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2017 JULY



Chair of the Board Jeff MacKinnon and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Marty Beneteau were celebrated at Chamber 141 at Augustus 27 in Caesars Windsor on June 22, 2017. Photo by Mike Kovaliv, Snapd Windsor.

Ontario Chamber AGM

Chamber 141 & Lifetime Achievement Award



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Marianne Burke, Director of Events

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Concetta DiCesare-Cafueri, Finance & Office Administrator ext. 227

Sherri Gowman, Director of Sales & Marketing

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Caitlin Hildenbrand, Assistant to the Director of Sales & Marketing

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Barbara Malmberg, Event Coordinator

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Letter from the President & Chair



As the Chamber year comes to a close, we’d like to formally recognize the work of our 2016-2017 Chair, Jeff MacKinnon. We look forward to continuing to work with Jeff in a Past Chair role. John Clark, Partner, Clarks LLP, Barristers & Solicitors, takes over from Jeff as the Chair of the Board. In May 2017, the WERCC attended the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) AGM in Sarnia, Ontario, where we received Ontario-wide Chamber support for the suspension of Cap & Trade. We also received successfully passed resolutions on protecting Canadian business by keeping the De Minimis threshold low and creating a strong and proactive plan to improve Ontario’s trade performance. The WERCC and Chamber members in the sector met with Officials from Global Affairs Canada on May 24 to discuss barriers to trade in relation to exploratory discussions to assess the potential of a Free Trade Agreement between Canada and China. Along with the Hamilton and Sault Ste. Marie Chambers of Commerce, we participated in the All-Party Parliamentary Steel Caucus in Ottawa on May 31 in advance of meetings between Canada and the U.S. on steel to speak on the steel industry, local communities, and trade relationships between Canada and the U.S. We also spoke at the Workforce WindsorEssex Skills Summit, addressing the issue of the region’s skills shortage. The WERCC released a report with the OCC on the skills gap, Talent in Transition: Addressing the Skills Mismatch in Ontario, available at www.windsoressexchamber. org. Our Regional After Business Tradeshow in May was a huge success, with over 200 in attendance! We also had an exciting Wake Up Windsor Essex networking event in May and our After Business at Wolfhead Distillery in June. Also in June was our fun day of networking and golf at our 81st Annual Golf Tournament Presented by WFCU Credit Union at Pointe West Golf Club. Finally, we closed out the Chamber year with Chamber 141 – A Celebration at Augustus 27, a celebration of the work of the Chamber over the past 141 years and the excitement generated by our community with businesses working together to build a strong network. At the event, we honoured our outgoing chair and presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Marty Beneteau for his business and community contribution to Windsor-Essex. Thank you to all our Chamber Members, Supporters, Volunteers and Staff for an amazing Chamber year! Visit for all the up-to-date news and events.


Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2017-2018 Board of Directors Mr. John Clark Chair** Partner Clarks LLP

Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Past Chair** Partner McTague Law Firm LLP

Ms. Shelley Fellows Director Vice President, Operations Radix Inc.

Mr. Jason Ilijanic Chair-Elect** Director, Commercial Services WFCU Credit Union

Ms. Beverly Becker Director Director, Local Marketing & Special Projects Windsor Star

Mr. Romeo Girardi Director Executive Vice President Farrow

Ms. Maureen Lucas Treasurer** President Lucas Professional Search Group Mr. Scott Jenkins Vice Chair** Director of Advertising Caesars Windsor

Ms. Marie Campagna Director Executive Vice President Operations / CFO Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Mr. Sean Collier Director Manager, Emergency Services Union Gas

Mr. Carl Hooper, CPA, CA Director Assurance and Advisory Partner Collins Barrow Windsor LLP Mr. Benjamin Iannetta Director, Emerging Leaders Representative Business & Technical Services ProSoft XP

Mr. Paul LeFave Director Chair – Transportation Committee Business Development Cornerstone Courier Ms. Mila Lucio Director VP of Human Resources Green Shield Canada Ms. Shannon Rickwood Chair – Membership Services Committee Financial Advisor Rickwood Financial Group/ Manulife Securities Inc.

Dr. Francine Schlosser Director Professor, Odette School of Business Executive Director, EPICentre University of Windsor Ms. 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

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Chamber News

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Secures Ontario-Wide Chamber Support for Suspension of Cap & Trade, Other Successes at Ontario Chamber AGM Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Secures Ontario-Wide Chamber Support for Suspension of Cap & Trade, Other Successes at Ontario Chamber AGM At the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Annual General Meeting (AGM), in Sarnia, ON from May 4-7, Chambers across Ontario passed a resolution to suspend the cap and trade program at this time. The WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce (WERCC) has been one of the most aggressive Chambers in Ontario calling for the deferral and the suspension of cap and trade due to its costly impact on agri-food, greenhouses and business in general on top of a nearly 400% increase in electricity prices. The WERCC along with the Greater Kingston, Greater Kitchener Waterloo, Greater Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, North Bay & District, Newmarket and Timmins Chambers of Commerce co-sponsored the resolution to suspend cap and trade.

Other successes at the OCC AGM include: Protect Canadian Business by Keeping the De Minimis Threshold Low. Raising the De Minimis threshold (DMT) for Canada would give an unfair tax advantage to foreign online retailers over Canadian retail businesses. It would provide generous exemptions at the border placing domestic firms at a disadvantage vis-à-vis foreign sellers, since domestic firms may have to charge sales or value-added taxes even for small items while foreign sellers are exempted. The WERCC urges the Federal Government to maintain the current Canadian De Minimis level of $20 to prevent granting an unfair advantage to foreign online retail sellers operating in the Canadian marketplace. Thank you to our resolution co-sponsors: Sarnia Lambton, Greater Niagara and Thunder Bay Chambers of Commerce.

Chambers across Ontario urge the Government of Ontario to suspend cap and trade at this time, with appropriate cost mitigation to affected businesses. Should suspension not occur, the Chambers encourage the mitigation of risk of the cap and trade system on industry to ensure competitiveness.

Canada’s Trade Policy Harmful to Ontario Business. Canada is experiencing high levels of trade deficits with China and Mexico. In order to restore trade balance, Canada and Ontario need a new proactive international trade policy that works for businesses. For example, Canada’s trade deficit with China is approximately $46 billion.

“Exporting jobs and investment to coal-using jurisdictions, such as Ohio, and getting coal pollution in return was not viewed as an effective policy,” said WERCC President & CEO Matt Marchand.

The WERCC urges the Government of Ontario to create a strong and proactive plan to improve Ontario’s trade performance. This includes of course addressing dumping of steel.

“This is a big win for the community. We’re very happy with the results,” said Marchand. “The WERCC thanks our co-sponsoring Chambers for coming together on what is the one of the top issues facing our business community across Ontario,” Marchand continued.

Thank you to our resolution co-sponsors: Greater Kitchener Waterloo, London, Hamilton and Greater Kingston Chambers of Commerce.

Windsor-Essex Regional, Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie Chambers Attend All-Party Parliamentary Steel Caucus Meetings The Windsor-Essex Regional, Hamilton, and Sault Ste. Marie Chambers of Commerce participated in the All-Party Parliamentary Steel Caucus in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 31 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in advance of meetings between Canada and the U.S. on steel.

Previously, the three Chambers appeared before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on International Trade in Ottawa on March 21, 2017 to give testimony of the Canadian Steel Industry’s ability to compete internationally in the context of some countries not playing by the rules.

The Chambers discussed the steel industry, local communities and their importance to Ontario’s economy, and trade relationships between Canada and the U.S. in respect to steel. Also raised were the issues of China’s steel dumping and displacing high-paying jobs from Ontario’s middle class.

Additionally, the three Chambers secured support for a National Steel Strategy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in September 2016 and in August 2016 teamed up to write a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, requesting that the Government of Canada address the issue of China dumping steel into Canada.

Representatives from the Canadian Steel Producers Association and the United Steel Workers were also in attendance.


In Our Community Congratulations to CenterLine (Windsor) Limited’s David Beneteau (Vice President) and Tim Cesarz (recently retired CenterLine Account Manager), who were both honoured by the American Welding Society. David Beneteau was given the “Distinguished Service” award and Tim Cesarz was given the “Section Appreciation” award. For more information visit

Congratulations to the Windsor Spitfires on their Memorial Cup victory! The Spitfires played a perfect 10-day run at home, claiming the 99th MasterCard Memorial Cup. This is the third Memorial Cup title in nine years for the team who won 4-3 over the Erie Otters at the WFCU Centre.

Thanks to the Cypher Systems Group, the Government of Canada, and many corporate and individual donors, Essex Region Conservation celebrated the grand opening of the Cypher Systems Group Greenway on April 27, 2017. This 22 kilometre trail spans from Amherstburg to the urban centre of Essex and intersects with the existing Chrysler Canada Greenway, bringing the community’s vision of a region connected by trails one step closer to reality. For more information contact Danielle Stuebing, Director of Communications & Outreach Services, at

Congratulations to Target Building Materials on their 50th anniversary! Target has been helping to build Windsor and Essex County throughout the years by providing specialty construction products and construction commodities. Target Building Materials services contractors, subcontractors and industry but also, more recently, caters to the home consumer and DIY enthusiasts. For more information visit www.

Congratulations to the Windsor Express Employment Professionals office on celebrating 20 years in business! The Express office opened May 5, 1997 and has since provided businesses and job seekers with employment solutions in a variety of fields, including industrial, clerical, skilled trades and professional. For more information contact Colleen Gaudette, Owner, Express Employment Professionals at In honour of Windsor’s 125th anniversary and Canada’s 150th anniversary, local sign and visual graphics provider FASTSIGNS® of Windsor will donate part of every sale of 2017 to the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee and the Downtown Mission of Windsor. The charity campaign was created to celebrate the Windsor community by supporting local organizations that also represent Canadian values. For more information visit On May 9, 2017, Forests Ontario, Corby Spirit & Wine Ltd., Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, and the City of Windsor hosted a special tree planting event in Thompson Park. Volunteers from Corby’s financial team planted native trees and shrubs on the site. This event provided an opportunity to celebrate Windsor’s urban forest and greenspaces and the important contributions they make to health, wellbeing, and vibrancy in our communities. On May 4, 2017, the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County held its prestigious 15th Annual Herb Gray Harmony Awards Gala. This year’s Harmony Award recipient was Dr. Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor. Champion Award recipient was Dr. Godfrey S. Bacheyie, Director of Newborn Services at Windsor Regional Hospital, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (University of Western Ontario) and Adjunct Professor of Psychology (University of Windsor). Congratulations to award recipients! For more information please contact Kathleen Thomas at Congratulations to Snapd Windsor on 50 issues! Snapd Windsor is a free monthly print publication and website specializing in a nonpolitical, friendly and entertaining photographic view of living in our community. They also include an upcoming events calendar and have the functionality to create and promote tickets (free and paid) for local events. Visit them online at

Congratulations to the 2017 Clark Award recipients! The University of Windsor recognized the following Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce members: •

John McGivney Children’s Centre

Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County

United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex County, for its On Track for Success and Hon. Edward Ducharme Summer Lunch programs

Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society

Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women

Windsor Youth Centre

For a full list of recipients, visit On behalf of WFCU Credit Union, President, Eddie Francis announced the establishment of the WFCU Credit Union John Atkinson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to one male student and one female student enrolled in the Protection, Security and Investigation, or Police Foundations programs at St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology. Each scholarship will have a value of $2,500. For more information visit Congratulations to Wolfhead Distillery on their six awards from the SIP Awards International Spirits Competition. Two of the products won silver and four won bronze. For more information visit

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EVENT PHOTOS Regional After Business Tradeshow & Networking Evening Presented by Johnson Insurance at the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association

After Business Presented by Johnson Insurance at Wolfhead Distillery

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EVENT PHOTOS 81st Annual Golf Tournament Presented by WFCU Credit Union at Pointe West Golf Club

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Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Featuring Hydro One

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Chamber 141 - A Celebration at Augustus 27

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Tech Corner/Workplace Safety Tech Corner: Artificial Intelligence for Business

By Atif Malik, ITIL, Sr. Account Manager, AlphaKOR Group

When we think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) our imaginations tend to conjure thoughts of sophisticated humanoid robots that have a level of sentient intelligence to them. Although we are not too far off from this, AI is already a factor in our personal and professional lives.

consuming, and leaves room for human error resulting in lost revenue. The automation processes we develop are usually in the form of a customized application that streamlines all of the above.

Here’s how AI is changing the business landscape. Chat Bots Let’s say you’re an airline with a high volume of customer service requests. Now imagine how these customer service requests multiply during peak seasons. You’re now left with a challenge: Hire more customer service reps. The challenge with this is that peak season is temporary and the airline will face overhead costs beyond salary for these temporary CSRs such as sourcing and training. Also, they will have to account for the cost of taking key resources to focus on accommodating and managing these reps when they could be focusing on areas that may be more productive to the airline. The solution is simple. Implement a Chat Bot (think Apple’s Siri) to assist with customer service inquiries during peak season or throughout the year. One such airline using this technology to their advantage is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. KLM’s chat bot integrates with Facebook Messenger so when a customer purchases a ticket online, they can ask the chat bot questions about booking information, check-ins, flight status, and boarding passes. The chat bot responds seamlessly to the customer with the requested information. This provides a more streamlined service to customers for simple requests while allowing CSRs to focus on more complicated matters. Business Process Automation Business leaders are looking to make their operation faster and more efficient. An example of this efficiency is creating software that can automate the estimation process for manufacturers based on labour and material costs. When done manually, these processes can be very complicated, time

There is still a human element involved in this process which does not make it fully autonomous. Enter the world of Predictive Analytics. The demand forecast that manufacturers rely on to determine which products, materials, and labour resources are needed to fulfill market requirements is moving toward full autonomy with the help of Artificial Intelligence. Using Big Data and Predictive Analytics, manufacturers will have the analysis tools to make decisions based on reoccurring trends and inconsistencies in relation to materials, labour, and their respective costs. A 2013 document by German tech publisher Versita titled Advances in Manufacturing Science and Technology helped define manufacturing AI in two categories: 1. Advisory System: The user enters a problem and all relevant data about this problem into the system. The system then evaluates and presents the user with multiple solutions so the user can choose the most adequate option. 2. Dictatorial System: The system analyzes and acts on the most adequate solution without human consultation or intervention. This is a fully autonomous system that has the capability of running a manufacturing operation from demand forecast to machinery. There will come a time, very shortly, where manufacturing AI will not be considered cutting edge anymore. It will be a standardized tool required by any manufacturing operation in order to remain competitive. How they implement this tool (Advisory vs. Dictatorial) will be up to them.

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5. Supply protective equipment and clothing as needed, such as waterdampened cotton whole-body suits, cooling vests with pockets that hold cold packs, and water-cooled suits. 6. Monitor weather forecasts. If you know super hot weather is coming, ask yourself, “Who will be working then? What will they be doing? Who should I watch out for?” 7. Be extra vigilant in extreme conditions. Check on workers frequently or assign a temporary pair of eyes to do it for you. Steps for workers 1. Watch out for each other and speak up. For more information visit


Ambassador Bridge Bridge - International Stanley Korosec, Director of Canadian Government Relations and Security 12225 Stephens Road Warren, MI 48089 Phone: (586) 939-7000 Fax:(586) 819-0825


Belfor Property Restoration Restoration Contractors, Flood & Disaster Paul Hasilo, Senior Account Manager 1950 Halford Road, RR#1 Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Phone: (519) 737-7117 Fax:(519) 737-7119 Kersey Kickbox Fitness Club Health & Fitness Brandon Kersey, Owner 3103 Forest Glade Drive Windsor, ON N8R 1X6 Phone: (519) 979-4001 National Fiber Link Network Cabeling, Fiber Optic Installation Liz Sandstedt, Director of Operations 489 Bertha Ave. Windsor, ON N8P 1B6 Phone: (519) 999-9807 Fax:(519) 997-4884


Adeline Rose Events Event Planners Adeline Rose, Owner Phone: (226) 346-2377 Art of Illusion Entertainment Brad Toulouse, Owner Phone: (519) 735-8083 Biocella Cosmetics Keith Caughell, President Phone: (519) 735-1968

Handlebar Transportation Consulting Transportation Consulting Tom Grimes, President & CEO Phone: (519) 839-4027 Fax:(519) 839-4950 Head of the Class Education Centre Tutoring Julie Fader, Owner / Director 1247 Grand Marais Rd. West Windsor, ON N9E 1E1 Phone: (519) 966-1774 Lambton Accounting Services Accountants Robert Dunlop, Owner 1157 Ouellette Avenue Windsor, ON N9A 4K1 Phone: (519) 551-4941 Fax:(519) 969-6516 Javelin Technologies Inc. 3D Design & Printing John Brown, Director, Advanced Manufacturing & 3D Printing 3457 Superior Court, Unit 1 Oakville, ON L6L 0C4 Phone: (905) 815-1906 Fax:(905) 815-1907 Slices n Squares Pizza Nemer Zaidan, Owner 3690 Seminole St. Windsor, ON N8Y 1Y4 Phone: (519) 977-9111 Tecumseh Mall Shopping Centres Colleen Gosnell-Conlin, General Manager 7654 Tecumseh Road East Windsor, ON N8T 1E9 Phone: (519) 944-7760 Fax:(519) 944-3074 TELUS Business Solutions Telecommunications Justine Sheppard, Wireless Sales Specialist, Small Business Solutions-Sales Phone: (226) 345-3581

APRIL 2017 / MAY 2017 Triumph Tool Ltd. Metal Cutting Tools John Duffy, President 24 - 4080 North Service Rd. Windsor, ON N8W 5X2 Phone: (519) 251-1771 Fax:(519) 251-0770 Windsor Real Estate Photography Media & Photography Devon Pastorius, Owner Phone: (519) 819-3879 Windsor Sun Parlour Chorus Entertainment Tom Grimes, VP Marketing & Public Relations, VP Outreach & Chorus Manage Phone: (519) 839-4027


Business Development Bank of Canada Banks, Consultants Celso Oliveira, Manager, Business Centre 200 – 2485 Ouellette Ave. Windsor, ON N8X 1L5 Phone: (519) 257-6808 Fax:(519) 257-6811

COMMUNITY BUILDER Detroit Windsor Tunnel LLC Tunnel - International Neil Belitsky, President & CEO 555 Goyeau St. Windsor, ON N9A 1H1 Phone: (519) 258-7424 Fax:(519) 256-7178


Goodwill Industries Non-Profit Heather Allen, Marketing & Communications Manager 298 Lauzon Rd. Windsor, ON N8S 3L6 Phone: (519) 332-0440 Ext. 60 Fax:(519) 336-9678

DS60 Roofing Roofing Contractors, Siding Contractors Bonnie Bigras, Founder 1428 Argyle Road, Unit 3 Windsor, ON N8Y 3K7 Phone: (519) 915-3277

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Returning Members APRIL 2017 / MAY 2017


CBRE Limited

Ford Essex Engine Plant

Koolini Italian Eatery

Advance Business Systems (Windsor) Inc.


Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited

Lakeshore Fixture & Gauge

Ag-Tronic Control Systems Inc.

Clarke Surveyors Incorporated

Ford Windsor Engine Plant

Lakeshore Landscaping

Amica at Windsor

CMG Bookkeeping Services

Fuerland Realty Ltd.

Landmark Engineers Inc.

Amy's Helping Hands


G & G Jewellery & Coins

Anderdon Machine Tool And Manufacturing Inc.

Cogeco / Rogers Cable Television Advertising

Giant Tiger – Wyandotte St. East

Lori Eagen LegalShield Independent Associate

Antoine Greige Salon Inc.

DataRealm Inc.

Archon Architects Incorporated

Mr. Dennis DesRosiers

Assumption University

Design Systems Canada Ltd.

Assumption University Counselling Services

Detroit Windsor Tunnel LLC

Atlas Tube Best Western Plus Leamington Bestcheck Inspection Services

Diane Shoes Dickinson Wright LLC Douglas Marketing Group

Giant Tiger – Tecumseh Rd. East Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Windsor Hawkins & Co. Accounting Hold Please Communications Home Essence IndCom Leasing Inc. Investors Group Ion Residential Inspection Services Inc.

Schukra of North America, A Division of Leggett & Platt Canada Co. ShopEco Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre Solaris Rehabilitation Centre Stipic Weisman LLP

Mr. Dick Rivard

Summit Flooring & Window Fashions

Munro Strategic Perspective

Terry T. Turner Professional Corporation

N J Peralta Engineering Ltd.

Thanasi's Olympus Greek Restaurant

Nova Tool & Mold Inc.

The Lighting Boutique & Appliance Shoppe

Palazzi Bros. Carpet & Tile Ltd.

The Lumberjack Restaurant

PE Real Estate Solutions

The Shoreview at Riverside

Pinnacle Physiotherapy of Lasalle

The Walkerville Tavern

Pinnacle Physiotherapy of Windsor

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Windsor

Pointe West Golf Club

West Windsor Power

Blackburn Radio

Dr. A.P. Meyer Medicine Professional Corporation

Bogar Truck Parts & Service Inc.

Dr. Marco Carroccia

Jose's Bar and Grill – Leamington

Prestressed Systems Inc. a Division of The Prestressed Group

Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation

Bonduelle - Tecumseh

DXN Canada

Kelly Services (Canada) Ltd.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club

Bone Joint Muscle & Spine Walk-In Clinic

Essex Golf & Country Club

Quinn Roofing Solutions

Windsor Tent & Awning

Canterbury College

Family Home Improvements

Kipping Tire & Automotive Ltd. – Ouellette Ave.

Carico of Canada Credit Inc.

Flood Chiropractic P.C.

Jose's Bar and Grill

Kipping Tire & Automotive Ltd. – Tecumseh Rd. East

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. 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.


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Cogeco Connexion

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) supports small and medium-sized businesses in all industries with a combination of financing and advisory services to guide your business to the next stage of development. As the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs, we are committed to your long-term success and we have the tools and experience to make it happen. BDC offers financing solutions with higher lending ratios and greater repayment flexibility, allowing entrepreneurs to take the next step in their business. Financing real-estate, equipment or working capital provides entrepreneurs the peace of mind and extra cash to expand their business by investing in technology and growing to the next level. Whether you are an early-stage company looking to transform ideas into successful businesses or an established company looking for tailored solutions and flexible terms, BDC offers a full suite of financing and advisory services to do so. Consulting solutions include: Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Technology, International Expansion & Operational Efficiency. Check out our free productivity tool and find out where you stand compared to other Canadian businesses in your industry,

Cogeco Connexion provides a wide selection of residential and commercial services, which include Television, Superfast Internet, Telephony services and complex telecommunications products designed for enterprises including dedicated networking, managed wifi and desktop collaboration solutions in Ontario and Quebec. Cogeco Connexion continues to invest in new business grade capabilities across voice, data, managed and video solutions, due to its commitment to business market success. They believe it is a privilege and a responsibility to invest in the communities they serve. They invest $2.5M in many well deserving local organizations within Ontario, including in the Windsor area: the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, Hospice of Windsor-Essex County, and the Hotel-Dieu Healthcare facility, to name a few. They also value their ongoing partnership with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and have been a long time member of this esteemed organization. Cogeco Connexion is committed to their customers’ business success by having face to face account representative and solution specialists dedicated to building solutions for their business needs. Please feel free to reach out to their local representatives for the Windsor area, Owen Finn, West Windsor (519) 551-9172 and Jessica Beaton, Central Windsor (226) 348-4913.

BDC highly values its partnership with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce as a Pillar Member. We are committed to helping Windsor-Essex’s entrepreneurs and business leaders and are looking forward to hosting BDC Talks this September and BDC’s Small Business Week during October 15-21. For more information on events or services offered, please contact us at (519) 257-6807, or visit

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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS September After Business Thursday, September 21, 2017 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Details coming soon. Mark your calendar!

18th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Luncheon Friday, November 3, 2017 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Caboto Club (2175 Parent Ave.)

28th Annual Business Excellence Awards Nominations are open until Friday, October 6, 2017. For more details, visit

Windsor-Essex Tech Show Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Details coming soon. Mark your calendar!


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