November 13, 2012 – Hamilton, ON - The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has announced that the nomination period is now open for the Hamilton Community Awards, comprising the 76th annual Royal Bank Distinguished Citizen of the Year and the 16th annual Hamilton Spectator Youth Volunteer of the Year. Nominations will be accepted until December 13, 2013, with winners being announced at the Hamilton Community Awards dinner on January 21, 2013 at Liuna Station.
Nominations for the RBC Distinguished Citizen of the Year are open to those who have had a great impact on Hamilton. Nominations for The Hamilton Spectator Youth Volunteer of the Year are open to individuals ages 19 and under (as of December 31, 2013) and who have taken on volunteer leadership roles.
The nomination form, available at hamiltonchamber.ca, is asking potential nominators:
1) Do you know someone who is the ultimate Hamiltonian?
2) Do you know someone who works tirelessly for their community?
3) What Hamiltonian, in your estimation, made the most impact on this community in 2013?
A panel of distinguished citizens will perform independent research, along with the support letters provided by the nominators, to reach its decision.
The Hamilton Chamber would like to thank event sponsors Royal Bank of Canada, The Hamilton
Spectator and the Hamilton Community Foundation for their continued generous support.
Detailed information about the nomination process is available on the Hamilton Chamber website at hamiltonchamber.ca or by contacting Marie Nash at
or 905-522-1151 ext. 227
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Media contact: Marie Nash, Creative Coordinator: 905-522-1151 ext. 227 or
Hamilton entrepreneur, city builder and diversity leader Joe Ng is a newly-minted recipient of the Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment.
Ng, founder and head of JNE Consulting Ltd., received his hardware during a special ceremony held at the 10th annual Ontario Economic Summit, November 6-8, 2013. The summit is an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Said Ng in an interview: “JNE, Hamilton’s largest engineering consulting firm, has become like the United Nations and that’s deeply satisfying.”
“Our first five award recipients are champions of immigrant success,” said Michael Coteau, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in a statement. “These outstanding winners recognize the benefits of hiring a diverse workforce. Their hiring practices, innovation and inclusive business cultures pave the way for greater economic growth in this province by connecting our labour force to the global community.”
Below are the words of commendation read in honour Mr. Ng:
Joseph Ng moved to Canada from China in 1968 to study electrical engineering at the University of New Brunswick and graduated in 1973. In 1980 he incorporated Joe Ng Engineering Limited in Hamilton. The company extended its reach to China shortly after its inception and in 1994 Joe Ng Engineering Limited reorganized to become JNE Consulting Limited, a full service, multidisciplinary engineering firm serving a wide range of industries. Today, his group of companies employs hundreds of professionals, many of whom are new Canadians. Hiring immigrants is a point of pride for Joe.
His contributions to Ontario’s globally-connected economy have been significant, and along the way enriched Hamilton’s local economy through the creation of jobs and the promotion of innovative practices. Joe recognizes the value of hiring a diverse workforce which benefits the lives of hundreds and all of those who have the privilege to work with him.
On October 22nd, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual address from the Hamilton City Manager Chris Murray in front of a sold-out venue at the Hamilton Waterfront Centre. Mr. Murray is the highest ranking government staff member in charge of implementing a variety of government services and planning initiatives of the city. His speech highlighted emerging economic trends and, more importantly, the tremendous progress the city has made statistically and from the perspective of many external publications.
The Chamber was pleased to hear statistics that point towards economic recovery for the city, as it claims one of the lowest unemployment rates and the highest economic diversity index for comparable municipalities in Canada. These figures are supplemented by a significant upsurge in commercial construction that has led to several major projects in the downtown core and an all-time low overall vacancy rate of 1.3%.
Mr. Murray also informed the crowd on some of the major challenges facing the city over the next ten years. The largest is a deferred maintenance cache for infrastructure that requires over $200 Million a year in investment to stabilize. This is in parallel with a community demand for lower tax increases and a suboptimal ratio of tax revenue (Only 23% of revenue to the city is the more lucrative commercial based, the rest being residential); as well as an aging population and associated health care costs.
An interesting conclusion of this speech was also recognition of community initiatives in the future of Hamilton with special mention to Young Professionals and Hamilton Hive for their initiatives and events.
The event concluded with a series of questions from the Chamber CEO and audience on topics like Complete Streets and Brownfield remediation.
The Chamber would like to thank Mr. Murray and his staff, as well as Hamilton Economic Development.
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