in partnership with Tourism Windsor Essex and Ontario’s Southwest

Tourism Windsor Essex and Ontario’s Southwest (RTO1) want to support the tourism industry in navigating through, and planning for, the Respond, Restart and Recover phases caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are launching the OSW Tourism Industry Restart & Reimagine Forum. Webinar and education opportunities will occur up to and during the reopening of the tourism industry in our region. The education opportunities are free – below see details below.

  • Session #6 – Ramping Up As The Curve Flattens

Tuesday June 2nd: 11:00am 

We are pleased to partner with Eva Gutsche from STEM Consulting to assist tourism operators in the region, in considering what to expect as businesses start to re-open.  Eva has been working with tourism operators across the country and helping these businesses adapt to the impacts of COVID-19.  The workshop will cover a wide range of topics and there will be immediate implementation opportunities for each participant. Click here to register.

Past Sessions

Take a look at the past sessions so you don’t miss out on any of the learning opportunities. Click to view the past sessions, including:

  • Session #1 – “Mindfulness: Alleviating Stress & Elevating Business Potential”
  • Session #2 – Day Zero Strategic Business Planning 
  • Session #3 – How to Communicate through Social Media During and After a Crisis: Working Session
  • Session #4 – How to Communicate to your Email Subscribers During & After a Crisis
  • Session #5 – The Road to E-commerce for Businesses in the Food Tourism Industry


Take advantage of these informative and practical webinars to help you respond to the effects of COVID-19 now and in the future. Advance registration is required for all events. These will be updated often.


The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre is hosting Ask the Expert, a webinar series to help answer your questions and provide support during COVID-19. If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner who needs guidance we have a team of expert professionals ready to assist you! Join us for weekly small group discussions where you’ll get tangible answers to your business questions.

There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Click here to register.

Tuesday May 26th, 2020

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) hosts weekly calls for the opportunity for stakeholders to stay informed and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Calls generally take place on Tuesdays at 3pm. Call in information is below for the next call:

  • TBD

Thursday May 28th, 2020

NEW 05/26/2020 Reopening Your Business – What You Should Know on Thursday May 28th at 2:30pm featuring the Windsor Essex County Health Unit, presented by the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. Click here to register.

Tuesday June 2nd, 2020

Google My Business presented by Lauren Hedges, Parallel 42 Systems and the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association. Click here to register.

Thursday June 4th, 2020

NEW 05/26/2020 Maximize Your Membership on Thursday June 4th, 2:30pm presented by the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. Click here to register.

Tuesday June 9th, 2020

Graphic Design 101: Create impactful visuals & elevate your businesses’ presence presented by Amanda Sinasac, Graphic Designer & Digital Marketing Specialist and the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association. Click here to register.

Tuesday June 16th, 2020

The Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab has partnered with WEtech Alliance to help support hard-hit tourism businesses in the province with The Digital Shift Program. The next edition is ZOOM-SIDE-CHAT on Tuesday June 16th.

Leveraging the incredible depth of expertise found within the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab network, each workshop will feature a conversation with Ontario “Shift Experts” who have made digital pivots to their own business, and can share the tangible learnings and potential pitfalls of finding new ways to deliver value online. This session will feature “Shift Experts” Marijo Cuerrier, Executive Director and Kelsey Moniz, Media & Marketing Officer from the Belleville Downtown District BIA. To register now click here.

Wednesday June 17th, 2020

The Ontario government, in partnership with the Consulate General of India in Toronto are hosting Ontario-India ICT Trade and Investment – Embracing Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 Environment, a webinar outlining opportunities in the ICT and telecom sectors in Ontario and India. Click here to register.

Friday, June 19, 2020

ExportON!: AI and IoT Virtual Trade Mission to India: This online event will provide an easy, cost-effective way for Ontario companies to introduce their products and services to Indian system integrators, corporate organizations and government officials, and explore business opportunities for Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things in India’s National Smart Cities Mission. Click here to register.


Our industry partners are looking for your input to help form a stronger recovery plan from COVID-19, and also make aware to our municipal, provincial and federal politicians the impact COVID-19 has had on our industry and our region as a whole.

Please take the opportunity to give your feedback with the following survey opportunities.

  • Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation is looking to better understand economic impacts businesses anticipate in what lies ahead. Please fill out a short survey to help with COVID-19 response strategies with focus on needs at all levels – local, provincial and federal
  • Stats Canada is conducting a survey to measure the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in Canada. You can participate in the survey by clicking here


To view past webinars hosted by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce please click here. A selection of the webinars include:

  • Suddenly Remote Webinar
  • Town Hall with MP Irek Kusmierczyk
  • Town Hall with Mayor Drew Dilkens
  • Town Hall with Warden Gary McNamara
  • Town Hall with Ontario Chamber of Commerce
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Town Hall with MP Brian Masse and MPP Lisa Gretzky
  • Peninsula Canada
  • Cyber Security and IT Solutions
  • Digital Marketing
  • Restructuring and Turning Around

The Business Development Bank of Canada is offering timely webinars assisting businesses to adapt and recover. Click here to watch them now.

Webinar: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace