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Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Peter Hrastovec, outgoing Chair of the Board Dr. Janice Forsyth, and WERCC President & CEO Matt Marchand at the Chamber Gala, June 24, 2016 at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts. Photo by Mike Kovaliv Photography.
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VOLUME 47 I No. 7 - 8 I BUSINESS BRIEFS VISIT THE CHAMBER ONLINE
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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2575 Ouellette Place, Windsor, Ontario N8X 1L9 Tel: 519-966-3696 Fax: 519-966-0603 Email: email@example.com Website: www.windsoressexchamber.org
STAFF Matt Marchand, President & CEO
Marianne Burke, Director of Events
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Sherri Gowman, Director of Sales & Marketing
Caitlin Hildenbrand, Assistant to the Director of Sales & Marketing
Barbara Malmberg, Event Coordinator
Lindsey Rivait, Communications Coordinator
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Letter from the President & Chair The Chamber year is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean we’ve slowed down. The WERCC’s advocacy efforts were recognized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) at their AGM in May where we won the 2016 Advocacy Award for our work for an Auto Strategy. This is the fifth award that the WERCC has received from the OCC since 2012 for Advocacy excellence and community leadership. More on page 4. Also at the OCC AGM, we secured provincial support for key issues for Windsor-Essex: for the government of Canada to defer TPP until after the U.S. federal election, closing the skills gap, encouraging the use of domestic steel for federal and provincial government projects, transparency for development charges and $30 million for the Connecting Link Program.
MATT MARCHAND PRESIDENT & CEO
In partnership with the OCC, we launched Small Business Too Big to Ignore, a six-month campaign highlighting the most important contributions of small businesses to our communities and investigating the top barriers to small business growth, such as rising electricity prices. Matt Marchand was asked to appear before the House of Commons’ International Trade Committee in Windsor on May 12 in view of its TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Public Consultation. The WERCC was one of the first Chambers to express concern over the TPP and to ask for the full documents. Our Events Department has been busy putting together more fabulous events. The Second Bi-Annual Policy & Solutions Forum took place on May 11, bringing together business, labour and academia to give Auto Advisor Ray Tanguay advice. Our 80th Annual Golf Tournament at Essex Golf and Country Club on June 20 was a wonderful success and on June 24 we celebrated outgoing Chair of the Board Dr. Janice Forsyth and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Peter Hrastovec at the Chamber Gala. We’d like to thank Dr. Forsyth for her excellent work with the Chamber this year and look forward to continuing to work with her in a Past Chair role. Stay tuned for more events, such as Luncheons, After Business Networking and our Holiday Party—details coming soon!
Thank you to all our Chamber Members, Supporters, Volunteers and Staff for an amazing Chamber year!
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2016-2017 Board of Directors Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Chair** Partner McTague Law Firm LLP Ms. Beverly Becker Director Director, Local Marketing & Special Projects Windsor Star Ms. Marie Campagna Director Executive Vice President Operations / CFO Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Mr. John T. Clark Chair Elect** Partner Clarks LLP 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 Dr. Janice Forsyth Past Chair** President Foresight Management Consulting Mr. Romeo Girardi Director Executive Vice President Farrow Mr. Carl Hooper, CPA, CA Director Assurance and Business Collins Barrow Windsor LLP Mr. Benjamin Iannetta Director, Emerging Leaders Representative Business & Technical Services ProSoft XP
Mr. Jason Ilijanic Treasurer** Director, Commercial Services WFCU Credit Union 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 Dr. Francine Schlosser Director Professor, Odette School of Business Executive Director, 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 Lee Anne Doyle Director Non-Voting 1999 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient Dr. Alfie Morgan Director Emeritus Non-Voting Professor Emeritus of Business Administration University of Windsor ** denotes member of executive committee
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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Wins Prestigious Ontario Chamber of Commerce Award for Work on Auto Strategy The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) won the 2016 Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Advocacy Award at the OCC’s Annual General Meeting in Oakville, Ontario. This was for the WERCC’s work for an Auto Strategy. This is the fifth award that the WERCC has received from the OCC since 2012 for Advocacy excellence and community leadership. The Advocacy Award is presented annually for extraordinary efforts within the Chamber network by recognizing excellence in advocacy and community leadership. The Advocacy Award recognizes extraordinary policy-related efforts. Over the past two years, the WERCC succeeded in assembling a large non-partisan coalition and launched it into a successful advocacy campaign to help put an auto strategy and advisor on the government’s agenda. In May 2014, the WERCC partnered with the University of Windsor and Unifor to hold its first ever Policy & Solutions Forum to discuss key issues – such as having an automotive czar and strategy – impacting our region and our province. The WERCC followed up on this with a second Policy & Solutions Forum centered on automotive strategy that took place in Windsor on May 11, 2016.
“We are honoured that the OCC has acknowledged the exceptional advocacy efforts of the WERCC. This Provincial recognition underscores the value that our Chamber staff and volunteers deliver to our members each and every day,” said WERCC Chair of the Board Dr. Janice Forsyth. “The automotive strategy is about much more than our current situation in which we have over 100,000 people in Ontario that depend directly on the automotive sector employment, but it is not uniquely about their future, it is about Ontario’s future and the future of the next generations to come,” said WERCC President & CEO Matt Marchand. “We are pleased that our non-partisan, inclusive approach led into a national issue by building the widest possible coalition to accomplish our goal of building a better community and a better province. The Chamber thanks our partners: Unifor, University of Windsor and St. Clair College for their leadership and support because without them, we would have not had the level of success we collectively have achieved,” Marchand added. For more information visit www.windsoressexchamber.org.
Leverage the Private Sector to Put Patients First: Chamber Report The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its second in a series of reports on the Health Care Sector in Ontario. The previous report, released in March 2016, indicated that 77% of Ontarians are concerned about the future of our health system and 80% agree that Ontario needs broad reform to meet the future. This new report, Prescription for Partnership, points to the need for health care stakeholders, both public and private, to put patients first. This report takes a closer look at the role commissioning can play in re-orienting a system that too often operates in response to budgetary pressure. Commissioning allows public and private sector perspectives to be in conversation much earlier in the decision-making process. The WERCC cites commissioning as a way of focusing our system on outcomes for patients rather than inputs from providers. This kind of collaboration is a key enabler of innovations in access, quality, and cost. “The provincial government needs more collaboration with the private sector in order to meet its goal of putting patients first,” said Matt Marchand, WERCC President & CEO. “We need the public and private sectors to problem-solve together and leverage one another's expertise.” “We have excellent leadership in our health care sector and at our two hospitals that can execute this, but are often limited by existing rules and often inflexible guidelines,” added Marchand.
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“From the Windsor-Essex region perspective, if we want to maximize the opportunity of the new Mega Hospital, including the potential to drive research and innovation, we’re going to have to continue building a culture of private sector participation. This could open up a larger opportunity to collaborate with the health care sector in Michigan and beyond,” said Marchand. The private sector has long been an active participant in Ontario’s health care system. In fact, the level of private sector involvement in Canadian health care is slightly above the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average – 12th highest overall, and greater than 22 other countries in the OECD. However, the current relationship between the public sector and private health vendors (both for-profit and non-profit) lacks a co-operative structure and culture. Prescription for Partnership: How New Models of Collaboration in Health Care Can Make Outcomes a Priority is the second of five reports within the OCC’s year-long Health Transformation Initiative. Visit www.transformhealth.ca for more information.
In Our Community Congratulations to Bertoni Chairs and Things on celebrating their 30th anniversary in May. Bertoni Chairs and Things offers both furniture and design services. For more information visit www. bertonichairs.com.
The former Waterfront Hotel Downtown Windsor officially joined the biggest hotel family in the world, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts, as Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel at a gala cocktail reception attended by over 200 guests. The property now offers a new branded identity, upgraded amenities and a brand new, modern look. For more information contact Peter Tosh, Director of Operations, Hotel Capital Projects & New Builds, Vrancor Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essex Power Corporation donated a total of 20 CPUs, 22 monitors, 10 printers, two laptops and 40 keyboards to Computers For Kids in order to be refurbished and distributed to children within our community or to be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner. Through this donation, Essex Power is helping to ensure that no child falls behind because they don’t have access to computer technology away from school. For more information contact Leesa Farah, Conservation & Marketing Analyst, email@example.com.
The Essex Region Conservation Authority finalized and launched its 10 year strategic plan: Sustaining the Place for Life. The plan builds on five main areas of focus that resounded through broad consultation: climate change adaptation, Great Lakes, natural areas protection and restoration, sustainable communities and a strong, resilient organization. For more information visit www.erca.org.
Farrow donated $20,000 to the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) to assist with two projects in the Jirapa District in North Eastern Ghana, Africa. The first project involves drilling boreholes to provide potable water to the three villages of Gyan, Tampie and Guor, while the second project provides funding for three Women’s Co-Operative Groups in Guor, Tankuri and Achagyir. For more information contact Randy Motley, President, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hook and Spotvin are excited to announce the creation of TANGO. By bringing together two of this region’s leading creative agencies, TANGO represents the next step in their mutual ambition and passion to create a dynamic full-service advertising and marketing resource unlike any other. For more information contact email@example.com.
Congratulations to WERCC Members Just Jeff’s Gourmet Express Inc. on winning People’s Choice and Rochester Place Parkside Grille for winning Critics’ Choice Best Hospitality Partner at the 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex Battle of the Hors D’oeuvres.
Congratulations to Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce members Maureen Lucas (LucasWorks) and Colleen Hurst (Personnel by ProStaff) on being named in the W100 Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs by PROFIT 500.
Congratulations to ONYX Engineering on celebrating their 25th anniversary! From its main office on Jefferson Ave. in Windsor, ONYX has grown from a two man Auto Industry focused engineering office to an internationally recognized innovator in all areas of industrial automation and control systems integration. For more information visit www.onyxcontrols.com.
Target Building Materials is proud to announce its 49th Anniversary of being in business and locally family owned. The company provides an extensive array of construction and building materials along with providing information on construction/ remodelling problem solving, technical advice on residential, concrete restoration, insulation and sound treatments. Target has served the commercial and industrial construction in Windsor/Essex throughout these 49 years as well as the home building segments. Target strives for constant product training and regularly attends related trade shows that now includes the consumer base of clients along with their mainstay contractor base. Target’s President Greg Drouillard, continues to grow on the legacy of Founder and father Moe Drouillard.
WFCU Credit Union announced the 26 recipients of the 2016 Community Donations Fund. The organizations deliver a wide range of programs and represent a cross-section of community groups and agencies from the region. For a full list of recipients, please visit www.wfcu.ca.
Congratulations to Marty Komsa and Eddie Francis on their new positions at WFCU Credit Union! Effective June 1, 2016, Komsa, current WFCU Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer, assumed the sole role of Chief Executive Officer. Francis, current WFCU Credit Union Executive Vice President, Operations and Member Experience, assumed the position of President. For more information visit www.wfcu.ca.
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EVENT PHOTOS Policy & Solutions Forum Presented by the University of Windsor, St. Clair College and Unifor
Photos by John Liviero, Sooters Photography
May After Business at the Riverside Keg Steakhouse & Bar
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June After Business at Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre
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After Business Thank You
EVENT PHOTOS 80th Annual Golf Tournament presented by WFCU Credit Union at Essex Golf & Country Club
Sponsored by WFCU Credit Union, G & K Services, AM800 CKLW, Johnson Insurance, RBC Royal Bank, Rafih Auto Group, Windsor Star, Freeds
Chamber Gala featuring Lifetime Achievement Award
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Ministry of Labour new and young worker blitz runs July to September 2016 Have you hired summer students or seasonal workers? Or moved staff to unfamiliar positions? Then your workplace may be visited by a Ministry of Labour inspector during the July 18 to September 2 blitz. Inspectors will be looking for adequate training, orientation and supervision; joint health & safety committee / health & safety representative; safety measures and procedures.
will be looking for during this blitz and what you can do to ensure your workplace is in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. To view the webinar online, visit: http://www.wsps.ca/Shop/Training/ Webinars/Are-You-Ready-for-the-MOL-Blitz-on-New-and-Young.aspx. To stay informed about the latest occupational health and safety news that will help you keep your employees safe and productive, we encourage you to connect with WSPS on Twitter at https:// twitter.com/WSPS_NEWS and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ workplacesafetyandpreventionservices.
To help members prepare for a possible MoL visit Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is offering a complimentary awareness webinar. This is your opportunity to gain insight into what MoL inspectors
Federal Budget Tax Changes May Affect You and Your Business The last Federal Budget contained a number of changes that will affect business owners and professionals in the coming months. The tax rules for life insurance and annuities are changing on January 1, 2017. The new rules will especially impact corporately owned policies and capital dividend accounts. No matter what insurance policies you or your corporation currently hold, it is important to review your coverage now to see if any changes need to be made before next year. Life insurance not only covers off the financial risks associated with end of life, but can also be used for tax sheltered accumulations; extracting funds from a holding company; cascading assets to future generations; and reducing the value of a corporation reducing potential tax exposure. The new rules coming into effect on January 1, 2017 will change many of these.
For more information about the new tax rules and how they could affect you, visit http://investorsgroup.com/en/media-room/articles/Insurance/ reap-benefits-of-buying-life-insurance-in-2016. In addition, the tax deferral benefit available in the corporate class (or switch class) mutual fund structure, used in many individually owned and corporately owned non-registered investment accounts, is being eliminated at the end of September this year. If you would like more information, please contact: George DeFaria, B.A., CFP. Certified Financial Planner and Senior Financial Consultant, Investors Group, #1 Riverside Dr., Windsor, ON, N9A 5K3 Bus: (519) 253-3553, ext. 203 or email George.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MEET YOUR NEW FELLOW MEMBERS Accurate Creations Sports & Promo Gear Embroidery/Screen Printing, Promotional Products Krista Ammonite, President 203 - 360 Eugenie St. E. Windsor, ON N8X 2Y1 Phone: (226) 344-3282 email@example.com www.ta2tee.com AMJ Campbell / Atlas Van Lines Moving & Storage Chuck Ferris, Director of Sales 1755 Sylvestre Road Tecumseh, ON N8N 2L9 Phone: (226) 627-4400 firstname.lastname@example.org www.amjwesternontario.com Dynamic Executive Assistance Administrative Executive Assistance Denise Postma, Owner Phone: (519) 999-8584 email@example.com www.dynamicea.ca Holiday Inn & Suites Windsor Ambassador Bridge Hotels & Motels Robert Lamoureux, General Manager 1855 Huron Church Road Windsor, ON N9C 2L6 Phone: (519) 966-1200 Fax:(519) 966-7280 firstname.lastname@example.org www.his-windsor.com ImaginArt Signs Signs Ron Pomerleau, Owner 4019 County Road 17 Windsor, ON N0R 1K0 Phone: (519) 979-9302 email@example.com www.imaginartsigns.com
Lori Eagen LegalShield Independent Associate Legal Services Lori Eagen, Director - Small Business & Group Benefits Specialist Phone: (519) 890-2913 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lorieagen.com Medicap Laboratories Nutraceutical Products Manish Patel, President 3190 Devon Drive, Suite A Windsor, ON N8X 4L2 Phone: (519) 972-0220 Fax:(519) 972-0228 email@example.com www.medicap.ca Melco Community Housing Corporation Associations & Organizations Dave Foley, President Exec U Centre 2679 Howard Windsor, ON N8X 3X2 Phone: (519) 990-2504 firstname.lastname@example.org Mobilizing Media Innovations Motivational Speaker Kevin McShan, Motivational Speaker Phone: (519) 250-1252 email@example.com www.2manadvantagepodcast.com Pastimes Collectibles Sports Collectibles / Memorabilia Russell Hansen, Sportologist 1311 Tecumseh Rd. East Windsor, ON N8W 1B9 Phone: (519) 981-5496 firstname.lastname@example.org
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PE Real Estate Solutions Real Estate Investment Dan Grenier, President Phone: (226) 787-7842 email@example.com www.perealestatesolutions.com Romas Pizzeria & Lounge Restaurants Tyler Stevens, Owner 221 Front Road LaSalle, ON N9J 1Z6 Phone: (519) 978-9800 firstname.lastname@example.org www.romaspizza.ca Suntrition Nutraceutical Products, Manufacturing Gordon Moore, President 1580 Rossi Dr. Tecumseh, ON N9A 6J3 Phone: (519) 737-0470 Fax:(519) 737-0513 www.suntrition.com
WE-TV Windsor Essex Television Television Stations & Broadcasting Companies, Multi-Media Productions Domenic Papa, CEO 6270 Hawthorn Dr. Windsor, ON N8T 1J9 email@example.com www.we-tv.ca Westcott Concrete Concrete Contractors, Waterproofing Sam Bazzi, Owner Phone: (519) 991-6659 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westcottconcrete.ca Wireless Warehouse Wireless Sales, Service & Repairs Sam Maktabi, President 310 Hanna St. E. Windsor, ON N8X 4W6 Phone: (519) 250-9700 Fax:(519) 488-1135 email@example.com www.wirelesswarehouse.ca
Transformations Licensed Professional Counsellor Gillian Robbins Ph.D, President / Professional Counsellor Phone: (519) 735-4717 firstname.lastname@example.org www.transformationsgs.com Via Italia BIA Business Improvement Area Filip Rocca, Director, Via Italia BIA 836 Erie Street East Windsor, ON N9A 3Y4 Phone: (519) 962-5105 email@example.com www.viaitalia.com
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 966.3696 ext. 223. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CHAMBERâ€™S AFFINITY PROGRAMS AND OTHER MEMBER BENEFITS? Visit us at www.windsoressexchamber.org 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 email@example.com or (519) 966.3696 ext. 230. Please note, the members listed are only for the months indicated. For a full Membership Directory please visit www.windsoressexchamber.org or for a personal copy contact Caitlin. 9 I WINDSORESSEXCHAMBER.ORG
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Returning Members April 2016 / May 2016
David Moncur Engineering
Ion Residential Inspection Services Inc.
Quinn Roofing Solutions
Ag-Tronic Control Systems Inc.
Jose's Bar and Grill
All-Risks Insurance Brokers Limited
Design Systems Canada Ltd.
Jose's Bar and Grill - Leamington
Just Jeff's Gourmet Express
Schukra of North America, A Division of Leggett & Platt Canada Co.
Archon Architects Incorporated
Dr. A.P. Meyer Medicine Professional Corporation
Kelly Services (Canada) Ltd.
Assumption University Assumption University Counselling Services Biz X Magazine Blackburn Radio Blondie Cleaners Ltd. Blondie Cleaners Ltd. - Dougall Ave. Boblo Island Beach House Boblo Island Developers Bogar Truck Parts & Service Inc. Canadian Computer Distributors Inc. Canterbury College Carico of Canada Credit Inc. CBRE Limited CIBC Commercial Banking CKUE-FM, CHYR & CJWF Clarke Surveyors Incorporated Crystalove Luxury Wedding Designs
Ducharme Fox LLP
Kipping Tire & Automotive Ltd. – Ouellette Ave.
Eclipse Cosmetic & Laser Centre
Kipping Tire & Automotive Ltd. – Tecumseh Rd. E.
Envy Boutique Family Home Improvements First Stop Services Flex-N-Gate Canada Co. Flood Chiropractic P.C. Fogolar Furlan Windsor G & G Jewellery & Coins
Lakeshore Fixture & Gauge Lakeshore Landscaping Landmark Engineers Inc. Miller Canfield LLP Munro Strategic Perspective N J Peralta Engineering Ltd.
Sherdil Precision Inc. Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre Stipic Weisman LLP TD Commercial Banking Technophar Equipment & Service (2007) Ltd. Terry T. Turner Professional Corporation The Lighting Boutique & Appliance Shoppe Timberland Homes U-Haul Moving & Storage of Windsor U-Haul Moving and Storage at Walker Road Veltri Stamping Corporation
H.T. Reaume Construction Ltd.
North American Centre of Advanced Health Care Inc.
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Windsor
Northern Lights Hydroponics
Windsor Cardiac Centre
Hawkins & Co. Accounting
Palazzi Bros. Carpet & Tile Ltd.
Hold Please Communications
Pinnacle Physiotherapy of Lasalle
Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation
Pinnacle Physiotherapy of Windsor
IndCom Leasing Inc.
Plaza Ontario Marble & Tile
Prestressed Systems Inc. a Division of The Prestressed Group
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Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club Windsor Symphony Orchestra Windsor Tent & Awning Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women
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Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare has become a leading provider of healthcare in the Windsor-Essex community. As the sole non-acute facility, we believe that working in collaboration with the LHIN and our community partners, we can reach outside the walls of our hospital for the betterment of Windsor-Essex. Becoming a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce aligns with our vision of “Transforming healthcare and cultivating a healthier community,” this includes a healthy economic community in which the Chamber of Commerce is an integral part.
Residents of Windsor-Essex patiently waited a long time, steadfast in the belief that something great would soon come; and finally it arrived. Wolfhead Distillery, located in Amherstburg, Ontario, is the first craft distillery in the heart of rum-running country since prohibition. This state-of-the-art distillery features ultra-premium small batch, vodka, whisky and more, uniquely distilled with limestone filtered water and blended in stunning stainless steel and copper pots giving Wolfhead products their unique flavours. As a destination for tourists and locals alike, visitors can experience a palatetempting onsite restaurant, retail store, tours and tastings. It takes a unique approach to make that special day feel as amazing as you thought it should be. Wolfhead can be the destination for weddings, private parties or even just a special night out. As the new kid on the block, Wolfhead is proud to be a new member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to working with the membership and sharing our vision on building and strengthening our business networks. Visit us at www.drinkwolfhead.com.
We are committed to improving the quality of life of our patients through an evidence informed culture of quality and safety. We have recently developed a number of new projects, such as the Shared Governance project, Patient and Family Council and Interprofessional Practice Council, all of which bring the patient experience and patient-family centred care to the forefront of all that we do. The expansion of our Rehab Program provides more specialized care for our patients and allows HDGH to continue to be a leader of rehabilitative care in our community. We are also launching the Transitional Stability Centre, and will continue to work collaboratively with CMHA to improve integration and transition between services so that those in need will receive more seamless and less fragmented care from us both. In the years ahead, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare will make a number of exciting changes, including furthering the new Changing Lives Together foundation which will support our vision and our mission while continuing to strengthen our community partnerships.
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 www.windsoressexchamber.org/membership/membership-benefits/. 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 www.johnson.ca/wercc 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 www.membersbenefitprogram.com/WindsorCC or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377).
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Windsor Essex Tech Show Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Save the Date!
Multiple Business Holiday Party Friday, December 9, 2016 6:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. St. Clair College Centre for the Arts (201 Riverside Dr. W.) Multiple Businesses One Big Party! Let us do all the work and you have all the fun! Save the Date!
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