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VOLUME 43 | no. 11 - 12 | BUSINESS BRIEFS

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CONTENTS

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COPYRIGHT BILL MAKES ITS WAY THROUGH PARLIAMENT

REGAINING COMPETITIVENESS

WERCofC | VOLUME 43 | NO. 11 - 12 | NOVEMBER.DECEMBER 2011

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WELLNESS INCENTIVES

UPCOMING EVENTS

NEW MEMBERS

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR MEMBERS

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD VOLUNTEERS

ATHENA EVENT

STAY CONNECTED

IN THE COMMUNITY

OUR MISSION “Leading the business community for creating regional economic prosperity.” The 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

STAFF

Don Marsh, Interim President Lois Booth, Assistant to the President John Thrasher, Director of Sales Igor Siljanoski, Policy Manager Marianne Burke, Event Manager Crystal Van Aspert, Finance & Office Coordinator Lindsey Rivait, Communications Coordinator Kerri Day, Membership Service Coordinator Barbara Malmberg, Event Coordinator Nahidah Malik, Reception

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WELCOME

WELCOME LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has supported a study examining feasibility of a high speed rail project on the Windsor-Quebec City transportation corridor. The Chamber welcomed recommendations for improvements of the rail infrastructure on the corridor and has put forward recommendations that would make these important transportation infrastructure projects possible. The latest High Speed Rail (HSR) feasibility study report was funded by the federal government and sponsored by the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec. We wanted to include this letter addressing concerns about the study, which was sent to the federal Minister of Transport, the Honourable Denis Lebel, to show the depth and scope of what our policy committees are doing.

Our final suggestion is that the planning process for enhanced passenger rail in Canada not be limited to the diesel and electric high-speed options considered in the report. Other diesel options with somewhat lower maximum speeds should also be considered. These higher-speed rail options can significantly reduce intercity travel times with much lower cost, especially in terms of capital expenditures on corridor improvements. They also provide the potential to improve service to a large number of medium sized communities that could not be economically served by the highest speed options. The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce stands ready to participate actively in the effort to enhance and modernize passenger rail service in Canada. We urge you to make this a priority in the Government of Canada’s transportation agenda.”

“Dear Minister Lebel: The Transportation Committee of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce recently reviewed and discussed the report “Updated Feasibility Study of a High Speed Rail Service in the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor,” which was made available on the web site of High Speed Rail Canada. With regard to that study, we wish to make three suggestions. The first suggestion is that you release the report without any further delay. The debate over high speed rail in Canada has for too long been put on hold in anticipation of this report. Now that the contents of the report have been made public we believe it is time to let that debate begin. Our second suggestion is that a significant revision of the economic analysis in the report be undertaken to incorporate the effects of cross-border passenger rail service. The current study’s terms of reference limit it to analysis of service among domestic origins and destinations. This is an unreasonable restriction given the strength of connections in the Quebec – Windsor corridor with destinations in the United States. Specifically, the Obama administration has committed substantial funds to upgrade tracks in anticipation of high-speed rail service between Chicago and Detroit. A connection using the existing rail assets between Windsor and Detroit could open a rapid passenger rail link between Toronto and Chicago, significantly enhancing ridership on the Toronto-Windsor segment of the Canadian system. The Committee is heartened by a recent letter from Amtrak to the Director of Transportation to the State of Michigan pointing out that the completion of the new freight tunnel between Windsor and Detroit provides “a key component in establishing new cross border passenger rail service.” This type of information should be incorporated in any future study and/or analysis of passenger rail whether it be high speed rail on new infrastructure or higher speed rail which uses existing track and rolling stock.

JENNIFER JONES

CHAIR OF THE BOARD

DON MARSH

INTERIM PRESIDENT

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011-2012 Board of Directors Ms. Jennifer Jones Chair President C Media Street Productions Mr. Jim Drummond Past Chair Senior Environmental Specialist Retired Golder Associates Ltd. Dr. Bill Anderson Director Chair Transportation Policy Committee Professor, Political Science University of Windsor Mr. Marty Beneteau Director Publisher and Editor-in-Chief The Windsor Star Ms. Pamela Breault Director Chair Membership Services Committee Technical Marketing Manager MTE Controls/Con-Syst-Int Group Ms. Carolyn Brown Director Vice President, Administration Detroit-Windsor Tunnel LLC Mr. Dean Clevett Director Manager Technical Engineering Services Canada Mr. Paolo Collavino Director President PCR Contractors Mr. Adam Davis Director President Next Dimensions Inc Mr. Mark Egbedeyi-Emmanuel Director Chair Environment & Energy Committee District Manager Windsor/Chatham Union Gas Ltd, Windsor. 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 Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Director Partner McTague Law Firm LLP Mr. Matt Marchand Directorm Chair Government Relations Committee Director of Government Affairs Continental Rail Gateway Mr. Stephen Mattis Director Vice President Commercial Banking RBC Business Banking Centre Mr. Ed Miles Chair-Elect Tax Partner Miles & Co. Chartered Accountants Mr. Gordon Moore Treasurer President Moore Consulting Corp. Mr. David Musyi Director President and CEO Windsor Regional Hospital 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

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WELLNESS.VOLUNTEER

WELLNESS INCENTIVES

GO FOR HEALTH WINDSOR-ESSEX The workplace has a large impact on our health since one in four adults work 50 hours per week or more (Higgs, Duxbury & Lyons, 2008). Workplace Wellness Programs are a positive way to improve the health of working individuals and decrease health costs to the employer. Incentives are an important part of successful Workplace Wellness Programs. What is an incentive? An incentive is a reward that encourages a specific action or behaviour. A free helmet for participating in a ride to work bicycle program or a day off with pay for taking part in a health screening event are examples of incentives. Types of incentives (tangible or intangible) There are two main types of incentives known as tangible and intangible. Tangible incentives are material rewards or prizes that a person receives. In comparison, intangible incentives are moral or personal rewards that an individual receives. Some examples of tangible and intangible incentives are given in the table below.

Examples

Tangible Incentives

Intangible Incentives

Paid time off

Praise from a manager

Gift cards

Compliment at a company event

T-shirts

Recognition from other employees

Bicycles

Improved health of participant

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Benefits of incentives for employers and employees There are many employer and employee benefits to using incentives in Workplace Wellness Programs. Incentives:

Are fun and boost morale of the participants and the workplaces. Can be free or low cost for employers, therefore lower benefit costs and save the company money. Increase participation in wellness programs. Engage employees and employers in the healthy behaviour. Motivate employees to take action to improve their health. Create excitement in wellness programs.

Key References Cahill, K., & Perera, R. (2009). Competitions and incentives for smoking cessation (review). The Cochrane Collaboration, (3), 1-36. Retrieved March 5, 2010 from http://www.thecochranelibrary.com Chapman, L.S., Whitehead, D., & Connors, M.C. (2008). The Changing role of incentives in health promotion and wellness. American Journal of Health Promotion, 23 (1), 1-11. Retrieved March 4, 2010 from http://www.healthpromotionjournal.com Seaverson, E.L., Grossmeier, J., Miller, T.M., & Anderson, D.R. (2009). The Role of incentive design, incentive value, communications strategy, and worksite culture on health risk assessment participation. The Science of Health Promotion, 23(5), 343-352. Retrieved March 4, 2010 from http://www.healthpromotionjournal.com Kruger, J., Yore, M.M, Bauer, D.R., & Kohl, H.W. (2007). Selected barriers and incentives for worksite health promotion services and policies. The Science of Health Promotion, 21(5), 439-447. Retrieved March 4, 2010 from http://www.healthpromotionjournal.com

Incentives are a great way to encourage employees to take part in Workplace Wellness Programs. Taking advantage of incentives and using them as part of your Workplace Wellness Programs can help improve employee health and save the company money. No matter how big or small your wellness program is, you can make incentives an important part of it. Almost 50% of workplaces use incentives to encourage employee participation in their Workplace Wellness Programs (Seaverson, Grossmeier, Miller & Anderson, 2009) In a review of existing workplace tobacco cessation programs, the use of incentives increased employee participation by 21.8% (Cahill & Perera, 2009) Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU), Go For Health Windsor-Essex and our community partners are working together with business leaders in the community to help improve the health of everyone around us. Contact WECHU at (519) 258-2146 ext. 3100, or online at www.wechealthunit. org/workplace-health or www.goforhealth.ca for more information on the Working Toward Wellness workplace wellness program. With workplace wellness policies we can create a healthier Windsor-Essex County.

Looking for a Few Good Volunteers The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 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 Transportation If you are a member and interested in getting involved in the Chamber, email Lois Booth, Assistant to the President at lbooth@windsorchamber.org or visit www.windsorchamber. org/volunteers.


EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

135TH ANNUAL MEETING & LUNCHEON

JOHNSON INS. JINGLE BELL BASH AFTER BUSINESS

MULTIPLE BUSINESS HOLIDAY PARTY 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV 23, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV 30, 2011

FRIDAY, DEC 9, 2011

LOCATION CABOTO CLUB 2175 PARENT AVE. TIME 11:30AM RECEPTION 12 NOON LUNCHEON PROGRAM 1:30PM CONCLUSION

LOCATION THE RYEGATE 1640 LESPERANCE RD. TECUMSEH ON TIME 5PM - 7:00PM

LOCATION ST.CLAIR CENTRE FOR THE ARTS - 201 RIVERSIDE DR. WEST TIME 6PM COCKTAIL HOUR 7:30PM FESTIVE DINNER BUFFET WITH TWO BOTTLES OF WINE PER TABLE 9PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FEATURING BLONDE TANGO

PRICE FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER DR. ALAN WILDEMAN, PRESIDENT GENERAL ADMISSION $20 AND VICE CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR MEMBERS $10 PRICE Tables of 8 or 10 available Tickets: General Admission $40 each Members $35 each

PRICE ATTENTION NEW MEMBERS MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP! GENERAL ADMISSION $75 MEMBER TICKET $70 CHAMBER STAFF, AFFINITY AND SERVICE PROVIDERS WILL BE ON WE DO ALL THE WORK, YOU HAVE ALL THE FUN! HAND TO ANSWER ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CHAMBER’S This event will give small and medium sized companies PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. STAY AND ATTEND THE AFTER BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT IT’S ON US! 4PM-5PM THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE NEW MEMBER WELCOME. YOU MUST REGISTER BY NOV. 24, 2011 TO ATTEND THE AFTER BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT AT NO CHARGE. CONTACT KERRI DAY AT 519-966-3696 EXT. 30 FOR MORE INFO.

an opportunity to celebrate with their staff, while at the same time networking and mingling with other businesses. Let us take care of your office Holiday plans. You and your guests will enjoy a festive meal, gifts, giveaways, and a fantastic holiday atmosphere. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Barbara at (519) 966-3696 ext. 31 or bmalmberg@windsorchamber.org

ATHENA

Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Excellence

More than 260 guests gathered for the 12th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Luncheon on Nov. 1, 2011 at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts. It is held every year to honour the three ATHENA scholarship recipients who excel in academics, are outstanding leaders and have extensive community involvement. They each receive a $3000 scholarship and a trip to the ATHENA International Leadership Summit in Chicago in April. Taryn Matis a student in the Chemistry Laboratory Technology program at St. Clair College, volunteers for the Girl Guides and Optimist Club and plans to pursue a career in pharmacy.

This year the Luncheon featured guest speaker Chantal Vallée, the Head Coach of the University of Windsor Lancers Women’s Basketball Team who were the 2010-2011 CIS National Champions. Chantal electrified the crowd with her story of coming to Windsor and building an outstanding program and winning team in just five years. Applications for next year’s ATHENA Scholarships will be available in February online at www.windsorchamber.org or at the Chamber Office.

Holly Lafontaine is a student at the University of Windsor completing her Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering. She has volunteered for Engineers Without Borders in Zambia and plans to work in the field of renewable energy and environmental sustainability. Julie Caron holds two degrees from the University of Windsor and a MSc in Medical Genetics from the University of Glasgow. She is presently enrolled in medical school at the University of Toronto. This outstanding scholar has volunteered in an orphanage in Tanzania and hopes to return there as a doctor to provide health education and AIDS awareness.

ATHENA Scholarship recipients Julie Caron, Holly Lafontaine, and Taryn Matis with featured guest speaker Chantal Vallée

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CHAMBER EVENTS

SEPT. AFTER BUSINESS at Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo of windsor

IGNITING SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE at CABOTO CLUB

OCT. AFTER BUSINESS at BULL N BARREL

Photos: James Eagen, Second Sight Photography

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COPYRIGHT.REGAIN

Copyright bill makes its way through Parliament This fall the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will be following reintroduced copyright legislation in the House of Commons. Many companies, big and small, rely on the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights to maintain their businesses in Canada. Updated copyright legislation will bring Canada more in line with other leading nations and establish guidelines for those who download and file share on the Internet. Properly applied, intellectual property rights drive job creation, economic growth, and innovation.

While the Canadian Chamber supports the principles behind this copyright legislation, improvements still need to be made to the bill. As currently drafted, the bill still contains some possible unintended consequences that could prove problematic for business. The Chamber looks forward to a rigorous review of the bill at committee stage that will make sure that it achieves the purposes for which it is designed.

patent regime, are also needed and the Canadian Chamber will continue to press for these safeguards for businesses in Canada. The CCC will continue to monitor the bill as it makes its way through the House this fall.

The passage of Bill C-11 would improve digital IP safeguards. Other measures, including enhanced border protection against counterfeit goods and an updated

Regaining competitiveness Canada’s biggest challenges You may recall that over the summer, the Chamber launched a consultation with Chambers across the country – local, provincial, territorial, and regional – regarding competitiveness barriers faced by Canadian businesses. We asked you to rank the biggest barriers to Canada’s competitiveness from your perspective. Chambers of all sizes and regions participated in our first consultation on this new initiative. With competitive pressures intensifying all around us, strategic investments and smart public policies have never been more urgent and essential. Building a more productive and, thus, a more internationally competitive economy is a shared undertaking – the responsibility of business, individual Canadians, and

government. It requires greater investment in innovative practices and technologies, that Canadians be equipped with the right skills and education, and that Canada offer an attractive environment for investors and entrepreneurs. From the response we received, you told us what the most important barriers are. We will continue our consultation process in the months ahead, focusing on the top two or three to establish, together, a list of key objectives to achieve for each of them. At the beginning of 2012, it is our intention to do a formal national launch of the Top 10 barriers project with the participation of chambers from across the network, so that government, business and Canadians understand the new journey we have

embarked on together. As we move forward with the Top 10 competitiveness barriers project, the Chamber will provide updates and tools to help our network engage on this collaborative process. We are encouraged by the uptake that we have seen to date from the chamber network as we prepare to launch this important work. We hope that you will (if you haven’t already) join us as we work to improve Canada’s competitiveness. A background document on the Top 10 barriers can be accessed at www. chamber.ca.

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NEW MEMBERS

MEET YOUR NEW MEMBERS AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2011 Aqua Animania Pets & Supplies (Main), Ponds, Waterfalls, Watergardens Gil Comtois - Owner 5467 Tecumseh Rd East Windsor, ON N8T 1C8 Phone: (519) 946-2782 Fax:(519) 946-2782 gil@aquaanimania.com http://www.aquaanimania.com Avenue Pawn Brokers Ltd. Pawn Broker (Main) Lance Peters - President 802 Ottawa Street Windsor, ON N8X 2C6 Phone: (519) 977-0677 Fax:(519) 977-0420 lance.avenue@gmail.com http://www.avenuepawnbrokers.com Avenue Pawn Brokers Ltd. Pawn Broker (Main) Lance Peters - Owner 2060 Wyandotte Street West Windsor, ON N9B 1J7 Phone: (519) 254-2139 lance.avenue@gmail.com http://www.avenuepawnbrokers.com Bayshore Therapy & Rehab - Windsor Physiotherapists (Main), Rehabilitation Services Cheryl Thoms - Area Director 410 - 3200 Deziel Drive Suite 410 Windsor, ON N8W 5K8 Phone: (519) 974-5953 Fax:(519) 974-4367 mthoms@bayshore.ca http://www.bayshore.ca Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario Associations & Organizations (Main) Jan Delaney - President 308 - 200 Queen’s Ave London, ON N6A 4E3 Phone: (519) 673-3222 Fax:(519) 673-5966 info@westernontario.bbb.org http://www.westernontario.bbb.org The Bull & Barrel Restaurants (Main) Christian Komsa - Owner 670 Ouellette Ave Windsor, ON N9A 1B9 Phone: (519) 973-4884 bullandbarrel@hotmail.com http://www.bullandbarrel.com CK Mechanical Heating & Cooling Contractors (Main) Yassir Kako - Owner 117 Gloucester Street Harrow, ON N0R 1G0 Phone: (519) 967-2585 Fax:(519) 900-0315 manager@ckmechanical.com http://www.ckmechanical.com

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CS Wind Canada Energy - Renewable (Main) Suns Sup Kim - General Director 9355 Anchor Drive Windsor, ON N8N 5A8 Phone: (519) 735-0973 Fax:(519) 735-0983 http://www.cswindcorp.com Dave Hitchcock Chevrolet Ltd. Automobile Dealers New/Used/Leasing (Main) Dave Hitchcock - President 224 Talbot St North Essex, ON N8M 2C8 Phone: (519) 776-4222 Fax:(519) 776-6300 hitch@davehitchcockchev.com http://headtohitchcocks.com Discovery of Self Personal Development Centre Personal Development (Main) Debra Jackson Brophey - Owner 8 Lyle Street Cottam, ON N0R 1B0 Phone: (519) 984-1741 debra@discoveryofself.ca http://www.discoveryofself.ca Doan Mold Finishing Inc. Mold Finishing (Main) Binh Doan - President 1445 Argyle Rd Windsor, ON N8Y 3K9 Phone: (519) 256-2997 Fax:(519) 256-2919 doloan373@cogeco.ca Don Disher Independent associate with LegalShield/Go Small Biz Business Services (Main) Don Disher - Partner Windsor, ON Phone: (519) 251-9625 ddisher2@cogeco.ca http://www.dondisher.net Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator Non-Profit (Main) Jeff Flacks - President 720 Ouellette Ave Windsor, ON N9A 1C2 Phone: (519) 997-2888 info@downtownaccelerator.com Enterprise Canada Public Relations Consultants (Main) Michelle Mackenzie - EVP & CAO 595 Bay Street, Ste 1202 PO Box 63 Toronto, ON M5G 2C2 Phone: (416) 586-1474 mmackenzie@enterprisecanada.com http://www.enterprisecanada.com eWomenNetwork Associations & Organizations (Main) Shelley Oglan - Managing Director 3430 East Jefferson Ave #825 Detroit, MI 48207 Phone: (519) 727-6763 Fax:(519) 489-1444 shelleyoglan@msn.com http://www.ewomennetwork/chapter/ windsor

Export Development Canada Financial Services (Main) David Offenbacher - Senior Account Mngr 3270 Electricity Drive Suite 209 Windsor, ON N8W 5J1 Phone: (519) 974-7674 Fax:(519) 974-9453 doffenbacher@edc.ca http://www.edc.ca F & J Collision Centre Garages - Auto Repairing (Main) Rico Lopez 4350 Tecumseh Rd East Windsor, ON N8W 1K3 Phone: (519) 945-2363 Fax:(519) 945-3006 rico@fjcollision.com http://www.fjcollision.com Fibro Laepple Technology Ltd. Automation Products Distributor (Main) Zivko Nikolic - Vice-President 4056-3 North Service Rd Windsor, ON N8W 5X2 Phone: (519) 945-5225 Fax:(519) 945-5234 info@fibro-gsa.ca http://www.fibro-laepple.com Golden Wrench Auto Service Garages - Auto Repairing (Main) Sam Endich - Owner 15 - 4080 North Service Rd. Windsor, ON N8W 5X2 Phone: (519) 945-4185 Fax:(519) 945-7187 sendich@sympatico.ca Goodwill Industries Essex-Kent-Lambton Associations & Organizations (Main) Kevin Neill Director of Operation and Retail 298 Lauzon Road Windsor, ON N8S 3L6 Phone: (519) 332-0440 Fax:(519) 336-9678 kneill@goodwillekl.com http://www.goodwillekl.com Imagine Cinemas (Lakeshore) Theatres (Main) Gina Facca - General Manager 164 Commercial Blvd Tecumseh, ON N9K 1G5 Phone: (519) 979-2400 Fax:(519) 979-2461 lakeshore@imaginecinemas.com http://www.imaginecinemas.com Imagine Cinemas (Palace) Theatres Gina Facca - General Manager 300 Ouellette Ave Windsor, ON N9A 7B4 Phone: (519) 977-1300 palace@imaginecinemas.com http://www.imaginecinemas.com

Lifestyle Pharmacy & Candy Bar Pharmacies (Main) Marilyn Adamo - Pharmacist/Owner 3850 Dougall Avenue #11 Windsor, ON N9G 1X2 Phone: (519) 967-1000 Fax:(519) 967-9880 pmadamo@acn.net Top Notch Plastics Plastic Injection Moulds (Main) Todd Meloche - President 508 Lakewood Drive Amherstburg, ON N9V 2Y8 Phone: (519) 981-7097 todd@topnotchplastics.com Revs Windsor Bowlero Bowling (Main) Darren Fink - Bowling Supervisor 675 Tecumseh Rd West Windsor, ON N8X 1H4 Phone: (519) 258-9321 darren.fink@hotmail.com http://www.revs.ca Revs Windsor Rose Bowl Bowling (Main) - Troy Martin General Manager 2482 Dougal Avenue Windsor, ON N8X 1T2 Phone: (519) 969-9010 Fax:(519) 972-0955 tmartin@revs.ca http://www.revs.ca Windsor Regional Hospital Hospitals (Main) David Musyj - President & CEO 1995 Lens Avenue Windsor, ON N8W 1L9 Phone: (519) 254-5577 david_musyj@wrh.on.ca http://www.wrh.on.ca WorkSmart Safety Solutions Inc Training - Health & Safety (Main) Todd Dupuis - President P.O Box 59 Oldcastle, ON N0R 1L0 Phone: (519) 972-0741 Fax:(519) 969-5665 info@worksmartsafety.com http://www.worksmartsafety.com


CONNECTED

STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2011 AccountAbility Actuarial Solutions Inc. Aldo’s Clothing & Jewellery Ltd. Alpine Construction (Windsor) Inc. Amalfi Fine Foods Inc Art Expressions Surendra K. Bagga Architect Inc. Baymar Supply Ltd. Beach Grove Golf & Country Club Beckar Engineering Ltd. Bedell’s Essex Food Service Distributors Beneteau Home Inspection Services Bertoni Chairs & Things Inc. Best Rate Auto Sales The Bloomin’ Gardener Bob Reaume Sports Brighton Beach Power L.P. Budget Inn Caesars Windsor Cameo Promotional Products Inc Canada Revenue Agency Tax Services Canadian Auto Stores Ltd. The Canadian Club Brand Centre Chappus Farm Circle 5 Tool & Mold Inc. City Centre Janitorial Services Commissionaires Windsor Con-Syst-Int Conestoga - Rovers & Associates (CRA) Costco Wholesale Culmone Law Office Custom Trough ‘N Trim Danbury Property Management (Windsor) Inc. Dance Unlimited Inc Dean Construction Diane Motel DMS Canada

Essex Condominium Corporation #28

Melco Community Housing Corporation

Essex Region Conservation Authority

Mercury Products Co.

The Summit Centre for Preschool Children with Autism

Europa Marble & Granite Inc.

Meridian Credit Union

Sunrise Senior Living

Metro City Paving Ltd.

Sure Seal Roofing & Siding

MMA Architect Inc.

The SWT Group

Money Mart

Sylectus

Moore Consulting Corp.

Tactical Marketing Solutions, Inc.

Movin’ Freight Ltd.

Tata Technologies Inc

Flood Chiropractic P.C.

Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County

TD Canada Trust

Focal Point Photography

National Bank Financial

Technophar Equipment & Service (2007) Ltd

Foot Care Institute

NeoVision Technology Inc.

Tesla Computers

Fox Glen Golf Club

Northern Lights Hydroponics

Galati Cheese Company Ltd

Novelletto Rosati Sports & Recreation Complex

Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant

Everest College Express Employment Professionals E-Z-Y Way Self Storage Ltd. FIS Flexible Industrial Solutions Inc Fix This PC

Ghanam Consulting Inc Giant Tiger Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton HBPO CANADA Hiatus House Howie & Partners LLP Chartered Accountants Hulka Porter Immigration Law Firm Injection Technologies Inc Ives Insurance Brokers Limited Jack Moceri & Sons Contracting Ltd.

Suede Productions Inc.

The Travel Zone

Omega Tool Corp.

Tregaskiss ITW

Parker Construction

TST Expedited Services

Personnel By Elsie

Tyler Hard Chrome Inc.

Peter Hrastovec Professional Corporation

Underground Specialties Inc.

Phoenix Jewellers Inc.

Ventra Plastics Windsor

Power Floor Sanding Prime Rose Inc. Purple’s Garage Restaurant R C White Ltd

The UPS Store 362 Viewpointe Estate Winery VIP Windsor Shuttle Services W.E.T. Automotive Systems Ltd. Walkerville Self Storage

Johnson Inc Insurance

Rainbow International of Windsor - Restoration & Cleaning

Jose’s Noodle Factory & Beverage Co

Ramstar Ready-Set-Go!

KBC Tools, Inc.

Red Lobster Restaurants

Kent Compressor Inc

Renee’s Fine Cakes

Kirwin Partners LLP

Resultz Media Group

La Stella Super Market

Riverside Elevators Inc.

Lacasse Printing Company Ltd.

Rose City Ford Sales Limited

Lakeshore Landscaping

Roseland Golf and Curling Club

Laser It Salon & Medical Spa

Santerra Stonecraft

Thomas A. Lavin Realty Ltd.

Savvy Boutique Inc.

Wyandotte Town Centre Business Improvement Assoc.

Lazare’s Fine Coats & Jackets

Schwab’s Finest in Meats

Xanadu Health Club Inc

Leisure Trailer Sales

Scoot-A-Long of Windsor

Yablonsky’s Auto Clinic

The Lighting Boutique & Appliance

Scotia Mcleod Inc. Investment Dealers

DNA Inc.

Shoppe

Doher & Co. Chartered Accountants

LucasWorks! The Lumberjack Restaurant

Eagle Press & Equipment Co. Ltd.

M & M Designs Group Inc

Earl’s Auto Repairs

Maid in Windsor

Edward Jones Investments

Manz Contracting Services Inc.

The Empyrean Group Inc

Martindale Window & Door Inc.

Engauge Controls Inc

Mastro Kitchen Studio

Walsh Legacy Law Firm WAT Solutions Wheeler’s Printing & Copying Ltd Windsor Essex Community Foundation Windsor Occupational Health Information Services (WOHIS) Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club Windsor Vision Centre Windsor Window Imaging Inc

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SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR MEMBERS NEW MEMBER | eWomen Network, Windsor Chapter SHELLEY OGLAN | MANAGING DIRECTOR

The eWomenNetwork is a diverse community of women helping women, with 118 chapters throughout North America and over 33,000 members total. This makes the eWomenNetwork not only the largest women’s business event company in the world, but also the fastest growing women’s network in the continent. Managing Director of the Windsor Chapter is Shelley Oglan, who has been with the eWomenNetwork for 19 months.

As for the future of the Windsor Chapter, Oglan strives to “grow the chapter and to ultimately grow women in business.” And growing it is in the Windsor Chapter’s first month, Oglan saw more than 20 members join.

Through the eWomenNetwork, members network and build relationships with successful businesswomen. The organization provides support to members and promotes and showcases their members’ products and services in order to assist members in achieving professional goals. The eWomenNetwork also boasts a dynamic team of skilled coaching professionals.

Stay tuned for more exciting events coming up from the Windsor Chapter, including eWomenNetwork co-founter Sandra Yancey in April and Dr. Venus Opal Reese in October.

Don’t miss the eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Dinner on Nov. 15 at La Cucina Ristorante, located at 1614 Lesperance Rd. in Tecumseh.

Visit the Windsor Chapter of the eWomenNetwork online at www.ewomennetwork/chapter/windsor.

The eWomenNetwork focuses primarily on helping their members in three key areas: acquiring more clients and customers; marketing and promoting who they are and what they offer; and providing access to important resources, influential business leaders, game-changing ideas, and unique opportunities.

RENEWING MEMBER | LACASSE PRINTING COMPANY LTD. JEFFREY C. LAPPAN | PRESIDENT

Lacasse creates marketing products and services that allow businesses to attract, reach and retain their target customers. As a leading local supplier of marketing, branding and print they bundle their products with innovation, creativity and supply chain management to cut costs out of their customers’ businesses processes. Lacasse also offers interactive marketing products and services that use new communication platforms supported by marketing strategy and planning services, database analytics, e-flyers to email and cross media marketing. More than 59 years ago the founders of Lacasse developed a code of ethics that defined their beliefs and business style. While they have

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grown and changed dramatically since they were established in 1952, one thing remains constant: their commitment to their core values and their customers. For more information on their products and services or a tour of the Lacasse print facility please contact them at www.lacasseprinting.com


MEMBERS NEWS

MEMBERS | FIRMS IN THE NEWS Commissionaires Rhonda Lynn Quick and Beau William Banks were recognized for exceptional service involving bravery by being presented the Commissionaires Meritorious Service Medal (CMSM) in recognition of service above and beyond the faithful performance of their duties. The medals were presented by Bill Sutherland, the Chair of the National Board of Commissionaires. “The nature of our roles and responsibilities is such that our people periodically find themselves in harm’s way. Rhonda Quick and Beau Banks responded to daunting, dangerous circumstances with courage and aplomb. They truly embody the values of Commissionaires.” For further information, please contact Andrea Grimes at (519) 252-9847. The Essex Region Conservation Authority offers up to 90% grants for landowners wishing to conduct habitat restoration projects on their properties. Projects can include converting marginal or unused land to forest or other wildlife habitat. Applicants need to commit at least five acres of property to qualify for the 90% grant, but for as little as a one acre project, you can receive grants of up to 75%. The restoration team at the ERCA is currently lining up projects for the spring 2012 planting season. Even if this type of project is something you might be interested in undertaking within the next few years, ERCA is encouraging all landowners to give them a call. To learn more about ERCA’s habitat restoration program or to find out how you can qualify for a grant, call (519) 776-5209 ext. 377 or visit www.erca.org and click link to “Grants”. Maureen Lucas, President of LucasWorks!, surpasses the prior year and is now #19 on the Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada from Profit Magazine. “I am truly honoured to be included in this list of amazing women in Canada. The entire team of LucasWorks Windsor, London, and now Kitchener, are thrilled to be recognized. Profit Magazine does a wonderful job of spotlighting businesses that are growing and every time they do this, they encourage others to take the leap and let out the entrepreneur inside of them. I am especially proud to have ranked so high this year and to see that there are many women in the recruitment industry who have also made this list,” said Lucas. For more information about LucasWorks! please contact Maureen Lucas at (519) 988-1000 or visit their website at www.lucasworks.ca. Media Street has donated $1,000,000 to the Windsor-Essex economy. Sixteen years ago Media Street Productions opened its doors as a television production company in Windsor, ON. At the time a mission statement was crafted that included the phrase, “in addition to corporate and personal growth, our goal is to improve and benefit our community.” President and CEO Jennifer Jones says, “It gives us enormous pride to share that we have provided in-kind services totaling over one-million dollars to area businesses.” For additional information contact Managing Director Kelly Blais at (519) 966-6033 or kblais@mediastreet.ca. Personnel by Pro-Staff has relocated to a new address! You can now find them at 2557 Dougall Ave., Suite 6 in Windsor. For more information, visit www.prostaffworks.ca or contact Senior Recruiter/ Owner Colleen Hurst at (519) 250-9403.

Request a free Home or Auto Insurance Quote by December 15, 2011 and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to WIN an Apple iPad.

1.800.563.0677 | www.johnson.ca/wercc Please provide your Group ID code: WB Home and auto insurance is available through Johnson Inc., a licensed insurance broker. Policies are primarily underwritten by Unifund Assurance Company (Unifund). Unifund and Johnson Inc. share common ownership. Eligibility requirements, limitations and exclusions may apply. Contest runs from September 15, 2011 to December 15, 2011. No purchase necessary. Those already insured through the WERCC/Johnson Inc. home and/or auto program are also entered. Chances of winning depend on the number of entries received. Winner must correctly answer a skill-testing question. One (1) Apple iPad is available to be won in the contest (approx. retail value is $600). For full contest details visit www.johnson.ca/wercc. LRP.09.11

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COMMUNITY

MEMBERS | FIRMS IN THE NEWS continued

Porter passengers can enjoy service to Mont Tremblant, QC, from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, starting on Dec. 15, a full week earlier than last year. Service ramps up throughout the winter to include daily options from Feb. 1 to April 8. In just over an hour, passengers can get from Toronto City Airport to the base of Mont Tremblant, famous for its world-class skiing and a favourite destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With connections available for Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Windsor, Chicago, New York, and Boston, and more flights than ever before, a winter wonderland awaits you at Mont Tremblant. For more information visit www.flyporter.com. Sterling Motor Technology is proud to announce that they have moved to their new location as of Oct. 17. Their new home is now located at 5310 Walker Rd., Oldcastle, ON. For more information call (519) 737-7770.

XAG Energy, located in Southern Ontario, has been issued exclusive rights to provide the GLWN Wind Capabilities Profile as part of their Canadian-centric “NextGen Ready” assessments to manufacturers located across Canada. The GLWN Wind Capabilities Profile helps manufacturers position themselves to succeed in the rapidly growing dynamic wind supply chain. GLWN has conducted 250 assessments since 2007, and has trained XAG staff to perform assessments for manufacturers located across Canada. GLWN strongly supports XAG Energy assessment and supply chain coordination activities. Interested in learning more? Contact XAG Energy at (800) 974-2146 or email info@xagenergy. com

IN THE COMMUNITY Deloitte is pleased to present a series of live webcasts offering valuable insights on important issues affecting the Manufacturing industry. As organizations emerge from the recent economic crisis, the need for relevant information and timely solutions grows. With the economy showing signs of stabilizing, manufacturers are faced with a challenge to prepare themselves for a clear and sustainable future, in the new reality, where uncertainty prevails. The events run Nov. 23, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, and March 28. If you have any questions, please contact Jelle Donga, Senior Manager Research & Development Tax at Deloitte jdonga@deloitte.ca or (519) 967-7725.

The Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Windsor, Essex County Chapter have once again kicked off their annual cable TV Auction campaign. The two organizations are currently seeking donations of merchandise, gift certificates or sports tickets valued at a minimum of $100 to help make this year’s auction another great success. All gifts and donors will be recognized in the Windsor Star and on Cogeco Cable 11. Additionally, items valued in excess of $500 will receive special recognition. If your business or organization would like to make a donation or participate in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Diane at (519) 254-4345 ext. 603. Mark your calendars so you won’t forget to enjoy the excitement of this year’s annual TV auction on Cogeco Cable 11, Nov. 18 and 19, 2011.

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