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At the front of the charge is OCC president and CEO Allan O’Dette (pictured at left). He was in Hamilton yesterday to kick off a local event focused on identifying Hamilton’s economic priorities in the context of creating a more productive and prosperous Ontario.
For O’Dette, it all begins by helping companies grow their top line revenues — a breath of fresh air in these austerity-minded times. And to make this happen, the OCC is rolling out a provincial strategy based on five pillars: productivity | workforce development | fiscal balance | global opportunities | competitive advantage.
“The Emerging Stronger strategy is designed to harness our collective ambition as a province,” said O’Dette, noting the need to build a more competitive economy, community by community.
The strategy — developed through multi-stakeholder consultations and delivered by the OCC’s Ontario Economic Summit — requires grassroots buy in and implementation to be successful. Hence the OCC’s outreach to its network of 160 chambers and boards of trade across Ontario. Within this network, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is a key partner routinely at the forefront of pan-provincial opportunities and challenges.
Yesterday’s local event was hosted by the Hamilton Chamber and attracted more than 60 community leaders from all sectors of our economy.
Hamilton has a leg up on many other communities participating in the OCC’s regional engagement campaign. We have outputs from the annual Hamilton Economic Summit dating from 2009. So a decision was made to build on priorities arising from this year’s local summit.
Attendees worked in teams to define provincially significant economic actions in five predefined areas that mirror Hamilton’s strengths: education, creative industries, health sciences, advanced manufacturing, and transportation.
As the teams reported out on their proposed actions, one heard several recurrent themes, including the importance of leveraging the work of existing organizations, the need to build a local ecosystem conducive to knowledge intensive businesses, and the imperative to connect Hamilton more fully to a growing regional and global economy. Details to follow in a subsequent blog post.
It also became clear that the Hamilton Chamber is well positioned to ‘quarterback’ several initiatives, including work on a Nov. 1 forum to help commercialize innovations arising from our local health sciences sector.
Looking forward, the OCC will provide attendees with a report from yesterday’s session as it works toward presenting Hamilton’s economic priorities during an Ontario town hall forum at this year’s Ontario Economic Summit, Nov. 6-8, 2012.
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The Hamilton Chamber is proud to be working with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in hosting a Regional Economic Series Roundtable. Over 60 business executives will attend the session to provide input to the Ontario Chamber's Emerging Stronger document - an economic blueprint for Ontario. We will also be reflecting on the Hamilton Chamber's five priorities from this year's Hamilton Economic Summit.
On Thursday August 23, from 5:30-7:30pm, the August Business after Business will be held at the new Staybridge Suites hotel on Caroline Street. Come out to meet with your Chamber colleagues and view this beautiful new downtown hotel property.
Looking for top engineering talent to grow your business? Interested in entering new markets on the international stage? Then register now to attend a FREE event organized by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce through our Diversity Works program.
The Passport to Engineering Showcase takes place on Wednesday August 29 from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Waterfront Banquet Centre, 555 Bay Street North, Hamilton.
The event will highlight the skills and accomplishments of internationally trained engineers available in our community. We have assembled a panel of engineers representative of Hamilton’s rich diversity. Each panelist will present a brief slide show that samples key projects from his/her international work portfolio. The panel will be moderated by Mr. Tarif Korabi, retired vice president, Hatch Ltd. and a past board member of the Hamilton Chamber.
The panelists are:
Jamal Beitelmal, PhD, Newcastle University, UK – a civil engineer from Libya
Amani Alfarra, PhD, Karlsruhe University, Germany – a water resource engineer from Jordan
Mahmood Al-Imam, PhD, Kebangsaan University, Malaysia – a control systems engineer from Libya
Ming Pei, PhD, Beijing University, China - a mechanical engineer from China
Senthivel Rama Krishnan, PhD, India Institute of Technology, India – a civil engineer from India
Our aim is to promote access to global experience in Hamilton — engineering talent that is ready, willing and able to contribute to our economy.
The program will also include information on the accreditation process for internationally trained engineers and an invitation to join a new advisory committee to help facilitate the integration of newcomer engineers into the local workforce.
The event will close with an informal networking reception — an opportunity to meet our presenters and global talent. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
All attendees will be eligible to WIN a one year FREE membership with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.