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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Board for 2016-2017 Jeffrey MacKinnon, Partner, McTague Law Firm LLP. Photo by John Liviero, Sooter's Photography.

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Letter from the President & Chair Welcome to the Fall edition of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Briefs! We’d like to formally welcome our new Chair of the Board for the 2016-2017 Chamber year: Jeffrey MacKinnon, Partner, McTague Law Firm LLP. Check out page 4 to meet the rest of our Board. In July, we partnered with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to commit dedicated provincial infrastructure funds to developing and expanding broadband internet access in remote and rural areas of the province. We were excited to see our advocacy efforts noticed the following week when the governments of Canada and Ontario announced a $180 million investment to bring high-speed internet to more than 300 rural communities in Southwestern Ontario.


Kathryn Sullivan, OCC Policy Analyst, and Matt Marchand went on a tour of agriculture businesses in Essex County in advance of a major agriculture strategy to be released soon. This report will lay out a province-wide strategy with Essex County being a key part. The WERCC was busy advocating for Small Business with our Small Business Too Big to Ignore campaign. OCC President & CEO Allan O’Dette met with the WERCC and members in August to discuss obstacles small businesses face. Marchand spoke on the WERCC’s concerns about the TPP at a Town Hall Meeting with Essex MP Tracey Ramsey on August 6. Marchand also spoke at the WERCC Emerging Leaders Lunch & Learn on Chamber 101. In September, we’ll be in Regina, SK at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM advocating with other Canadian Chambers on key issues such as urging the Canadian government to increase policy efforts for a Canadian steel strategy and to safely regulate and maximize the economic benefit of the cannabis industry. Coming up for the Chamber is the 17th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, October 28 with guest speaker Janice Kaffer, President & CEO of Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital. Our Tech Show takes place Tuesday, November 8, and we have our Multiple Business Holiday Party on Friday, December 9 at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts.


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Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2016-2017 Board of Directors Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Chair** Partner McTague Law Firm LLP Ms. Beverly Becker Director Director, Local Marketing & Special Projects Windsor Star Ms. Marie Campagna Director Executive Vice President Operations / CFO Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Mr. John T. Clark Chair Elect** Partner Clarks LLP Mr. Irfan S. Daya Director Chair - Finance & Taxation Committee Vice President, Commercial Financial Services & Agriculture Royal Bank of Canada Mr. Steve Deneau Director Vice President - Business Development WFCU Credit Union Dr. Janice Forsyth Past Chair** President Foresight Management Consulting Mr. Romeo Girardi Director Executive Vice President Farrow Mr. Carl Hooper, CPA, CA Director Assurance and Business Collins Barrow Windsor LLP Mr. Benjamin Iannetta Director, Emerging Leaders Representative Business & Technical Services ProSoft XP

Mr. Jason Ilijanic Treasurer** Director, Commercial Services WFCU Credit Union Mr. Scott Jenkins Director Director of Advertising Caesars Windsor Ms. Maureen Lucas Vice Chair** President Lucas Professional Search Group Mr. Rocco Lucente P Eng Director Chair - Transportation Committee Owner R Lucente Engineering Inc Dr. Francine Schlosser Director Professor, Odette School of Business Executive Director, EPICentre University of Windsor Ms. Andrea Seguin Director District Manager Union Gas Limited Mr. Owen Stibbard Director Chair - Membership Committee Scientific Specialist Jamieson Natural Sources Vitamins Ms. Lee Anne Doyle Director Non-Voting 1999 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient Dr. Alfie Morgan Director Emeritus Non-Voting Professor Emeritus of Business Administration University of Windsor ** denotes member of executive committee


Meet Our New Board Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Chair** Partner, McTague Law Firm LLP

Mr. Matt Marchand President & CEO, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Beverly Becker Director Director, Local Marketing & Special Projects, Windsor Star Ms. Marie Campagna Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Corporate Services & New Business Development, Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare

Mr. John T. Clark Chair Elect** Partner, Clarks LLP, Barristers & Solicitors Mr. Irfan S. Daya Director Vice President, Commercial Financial Services & Agriculture, Royal Bank of Canada Mr. Steve Deneau Director Vice President - Business Development, WFCU Credit Union

Mr. Benjamin Iannetta Director, Emerging Leaders Representative Business & Technical Services, ProSoft XP

Mr. Jason Ilijanic Treasurer** Director, Commercial Services, WFCU Credit Union

Mr. Scott Jenkins Director Director of Advertising, Caesars Windsor

Ms. Maureen Lucas Vice Chair** President, LucasWorks! (Windsor) Inc.

Mr. Rocco Lucente P Eng Director Owner, R Lucente Engineering Inc Dr. Francine Schlosser Director Professor, Odette School of Business, Executive Director, EPICentre, University of Windsor Ms. Andrea Seguin Director District Manager, Union Gas Limited

Dr. Janice Forsyth Past Chair** President, Foresight Management Consulting

Mr. Owen Stibbard Director Scientific Specialist, Jamieson Natural Sources Vitamins

Mr. Romeo Girardi Director Executive Vice President, Farrow

Dr. Alfie Morgan Director Emeritus Non-Voting Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, University of Windsor

Mr. Carl Hooper CPA, CA Director Assurance and Advisory Partner, Collins Barrow

Ms. Lee Anne Doyle Director Non-Voting 1999 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient


Call for Nominations for the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards Since 1991, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has recognized excellence in the business community with the Business Excellence Awards, now in their 27th year. Over 300 awards have been presented to local businesses and individuals. Now is the time to nominate! Nominations for the prestigious awards are open until Oct. 3, 2016. This annual business event, the Chamber’s largest, brings together business, government and industry leaders from all over the region to join in celebrating the Chamber’s and business community’s achievements. Every BEA event is an elaborate production. It has extraordinary exposure and prestige attached to it, and has become a must attend, sell-out event. The evening’s program holds an unprecedented reputation and explodes with excitement from approximately 1,000 guests as they gather to pay tribute to the award recipients. This year 10 awards will be presented and award winners will be announced on April 19, 2017 at the Business Excellence Awards at Caesars Windsor. Also included in the awards ceremony

are the recipients of the Believe Windsor Essex and ATHENA Awards. Additionally, the Business Excellence Awards Committee is currently looking for Judges and Sponsors to assist with this year’s event. Judges will be required to read and evaluate all submissions in the categories they are judging. A review meeting with all judges is mandatory as well as three site inspections of nominees are required. Judging will take place between November and mid December. The Chamber looks forward to seeing WindsorEssex businesses grow even further for the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards this year. For more information, including how to nominate a business or individual, visit www. If you are interested in nominating or becoming involved in this process please contact Marianne Burke at (519) 966-3696 ext. 221 or by email for details.

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Calls on Provincial Government to Push Broadband Strategy into High Speed The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to commit dedicated provincial infrastructure funds to developing and expanding broadband internet access in remote and rural areas of the province. While the WERCC and the OCC acknowledge broadband investments made by the Government of Canada in the recent federal budget, internet access continues to be an issue in parts of Ontario. The letter to the Premier identifies three key recommendations that the Ontario government should address in the coming term to ensure all communities in the province are able to compete in the global economy: 1. Develop a robust broadband investment strategy that acknowledges that broadband is an essential infrastructure investment, and creates space for continued private-sector investment. 2. Build partnerships across all levels of government in order to leverage funding and respond to local need.

In April 2016, the WERCC along with the Ontario Chamber Network called on the federal government to address broadband access and quality. “This is not just a rural or remote issue. Suburban companies report similar issues with connectivity. The WERCC would like to see broadband infrastructure, something that Warden Tom Bain of Essex County has been advocating for through SWIFT (Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology), be realized sooner rather than later as it plays a vital role in economic development for our colleagues in the county,” said WERCC President & CEO Matt Marchand. With government services increasingly shifting to online platforms, universal access to high speed internet is becoming more important than ever. By working with the Windsor-Essex community and the Ontario business community, government can develop broadband policy that is responsive to existing needs while not dissuading private sector investment. For more information, visit

3. Benchmark Ontario’s internet speeds and access. In order to ensure Ontario is able to compete in a technology-driven global economy, we need to create broadband infrastructure that is equal with those of other globally-competitive jurisdictions.


In Our Community Congratulations to Caesars who were recognized as one of the most communityminded companies in the nation! For the second consecutive time, Caesars Entertainment was recognized by the Civic 50, a Points of Light initiative that honors the most communityminded companies in the country. The Civic 50 sets the standard for corporate civic engagement by honoring the companies that leverage their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

On June 27, Essex Power Corporation raised close to $1,000 through employees’ efforts for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Employees rode the “Big Bike” around one of their shareholders, the Town of LaSalle, and helped raise awareness to support healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. For more information contact Leesa Farah, Conservation & Marketing Analyst, at

Farrow is proud to announce a new partnership with Delivery Net and InPost to expand delivery options available to end users via a national parcel locker network solution. Under terms of the partnership, Farrow will be able to offer expanded pickup and returns to end users via InPost’s national parcel locker solution. Customers will enjoy the benefits of the Automated Parcel Locker Solution such as 24/7 availability, simple pickups, improved transit times, full security, and customized brand messaging. For further information, please contact Randy Motley, President, at

Congratulations to K+S Windsor Salt Ltd. on the $60 million expansion of its Ojibway mine on Morton Dr., securing jobs and allowing the mine to operate until 2063. The project is in the final stages of engineering and design. Infrastructure changes required for the expansion will start in 2017. A production rampup is scheduled for 2018.

Congratulations to Debra Harshaw, President of the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair for the 2016/2017 Rotary year. A Rotarian since 2003, Debra is the owner of Harshaw Physiotherapy and is a long-time advocate of physical health and well-being. She has previously chaired the Rotary TV Auction and has been a significant contributor to Rotary youth initiatives. For more information contact Danielle Breault Stuebing, Public Relations Officer, at (519) 563-9679 or


U-Haul Company (Canada) Ltd. is pleased to announce that Liquidation Center has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Windsor community. Liquidation Center at 310 Hanna St. E. will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items, and in-store pick-up for boxes. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (519) 258-6825 or visiting today.

Congratulations to The Windsor Symphony Orchestra who will benefit from a $300,000 grant courtesy of the Government of Canada. The funding matches a $300,000 donation the WSO received in 2015. It’s the result of the WSO and the WindsorEssex Community Foundation successfully applying for a matching grant from the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, overseen by the Department of Canadian Heritage. The funding will be used to support the symphony’s artistic work in the community.

Congratulations to Wolfhead Distillery on their Silver 2016 Summit Creative Award for their website designed by Douglas Marketing Group (DMG), a Windsor-based agency with international reach. With over 5,000 entries from 21 countries in this year’s competition, owner Tom Manherz was particularly happy with the result. For more information, please contact Karen Wettlaufer, Wolfhead Distillery, at (519) 726-1111 or

Libro Credit Union welcomes Lori Atkinson, Regional Manager, to Libro’s Essex-Kent region. Atkinson will manage eight Libro branches in the area, engaging her team to actively build prosperity throughout the region. With over 20 years of senior management experience within the customer service industry and significant strength as a strategic and collaborative leader in southwestern Ontario, Lori’s passion for coaching, mentoring and community building is an exciting addition to the local Libro team.

Congratulations to Tepperman’s on opening a new Kitchener store on the corner of Huron and Fisher Hallman on July 12. The Tepperman’s family was on hand to celebrate, including 2nd generation owners Bill and Rochelle Tepperman, 3rd generation and current owner/operators Andrew and Noah Tepperman, and even members of the 4th generation, Andrew’s children Nathan and Lia Tepperman. For more information visit

EVENT PHOTOS Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Lunch & Learn: Chamber 101

Workforce WindsorEssex Quarterly Survey An opportunity to contribute to local labour market information Each quarter, Workforce WindsorEssex will be conducting a survey of employers in our region. You can help us: • Reduce the skills gap • Bring employers and employees together • Provide information related to training needs

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After each survey, your organization will receive a bulletin with aggregate results of the survey, giving you important insight into your organization’s industry. For more information visit

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Workplace Safety

12 Ways to Engage Workers in Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention Slips, trips and falls are a primary concern for all workplaces since they comprise 20% of all lost-time injury claims in Ontario, says WSPS’s Jennifer MacFarlane, a key account manager. The direct cost of an average WSIB claim is $11,771. Factoring in lost productivity and staff replacement, the running total is $59,000.

Make sure the fundamentals are in place Use the following checklist to ensure you have these essentials in place: 1. A company policy that clearly outlines the rules for housekeeping, lighting, and inspections. 2. Personal protective equipment (footwear, handrails, fall arrest equipment) and other equipment (ladders, lifting devices) that are in good repair and used properly. 3. Training on how to clean up spills, the proper use of fall protection equipment, the use of proper guardrails, covers over holes, etc. 4. Continuous follow-up to make sure rules are being followed and to identify what can be improved. 5. An incident investigation process that looks at root causes and how to eliminate them.

Take another look Set up a task force to initiate or support any or all of the activities below. Rotate people through the task force to engage as many people as possible and minimize individual time commitments.

Tech Corner: What is your Social Media Strategy? There are many tools to choose from when it comes to a Social Media Strategy. Where do you begin or how do you adjust your current strategy? How do you decide which channels to use? Define your goals such as your target audience, your message, what do you want your brand to be known as? What is your message? LinkedIn is the tool for building your professional network. It allows you to connect with your clients, potential clients, suppliers, referral sources, and advocates for your business. LinkedIn is an excellent source to recruit candidates to consider for your team. Twitter is ideal to send out timely messages to your audience. What is happening now in your industry, what is going on in your company, what events are you participating in or supporting; these are some of the things you can share. Facebook is a good tool if you are targeting a younger audience. Having a company page on Facebook can show others the people behind your brand


1. Review the workplace’s injury history with respect to slips, trips and falls. Where have you had near misses? What does this information tell you about where accidents are occurring, and which jobs carry the greatest risks? Share the results with all employees. 2. Conduct new risk assessments. Get the joint health and safety committee involved. Have supervisors start conversations with workers. Encourage people to come forward with specific concerns and solutions. 3. Link identified risks to policies and practices dealing with housekeeping, uneven surfaces, wet or slippery surfaces, obstructed vision, and protective clothing and devices. Adjust as required. 4. Raise awareness. Use posters, payroll stuffers, safety talks, demonstrations, and more to keep slips, trips and falls safety top of mind. 5. Clearly communicate the hazard reporting process. Encourage reporting and take immediate action to correct the problem. 6. Identify causes of unsafe behaviours (rushing down stairs, distractions, overreaching from fatigue). 7. Recognize people who actively contribute to slip, trip and fall prevention. Post their contribution on the safety board, add it to meeting agendas or special presentations, and publish it in company newsletters. For more information, visit

and share all the good things they are doing in the community. People like to get to know the people who make up your company. To blog or not to blog? As an owner/CEO/President you should consider blogging. You are the brand of your company. People feel closer and they feel like they know you. If you want to present yourself as the expert on the subject matter, you can achieve this with your blog. There are many other tools such as YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and so forth that you can consider as well. Building your social media strategy starts with the basics of audience and message. Other tips: Timelines are important to ensure regular communications. Adding pictures to your messages will help increase the number of views. Balance your content with business messages, personal touch, expert advice, and remember to avoid selling to your audience. Frank Abbruzzese, President of AlphaKOR, serving the IT Technology & Innovation Sector for over 28 years. For more information contact frank@, @FrankAbbruzzese, or (519) 944-6009.

MEET YOUR NEW FELLOW MEMBERS CareShare Home Care Milena Simsic, Founder Phone: (226) 280-3102 CBC Windsor Radio Stations & Broadcasting Companies Shawna Kelly, Managing Editor 825 Riverside Drive West Windsor, ON N9A 5K9 Phone: (519) 255-3563

Matthew Wealth Management Financial Planning Consultants Kaitlyn Matthew, Associate Advisor 1630 Front Rd. LaSalle, ON N9J 2B6 Phone: (519) 978-9600 Fax:(519) 978-9613 Pools by Angelo Pool & Spa Service Angelo Mariani Jr., Owner 2950 Jefferson Blvd. Windsor, ON N8T 3J2 Phone: (519) 945-1179 Fax:(519) 944-6746





ProSoft XP Software Development Robert Courteaux, President 3315 Marentette Avenue Windsor, ON N8X 4G3 Phone: (519) 969-9943 Salon Cure Beauty Salons Christine Withington, Owner /Stylist 6525 Wyandotte St. E. Windsor, ON N8S 1P3 Phone: (519) 945-7801

MEET OUR NEW PILLAR MEMBERS Canadian Tire - Peter B. Edmonson Enterprises Automobile Parts & Supplies - New Peter Edmonson, President 8505 Tecumseh Road East Windsor, ON N8R 1A1 Phone: (519) 948-8111 Fax:(519) 948-6170 ENWIN Utilities Ltd. Utilities - Hydro & Water Helga Reidel, President & CEO 787 Ouellette Avenue P. O. Box 1625, Station A Windsor, ON N9A 5T7 Phone: (519) 255-2727 Fax:(519) 255-2767 Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Health Care Marie Campagna, EVP Operations/CFO 1453 Prince Road Windsor, ON N9C 3Z4 Phone: (519) 257-5111


Libro Credit Union Credit Unions, Financial Services Lori Atkinson, Regional Manager - Essex/Kent 154 Talbot St. N. Essex, ON N8M 2C7 Phone: (519) 776-4311 Fax:(519) 776-7088 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Chartered Accountants Giancarlo Di Maio, Partner 245 Ouellette Avenue, Suite 300 Windsor, ON N9A 7J4 Phone: (519) 985-8900 Fax:(519) 258-5457 RBC Royal Bank Banks Irfan Daya, Vice President, Commercial Banking 245 Ouellette Avenue, 2nd Floor Windsor, ON N9A 7J2 Phone: (519) 255-1855 Fax:(519) 255-5447

RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities Investment Dealers Jonathan Allison, VP and Branch Manager 1922 Wyandotte Street East Windsor, ON N8Y 1E4 Phone: (519) 252-3663 Fax:(519) 252-3672 TRQSS, Inc. Seat Belts Marilyn Woodrich, General Manager, Human Resources 255 Patillo Road Tecumseh, ON N8N 2L9 Phone: (519) 973-7400 Fax:(519) 727-6354 Viewpointe Estate Winery Wineries Jean Fancsy, Secretary 151 County Road 50 East RR#1 Harrow, ON N0R 1G0 Phone: (519) 738-0690 Fax:(519) 738-0240

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW WE ASSIST OUR MEMBERS IN ACHIEVING THEIR FINANCIAL GOALS THROUGH MARKETING INITIATIVES? KNOW SOMEONE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CHAMBER? Contact Sherri Gowman, Director of Sales & Marketing, to consider membership with us and to learn about potential savings in conjunction with our programs. or (519) 966.3696 ext. 223. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CHAMBER’S AFFINITY PROGRAMS AND OTHER MEMBER BENEFITS? Visit us at and click on Membership then Benefits. We are here to assist you with your membership! Contact Caitlin Hildenbrand, Assistant to the Director of Sales & Marketing, at or (519) 966.3696 ext. 230. Please note, the members listed are only for the months indicated. For a full Membership Directory please visit or for a personal copy contact Caitlin. 9 I WINDSORESSEXCHAMBER.ORG


Returning Members JUNE 2016 / JULY 2016


The Empyrean Group

Junior Achievement of South Western Ontario

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

American Express Global Corporate Payments

Enwin Utilities Ltd.

Kenusa Foundation

The Shopping Service

Essex Region Conservation Authority

Lazares & Co.

Silver Stitch Embroidery Inc.

Express Employment Professionals

Lighting Plus Wholesale

Solaris Rehabilitation Centre

EZY Way Self Storage Ltd.

Liqui-Force Services

Staples Business Depot - Store # 112

Antoine Greige Salon Inc.

Foot Care Institute

Manz Contracting Services Inc.

Staples Business Depot - Store # 121

Baymar Supply Ltd.

G & K Services Canada Inc.

Manz Decorating Centre

Staples Business Depot - Store # 30

Beach Grove Golf & Country Club

Galati Cheese Company Ltd.

Mastro Kitchen Studio Inc.

Sure Seal Roofing & Siding

Bertoni Chairs & Things Inc.

Genesis Expedite LLC

Meloche Windows Ltd.

The Travel Zone

The Bloomin’ Gardner

Ghanam Consulting Inc.

Mercury Products Co.

triOS College

Bone Joint Muscle & Spine Walk-In Clinic

Giant Tiger – Store #123

Montel Plastics Ltd.


Caesars Windsor

Giant Tiger – Store #145

Personnel By Elsie

United Express

Canadian Diesel

Glen's Moving Ltd.

Pointe West Golf Club

Verico Equity Plus Mortgages Inc

Dr. Marco Carroccia


R C White Ltd.

Victorian Order of Nurses Windsor Essex

Circle 5 Tool & Mold Inc.

Homestyle Bakery & Delicatessen


Viewpointe Estate Winery

Corporate Sign Source

Howie & Partners LLP Chartered Accountants

Red Sun Farms

Web Geeks Marketing

Corvette Depot

HRPA of Toronto

Rose City Ford Sales Limited

Culmone Law Office

Hulka Porter Immigration & Family Law Firm

Roseland Golf and Curling Club

Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network (WECAN)

Danbury Property Management (Windsor) Inc.

Injection Technologies Inc.

The Rum Runners Tour

Jerzy S. Dmowski

Iron Mountain Records and Information Management

Running Flat

Amy's Helping Hands Anderdon Machine Tool And Manufacturing Inc.

Dr Disc Records

Johnson Inc. Insurance



Windsor Essex Community Foundation Windsor Public Library Windsor Utilities Commission WSP Canada Inc.

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Absolute Comfort

At RBC and RBC Dominion Securities, our team is proud to be a strong contributor to the Windsor-Essex community, including our policy advocacy contributions at the Board level of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Absolute Comfort Control Services is a growing Residential and Light Commercial Heating and Cooling Company, owned and operated by Bryan Hazzard and family since 2006. It is our mission to provide the best and most comprehensive HVAC services, building our reputation on giving honest, straightforward information and options to help you make sound decisions. We source only high-quality, high value products, ensuring they’re installed correctly and on time. Whether you need a new Furnace and Air Conditioning system installed or a routine maintenance check or small replacement part, we’re here to help. We are fully licensed and fully insured, covered by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, operate under the Technical Standards and Safety Authority and are a member of The Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada. Absolute Comfort Control Services supports the Forest Glade Optimist Club, Forest Glade Baseball League and the Windsor Youth Centre. Helping the youth in our community is important to the Hazzard Family. For more information visit

In fact, giving back through thought leadership in our community is not only the right thing to do, but is firmly etched in our DNA. Our organizational purpose is to help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As one of the world’s most trusted and successful financial institutions, we aim to have a positive social impact, and that means investing in our people and in the fabric of our communities. In our view, corporate responsibility is not necessarily about how an organization donates its money, but instead about how it makes it. For our team, this means a commitment to conducting ourselves with the highest levels of integrity, every day, and in every interaction within the community. It is the earned trust from our clients that has enabled our unwavering contributions year-after-year. Our value proposition is based upon our ability to provide specialized advice; whether you’re a family looking to plan for your future, an entrepreneur looking to grow your business or a business owner considering business succession, our team of experts are available to provide you with advice you can bank on. We are thankful for the confidence our clients and community partners have shown in us and look forward to having the opportunity to serve many others across the Windsor-Essex business community in the years and decades ahead.

Members Only Savings Programs: As a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, you have access to numerous resources designed to advance the success of your business and provide you with exclusive benefits. For complete information visit us at Employee and business owner HEALTH CARE BENEFITS with our: CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE GROUP INSURANCE The Chamber offers access to Canada’s #1 group insurance plan – the Chambers Plan. The Plan operates as a non-profit and it is known for stable, pooled, competitive rates for firms from 1 to 100 employees. As well as health and dental coverage, you can customize your plan by selecting from a list of available benefits. Some of the Chambers Plan benefits, like Best Doctors and Business Assistance Services, are even included at no cost. HOME & AUTO INSURANCE With origins dating back to 1880, Johnson Inc. is one of the oldest and most respected providers of insurance and benefits in Canada. Today, the company is part of the global RSA group, with employees across the country dedicated to serving you better. Members who qualify for the PS Plan get

preferred rates, and access to a wide range of products and services. You receive personalized and convenient service. Highlights of the PS Plan include: 24-hour service, online access to your insurance coverage details, and interest-free monthly payments. You may also get extras on home and auto insurance. Contact or call toll free 1-800-5630677. Remember to identify yourself as a member of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce! OFFICE SUPPLY PROGRAM With our Office Max/Grand & Toy Office Supply Program, members save significantly on over 7,000 instock office supplies for next day delivery. Get the products you need, and the choices you want– for the best value. Your representative will review your preferred products to maximize your savings and develop an exclusive savings program based on your needs.

PAYMENT PROCESSING SAVINGS WITH FIRST DATA MERCHANT SERVICES First Data, a leader in the electronic payment processing industry, brings 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 1.49%, MasterCard 1.49% and Debit $0.05/Transaction (standard discount rates – additional processing fees may apply). UPS SERVICES! Chamber members, take advantage of the UPS Members Benefit Program and save on a variety of UPS services! You’ll receive 30% off small package shipments within Canada, to the U.S. and to worldwide destinations, 25% off imports into Canada, discounts starting at 75% off freight shipments, and more. To get started today, visit or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377).



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UPCOMING EVENTS After Business @ Fourteen Restaurant and Sky Lounge Thursday, September 22, 2016 Fourteen Restaurant and Sky Lounge (100 Ouellette Ave., 14th Floor) 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. NETWORKING ONLY! 17th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Luncheon Friday, October 28, 2016 Caboto Club (2175 Parent Ave.) 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Guest Speaker Janice Kaffer, President & CEO of Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital


Windsor Essex Tech Show Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Save the Date! Multiple Business Holiday Party Friday, December 9, 2016 6:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. St. Clair College Centre for the Arts (201 Riverside Dr. W.) Multiple Businesses One Big Party! Let us do all the work and you have all the fun! Save the Date!

Business Briefs - September/October 2016  

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

Business Briefs - September/October 2016  

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