Chairs & Things Inc. Best Rate Auto Sales Better Blinds and Drapery Bull & Barrel, The Canadian Tire - David Morrison Enterprises Ltd. CapsCanada Corporation Chorney Vision Centre

City Grill, The Cleardeck Systems Ltd. Club Alouette Cooper's Hawk Vineyards Estate Winery Coral Medical Health Spa Core Team Staffing & Training Inc. Costco Wholesale Coxon's Service Limited CS Logistics Danny's Transmission Windsor 2005 Ltd Dream Office Management Drive Logistics Edward Jones Investments, John O. Atkinson, CFP EM3 Inc. Essex County Hydraulics Inc. Export Development Canada Fahrhall Mechanical Contractors Ltd. First Solar Development (Canada) Inc Foresight Management Consulting G S Engineering Consultants Inc Ground Effects Ltd. Healthy Image, The Hinton the Mover / United Van Lines International Seating & Décor Ltd. J K Management Group, Inc. John McGivney Children's Centre


Kinetic Konnection Kingsville Golf and Country Club Limited Lakeview Montessori School Lazares & Co. LC Platinum Realty Inc. Brokerage Liberty Business Brokers of Ontario Libro Credit Union M.T.E. Controls Corporation Main Flame Industrial Services MC Business Solutions - Windsor Minuteman Press Moe Mailloux Financial Services Inc. Morton Industrial Sales & Service Ltd. Onfreight Logistics Onsort Material Management Inc. Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Overseas Motors Paroian Skipper Lawyers Paul Davis Systems of Windsor Peterson-Davisdon Inc. Private Financial Group Re/Max Capital Inc, Brokerage Re/Max Preferred Realty Ltd. Brokerage RGR Pharma Ltd Ronna Hope Warsh Leadership Coaching + Consulting Ltd. Rose City Ford Sales Limited

Rose City Gymnastics Royal LePage Binder Real Estate Running Flat Sandbar Waterfront Grill, The Security One Alarm Systems Ltd. SNP Technical Services Inc. Sooter's Studios Southland Insurance Brokers Inc StreetSeen Media Synergy Insulation Systems Ltd. TD Canada Trust – Ouellette Ave. TD Canada Trust – Tecumseh Rd. East Tessonics Inc. Town of Tecumseh, The Corporation of the Varco Industrial Sales Ltd. Vollmer Inc. WEST of Windsor Inc Western Equipment Limited Windsor Crossing Premium Outlets Windsor Laser Eye Institute Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women Windsor Yacht Club Workforce WindsorEssex Zehrs Food Plus (#0521) Zehrs Food Plus (#0573)

Spotlight On Our Members Renewing Member

New Member

Amec Foster Wheeler

Air Canada

Amec Foster Wheeler is one of the world’s leading engineering, design and project management firms, with over 40,000 employees operating in 50 countries worldwide. Amec Foster Wheeler has operated in Canada for 100+ years and currently has 57 offices and 1,800+ staff. Since 1969 Amec Foster Wheeler has been dedicated to serving the Windsor market. While the initial focus of the Windsor office was to provide geotechnical investigations and materials testing, over the past 20 years the office has expanded to include a wide range of multi-discipline services including: Engineering Materials Testing & Evaluation, Geotechnical Investigations, Construction Administration, Foundation Engineering, Bridge Engineering, Archaeology & Heritage Assessments, Environmental Site Assessment (Contaminant/Waste Management), Environmental Ecological Services (Species At Risk), Occupational Hygiene (including designated substance surveys) and Compliance. Amec Foster Wheeler prides themselves in being an active, contributing member of the communities in which they work, including the recent Movember campaign which concluded with a Good Fellows donation. On a global level, Amec Foster Wheeler is proud to be a corporate partner with SOS Children’s Villages, an independent international NGO which has been working to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children since 1949. To date, Amec Foster Wheeler has donated over half a million dollars to the charity’s global efforts. Amec Foster Wheeler is committed to serving Essex County and recognizes the tremendous value that the Chamber can bring to their business, especially when it comes to networking with potential clients and peers within the industry.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents – in fact we are one of the few international carriers to operate on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers. We provide scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 52 in the U.S. and 86 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,321 airports in 193 countries. We are also the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. Our 28,000 employees and 30,000 pensioners are proud to serve this network and look forward to the ongoing transformation of Air Canada. Air Canada has served the Windsor community since 1940 and with our regional partners we employ 20 people in the region. We are proud of our history in the city and our new partnership with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. This new partnership gives us the opportunity to engage local business through the dynamic Chamber environment. It also provides us the ability to engage non-profits in the community through our Air Canada Foundation. We look forward to working with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber, local business and our new community partners. For more information, please visit, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

Members Only Savings Programs: As a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, you have access to numerous resources designed to advance the success of your business and provide you with exclusive benefits. For complete information visit us at Employee and business owner HEALTH CARE BENEFITS with our: CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE GROUP INSURANCE The Chamber offers access to Canada’s #1 group insurance plan – the Chambers Plan. The Plan operates as a non-profit and it is known for stable, pooled, competitive rates for firms from 1 to 100 employees. As well as health and dental coverage, you can customize your plan by selecting from a list of available benefits. Some of the Chambers Plan benefits, like Best Doctors and Business Assistance Services, are even included at no cost. HOME & AUTO INSURANCE With origins dating back to 1880, Johnson Inc. is one of the oldest and most respected providers of insurance and benefits in Canada. Today, the company is part of the global RSA group, with employees across the country dedicated to serving you better. Members who qualify for the PS Plan get

preferred rates, and access to a wide range of products and services. You receive personalized and convenient service. Highlights of the PS Plan include: 24-hour service, online access to your insurance coverage details, and interest-free monthly payments. You may also get extras on home and auto insurance. Contact or call toll free 1-800-5630677. Remember to identify yourself as a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce! OFFICE SUPPLY PROGRAM With our Office Max/Grand & Toy Office Supply Program, members save significantly on over 7,000 instock office supplies for next day delivery. Get the products you need, and the choices you want– for the best value. Your representative will review your preferred products to maximize your savings and develop an exclusive savings program based on your needs.

PAYMENT PROCESSING SAVINGS WITH FIRST DATA MERCHANT SERVICES First Data, a leader in the electronic payment processing industry, brings you exclusive benefits to help grow your business. Together we are ready to help you with preferred pricing and products tailored to suit your needs. See the savings: Visa 1.49%, MasterCard 1.49% and Debit $0.05/Transaction (standard discount rates – additional processing fees may apply). UPS SERVICES! Chamber members, take advantage of the UPS Members Benefit Program and save on a variety of UPS services! You’ll receive 30% off small package shipments within Canada, to the U.S. and to worldwide destinations, 25% off imports into Canada, discounts starting at 75% off freight shipments, and more. To get started today, visit or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377).




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Upcoming Events Grant Writing 101 – Lunch & Learn

April Regional After Business @ Caesars Windsor

Thursday, January 28, 2016 Children’s Aid Society (1671 Riverside Dr. E.)

Thursday, April 14, 2016 Caesars Windsor (377 Riverside Dr. E.) Networking and Largest Tradeshow of the Year!

February After Business @ Crown Royal Lounge (WFCU Centre)

26th Annual Business Excellence Awards

Thursday, February 18, 2016 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. WFCU Centre, Crown Royal Lounge (8787 McHugh St.) Networking Only! After Business Guests Receive Special Pricing on Spitfires vs Sault Ste. Marie game that evening (Mickey Renaud Tribute Night) 7:05 p.m.

80th Annual Golf Tournament

Wednesday, April 20. 2016 Caesars Windsor (377 Riverside Dr. E.)

Monday, June 20, 2016 Essex Golf and Country Club (7555 Matchette Rd.) Essex County’s Longest Running Business Golf Tournament

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