The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation conducts presentations for a wide array of audiences on a regular basis. Touching on issues ranging from our Regional identity, to our economy, to our location advantage, these presentations contain great summaries of important information and facts that define the Windsor-Essex Region.


Accessing Canada's Duty Deferral Program - July 26, 2018
Response to Rapidly Changing Duty Deferral Programs - July 26, 2018

On Thursday, July 26, 2018 manufacturers who work in the steel/aluminum processing industry and customs brokers who work with companies in the steel/aluminum industry attended a presentation given by Matthew Lawford, Senior Officer Trade Compliance, Operations Branch, for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) with the Government of Canada. CBSA introduced a process to support companies affected by the surtax.

Countermeasures in Response to Unjustified Tariffs on Canadian Steel and Aluminum Products

Process for Requesting Remission of Surtaxes that Apply on Certain Goods from the U.S.

Surtax Imposed on Certain Products Originating in the United States


Presentation - CBSA FTZ Point 2018 Duties Relief


Emergency Preparedness - Business Recovery and Resiliency - October 18, 2016

On October 18, 2016 the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation hosted the Emergency Preparedness - Business Recovery and Resiliency Seminar.  Panelists included Dan Metcalfe, County of Essex CEMC; Chief Chuck Parsons, Fire Chief, Leamington Fire Services and Lee Tome, Assistant Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Prevention Officer, Amherstburg. Speakers included Pete Karageorgos, Insurance Bureau of Canada and Steve Phillips, Director of Operations for Kautex Textron. Topic included: Business and economic recovery post an event; Employee and customer retention; Business interruption planning and Lessons from the trenches.

Disaster Recovery Plan 

This guide provides directions on creating a comprehensive database of all crucial information in the event of an emergency as well as step-by-step actionable items to appropriately respond to any situation. 

Disaster Recovery Plan Template



APMA Annual Conference - Additive and Light Weighting Session - June 15, 2016

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA) and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) have organized and is sponsoring the Light-weighting and Additive Manufacturing session that will be held at the APMA 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition at Caesars Windsor on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The following presentations were presented during the session:

PRESENTATION - Rakesh Naidu, (Interim) CEO, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation


PRESENTATION - Mark Stevens, Project Manager, Cener for Automotive Research


PRESENTATION - Jim Vurpillat, Marketing Director for Automotive & Aerospace, Stratasys


PRESENTATION - Jill Urbanic, Associate Professor, Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering, University of Windsor


PRESENTATION - Dave Muir, Director, Research and Development, National Research Council Canada


Growth Options and Sources of Captial Available to Mid-Market Canadian Businesses

On Tuesday, April 16, 2016 the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation hosted an event that included a panel of industry experts who provided a high-level overview of the marekt and provided insight into different considerations for growth.  The topics discussed included:

  • Trends and outlooks for mid-market companies in the Windsor-Essex Region
  • Financial Growth: Understanding the options and the importance of strategic, legal and tax considerations of a deal
  • Lessons from the trenches, highlighting relevant case studies of private equity deals
  • Guidance from experts on tackling the different stages of transactions and closing the deal
  • Practical tips on how to get the best outcome and knowing what buyers/investor look for in businesses and addressing key concerns

The panelists included: Rakesh Naidu, CEO (Interim) WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp.; Federica Nazzani, President, Capital Assist (Valuation) Inc.; Ken Moore, Managing Director, NewPoint Capital Partners; William Willis, Partner, McTague Law Firm; Ferruccio DaSacco, Partner, BDO Canada LLP

Growth Options and Sources of Capital Presentation
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Windsor-Essex Manufacturers' Supplier Day

On April 29, 2015 the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation hosted the Windsor-Essex Manufacturers’ Supplier Day Event.   Over 75 local manufacturers filled the Augustus Ballroom at Caesars Windsor.

The Supplier Day Event featured three major companies ABB, Siemens and SNC-Lavalin all international in scope and with multiple divisions that require suppliers.  Their work spans infrastructure, industrial, power, nuclear, robotics and more.

The morning was spent hearing from senior procurement representatives from ABB, Siemens and SNC - Lavalin. Windsor-Essex companies with processes that fit the needs of ABB, Seimens and SNC Lavalin were selected for one-on-one meetings in the afternoon portion of the event. 

Presentations included:

ABB Group


Siemens Canada





Immigrant Investor Forum

On May 5, 2014 the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation hosted an Immigrant Investor Forum.  Attendees included regional immigration lawyers as well as corporate accountants.  The objective of this forum was to assist economic development with the identification and introduction of potential immigrant investors to Windsor-Essex and to develop a protocol on how we will respond to a potential investor to our region.  The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration that administers the Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program presented an overview of what their program looks like and how they can help us achieve success with our program.


WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation Presentation

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Presentation
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Recruiting High Skilled Temporary Foreign Workers Seminar

On March 26, 2013 the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp hosted a seminar on Recruiting High Skilled Temporary Foreign Workers. With the skills gap in our available labour force, many companies are turning to recruiting foreign workers to fill the void in addition to employing other strategies like attracting youth, new and improved internal training programs and working with partners in education to continuously improve and upgrade the skills of the existing workforce.

 We heard from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment about their Corporate Immigration Advisory Services; Service Canada on obtaining a Labour Market Opinion; Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration on the Provincial Nominee Program; and Citizenship and Immigration Canada on Work Permits, Work Permit Exemptions, Temporary Foreign Worker Unit and Permanent Residence.

 The presentations cover the rules and regulations, and links to further information as well as key contacts in each Ministry that can assist companies in their high-skilled foreign worker recruitment strategies.

 Service Canada Presentation
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 Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Presentation
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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada Presentation
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  Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment Presentation
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Stakeholder Engagement Session - March 24, 2010

The leadership at the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation has determined the time is right to revisit the strategic plan to determine if the focus needs to be recalibrated and if the targeted industry growth sectors are aligned with the economic realities in the national and international context. In addition, the WEEDC believes the strategic plan concept needs to be expanded to focus on a broader roadmap for the economic development for the Windsor-Essex Region. The presentation below was viewed at the Stakeholder Engagement Session held on March 24, 2010 at the Ciociaro Club.

Adobe PDF documentWindsor-Essex: Taking Charge of Change
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