2013 Outstanding Business Achievement Award Finalists
HAMILTON (March 4, 2014) - The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has announced the
finalists for the 30th Annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA’s). The award
recipients will be announced at the Awards Gala ceremony on Monday, March 31, 2014, at
Carmen’s Banquet Centre.
• Rapscallion Rogue Eatery
• McCallum Sather Architects
• Red Hill Coffee Trade
• Vrancor Hotels Group
• Steeped Tea
• Countrywide Recycling
IRONMAN (sustained performance over a period of minimum 15 years):
• First Canadian Title Hamilton
• Yale Properties
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR (up to age 35):
• Daniel Hyams, Fermata Inc.
• Joe Acardi, Red Brick Rentals, Platform 302, Green Smoothie Bar
• Christoph Benfey, Low Key Studio
• FactorE Design Initiative
NOT FOR PROFIT:
• Good Shepherd Centre
• Hamilton Artists Inc.
• Innovation Factory
CENTURY: (serving Hamilton continuously for 100 years or more) all listed will receive a
• Hamilton Golf and Country Club
• TD Bank
The Hamilton Chamber would like to thank the sponsors of this year’s Outstanding Business Achievement Awards including our Major Sponsors OLG, Bell, Taylor Leibow, and Bank of Montreal, our Program Sponsor Cogeco, and our VIP Reception Sponsor Dan Lawrie Insurance.
Tickets for the OBAA’s are available for $850 for a table of 10, or $90 per person, plus HST. Tickets are available from Whitney Simmons at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce:
or 905- 522-1151 ext. 100. Reception begins at 5:00 PM, with dinner at 6:00 PM. Other event details and on-line registration for Hamilton Chamber members, available at: www.hamiltonchamber.ca
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Media Contact: Marie Nash, Creative Coordinator
2013 OBAA Finalists Announcement
BUSINESS CONFIDENCE SURGES IN HAMILTON-NIAGARA, LEADS THE PROVINCE
Hamilton, ON, FEB 11th 2014: The Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula region leads the province in business confidence, according to a new survey from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Leger Marketing. The annual Ontario Business Confidence Index shows that 59 percent of surveyed businesses are confident in Ontario’s economy--up a significant 15 percentage points from last year.
The index also shows that 82 percent of businesses in the region are confident in their own organization’s outlook, a 12 percentage point increase over the previous year. Over 71 percent of businesses in the region plan to expand within the next five years.
“The results of the index reaffirm the incredible momentum and energy in the Hamilton community over the last few years”, says Keanin Loomis, CEO Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. “We hope to continue working with all levels of government over the next year to ensure we utilize effective policy and legislative tools necessary for the business community to realize their goals”.
“The Hamilton-Niagara region is home to some of Ontario’s most forward-thinking and able businesses,” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “It only makes sense that they would lead Ontario in confidence.”
The survey of businesses is featured in Emerging Stronger 2014, a business-driven economic agenda released by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and authored by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Mowat Centre and Leger Marketing. The report identifies the immediate steps that government and the private sector must take to enhance Ontario’s economic competitiveness and spur job creation in the province.
“There are actions that government and business can do to boost our economy and business confidence,” adds O’Dette. “While confidence is up big time in the Hamilton-Niagara region, we’re still concerned about uncertainty in the overall business climate, including pending changes to the pension environment and energy costs.”
“There are a number of recommendations within the Emerging Stronger report that stuck out to me as incredibly relevant for the Hamilton regional economy” says Keanin Loomis, CEO Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. “Through a series of improvements to the regulatory environment, talent development and developing strategic cluster strategies as highlighted in report, the Ontario government can play a significant role in the future of Hamilton”.
Among the survey’s findings are:
● The Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula region is the most confident region in the province.
● 81 percent of businesses are confident in their own economic outlook, 7 percentage points above the provincial average.
● 72 percent of businesses in the region plan to expand in the next five years, a significant increase of 13 percentage points compared to the previous year.
● 47 percent of businesses in the region believe that Ontario’s economy is headed in the right direction, a slight drop from the previous year.
● 59 percent of the region’s businesses are confident in Ontario’s economy, 11 percentage points above the provincial average.
Read Emerging Stronger 2014: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ko8w93f5ba2r1z6/Emergingstronger14_Hamilton.pdf.
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For more information:
Policy & Research Analyst
Life Science Report Released by Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Makes Key Recommendations for Capitalizing on Hamilton’s Strengths
February 3, 2014 - Hamilton, ON – Today the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce released a report titled “Building a Life Sciences Cluster: A Case for Hamilton,” outlining how the city’s future prosperity depends on its ability to extract greater commercial development from its current strengths.
The report documents Hamilton’s broad strengths and assets in life sciences, and looks at other regions around the world that have become economic powerhouses by successfully creating industry clusters.
Chamber President and CEO, Keanin Loomis states that Hamilton already has all the necessary components for creating a strong life science cluster.
“Hamilton’s health service and research sector is now the city’s largest employer,” said Loomis. “The magnitude of health and life science research being conducted here has doubled in recent years, and is receiving global recognition and awards. We have built incredible health infrastructure that is attracting specialized knowledge and human capacity that is the envy of cities worldwide.”
By looking at the elements of successful clusters, the report highlights current challenges and barriers that Hamilton will need to overcome to maximize sustained economic development.
“While hard work remains, the areas that need our attention and further development are not at all insurmountable, cost-prohibitive, nor duplicative of past or current efforts,” added Loomis. “Therefore, we believe that success in creating a vibrant life sciences cluster in Hamilton is achievable, if key leaders remain committed to act.”
The report is a culmination of over a year of work spearheaded by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and with considerable effort and input from key industry stakeholders. All are committed to championing this initiative and are committed in 2014 to advance the report’s recommendations.
For the full report, please see attached or visit: https://www.dropbox.com/s/08yj8tfsc1oub3l/LifeScienceClusterReport2014Final.pdf
Media contact: Huzaifa Saeed, Policy & Research Analyst
| 905-522-1151 ext. 230, C: 905-220-3030
Please click here for a PDF of this report.
Nominations Open for Glanbrook, Ancaster and Dundas Community Awards
Celebrating excellence in Glanbrook, Ancaster and Dundas
Nominations are open for Citizen of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year and Business of the Year in the communities of Glanbrook, Ancaster and Dundas.
Citizen nominees must have performed the act for which they are being nominated in a voluntary capacity in the local community for which award they are being nominated, over and above those required of them in the performance of their regular professional duties.
Or, in the course of their professional activity, have brought outstanding/remarkable attention to the local community for which award they are being nomintated on a provincial, national or international basis.
Youth nominees must be 19 years of age or under as of December 31, 2013 and have performed their volunteer activity in the community for which award they are being nominated.
Business nominees must be in business in the community for which award they are being nominated. Businesses will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and will be judged on community involvement for the overall business or on a project/program basis.
The Glanbrook Community Awards will be presented on Saturday, March 1 at the Binbrook Fairgrounds. Please click here for details. Click here to download the nomination form.
The Ancaster Community Awards will be presented on Tuesday, April 8 at the Ancaster Mill
Please click here to download the nomination form.
The Dundas Community Awards will be presented on Friday, April 25 at Dundas Valley Golf & Curling. Please click here to download the nomination form.
Winners of the 2013 Hamilton Community Awards Announced
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has announced Jeff Paikin as the Royal Bank of Canada Citizen of the Year, and Jackson Virgin as the Hamilton Spectator Youth Volunteer of the Year. The winners were announced at an awards dinner held at LIUNA Station Tuesday evening, where Kent Austin, Ti-Cat Head Coach and General Manager, was the guest speaker. Jeff Paikin is the president of New Horizon homes and co-‐owner of the Bulldogs. Not only is he spearheading downtown development, but is also the driving force behind numerous charitable causes in the Hamilton community. Among his many philanthropic efforts, Jeff is behind the B’nai Brith dinner, which has raised over a million dollars for organizations such as Shalom Village, the YMCA, Mohawk
College, and many more. Jeff has also contributed to the development of the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre and the Larry Paikin Literacy Express. Among the numerous organizations Jeff contributes to, he is an active participant and past chair of the Hamilton-Halton Builders Association, a founding member of the TigerTown Council, and chair of the Transformation Campaign for Hillfield Strathallan College to name a few. Nominated along with Jeff was Joey Coleman, Citizen Journalist, Goce Dimitriosoki of Volunteer365, Jean-Paul Gauthier of September Seventh Entertainment Limited, and Dr. Nathalie Xian Yi Yan of Yan Healthcare.
Jackson Virgin is a student at Westdale Secondary School. He has devoted numerous volunteer hours to a variety of initiatives, including the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board’s Black History Committee and the Hamilton Youth Advisory Committee. Jackson also has spent time volunteering with both Cable 14 and CFMU McMaster University Radio. In addition, Jackson has devoted significant time to the International Holland Family Reunion, for which he received significant media coverage. Jackson is also involved in countless initiatives at his school, including dance crew and the Warriors of Wellness group.
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Royal Bank of Canada, the Hamilton Spectator and the Hamilton Community Foundation for their continued support of this event.
Media contact: Marie Nash, Creative Coordinator
Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula Economy Forecasted to Grow in 2014, Construction and Agriculture to Lead the Way
Hamilton, ON, Jan 15, 2014: Economic conditions in the Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula region have held steady in 2013, despite a weakening labour market and sluggish activity in the manufacturing sector, according to a new economic outlook released by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Credit Unions of Ontario.
After contracting by 1.5 percent in 2013, the overall labour force for the region is set to grow by about 1 percent in 2014 to 765,000 persons. The unemployment rate will hold steady at 7.1 percent through 2014, and is projected to shrink to 6.6 percent by 2015, below the projected provincial average.
Non-residential construction has been a positive driver of the economy in 2013. Private-sector construction will remain high throughout 2014, led by large scale investments including the Pan Am stadium in Hamilton, the St. Catharines-Niagara area Performing Arts Centre, and a $200-million retail outlet.
Housing prices in the region have risen by 12 percent since 2011, but will slow slightly over the next two years to about 2 percent per year as a result of higher interest rates and policy-induced slowing.
“The Hamilton Story, driven primarily by housing prices data and a lower than average unemployment rate, is getting significant national attention,” says Keanin Loomis, President & CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. “Those of us working hard on Hamilton’s renewal know the Hamilton economy is still on the upswing in spite of difficult global economic headwinds since 2008 and a rocky year for our labour market in 2013 as demonstrated in the report. The positive outlook in the report for 2014 and 2015 will further add to that momentum."
Agriculture and agri-food activity will continue to be an economic driver for the region. Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula has seen the opening of Canada Bread Company’s $100-million bakery, while benefitting from a national consolidation of Maple Leaf Foods operations that led to a $395-million facility in Hamilton and a distribution plant in Puslinch slated to be operational by 2014. The region is also benefitting from agriculture-related investment, with National Steel Car winning a contract to construct 1,000 rail cars for Saskatchewan’s potash industry.
“As evidenced by the lack of hand-wringing over the closure of US Steel operations, Hamilton is buoyed by the fact that we are the most diversified economy in Canada. Through our support for local business and advocacy initiatives in emerging sectors, the Chamber will continue to provide leadership in the community to further develop life sciences, creative industries and advanced manufacturing and in the attraction of a younger workforce.” Loomis adds.
The report also highlights how the Hamilton area continues to move towards a knowledge-based economy anchored by McMaster Innovation Park, which houses Canmet Labs and a new automotive research centre.
Key Facts and Highlights:
● Employment is expected to grow by 15,000 over the next two years.
● The unemployment rate is projected to drop to 6.6 percent by 2015, down from 7.2 percent in 2012.
● The housing market is sluggish, as housing sales will dip in the next two years, a continuing trend in the region.
● Housing prices in the region have risen significantly since 2011, and growth will slow slightly over the next two years. Average housing prices have risen from $295,000 in 2011 to a projected $343,000 in 2015.
● The region will see a fairly significant increase (4.4 percent) in the number of residential building permits issued in 2014.
● The region is expected to create 15,000 jobs over the next two years, making it a strong performer in Southern Ontario.
Download the full economic outlook at: https://db.tt/aK9ZKwBT
Established in 1845, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is the definitive “Voice of Hamilton Business”. Representing over 1000 members and 75,000 employees, it champions the interests of ethical, free enterprise by effectively engaging business, community, and government leaders in the promotion of the long-term economic prosperity of our region.
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For more information, contact:
President and CEO.
t. 905-522-1151 ext 229
A pdf version of this media release can be found here