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ATHENA Award recipient Dr. Michelle Prince, left, Business Excellence finalist John Blanken, Awards Chair Yvonne Pilon, Believe Windsor Essex recipient Jim Scott and Business Excellence finalist Noah Tepperman, right, during Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards reception at Walkerville Brewery January 23, 2013.

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Letter from the President Dear Chamber Members,


Here at the Chamber, we’re dedicated to advocating on behalf of our business community. In the past two months since our last issue, we’ve done some extensive legwork on various issues including single sports betting, food processing regulations, and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Stronger campaign.

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has been working with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on the Emerging Stronger 2013 campaign, a transformational agenda aimed at accelerating Ontario’s economic growth. It identifies Ontario’s challenges and advantages, and sets out practical and detailed recommendations for government and business. This plan identifies key issues that our community is facing—skills training, R&D, immigration, and much more. To view the full report, visit PRESIDENT & CEO

The Windsor-Essex Chamber been involved with the Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, on a free trade deal with the European Union – Canada’s biggest trade deal ever with 98% of goods to be duty free once the deal is signed. We hosted Steve Baker, President of Union Gas, to speak at our distinguished speaker series in January about how natural gas contributes to our energy mix. Chamber Gold Circle members were invited to hear the Chief Economist of the Federal Reserve speak in Detroit to give his forecast and analysis of the U.S. economy along with a senior economist from TD Bank giving the Canadian outlook.

The Chamber is also in the process of releasing a series of policy papers. The first one on transportation was released in February and papers are lined up on energy and the environment and finance and taxation. This is the first ever undertaking of such a proactive approach to policy. Congratulations to all of the policy chairs and their committees for their work. I also reached a milestone on March 5, 2013, marking my first anniversary as the President & CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. To celebrate, and to hold myself accountable to our Members, we held an interactive town hall. Members were encouraged to participate and ask questions as I went over what we set out to do, what we’ve accomplished, and outlined what is ahead for this Chamber and its members. As always, exciting events are on the horizon—the 23rd Annual Business Excellence Awards take place Wednesday, April 24 at the Ciociaro Club. We’ll be recognizing business individuals and companies who have set standards and demonstrated achievement that have contributed to prosperity and business development in Windsor-Essex. This year’s celebration features a Cocktail Reception beginning at 5:00 p.m. followed by a spectacular gourmet sit down Dinner and Show at 6:15 p.m. We also have our Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon on Wednesday, March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Caboto Club, and a Distinguished Speakers Luncheon with the Hon. Teresa Piruzza on Friday, May 10. Although it’s still a few months away, we’re already in high gear for our second annual Windsor-Essex Leaders in Innovation Technology Forum & Tradeshow taking place Tuesday, October 29 at the Caboto Club, so be sure to save the date!

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Board of Directors Mr. Ed Miles Chair** Tax Partner Miles & Co. Chartered Accountants

Mr. Dean Clevett Director** Manager - Technical Engineering Services Canada BASF Canada

Ms. Jennifer Jones Past Chair** President Media Street Productions

Mr. Adam Davis Director President Next Dimensions Inc.

Dr. Bill Anderson Director Chair Transportation Policy Committee Professor, Political Science University of Windsor

Mr. David Diemer Director Chair, Environment & Energy Committee Environmental Engineer Dillon Consulting Ltd.

Mr. Marty Beneteau Director Publisher and Editor-in-Chief The Windsor Star

Mr. Mark Egbedeyi-Emmanuel Director District Manager Windsor/Chatham Union Gas Ltd, Windsor

Ms. Pamela Breault Director Chair Membership Services Committee Operations Manager Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex Ms. Carolyn Brown Chair-Elect** Vice President, Administration Detroit-Windsor Tunnel LLC

Dr. Janice Forsyth Director** President Foresight Management Consulting Mr. Jason Ilijanic Director Chair Finance & Taxation Committee Relationship Manager TD Commercial Banking Southwestern Ontario Region

Mr. Kevin Laforet Director President and CEO Caesars Windsor

Chamber President Attends Speech from the ThroNe

Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Director Partner McTague Law Firm LLP Mr. Gordon Moore Treasurer** President Moore Consulting Corp. Ms. Ann-Marie Athavale Non-Voting Chair ATHENA Committee VP - Sales/Marketing Empire Communications Inc. Dr. Alfie Morgan Director Emeritus Professor Emeritus of Business Administration University of Windsor ** Denotes member of Executive Committee

Photo courtesy: Jon Kastikainen Teresa Piruzza (Minister of Children & Youth Services, MPP Windsor West), Kathleen Wynne (Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, Premier of Ontario), and Matt Marchand (Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO) at the Speech from the Throne on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Marchand attended as a guest of Teresa Piruzza.



Niagara Falls, Windsor-Essex Chambers Urge Passage of Single Sports Betting Bill in Senate, Citing Missed Opportunity of Super Bowl The Chamber of Commerce Niagara Falls, Canada and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce urge the Senate to pass Bill C-290, the Single Sports Bill. Bill C-290 has been in the Senate for nearly a year. “It’s a missed opportunity to showcase Caesars Windsor and enhance our competitive position in a tough marketplace,� said Matt Marchand, President and CEO, WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Having single sports betting at Caesars Windsor for Super Bowl weekend would unquestionably add significant economic activity and excitement to our region,� added Marchand. “It is hard to believe this has been on the Senate agenda for almost a year with little or no action when it has been supported in the House of Commons by all parties,� said Carolyn Bones, President, Chamber of Commerce Niagara Falls, Canada. “Having single sports betting at Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara for Super Bowl weekend would bring visitors to Niagara Falls near summer weekend numbers,� added Bones. Bill C-290 has received support from all parties in the House of Commons. The Bill would contribute to the creation of additional jobs at provincially-operated/regulated casinos, attracting U.S. citizens to Canadian casinos, and reducing organized crime associated with single event betting. The Single Sports Betting Bill has already passed the House of Commons with all party support including support from Rob Nicholson, MP – Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Brian Masse, MP – Windsor West, as well as many other stakeholders including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Ontario Business Confidence Index Shows Businesses Plan to Expand, but are Unsure about Future of Ontario The Ontario Business Confidence Index shows that most Ontario businesses are confident in their own outlook and are planning to expand over the next five years. However, the same businesses are unsure about the overall direction of Ontario’s economy. The index is a survey of 2,386 businesses and was conducted as part of Emerging Stronger 2013, a business-driven economic agenda for Ontario released by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with their research partner, the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto. Emerging Stronger 2013 is a transformational agenda aimed at accelerating Ontario’s economic growth. It identifies Ontario’s challenges and advantages, and sets out practical and detailed recommendations for government and business.

Great Lakes Part of Current Economic Issues In November 2012 the WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted an environmental breakfast featuring Lana Pollack, the Chair of the U.S. section of the International Joint Commission which is responsible for the implementation of Canada-U.S. agreements. Lana talked about the new CanadaU.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and her role in its implementation but she also spoke about the ongoing challenges to the lakes, ranging from harmful algae to low water levels and about how public engagement is needed to hold governments accountable. These issues have practical implication for our business community as they affect our quality of life and ultimately our success on business issue such as economic development, recreation and tourism. For more information on our Environment and Energy agenda contact the Chamber at (519) 966-3696 ext. 28.


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MEMBERS | FIRMS IN THE NEWS The Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County (ASWE) is pleased to announce the Board of Directors has awarded the 2013 Founders’ Award to Mr. Robert Davis, a volunteer and advocate of the ASWE. The Community Philanthropy Award has been awarded to Tim Brady of Shoppers Drug Mart for their efforts in raising funds in support of the Daughters’ Support Group and local programs and services. Davis and Brady will be officially presented their awards at the Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County’s Mardi Gras Celebration on Friday, March 22, 2013. For more information, contact Sally Bennett Olczak, CEO, at (519) 974- 2220 ext. 223.

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has launched their 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA). This year, BDC is asking young entrepreneurs to tell them, in a short video and online application form, about a crossroads their company has reached and the solution they propose to take their business to the next level. Eleven finalists will be selected from across Canada, and then Canadians will vote to select the winners. Application period ends April 2, 2013. For more information, visit

The Essex Region Conservation Authority has elected Tecumseh Town Councillor Joe Bachetti as Chair for 2013/2014. He was first elected to Council in 1994 and has served since that time. Mr. Bachetti has been ERCA’s Vice Chair since 2011. “I am very excited to serve as Chair during ERCA’s 40th Year of Conservation,” said Mr. Bachetti. For more information, contact Danielle Breault Stuebing, Director of Communications and Education, (519) 776-5209 ext. 352 or

Farrow Group has acquired Kitchener-based customs broker W. Pickett & Bros Customs Broker Inc. This is the third acquisition for Farrow within the last 12 months, and 16th overall. The operations and staff of Pickett will be rolled into the infrastructure of Russell A. Farrow Limited. For further information, please contact Randy Motley, President, Russell A. Farrow Limited at (519) 252-7775 ext. 512 or

Hilton Windsor proudly announces their successful completion of extensive renovations to its guest rooms/suites, lobby, meeting/banquet rooms, all common areas along with the Park Terrace restaurant and River Runner bar. Hilton Windsor guest rooms are now 100% smoke free, furnished with high definition flat screen TVs, mini fridges, in-room safes and offers complimentary Wireless Internet throughout the hotel. For more information, contact Lee Brown, General Manager, at

Now entering its fifth year as a not-for-profit organization, the WindsorEssex Active Retirement Community Initiative (WEARCI) and the 100 Mile Peninsula marketing campaign have captured the attention of boomers and active retirees across the country. Since the initiative began in January 2009, WEARCI has identified 942 families age 50-plus relocating to the area and purchasing $241 million in real estate. In addition, during the last six months of the year, there have been five buyers investing $7.5 million in multi-family dwellings. For information contact Krista Del Gatto, CAE, President, WEARCI at (519) 966-6432 or

Located in the Town of Essex at 39 Maidstone Ave. E. is the Windsor-Essex Small Business Centre’s (WESBC) new satellite office that is now co-located with the Essex Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC/SADC). For more information, contact Sabrina DeMarco, Executive Director, W-E Small Business Centre at (519) 890-8911 or Linda Scott, General Manager, CFDC at (519) 776-4611 ext.12.

The Windsor Star proudly presents the reimagined, the city’s most dynamic resource of breaking news, investigative reporting and community events. Thanks to an exciting new responsive design, which minimizes the need for panning, scrolling and resizing across all devices, the new was developed for the optimum viewing experience. The new site features precise city and county navigation, enhanced image galleries, geo-targeted articles and unique sharing features, and as always, the Star’s team of nationally renowned and award-winning reporters and photojournalists will continue to provide the very best in local content. Experience like never before.


The Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland presents the 29th Annual Lobsterfest on Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Ciociaro Club located at 3745 Talbot Rd. This year’s theme is Pirates of the Caribbean. For more information, contact Kim Spirou at

Go For Health in partnership with the City of Windsor, Pathway to Potential, Food Matters and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit are hosting the Planting Seeds for Change Forum to help promote and work toward a more sustainable food system for Windsor-Essex County residents. The Forum takes place Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Caboto Club (2175 Parent Avenue). To register contact Meghan Bolton at (519) 258-2146 ext. 3200 or





February After Business special thanks to our host and sponsor



Business Excellence Award Finalists

Believe Windsor Essex Award Recipient Ground Effects Ltd. (Jim Scott)

ATHENA Award Recipient Dr. Michelle Prince, Chiropractor, Lifetime Wellness Centre

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist Sarah Ilijanich (Lakeshore Academy of Fine Arts, Shorts and Wine International Film Festival, and Fusion Talent Agency)

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist Kim Lewis (Liqui-Force Group of Companies)

Large Company of the Year Finalist Dakkota Integrated Systems LLC (Dan Hillock and Linda Fink), Advanced Basement Systems (Ben Bates), and Tepperman’s (Andrew and Noah Tepperman)

Start Up of the Year Finalists Spotvin (Marcello Fontana and Shane Potvin), Sweetheart Baby Boutique (Margaret Deneau), and Perfect Shutter (Simon Tse and John Chan)

Rising Star of the Year Award Finalists John Blanken (Hyatt Lassaline LLP), Sarah Davidson (United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex), and Fabio Costante (Law Student – McTague Law Firm)

Small Company of the Year Award Finalists The Job Shoppe (Sheila Gyorgy and Tony Nehme) and Devonshire Mall (Chris Savard and Karen Niforos). Missing: Cheung’s Trading Company

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist Vito Maggio (Vito’s Pizzeria representing Vito Maggio)

Photos courtesy of Intense Media

International Business Award Finalists JemD International Farms (Jim DiMenna), Black Stone Sports Inc. (Steve Wilson), and Reko International Group Inc. (Dave Romanello)

Tourism & Hospitality Award Finalists (Adriano Ciotoli), Kingsville Golf and Country Club (Jim Miller), and Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards LP (Katy and Michael O’Brien)

Professional of the Year Award Finalists Mary Brannagan (Loaring Physiotherapy & Health Centre) and Dr. Wadea Tarhuni (Windsor Cardiac Centre). Missing: Dr. Nick Krayacich (LaSalle Community Health Centre)

Innovation Award Finalists LiquiForce Services (Ontario) Inc. (Darcy Warren), Windsor Cardiac Centre (Dr. Wadea Tarhuni), and Strong Dental (Patrick Strong)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 23RD ANNUAL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALSTS! Finalists for the 23rd Annual Business Excellence Awards were announced at Walkerville Brewery on Wednesday, January 23. Special thanks to Walkerville Brewery and Vito’s for hosting our BEA Finalists reveal. Since 1991, the Business Excellence Awards (BEA) has become the premier event of the year, recognizing the achievements and contributions of business leaders in Windsor and Essex County. In 1996, the Chamber introduced the acclaimed ATHENA Award to further honour outstanding business individuals. For 2013, we are welcoming back the International Business Award and the Innovation Award. Other categories include Small Company of the Year, Large Company of the Year, Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Start

Up of the Year, and Tourism & Hospitality Award (formerly Taste of Windsor Essex). This annual event, the Chamber’s largest, brings together business, government and industry leaders. With extraordinary exposure and prestige, the BEA is an exciting gala night and has become a must-attend event. It is truly a special evening, drawing over 700 Chamber members and guests in past years. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate business excellence in our region. Award winners will be announced on April 24, 2013 at the Business Excellence Awards taking place at the Ciociaro Club. Early Bird Tickets for the Business Excellence Awards are on sale now! Visit to register online today! 7 | WINDSORCHAMBER.ORG



Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County Associations & Organizations (Main), Social Service Organizations Sally Bennett CEO 2135 Richmond Street Windsor, ON N8Y 0A1 Phone: (519) 974-2220 Fax:(519) 974-9727 Canada South Festival Network Events (Main) Rita Ossington Executive Director 440 Pelissier Street Windsor, ON N9A 4K9 Phone: (519) 971-0950 CMG Bookkeeping Services Bookkeeping Services (Main) Concetta DiCesale-Cafueri Proprietor 1875 Corbi Lane Tecumseh, ON N8N 1R2 Phone: (519) 739-0425 Easter Seals Ontario - Windsor/Essex Associations & Organizations (Main) David Lenz Senior Development Officer 2117 Pelissier Street Windsor, ON N8X 1N3 Phone: (519) 944-0044 Fax:(519) 944-6030 First Data Merchant Services (Main) Lisa Menard Merchant Service Consultant Amherstburg, ON Phone: (519) 200-8860 Fax:(519) 736-1561 Intense Media Video Productions (Main), Photographers Domenic Panetta President 1730 Hall Ave Windsor, ON N8W 2L4 Phone: (226) 221-8888


Intrigue Media Video Productions (Main) Ged Smyth 151 Westmount Road Guelph, ON N1H 5J3 Phone: (519) 265-4933 LC Platinum Realty Inc. Brokerage Real Estate Agent/Brokers (Main) Caitlin Thibert Office Administrator 150 Ouellette Place Windsor, ON N8X 1L9 Phone: (519) 972-3888 Fax:(519) 972-3898 North 42 Degrees Estate Winery Wineries (Main) Martin Gorski Owner 130 County Road 50 East Colchester, ON N0R 1G0 Phone: (519) 984-1323 SKZ Landscaping Inc. Landscape Contractors & Designers (Main) Bobbe Skuza Manager 3817 - 1 Howard Windsor, ON N9A 3N8 Phone: (519) 250-1664 Fax:(519) 250-7367 TMC Tecumseh Manning Medical Centre Medical Office (Main) Ghassan Jafar Director 13278 Tecumseh Road East Unit 100 Tecumseh, ON N8N 3T6 Phone: (519) 979-1114 Fax:(519) 790-0102 Vito’s Pizzeria Restaurants (Main) Vito Maggio Owner / President 1731 Wyandotte Street East Windsor, ON N8Y 1C9 Phone: (519) 915-6145 Fax:(519) 974-7316

Walkerville Brewery Brewers (Main) Chris Ryan Operations Manager 525 Argyle Road Windsor, ON N8Y 4Z8 Phone: (519) 254-6067 Windsor Symphony Orchestra Associations & Organizations (Main), Performing Arts Paul Meanwell General Manager 487 Ouellette Avenue Windsor, ON N9A 4J2 Phone: (519) 973-1238 Fax:(519) 973-0764






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Dr. Riaz Oozeer

Jamieson Natural Sources Vitamins

Rosati Group

A Plus Ink & Toner

Dragun Corporation

JEV Marketing & Communications

Roth Mosey & Partners LLP

A.P. Plasman Inc.

Ducharme Fox LLP

Kamsel Leasing Inc.

Russell A. Farrow Limited

A.R.S. Stereo Ltd.

Ecolad Corporation


Security ONE Alarm Systems Ltd.

Active Janitorial

Econo Lodge

Ken Knapp Ford Sales & Leasing

Sentiens Research

Albamor Construction and

Electromac Tool

Kinetic Konnection

Sherdil Precision Inc.

Engineering Ltd.

Electrozad Supply Company

King Materials Handling Ltd.

Southland Insurance Brokers Inc

Allegra Marketing - Print - Mail



St. Clair College of Applied Arts &

Andrew Tepperman

Empire Communications Inc.

K-Scrap Resources Ltd.


Arrow Mailing

Essex Home Furnishings

Lakeview Montessori School

St. Clair Residence & Conference

Aurora Steam Carpet & Upholstery

Families First Funeral Home &

Laval Tool & Mould Ltd.



Tribute Centre

Leboeuf Trucking

Surendra K. Bagga Architect Inc.

Bank of Montreal

Festival Tent & Party Rentals Inc.

Livingston International Inc.

Sutts, Strosberg LLP

BFI Canada Inc.

Financial Fitness Centre

Lomar Machine Repair Inc.

Tec Lanes Bowling

Bull & Gauthier Body & Paint Shop Ltd.

Foresight Management Consulting


Tecumseh Massage Therapy Clinic

Canada Salvage Company

Freeds of Windsor

Manor Tool & Die Ltd.

The Brick Warehouse Ltd.

(Windsor) Limited

G. Caboto Club

Marcel’s Collision Inc.

The Children’s House Montessori

Canadian Blood Services

Gauthier Roofing and Siding

McTague Law Firm LLP

The Grandview

Canadian Broadcasting Corp -

Generator Design

Merchants Paper Co. Windsor Ltd.

The Hospice of Windsor and Essex

Media Sales - TV

Geo. T. White Co. Ltd.

Miller Canfield

County Inc.

Canadian Joist and Deck Corp

Glos Associates Inc.

Monarch Basics

The Tecumseh Physiotherapy Clinic

Canadian Resource Distribution

Gordon B. Lee, Chartered

Monsada Inc.

The Windsor Star, A division of

- a division of White Hackle


Mousseau DeLuca McPherson

Postmedia Network Inc.

Enterprises Inc.

Great Lakes Safety Products Inc.

Prince LLP

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island

Centerline (Windsor) Ltd.

Green Shield Canada

National Bank Financial Group

Unique Communications Inc.

Chrysler Canada Inc.

Green Sun Rising

Ned Colovic Insurance & Financial

WEtech Alliance


H.I.A. Harmony In Action Windsor

Services Ltd.

WFCU Centre


Hamptons Stone & Flooring

Netmon Inc

WFS Ltd.

CMT Canadian Maritime

Company Inc

Next Dimension Inc.

Windsor Detroit Tunnel Duty Free

Transport, Ltd.

HCA Mindbox Creative

Ojibway Transportation Inc.

Shop Inc.

Cogeco / Rogers Cable Television


Parrline Electrical Wholesale

Windsor Occupational Health


Heavenly Rest Family of Catholic

Pat And Hank’s Fish & Chips

Information Service (WOHIS)

Community Living Windsor


PBL Insurance Limited

Windsor Port Authority

Crescent Television Service

Heavy Construction Association of

Post Packaging of Windsor Inc.

Windsor Regional Hospital

D & R Vacuum & Appliance World


Precedence Landscaping


D J Galvanizing

Herby Curby

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Windsor Riverside Inn

D.W. Chorney Optometry

Holland Cleaning Solutions Ltd.

R. J. Cyr Co. Inc.

Windsor Starter’s PowerHouse

Professional Corporation


RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Windsor-Essex County Association

Dan Kane Chevrolet Buick GMC

Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital

RBC Royal Bank of Canada

of Realtors

Cadillac Ltd.


Business Banking Centre

Wolverine Freight System

David Seeley Insurance Services

HSBC Bank Canada

Reliance Home Comfort

Workforce WindsorEssex


Hyatt Lassaline LLP

Renaud & LaMantia LLP

WPCI - Bell Mobility

Dieffenbacher North America Inc.

I.X.L. Cleaners (1969) Ltd.

Riverview Steel Co. Ltd.

Zalev Brothers Co.

Downtown Windsor Business

In The Dog’s House Inc.

Rocky Motors Inc.

Zehrs Food Plus (#0573)

Improvement Association

Inspect X Inc.

Roland’s Neon Signs




Renewing member

windsor symphony orchestra


The Windsor Symphony Orchestra, located at 487 Ouellette Ave., aims to engage, entertain, educate and inspire people in Southwestern Ontario through performances of classical and popular music. Founded in 1947, the WSO is recognized as a vital member of the community providing high quality, innovative and sustainable musical performances and programs to an expanding audience of music lovers. The WSO currently has Community Concerts and Small Ensemble Concerts that perform throughout Windsor-Essex in churches, community and neighbourhood centres. The WSO also has its Gift of Music program that brings small ensembles in to nursing homes for performances at a minimal cost. The WSO is a partner with the University of Windsor in a Music Therapy program that works with Windsor Regional Hospital. The WSO has received numerous awards and accolades throughout the years, most recently the WEA Arts Leadership Award for Performing Arts to Peter Wiebe and the The Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation Award for Choral Conducting to WSO Chorusmaster Joel Tranquilla. Since 2001 the WSO has given over 40 world premieres, this includes 29 works commissioned by the WSO. They now reach more listeners than in any time in their 60+ year history. The WSO’s commitment to excellence and consistent emphasis on education and community outreach have galvanized a new generation of music lovers in Windsor and Essex County and will continue to bring inspired music-making and notoriety to our region in the future. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Green Sun Rising Inc., located at 1680 Kildare Rd., focuses on developing and supplying turnkey solar systems, both solar PV for clean electricity and solar thermal for clean heat energy. Their products represent state-of-the-art solar technology and the company is supported by leading Canadian and German solar manufacturers. Green Sun Rising’s commitment starts with the first customer contact and is stringent throughout the project process. From engineering, design and calculation to the installation and commissioning of the renewable energy system, Green Sun Rising’s experience and determination ensures their customers’ success and satisfaction. This year, Green Sun Rising added a Chevy Volt to the associate vehicle fleet, charged by their solar carport. They’ve also successfully finished a group of solar PV projects for the Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation. Furthermore, they added a solar off-grid system to their working trailer giving them electricity supply no matter where they are. And, the company is involved with transCanadian and international solar projects. Green Sun Rising recently celebrated their five year anniversary in January and has been a member of the Chamber for three years. “The Chamber is a good group for business to business networking. We welcome the Chamber events and welcome the mingling and idea exchange with other business owners and operators,” said Klaus Dohring, President of Green Sun Rising. Green Sun Rising will be exhibiting at the Windsor Spring Home Show from April 5-7, 2013 and will be holding their annual Electric Vehicle Event this summer at the Renewable Energy Technology Center on June 13, 2013. For more information, visit

ATHENA SCHOLARSHIP NOW OPEN! The ATHENA Scholarship Program was created in 1999 for full-time post-secondary students between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. As well as having excellent academic achievement, recipients must be interested in increasing leadership opportunities for women and enhancing the quality of life in our community. It is supported by generous donations from private citizens, corporations, professions, academic institutions and community organizations. In 2004 the


ATHENA Scholarship Fund (Windsor) was established as a registered charity. The Fund is currently invested and its assets managed by the WindsorEssex Community Foundation. The deadline for the ATHENA Scholarship is Friday, March 22, 2013 by 2:00 p.m. To apply, visit


Tech Corner: WHAT IS ANDROID AND WHY IS IT SO POPULAR? Android is a Linux-based operating system (as is Apple) for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It’s what makes them work. Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005 and announced in 2007 that they were making the software available to everyone for free as open source. Apple and RIM don’t make their operating systems available to any other phone makers, while Microsoft has heavy licensing fees for theirs. All of a sudden, all the other mobile device makers had an amazing platform to load on their gadgets without having to pay Google (or their own developers) a penny. Overnight this levelled the smartphone playing field and virtually every manufacturer other than RIM and Apple now use Android as their platform of choice. What a huge savings for the device makers, allowing them to concentrate on making great hardware that would run the Android software. Like the other smartphones, you can download Android “Apps” from third party sites or through online stores like the Android Market which is quite different than Apple and RIM who force you to download apps only from them. The International Data Corporation estimates that mobile phone vendors shipped 225 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2012 which represents a 40% year-over-year increase. Of those phones, 68.3% percent were powered by the Android operating system. This year they estimate that 717 million smartphones will be sold. What’s equally important is that Android is showing up in more and more smart devices, like Samsung’s line of Smart TVs and appliances. All of these devices will be able to download Android apps, which is great for software developers developing on the Android platform and great for consumers. With the release of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean to you power users) last year, Google has fine-tuned its phone and tablet platforms together into one very powerful operating system. There have been improvements to almost every facet of the software that will keep the platform growing at an amazing rate. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone is expected to continue Android’s success. I believe that Android is the platform to beat, but still question whether or not we really need an Android-powered vacuum cleaner. Rob Whent ( is the Entrepreneur in Residence at WEtech Alliance, a Regional Innovation Centre and a pioneer in the digital media space, founding two technology companies. His start-up, Think-2-Learn, is developing adaptive video game technology to identify and improve cognitive strengths and weaknesses in school-aged children. Follow him on Twitter @swento.

Join us at the second annual Windsor-Essex Leaders in Innovation Technology Forum & Tradeshow on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the Caboto Club!




Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon

After Business Regional Tradeshow

Featuring Guest Speaker Craig Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Royal Bank of Canada Wednesday, March 27, 2013 LOCATION Caboto Club – 2175 Parent Ave. TIME 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. TICKETS Tickets $35 Members, $45 General admission

Holiday Inn Select Windsor Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Warden’s Luncheon Friday, April 5, 2013 Featuring Essex County Warden Tom Bain LOCATION Ciociaro Club — 3745 North Talbot Rd.

LOCATION 1855 Huron Church Rd. TIME 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. TICKETS $10 Members, $20 General Admission Exhibitor Space Available! Sponsored by

TIME 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. TICKETS $35 Members, $45 General admission Distinguished Speaker Luncheon

Sponsored by

Featuring Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services and MPP Windsor West

May After Business 23rd Annual Business Excellence Awards Wednesday, April 24, 2013 LOCATION Ciociaro Club of Windsor 3745 North Talbot Rd. TIME 5:00 - 10:30 p.m. TICKETS Early Bird Tickets $125, Tickets $135

Thursday, May 2 The Bloomin’ Gardener

Friday, May 10, 2013

LOCATION 6673 8th Concession, Oldcastle

LOCATION Caboto Club – 2175 Parent Ave.

TIME 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. TICKETS $10 Members, $20 General Admission No Exhibitors.

TIME 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Members keep abreast of what is going on in the business community with the Business Briefs—a viable business-to-business forum for Chamber...

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