NEWSFLASH – Canadian Tooling & Machining Association Adds New Member


The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) has introduced a new team member, Sarah Grandy as its Marketing Communications Specialist. Based in Cambridge, Ontario, Grandy now works under the direction of Executive Director Robert Cattle and Office Manager Julie McFarlane. With a background in journalism and public relations, Grandy will develop and execute all marketing and communication activities to enhance the association’s brand and help foster membership growth. And although Darlene Carr has taken a step back from her position as CTMA Finance and Marketing Coordinator, she has started a bookkeeping service and continues to handle their accounting functions on a contract basis. 


Libro Credit Union announced at the end of May 2020 that it is the first Canadian financial institution to offer a new digital payments service. Libro “Owners” — which is what the southwestern Ontario credit union calls customers, because they own a piece of the company — are the first banking customers to have the opportunity to schedule an Interac e-Transfer, the electronic money transfers sent through Interac. That’s across the entire banking industry — all banks, credit unions and fintechs. The announcement, part of a pilot project in partnership with Central 1 Credit Union, comes as COVID-19 is driving dramatic changes in Canadians’ spending habits. Since digital services are becoming increasingly important, Libro has continued enhancing its already-strong online service offering. This advance adds to the seamless and rich payment experience by making it possible for Libro Owners to set up one-time transfers at a future date.


Port Windsor is the first Port in Canada to be named a “Marine Trusted Partner” by the Chamber of Marine Commerce for best practices put in place to protect ship crews, customers, service providers and the public from risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. From the beginning of the outbreak, Port Windsor has taken several measures to ensure its staff has up-to-date information and knowledge about the COVID-19 virus. Work arrangements were modified to allow staff to work from home where possible, or be provided with enhanced protocols and PPE to protect them and other workers while performing their duties. The Port provided all operators with the most current information to protect portside staff, and how to engage safely with visiting ships. As well, foreign ships coming into port are tracked continuously for the health conditions of their crew. Port Windsor President and CEO, Steve Salmons expresses: “We are proud of our many operators who have made the health and safety of all workers in Port Windsor a priority. They have all taken steps to ensure that Port Windsor remains a destination of choice. This is more than about keeping the flow of essential goods and materials flowing, it’s about keeping our community safe.” 


AlphaKOR — an IT service, digital marketing, custom software and cyber security prevention company located at 7800 Twin Oaks Drive in Windsor — offers full IT support, servers/networking support and software and hardware sales. During these challenging times, the company is helping many organizations keep their businesses running and safe. Their design team offers custom software development, website design and online marketing and the security team specializes in hardened firewalls, intrusion detection systems, intrusion monitoring, IT policy set up, activity monitoring and more. The “AlphaKORians” consist of a group of four partners: President Frank Abbruzzese; Ali Jaber, Lead Analyst; Mazen Jaber, Director of Operations and Shawn O’Rourke, Director of Technical Services. Together they have provided technology solutions for their clients and organizations of all sizes located all over the world for 25 years (actual anniversary date was February 25, 2020). 

Congratulations to Parks Canada, Fort Malden National Historic Site 100 Laird Avenue South in Amherstburg on recognizing the 200th anniversary of the soldiers’ Brick Barracks in June 2020. The Brick Barracks were constructed in 1819-20 to house militia stationed at Fort Malden.

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