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MAR APR2014 VOLUME 45 | No. 03 - 04 | BUSINESS BrIEfS 24Th aNNUaL BUSINESS ExCELLENCE aWardS

24th Annual Business Excellence Awards New Business of the Year Finalists: Christopher Pressey - Christopher Pressey Designs, Luke Piskovic, Piskey’s Mobile Auto Wash & Detailing, Chris Ryan - Walkerville Brewery.

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IN OUR COMMUNITY

NEW MEMBERS

SPOTLIGHT

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OUr MISSION “Leading the business community for creating regional economic prosperity.” Windsor-Essex regional Chamber of Commerce 2575 Ouellette Place, Windsor, Ontario N8x 1L9 Tel: (519) 966-3696 fax: (519) 966-0603 Email: info@windsorchamber.org Website: www.windsorchamber.org

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Matt Marchand, president & ceo holly connelly, assistant to the president lindsey rivait, communications coordinator sherri dulcamaro, director of sales and Marketing Kerri day, Membership service coordinator Marianne Burke, director of events Barbara Malmberg, event coordinator igor siljanoski, policy Manager concetta dicesare-cafueri, Finance & office administrator

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LETTEr frOM ThE PrESIdENT & CEO Welcome to the Spring edition of the Business Briefs! We have a lot on the go right now, especially with our biggest event of the year on the horizon—the 24th annual Business Excellence awards, taking place on Wednesday, april 23 at Caesars Windsor. This event, which has become the premier business event of the year, recognizes business individuals and companies who have set standards and demonstrated achievement that have contributed to prosperity and business development in Windsor and Essex County. also exciting is our upcoming first-Ever Policy forum being held on Thursday, May 15 at the University of Windsor. The purpose of this forum is to address key member issues and provide ideas and solutions for decision-makers. No politicians or civil servants will be making presentations. This has never been attempted before as far as we can tell at any Chamber at any level. This is a big undertaking for our Chamber. The four sessions featured will be: Business & Labour: Perceptions and reality; Energy Costs - how to address higher Power Costs; Tax Base Challenges - Other Communities Successes; and Investing in Our future: Infrastructure, Emerging Sectors, Skills. This is presented by the University of Windsor.

WINdSOr-ESSEx rEGIONaL ChaMBEr Of COMMErCE 2014-2015 BOard Of dIrECTOrS Ms. Carolyn Brown Chair** Vice President, administration detroit-Windsor Tunnel LLC

Mr. adam davis director President Next dimensions Inc

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

dr. Janice forsyth Chair-Elect** President foresight Management Consulting

Mr. Steve deneau director Vice President Business development Windsor family Credit Union (WfCU)

Mr. Jeffrey Mackinnon Treasurer** Partner McTague Law firm LLP

Mr. Ed Miles Past Chair** Tax Partner Miles & Co. Chartered accountants Mr. Marty Beneteau director Editor-in-Chief The Windsor Star

Mr. david diemer director Chair: Environment & Energy Committee associate dillon Consulting Limited Mr. Carl hooper, CPa, Ca, CfE director Partner Collins Barrow Windsor LLP

Mr. John T. Clark director Chair - finance & Tax Committee Mr. Jason Ilijanic director Partner relationship Manager Clarks Barristers & Solicitors Td Commercial Banking Mr. david S. h. Cree Southwestern Ontario region director Mr. Scott Jenkins Chair - Transportation director Committee director of advertising President & CEO Caesars Windsor Windsor Port authority

Ms. andrea Seguin director district Manager Union Gas Limited Mr. William Sivell director Chair: Membership Committee Owner/Broker of record Liberty Business Brokers of Ontario Ms. ann-Marie athavale director Non-Voting Chair: aThENa Committee VP - Sales/Marketing Empire Communications Inc. dr. alfie Morgan director Emeritus Non-voting Professor Emeritus of Business administration University of Windsor ** denotes member of Executive Committee

The Chamber has also continued in its advocacy with more work being done on Single Sports Betting, New Expression of Interest Immigration System, Minimum Wage, Ontario’s proposed pension plan, energy costs, and our Ontario Chamber of Commerce co-branded Emerging Stronger 2014 report. In January, I was the keynote speaker at the Local Immigration Partnership Community forum where I addressed the Chamber’s Immigrant Investor project as well as the issue of Immigration reform. february saw the return of our after Business Networking Events for the year with a packed night of networking at The riverside keg Steakhouse & Bar. We also hosted a sold-out distinguished Speakers Luncheon with The hon. Teresa Piruzza, MPP WindsorWest. Our Events team is busy planning even more events for our members. This includes the 7th annual Warden’s Luncheon featuring Essex County Warden Tom Bain on friday, March 28, regional after Business Tradeshow at the WfCU Centre on Wednesday, april 2, annual Economic Outlook Luncheon on Tuesday, april 15, and the 78th annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 9. We’re looking forward to advocating further for our members in the coming months and hope to see you at our outstanding events soon!

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Support the nominees. Support the winners. Support the contagious spirit of excellence that fills our community. Showcase yourself as a leader in business excellence by delivering your brand message in this special feature celebrating the 2014 Business Excellence Awards.

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Publication date: Saturday , April 12, 2014 Ad Booking date: Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 You can’t afford to miss out. For more information contact your Windsor Star Advertising Sales Consultant or call 519-255-5720

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IN OUR COMMUNITy

IN OUr COMMUNITy

The increased profile around mental health issues created by Bell Let’s Talk day gave the Canadian Mental health association an opportunity to share information about the expertise, services and programs it provides in communities across Ontario in support of people living with mental illnesses or mental health issues. Bell Let’s Talk day raised nearly $5.5 M. for more information contact kim Willis, Senior Manager, fund development & Community relations at (226) 787-2245 or kwillis@cmha-wecb.on.ca

Cogeco Cable Canada launched the all new Business+ Integrated Communications Solution for its small and medium-sized business customers in Ontario. This fully integrated hosted service offers customers the most innovative Internet and telephony solution, with over 40 phone features as well as new telephone sets with North american long-distance calling and system maintenance updates at no additional cost. More information on Cogeco’s Business + service is available on www.cogecoB.ca

On January 23, at the gathering of its 40th annual General Meeting, the Essex region Conservation authority (ErCa) honoured its annual award winners. The Conservation farm award, sponsored annually by ErCa, the Essex Soil and Crop Improvement association and the Essex Conservation Club was presented to Mike Mailloux farms; kathy and Jim dowling of Colchester received the John r. Park homestead award; Maia and Isaac Nitschke were honoured with the youth award; Claude radley was honoured with the Education award; and rick Labonte received the Volunteer award. for more information, please contact danielle Breault Stuebing, director of Community Outreach Services, at (519) 776-5209 ext. 352 or dstuebing@erca.org

Bethe Jarcaig, Credit Manager, farrow, accompanied Prime Minister Stephen harper on his first official trip to Israel. The Prime Minister travelled to Israel with a delegation of 150 including several cabinet ministers. Bethe joined the Canadian delegation representing Jewish National fund Windsor in her capacity as President. for more information contact romeo Girardi, Executive Vice President, Corporate resources at (519) 252-7775 ext. 575 or romeo.girardi@farrow.com

hôtel-dieu Grace healthcare is proud to help others in our community. This past holiday season, staff made a donation to the Sandwich Teen action Group as well as purchased Christmas gifts for hdGh Children’s Mental health and adult Mental health inpatients. for more information contact Brigid Clingan, administrative assistant, Partnerships, Planning, Communications & development at (519) 2575234.

On Site Services celebrates 20 years of business in Windsor as a multi-brand supplier of IT technology solutions. Corporate level service has been a continuous priority provided to the benefit of every customer. for more information visit www.yesonsite.com

at a media conference held in LaSalle in december, Sandra Pupatello, CEO of the Windsor Essex Economic development Corporation and ken antaya, Mayor of the Town of LaSalle welcomed Pax-aLL Manufacturing Inc. to the Windsor-Essex region. Pax-aLL Manufacturing Inc. is a Canadian company dedicated to manufacturing and commercializing beauty and cosmetic products that are sold in more than 50 countries. The company has been in business for more than two decades and recently purchased an industrial building at 5000 howard Business Parkway. for more information contact Juvenal alvarez, President, Pax-aLL Manufacturing Inc. (519) 966-2556.

Every year, PrOfIT Magazine turns successful entrepreneurs into the heroes of Canadian business through its PrOfIT 500 ranking of Canada’s fastest-Growing Companies. The ranking, now in its 26th year, gives the country’s best and brightest companies the accolades they so richly deserve. If your business has grown by just 50% or more in the past five years, apply now! Entry is free. Please visit www. PrOfIT500.com to submit a ballot or find out more information. The entry deadline is March 31, 2014.

WEarCI, of which the Windsor-Essex regional Chamber of Commerce is a founding member, announces their 2014 discovery Tour will take place June 19-22. This includes 3 free night stays at Caesars Windsor; an orientation reception and tour of the Canadian Club Brand Centre; informative drive-by tours covering the 100 Mile Peninsula’s residential neighbourhoods, new home developments, waterfront condos, country properties and lakeside communities; a wealth management presentation designed to guide guests in planning an earlier and comfortable retirement, and a special “meet and greet” hospitality package to be announced. for more information, visit www.retirehere.ca

Congratulations to Wheeler’s Printing & Copying Ltd., who are celebrating 20 years as a Chamber member! Since 1994, owners Cary and Trish Wheeler have been building a reputation for great printing, with numerous national and international awards for quality and creativity. Wheeler’s is also a past recipient of the Small Business of the year award. for more information visit www.printguy.com

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EVENTS

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Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists: Vito Maggio represented by son Marco, Theresa Reaume. Missing: Ken Gascoigne

Professional of the Year Finalists: Lora Crestan, Peter Hrastovec, Margaret Corio.

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Rising Leader of the Year Finalists: Sarah Davidson, Nour Hachem, Eric Kukucka.

Small Company of the Year Finalists: Brett McPhail Brave Control Solutions, Andrew Cruickshanks - De Angelis Construction Inc., Matthew Baird - Crozier, Baird Engineers, Planners, Architects.

Mid-Size Company of the Year Finalists: Frank Abbruzzese & Brandy Vaillancourt - AlphaKOR Group, Lisa Rufo - Amica at Windsor, Chris Janisse & Phil Janisse - Windsor Chapel Funeral Home.

Large Company of the Year Finalists: Dino De Simone - HBPO, Mila Lucio - A.P. Plasman, Gary Poole HBPO. Missing: Accucaps.

International Business Award Finalists: Frank Burnside & Marty Solcz - Valiant Corporation, Jeremy Berger Green Processing Corp.

Tourism & Hospitality Award Finalists: Thomas O’Brien & Katy O’Brien - Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards LP, Keith Andrews - The City Grill / LEV3L Vodka Emporium / Bull & Barrel Urban Saloon, Pina Ciotoli & Adriano Ciotoli - windsoreats.com.

New Business of the Year Finalists: Christopher Pressey - Christopher Pressey Designs, Luke Piskovic, Piskey’s Mobile Auto Wash & Detailing, Chris Ryan Walkerville Brewery.

Innovation Award Finalists: Jeff Lewis - Liqui-Force Services, Patrick Strong - Stong Dental, Jeff White Just Jeff’s Gourmet Express.

ATHENA Award Recipient: Kay Douglas – Douglas Marketing Group.

Believe Windsor Essex Award: Green Shield Canada – Brent Allen & Rick Thrasher.

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24Th aNNUaL BUSINESS ExCELLENCE aWardS: PrESENTEd By WINdSOr STar Wednesday, April 23, 2014 24th Annual Business Excellence Awards

Caesars Windsor (377 Riverside Dr. E.) Tickets: $135 +HST. Save $10 by purchasing before March 21, 2014! Tables of 10 are available. This event is Assigned Seating. 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.

Award winners in 10 categories will be announced on April 23, 2014 at the Business Excellence Awards. Also included in the awards ceremony are the recipients of the Believe Windsor Essex and ATHENA Awards. 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.

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SaLUTE BUSINESS ExCELLENCE By SUPPOrTING OUr OffICIaL PrOGraM In partnership with The Windsor Star, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is recognizing excellence in our community. The Star, as the official print promoter of this prestigious event, will distribute a tabloid section focusing on this year’s nominees. The section will reach more than 130,000 in-paper readers and will be featured on windsorstar.com which receives more than nine million page views per month. 6 | WINdSOrChaMBEr.OrG

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Regional After Business Tradeshow at WFCU Centre - Wednesday, April 2 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber has partnered with the Amherstburg and Leamington Chambers to present the 2014 Regional After Business Tradeshow. The largest After Business Tradeshow of the Year! • • • • • • •

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Last year’s exhibitors state: “they found new business leads and the event was a success for them,” while our guests said “such a fun networking opportunity for minimal cost.” Register online at www.windsorchamber.org today.

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Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 Location: Beach Grove Golf & Country Club 14134 Riverside Drive East

Celebrating our 78th year as Essex County’s original business golf tournament. Attendance is limited so register online at www.windsorchamber.org to play in this high profile and well attended tournament. It is a great day to expand your network and bring your game.

Your registration includes: Golf and power cart, lunch and dinner, registration gift package, specialty prizes, and more. Raffle at the dinner reception. Register Before April 30 and Save.

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only reaches Windsor Star readers, it will also be a showcase piece as the official program of the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business Excellence Awards. The first-ever Policy & Solutions Forum will take place on May 15 at the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The purpose of this forum is to address key member issues and provide ideas and solutions for decision-makers. No politicians or civil servants will be making presentations.

This has never been attempted before, as far as we can tell, at any local Chamber at any level. This is a big undertaking for our Chamber.

The forum is comprised of four components reflecting local and provincial member issues:

We’re bringing in some of the finest minds in eastern Canada to give ideas on challenges that the region faces. We’re bringing in experts from Michigan, Ontario, Quebec, and Halifax.

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Who Should Attend: Leaders and up-and-coming leaders in business, labour, not-forprofits, and academia. This is in partnership with the University of Windsor, Labour Community, NCCE, WorkForce WindsorEssex, Globe & Mail, University of Toronto, Past VP of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, University of Montreal (HEC), Munk School of Global Affairs, Ford Motor Company (Adrian Vido, retired), Bill Murnigham (National Research Director for Unifor), Ontario Chamber of Commerce President Allan O’Dette, and others.

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Business and Labour: Perceptions & Reality Energy Costs: Ideas to Reduce Power Costs Tax Base Challenges: Other Communities Successes Investing in our Future: Emerging Sectors – Transportation, Skills Training, Immigration

The keynote speaker will be Frank Ingratta, former Deputy Minister Agriculture. This will help solidify the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber as the leading organization in the region. Special thanks to our sponsors: Unifor, University of Windsor, McTague, Enwin, Essex Power, ELK, Aegent Energy Advisors, AMPCO, Detroit Windsor Tunnel, University of Toronto, Calder Group LLC, Greater Halifax Partnership, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, NCCE, CRG, University of Montreal (HEC), Porter, Caesars Windsor, and WorkForce WindsorEssex.

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NEW MEMBERS

MEET yOUr NEW MEMBErS dECEMBEr 2013 - JaNUary 2014 Bardgett denture and Implant Solutions denturist (Main) Eric kukucka denturist, Managing director 600 Tecumseh rd. E Suite 142 Windsor, ON N8x 4x9 Phone: (519) 254-7511 fax:(519) 254-7517 info@bardettdent.ca www.bardgettdentureclinic.ca Canadian Mental health association associations & Organizations (Main), Social Service Organizations kim Willis Senior Manager fund development & Community Engagement 1400 Windsor avenue Windsor, ON N8x 3L9 Phone: (519) 255-7440 fax:(519) 255-7817 kwillis@cmha-wecb.on.ca www.cmha-wecb.on.ca Culligan Water Water Treatments Brad hucsko Selling Supervisor 3918 Walker road Windsor, ON N8T 3T3 Phone: (519) 974-8686 fax:(519) 974-5164 kevin.stlouis@culliganwater.ca www.culliganwater.ca Electra-Tech Manufacturing Inc. Electrical Engineering & Panel Build (Main) frank Soresi President 5130 hennin drive Oldcastle, ON N0r 1L0 Phone: (519) 737-6911 fax:(519) 737-1714 fsoresi@e-tech-mfg.com www.e-tech-mfg.com ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited automobile Manufacturers (Main) Caroline hughes director of Government relations headquarters P.O. Box 2000, The Canadian road Oakville, ON L6J 5E4 Phone: (905) 845-2511 www.ford.ca ford Windsor Engine Plant automobile Manufacturers (Main) Shaun Whitehead Windsor Site Manager 100 henry ford drive Windsor, ON N9a 7E8 Phone: (519) 944-9280 fax:(519) 944-8581 www.ford.ca

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ford Windsor Essex Engine Plant automobile Manufacturers (Main) Shaun Whitehead Windsor Site Manager 1 Quality Way P.O. Box 1647 Windsor, ON N9a 6x3 Phone: (519) 944-8633 fax:(519) 944-8581 www.ford.ca

Prominent Plastics Products LTd. Manufacturing (Main), Moulders / Plastics Jim Ouellette Owner 4051 del duce Maidstone, ON N0r 1L0 Phone: (519) 737-7369 fax:(519) 737-1745 ppplastics@bellnet.ca www.prominentplasticproducts.com

Unemployed help Centre associations & Organizations (Main) June Muir Chief Executive Officer 6955 Cantelon drive Windsor, ON N8T 3J9 Phone: (519) 944-4900 fax:(519) 944-9184 jmuir@uhc.ca www.uhc.ca

happy Paws Pet resort kennels (Main) Ivona huzevka Owner 2623 County road # 27 Woodslee, ON N0r 1V0 Phone: (519) 975-1234 fax:(519) 975-0123 woodslee@happypawspetresort.net www.happypawspetresort.ca

South Windsor denture Clinic denturist (Main) Eric kukucka denturist, Managing director 1390 Grand Marais road West Windsor, ON N9E 1E5 Phone: (519) 969-6316 info@bardgettdent.ca www.bardgettdentureclinic.ca

yellow Pages Group advertising (Main) Eric dufresne Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications 16 Place du Commerce Verdun, PQ h3E 2a5 Phone: (514) 934-2770 eric.dufresne@ypg.com www.ypg.com

Lone Star Texas Grill restaurants (Main) Bruce robertson General Manager 4140 Walker road Windsor, ON N8W 3T6 windsor@lonestartexasgrill.com www.lonestartexasgrill.com Mf Software Solutions Software Consultants (Main) Marceu Souza President/Owner Phone: (647) 867-9048 rabeu.filho@gmail.com Odyssey Event Productions Event Planners (Main) Maurizio Tiberia CEO Phone: (519) 978-9477 info@odysseyeventproductions.com www.windsorweddingshow.com Pathway to Potential associations & Organizations (Main) adam Vasey director 80 Chatham Street East Windsor, ON N9a 2W1 Phone: (519) 255-6545 info@pathwaytopotential.ca www.pathwaytopotential.ca Patti Sproat Positive Solutions Learning & Performance Consulting (Main) Patti Sproat President Phone: (226) 787-0521 patti@pattisproatpositivesolutions.ca www.pattisproatpositivesolutions.ca

Southwestern Tennis Services Tennis Lessons (Main) Mike Bronkowski Owner/founder Phone: (519) 980-9515 mike@southwesterntennisservices.com www.southwesterntennisservices.com Springboard Management Inc Occupational health & Safety Consultants (Main), Management Consultants rick kuleta Safety Compliance advisor 568 Chatham Street East Windsor, ON N9a 2x1 Phone: (800) 507-0158 rkuleta@springboardmgmt.com www.springboardmgmt.com St. Clair College Centre for the arts Schools - Colleges & Universities (Main) Joe d’angela General Manager 201 riverside drive West Windsor, ON N9a 5k4 Phone: (519) 252-8311 fax:(519) 973-4976 jdangela@stclaircollege.ca www.stclaircentre.ca Target Pharmacy Windsor Pharmacies (Main) Stavros Gavrilidis Pharmacist/Owner/franchisee 3100 howard ave - devonshire Mall Windsor, ON N8x 3y8 Phone: (519) 972-5556 fax:(519) 972-5558 targetpharmacy@hotmail.ca www.target.ca/pharmacy

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STay CONNECTEd WITh yOUr MEMBErShIP dECEMBEr 2013 - JaNUary 2014 rENEWING 2026317 Ontario Ltd

Electromac Tool

McTague Law firm LLP

Sterling Marking Products Inc.

422872 Ontario Inc.

festival Tent & Party rentals Inc.

Merchants Paper Co. Windsor Ltd.

StreetSeen Media

a.P. Plasman Inc.

financial fitness Centre

Monarch Basics

Sutts, Strosberg LLP

a.r.S. Stereo Ltd.

freedom 55 financial / a division of London Life

Monsada Inc.

Target Building Materials Ltd.

Motor City Community Credit Union Ltd.

Tecumseh Massage Therapy Clinic

Mousseau deLuca McPherson Prince LLP

The Tecumseh Physiotherapy Clinic

National Bank financial Group

andrew Tepperman

National Bank of Canada

TMC Tecumseh Manning Medical Centre

National Bank pf Canada Commercial Banking Centre

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island

active Janitorial air-Way aviation Ltd. albamor Construction and Engineering Ltd. allegra Marketing - Print - Mail antonino’s Original Pizza arrow Mailing Windsor-Essex County association of realtors aurora Steam Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Surendra k. Bagga architect Inc. Baron Insignias Ltd. Bartlet & richardes BfI Canada Inc. Brave Control Solutions Inc Buckingham realty (Windsor) Ltd. Brokerage Bull & Gauthier Body & Paint Shop Ltd. Business development Bank of Canada G. Caboto Club Canada Salvage Company (Windsor) Limited Canadian Tire - Peter B. Edmonson Enterprises Cannon automotive Solutions Centerline (Windsor) Ltd. Central Self Storage CIBC CIBC Wood Gundy Club alouette College Boreal - Centre d’acces de Windsor Collins Barrow Windsor LLP Crescent Television Service Crescent Electronics r. J. Cyr Co. Inc. dan kane Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Ltd. deloitte. dieffenbacher North america Inc. dillon Consulting Limited downtown Windsor Business Improvement association

freeds of Windsor Gauthier roofing and Siding Generator design Great Lakes Safety Products Inc. Green Shield Canada hamptons Stone & flooring Company Inc. hCa Mindbox Creative Communications The healthy Image heavenly rest family of Catholic Cemeteries holland Cleaning Solutions Ltd. honey-Bee ham Co. honeywell Building Solutions hook hSBC Bank Canada hyatt Lassaline LLP I.x.L. Cleaners (1969) Ltd. Impact Staffing Inc. In The dog’s house Inc. J.L. Whiston financial Services Limited Jamieson Natural Sources Vitamins JEV Marketing & Communications John McGivney Children’s Centre k-Scrap resources Ltd. kamsel Leasing Inc. kELCOM king Materials handling Ltd. ken knapp ford Sales & Leasing kPMG LLP Laval Tool & Mould Ltd. Leboeuf Trucking Lomar Machine repair Inc. Stephen Lutvak Chartered accountant Manor Tool & die Ltd. Manor Windsor realty Ltd.

Ned Colovic Insurance & financial Services Ltd. Netmon Inc Next dimension Inc. Ojibway Transportation Inc. dr. riaz Oozeer

Union Gas Limited United Truck rentals Unique Communications Inc. United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County Valiant Corporation

Ottawa Street Business association

Verhaegen Stubberfield hartley Brewer Bezaire Inc.

Parrline Electrical Wholesale

Victoria Steel Corporation

Pat and hank’s fish & Chips

Visions of Canada

PBL Insurance Limited

Vito’s Pizzeria

Post Packaging of Windsor Inc.

Western Equipment Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

WEtech alliance

rBC dominion Securities Inc.

WfS Ltd.

rBC royal Bank of Canada Business Banking Centre

Geo. T. White Co. Ltd.

reliance home Comfort renaud & LaMantia LLP riverview Steel Co. Ltd. rocky Motors Inc. roland’s Neon Signs rosati Group rose City Gymnastics roth Mosey & Partners LLP russell a. farrow Limited The Salvation army Self Employment assistance Centre Serbian Centre Sherdil Precision Inc.

Wholesale Service Winclare Management Services Inc. Windsor detroit Tunnel duty free Shop Inc. Windsor family Credit Union (WfCU) Windsor Port authority Windsor regional hospital foundation Windsor Symphony Orchestra Wolverine freight System Wolverine Warehouseing & distribution Workforce WindsorEssex WPCI - Bell Mobility Zalev Brothers Co. Zehrs food Plus (#0573)

Sigma Engineering (Windsor) Inc.

Marcel’s Collision Inc.

St. Clair College of applied arts & Technology

Mazaar Corp

St. Clair residence & Conference Centre

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SPOTlIGHT

SPOTLIGhT ON OUr MEMBErS NEW MEMBEr

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UNEMPLOyEd hELP CENTrE Of WINdSOr INC.

MarCEL’S COLLISION

The Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor Inc. (UHC) was established in 1977 to offer a myriad of programs and services to residents who are unemployed/underemployed. The UHC joined the Chamber to provide information to the members about our programs and services and to build new relationships and partnerships.

Marcel’s Collision, located at 5584 Tecumseh Rd. E. is a one-stop solution for your automotive needs.

Programs and services include: Individual Employment Counselling; job leads and job matching; employment programs for youth; job search programs focused on resume development and mock interviews; a walk-in Resource Centre with computers available for use; Computer Training; Hospitality & Customer Service and LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) classes for newcomers; on-site Care for Newcomer Children; Food Bank; Literacy and Basic Skills; GED preparation classes; Keep the Heat Energy Assistance; Community Garden; Coats for Kids; Pre-Apprenticeship training classes for cooks; and a Food Rescue Program “Plentiful Harvest”.

Marcel’s has been family owned and operated for 60+ years. Marc Marier, who has 34+ years of experience, is the second generation operator.

After implementation of our Food Rescue Program “Plentiful Harvest”, we determined that a “Community Kitchen” was required so we can use it as a clean room to proportionally repackage fresh and prepared foods, fruits and vegetables, and meats that have been collected for community distribution. In 2012, the Community Kitchen was opened and to date we have rescued over 2.5 million pounds of food that otherwise would have gone to waste. Now the rescued food can be made into soups, sauces, etc. to put on the plates of hungry individuals and families in Windsor and Essex County. For more information please visit www.uhc.ca.

hOME & aUTO INSUraNCE The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer our members access to the Preferred Service Home-Auto Plan (PS Plan) from Johnson Inc. 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. To receive a free, no-obligation quote, or to find out more about Johnson Inc., please contact them directly at www.johnson.ca/wercc or call toll free 1-800-563-0677. Remember to identify yourself as a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce! Home and auto insurance available through Johnson Inc., a licensed intermediary. Policies are primarily underwritten by Unifund Assurance Company (Unifund). Johnson Inc. and Unifund share common ownership.

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Beyond collision repair, Marcel’s offers complete mechanical repairs; car rental, sales and leasing and in-house financing on used cars.

The company was established in 1951 as Marcel’s Service Garage Ltd. by Marc’s uncle Marcel Marier. “In the early 70s, my father saw the potential of a collision business so we diversified into collision. In 1980 my father, Jerome, purchased the business from Marcel and 10 years later my brother Jerome ‘TJ’ and I bought in,” said Marier. Customer service is #1 for Marcel’s—they treat each customer like family and sits down to discuss facts, as so many people are unaware of their rights and unclear of what “no-fault” means. Marier sees the value in Chamber membership. “I’ve been to some tradeshows and have stationed a booth at one of the venues to educate the community on the insurance process and help guide individuals through a stressful situation.” Marcel’s boasts state-of-the-art technology and recently upgraded and renovated their establishment. Stop in and enjoy a warm cup of coffee while browsing the internet, as they offer wifi, and be serviced by their professional staff. Marcel’s guarantees all repairs for as long as you own the car. Their 100% guarantee supersedes the insurance company. Visit www.marcelscollision.com and call to book your appointment.

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we have a new payment processing partner and program with First Data. We are excited to highlight for you some of the features of this new program with First Data. For more information on First Data visit http://www.windsorchamber.org/membership/membership-benefits/


HEalTH & SafETy

WakE ThE SLEEPING GIaNT: hOW TO UNCOVEr yOUr JhSC’S POTENTIaL Joint Health & Safety Committees are like sleeping giants: they have enormous capability to improve an organization’s competitiveness and profitability, but their potential sometimes goes unrealized.

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Five things to know about how your JHSC functions

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According to the Occupational Health & Safety Act, organizations with 20+ employees must have an active JHSC, with at least two members certified.

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They are built on the principle that workers and employers must work together “jointly” to identify health and safety problems in the workplace.

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The JHSC’s “internal auditor” role is to a) inspect workplaces and investigate problems to make sure the organization’s health and safety program is working as designed; and b) to make recommendations to management about required changes.

Four ways managers and owners can immediately boost the effectiveness of the JHSC

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Their “communicator” role is to provide employees with a formal way to voice their concerns and provide suggestions to improve health and safety in the workplace.

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Make your passion for health and safety personal.

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Join the JHSC members for meetings and inspections at least twice a year.

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Management, not JHSCs, are accountable for implementing a fix in response to the recommendations made.

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Seriously consider and respond promptly to issues and recommendations raised.

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Make your expectations of supervisors known, and hold them accountable.

The most important thing JHSCs can do High-functioning JHSCs try to prevent problems from happening again, or from happening in the first place, by asking questions such as: •

For more information search on “JHSC” at www.wsps.ca. Connect with WSPS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/wsps_news.

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ThaNk yOU TO OUr VOLUNTEErS! The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has nearly 200 volunteers who generously volunteer their time and resources on committees and task forces that address issues in an effort to make Windsor and Essex County a more attractive community in which to live, work, and play. The Chamber wouldn’t be what it is today without the dedication and hard work of our many volunteers! Are you interested in getting involved?

Volunteer committees are continually active addressing issues and keeping you informed. The Chamber supports the work of numerous committees, which meet on a regular basis to monitor areas of interest and concern. These committees include: After Business, ATHENA, Business Excellence Awards, Environment & Energy, Finance & Taxation, Golf, Government Relations, Membership Services & Development, and Transportation. For more information, please visit http://www.windsorchamber.org/membership/volunteers/

Participating on a committee is a great way to increase the value of your investment in the Chamber. Besides increasing your business contacts, you ensure your issues are addressed and become part of the Chamber’s voice on behalf of our community. Volunteers are Chamber members who: • • • •

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