NEWSFLASH – Laundry Depot; U of W Continuing Education; Kingsville Highland Games; WE-SPARK Health Institute; Kyra Cole

NEW IN BIZ
A new location of the Laundry Depot is now open at 1707 Tecumseh Road West in Windsor as of January 31, 2023. The business is owned by the Abraham family who have also operated a Leamington Laundry Depot at 264 Erie Street South for over 15 years. According to Tony Abraham (also the owner of T/A General Contracting), they hope to continue this successful trend in Windsor with future county locations on their radar. Offering the largest capacity stainless steel machines in the area, their list of services include on-site change and free Wi-Fi. There is plenty of parking, vending and ABM machines, and lots of parking spots too. Twenty four hour surveillance cameras for your safety and convenient hours, seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. are also part of their advantages.

THE RUNDOWN

University of Windsor Continuing Education recently announced a partnership with Stellantis for the upcoming session of its Applied Leadership Program. As the industry project partner, Stellantis will provide a case scenario to participants, along with valuable feedback on learners’ capstone presentations at the end of the program. “The automotive sector is rapidly changing as we prepare for an electric future and with that comes a significant shift in the way we manufacture vehicles,” says Jacqueline Oliva, Head of HR for Stellantis Canada. “The Windsor Assembly Plant team of Stellantis is pleased to partner with the University of Windsor to bring a hands-on approach to problem solving and change management by way of a case study. We are looking forward to reviewing the creative solutions generated by this talented group of students and are happy to play a small role in shaping their educational experience.” The program offers participants the opportunity to make professional connections with industry leaders, hone leadership and soft skills through teamwork, and develop communication strategies and leadership plans in support of organizational strategy. Participants will be encouraged to inspire action in others by practicing hands-on tactics and acquiring the necessary skills to lead resilient teams to successful outcomes, culminating in an industry-sponsored capstone project. Organizations are encouraged to send key individuals who require leadership training, or who they have identified as potential leaders in their company. “We look forward to working with Stellantis as our Industry Project Partner for the spring term,” adds Jennie Atkins, Executive Director of UWindsor Continuing Education. “As our region leads the way in Electric Vehicle production, this partnership will allow learners to problem-solve a potential real-world scenario and practice the latest techniques to guide their teams and set them up for success in the future.” The program is in-person and open for registration to current and aspiring managers, supervisors, and industry leaders. The eight, half-day modules take place on Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., April 20 to June 8, 2023. Information about the program can be found here.

In partnership with the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary the Kingsville Highland Games (KHG) will now be held on Ty Cobb Field at the sanctuary, 332 Road 3 West in Kingsville on Saturday, June 24, 2023. The KHG committee is delighted to have found a location where every exciting element of the games can be enjoyed on one level, making it a truly immersive experience for all. The kilted 5km Run/Walk will also take place on the grounds of the sanctuary involving a mix of on and off-trail paths in Kennedy Woods. So be sure to flock to Jack Miner’s in June and take a gander at the games! View the complete schedule and all the fun activities in the coming weeks on their website.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO . . .
Windsor Essex healthcare and academic institutions are marking a three year milestone since they joined together using a one-of-a-kind model designed to elevate health research excellence — an innovative model that has been proved to deliver exceptional results. WE-SPARK Health Institute is an official partnership of Erie Shores HealthCare, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, the University of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital, governed by a Board of Trustees made up of the CEOs of the respective organizations. The seeds of the institute began about 13 years ago as a grassroots effort among health researchers and healthcare professionals across the Windsor Essex region, and after years of planning and consultations, officially launched on March 9, 2020. Since its launch, WE-SPARK boasts a number of accomplishments. Local health researchers have attracted almost $30M in external funding to the region, included local patients in clinical trials, engaged in almost 700 collaborations, and provided training opportunities for over 1,000 St. Clair College and University of Windsor students on research projects. Through the WE-SPARK grants program, 52 local grants have been awarded, totalling almost $1M. “Health research has far-reaching benefits,” says Dr. Lisa Porter, WE-SPARK Executive Director. “It creates an academic culture that attracts and retains the best and brightest in healthcare, keeps our professionals current, supports the best learning experience for students, empowers and educates the community, delivers new therapies, brings in new infrastructure, provides answers to healthcare problems unique to our region, and aids in rapid adoption of the best prevention and care practices. And, data shows that patients treated in institutions that conduct medical research live longer. This is not an advantage that can be reserved for those living only in larger cities: we need and deserve that here in Windsor Essex.”

HALL OF FAME
Business Elite Awards have published their 2023 list of Top 40 Under 40 leaders in Canada, and Leamington-based CEO and entrepreneur Kyra Cole has been named an awardee. The Top 40 Under 40 by Business Elite Awards is a prestigious award given to top business leaders from around the world. As the owner and CEO of KLB Consulting (KLBConsultants.ca), Cole runs an economic development consulting firm that works with municipalities, First Nation communities, and global brands. KLB Consulting is entering its third year of business and has already brought millions of dollars of funding to its clients. Cole is also one of the region’s most active experiential tourism development coaches and was previously named one of Ontario’s Top 10 Economic Development Professionals by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. She is very honoured to have been named a 2023 awardee of Business Elite Awards’ Top 40 Under 40. “I am grateful for recognition in this industry, in which I love to work, and I could not do it without the incredible roster of clients and colleagues that we have the honour of working with on a daily basis,” she states. “The work we do is truly in service of others and I’m honoured to be included amongst the list of incredible folks doing great work across the country.” Prior to starting her own businesses, Cole had already worked in the field of economic development for over a decade, where she learned about the vast financial opportunities that are available, but sometimes inaccessible, to historically excluded people. Creating a business based on equity, inclusion, and diversification of the economic landscape, was a key motivator for going into business for herself. “I believe that regenerative practices are the path forward to achieving equitability, justice, and success in economic development,” Cole comments. “This starts with elevating the voices of underrepresented people, which is where I want to focus my work now and in the future.” She receives her award at a ceremony on April 19 in Toronto and you can read more about the awards online.