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: www.dropbox.com/s/nubj7ged2kmxrqa/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.
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.
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