The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce today announced plans for its seventh annual Hamilton Economic Summit, our city’s premier leadership initiative focused on the future of the local economy in a global context. The event will take place at the Scottish Rite in downtown Hamilton on Thursday June 5 from 1 pm to 5 pm followed by a leadership reception.
“The summit is a formal gathering of Hamilton’s leadership from all sectors of our economy,” said Chamber president and CEO Keanin Loomis. “It’s an opportunity to take stock of our economic progress and spark new actions to advance the goal of Hamilton becoming Canada’s top midsize city measured by talent, investment and quality of life.”
HES 2014 will introduce a new half day, high speed format designed to inform and inspire delegates. It will build on the Ambitious City theme which has become a community-wide rallying cry to assert Hamilton’s role on the regional stage and beyond.
The program — now in the final stages of development — will spotlight a selection of new and emerging economic breakthroughs redefining jobs, prosperity and life in Hamilton. These initiatives arise from Hamilton’s competitive strengths in advanced manufacturing, creative industries, education, life sciences and transportation.
“We’ve been working over time as a community to capitalize on these significant strengths,” explained Loomis. “HES 2014 will show how these advantages are translating into community wealth and highlight related investment opportunities tied to future growth.”
The program will also provide updates on Chamber-led economic actions, including its taskforces, committee work, and summit-inspired initiatives, such as Hamilton Hive and The Renew Hamilton Project.
Content will be presented by local leaders in concise talks supported by dynamic images, infographics and videos. Emphasis will be placed on spin-off benefits that move Hamilton forward, together.
The summit content and experience will confirm the return of Hamilton: The Ambitious City.
Invitations have been extended to senior leaders in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Attention has also been placed on attracting key regional and national leaders. Said Loomis: “We’re eager to share our advances and investment story with the world.” Organizers expect approximately 300 delegates.
Vasudha Seth, a marketing executive with ArcelorMittal Dofasco, was formally introduced as the new Chair of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce at our 168th Annual General Meeting on March 25, 2014. She takes over from past Chair Louise Dompierre and will serve a two year term. In keeping with a time honoured tradition, Vasudha was sworn in by the Mayor of Hamilton, Bob Bratina. During her remarks, Vasudha thanked fellow board members and the Chamber staff, and touched on several priorities moving forward, including sustained action on five theme areas arising from the 2012 Hamilton Economic Summit: Advanced Manufacturing, Creative Industries, Education, Health Sciences and Transportation. CLICK HERE to listen to her remarks. The AGM was held at Michelangelo Events and Conference Centre, and sponsored by Meridian Credit Union, Netaccess, and Guyatt + Moffatt Chartered Accountants.
Friday, March 21 - Business after Business with the Hamilton Bulldogs
Location: Gibson Lounge (85 York Boulevard)
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Cost: Free to attend for all members and guests. Tickets are being offered to attendees at the reduced price of $10 per person. To buy tickets in advance, please contact Kellin Enslev, Manager of Group Tickets at 905-546-8175.
Tuesday, March 25 - Annual General Meeting
Location: Michelangelo's (1555 Upper Ottawa)
Time: Business Meeting - 5:00pm, Reception - 5:45pm
Cost: the business meeting is free to attend. Reception: $15
To register, contact Whitney at
or 905-522-1151, Ext 100.
Monday, March 31 - Outstanding Business Achievement Awards
Location: Carmen's (1520 Stone Church Road)
Time: Reception - 5:00pm, Dinner 6:00pm
Cost: $90+hst per person (member), $110+hst per person (non-member), $850+hst per table of 10
To register online, please click here.
Committee and Division Meetings:
Human Resources Succession Planning Panel - Thursday, March 20
Location: The Hamilton Spectator Auditorium
Glanbrook Division - Thursday, March 20
Location: 447 Wing (3210 Homestead Drive, Mount Hope)
Dundas Divison - Thursday, March 20
Location: Dundas Museum and Archives (139 Park West)
Time: 12 noon. Please RSVP to
. A light lunch will be served.
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