Hamilton Chamber Newsletter
May 11, 2009
Issue #: 545
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2nd Annual Summit

On behalf of Hamilton Economic Summit Chair Len falco and Honorary Co-chairs Dr. Peter George and Ron Foxcroft, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank the more than 750 people who participated in the two-day event, which took place from May 6th to May 7th. This year, the planning committees for these events reached out to many different sectors, drawing on both youth and local community leaders.

At the Hamilton Economic Summit, community leaders came together to look at the Hamilton Economic Development Strategy and the Jobs Prosperity Framework. Participants had the opportunity to listen to Rebecca Ryan speak about how Hamilton can become a Next Generation Community.
City of Change was held on May 7th at McMaster Innovation Park. Over 250 youth came together to discuss their ideas for the future of Hamilton.  

Over the next few weeks, event facilitators will create a document encompassing the many ideas that were brought forth over the two days. The overall goal is to use the many ideas generated over the two days to create jobs and prosperity in Hamilton. The document will be available to all Chamber members in the near future.

Hamilton Chamber in full support of

On Friday, May 8th, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce issued a media release stating that it is strongly behind Jim Balsillie’s bid to bring the Coyotes to Hamilton and is prepared to actively help sell tickets and boxes, and otherwise encourage widespread support amongst its 2,100 members and throughout the broader region. 

We are more than enthusiastic about the potential for an NHL team in this City; not merely for the transforming effect that it can have on our Community, particularly our downtown;” says Ruth Liebersbach, President of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.  “But more importantly because it just makes sound basic business sense to everyone involved, including the NHL, the City, and, more particularly, local entrepreneurs and their employees, indeed, all Hamiltonians. Hamilton is a hockey town and deserves the same level of hockey, and benefits of the Hockey business, as is enjoyed by their fellow Canadians in other regions.  This simply has not been the case in the past.”

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has long advocated strongly for an NHL franchise for this community, for many reasons, not the least of which is the visitors and business that it will attract to the City’s downtown core.  The Chamber believes that the “trickle down” financial benefits will be tremendous for all Hamiltonians.

The Chamber will soon open talks with Balsillie to determine ways to actively support his bid, including selling season tickets and boxes to Chamber members.

Call To Action:

Dear fellow member:

I refer below to both my recent e-mail letter and fellow member, Hamilton Spectator Publisher Dana Robbins "Open Letter" of May 9, 2009, both to Gary Bettman, President and CEO of the National Hockey League.

I ask all members to demonstrate your solidarity with your Chamber in this matter by similarly communicating with Mr. Bettman (his co-ordinates are shown below).Our intent is to demonstrate as effectively as possible that the local business community is solidly supportive of this bid and is willing to help make this successful in every reasonable way.

I suggest that, if you have not done so already, please offer your support by registering at: http://www.makeitseven.com/.
I would also ask that you contact your respective local City Councillor and express your support to them. Decisions that they have to make this week will be crucial to win this.

You can find the contact co-ordinates of your local Councillor by visiting: http://www.myhamilton.ca/myhamilton/CityandGovernment/YourElectedOfficials/CityCouncillors/

We need your help to make this happen. Thank you for your co-operation.

Ruth Liebersbach BA, CMA, C.Dir, FCMA
President, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

Protect your employees from

Cases of H1N1 Swine Influenza have been identified in 24 countries, including 56 confirmed cases in Ontario (accurate as of May 7th, 2009). There are no confirmed cases in the City of Hamilton at this time. However, it is important for your workplace to be prepared in the event that we have confirmed cases in Hamilton.

For further information, click here

Bid on a

Participate in the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce's next online auction and bid on a Limited Edition Panabaker Framed Print, by Frank Panabaker. The print is titled "The Old Market". The value is $250. The current bid is $200.

The auction closes on Friday, May 15th at 12 noon. To place your bid, email: l.jackson@hamiltonchamber.on.ca


Come out to

Come out to this free networking event and find out more about Smith's Funeral Home, the host location.

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12th (7:45 am to 9:00 am)
Cost: Free!
Location: Smith’s Funeral Home (454 Highway #8, Stoney Creek)
To register, contact Patricia Dieryck at p.dieryck@hamiltonchamber.on.ca
or call 905-522-1151

Glanbrook to celebrate launch of

Join the newly formed Glanbrook Division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce for a networking reception in celebration of the launch their new division.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 14th (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm)
Cost: Free
Location: Binbrook Agricultural Centre (2600 Regional Road 56)
To register, click here

Come out to the next

Paul Lakin will be speaking at the next Dundas Division meeting. His topic is: The Emerging Spirit of Innovation in Hamilton and area.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 21st
Cost: Fee for lunch
Location: Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club
To register, email p.dieryck@hamiltonchamber.on.ca

Take part in the 2nd Annual

Join The Rotary Club of Hamilton and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce in raising money for various worthwhile causes. The day includes: light breakfast, 9 holes of best ball golf, a spa treatment, fashion show, lunch, raffle and a life auction.

Date/Time: Monday, May 25th, 2009 (7:00 am)
Cost: $150 (includes 9 holes of golf and mini spa) or $75
(includes lunch and fashion show only)
Location: Flamborough Hills Golf Club (Highway 52, Copetown)
For more information or to register, click here

Habitat for Humanity hosts

Come out to Habitat for Humanity for Business After Business. Learn about the host location while networking with Chamber members over light refreshments.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 28th  (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Cost: Free
Location: Habitat for Humanity (285 Nash Rd. N., Unit 1, Hamilton)
To register, visit: www.hamiltonchamber.on.ca, or email p.dieryck@hamiltonchamber.on.ca

Learn how to

Dundas Ontario in Transition (DO-iT) is hosting a presentation by Denise Neutel who will share her experience with the ecoEnergy retrofit of her 1950's bungalow in Ancaster. She will offer insight into the process of achieving super high energy-efficient standards, while benefiting from government incentives and rebates. The evening's program will include an introduction to Transition Initiatives, group discussion, refreshments and entertainment.

Date/Time: Friday, May 15th (7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
Location: Dundas Town Hall
Register on the DoiT website: http://www.DundasOntarioInTransition.ca

Sweet Charity…  

The Canadian Red Cross’ Jelly Bean fundraiser is a sweet & simple way to support your community.
Here’s how it works:
Call (905) 689-0732 by Friday, May 15th to arrange for a basket of Jelly Beans for your office. There’s absolutely no cost to you. Once you receive your basket of Jelly Beans, simply place it at your reception desk or in a prominent place in your office or shop.
Jelly Bean packets sell for $1 each, and all proceeds will directly go to the Canadian Red Cross. Sales are purely on an honour basis so they essentially take care of themselves... These sweet treats tend to sell pretty quickly!

Once your supply of jelly beans is depleted, call (905) 689-0732 to order more Jelly Beans or to make arrangements for your basket (monies collected) to be picked up.

It’s that easy – a sweet & simple way to make a big difference in your community!
Call (905) 689-0732 today for your basket of Jelly Beans!

McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics

On Monday, April 27, 2009, the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) released the findings and recommendations of a study that examined the City of Hamilton in terms of its potential as a goods movement gateway serving the Southern Ontario region at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

View report: http://mitl.mcmaster.ca/research/gateway/index.html

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"Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined."
Johnny Carson



Tues. May 12th: GOOD MORNING HAMILTON Smith's Funeral Home

Thurs. May 14th: GLANBROOK DIVISION LAUNCH PARTY Binbrook Agricultural Centre

Mon. May 25th: 2ND ANNUAL WOMEN'S GLAMOUR & GOLF DAY Flamborough Hills Golf Club

Thurs. May 28th: BUSINESS AFTER BUSINESS Habitat for Humanity Hamilton

Tues. June 16th: PRESIDENT'S GOLF TOURNAMENT Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club

To register for any of these events email: p.dieryck@hamiltonchamber.on.ca. For a complete events listing, click here.



Chamber Committees

All Chamber members are welcome to attend any committee meeting at any time. Please mark your calendars and plan to come out and get involved. Due to limited space in some meeting rooms, please RSVP your attendance to Patricia Dieryck at p.dieryck@hamiltonchamber.on.ca

Ambassador Club - May 20th @ 12:00 noon

Ancaster Division - June 12th @ 12:00 noon.

Business Development - May 13th @ 12:00 noon

Community Development - May 19th @ 8:00 a.m.

Connections - May 14th
Alternate Thursday mornings @
7:30 a.m.

Dundas Division - May 21st,
@ 12:00 noon at Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club

Glanbrook Division - May 21st @ 8:00 a.m. at the Glanbrook Municipal Centre

Governmental Affairs - June 2nd @ 8:00 a.m.

Human Resources - June 1st @ 8:00 a.m.

Science, Technology & Innovation - May 14th @ 8:00 a.m.

Transportation - June 2nd @12:00 noon


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