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Call for Nominations: Mayor’s Innovation Award

Celebrating 2017 Mayor’s Awards

Over its 125-year history, the City of Windsor has evolved from the foundations of a small town to becoming a key international city. Along with one of the most breathtaking riverfronts in the world, Windsor celebrates world-class technology, trend-setting businesses, a vibrant cultural community, and first class educational institutions and hospitals.

Windsor can be described simply as – a great Canadian City.

The success of this city is due in large part to the people of Windsor, people who have held fast to their belief in their beloved city and people who have contributed significantly to the Windsor we enjoy today.

In honour of the 125th anniversary of incorporation, Mayor Dilkens will present 25 awards recognizing passionate, community-minded citizens who have helped to make Windsor a “great city.” Awards will be presented in the categories named and described below.

The winners of these awards will have demonstrated an extraordinary effort toward making Windsor a better place, not just for themselves, but for their neighbours, friends and community.

“The city’s 125th anniversary provides us with a unique opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a city,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Recognizing the people and groups that work hard to help our city thrive is an important part of our city’s 125th celebration. I am particularly interested in nominations for those that have never been recognized for their service to Windsor. I encourage residents to think about the people they know who have quietly given time to making our community a wonderful place to live.”

Application / Nomination Form

Information for Submitting Application/Nomination Forms

  • Nominees must be  Windsor residents.
  • Applications must be completed in full, including references.
  • Nominations may be made in more than one category. Please complete a separate form for each category.
  • Deadline for nominations: Thursday, November 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Winners will be selected by the Mayor and notified on December 8, 2017.
  • Awards will be presented Tuesday, December 19, 2017; specific details to follow.
  • You can complete and submit a Nomination/Application Form in one of three ways:
    • Click the Online Form link above, complete and submit directly online.
    • Click the Manual Form link above, complete, scan and email to
    • Click the Manual Form link above, complete, and mail it to:
      • Celebrating 2017 Mayor’s Awards
        c/o The Office of the Mayor
        350 City Hall Square
        Windsor, ON. N9A 6S1

Award Categories

[1] Mayor’s Good Neighbour Award: A good neighbour pays attention to the needs of their fellow residents and is the first to offer assistance. This award looks to recognize individuals that carry out small but regular acts of kindness that make a real difference to neighbours and friends.
[2] Mayor’s Team Excellence Award: Working together as a team can have a significant impact on a community project or fundraising venture. This award will recognize a group of four or more people that volunteer their time for a Windsor organization or project.
[3] Mayor’s Diversity Award: This award seeks to celebrate an individual or group that has shown outstanding leadership in fostering inclusion within our diverse community.
Mayor’s Outstanding Youth Awards (4 categories): More than ever, youth are becoming active members of our volunteer force. These awards look to recognize outstanding youth volunteers in four categories.
[4] Mayor’s Outstanding Youth Award: 13 years and younger.
[5] Mayor’s Outstanding Youth Award: 14 to 18 years.
[6] Mayor’s Outstanding  Youth Award: 19 to 24 years.
[7] Mayor’s Team Excellence Youth Award: Groups of 4 or more.
[8] Mayor’s Outstanding Fundraising Award: Many Windsor organizations rely on the time and talent of local volunteers to raise funds for important community projects. This award seeks to recognize a volunteer whose unwavering spirit has been the foundation of fundraising campaigns for one or more organizations in the City of Windsor.
[9] Mayor’s Civic Booster Award: A civic booster is someone dedicated to making their community a better place to live. This award is for someone who deserves recognition for the time they have committed to making Windsor a better place to live, now and in the future.
[10] Mayor’s Civic Booster Youth Award: This award is for someone 18 years or younger who has devoted time to making Windsor a better place to live.
[11] Mayor’s Accessibility Award: The Mayor’s Accessibility Award recognizes an individual, business or organization that has made a difference in the lives of people living with a disability in the City of Windsor.
[12] Mayor’s Celebrating 2017 Arts Award: This award recognizes an individual or organization that, through their volunteerism, has contributed to nurturing and enhancing the arts in the City of Windsor.
[13] Mayor’s Heritage Award: This award looks to recognize an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to preserving the history and heritage of our city.
[14] Mayor’s Senior Award: This award looks to recognize a Windsor resident who is 65 years or older and who has made a significant contribution to a local organization or community effort.
[15] Mayor’s Education Award: Providing good education and learning opportunities is paramount for any community to succeed. This award will recognize someone who has either improved learning opportunities for residents, or brought recognition to Windsor through their own academic achievements.
[16] Mayor’s Healthy Community Award: This award will recognize an individual or organization that has worked to make Windsor a healthier community.
[17] Mayor’s Sports Award: Windsor is home to many successful athletes. This award will honour an individual or group that has brought recognition to Windsor through their achievement in sport.
[18] Mayor’s Athletics and Recreation Award: This award will recognize an individual or group for their efforts to improve athletics and recreation in the city.
[19] Mayor’s Champion of the Environment Award: This award will honour an individual or organization whose action and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership.
[20] Mayor’s Safety Award: This award will recognize an individual or group that works to promote the safety of our neighbourhoods and communities. They may help victims of crime, organize to reduce violence or build partnerships to promote safety.
[21] Mayor’s Innovation Award: The recipient of this award will have brought recognition to the City of Windsor as a result of their innovative ideas, research, technologies or processes.
[22] Mayor’s Social Media Award: This award will recognize a local person or organization that has used social media to promote Windsor and its citizens in a positive way.
[23] Mayor’s Mentor Award: This award will recognize a Windsor resident who dedicates personal time to mentoring youth in his or her field.
[24] Mayor’s Inspiration Award: This award will recognize a Windsorite who inspires others through their own actions. This could be someone who overcame great adversity, or someone who continually inspires others to achieve.
[25] Spirit of Windsor Award: The highest honour during our Celebrating 2017 year. This award will be given to a citizen in the community who has shown exemplary dedication to the City of Windsor over a continued period of time.

Tech Start-Ups Take Fast Lane on Autobahn Program

For technology start-up companies that think the automotive industry is all about engines and tires, think again: German automobile makers want your ideas to help make the cars of tomorrow.

The Trade Commissioner Service encourages Canadian automotive IT start-ups/scale-ups  and related technology companies targeting or perhaps thinking of targeting the automotive sector to consider applying for the next round of STARTUP AUTOBAHN  –  – which describes itself as “the spirit of Silicon Valley in the hub of mobility engineering”.  Canadian tech start-ups that “may not even have thought about supplying the automotive industry” might be well-timed to apply for the fourth round of STARTUP AUTOBAHN, a new innovation initiative to get technology start-ups to working directly with a key automobile maker in Germany.

Named for the high-speed German highway “Autobahn”—the only one in the world without a speed limit—STARTUP AUTOBAHN “is about accelerating joint projects between young technology companies and our corporate partners,” the program’s web site states.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN claims to be Europe’s largest innovation platform driven primarily by the German automotive OEM Daimler (Mercedes-Benz, SMART and commercial vehicle brands) in cooperation with Plug and Play of Silicon Valley.   Other corporate partners include Porsche, BASF, HP Enterprise, ZF and DHL. Located in Stuttgart, Germany the platform seeks “hard tech start-ups and scale-ups” at the nexus of IT and the automotive industries.   Examples of topics of interest include IoT, manufacturing, logistics, location-based services, cyber security, biometrics, natural language processing, process optimization, customer experience, and predictive analytics.  A focus on artificial intelligence / machine learning and quantum computing has also been announced.   In a broader sense, any technologies considered to be of benefit to the digital transformation of the automotive sector would be appropriate.

As the name implies, STARTUP AUTOBAHN offers a fast ramp up of early-to-late stage ideas and products by operating a couple of three-month programs annually.  Selected applicants will have the chance to work hand-in-hand with Daimler and other corporate mentors in the maker space ARENA 2036 in Stuttgart, Germany frequently on proof-of-concept projects.  Investment funding possibilities are not at the centre of STARTUP AUTOBAHN but may be available.

Applications for round 4 of the program are now open online – – with a deadline of mid-December 2017.  Daimler has recently undertaken tech scouting missions to Canada and is keen to enlist numerous applications from the Canadian tech eco-system.  Selected applicants will begin their three month project in Stuttgart in March 2018.   Three Canadian firms – Acerta, GBatteries and  – were among the 33 companies chosen for round 3.  Daimler and the other corporate partners welcome an even higher level of Canadian participation for the next round.

The Canadian Consulate in Munich attended the first public presentation of the initial round during the “Expo Day” in February 2017 and has since worked closely with Daimler on its tech scouting activities in Canada.  Further thoughts on the suitability of the innovation platform for Canadian tech companies are gladly provided.

Please contact Kurt de Vries, Trade Commissioner covering Automotive and Ground Transportation, at or 416-973-0645.

Job Fair – Brave Control Solutions

Brave Control Solutions will be hosting a job fair in order to attract and hire multiple experienced Controls Engineers & Technologists. The event will be held at their Rhodes Drive office in Windsor on Thursday October 26, 2017 from 4:00-8:00PM.


In order to attract Windsor & Essex County’s Top Talent, they will be offering:

  • Guaranteed Interviews for all in attendance
  • Signing Bonuses for successful candidates
  • The chance to win some awesome Door Prizes


Thursday, October 26, 2017
4520 Rhodes Drive, Suite 500

Brave was recently ranked #86 by Canadian Business and PROFIT on their 2017 PROFIT500 List of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies and is currently the fastest growing Industrial Services Company in Canada. Brave has been recognized on the list for the last 4 years for their significant growth.

“Brave has always been a company focused on growth,” says owner Brent McPhail. “We are always striving to grow ourselves as a team in order to better serve our customers. We’ve been very successful with our current team but we are looking into the future and we see the need to add a lot more horsepower to our engine if we want to keep up our growth at the same pace we’ve been setting.”

If you are a Controls Engineer or Technologist with experience in Siemens & Rockwell PLC & HMI programming, Robot Programming, and Electrical Controls & Panel Design, Brave Controls wants to meet you.

Contact or call 519-974-9955 for more information.


Music has been an important part of the Windsor-Essex landscape for over 150 years, and it continues to play a crucial role in the development of our region. The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and the WindsorEssex Small Business Center recognize the need to develop our music ecosystem and foster growth in our growing arts community.

In early 2017, the Windsor-Essex Music Advisory Council (WEMAC) was formed, bringing together representatives from every facet of the local music economy. Council members are dedicated to representing Music in Windsor-Essex. Pooling resources and knowledge to create unique initiatives aimed at elevating the local music ecosystem.

PLUG IN TO MUSIC WINDSOR-ESSEX is an event focused on showcasing local resources designed to help music business thrive in our region.

-Hear about funding, Grants, business planning and cross-border opportunities for local artists and businesses.

-Network with other musicians, producers, songwriters, Venue owners and more at our regions first music ecosystem Mixer!

-Meet regional representatives on the Music Advisory Council and have your voice heard by the team working hard to make our region a truly music friendly place to live, work, play, and create!

Reserve a FREE ticket now.

Food and refreshments will be available!

Red Piston presents Code in the Dark

Red Piston presents Code in the Dark Thursday, October 19.
A FREE programming competition unlike any other! Smoke, Lazers, Loud music and one champ!
15 min
No previews
One champion
Not a developer? No problem! Red Piston is hosting a Simultaneous Arcade Competition for non-developers.

Print for Healthcare

3D Print Innovative Devices for Accessible Healthcare

EPICentre has partnered with Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare to deliver Print for Healthcare. This competition invites students and community members to form multidisciplinary teams to research and identify a need for a new or improved device that would benefit any healthcare field. Teams will then design, print, and develop a business plan for their device over the course of 3 months.



  1. To highlight 3D printing as a tool for custom, fast, and cost- effective prototyping and construction in healthcare
  2. To educate how to create innovative technologies and implement them into healthcare practice

Competition Timeline

Full details including eligibility, event timeline details and resources available on the EPICentre website. Click the button below.


Lenovo Tech Wheels Comes to YQG

Want to see the latest technology innovations from Lenovo? The Lenovo Tech Wheels, a 48-foot mobile product showcase, is coming to Caboto Club on July 28th.

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Open House from 12pm to 4:00pm

Caboto Club
2175 Parent Avenue
Windsor, ON N8X 4K2

In partnership with Intel, Lenovo Tech Wheels features Lenovo’s latest Windows 10 line up from X1 Yoga to X1 Tablet, as well as the entire portfolio from servers and workstations to laptops, desktops and smartphones. From backend infrastructure and server solutions to traditional PCs and desktops, Lenovo Tech Wheels showcases the entire product solution portfolio, with Lenovo sales and technical experts available to answer any questions and help with making decisions.
Similar to a retail store, visit Tech Wheels to check out the latest product innovations and decide which solution is best for you or your customers’ needs.


For your chance to win Lenovo products, tweet a picture of Lenovo Tech Wheels using the hashtags #LenovoSweepstakes #LenovoTechWheels! We’ll randomly select lucky winners along the way!

Lend Your Voice: Building a Digital & Entrepreneurial Canada Survey

Startup Canada and Rogers have launched the final survey in this four-part series to identify the digital skills needed for SBOs to survive in tomorrow’s economy. We invite you to take 5 minutes to join us in this next step. By doing so, you will contribute to two final reports that will be presented to industry, government, and the entrepreneurship community at Startup Canada Day on the Hill in Ottawa and online this Autumn.

Complete the Survey for Your Chance to Win! 

Upon completing the survey, you will be eligible to redeem a 30% discount (valued at $35) for Startup Canada Day on the Hill and the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finaleboth taking place Oct. 19 in Ottawa. You will receive a discount code once we close the survey. You will also be entered to win:

1 free ticket to Startup Canada Day on the Hill  (Valued at $150)

1 free ticket to the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale (Valued at $250)


Tech Talks: Ransomware 101 with AlphaKOR Group


Over the last few months, international headlines have been dominated by stories of a massive global ransomware attack. The University of Calgary was victim to an attack this past year and ended up paying $20,000 to regain access to their own organizational data.

Ransomware enables criminals to extort money from organizations by holding their data ransom – this is one of the newest forms of cyber breaches and is becoming an increasing problem.

Join the AlphaKOR team over the lunch hour for an informative session that will go over how Ransonware works, the organizational impact to such a threat and how to prevent a future attack.

Date and Time

Wed, 19 July 2017
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM EDT


AlphaKOR Group
7800 Twin Oaks Dr
Windsor, ON N8N 5B6

Facts about Ransomware:

  • In 2016 nearly 50% of businesses were hit with Ransomware causing over $1 Billion in losses
  • When factoring in downtime and increased staff resources, the losses increase to more than $75 Billion
  • $209 Million has been reported in losses within the first 3 months of 2017
  • Ransomware emails spiked 6000% in 2016
  • 92% of surveyed IT firms reported attacks on their clients
  • Attacks are expected to DOUBLE in 2017

There is no cost to attend this event. Please feel free to bring your lunch along. Light snack and refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited! Reserve your spot below.



Social Media Day celebrates social media’s impact on global communication, and Windsor is joining in on the fun on Friday, June 30th.

The Windsor Star, in partnership with WEtech Alliance, is proud to publish a special feature on Wednesday, June 28, to promote the businesses who are celebrating the occasion with the 7th annual Community Chalk Tweet. This year’s theme is Canada 150, and WEtech Alliance has joined forces with several Windsor-Essex municipalities, organizations, businesses and individuals to make this a fun community event open to all residents of our region.

This feature will appear in the Windsor Star, and will also be promoted on’s Special Features section, as well as – of course! – shared socially with our tens of thousands of social media followers.


Wednesday, June 28 in the Windsor Star


End of day Friday, June 23rd.


OPTION 1 – Full Colour Ad 2 x 32 (1.9483” x 2.286”)
$125 for WEtech Alliance Members
$150 for non-WEtech Members

OPTION 2 – Full Colour Ad 10 x 40 (10.34” x 2.857”)
$600 for WEtech Alliance Members
$800 for non-WEtech Members


Please Contact: Anna Cabrera 519.255.5535

Click for image above to learn how we’re celebrating Social Media Day 2017!

Studio Y Fellowship Information Session – Windsor

WEtech Alliance & Studio Y will be co-hosting an information session at EPICentre UWindsor next Monday, June 19th from 12-1pm.

Studio Y is traveling across the province to engage young professionals and attract the next generation of Systems Leaders.

Studio Y is a part-time, flexible, and funded opportunity. This is an accessible program intended for all Ontarians where fellows meet at MaRS Discovery District for brief residencies throughout the year.

Ontario Scale-Up Vouchers Program

The Ontario Scale-Up Vouchers Program is a four-year, $32.4-million initiative funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, and delivered through MaRS, Communitech and Invest Ottawa.

Ontario-based firms in technology- or innovation-intensive industries earning $1 million to $50 million in annual revenue that meet the following criteria are candidates for this program:

  • Already experiencing a 20% annual growth rate in revenue, sales or employment (for the most recent financial year); and/or
  • Have secured private investment of at least $2 million in the previous two years

Together: An Exhibition on Global Development Coming to #YQG May 18 & 20

Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s award winning mobile exhibition. Together: An exhibition on global development is a free, innovative mobile exhibition for all ages.  The exhibition is travelling across the country stimulating conversation about Canada’s role in reducing global poverty. Visitors are invited to climb aboard and explore a custom-built truck with 1,000 square feet of exhibition space.

In partnership with Global Affairs Canada, Aga Khan Foundation Canada has welcomed 40,000 visitors to the Together exhibition. With new stories and displays, the Together exhibition will tour for its third year in 2017 as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, celebrating Canada’s leadership in promoting a more peaceful, prosperous, equal, and pluralist world for all.

The exhibition provides an exciting opportunity for members of your community to come out and learn more about Canada’s role in reducing poverty and how they can get involved as global citizens. Please visit our website ( and watch our short two minute video for more information.

We invite you to come visit the exhibition and hope you enjoy your experience!

 May 18
L’Essor High School
13605 St Gregory’s Road, Tecumseh, ON
Thu 3:00 am – 5:00 pm

May 20
Windsor’s 125th Birthday Celebration
78 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, ON
Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm



Downtown Mission Social Enterprise: Now Recruiting

The Downtown Mission’s Enterprise Program is recruiting for students to participate in their new 40-Day Job-Readiness Training Program. The program includes classroom teaching and support, 5 Certifications and on-the-job training as well a special Downtown Mission Workplace Readiness Certificate.

Graduates will be placed with a Partner Employer in the Windsor-Essex Community for 3 months where they will continue to learn the skills of their chosen trade with the mentorship and support of the Enterprise Program Coordinator. As well, successful graduates will receive a monetary stipend at the end of their program.

Program will begin either May 15 or May 22 with interviews taking place Wednesday May 10 and Thursday May 11.