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NEWSFLASH Comfort Inn South Windsor Wins Prestigious Award

The Comfort Inn South Windsor hotel has been recognized, for the third year in a row, with a prestigious “Gold Award” from Choice Hotels Canada. This award designation goes only to the top 10% of hotels in the Choice Hotels Canada portfolio, representing a tremendous accomplishment. As one of the top properties operating under the Comfort Inn brand, the hotel’s staff has demonstrated an exceptional focus on guest satisfaction and dedication to superior guest service. Award criteria are evaluated by Choice Hotels through its official property ranking reports. “Our sincerest congratulations go out to the Comfort Inn South Windsor hotel,” says Brian Leon, President of Choice Hotels Canada. “During an impossibly difficult year, it is especially meaningful that they were able to reach a superior level of guest satisfaction.”

William Zhao, President and Owner of WBSZ Holdings, carrying on business as Comfort Inn South Windsor, adds:
“It is an honour to work with a team of professionals who consistently exceed expectations of our guests and our franchisor. Thank you to my GM, Justin Barker, and to our great team for their dedication to excellence.” As well Michael Durante, Franchise Performance Consultant at Choice Hotels Canada comments: “Congratulations to William, Justin, and the team at Comfort Inn South Windsor. Winning a ‘Gold Award’ is an achievement in itself, but winning it three years in a row shows consistency, commitment, and dedication. The hotel has provided exemplary service to our guests, especially during the pandemic when guest expectations and the need to feel safe is at its highest.” The Comfort Inn South Windsor hotel participates in the award-winning “Choice Privileges” loyalty rewards program. Membership is free and offers fast rewards, instant perks, and exclusive member rates when booking directly online.

Habitat for Humanity Canada established the “Kenneth J. Meinert Leadership Award” to honour individuals who, through exceptional leadership, have significantly advanced the mission of Habitat for Humanity in Canada. The winner of this award also receives $10,000 in prize funding to donate to the local Habitat of their choice.  In mid-May Mary Margaret Parent, Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex (HHWE)volunteer and member of the Board of Directors, was chosen to receive this top national award, recognizing a lifetime of service in her community and around the world, with a career in education and decades long dedication to helping families attain secure, affordable housing. HHWE Executive Director Fiona Coughlin states: “Mary Margaret passionately supports Habitat programs locally, with 71 families served. She has participated in global initiatives in Kyrgyzstan, New Orleans (post-Katrina), Ghana, and Haiti (post-earthquake). She has also participated in Habitat Canada builds in Iqaluit, Tobique First Nations, and British Columbia — not to mention the innumerable builds in Windsor and Essex County.”  Poised to build four homes in Ford City, the $10,000 grant awarded will help offset the costs of construction, which have skyrocketed as a result of the pandemic. If you would like to support Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex, some of the best ways are by shopping, volunteering, or donating at the ReStore, 51 Edinborough Street. The ReStores make building possible and ensure that 100% of donated funds go directly to building safe, decent, affordable homes in your community.

For the fourth consecutive year, Electrozad has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious “Canada’s Best Managed Companies” designation. Electrozad won its initial “Best Managed Award” in 2018 and has successfully retained its status, becoming recognized as a “Gold Standard” winner in 2021. The “Best Managed” winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies, demonstrating leadership in the areas of strategy, capabilities and innovation, culture and commitment, and financials to achieve sustainable growth. Every year, hundreds of companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices. Electrozad is a leading provider of electrical and automation products, services, and expertise to their customers in the Automotive, Contractor, Food & Beverage, Institutional, Machine Tool, OEM, and Petrochemical industries. The company was incorporated in 1955 and has established locations in Chatham, London, Sarnia and Windsor.

The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) is thrilled to announce the launch of its revamped and rebranded website. “We have been working hard over the last year to design a website that is faster, easier to navigate and mobile-friendly,” expresses Robert Cattle, Executive Director. The goal of this newly-designed website is to provide visitors a simple way to learn about the CTMA and browse industry news specific to their interests — on any device. CTMA members now have more opportunities to showcase their company news, along with easy access to the Members’ Area and outsourcing portal, member companies, events, and the “Career-Ready” with CTMA and “Apprentice Award” programs. Back in March, the CTMA announced new branding and a new logo, which is now front and centre on the site. This demonstrates that the CTMA continues to grow and expand to better support its members and those in the industry, all while keeping some of the original components that have been around since it opened its doors in 1963 — such as the four chips from the first CNC machine in Ontario that was used to design the original logo. Amongst the latest features, the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, to foster improved communication. There is also an option to leave a review on Google by clicking the Google icon. “We will be constantly updating our content with new and relevant industry updates, member news, upcoming events/opportunities, helpful information, and company announcements,” Cattle adds. So visit on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet today!

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, the lead economic development agency for the region, has changed its name to Invest WindsorEssex. The rebrand reflects the continued efforts to promote Windsor-Essex as a competitive location for both foreign and local investment. The agency serves the region and its stakeholders through advancing economic growth and sustaining prosperity. A new corporate website also has been launched. This past year has further stressed the need for online data tools and platforms to effectively communicate information to clients and partners. The new site allows for easier access to data and information, relevant to site selectors and local businesses, for the purpose of investment, expansion and talent attraction. Two divisions within Invest WindsorEssex have also undergone changes as part of the rebrand. The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre (SBC) is now operating as the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (SBEC), and has also launched a new website. In addition, The Institute for Border Logistics and Security (IBLS) is now operating as Invest WindsorEssex Automobility and Innovation Centre.

After nearly a year of planning and development, a dynamic collective of individuals have launched THRIVE Amherstburg! An energetic, 12 person, volunteer Board of Directors with diverse backgrounds and professions, is ready to put knowledge to practice. The organization’s goal is to inspire a thriving community through creating connections between best practices and good local governance. As a Collective, the objectives for the team are centred on the guiding principles of placemaking, which reflect values that are timeless, healthy, relevant, inspired, valued and engaged. “To be universally viewed as the best small town in Ontario and in Canada is certainly achievable,” states Richard Peddie, Co-Chair, THRIVE Amherstburg. “We can bring about positive change with evidence and science-based decisions to help Amherstburg Thrive! Alongside our Board of Directors, THRIVE members will be prepared to respectfully use their positive voice to engage and inspire the residents of Amherstburg.” Peddie is a resident and owner of River Bookshop and sits on the Board with: Dan Gemus, resident, owner/CEO The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team Ltd.; Sarah Palmer, resident, Engineer at Ford Motor Company; Ron Deneau, resident, Sales Representative, Bob Pedler Real Estate Ltd.; Jasminka Kalajdzic, resident,  Associate Professor of Law, Director of Class Action Clinic, UW; Dr. Tim O’Callahan, resident, owner Amherstburg Family Health Team; Phil Roberts, Retired Director Parks, Facilities, Recreation and Culture; Lisa Porter, resident, Ph.D., Full Professor UW, Executive Director WE-SPARK Health Institute; Jasmine Hurst, resident, student athlete; Renee D’Amore, resident, co-owner of Downtown Espresso Café; Kory Renaud, resident, naturalist, Vice President Essex County Field Naturalists’ Club; and Lauri Brouyette, owner, Investor Tourism Sector. Advisors to the Board include Fiona Coughlin, Executive Director Habitat for Humanity Windsor Essex and Anneke Smit, Associate Professor UW and Director, Windsor Law Centre for Cities. For more information about this powerful collection of caring residents and experts who have experience in creating liveable communities, please visit their website.

In the recent report, “The Cybersecurity Path: Positioning Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent for the Future,” WEtech Alliance, with support from Invest WindsorEssex, FedDev Ontario, AVIN, and OCI, conducted research to determine how best to support the tech community to engage talent and employers through the several sub-domains of cybersecurity. As a far-reaching industry, cybersecurity requires specific skill sets and a collective approach, if the region hopes to strengthen its cybersecurity potential. Based on research and interviews, the 40-page report ends with a series of recommendations for the region, based on four pillars: systems-level levers, research and development, skills and training, and community investment. More information and the full report can be found on their website by searching under “reports”.

The Canadian Association of Moldmakers (CAMM) and Automate Canada announce the appointment of Jeanine Lassaline-Berglund as President. A full-time President allows the two associations to dig deeper when it comes to opportunities and create value for its members. Berglund is just the person they need, while also being a mentor and a role model for women looking to enter the trades. She brings over 30 years of work experience, starting her career in manufacturing as a skilled trade, rising through various positions in leadership and expanded responsibilities.

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