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JULY AUGUST2013 VOLUME 44 | No. 7 - 8 | BUSINESS BRIEFS Bill and Rochelle Tepperman received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Ball on June 21, 2013


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Chamber Ball and Lifetime Achievement Recipients

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Letter from the President & CEO Dear Chamber Members, It has been another busy few months for us here at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. In May, I travelled to Ottawa along with representatives from the City of Niagara Falls and the Canadian Gaming Association to meet with Canadian senators to advocate support for Bill C-290. Windsor-Essex’s economy MATT would benefit from the legalization MARCHAND of Single Sports Betting. Support PRESIDENT & CEO throughout the country continues to grow and we have Chambers from across Ontario as well as from the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec. Also in May, I attended the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting in Chatham where the Chamber was presented with the prestigious Chair’s Award for our Gold Circle Membership Program. The Ontario Chamber has called the program an “outstanding new membership program.” This is our second consecutive award from the OCC as the Chamber received an award for its election strategy at the OCC AGM last year.

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2013-2014 Board of Directors Ms. Carolyn Brown Chair** Vice President, Administration Detroit-Windsor Tunnel LLC Dr. Janice Forsyth Chair-Elect** President Foresight Management Consulting Mr. Ed Miles Past Chair** Tax Partner Miles & Co. Chartered Accountants Mr. Marty Beneteau Director Editor-in-Chief The Windsor Star Mr. David S. H. Cree Director Chair - Transportation Committee President & CEO Windsor Port Authority Mr. Adam Davis Director President Next Dimensions Inc

Mr. Steve Deneau Director Vice President Business Development Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) Mr. David Diemer Director Chair: Environment & Energy Committee Associate Dillon Consulting Limited Mr. Carl Hooper, CPA, CA, CFE Director Partner Collins Barrow Windsor LLP Mr. Jason Ilijanic Director Relationship Manager TD Commercial Banking Southwestern Ontario Region Mr. Kevin Laforet Director President and CEO Caesars Windsor

Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Treasurer** Partner McTague Law Firm LLP Mr. William Sivell Director Chair: Membership Committee Sales Representative VR Windsor Inc. Ms. Ann-Marie Athavale Director Non-Voting Chair: ATHENA Committee VP - Sales/Marketing Empire Communications Inc. Dr. Alfie Morgan Director Emeritus Non-voting Professor Emeritus of Business Administration University of Windsor ** Denotes member of Executive Committee

Ms. Maureen Lucas Director President LucasWorks! (Windsor) Inc.

We were also successfully behind three key member priority resolutions approved at the AGM including Adopting a More Accountable and Transparent Interest Arbitration System; Create a Long-Term, Competitive, Transparent, and Accountable Energy System in Ontario; and Enforcing Duty and Tax Collection at the Border. The Chamber continues to create policy solutions to issues of interest to our business community and will be actively pursuing the recommendations in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. In June, we released our Municipal Finance & Taxation Paper, the third comprehensive research paper this year focused on Windsor-Essex business priorities. This was created by the Chamber’s Finance and Taxation Committee chaired by Jason Ilijanic. The paper identifies the challenges and the opportunities facing the region over the medium to long-term and provides recommendations. We also hosted a very successful Distinguished Speaker Luncheon with the Hon. Teresa Piruzza, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services and MPP for Windsor West. This sold-out luncheon saw Piruzza giving her insights on the Provincial Vision for our region. Our amazing events team is busy with the Go For Health Luncheon on Wednesday, September 11 and the WindsorEssex Techtoberfest on Tuesday, October 29. Techtoberfest, our Second Annual Technology Forum and Tradeshow will feature speakers from Blackberry, Google, Life Size, and more, showing that Windsor-Essex is the place to be in terms of technological advancements.



Windsor-Essex Chamber Advocates Support for Bill C-290 Single Sports Betting Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Matt Marchand, along with representatives from the City of Niagara Falls and the Canadian Gaming Association, travelled to Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday, May 23, 2013, to meet with Canadian senators. Marchand and his colleagues advocated support for Bill C-290, which would allow Provinces to determine whether or not Single Sports Betting is appropriate for their jurisdiction.

“With Windsor’s proximity to Detroit, our upscale casino, and the need for jobs in this region, we would definitely see an improvement to our local and provincial economy should Bill C-290 pass,” said Marchand. “The Chamber coalition supporting Bill C-290 continues to grow across the country with support from the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.”

Chamber Wins a Prestigious Ontario Chamber Award for its Gold Circle Membership Program The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce won the 2013 Ontario Chamber of Commerce Chair’s Award at the Ontario Chamber’s Annual General Meeting in Chatham, Ontario. The award is presented annually for extraordinary efforts within the Chamber network by recognizing excellence in operations, member services and community leadership.

among each other and with the Chamber. It also assists the general membership by promoting the Chamber and its key community role. Gold Circle members act as senior spokespeople and leaders in their own right for the advancement of the community. The Ontario Chamber has called the program an “outstanding new membership program.”

“The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce created the Gold Circle program in 2012 as a leadership group of senior Chamber members focused on regional growth, development, advocacy and collaboration,” said Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Past Chair Ed Miles. Gold Circle Chamber members are high profile community leaders recognized in part as some of the Chamber’s strategic partners.

“We are very proud in winning this award and thank our Gold Circle members for their outstanding participation,” said Matt Marchand, President and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We created the Gold Circle program to provide added level of value to our existing Chamber membership. In turn, our members recognized the value of that leadership. This award is for our extraordinary effort to provide this level of membership. For the Chamber it adds value to the brand and it elevates our visibility.”

The benefit to the Windsor-Essex Chamber is the higher level of engagement and communication by the Gold Circle members

Windsor-Essex Chamber Releases Municipal Finance and Taxation Paper The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has released its Municipal Finance and Taxation Paper (FTP), its third comprehensive research paper since February 2013 focused on Windsor-Essex business priorities. Other released papers are the Regional Transportation Paper (RTP) and the Regional Energy Paper (REP). The Municipal Finance and Taxation Paper was created by the Chamber’s Finance and Taxation Committee chaired by Jason


Ilijanic and approved by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Finance & Taxation Committee is comprised of Chamber members with expertise in the areas of finance and taxation. The FTP identifies the challenges and the opportunities facing the region over the medium to long-term and it provides recommendations. To access the Chamber’s Finance & Taxation Paper, as well as other policy papers, you can visit the Chamber’s website at:



Dakkota Integrated Systems won two prestigious Supplier of the Year Awards at Chrysler’s 2013 Annual Strategy Meeting in June. Dakkota won both the Quality and World Class Manufacturing awards. Their plant in Tecumseh assembles instrument panels for the Windsor Assembly plant and is the only Dakkota facility that supplies Chrysler. For more information, visit

The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (DWBIA) launched its Commercial Rent Subsidy Program (CRSP). The program utilizes rent subsidy to encourage up to eight businesses annually to fill previously unoccupied buildings with new commercial ventures. The DWBIA will subsidize up to 50% of the successful applicant’s rent each month for the period of one year up to a maximum of $625 per month. For further information, visit www.

ERCA (Essex Region Conservation Authority) announces that new recycle bins were added to the Greenway as part of the Chrysler/CAW Joint Workplace Environment Committee’s fourth annual cleanup along the Chrysler Canada Greenway. The bin located at the Schwab Farms Community Entrance on the Arner Townline was donated by CAW local 444. The bin at the Schwab Farm McGregor community entrance was donated by the CAW Windsor Regional Environment Council, TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment, the Essex County Field Naturalists and MET management. The third bin will be donated by the CAW Chrysler Windsor Assembly Plant Joint Workplace Environment Committee. For more information contact Danielle Breault Stuebing at (519) 776-5209 ext. 352 or

You are cordially invited to a maurices Splurge Party, a private shopping party for you and your friends! Everyone who attends gets 30% off their entire purchase at this 2-hour event. You choose the date/time (typically when the store is closed so you have the entire run of the store, however they can schedule it during off-peak hours while the store is open). They make it fun and provide snacks. For more information, contact Tarah Miller, Associate District Manager, at (519) 8196811 or

The Rosati Group has contributed $20,000 to the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, representing a $100 contribution for each lot that Rosati Group has sold since 2004. The donation was presented at the Essex Region Conservation Authority’s 40th birthday celebration. This contribution helps to protect natural areas, increase habitat and develop trails in our community, ultimately making it a healthier place for our residents and a more desirable place in which to live and invest. For more information, contact Tony Rosati (519) 734-6511.

Sherdil Precision Inc. is pleased to announce a successful 20 years of business in Windsor’s manufacturing industry. As a leader in large scale machining, gun drilling, precision surface grinding, and custom design/build specialty equipment, Sherdil has earned a reputation for providing quality CNC machined products to a wide range of industries across the globe. The ISO 9001:2008 company is committed to quality and service and remains dedicated to creating a rewarding relationship with their customers, suppliers, and workforce. For more information, visit or call (519) 727-4010.


Over 500 volunteers are needed for The Color Run on Saturday, July 20 and World Alzheimer’s Day Run on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. The first ever Color Run in Windsor has chosen the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County (ASWE) as the Charity of Choice. Volunteer Forms are available at For more information contact Peggy Winch, Volunteer Coordinator at (519) 974-2220 ext 237.

The Canadian Cancer Society announces Grapes of Wrath, a 5K Obstacle Run complete with sand, mud, water and even some grapes, on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. Create a team or tackle this challenge on your own. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and heats start at 10:00 a.m. For more information contact Paula Talbot at (519) 254-5116 ext. 3985 or visit grapesofwrathwindsoressex.

Walk for the House, Windsor and Essex County’s Walk Against Domestic Violence Supporting Hiatus House takes place Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, Dieppe Room. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m., walk starts at 10:00 a.m. For more information contact Karry Normandeau at (519) 252-7781 or or visit www.

The “Skills Work!®” Camp is a week-long summer day camp that provides students going into grades 7 and 8 with an opportunity to explore careers in skilled trades and technologies. The “Skills Work!®” Camp in Windsor runs from August 12-August 16, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and will run in partnership with St. Clair College along with Hydro One. The cost is $175 per week per participant. For more information visit www. summer-camps or contact Program Manager, Karen Throupe, at (807) 475-6462 or karent@

The 33rd annual Terry Fox Run takes place Sunday, September 15, 2013 in cities and towns across Canada. The LaSalle Terry Fox Run is taking place at the Vollmer Complex and the Tecumseh Terry Fox Run will be happening at the Green Acres Optimist Park. For more information about The Terry Fox Run and The Terry Fox Foundation please visit or contact Kathryn Hugessen at 1-888-836-9786.



May After Business at The Bloomin’ Gardener


77th Annual Golf Tournament

Thank you to our sponsors for the 77th Annual Golf Tournament Detroit Windsor Tunnel Corporation, G & K Services, Johnson Insurance, RBC, AM800, DEVONSHIRE MALL Exclusive Hole Sponsors: AlphaKOR Group, Caesars Windsor, Dan Kane, The Windsor Star Specialty Prize Sponsors: Freeds, Porter Airlines, VIA Rail Canada, Walkerville Brewery Hole Sponsors: C  aboto Club, Electrozad Supply Company Ltd., Green Shield Canada, Ground Effects Ltd., IGB Automotive Ltd., McTague Law Firm LLP, Nova Tool & Mold Inc., PBL Insurance Ltd., the City Grill, Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club, Zalev Brothers Company, WFCU, Dillon Consulting Many thanks to all our raffle prize sponsors. Your donation was greatly appreciated and added to the success of our tournament! For more photos visit our photo gallery at 6 | WINDSORCHAMBER.ORG


Distinguished Speaker Luncheon with the Hon. Teresa Piruzza

Thank you to our sponsors for the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon with the Hon. Teresa Piruzza Chamber Ball at beach grove golf and country club

Thank you to our Sponsors for the Chamber Ball




Accucaps Industries Limited Pharmaceutical Products - Whol & Mfrs. (Main) Bruno Biscaro, President 2125 Ambassador Drive Windsor, ON N9C 3R5 Phone: (519) 969-5404 Fax:(519) 969-7378 Accu-Label Inc. Printers - Labels/Bar Codes (Main) Joseph Sleiman, President 439 Silver Creek Industrial Dr. Lakeshore, ON N8N 4W2 Phone: (519) 727-0888 Fax:(519) 727-0999 Ag-Tronic Control Systems Inc. Industrial Design (Main) Joseph Sleiman, President 439 Silver Creek Industrial Dr. Lakeshore, ON N8N 4W2 Phone: (519) 727-0888 Fax:(519) 727-0999 Canadian Cancer Society Essex County Unit Non-Profit (Main) Judy Lund, Manager 3201 Marentette, Unit 2 Windsor, ON N8X 4G3 Phone: (519) 254-5116 Fax:(519) 254-4809 Casagrande Granite & Marble Ltd. Granite & Marble (Main) Ken Casagrande, President 4215 Seventh Concession Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Phone: (519) 974-9321 Fax:(519) 974-9324 Cash Money Financial Services (Main) Jordan Trudeau, District Manager 596 Ouellette Windsor, ON N9A 1B7 Phone: (519) 566-6612 Contrans Flatbed Group Transportation Services (Main) Grayson Maillet, Sales/Driver Relations 4880 Walker Road Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Phone: (519) 737-7395 Fax:(519) 737-7048 Core Physique Personal Training and Nutrition Studio Personal Training & Nutrition Counselling Jeffery Rowe, Owner/Certified Fitness Trainer 202 Hall Ave Windsor, ON N9A 2L6 Phone: (226) 783-1435 Corporate Sign Source Signs (Main) Michaela Edwards 360 Eugenie Street East, Suite 201 Windsor, ON N8X 2Y1 Phone: (519) 969-7446 Fax:(519) 968-3393

David Moncur Engineering Engineering (Main) David Moncur, President 13300 Tecumseh Road East Suite 365 Tecumseh, ON N8N 4C3 Phone: (519) 735-0972 Fax:(519) 735-1723 Ingenuity Counsel Incorporated Legal Services - U.S. Tax & Legal Services (Main) Michael Kennedy U.S Lawyer/Foreign Legal Consultant 1601 Wyandotte Street East Windsor, ON N8Y 1C8 Phone: (519) 563-8874 Insight Advantage Inc Employment Services - Training (Main) Renee Daudlin-Iacobelli Vp Operations & Business Development 215 Eugenie Street West Suite 300, Windsor, ON N8X 2X7 Phone: (519) 962-8962 Fax:(519) 254-1446

Naples Pizza Limited Pizza (Main) Tony Bahceli, President 1493 Rooney Street Windsor, ON N9B 1K9 Phone: (519) 252-3492 Fax:(519) 252-0461 Office of the Employer Adviser Government - Provincial (Main) Stephanie Savoni, LLB 4510 Rhodes Drive, Suite 610 Windsor, ON N8W 5K5 Phone: (519) 977-8110 Fax:(519) 978-0266 One Tooth Active Wear Athletic Footwear & Clothing (Main) Jennifer Ficociello, Owner 3100 Howard Ave, J1 Windsor, ON N8X 3Y8 Phone:

SNP Technical Services Inc. Engineering & Architectural Consultants (Main) Santiago Pablo President & CEO 420 Kildare Ave Windsor, ON N8Y 3G4 Phone: (519) 800-0873 Fax:(877) 767-9199 Staples Business Depot Office Equipment & Supplies (Main) Norman Davison, General Manager 7126 Tecumseh Road East Windsor, ON N8T 1E6 Phone: (519) 948-1283 Fax:(519) 944-9796 Staples Business Depot Office Equipment & Supplies (Main) Mike Durocher, General Manager 4511 Walker Road Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Phone: (519) 972-5127 Fax:(519) 250-6775

OrangeRed Painting Painting - Residential/Industrial/Commercial (Main) Staples Business Depot Office Equipment & Supplies (Main) Joe Cozzetto, Owner Giselle Marchand, General Manager Landstar Canada Agent 12219 First Street, Unit 2 2550 Ouellette Avenue Logistics (Main) Tecumseh, ON N8N 1L4 Windsor, ON N8X 1L7 Steven Roy, President Phone: (855) 604-5502 Phone: (519) 966-9495 12201 Tecumseh Rd East, Suite Fax:(905) 604-5503 Fax:(519) 966-9356 Tecumseh, ON N8N 1M3 Phone: (519) 979-4357 Fax:(519) 979-4393 Pinnacle Physiotherapy - of Lasalle Telecom Engineering Inc. Rehabilitation Services (Main), Ergonomics Telecommunications (Main) Mario Ruggirello Liquidwild Inc. Professional Clinical Kinesiologist & Clinic Partner Bob Chomycz, President 2510 Ouellette Ave, Suite L05 Video Photography & Creative Marketing Services 5881 Malden Road Blgd D, Unit 2 Windsor, ON N8X 1L4 (Main) LaSalle, ON N9H 1S5 Phone: (888) 250-1562 Steve Nicodemo, Co-founder Phone: (519) 250-1106 624 Chilver Road Fax:(519) 252-6106 Windsor, ON N8Y 2K2 Phone: (519) 980-1602 WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW WE ASSIST OUR MEMBERS Pinnacle Physiotherapy - of Windsor Physiotherapists (Main) IN ACHIEVING THEIR FINANCIAL Merwin & Associates Mario Ruggirello, Kinesiologist GOALS THROUGH OUR Insurance - Group (Main), Insurance - Life & 1270 Walker Rd, Suite 2 MARKETING INITIATIVES? Financial Planning Windsor, ON N8Y 4T4 John Merwin, Owner Phone: (519) 252-1630 KNOW SOMEONE INTERESTED 4520 Rhodes Drive, Unit 200 Fax:(519) 252-6106 IN JOINING THE CHAMBER? Windsor, ON N8W 5C2 Phone: (519) 730-1400 CONTACT Fax:(519) 736-1815 SHERRI DULCAMARO reFine Fitness Studio DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING Fitness Centres & Health Clubs (Main) Mr. Meat Market Eastside Ltd. Mike Bates, Owner Gourmet Market (Main) 1623 Wyandotte St. E or 519.966.3696 Ext. 23 Marc Romualdi, Owner Windsor, ON N8Y 1C8 6645 Tecumseh Road East Phone: (519) 253-9400 WANT TO KNOW MORE Windsor, ON N8T 1E7 Fax:(519) 253-4200 Phone: (519) 948-5565 ABOUT THE CHAMBER’S AFFINITY PROGRAMS AND Sam’s Club - Madison Heights OTHER MEMBER BENEFITS mSolutions Group Groceries & Merchandise - Whol (Main) Information Technologies (Main), Security Jim Thomas CONTACT Equipment & Systems 31020 John R Road KERRI DAY Ali Al-Khairalla, VP of Operations Madison Heights, MI 48071 MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR 3270 Electricity Dr, Suite 202 Phone: (248) 589-1208 Windsor, ON N8W 5J1 Fax:(248) 589-1315 Phone: (519) 997-2323 or 519.966.3696 Ext. 30 Fax:(519) 974-3504 Please note,the members listed ShopEco are only for the months Eco-friendly Lifestyle Products & Gifts (Main) NAFTC Studios Debra Purdy, Owner indicated. For a full membership Entertainment (Main) 378 Devonshire Road directory, Please visit Jim Shaban, President Windsor, ON N8Y 2L4 20 North Rear Phone: (519) 256-0220 Lakeshore, ON N0R 1K0 for a complete listing of our Phone: (519) 739-3912 current members or request


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Cosebelle Fashions

Ives Insurance Brokers Limited

SOL Custom Orthotics Inc.

Active Body Physical Therapy

DataRealm Inc.

The Job Shoppe Inc.

South West Supply Inc.

Advance Business Systems (Windsor) Inc.

David Deluzio Law Firm

Jose’s Bar and Grill


Advanced Home Services

Design Systems Canada Ltd.

Windsor Keg Steakhouse & Bar

Detroit Windsor Tunnel LLC

Kent Compressor Inc

Summit Flooring & Window Fashions

Diane Shoes

Kipping Tire & Automotive Ltd.

Jerzy S. Dmowski

Koolini Italian Eatery


Landmark Engineers Inc.

Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant

Douglas Marketing Group

The Lighting Boutique & Appliance Shoppe

Tri-Way Manufacturing Technologies, Corp.

Maid in Windsor Inc.

Ventra Plastics Windsor

Eclipse Cosmetic & Laser Centre

Meridian Credit Union

Vespa Vision Centre

Edge Nutrition (Canada) Inc.

Moore Consulting Corp.

Viewpointe Estate Winery

ENWIN Utilities Ltd.

N J Peralta Engineering Ltd.

E-Star Windows and Doors Inc.

National Car and Truck Rental

Vista Print North American Services Corp.

Family Home Improvements

NeoVision Technology Inc.

Fogolar Furlan Windsor

Palazzi Bros. Carpet & Tile Ltd.

Fuerland Realty Ltd.

Peter Hrastovec Professional Corporation

Jean M. Allen All-Risks Insurance Brokers Ltd AlphaKOR Group Anderdon Machine Tool And Manufacturing Inc. Antoine Greige Salon Inc. Archon Architect Incorporated Assumption University Automated Technical Systems Inc. AutoMAXX Pre-owned Car Centre Baron Insignias Ltd. Bestcheck Inspection Services Biz X Magazine Bogar Truck Parts & Service Inc. Bridgewell Associates Inc.

R. Bruck Easton Belowus Easton English

G & G Jewellery & Coins H D Palmer & Associates Ltd.

Plaza Ontario Marble & Tile

H.T. Reaume Construction Ltd.

Private Financial Group

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Windsor

Quality Suites Rogers Pool & Spa, Billiards & Darts

The Cabinet Studio (Canada) Inc.

Healthy Creations A Specialty Bakery

Route 42 Diner and Dairy Bar

Canterbury College

Hogarth Hermiston Severs LLP

Carico of Canada Credit Inc.

Hold Please Communications

CBRE Limited

Hub International Ontario Limited

Schukra of North America, A Division of Leggett & Platt Canada Co.

City Centre Janitorial Services

IndCom Leasing Inc.

The Collavino Group

Investors Group

Budget Blinds of South Windsor C K Manufacturing / Industrial Concepts Inc. Cabello Hair

Royal Marquis Retirement Residence

Seaton Sunrooms Silver Tee Golf Centre

Sun Life Financial Tecumseh Travel

Windsor Beauty & Esthetics Supply Inc. Windsor Cardiac Centre Windsor Disposal Service Ltd. (WDS) Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation Windsor Investigation Services Windsor Public Library Windsor Tirecraft Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women Winroc div of Superior Plus LP World Water Operation Company Inc.




Renewing member

M.R. Meat

Galati Cheese

With locations at 2451 Tecumseh Rd. W. and 6645 Tecumseh Rd. E., M.R. Meat, run by Marc Romualdi and his wife Christine, provides fresh cuts of meats and many other gourmet items. M.R. Meats sells many local products such as fresh bread (Steimers, Adriatic Bakery and Alberto’s Bakery), Borelli (specialty pastas, sauces, oils/vinegars), Valerie’s Original Flavours (seasonings and sauces), Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q Sauces & Marinades, and more. They also offer a wide variety of Marco’s Own meats, poultry, fish, and deli meats and will prepare Deli/Cheese Trays for parties and functions. M.R. Meat is planning to open 10 stores in the Southwestern Ontario region in the next five years. As new members of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, Marc Romualdi says that they joined to reinforce their status in the community. “I think it’s important, it’s part of the community and we’re a part of the community so it goes hand-in-hand with that. You have a certain amount of integrity when you belong to the Chamber as well,” he explained. For more information about M.R. Meats, visit them online at

Galati Cheese Company Limited, located at 931 Tecumseh Rd. W., offers a wide variety of meats, cheeses and pizza toppings. Their authentic Galati cheeses are made to the highest standard right in their facility. It is owned and operated by the Galati Family. The company holds a very high set of standards for their products. Galati’s cheeses are all natural and are made 100% with milk and without additives or artificial flavours. As the only cheese manufacturer in Southwestren Ontario, Galati provides on-site prepared products and services to area delicatessens, grocery stores and pizzerias. The company also distributes to London, the Sarnia area and to the U.S. Galati Cheese has seen increased growth since 1988 and has been a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2008. All of Galati’s cheese products are specialities, including owner Joe Galati’s hand-made scamorza and gourd-shaped provelleti. The product list is diverse and includes everything from ricotta to caciocavallo, puitri, bocconcini, trece, tuma, twist cheese, arabic cheese, mozzarella and mozzerella balls. For more information about Galati Cheese, visit

Canadian Cancer Society This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Canadian Cancer Society. It is an occasion to look back on the Society’s successes over 75 years. We have so much to be proud of but there is much more to be done.

We can also help you find more cancer-related services through our Community Services Locator – a searchable database of over 4000 cancer-related services and resources nationwide – or at one of our community offices across the country.

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, you’ll have many questions and concerns. We’re here to help. We offer support and information for people with cancer and their family, friends and caregivers. Community programs include transportation to cancer related appointments, Peer Support service, Living Well Beyond Cancer workshops and our Cancer Information Service hotline. These services are not only available in our community but across Canada as well and in many different languages.

In 2011–2012, the Canadian Cancer Society funded more than $46 million in leading-edge research supporting close to 300 projects across the country. As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, we are leading the fight against all types of cancer.


The Essex County Community office hosts events such as Relay for Life in June, Grapes of Wrath in October, Daffodil Days in April and also offers many volunteer opportunities. For more information you are invited to call (519) 254-5116 or visit


Under the Sun: How to Prevent Heat Stress in the Great Outdoors Every workplace needs a heat stress prevention plan and the awareness that comes with it, and yet, many workplaces don’t track incidents or near misses. Part of the reason is that workers—seasoned and otherwise—often consider extreme heat just part of the job. Symptoms of heat stress include excessive sweating, headache, rashes, fainting, cramps, dizziness, nausea, and mental confusion: the body’s way of signaling an urgent need to cool down. Working in the heat of a summer day requires familiarity with Ministry of Labour (MOL) heat stress and safety guidelines—and lots of common sense. Look for opportunities to use tools or equipment to reduce the demands of heavy or sustained physical activity, ensure the workplace provides shade (a tree, tarp, umbrella) that workers can use during rest breaks, and provide plenty of water. When an MOL inspector visits your workplace, you’ll want to be prepared, particularly if you employ young and new workers, to demonstrate that •e  mployees can recognize, assess and control hazards of working in the heat, its potential health effects, and how to apply First Aid procedures to assist co-workers; • you are following exposure limits for your workplace; • you have measures in place to reduce heat exposure; •w  ater is easily, visibly accessible and employees are following the rules about how often and how much they need to drink at certain temperatures (during moderate activity in moderately hot conditions, one cup every 15 to 20 minutes);

• employees are wearing personal protective equipment, where appropriate, such as broad-brimmed hats, sunglasses with UVA/ UVB protection, and light, porous clothing. Workers and supervisors also have an opportunity and responsibility to protect themselves. Provide timely reminders to • respect severe weather warnings by the city health department, and where possible, plan the day’s activities so the heavier work gets done when there’s less direct sun and it’s cooler, such as in the morning • avoid direct sunlight and take advantage of shade protection during breaks; • change work/rest cycles to increase the amount of rest time; • apply and reapply sun protection; • check on each other for early signs and symptoms of heat stress; • eat regular meals and snacks, which will replace salt and electrolytes lost through sweating; • talk to a physician about working in the heat when pregnant or with a medical condition; • drink before becoming thirsty. For more information, search on “heat stress” at, and click on each tab for a full spectrum of support. Also, stay informed with timely information about occupational health and safety by connecting with WSPS on Twitter at

ASK HR We promoted a great performer to a new manager’s role and they are not working out. What can we do? This is such a common scenario in organizations. So why does it continue to happen and what can companies and HR Professionals do to better select and support new managers? First, let’s remember that transitioning from an individual contributor’s role to a Manager’s role is not easy or simple. Sometimes people “glorify” managerial roles which prevents them from seeing the challenges as well. The manager’s role is all about getting results through people. This means knowing what makes people tick, what motivates them to perform and how to build a high performance team. New managers need to be informed and trained, but even more important is the process of identification, assessment and selection of new managers. It is in no one’s best interest for a new manager to fail. It can damage the leadership brand of the organization and deter aspiring managers from wanting the leadership job. What can organizations do to be proactive and help a manager succeed in the role?

the “new work relationship” and establish boundaries. 4. Ensure the process is sound and respected. Conduct an in-depth interview of all internal candidates. Don’t assume because they know the organization that this critical step can be skipped. Assess them with the same level of rigour as external candidates and complete skills assessments which can later be used for professional development plans. 5. Work with the manager to develop a 100-day plan. Set dates within the first three months to discuss progress, performance, milestones and challenges. Dealing with any issues early on will increase the likelihood of success. 6. Arrange for coaching and the necessary training. New managers need to understand how to give feedback, address performance challenges, understand legal responsibilities and conduct performance reviews, to name a few. Consider assigning a mentor who can share their lessons learned and navigate them through the first few months. 7. Consider lunch & learn sessions for the staff to discuss what it takes to be a manager within the organization, to enhance the role’s brand and encourage individuals to develop their skills.

Here are seven best practices and strategies: 1. Develop a competency model for the manager’s role which clearly outlines the core skills, knowledge and behaviours required for success. 2. When considering internal candidates ensure that a “management” role is, in fact, one of their career aspirations. Soliciting candidates who do not have a management role in their sights will make them feel they have no choice but to take the job, especially if they want to earn more money. This can prove to be disastrous if the situation does not work out plus it could create legal risks for the company. 3. Provide a balanced view of the manager’s role. There are positive aspects to every job as well as tradeoffs. Managers who are promoted within the same team, will be managing former peers and maybe even friends. They will need coaching as to how to deal with

Management roles offer exciting career and professional challenges while expanding one’s skills related to people. Let’s help people be successful by providing them with the appropriate training, tools and support. This way, everyone wins! Answer provided by Fiorella Callocchia, CHRP, Specialist Lead, Human Capital – Deloitte ( Do you have an HR question you would like to see answered? Please forward it to Duff McCutcheon at the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA): For more information on how human resources know-how can benefit your organization, please visit 11 | WINDSORCHAMBER.ORG



Go For Health Luncheon Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Deborah Kane

September After Business Thursday, September 12, 2013

LOCATION Caboto Club 2175 Parent Ave.

LOCATION The Windsor Star 300 Ouellette Ave.

LOCATION Detroit Wayne County Port Authority TIME 11:30AM - 1:30pm

TIME 11:30am - 1:30pm

TIME 5:00Pm - 7:00pm

Luncheon presented by the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber

14th Annual Athena Scholarship Luncheon featuring Mary Spencer Thursday, October 3, 2013 LOCATION Caboto Club 2175 Parent Ave. TIME 11:30am - 1:30pm


Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara THURSDAY, October 17, 2013 LOCATION Ciociaro Club 3745 NORTH TALBOT ROAD TIME 11:30am - 1:30pm

New Horizons for Economic Growth in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region Thursday, September 19, 2013

Windsor Essex Techtoberfest Presented by KPMG Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Featuring speakers from Blackberry, Google, Life Size and more! Inquire about sponsorship and exhibitor space LOCATION Caboto Club 2175 Parent Ave.

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