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Advocis Windsor Recognizes Milestones

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Photo: Michellyne Mancini,(centre), received a certificate for her contribution as President of Advocis Windsor Board Term of 2017 – 2018. Photo by Rod Denis – Biz X nagazine

NEWSFLASH – Advocis Windsor Recognizes Milestones


Canada’s automotive sector is strong and uniquely positioned to design and build the cars of today and tomorrow, and its highly skilled workforce is the driving force behind it. In mid-January, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a combined FedDev Ontario contribution of more than $5 million to APAG Elektronik Corp. and Service Mold + Aerospace Inc. to develop and adopt innovative technologies, scale up and create good middle-class jobs. APAG Elektronik Corp. which manufactures electronic control parts and LED lighting for automobiles, is receiving more than $4 million to help establish a new Windsor facility that will serve as its North American headquarters, bringing 138 new skilled jobs to the region. FedDev Ontario funding will allow the company to install state-of-the-art equipment and complete renovations to its new 32,000 square foot facility. Service Mold + Aerospace Inc. (, an integrated tool and mould manufacturer for the automotive and aerospace industries, is receiving $1.06 million to install new state-of-the-art equipment and create up to 21 jobs at its recently built 34,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Windsor. With new equipment and technology, the company can produce components as large as 54 feet by 12 feet, which makes the new facility one of the largest machining centres in southern Ontario. FedDev Ontario is now accepting new projects, using a single application form, through three simplified funding streams that have been designed to meet the needs of innovators and job creators. 

Looking to branch out in a new direction Rejean Gascon — part owner of Eastwood’s Grill & Lounge (with business partner Duane Chouinard) which opened March 2018 at 63 Riverside Drive East in Windsor — has now taken over The Broken Egg and Tap at 12058 Tecumseh Road East in Tecumseh, as of the beginning of the year. “I’ve always worked on the dinner and late night side of the business and just decided I wanted to learn something new,” explains Gascon who operates the restaurant with his wife Lisa. “We will be open for breakfast and lunch at first, but I plan to offer a dinner menu in a few months.” The restaurant currently serves up standard breakfast items such as eggs and omelettes, as well as salads, wraps and burgers at lunchtime. He plans to add patio services by late spring or early summer.

Advocis Windsor held a Christmas luncheon on December 7, 2018 at Ambassador Golf Club, 1025 Sprucewood Avenue in Windsor. Along with plenty of great food, membership milestones were recognized such as Michellyne Mancini, (centre in the accompanying photo), who received a certificate for her contribution as President of Advocis Windsor Board Term of 2017 – 2018. Presenters were (starting from the left in second photo): Aaron Keogh, David Nader, Tony Nader, Elias Doskoris, Helen Bennett, Carl Edwards and Gabriel MacCausland-Sirois. As well, during the luncheon, Advocis summarized all the community organizations they have helped throughout the year. These organizations include: Cystic Fibrosis Canada Essex-Kent Chapter, Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers and a special can drive for Windsor Goodfellows.

Tyler Lamphier and Amanda Allen (far left) of Crime Stoppers. Photo by Rod Denis – Biz X magazine

In our second photo you can see: Tyler Lamphier and Amanda Allen (far left) of Crime Stoppers who were presented with a cheque for $12,100 from Advocis reps Christy Bacik, Helen Bennett, Tim Jones and David Nader in honour of Stacy-Ann Sappleton, a Tecumseh woman whose unsolved murder, in 2004 in New York City, is still under investigation. Advocis is the oldest and largest voluntary professional membership association of financial advisors and planners in Canada with more than 12,000 members in 40 chapters across the country, including Windsor Essex.

What do you do for fun in Windsor Essex? Where are your favourite places to eat, drink and dine? Where do you shop in Windsor, Essex County & Pelee Island? Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island wants to know for their annual Best Of places to see and things to do. Nominations in eight major categories were accepted in January and voting begins February 4 to 24, 2019 online. On March 28 a list of all winners will be posted on their site. Good luck to all nominees!


After operating a successful Lebanese restaurant in Thunder Bay for 10 years, the Hatoum family has relocated to Windsor and opened Kabab Village in the former Three Amigos restaurant at 6124 Tecumseh Road East, at Jefferson Boulevard. “My parents decided to relocate to Windsor for family reasons and I followed,” explains Co-Owner Haidar Hatoum. “We’ve always operated as a family business, so it made sense to move here together.” Hatoum is joined in the business by his parents Mahmoud and Taghrid Hatoum and aunt, Randa Hatoum. Featuring Lebanese, Mediterranean and Halal cuisine you can try popular dishes such as hummus, shawarmas, fattouch, falafel and baba ghanouj, as well as a variety of specialty dishes such as chicken doner and chicken shawarma fries. “We make it all fresh,” says Hatoum. ”There is nothing frozen. It’s all prepared the way we eat it at home.” 

 A new development in Essex Centre — SouthPoint Equipment, a significant addition to the Highway 3 commercial and industrial corridor — was announced in mid-January. The 10,000 square foot commercial space will serve the entire county and sell the full line of Kubota products serving the turf, farm, residential, commercial turf and snow, and construction sectors. The facility will initially employ eight full-time employees and eventually expand to 12, along with part-time and seasonal staff. The business has set up an interim location at 370 Allen Avenue in Essex Centre with the future home being at 330 South Talbot Road North. “The Highway 3 corridor is prime real estate for commercial and industrial growth, and businesses like SouthPoint are the types of anchors we are looking to attract,” says Essex Mayor Larry Snively. “These anchor businesses will bring people into our community and help to show that Essex is a great place to invest.” David Ross, SouthPoint Equipment Owner adds, “Essex is centrally located and positioned well to serve the entire county. The location, which was zoned and partially serviced, will help us balance the need to service the city of Windsor with the rural communities of Essex County. It will also give the thriving agricultural sector easy access to the equipment and services we will offer.”


The Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS (WECAR), representing over 945 active members, is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors for 2019. The new board consists of Director Damon Winney, Broker of Record, Jump Realty Inc.; Executive Officer Krista Gionet (Del Gatto), CAE, CRAE, Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS; Director Elica Berry, Salesperson, RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd.; Past President Daniel Hofgartner, Broker, Buckingham Realty (Windsor) Ltd.; Director Darin Schiller, Salesperson, Keller Williams Lifestyles Realty; Seated, from left: Director Maggie Chen, Broker of Record, LC Platinum Realty Inc.; President Tina Roy, Broker, RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. and President-Elect Lorraine Clark, Salesperson, Keller Williams Lifestyles Realty. WECAR, the second oldest Real Estate Board in Canada, has always been a leader in the industry and prides itself on its excellent record and service to its membership.

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