Invest WindsorEssex hosts annual general meeting and highlights 2021 regional accomplishments

Invest WindsorEssex/Media Release

WINDSOR-ESSEX, ONTARIO (May 26, 2022) – Today, Invest WindsorEssex (IWE), the lead economic development organization for the Windsor-Essex region, hosted their 2021 annual general meeting at Caesars Windsor. The event was held in-person for the first time since the onset of the pandemic and welcomed over 100 community partners, business clients and stakeholders.

This year’s meeting reported on the 2021 business development accomplishments and activities including performance metrics and the corporation’s financials. The 2021 annual report was released and can be found on the Invest WindsorEssex website. 

The event also included a presentation from keynote speaker Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA), who provided an overview of the automotive industry and the future of Windsor-Essex, Ontario and Canada as global leaders in next generation automotive production. 

Danies Lee, Vice President and Project Lead for LG Energy Solution (LGES), spoke to the new battery plant investment in Windsor. Having lead this critical project between Stellantis and LGES from initial incubation to the recent historic announcement, he discussed the next steps in project execution to ensure the readiness of the battery plant in Windsor in a timely manner.


“Although the pandemic continues, the one constant that remains is the driving force of Invest WindsorEssex. They have positioned this region to become more diversified with private and public partnerships, advancing innovation and technology and providing local businesses the support they need to get through this pandemic. Invest WindsorEssex has shown us how to overcome adversity, inspire optimism and make this region a great place to live, work and play.” – Tom Bain, Chair, Board of Directors, Invest WindsorEssex

“As the lead economic development organization for the region, Invest WindsorEssex (IWE) was successful in attracting $9.9 million in government grants to support economic development initiatives for Windsor-Essex in 2021. This includes $7.5 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to establish Canada’s first world-class automobility accelerator. The IWE team was also successful in attracting $110 million in investment and creating 776 local jobs. The future is Windsor-Essex. Our region is well positioned to continue this momentum in 2022 and beyond.” – Stephen MacKenzie, President and CEO, Invest WindsorEssex

About Invest WindsorEssex (IWE) 

Invest WindsorEssex is the lead economic development agency for the Windsor-Essex region. The focus of the organization is to develop and execute strategies to retain, expand, attract and help new businesses start-up in Windsor-Essex. Invest WindsorEssex is led by a board of distinguished community leaders. A team of professional staff provides assistance with location and investment decisions by working one-on-one with businesses to facilitate the process of starting, growing or locating a business in Windsor-Essex. 

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