London Inc. Weekly 01 • 31 • 2020

Jones Packaging rebrands to Jones Healthcare Group

Photo: Jones Packaging has rebranded to Jones Healthcare Group and announced $20 million in new investment

JONES PACKAGING INC., a market leader in advanced packaging and medication dispensing solutions, has unveiled a new corporate identity as the company marks 100 years serving health and wellness markets.

At the centre of the new identity is a change of the company name to Jones Healthcare Group and an updated corporate logo.

As Jones Healthcare Group, the has also announced plans to invest $20 million into the business over the next two years. 

“Over a century ago, Jones provided apothecary packaging to help pharmacists safely dispense medication to patients,” said Ron Harris, president & CEO at Jones. “One thing has never wavered since our beginning—we have always been focused on wellness. It’s in our DNA.”

Through its three business units and two European subsidiaries, Venalink UK and Venalink Spain, the company’s new identity aligns closely with a continued vision to advance healthcare with progressive packaging platforms that put consumer well-being first and respond to evolving market needs.

“We offer our clients a unique expertise across a range of health and wellness sectors,” added Christine Jones Harris, principal, corporate development at Jones. “And as an organization rooted in innovation, we collaborate with global government regulators and agencies, educational institutions and advocacy groups to understand what’s important to consumers and build solutions for the future, such as connected and intelligent packaging.”

With the launch of its new name and logo, the company has released an updated corporate website at www.joneshealthcaregroup.com to share its story and commitment to packaging the future of healthcare through the next century. 


Four London car dealerships among 2020 Dealers of the Year

Photo: Four local dealerships are among DealerRater’s 2020 Dealer of the Year recipients

EARLIER THIS WEEK, DealerRater, the world’s leading car dealer and salesperson review website, announced the winners of its annual Dealer of the Year Award program in Canada and the U.S. Included among them are four local dealerships: Courtesy Ford Lincoln, Lexus of London, Mercedes-Benz London and ToyotaTown.

Award recipients are recognized for distinction in outstanding customer service based on consumer reviews of dealership experiences shared on DealerRater.com and DealerRater.ca. Categories for scoring include customer service, quality of work, friendliness, pricing and overall experience.

“Customer satisfaction is a key differentiator in today’s competitive retail market and our Dealer of the Year Award winners continue to raise the bar for best practices in our industry,” said DealerRater general manager, Jamie Oldershaw. “For shoppers, the DealerRater platform makes it easy to connect with the salesperson who can best provide the car-buying experience they are looking for, while dealerships benefit from increased efficiencies and more onsite traffic to their business.”

To qualify for the DealerRater Dealer of the Year Awards, car dealers must have at least 25 new reviews written on DealerRater.com during 2019 and average a minimum of four out of a five-star rating. Winners selected to receive the highest level of national distinction scored at the top of the respective brand categories for U.S. and Canada.


Greenhills Golf Club purchased by local golf operators

Photo: Greenhills Golf Club

A PAIR OF local golf club veterans have teamed up to purchase Greenhills Golf Club, a private golf course in Lambeth, from ClubLink Corporation.

According to LondonOntarioGolf.com, Brian Ublansky, owner of Echo Valley Golf Club in Lambeth, and Brent Holmes, owner of Forest City National Golf Club, are the new Greenhills owners.

“We are excited to formally announce our purchase of Greenhills Golf Club. Our goal is to return Greenhills to a private, members only golf club,” read a posting on the club’s Facebook page.

ClubLink, based in King City and the largest owner and operator of golf courses in Canada, has owned Greenhills since 1999. In recent years, it had been operating the club as a semi-private course, battling it out in a crowded market with declining golfer participation. It’s reported there are approximately 400 members at Greenhills.

“This is a great story about local ownership, and about bringing Greenhills back to its glory days as a friendly private club,” Brad Esler, Greenhills general manager, told LondonOntarioGolf.com, adding that a new Greenhills membership fee of $2,290—with no initiation fee—will also allow members playing privileges at both Echo Valley and Forest City National.

Built in 1975, Greenhills was designed by renowned Canadian golf course architect Renee Muylaert of Strathroy. Before his passing in 2005, Muylaert designed more than 50 Ontario golf courses, including The Oaks Golf and Country Club in Komoka and London’s West Haven Golf and Country Club.


Northern Commerce and Fanshawe partner to offer Shopify development course

Photo: Northern Commerce and Fanshawe College have partnered to offer an eight-week Shopify development course

NORTHERN COMMERCE IS partnering with Fanshawe College to pioneer a new course on Shopify web development, a leading cloud-based, omni-channel commerce platform. The eight-week course will be available for free to second-year Interactive Media Design and Production (IDP) and Interactive Media Specialist (IMS) students.

In the course, students will learn the fundamentals of building high-performing ecommerce websites using Shopify’s all-in-one commerce platform. The course will be taught by Northern Commerce front-end developers who build bespoke Shopify online storefronts for merchants, retailers and manufacturers.

“Our goal is to ensure Fanshawe is at the academic forefront of the rapid evolution of tech platforms and the skills required to use them,” said Gilberto Murcia, VP Technology at Northern Commerce. “We’re helping these students build not just generalized web development skills, but the career-specific software skills that employers like us are looking for.”

The course aims to give students an immersive and hands-on look at the tools and platforms that are driving the ecommerce industry—like Shopify—before they start their careers. Headquartered and founded in Canada, Shopify powers over one million merchants in more than 175 countries and has generated over $135 billion in total sales since its launch in 2006.

“Our partnership with Northern Commerce is all about bridging the gap between college and our students’ first job,” said Justin Brunner, program coordinator at Fanshawe College. “This course gives students the opportunity to gain real-world experience on top of an accredited diploma.”


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2020 Changing Faces of Agriculture | February 27, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Western Fair District Carousel Room

Canada’s agri-food sector was highlighted by the federal government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth Report as one of Canada’s high-potential sectors for growth with exports alone generating more than $55 billion per year. With roughly one in nine Canadian jobs depending on the agriculture system, and just over half of Canada’s best farmland in Ontario, the agriculture sector is a significant driver of the local economy.

2020 Changing Faces of Agriculture will feature a hot breakfast buffet and panel discussion at Western Fair District with some of the area’s leading agriculture experts, including Joe Dales of RH Accelerator and Keith Merker of WeedMD.

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