2 minutes with...
2 MINUTES WITH
BEN AUDET

PRESIDENT  |  ONTARIO CONCRETE RAISING LTD.


Nickname: Benji
Where are you from: Welland, Ontario
Where did you go to school: Niagara College
Favourite Food: Pizza and sushi (but not sushi pizza)
What do you love: My family
What do you believe: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Luke 6:31) This applies in business as well as I try my best to always treat people with respect.
Your dream: Run a full marathon without crying. Help more people.
Favourite quote: "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard."
Your top 3 characteristics: Positivity, patience and honesty (This is an important trait that is sometimes overlooked in the sales/service industry.)
Your strengths: I value hard work and consistency and don’t dwell on mistakes. Always try to stay positive and have a good laugh. I’m really humble, the most humble guy on Planet Earth.
Favourite activity: Running - especially early morning runs
Other interests: Hiking and spending time with my wife and dogs. BL

Ben Audet is the president of Ontario Concrete Raising Ltd. located at 600 Ontario Street in St. Catharines. For more information, call 289.969.5437, email ben@ontarioconcreteraising.com or visit www.ontarioconcreteraising.com.


2 MINUTES WITH
TAMARA COLEMAN-LAWRIE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  |  UNITED WAY SOUTH NIAGARA


Nickname: No nickname, it’s always "Tamara."
Where are you from: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Where did you go to school: A.N. Myer Secondary School, Mohawk College (Business Marketing)
Favourite Food: Poutine (the best is in old Montreal, a place called La Banquise)
What do you love: My family, especially my one and only daughter Zoey
What do you believe: I believe that when you give goodness, you shall receive greatness!
Your dream: To move to a warmer destination in five years.  
Favourite quote: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi
Your top 3 characteristics: Commitment, determination and integrity
Your strengths: Organization, communication and the bringing together of great ideas
Favourite activity: Boating
Other interests: I love the sun and warm weather.  Whether it’s a day at the beach, a summer festival or joining friends on a boat ride, I wish it was warm all the time! BL
Tamara Coleman-Lawrie is the executive director at United Way South Niagara located at 800 Niagara Street in Welland. For more information, call 905.735.0490, email
tamara.coleman-lawrie@unitedwayniagara.org or visit www.unitedwayniagara.org.


2 MINUTES WITH
ROGER D. ALI

PRESIDENT & CEO  |  ONEFOUNDATION FOR NIAGARA HEALTH SYSTEMS


Nickname: None, although some people call me "Rog."
Where are you from: Trinidad, I have lived in the Hamilton/Niagara region for 30+ years
Where did you go to school: McMaster University (undergrad), Athabasca University (eMBA)
Favourite Food: Braised lamb shank, pan-fried duck breast
What do you love: Being around family and friends I care about the most
What do you believe: "Carpe diem"―savor the moment
Your dream: To travel the world  
Favourite quote: "If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude."
Your top 3 characteristics: Adventurous, dependable and confident
Your strengths: Strategic, perceptive, reliable and disciplined
Favourite activity: Working out at the gym and cooking
Other interests: Enjoy planning trips. I’ve been to 90+ countries to date. BL

Roger D. Ali is the president and CEO of OneFoundation for Niagara Health Systems located at 1200 Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines. For more information, call 905.378.4647 ext. 43862, email roger.ali@niagarahealth.on.ca or visit www.niagarahealth.on.ca.


2 MINUTES WITH
STEPHEN CANJAR

BROKER OF RECORD  |  PEAK PERFORMER REALTY LTD. BROKERAGE


Nickname: "Stevo"
Where are you from: Welland, Ontario
Where did you go to school: Notre Dame College and Brock University
Favourite Food: Grilled steak
What do you love: My three kids Jacob, Kaila and Nikolas
What do you believe: Doing the right thing will always pay off in the end.
Your dream: Own a professional sports team  
Favourite quote: "Dream big. Work hard. Stay humble."
Your top 3 characteristics: Trustworthy, respectful and sincere
Your strengths: Being a real estate professional is not just a career but a lifestyle and my passion. Simply put, I love what I do…it truly does make a difference in service.
Favourite activity: Attending live sporting events―Leafs, Jays, IceDogs―you name it―nothing beats being in the action.
Other interests: Aside from public speaking/teaching, I enjoy putting pen to paper and contributing to a book on business I hope to publish one day. BL

Stephen Canjar is the Broker of Record of Peak Performer Realty Inc. Brokerage located at 165 Highway 20 West in Fonthill. For more information, call 289.820.9309, email scanjar@movingniagara.com or visit www.peakperformersrealty.com.


2 MINUTES WITH
PAM CICCI

OWNER  |  GWEN’S TEAS


Nickname: Bookworm
Where are you from: St. Catharines, Ontario
Where did you go to school: Sir Winston Churchill, Brock University (honours in English), Niagara College (P.R. Diploma)
Favourite Food: Mom’s Italian cooking!
What do you love: My kids of course!
What do you believe: There is nothing so serious a cup of tea won’t solve.
Your dream: That downtown St. Catharines continues to evolve into a thriving destination for residents and visitors alike  
Favourite quote: "It’s better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven’t."
Your top 3 characteristics: Fun, generous and honest
Your strengths: Creativity, enthusiasm and my sense of humour
Favourite activity: Reading
Other interests: Gardening, history, travel and bike rides with my kids. BL

Pam Cicci is the owner of Gwen’s Teas located at 90 Welland Avenue in St. Catharines. For more information, call 905.397.8184, email pam@gwensteas.com or visit www.gwensteas.com.


2 MINUTES WITH
MICHÈLE BOSC

VP MARKETING & ADMINISTRATION  |  CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES


Where are you from: Newfoundland
Where did you go to school: Dalhousie University, B. Sc. in Biology
Favourite Food: Wine
What do you love: My boys
What do you believe: We are all one people. No qualifiers.
Your dream: See my son become an honourable man. (He’s 10-years-old).  
Your top 3 characteristics: Mom, wife, cancer survivor
Your strengths: Tenacious when I believe in something, I can see the forest and the trees, comfortable in front of a crowd, I’m told that when training new staff, I take complex concepts and Break them down into digestible pieces.
Favourite activity: Watching live music and reading
What you probably don’t know about me: I’m a sucker for a romance novel. My preferred music genre is hard rock/metal and I have always shared my home with at least one cat. BL

Michèle Bosc is the VP of marketing & administration at Château des Charmes located at 1025 York Road in St. Davids. For more information, call 905.262.4219 ext 226, email
michele@chateaudescharmes.com or visit www.chateaudescharmes.com
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