The Evolution of Retail – Changes in the Retail World Evident in New and Long-Standing Markham Businesses

By Carolyn Camilleri In June this year, Markham Village welcomed a new business, one that exemplifies the direction retail is taking. Housed in a 130-year-old heritage building, the Cigar Company + Gentlemen’s Barbershop features a custom Spanish cedar humidor, vintage cigar room, 3,000-square-foot outdoor cigar lounge, and an upscale barbershop, offering traditional hot-towel, straight-razor shaves along with haircuts. The staff are all certified Habanos specialists and cigar lovers — even […]

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Exemplary Markham Businesses Recognized at Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala

by Sharon Clark-Koufis, Marketing & Events Manager, Markham Board of Trade The theme was James Bond 007. The mission? To reveal the recipients of Markham Board of Trade’s 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards. On November 20, 2016, that was done in style, with black tuxedos, stirred martinis, a casino, and even a chance to view up close one of Bond’s most noteworthy gadgets, a Lotus sports car. From a record […]

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Building for the Future: Commercial Real Estate and Development in Markham

By Kathryn Willms When people talk about the hot real estate market in Markham, they’re typically talking about houses. There is some irony in the fact that, while residential real estate dominates the national conversation, an inquiry into its more tempered counterpart, commercial real estate, reveals the longer-term trends that may shape not only the housing market but the future of our cities themselves. In Markham, the state of commercial […]

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You’ve Been Hacked: The Rise in Cyber Crime and Why We’re So Vulnerable

by: Meghan Behse In 2014, an iCloud breach, later coined “Celebgate” by some, took the world by storm as A-list celebrities’ most compromising personal photos were leaked on the web after their cloud-storage accounts were hacked. Just about everyone with a smart phone was talking about security and privacy. And changing their passwords. But as individual consumers we can only do so much to protect ourselves from cyber criminals. In […]

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What’s Hot in Employment Law Part II: Accommodation and Workplace Safety

In this second article of a two-part series, we enlist Markham law firms that specialize in employment law to break down emerging trends and new legislation that employers can’t afford to ignore. ARTICLE: On January 1, 2016, a day when many crawled out of bed, vowing a fresh start, Ontario employers were waking up to a fresh set of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) regulations. These regulations define […]

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Meet the Man Behind Downtown Markham

by Sarah Sweet Just a few weekends ago, Rudy Bratty found himself turned away from a condo presentation centre. The place was packed. “I’m sorry, sir, there’s no spot to park,” an apologetic attendant explained. But Bratty wasn’t the least bit frustrated. “I can’t tell you how happy you make me feel to say that,” he said, before driving off again. There’s a good reason that Bratty was delighted rather […]

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What’s Hot in Employment Law: Making the Case for Employment Agreements and Workplace Policies

In this two-part series, we call on the expertise of two Markham law firms specializing in employment law to discuss common legal challenges employers face and how best to navigate new laws and emerging trends that may affect your business.= Jian Ghomeshi. The Germanwings plane crash. FHRITP: the acronym that shall not be googled. Some of the biggest news stories of the past year have had one thing in common: […]

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Perks @ Work: Building Community and Culture

Most companies identify their people as their most valuable assets. And in an era of global economies, advancing technology, and constant connectivity, relationships between companies and their employees have never been so complex. As employees check emails in between bedtime stories, employers are stepping up to address their wellness with strategies that go beyond traditional benefit plans. We are in the age of the perk. Perks have always existed in […]

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Bending Reality: Dhan Balachand’s Headset Will Take You Anywhere

When Dhan Balachand sat down with journalist Mary Bitti, he candidly discussed his inspiration for launching Sulon Technologies and the endless possibilities of its signature product, the Cortex. But it became clear that there was a lot he couldn’t talk about; marketing plans, launch dates, and the latest product specs remain shrouded in secrecy. But this is no surprise. As an emerging innovation company rivalling giants like Google, Sulon’s mystery is a tactic of competitive survival. And Balachand’s Cortex […]

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Shimco: Peter Voss Is the Perfect Fit for Precision-Parts Manufacturer

Peter Voss, a CPA with degrees in physics and economics, had a varied career in audit and industry before deciding he wanted to own and operate his own business. As CFO of a public company in Waterloo, he was doing M&As, scouting out high-tech companies, rightsizing, and integrating them into existing operations. “I spent a lot of time helping others become successful, and I wanted to do the same for […]

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