Windsor-Essex FIRST Robotics Grads Score Bursaries

Windsor, Ontario (June 27, 2017) – Five high school graduates will receive $1000 towards their post-secondary education from bursaries established by Windsor-Essex FIRST Robotics – the local organizing arm for FIRST Robotics Canada.

The annual bursaries are made possible through a generous contribution from the South Western Ontario Industry Education Council (SWOIEC).

“These bursaries will help empower our young people to build their future and in turn build the future prosperity of our communities,” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance – a Regional Innovation Centre that has spearheaded the growth of FIRST Robotics in Windsor-Essex.

Five bursaries are named in honour of James Broom and Spencer James – a student and mentor of FIRST Robotics teams at Maranatha Christian Academy and Belle River High School respectively – who recently passed away.

“Both James and Spencer inspired the people around them, and we established this bursary to honour that legacy,” says Larry Koscielski, VP of Process and Technology Development at CenterLine and Chair of Windsor Essex FIRST Robotics.

The following students from the following high schools received bursaries to attend the following post-secondary institutions:

  1. Hunter Thorne, Westview Freedom Academy (Team 6202), University of Windsor, BA Combined Honours History and Greek and Roman Studies
  2. Christopher Nardone, St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School (Team 5885), University of Windsor, Electrical Engineering
  3. Hannah Iacobelli, Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School (Team 4932), Ryerson University, Biomedical Engineering
  4. Andrew Drury, St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School (Team 5885). University of Waterloo, Mechatronics Engineering
  5. Zahra Mouhammad, Hon. W. C. Kennedy Collegiate Institute (Team 4508), Trent/Swansea, Law and Arts Dual Degree

FIRST Robotics is an international high-school robotics program wherein teams of twenty to thirty students work alongside professional mentors to dream up, design and build 120 pound robots that compete in an arena.

Four years ago there was only one high school robotics team and one FIRST Lego League team operating at the grade school level.

Today, there are 18 high school and over 60 grade school robotics teams competing in Windsor-Essex and Kent Counties.  Over 1,000 students were involved in FIRST in our area this year.

Windsor is also home to the Windsor Essex Great Lakes District Event – which each year draws 1500 high school students from across North America.

Fun Fact: Detroit will host the FIRST Robotics Global Championship in 2018.





For further information, please contact:

Larry F. Koscielski

Chair, Windsor Essex FIRST Robotics 519-816-3265

Project Release: Workforce WindsorEssex Skills Matrix


Workforce WindsorEssex is excited to announce the launch of our Skills Matrix! 

To develop this resource we identified the top 50 in-demand jobs using information gathered from job postings, employer consultations, and employer responses to our quarterly surveys. These jobs are organized by skill level A,B,C,D  and details on required experience, median wage, and alternate job titles are provided. Community definitions for foundational, soft, and technical skills are also included.

This resource will be useful in identifying strengths and skill sets that align with in-demand careers in our region.  We encourage you to use this document as you help clients and students in their job search, as you review the skill sets of your current employees or as you pursue new career opportunities.

Support Hackforge, Windsor’s Tech Hub!

Windsor Hackforge has launched a crowdfunding campaign! All proceeds raised will support their downtown space and programming to promote and teach about technology with the goal of keeping the majority of their events free and open to the public.

When you donate to Hackforge, you’re supporting the space and programming, plus getting some sweet sweet swag. T-shirts, stickers, 3D printed keychains, and more!

Located in the heart of downtown Windsor at 255 Ouellette, Hackforge is a registered non-profit focused in technology. A member-driven organization, they host events and programming for beginners, professionals, and hobbyists. Hackforge operates as an event space, community workshop, and co-working space.

All proceeds raised will support their downtown space and programming to promote and teach about technology. They want to keep the majority of our events free and open to the public but we need your help.

The campaign is open now and runs until their Anniversary Party on May 27th. You can pick up the donation swag then and any time after that at Hackforge.

The Ultimate 519 Day Giveaway!

To many – the number 519 is synonymous with home.

On May 19th – it’s an opportunity to celebrate the City we love.

The annual 519 Day is an opportunity to give our city a big community-wide hug around those things that make Windsor great – as we invite residents to share their favourite photos and memories of Windsor on social media using the #519Day hashtag.

There are many ways residents and visitors can celebrate #519Day including enjoying all-day Toasty’s Grilled Cheese and Salad Bar’s Original Grilled Cheese for only $5.19 or treating yourself to some Pushers Co. YQG gear at 30% off. Music fan? Elite Piano Studios will host a special #519Day free concert from 7:30 – 8:30 with confirmed performances by Brendan Friel. Art lover? Check out Part Art Part Party Pt.11 – 5/19 Day happening in the amazing art alley behind Five Ten starting at 5:19PM.

Want more? Join WindsorEats for their Friday Night Lights Free Bike Ride. Riders will meet up at 7:30pm at Willistead Park and depart at 8:00pm visiting The Rondo, Walkerville Eatery and Craft Heads Brewing Company for a unique pub and grub crawl on two wheels throughout the city of Windsor.

And it’s not just 519 celebrating. Our 313 neighbors in Detroit are joining in too. The HandleBar, Detroit’s first and only 16 person, pedal-powered pub on wheels, wants to give 519 a special 313 experience. In partnership with WEtech Alliance and BB Branded, HandleBar is giving away a chance for a #519er to cruise the streets of Detroit with 15 of their closest friends. Even better, the Winner (and friends) will win some BB Branded popular 519er swag to cruise the streets of Detroit in local fashion.

“My brother and I have always been big fans of the 519, particularly from the ages of 19 and 20, but just because we operate HandleBar tours in the central part of downtown doesn’t mean we don’t still have love for “South Detroit”.  Happy 519 day guys!” said Brian Lindsay, co-owner of the HandleBar.

The Ultimate 519 Day Giveaway will run May 17th until May 19th at 5PM. The winner will be announced at exactly 5:19PM on May 19th.


You can enter our contest on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Enter on all 3 to increase your chances of winning!

Facebook – like, comment or share our promo post

Twitter – RT our promo tweet

Instagram – like our promo tweet

Good luck!

Results of the Consolidated Regional Business Survey Highlights Growth and Local Business Priorities

Windsor-Essex County, Ontario, – Wednesday, May 10, 2017– During Economic Development Week – March 27 -31, 2017 a collaborative effort was made by WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WE EDC), the regional Economic Development Officers (EDO), Workforce WindsorEssex, WEtech Alliance and the  Ministry of Economic Development and Growth as they met face-to-face with approximately 100 companies and encouraged them to complete the business retention and expansion survey.

The ‘one survey’ concept was developed by participating organizations to prevent ‘survey fatigue’ by the business community as well as to share the aggregated collected data results. Since all participants are using the same survey data they are able to analyze trends which improves the validation of the information. The data collected will help the city, county and region identify specific issues and challenges faced by Windsor-Essex companies and will help promote continued collaboration and teamwork among the partners. The partners were pleased to see that over 200 surveys were completed.

Drew Dilkens, Mayor of the City of Windsor said, “The City of Windsor is booming right now, of the businesses surveyed, we now know almost 60% of these companies are planning to expand within the next 18 months. This is consistent with the Conference Board of Canada’s Outlook report for the Windsor Census Metropolitan Area as the second fastest growing economy in all of Canada for 2017. Data from this collaborative initiative will help the city focus our attention in the right places and help businesses navigate barriers that may be in their way.”

Tom Bain, Warden of Essex County added, “The face-to-face outreach  meetings with businesses within Essex County during Economic Development Week coupled with the valuable feedback we have received from the survey is vital information for the County and the City. It gives us first-hand insight into the needs of our local businesses and our role in helping them stay competitive and successful. The ‘one survey’ concept is an example of like-minded economic development professionals collaborating to make a difference for businesses in the Windsor-Essex region.  Teamwork is essential to the prosperity of every community and teamwork will continue to move the region in the right direction.”

Katie Renaud, Research Associate at Workforce WindsorEssex commented, “Workforce WindsorEssex appreciated the opportunity to work in collaboration with economic development organizations and officers to carry out this survey. We were particularly pleased to see participation from all municipalities and from a diversity of businesses, which has ensured the survey is representative of our region. The results of the survey are encouraging, with participating businesses hiring over 4,500 people in the last year. As “workforce skills shortage” was identified as the top barrier to growth in Windsor-Essex, we will continue to work to improve the availability and stability of the workforce in our region.”

“On behalf of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation we are very pleased with the overall survey results, particularly that 53% of the businesses surveyed reported that the outlook for their industry is growing and over one third indicated that exporting to international markets was of interest to them in the future. WE EDC will study the survey results thoroughly to ensure we respond and understand local business needs and provide the economic development tools needed for businesses in our region to stay, grow and be successful,” added Stephen MacKenzie, CEO, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp.

The WE EDC is the lead economic development agency in the region working in collaboration with the municipalities of Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Leamington, Pelee Island, Tecumseh and Windsor and assisted by Workforce WindsorEssex, WEtech Alliance, WindsorEssex Small Business Centre and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.


Media Contacts:

Mathew Johnson, Economic Development Officer for the City of Windsor- 519-255-6100 ext 6608

Katie Renaud, Research Associate at Workforce WindsorEssex- Tel: 226-674-3220 ext 855

Lana Drouillard, Director Marketing/Communications WE EDC- 519 259-9600

Four local high school students among 20 provincial finalists in Make Your Pitch Competition.

Four (4) local high school students among 20 provincial finalists in Make Your Pitch Competition.

Finalists Travel to Toronto: The 20 finalists travel to Toronto for three days to attend OCE’s Discovery conference and pitch their idea live to a judging panel.
Entrepreneurial Boot Camp: The finalists attend a one-day entrepreneurship boot camp at the OneEleven accelerator to prepare for the live pitch at Discovery.
Discovery: The finalists attend Discovery, Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference, hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
Live Pitch: Each finalist delivers a three-minute pitch to a live audience and a panel of expert judges. The pitch is followed by a two-minute question-and-answer period.
Awards Ceremony: Six winners are selected and presented with awards during the luncheon at Discovery.

Our four (4) local student finalists are:

1. LITLYTE – Custom Spoon Lamps – Hon W.C Kennedy Collegiate Institute—Custom-Spoon-Lamps?offset=7&sort=upload%20DESC&channel=28450 

2. Printable Canada – Assumption College Catholic High School 

3. Pushing for Knowledge – Assumption College Catholic High School 

4. Youth Inspire Canada – Tecumseh Vista Academy 


#YQG 2017 Make Your Pitch Contest Entries Need Your Votes

Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch. High School Students: Pitch Us Your Business Idea! Submissions are now closed. Check out the videos and vote for your favourite! #makeyourpitch

Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch, is an Ontario high school entrepreneurship competition. Every year, WEtech Alliance along with other Ontario Network of Entrepreneur local partners, work with local high schools teachers and students to submit their “Pitch”.

This year we are pleased to share three (3) local submissions. Your support in voting and social media sharing is greatly appreciated.

We need to ensure we have local winner this year at OCE Discovery, May 15-16 in Toronto. Since the inception of this competition, Windsor-Essex students have done very well in winning top prizes.

Please click on each video below and click on “vote” in the top right hand side of the screen (you must create a log-in or connect through Facebook).

Online voting period ends April 20th. You can vote for each of the finalists once per day.

1. LITLYTE – Custom Spoon Lamps – Hon W.C Kennedy Collegiate Institute—Custom-Spoon-Lamps?offset=7&sort=upload%20DESC&channel=28450 

2. Printable Canada – Assumption College Catholic High School 

3. Pushing for Knowledge – Assumption College Catholic High School 

April at Hackforge

Project Management MeetUp
Wednesday, April 19: 7:00PM
​This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners to come together and exchange ideas and good practices ​in Project Management, Agile Product Development and Process Improvement, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Facebook Event

Software Guild: BDD and Gherkin + Lightening Talks
Wednesday, April 26: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Add some new tools to your testing toolbelt with this beginner friendly introduction to behavior driven development and the Gherkin scripting language. This talk provides an overview of how BDD connects user goals to human readable test scenarios. It also demonstrates how BDD can simplify test maintenance effort when requirements change frequently.

This talk will be followed by Lightening Talks. Got something to share? Sign up in the Facebook event to present a short (5 mins or less) talk.
Facebook Event

Open Coding Night
Monday, April 10: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Have a project you’re working on? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Want to try out a tutorial for new programming language? From beginners to pros, Open Coding Night is designated time for you to hone your craft. Bring your laptop and get coding!
Facebook Events

Repair the World! Climate Change & Technology
Tuesday, April 18: 7:00 PM
Repair the World is a monthly meet-up of those who want to learn more about the technologies and policies we can employ in Windsor-Essex to lead us towards a carbon-neutral future and to help our community cope with the effects of global warming. For our first meeting we are going to use Bret Victor’s What can a technologist do about climate change as our starting point.
Facebook Event

3D Printer Show and Tell
Saturday, April 8: 1:00 PM
Are you interested in building a 3D printer? Please join us for an informal and beginner friendly meet and greet. Attendees will share photos and stories about 3D printers that they have built, want to build or are currently building. Feel free to bring your own photos and stories! We look forward to planning future events for 3D printer builders and want to gauge interest.
Facebook Event

FastFingers Commodore 64 Demo
Wednesday, April 12: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Dan Laskowski demonstrates his 1984 lead synth software/ hardware for the C64 and Mattel Intellivision Piano Keyboard 27 years later! It is called Fastfingers.
Facebook Event
Book Club: Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (1992)
Tuesday, April 25: 7:00 PM
When a virulent computer virus (or is it a drug? or a religion?) called Snow Crash gets loose and somehow starts infecting humans, Hiro teams up with a sassy skateboard messenger to save both the real world and cyberspace.

Join us for a casual conversation on Neal Stephenson’s 1992 cyberpunk classic ‘Snow Crash’.
Facebook Event



 Intro to Javascript
Saturday, April 22: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
$15 General / $10 Student / FREE for Hackforge Members
Excuse me, but everyone is a tech person! Want to learn to code? You can do it! JavaScript is a practical, easy to learn language.
This two hour class will show you the basics of JavaScript and get you writing some code.
Bring your laptop and let’s get coding! This class is designed for beginners.
All proceeds from this event go to support Hackforge’s community programming and physical space.
Sign up here!
Border City Data: Using City of Windsor Open Data 
Monday, April 24: 7:00PM
Border City Data welcomes Bob Price, Technical Support Analyst at City of Windsor to talk about the City of Windsor’s open data. We will then give a talk about the practical uses for businesses and not-for-profits. Beginner friendly!


Board Game Night
Wednesday, April 5: 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games from 7-10PM. If you’re new to board games, we encourage you to come by as we will have trusty Hackforgers there to help get you started. Bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours)!
Facebook Event

The Great Canadian Game Project April Meetup
Sunday, April 23: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
The game jam is on from February 1 to July 1! Participants have 150 days to conceive and create a game that is proudly Canadian!
Drop by the monthly meetup to discuss your ideas, ask questions, watch tutorials from mentors to help you get started, find existing projects to join, see progress of other developers and more!
More information to be updated at
Facebook Event


Windsor Hosts Fourth Robotics Event

Windsor, ON – Thirty teams representing 1000 high school students from across North America invade the St. Denis Centre with their robots on the weekend of March 31st to April 1st for the 4th Annual Windsor Essex Great Lakes Event FIRST Robotics Competition.
They are part of the FIRST Robotics Competition that partners students with professional engineers, programmers, skilled workers and entrepreneurs over a six week period to design and build 120 pound robots that compete in an arena.  In the past, these robots shot basketballs and Frisbees 200 feet into scoring baskets and climbed 10-foot steel pyramids.  This year’s challenge is called Steamworks.
The public is encouraged to attend Friday and Saturday at the St. Denis Centre from 8:30-4:30pm – admission is FREE.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is supported by 4000 companies worldwide including over half of all FORTUNE 500 companies such as Boeing, Bombardier, Chrysler and Google.
Dozens of local companies are supporting the tournament and supporting local teams as a way to bridge the skills mismatch that is hampering industry and also fueling regional youth unemployment.
Students who participate in FIRST are twice as likely to attend university and college and twice as likely to major in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
WEtech Alliance – a Regional Innovation Centre – spearheaded the growth of FIRST Robotics in Windsor and Essex and led the bid to host the Robotics Regional. “The success of our regional industry depends upon our ability to cultivate the next generation of skilled workers, innovators and technology entrepreneurs,” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance.
“FIRST Robotics partners industry, the university and college with schools to better prepare our young people for a 21st century knowledge economy,” says Dr. Irek Kusmierczyk, Director of Partnerships at WEtech Alliance. “Each robotics team is run like a tech startup with future programmers and engineers working alongside future graphic designers, business and public relations graduates”.

“FIRST believes in enabling young people to grow up to solve the world’s most pressing problems, be strong citizens, and build a brighter future for themselves and their community.  A new video from FIRST proclaims “this isn’t a robot, it’s a lesson in humility, hard work and collaboration. It’s cross fit – for the brain. It’s the sport that will help us win tomorrow.  It’s software to program ourselves to cure cancer, to build a clean engine or to set foot on Mars. FIRST is a machine to build the people that will change the world. Bold statement yes, but in my opinion not an exaggeration at all,” says Larry Koscielski, Chair of Windsor Essex FIRST Robotics.

For more information please contact:
WHEN: March 31 – April 1, 2017 starting 8:30am
WHERE: St. Denis Centre @ the University of Windsor
WHO: 1000 high school students on 30 teams and 2500 spectators each day
  • Tournament pumps up to $1 million into local economy
  • Star Power: tournament involves over 20 Regional Judges who are executives and senior professionals from major companies and organizations
Follow the conversation with hashtag #WEGLR
About WEtech Alliance
WEtech Alliance is Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent’s Technology Accelerator; an industry-led non-profit organization focused on driving the growth and success of technology centric companies and entrepreneurs through leadership, connections and promotion. WEtech strives to identify, find solutions and foster the development of the technology industry in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent by engaging companies in the technology and innovation sector, as well as companies who utilize technology.


For further information or to set up an interview, please contact:
Irek Kusmierczyk, PhD
Director of Partnerships, WEtech Alliance

University of Windsor and St. Clair College formalize entrepreneurial agreement

(Windsor, Ontario, March 29, 2017) – Beginning April 1, the University of Windsor’s Entrepreneurship, Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) will extend its entrepreneurial outreach to St. Clair College.   The St. Clair Genesis Centre’s team will merge with EPICentre, creating a new location called EPIC Genesis.   This collaboration will build on synergies and expand the services available to college and university students in Windsor-Essex.   It will create opportunities to mix and connect the varying skill sets of these post-secondary students and graduates, and potentially enable highly innovative venture teams.

“Entrepreneurship often involves the collaboration of specialists, and that is certainly reflected in this development,” said St. Clair College President Patti France. “The opportunity for our students to work with the students and staff of the university – and their students and staff to work with the college’s – means that entrepreneurs will have access to the cutting-edge expertise of both institutions. When both schools share the ultimate goal of providing tools for student success, why duplicate efforts in this field? The university was well positioned to be the lead agency in this particular partnership, and we’ll continue to explore other opportunities to jointly assist the students of both institutions.”

EPICentre is the entrepreneurial hub at the University of Windsor created to encourage entrepreneurship on campus and to support students and graduates interested in launching their own businesses. EPICentre hosts more than 100 programs and activities each year.

“The University of Windsor is looking forwarding to strengthening its collaborative relationship with St. Clair College and furthering opportunities for entrepreneurship in our region,” said University President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Wildeman.

“St. Clair College faculty, students and alumni will add a new dimension to the innovative activities taking place in EPICentre, and expand opportunities to all post-secondary students and graduates in our region.”

EPICentre will now have three physical locations. At the University of Windsor, EPIC Innovation in the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre provides incubation and co-working space, and the EPIC Industrial Hub in the Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI) provides equipment and incubation space for startups and collaboration space for industry.

At St. Clair College, EPIC Genesis will continue to provide part-time co-working and event space.  Facilities and programs offered at any EPICentre location can be accessed by post-secondary students and recent alumni of either institution.  For more information, visit its website on



Wen Teoh

Venture Start Director

Entrepreneurship Practice & Innovation Centre (EPICentre)

University of Windsor

2455 Wyandotte Street West, 2nd Floor

Windsor, ON N9B 0C1

Phone: 519.253.3000 ext. 3913


City of Windsor Open Data Catalogue

The City of Windsor recently released 33 new open data sets on Public Works and Forestry service request information collected through 311.  The service request data sets include information from 2016, as well as 2017 year to date information with details on the type of request, department responsible to address the request, date and time the request was received, the general location and ward details.

You can check out the new data sets HERE.

NatureFresh™ Farms Technology Strategy Garners National IT Award

Leamington, ON (January 31st, 2017) – As technology seems to evolve at the speed of sound, NatureFresh™ Farms continues to be at the forefront of the greenhouse vegetable industry by applying cutting edge technologies to it’s operations. In doing so, the company was recently named the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Ingenious Award Winner for Small/Medium Private (Non-ICT) Category for 2016.

“NatureFresh™ Farms is facing tough competition from other countries with much lower costs and much like the rest of the industry, tighter regulations for food safety & increase requirements for food quality”, said Ronan McGrath, Principal, Ronan McGrath & Associates, Selection Committee Member & Past President, ITAC. In order to compete economically, NatureFresh™ Farms invested in a complete rebuild of its information technology structure to be more operationally efficient. In doing so, the company saw an immediate impact across it’s operations.



2017 Futurpreneur Canada & BDC Women’s Campaign

There’s no glass ceiling for an entrepreneur. You find your path and accelerate. And there’s no need to “lean in”. After all, you’re too busy defining success on your own terms. Why not join the many women we’ve already helped launch, buy or grow a business?

Futurpreneur Canada and BDC just launched an exciting new marketing campaign to attract and support more women entrepreneurs. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Follow the campaign on social media and like, comment or share the posts
    • Twitter: @Futurpreneur and @BDC_CA
    • Facebook: /BDC and /Futurpreneur
    • Instagram: /BDC_CA and Futurpreneur
    • LinkedIn: Futurpreneur Canada and BDC
  • Join the Thunderclap campaign to share a special message through your Facebook and/or Twitter account on International Women’s Day (March 8th).
  • Visit the campaign page to start a business or share it with a friend!

Futurpreneur Canada is a non-profit organization helping Canadians become business owners with loan financing, mentoring and business resources. They’re partnering with BDC to help women across the country achieve their dreams of owning a business.

Get started on your dream today!

Soleil Capital Corp. Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering

WEtech would like to congratulate our Mentor, Micheal Labiak, on the successful closing of Soleil Capital Corp. initial public offering. 

CALGARY, ALBERTA – January 26, 2017.  Soleil Capital Corp. (“Soleil” or the “Corporation“) (TSX Venture: SOLE.P) is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed its initial public offering (“Offering“) raising gross proceeds of $1,000,000 pursuant to a prospectus dated December 19, 2016 (the “Prospectus“).  An aggregate of 10,000,000 common shares in the capital of the Corporation (the “Shares“) were subscribed for at a price of $0.10 per Share.  The Corporation has received conditional listing approval from the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange“) for its Shares and expects that trading will commence on January 30, 2017 under the stock symbol SOLE.P.

Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. (the “Agent“) acted as the sole lead agent for the Offering.  The Agent received a cash commission equal to 10% of the gross proceeds of the Offering and an option to purchase 100,000 Shares at a price of $0.10 per Share for a period of 24 months from the date of listing of the Shares on the Exchange.  The Agent also received a corporate finance fee of $10,000, plus taxes.

WEtech Mentor and Investor, Micheal Labiak.

Upon closing of the Offering and as disclosed in the Prospectus, Soleil granted 1,170,000 incentive stock options to its directors and officers which are exercisable within ten years from the date of the grant at an exercise price of $0.10 per Share.  Soleil also granted 70,000 charitable stock options to the Canadian Cancer Society.  As a result of the closing of its initial public offering, Soleil now has 12,400,000 Shares issued and outstanding (2,400,000 of which are subject to escrow restrictions).

About the Corporation

Soleil is a capital pool company (“CPC“) within the meaning of the policies of the Exchange that has not commenced commercial operations and has no assets other than cash.  The board of directors of Soleil consists of Michael Thomson, Michael Labiak, Richard Boadway and Rob Fong.  The officers of the Corporation are Michael Thomson and Keith Inman.  Except as specifically contemplated in the CPC policy, until the completion of its Qualifying Transaction, the Corporation will not carry on business, other than the identification and evaluation of companies, business or assets with a view to completing a proposed Qualifying Transaction.

For further information, please contact:

Michael Thomson, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Soleil at:

Telephone:         (604) 312-4777
Fax:                        (403) 303-2774

Forward Looking Information

This news release contains statements about Soleil’s expectations regarding the completion of the application for listing and the commencement of trading on the Exchange that are forward-looking in nature and, as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as final listing approval from the Exchange. Although the Corporation believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them as actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include failure to fulfill conditions of listing on the Exchange and inability to obtain required regulatory approvals. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and Soleil undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, except as required by law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy the common shares in the United States. The common shares have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption for the registration requirements of such Act.


27th Anniversary Business Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Presenting Sponsor Windsor Star announced the finalists for the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. A very special congratulations to WEtech Alliance President & CEO Yvonne Pilon on being named a finalist for the Young Professional of the Year Award!

Award recipients announced in advance include:

Believe Windsor Essex Award

Rosati Group


Patti France, President, St. Clair College

The award winning recipients will not be announced until the night of the event, Academy Awards style.  The 2017 BEA Finalists include:

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists

Michael Patella
Gino Piccioni
Anne Waters

Professional of the Year Award Finalists

Sean P. McCann
Goran Todorovic
Holly Ward

Young Professional of the Year Award Finalists

Tanya Antoniw
Yvonne Pilon – WEtech Alliance President & CEO
Jennifer Wells

Small Company of the Year Award Finalists

Manifesto Studio
MARDA Management Inc.
Surveyors On Site

Mid-Size Company of the Year Finalists

Ives Insurance
Next Dimension Inc. – WEtech Alliance Client
Windsor Beauty Supply

Large Company of the Year Finalists

Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.
Red Sun Farms
Reliance Home Comfort

Innovation Award Finalists

AlphaKOR Group Inc. – WEtech Alliance Client
KeenTec NA Inc.
Powerball Technologies Inc. – WEtech Alliance Client

Tourism & Hospitality Award Finalists

Canadian Club Brand Centre
The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast
Windsor Eats

New Business of the Year Award Finalists

Abraham Orthodontics
Smashed Apple Gourmet Catering
Witeck Solutions – Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator tenant

Pillars of our Community Award Finalists

Carol Derbyshire
Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County
Transition to Betterness

The 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Caesars Windsor. The event allows the entire community to celebrate the achievements of our distinguished lineup of Windsor-Essex businesses, professionals, and entrepreneurs. Award recipients will be announced during a gourmet dinner and show. Get your tickets HERE.