MNSi Telecom Announces New Peering Agreements with Major Gaming Companies

WINDSOR, ON (June 13, 2018) – MNSi Telecom has just announced new peering agreements with Valve Software, Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games and These arrangements should reduce latency and improve performance for Fibre customers using those services.

Gamers can be a pretty demanding group. In an environment where even a fraction of a second of lag could be the difference between online life and death, players crave better, stronger and more reliable connections.

Connections need to be fast and dependable to avoid any noticeable stutter. Online play involves sending and receiving data packets in real time – that’s bits and bits of information that will communicate dynamically changing events within a game as they happen – affecting user play across the country or around the world.

One of the best ways to help ensure smooth play is peering. That’s when two or more companies work together to optimize the flow of data traffic between them to facilitate smoother connections. If your internet provider has a peering agreement with an online gaming company, then you’ve got a leg-up as a gamer in your quest for a dependable connection and a better online gaming experience.

MNSi’s new peering agreements with Valve Software, Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games and will offer users more efficient downloads, better video streaming and much lower latency when playing games over the MNSi Fibre network.

Gamers also pay attention to the speed of their connection for more than just playing the game – it’s about sharing wins, posting highlights and streaming events. An MNSi 1 Gbps connection is currently the best available speed in Canada – and it’s offered right here in Windsor on MNSi’s Fibre Network. With download speeds of up to 1 Gbps, even the biggest games can potentially download in a matter of minutes, minimizing wait times and getting gamers into the action quicker than ever.

  • Valve Software is the maker of the Steam platform and the producers of Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, and Dota 2 games.
  • Blizzard Entertainment produces popular franchise games like Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and Overwatch, as well as the stand-alone game Heroes of the Storm.
  • Riot Games produces League of Legends, the largest PC game in the world and home of 100 million plays per month in its online eSports community.
  • is a live streaming video platform that primarily focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of eSports competitions, in addition to creative content, streams, and music broadcasts.

MNSi’s fibre roll-out is the company’s single largest infrastructure buildout since it began in 1995 and provides customers with a direct link to the fibre source. Unlike a cable company’s “hybrid fibre”, which still uses copper coaxial cable technology, or a phone company’s “fibre to the node” service, which still uses old and limited copper phone lines, MNSi’s advanced network brings fibre optic technology with direct fibre lines right to the home and business.


MNSi is a local Windsor-based company that has been providing Internet services to Windsor and the surrounding areas since 1995.  Technical support and customer service teams are based in Windsor, with no offshore or outsourced call centres.

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Families First Brand and Technology Launched to Reshape Funeral Services

Windsor May 15, 2018: Families First philosophy is the same today as when they started in 1996 to serve families and to reshape funerals to best tell the story, each fitting and customized to the life lived. Continuing to evolve with the changing landscape Families First moves their brand forward with a campaign, technology and a new website that is in keeping with their mission while positioning to continue to serve families with unique offerings.

“Looking to the future we know that celebrating the life of a loved one is essential in the grieving process and for families to heal from their loss. We have evolved our offerings to better serve families and our brand to reflect our corporate culture and philosophy”, says Families First President, Brian ParentOur over 1,100 registered guests at the Dr. Wolfelt presentation May 14th clearly identifies the need for understanding and education in grieving.

Families First has rolled out a new brand that is a direct result of their passion for serving families and their knowledge of what is important to them. “We Celebrate Life” is the key message and one that provides a sense of hope and encouragement for the families that are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Our recent video that starts the spark of “We Celebrate Life” campaign has become widely popular with over 1,500 views to date.

“The Families First Team is taking our mission to task in all we do. This starts with a true understanding of what is important to the family and what was important to their loved one. We help families tell the story in their own words”, Jen Wells, Vice President of Family Services “Our brand and message is rolling out to educate people on the value of celebrating a life lived and encouraging families to go through the steps necessary to the grieving process framed how best suited for them. At Families First we are dedicated to creating a custom approach to telling a life story.”

The creative team uses passion and innovation to implement a strong web presence and online accessible tools for brand roll out through DMGBigPictureLandscape® that allows for timely and tracked creativity and innovation. The philosophy, campaign and software are all made in Windsor-Essex of which we are proud to be a part of.


Families First is a family owned and operated funeral services business headquartered in Windsor- Essex with a full team of dedicated professionals with locations in South Windsor, East Windsor, LaSalle and Amherstburg. At Families First our priorities and conduct has one directive, to provide compassionate and comprehensive services for those who have lost a loved one. The decisions, programs, offerings and services are transparent and developed for the primary purpose of serving families. The offerings are customized from an understanding of the grieving’s wishes, respectful of their means and at no time are influenced by commission or sales incentives

Economic Development Week 2018

Windsor-Essex joins communities across Canada and the United States to increase awareness of jobs, career development and programs that enhance and provide local economic impact.

Windsor-Essex County, Ontario, May 7, 2018 – A media conference was held today at Level One Robotics and Controls Inc. in Windsor to announce that the Windsor–Essex region is participating in and celebrating International Economic Development Week (EDW 2018) commencing today May 7th to May 11th. International Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) – which is the largest professional membership organization for economic developers and is recognized by economic development professionals across Canada and the United States – with a goal to increase awareness of local programs that support job creation, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life.

We are pleased to collaborate with the region’s economic development organizations and participate once again in the 2018 National Economic Development Week. Included in our 2018 EDW activities will be the Business Retention and Expansion survey. We will be encouraging local businesses to take the survey because it’s a valuable tool to measure the pulse of the region’s business community. It gives us insight into the needs of our local businesses and our role in helping them stay competitive and successful.”  – Stephen MacKenzie, CEO, Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation

This is the second consecutive year of participation by the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WE EDC) in collaboration with the nine municipalities across the region (Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Leamington, Pelee Island, Tecumseh and Windsor), and partnering with the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre (SBC), WEtech Alliance, Workforce WindsorEssex (WFWE), and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.

“The City of Windsor is pleased to collaborate on International Economic Development Week. Events like these help to promote the City and Region as a positive place to do business. By streamlining our data collection through the one-survey approach we will ensure that all organizations are working and planning from the same information. I encourage all of our City of Windsor businesses to participate by completing the Business Retention and Expansion Survey.” -Drew Dilkens, City of Windsor Mayor

The ‘one survey’ concept that was developed last year by participating organizations is part of this year’s EDW 2018. This business retention and expansion (BR&E) survey was created to prevent ‘survey fatigue’ by the business community, and 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. Through communications and face to face meetings the companies will be encouraged to ‘take the survey’ that is available to them throughout the entire month of May. In 2017 over 200 surveys were completed.

“Our goal is to have businesses stay, grow and become more competitive in the Windsor-Essex Region. This week we’ll remind business that they don’t have to do it alone, there is help and support from a number of local organizations that can provide resources and new opportunities. From helping businesses expand to attracting new ones, and helping companies with their workforce needs, there is plenty of help. It’s about ‘team work.” Tom Bain, Essex County Warden

New this year, is a daily business resource to be promoted online and through social media accounts (join the conversation using #EconDevWeek #EDW2018) of the local economic development agencies. Each partner will highlight a tool or service relevant to the business community. Some examples of resources are – workforce forecasting tools, navigating city hall videos, free coaching/mentoring classes and more. On Friday, May 11th WE EDC’s BR&E team will conduct a business visitation blitz and will present the survey, explain the BR&E services and review the Employer Matrix, as a reminder of how Government programs support business.


WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation hosts a media conference at Level One Robotics and Controls Inc. to launch Economic Development Week in Windsor-Essex.


WEtech Alliance will host a special Economic Development Week episode of their Tech in the City podcast, which will talk about the free resources, tools and events designed to help our local tech community create, innovate and accelerate. WEtech will also be sharing local technology and innovation success stories on Twitter & Facebook throughout the day using #TechInTheCity.


Workforce WindsorEssex will host a media conference to launch the Community Labour Market Plan (CLMP) – a roadmap for workforce development followed by an event that will walk community organizations through the CLMP section by section by WFWE research staff.


The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre will host an evening of networking with regional entrepreneurs at the Sandwich Brewing Company from 5 to 8 pm. Entrepreneurs will share success stories, ideas and learn from experienced business owners in the community. They will learn how local resources like the Starter Company Plus program have helped many SBC clients start or grow their business.


The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation BR&E team will conduct a blitz by visiting businesses to promote the regional survey, explain the BR&E services and support available to them to help in the creation, retention and expansion of jobs. Additionally, they will review the Employer Matrix as a reminder of how government programs can support businesses.


Get in touch with our region’s economic development experts!



Kingsville District High School Student amoung 6 winners of Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition

TORONTO, May 1, 2018 –Six high school entrepreneurs were announced as winners of this year’s Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition at Discovery 2018.

Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Government of Ontario, the competition has showcased high school entrepreneurs from across Ontario for the past six years. Over 200 students applied to the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition by submitting their business ideas online via a two-minute video and 20 students were chosen as finalists from online voting and judges’ scores.

Each finalist was awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at Discovery 2018. From those 20 finalists, the following six were chosen as the winners:

  • Austin Chan, The Wydlis Course, Markville Secondary School
  • Luke Edward, BookSmart, St. Robert Catholic High School
  • Yumnah Hussain, UniVisor, Dunbarton High School
  • Molly Collier, Hockey Stick Holder, Kingsville District High School
  • Mackenzie Huckvale, Mighty Molecules Entertainment Co., Bell High School
  • Mackenzie McGuire, Imagine That, Moira Secondary School

“It is my pleasure to congratulate the six winners of this year’s Make Your Pitch competition. While all the nominees displayed an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, the winners truly were a cut above,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth. “This competition showed the strength of Ontario’s next generation of business leaders —the winners all have the potential to become our province’s new job creators, building their futures and the future of Ontario’s economy.”

Each of the winners receives reserved entry into the Ontario Summer Company program, a $750 education voucher and a Muse brain-sensing headband from InteraXon.

“Each year, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition is a great indicator of just how innovative, knowledgeable, and driven Ontario’s high school students are,” said Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, OCE. “I would like to congratulate all of this year’s entrants, finalists, and winners. Along with our government partners we look forward to continuing to support the future innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders of this province.”

Named Canada’s Best Trade Show in 2010, 2011, 2016, and 2017, and celebrating 13 years of bold, new ideas, OCE’s Discovery is Canada’s premier innovation showcase. It brings together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in the areas of energy, fintech, cleantech, the environment, advanced health, digital media, information and communication technologies and advanced manufacturing. The annual conference and showcase attracts more than 3,600 attendees and 500 exhibitors.

Finalists videos for the 2018 Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition can be viewed at

For more on Discovery, please visit

Six Sites Harness Talents and Resources for Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technologies

TORONTO, May 2, 2018Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is pleased to announce that on behalf of the Ontario government we are accelerating innovative connected, and autonomous vehicle (C/AV) technologies, talent and capacity by providing funding to six Regional Technology Development Sites (RTDS) across the province as part of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) project.

AVIN builds upon Ontario’s position as a globally-leading automotive manufacturing and supply jurisdiction and the large cluster of information and communication technology (ICT) companies operating in the province, allowing Ontario to reinforce its position as a North American leader in transformative automotive technologies, as well as transportation systems and supporting infrastructure.

“Innovative technologies push the envelope and that’s the goal of the AVIN — bridging state-of-the-art technology, advanced manufacturing, and talent to ensure Ontario’s small- and medium-sized enterprises fuel the evolution of automotive and smart mobility solutions while bringing improvements and efficiencies to Ontario’s transportation systems and the infrastructure that supports them,” said Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, OCE. “Ontario Centres of Excellence is proud to have a hand in delivering this Ontario government initiative as we work with industry, academia and other stakeholders to improve the way we get around, and position this province as a global leader in connected and automated vehicle technology.”

The creation of the six Regional Technology Development Sites (RTDS) will support and enable small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop, prototype, test and validate new technologies, access specialized equipment, and obtain technical and business advice.

“One of Ontario’s greatest innovation strengths is the vast range of expertise we have to offer, driven by our diverse economy and extensive university and college system,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “These six Regional Technology Development Sites harness our unique innovation talents across the province and will spur collaboration and discovery to enhance Ontario’s position as a leader in the next generation of mobility technologies.”

Each site will support the development of new technologies and will have a unique focus area:

  • Durham Region — human machine interface (HMI) and user experience. Partners: Spark Centre (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) in collaboration with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), UOIT’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), Durham College and the Region of Durham.
  • Hamilton Region — multimodal and integrated mobility. Partners: Innovation Factory (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) in collaboration with McMaster University, Mohawk College and the City of Hamilton.
  • Ottawa Region — vehicular networks and communications. Partners: Invest Ottawa (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) in collaboration with Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and the City of Ottawa.
  • Southwestern Ontario Region (London and Windsor) — vehicle cybersecurity and cross-border technologies. Partners: Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) and London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) in collaboration with University of Windsor, University of Western Ontario, Fanshawe College, St. Clair College, City of Windsor, City of London and WETech Alliance and Tech Alliance (both part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs).
  • Toronto Region — artificial intelligence for connected and autonomous vehicles Partners: MaRS Discovery District (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) in collaboration with the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and York University.
  • Waterloo Region — high-definition (HD) mapping and localization. Partners: Communitech (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation and Canada’s Open Data Exchange.

Funded by the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and the Ministry of Transportation, AVIN brings together industry, academia and government to capitalize on the economic opportunities of connected and autonomous vehicles (C/AV), while supporting the province’s transportation systems and infrastructure in adapting to these emerging technologies.

“Long-term success in the global economy requires leading in the disruptive technologies that are revolutionizing the way we live, work and travel,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth. “That’s what the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network does — it weaves together Ontario’s unique talents in automotive, high-tech and advanced manufacturing. The regional sites bring that collaboration to a new level as we zero-in on the specific technological advances the global mobility industry is looking for.”

In partnership with the province, OCE is administering the investment of $80 million over five years in AVIN, which comprises: Six Regional Technology Development Sites (up to $5M each); Demonstration Zone ($5M); AV Research and Development Partnership Fund ($30M); Talent Development Program ($5M); and, Central Hub ($10M).

“The potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies is enormous: reduced congestion; cleaner air; safer roads,” said Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation. “Ontario saw the possibilities and moved quickly, back in 2016 becoming the first Canadian province to permit on-road testing of automated vehicles. Today is another example of our proactive approach to keep Ontario at the forefront of innovation that promotes emerging vehicles and transportation technologies.”

For more information, please visit:

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.
OCE drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their company and create jobs.

Media Contact:
Andrew Robertson
Manager, Media Relations
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28th Annual Business Excellence Awards Recipients

Photo by Mike Kovaliv Photography | Snapd Windsor

The recipients of the 28th Annual Business Excellence Awards presented by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Windsor Star were announced at the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts on Wednesday night. This premier business event of year recognizes professional individuals and companies who have set standards and demonstrated achievements that have contributed to the prosperity and business development in Windsor and Essex County.

2018 Business Excellence Award Recipients

Mid-Size Company of the Year Award – Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
Baron Championship Rings

New Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by EPICentre, University of Windsor
Wolfhead Distillery Inc.

Believe Windsor Essex Award – Sponsored by WFCU Credit Union
Michael Schlater, CEO, Domino’s Pizza of Canada

Innovation Award – Sponsored by Union Gas
Inspire HUB Technologies Inc.

Small Company of the Year Award – Sponsored by Families First
Forest Glade Tecumseh Veterinary Professional Corporation

Pillars of our Community Award – Sponsored by Motor City Community Credit Union
Transition to Betterness

Young Professional of the Year Award – Sponsored by Libro Credit Union
Dr. Abby Jakob, Optometrist/Owner, EYES Optometry

ATHENA Award – Sponsored by BELL
Pat Soulliere, President, Soulliere Financial Group

Tourism & Hospitality Award – Sponsored by Caesars Windsor and OLG
The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast

Professional of the Year Award – Sponsored by TD Bank Group
Dan Gemus, Owner/Broker of Record, Dan Gemus Real Estate Team

Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Sponsored by St. Clair College
Vince Schiller, Owner/President, Southwestern Manufacturing

Large Company of the Year Award – Sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal

Congratulations to all finalists and award winners!
2018 Business Excellence Award Finalists Videos

Click here to watch the Finalists videos, courtesy of Media Street Productions!

Makers, Crafters & Performers wanted for first annual Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire on February 24, 2018

Makers, Crafters & Performers wanted for first annual Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire
on February 24, 2018

Call for Entries Open through January 31, 2018

Windsor, ON — The Maker Faire is coming to Windsor! The first annual Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday February 24, 2018 at St. Clair College.

The Call for Makers, Performers and Crafters is open now through January 31, 2018.  Entries can be submitted by individuals or by groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools. The Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire particularly encourages exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things. Any groups or individuals interested in participating in this inaugural event must complete an application at by the end of January.

The Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire takes after other large Maker Faire events such as Maker Faire Detroit. The Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the inaugural Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring student projects, robotics, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, unique hand-made crafts, and interactive art projects.

Everyone in the community is welcome. Attendance is free. Pre-registration is required.  Visit for more information. Maker Faire Windsor-Essex is independently produced by The University of Windsor EPICentre, in partnership with the St. Clair College Genesis Centre, and in collaboration with Maker Media. 

About EPICentre

The Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Windsor is a campus-wide initiative that encourages entrepreneurship on campus, and supports students and graduates interested in launching their own businesses.  The St. Clair College EPIC Genesis Centre is a unique partnership between the University of Windsor – the lead agency – and St. Clair College, giving entrepreneurs access to the cutting-edge expertise of both institutions.

About Maker Faire

Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and celebration of the Maker Movement. Maker Faire was born in 2005 out of the launch of Make: magazine as an opportunity for makers of all skills, interests, and ages to connect face-to-face and share their projects, insights, and excitement about making. Read more about the history of the Maker Movement and Maker Faire here.

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Tecumseh Vista students will be plugging into 3 brand new Solar Powered Outdoor Classrooms

Beginning this Wednesday Tecumseh Vista Academy students will be plugging into desks located at 3 brand new Solar Powered Outdoor Classrooms, each situated along a paved pathway spanning the school’s 35-acre property linking the Town of Tecumseh’s existing pathways connecting the school to the community and nearby McAuliffe Park.

The Solar Powered Outdoor Classrooms are part of Tecumseh Vista Academy’s Pathway to Progress project for which the school was awarded $100,000 from Aviva Insurance for their winning idea which integrates the school, environment and community in a multi-platform concept.

The Solar Powered Classrooms were designed manufactured, and will be installed by Tecumseh based Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies Inc.

Last December Tecumseh Vista Academy was announced as one of the national winners in the annual Aviva Community Fund contest.

‘I believe these solar powered classrooms are the first of their kind anywhere….. my hats off to the Tecumseh Vista Parent Council, staff and students for their tremendous vision in conceptualizing these classrooms, we are proud to help make this vision a reality. We were even able to get some co op students involved in the design and build process, so it really was a win win for everyone involved”

Brave Control Solutions Ranks No.86 on the 2017 PROFIT 500

Windsor, Ontario (September 14th, 2017) – Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Brave Control Solutions No.86 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest- Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Brave Control Solutions made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 847%

“It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada—and the world—needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”

“Brave is extremely proud to be able to rank on the PROFIT 500 list for our 4th consecutive year.” says, Owner & President, Brent McPhail. “It takes a truly talented, driven and dedicated team to be able to achieve the growth necessary to earn a spot on this list in any given year. To have a team that is able to keep up that level of intensity and hard work over 4 years is simply incredible.”

“I’ve had the great fortune and privilege to watch the entire team at Brave grow along with the business. It is their dedication, perseverance, commitment and loyalty to the company that has allowed us to achieve all that we have in the last 4 years.”

“Brave has been just one of many successfully growing companies to emerge in Windsor & Essex county. The growth I’ve witnessed across the entire Windsor/Essex region has been truly inspiring. We are incredibly proud to be based where we are, and even more fortunate to be surrounded by so many great companies that are committed to coming together to showcase the great amount of growth potential that exists here in our community.”

About the PROFIT 500

For 29 years, the PROFIT 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in Maclean’s magazine and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking visit or

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at

About Brave Control Solutions Inc.

Brave Control Solutions Inc. is a solutions company that uses technology to automate processes. Our specialty is retrofitting existing mechanical machines with state of the art control systems that improve productivity. Founded in 2008, Brave has been consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in Canada.
Visit us online at

Print for Healthcare

EPICentre’s inaugural PRINT FOR HEALTHCARE competition will see post-secondary students, and the community at large, develop innovative 3D-printed healthcare devices that meet the needs of local healthcare providers. We have officially partnered with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and have support from several local healthcare providers, educational institutions, and 3D printing businesses.


To participate in this competition as a team mentor or to register your team, please visit our website or contact Michelle Nevett at OR 519-253-3000 ext. 6615.

Windsor’s Fibre Network Gets Free Speed Boost

MNSi Telecom is tired of seeing prices getting raised without any actual benefits going to the customer, so effective immediately, Windsor’s local Internet company will be upgrading its minimum speed for Fibre Internet accounts from 10 Mbps to 15 Mbps – with no additional charges being passed on to customers.

“This is our way of saying thank you for being a loyal Fibre customer,” said Clayton Zekelman, President and Owner of MNSi. “We’re increasing the minimum speed to 15 Mbps – that’s actually 50% more speed than before. We know not every customer has a need for blistering fast speeds of up to 1Gbps, but they do want their connection to be stable, reliable and able to handle everyday tasks. Now those everyday tasks will be a little bit quicker.”

MNSi Telecom is currently in the midst of the city’s largest Fibre build. The gradual roll-out of upgrades throughout Windsor, with an expected investment of $35 million, will be the fastest Internet service offered in the city, with speeds of up to 1 Gbps. While other companies are currently passing the costs of infrastructure upgrades to customers with hefty price increases, MNSi has actually lowered prices earlier this year with a drop of up to $50 per month on certain accounts.

While fibre services begin as low as $59.95 per month for homes, power users can now experience the 1 Gbps package at only $125 per month. All connections give subscribers unlimited data, allowing them to take full advantage of the speed of fibre optics without worrying about data caps. Fibre service will support download speeds of up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

The fibre roll-out is the company’s single largest infrastructure buildout since it began in 1995 and provides customers with a direct link to the fibre source. Unlike a cable company’s “hybrid fibre”, which still uses copper coaxial cable technology, or a phone company’s “fibre to the node” service, which still uses old and limited copper phone lines, MNSi’s advanced network brings fibre optic technology with direct fibre lines right to the home and business.

MNSi is a local Windsor based company that has been providing Internet services to Windsor and the surrounding areas since 1995. Technical support and customer service teams are based in Windsor, with no offshore or outsourced call centres.

Photo and PDF/Word versions of this press release are available at:

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!