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See Fab Dolan, Google Canada, at the windsor Essex Tech Show on November 4, 2014 at the Caboto Club. See Tech Show insert inside for more information!





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lETTEr frOM THE PrESIDENT & CEO welcome to the fall edition of the windsor-Essex regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Briefs! In September, we’ll be in Charlottetown, PEI for the Canadian Chamber’s Annual General Meeting. Here, we’ll be presenting our two policy resolutions: recognizing and devising strategies to counteract the generous incentives offered by competitor jurisdictions and Maritime Goods Movement Act. Our first resolution, focused on urging response to aggressive incentive programs by other jurisdictions, was co-sponsored by 15 Ontario Chambers. The resolution stems from our first-Ever Policy & Solutions forum back in May, where the issue of incentives came up time and time again. There was a general consensus that there is a need to respond to hyper aggressive incentives from other jurisdictions that are used to lure business away from Ontario. we want our members and the community to know that we’ve heard their concerns clearly and are now taking the issue Canada-wide.

wINDSOr-ESSEx rEGIONAl CHAMBEr Of COMMErCE 2014-2015 BOArD Of DIrECTOrS Ms. Carolyn Brown Chair** Vice President, Administration Detroit-windsor Tunnel llC Dr. Janice forsyth Chair-Elect** President foresight Management Consulting Mr. Marty Beneteau Director Editor-in-Chief The windsor Star Mr. John T. Clark Director Chair - finance & Tax Committee Partner Clarks Barristers & Solicitors Mr. David S. H. Cree Director Chair - Transportation Committee President & CEO windsor Port Authority Mr. Adam Davis Director President Next Dimensions Inc

Mr. Steve Deneau Director Vice President Business Development windsor family Credit Union (wfCU) Mr. David Diemer Director Chair: Environment & Energy Committee Associate Dillon Consulting limited Mr. romeo Girardi Director Executive Vice President russell A. farrow limited Mr. Carl Hooper, CPA, CA, CfE Director Partner Collins Barrow windsor llP Mr. Jason Ilijanic Director relationship Manager TD Commercial Banking Southwestern Ontario region Mr. Scott Jenkins Director Director of Advertising Caesars windsor

Ms. Maureen lucas Director President lucasworks! (windsor) Inc. Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Treasurer** Partner McTague law firm llP Dr. francine Schlosser Director Professor, Director, research and Interdisciplinary learning University of windsor 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

September also marks our return to After Business networking events as well as a celebration of small businesses during Small Business week in October. Many other great events are on the horizon, including the third annual windsor-Essex Tech Show on Tuesday, November 4, Multi-Business Holiday Party and of course— the 25th Annual Business Excellence Awards on wednesday, April 22, 2015, which is sure to be an elegant event you won’t want to miss. we’re looking forward to advocating further for our members in the coming months and hope to see you at our outstanding events soon!



windsor-Essex Chamber Takes National leadership role to Urge response to Aggressive Incentives Offered by Other Jurisdictions The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and the London Chamber of Commerce, along with 15 other Ontario Chambers, have teamed up to urge a response to aggressive incentive programs used to lure business away from Ontario by other jurisdictions. This policy resolution is up for discussion at the Canadian Chamber Annual General Meeting, taking place September 27-29 in Charlottetown, PEI.

said Matt Marchand, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. “We want our members and the community to know that we heard their concerns clearly and are now taking action Canada-wide.”

The resolution states that: Canada’s international competitors are increasingly using hyperaggressive techniques to lure Canadian businesses, causing job losses here at home and weakening the Canadian economy. Government has a responsibility to both fully understand the impact that competitor jurisdictions’ business attraction efforts are having on the Canadian economy and devise strategies to counteract them.

A second resolution from the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber states that: The Maritime Goods Movements Act (MGMA) was proposed in the United States congress in 2013. The legislation would impose a fee on all cargo discharged at Mexican and Canadian ports and bound for the U.S. The fee was based on the value of the goods being shipped and would replace the current Harbour Maintenance Tax (HMT). Fortunately, the proposed tax was defeated in recent congressional negotiations, but is a clear indicator that there is some support for this type of tax potentially in the future.

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber and the London Chamber raised the issue in a Chamber network call in June and the response from Ontario Chambers was strong and immediate.

“The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber wants to be proactive on this important issue to enhance and protect Windsor’s status as a key trade gateway,” said Marchand.

“The issue of incentives came up time and time again at our FirstEver Policy & Solutions Forum, with our partners Unifor and the University of Windsor, in May 2014. There was a general consensus among business, labour and academia that there is a need to respond to hyper aggressive incentives from other jurisdictions,”

The Ontario Chambers supported these resolutions in advance of the AGM. Following approval at the AGM, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber can move forward with advocacy efforts. These resolutions will help set the Canadian Chamber’s policy agenda for the upcoming year.

Members Only Savings Programs As a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, you have access to numerous resources designed to advance the success of your business. Exclusive benefits and advantages provided to our members include: savings on professional business services, preferred rates on health and life insurance packages, discounts on home and auto insurance, plus special promotions and offers throughout the year. Employee and business owner HEALTH CARE BENEFITS with our: CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE GROUP INSURANCE The Chamber offers access to Canada’s #1 group insurance plan – the Chambers Plan. The Plan operates as a non-profit and it is known for stable, pooled, competitive rates for firms from 1 to 100 employees. As well as health and dental coverage, you can customize your plan by selecting from a list of available benefits. Some of the Chambers Plan benefits, like Best Doctors and Business Assistance Services, are even included at no cost. HOME & AUTO INSURANCE 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 4 | wINDSOrCHAMBEr.OrG

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 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. OFFICE SUPPLY PROGRAM With our Office Max/Grand & Toy Office Supply Program, members save significantly on over 7,000 in-stock office supplies for next day delivery. Get the products you need, and the choices you want – for the best value. Your representative will review your preferred products to maximize your savings and develop an exclusive savings program based on your needs. PAYMENT PROCESSING SAVINGS WITH FIRST DATA MERCHANT SERVICES The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and First Data, a leader in the electronic payment processing industry, have partnered to bring you exclusive benefits to help grow your business. Together we are ready to help you with preferred pricing and products tailored to suit your needs. See the savings: Visa 1.55%, MasterCard 1.60% and Debit $0.05/ Transaction (standard discount rates - additional processing fees may apply). For more information, contact Sherri Dulcamaro, Director of Sales & Marketing, at



Congratulations on our New Member New Startups: Parisien Denture Clinic, Genesis Expedite llC, ronna Hope warsh leadership Coaching + Consulting, Ellis Digital Solutions, Say it with A wine, and Sandler Training!

Voting has begun in the 17th Annual Biz x Magazine Awards. you can nominate your favourite businesses and people in windsorEssex now until September 24. There are 25 categories ranging from Outstanding New Business to retail Shops, Heating & Cooling, Top restaurants, Tutors, Artist of the year, and more. winners will be announced in the Nov/ Dec 2014 edition of Biz x Magazine and at an awards gala (invite only) which takes place November 21 at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts. Official rules and more information can be found at

Congratulations to Douglas Marketing Group for winning a silver Summit Award for the “Complete Branding Package” category for their client Thomas’ Utopia Brand and a bronze Summit Award for the “Health/fitness/lifestyle website” category for their client windsor-Essex County Cancer foundation. The recent recognition brings DMG to 8 international awards in less than two years.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is advising the public it is undertaking a three week service project along the complete Chrysler Canada Greenway. As part of ERCA’s infrastructure plan, this maintenance project entails pulling up grass and vegetation growing on the trail and involves multiple passes with ERCA’s grooming equipment. For more information, contact Danielle Breault Stuebing, Director, Community Outreach Services, at (519) 776-5209 ext. 352 or

The windsor Essex County Cancer Centre foundation was recently awarded a $25,000 grant through Green Shield Canada (GSC)’s Community Giving Program. The grant will provide one third of this year’s budget for the foundation’s Patient Assistance fund. for more information, visit

Farrow Logistics announced in July that following a thorough RFP process, the company, Canada’s premier independent customs broker and logistics provider, was selected as logistics services provider for Staples Canada. This three year commitment from Staples will make them one of Farrow’s largest clients and allow the company to expand their employment levels. For further information, contact Randy Motley, President, Farrow, at (519) 252-4415 ext. 512 or

The Habitat for Humanity windsor-Essex Home Dedication Ceremony for the 2014 Spring windsor Build Project took place on July 19, 2014. HfHwE dedicated the Spring windsor Build Project to the Abujabal family. The family’s new home is the 56th Habitat home built in windsor-Essex since the organization affiliated in windsor 20 years ago. The Dedication Ceremony included messages of support to the family from major sponsors, a key ceremony and an Open House walkthrough of the home. for more information contact Pamela Breault, Operations Manager, Habitat for Humanity windsor-Essex at (519) 969-3762 ext. 229 or

The leamington District Chamber of Commerce launched its first “cash mob” event on July 25, kicking off leamington’s Sidewalk Sales while bringing a supportive community out in full force to be “cash mob”! Consumers were encouraged, through social media blasts, to show up with cash in hand to support businesses by buying its products and services. This small but powerful movement in shopping local continues to generate incredible momentum for small businesses.

runningflat is looking for participants in their water/aid station sponsorship for the Marathon that takes place Sunday, September 21. Additionally, runningflat is always looking for entertainment for the course as well. If you are interested in playing an instrument, singing, dancing or just cheering—this is your opportunity to shine. If you would like to get involved by sponsoring or being a vendor at the Health Expo, please contact runningflat. for more information contact Carla lauzon-Abson, Administration/ race Day Coordinator, at (519) 817-4275

Employees and retirees from Union Gas landscaped the Canadian Mental Health Association, windsor-Essex County Branch, located at 1400 windsor Ave., on July 26 as part of the Helping Hands in Action (HHIA) program. Through the HHIA program employees, retirees and their families and friends contribute their “sweat equity” to projects that improve, renovate or add tangible value to non-profit and charitable organizations in their communities. In addition, Union Gas and parent company, Spectra Energy, supports these employee-led projects with community improvement grants of up to $1,000 each to purchase supplies and materials for the completion of the projects.

The Board of Directors of the windsor Essex County Cancer Centre foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Houida Kassem as Manager and Director of Development. In this role, Houida is responsible for executing the goals and objectives of the foundation, guiding fundraising initiatives, overseeing and managing operations, and providing leadership and donor stewardship. Houida brings a wealth of experience in public and media relations, management, and leadership to the foundation team. for more information, contact Kerri Hill, Coordinator, Development and Communications, windsor Essex County Cancer Centre foundation at (519) 253-3191 ext. 58559

On Tuesday July 15, windsor family Credit Union (wfCU) marked the opening of their newest retail location in downtown windsor with an official ribbon cutting at their 300 Ouellette Ave. location. This new retail location is the credit union’s eighth retail location in windsorEssex. wfCU’s downtown windsor retail location offers the same products and services available at all wfCU’s retail locations including the personalized conveniences of a full service ATM, no teller lines and private in-office service for anyone visiting the retail location. To learn more about wfCU visit

Congratulations to Intrigue Media for their fundraising event in July! They raised $1,563.75 for the foundation of the Guelph General Hospital!



CAll fOr NOMINATIONS fOr THE 25TH ANNUAl BUSINESS ExCEllENCE AwArDS The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that nominations for the 25th Annual Business Excellence Awards are now open until Friday, October 3, 2014. This year, 12 awards will be presented and award winners will be announced on April 22, 2015 at the Business Excellence Awards presented by The Windsor Star. Nominations are open for the Award Categories: Small Company of the Year, Mid-Size Company of the Year, Large Company of the Year, International Business Award, New Business of the Year, Innovation Award, Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Professional of the Year (formerly Rising Leader of the Year), and Tourism & Hospitality Award. Also included in the awards ceremony are the recipients of the Believe Windsor Essex and ATHENA Awards. Since 1991, the Business Excellence Awards has become the premier event of the year, recognizing the achievements and contributions of business leaders in Windsor and Essex County. This evening will bring together Windsor and area business leaders and media for a celebration of excellence in business. An independent judging panel comprised of local businesspersons will complete judging of the finalists in each award category. The BEA Committee is looking for judges and sponsors. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge or wish to find out more about the event, contact Marianne Burke, Director of Events, at The Chamber looks forward to seeing Windsor-Essex businesses grow even further for the 25th Annual Business Excellence Awards this year. For more information, including how to nominate a business or individual, visit

Share Your Business Excellence Award Story! This year is a very special year for the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards (BEA). This year, we celebrate our 25th anniversary! And what better way to celebrate than showing off some of our past award recipients! Please take a moment to share your BEA story with us. It is our intention to feature past award recipient stories as a lead up to the Awards this April. We appreciate your time and support of local business excellence. To share your story with us, please visit

TECH COrNEr Augmented Reality (AR) for marketing & advertising We are at the beginning of a paradigm shift. The proliferation of smartphones, tablets and wearable technology has instigated a change in the way people find, share and utilize information. A new market has emerged that allows digital information to be accessed and experienced in a very unique way. Augmented reality (AR) provides an avenue to bring offline users online. To be clear, this technology isn’t a mobile friendly version of your website. It’s also not just a print ad with a QR code. The real power of augmented reality is that it exists somewhere between absolute reality and virtual reality. AR extends and enhances how you experience the real world by combining physical objects and digital content into a unified experience. Digital content can be added to print media, physical objects and locations thus increasing customer involvement while generating a more informative or enjoyable experience. Generally, it changes a simple static medium, such as print, and turns it into a more dynamic and interactive experience. 6 | wINDSOrCHAMBEr.OrG

AR works by using an image, object or environment as a tracking marker similar to how a QR code works for displaying a website url. The major difference from a QR code is that the content can be just about any type of digital media and the tracking marker isn’t limited to the ugly little box pattern. Imagine flipping open a magazine to the page of your augmented advertisement. You take out your smartphone or tablet and scan the page with an AR browser app to reveal video content playing directly in your ad space in real-time or, rotating 3d models, image carousels, social media buttons, interactive panoramas and much more. Most importantly, all of it happening at the point-of-engagement/sale. As our reality continues to be augmented with digital content, companies and individuals will be able to use this new and exciting market to further engage their target audiences. For more information about augmented reality please contact Dwayne Ellis, President & CEO of Ellis Digital Solutions Inc. or visit


HrPA rElEASES AODA COMPlIANCE GUIDE TO HElP ONTArIO BUSINESS MEET ACCESSIBIlITy STANDArDS The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) has released a series of five free videos and an interpretive guide to help Ontario businesses learn about their responsibilities around the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s (AODA) Employment Standard and the Information and Communications Standard of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR). The Employment Standard makes accessibility in organizations a regular part of finding, hiring, supporting and communicating with employees who have disabilities. The Information and Communications Standard will help Ontario businesses and organizations make their information accessible for people with disabilities. The new videos are a continuation of HRPA’s successful The Adventures of Harold Jeepers video series. In all, the 11 short and humorous videos feature hapless Jiffy Bros. manager Harold Jeepers and Sonja, the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), as they navigate their workplace accessibility obligations under the AODA. The new episodes include Accessible Formats and Communication, Auditing Websites for Accessibility, Developing an Accessible Website, Developing a Multi-Year

Accessibility Plan and Accessibility Myths vs. Reality. All are available in English and French, with closed captions and descriptive audio. 250 DVD sets of all eleven videos are being made available to HR faculty in post-secondary institutions across Ontario. To view the videos, visit The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) has an overall goal of an accessible Ontario by 2025. Under the AODA, five key areas of daily living were identified: customer service, information and communications, employment, transportation and built environment. Each of the five key areas has rules for business and organizations to follow called Accessibility Standards. The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is Canada’s HR thought leader with more than 20,000 members in 28 chapters across Ontario. It connects its membership to an unmatched range of HR information resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities and annually hosts Canada’s largest HR conference. In Ontario, HRPA issues the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, the national standard for excellence in human resources management and the Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) designation, reserved for high-impact HR leaders.

GOVErNMENT SUBMISSION rEGArDING THE lABOUr MArKET DEVElOPMENT AGrEEMENTS The Ontario Chamber of Commerce welcomes the opportunity to present their recommendations to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills, Social development and the Status of People with Disabilities, with regards to the upcoming renegotiation of the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA).

While the OCC recognizes that there is room for improvement in the design and delivery of provincial programs, they urge the Government of Canada to act on the steps outlined in this submission, which they believe will allow these programs to effectively address Ontario’s labour market needs.

Getting national and provincial labour market policy “right” is a core priority for the OCC and a key component of their five-year economic agenda for Ontario, Emerging Stronger. The renegotiation of the LMDA comes at a critical time. Ontario faces an array of labour market challenges. Provincial unemployment is above the national average, and yet, our members are having trouble filling job vacancies. To read the submission, please visit 7 | wINDSOrCHAMBEr.OrG


MEET yOUr NEw MEMBErS JUNE 2014 - JUly 2014

Coffee Exchange Coffee Shop ron Balla Owner 266 Ouellette Avenue windsor, ON N9A 1A5 Phone: (519) 971-7424

JCheifetz Professional Corporation Joshua Cheifetz lawyer 2485 Ouellette Avenue windsor, ON N8x 1l5 Phone: (519) 255-7332 ext. 236 fax: (519) 255-9123

Corvette Depot Automotive restoration & Supply robert Menzies President 3449 walker road windsor, ON N8w 3S2 Phone: (519) 968-2522 fax: (226) 783-1840

Junior Achievement of South western Ontario Barb Smith President 720 Ouellette Avenue, Box 32 windsor, ON N9A 1C2 Phone: (519) 997-2853 fax: (519) 352-6180

Genesis Expedite llC logistics wycliffe Abuya CEO 2180 44th St., SE, Suite 107 Kentwood, MI 49508 Phone: (269) 932-4163 fax: (616) 777-5287

Old School Painting Painting – residential/Industrial/ Commercial Gerard Brousseau Owner 6580 Thornberry Cr. windsor, ON N8T 2x2 Phone: (519) 791-9604

Ellis Digital Solutions Inc. Advertising Dwayne Ellis President Phone: (226) 783-9432

Parisien Denture Clinic Denturist Barry Parisien Denturist 375 Cabana road East windsor, ON N9G 1A1 Phone: (519) 997-7799 fax: (519) 900-2205

Glen’s Moving Moving & Storage Glen H. Cook President 4080 North Service road, Unit C23 windsor, ON N8w 5x2 Phone: (519) 945-3622 fax: (519) 945-3097 Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Health Care Marie Campagna VP Operations/CfO 1453 Prince road windsor, ON N9C 3Z4 Phone: (519) 257-5111


ronna Hope warsh leadership Coaching + Consulting Coach – Personal & Business ronna H. warsh Owner 114 Giles Avenue west windsor, ON N9A 6G9 Phone: (519) 971-4787 Sandler Training Sales Training & Development John Dobrowolsky Owner 145 Jeffrey Place windsor, ON N8N 2y2 Phone: (519) 980-1903 fax: (519) 735-6068

Say it with a wine liquor, wine & Beer Nicole Best Owner Phone: (519) 996-5732 snapd windsor Newspaper Publishers Jeff Casey Owner/Publisher 3041 Dougall Avenue, Unit 9, Suite 222 windsor, ON N9E 1S3 Phone: (519) 566-9254 Sylvie B Designs Interior Designers Sylvie Bigaouette Owner 2895 Kew Drive windsor, ON N8T 3B7 Phone: (519) 945-6324 fax: (519) 945-1245 waterfront Hotel – Downtown windsor Hotels & Motels Cal Kitsios General Manager 277 riverside Drive west windsor, ON N9A 5K4 Phone: (519) 973-5555 fax: (519) 973-4261 windsor Occupational Health Information Service Associations & Organizations larry Girard CEO 3129 Marentette Avenue windsor, ON N8x 4G1 Phone: (519) 254-5157 fax: (519) 254-4192

wANT TO lEArN MOrE ABOUT HOw wE ASSIST OUr MEMBErS IN ACHIEVING THEIr fINANCIAlGOAlS THrOUGH OUr MArKETING INITIATIVES? KNOw SOMEONE INTErESTED IN JOINING THE CHAMBEr? Contact Sherri Dulcamaro to consider membership with us and to learn about potential savings in conjunction with our programs. or 519.966.3696 Ext. 23

wANT TO KNOw MOrE ABOUT THE CHAMBEr’S AffINITy PrOGrAMS AND OTHEr MEMBEr BENEfITS? visit us at and click on Membership then Benefits.



STAy CONNECTED wITH yOUr MEMBErSHIP JUNE 2014 - JUly 2014 rENEwING MEMBErS A Sure Seal roofing Abrik Company Accountability Actuary Solutions Anderdon Machine Tool Baymar Supply Beach Grove

Danbury Property Management Devonshire Mall Dillon Consulting Docustop Dr. Millicent Vorkapich-Hill Earl’s Auto repairs

lacasse Printing

Savvy Boutique

lighting Plus wholesale

Simpson’s fence

liqui-force Services

Spee Dee Auto wash

McShawn Diversified Inc.

Sure Seal roofing & Siding

Mercury Products

TD Bank

Montel Plastics

Telecom Engineering

Mr. Meat Market Eastside

The Empyrean Group

Naples Pizzeria

Thomas lavin

Bertoni Chairs & Things

Essex region Conservation Authority

Birth to Six Parental Support Coalition

EZy way Self Storage

NeoVision Technologies


flood Chiropractic

On the Green

Underground Specialities

foot Care Institute

Personnel by Elsie

University of windsor

G & G Coins

Prestressed Systems

Victorian Order of Nurses

G & K Services Canada

Private financial Group

Viewpoint Estate winery

Ghanam Consulting

r.C. white

wheeler’s Printing

HBPO Canada

ramstar Carbide

wildwood & rV resort

Howie & Partners

refine fitness


rick’s Insulation

windsor Essex Community foundation

Injection Technologies

rogers Pool & Spa

Jerzy Dmowski

roma Tile

Johnson Insurance

roseland Golf & Curling Club

Bistro at the river Bloomin’ Gardner Bull & Barrel Caesar’s windsor Canada wide Packaging Chrysler Canada Circle 5 Tool & Mold City Grill Cooper’s Hawk Corporate Sign Source Culmone law

windsor Public library windsor Spitfires







Companies of all sizes now have a trusted local expert to rely on for creative public relations solutions. Holly Ward, most recently the Chief Communications Officer at the University of Windsor, has launched a PR consultancy business, HWard Communications Inc., located in the Blackburn building in Walkerville.

Circle 5 Tool and Mold Inc., located at 485 Silver Creek Industrial Drive in Tecumseh, is a world class supplier of injection molded solutions serving the automotive and non-automotive industries.

With more than 15 years of experience in corporate communications, media relations, employee engagement, marketing and pubic affairs, Ward’s expertise gives a strong voice to successful organizations. “Many businesses are familiar with the importance of advertising campaigns but often overlook the power of media relations and internal communications to strengthen their messages with credible, third-party endorsements. Public relations follows the adage that strong brands are built on what people are saying about you, not what you’re saying about yourself,” said Ward.

Founded in 1987, Circle 5 is committed to being on the cutting edge of technology and a leader in injection molding solutions for the 21st century. Circle 5 offers Engineering/tooling feasibility reviews, Production Injection Molds, Prototype Injection Molds, Engineering changes, Gauge Build Management, Short Production Runs, and Global Tooling Integration. They have provided solutions for Seat Trim, Speaker systems, Airbag systems, Consoles (cockpit, overhead, center), Door modules, Garnish Trim, Shifter Knob, Mirror shells, Exterior Trim, Grille Modules, and Engine and Valve Cover Components.

Whether your objective is to expand your customer reach with media coverage or develop an engaged workforce, Ward will partner with you to design and execute a communications strategy that is specific to your needs. Ward’s services also include speech writing, editing, copy writing and online content development.

Circle 5 achieves world-class CNC machining by embracing high-speed cutting technology, enabling the company to achieve high precision and reduce lead times. To complement their CNC Machining department, Circle 5 has a complete in-house electrode design and manufacturing department.

During her four years at UWindsor, Ward was responsible for all communications, media relations, marketing, alumni relations, the annual giving program and stewardship activities for the campus.

Circle 5’s mold making teams assemble, fit, and test the injection molds, ensuring that the mold will function and perform to specification for its intended use. Along with their team of expert moldmakers, Circle 5’s skilled polishers ensure that all parts obtain Appearance Approval on the first shots.

Before joining UWindsor, Ward worked for Casino Windsor then Caesars Windsor for 11 years, most recently serving as Director of Communications and Community Affairs. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication Studies from the University of Windsor. Please visit for more information.

Their company is built on three principles: Teamwork, Hard-work, and Integrity. These three core principles have taken Circle 5 from humble beginnings to a world-class supplier that customers can trust and rely on. For more information, visit

ExClUSIVE CHAMBEr MEMBEr PrOGrAM fOr THE wINDSOr ClUB The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Windsor Club is proud to announce a unique, new membership benefit program for Chamber members in good standing. The Windsor Club is the premier business and social private Club in Windsor-Essex. Located on the top floor of the CIBC building at 100 Ouellette Ave. with panoramic views of Detroit and Windsor, the Club offers renowned fine dining, private company functions and business meeting hosting, weddings and themed events, as well as access to over 130 worldwide reciprocal Clubs for your enjoyment. Chamber members receive exclusive discounted rates on all room


bookings for events, meetings, presentations, and conferences, whether small and large, hosted at the Windsor Club. As an exciting promotional offer, the Windsor Club is providing all Chamber members with full, unlimited access to dining and events reservations from July 1 to September 30 to come and “test drive” the Club, for business networking opportunities and promotions. After the “test drive”, Chamber members will have the option to join the Club and take advantage of the flexible membership options available to small and large businesses, young professionals and individuals. For further information or to set up a reservation today, please contact the Club at (519) 258-1465 or email

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Know Your Limit, Play Within It! 1-888-230-3505 Ontario Problem Gambling HelpLine. All ages welcome in our Augustus Tower and convention complex. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter the casino and all other outlets. Those who have been trespassed from Caesars Windsor and/or self-excluded from any OLG or Caesars property are not eligible to participate in a promotion and/or redeem offers. The Caesars brand and related trademarks are owned by Caesars License Company, LLC and its affiliated companies. Used with permission.

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