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SUMMIT SPOTLIGHT: Taking Our Place On The World Stage

· by Richard Allen

The second annual Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit — a collaborative initiative led in part by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce — featured a keynote address by Barbara Dirks, former head of Silicon Valley Bank in Canada. Sponsored by Gowling WLG, the talk presented top reasons Canada’s Innovation Corridor, anchored by the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area and Waterloo Region, is on the rise among an elite group of globally ranked tech innovation hubs.

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SUMMIT SPOTLIGHT: General Motors Invests in All Electric Future

· by Richard Allen

The second annual Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit held earlier this year in Toronto featured a keynote address by Travis Hester, President and Managing Director, GM Canada. He shared insights on GM’s “belief system,” its impact on corporate planning and influence on the entire industry. Here are two highlights:

Triple Zero: General Motors is implementing a transformation strategy driven by a three-part corporate vision: zero emissions, zero congestion, zero crashes.

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McMaster Engineering Puts Innovation to Work

· by Richard Allen

We’re in a “golden age of university-industry collaboration” that’s delivering unprecedented levels of innovation.

Dr. John Preston, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University, shared this assessment at the second annual Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit in Toronto earlier this month. It was hosted by a partnership of chambers of commerce and boards of trade in southern Ontario, including the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

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Op/Ed: Summit will focus on taking Canada’s Innovation Corridor to market

· by Keanin Loomis

World attention was focused on Toronto last month as the city hosted Collision, North America’s fastest-growing tech conference.

The event provided a platform for Canada’s top start-ups and entrepreneurs to showcase their talents before an audience of over 25,000 delegates representing more than 125 countries. Among those in the spotlight were leading technology firms from Hamilton that are flourishing in the digital economy.

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Rapid Policy Update: US Lifts Tariffs on Canadian Steel and Aluminum

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

Today, Canada and the U.S. announced reaching a deal to remove steel and aluminum tariffs imposed last year. In 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced tariffs on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum, citing national security interests under S. 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

According to a release from Global Affairs Canada, the tariffs will be lifted within 48 hours, in exchange for increased monitoring.

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New Report: Hamilton Economic Report

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

Based on the results of our Business Confidence Survey, conducted in conjunction with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has published its Hamilton Economic Report, which presents a candid look at local private sector sentiment. The purpose of the 2019 HER is to capture the mood of Hamilton businesses, particularly as it relates to the provincial economy.

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HCC Weighs in on Steel Tariffs and Countermeasures 

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Chamber sent a letter to Minister Morneau, expressing our support for the Canadian steel industry and the thousands of workers it employs in Hamilton and across Canada.
We asked the minister to use his authority to impose final safeguard measures, prior to their expiry on May 13, 2019, for the seven steel products that have been subject to provisional safeguard measures since October 2018.

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New Report: Supporting Ontario’s Budding Cannabis Industry

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) recently released their report, Supporting Ontario’s Budding Cannabis Industry. The report outlines Ontario’s competitive advantage and how to capitalize on Canada’s first-mover status in this fast-moving industry. The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have contributed to this report and its findings.

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of Ontario’s cannabis market from the perspective of industry and the role public policy can play to ensure the legal market remains competitive by seizing economic opportunity, eliminating the illegal market, and safeguarding public health and responsible adult consumption.

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Ontario Budget Analysis 2019

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

April 11, 2019 – Hamilton, ON: Today, the Government of Ontario released its 2019 Budget, Protecting What Matters Most, President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Keanin Loomis, released the following statement in response to the Government of Ontario’s 2019 Provincial Budget.

“The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see numerous suggestions from our Pre-Budget Submission included in the Provincial Budget announced this afternoon.

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HCC Releases Digital Infrastructure Report

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

April 4th, 2019 – As part of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Digital Hamilton initiative, the Chamber has released a Digital Infrastructure Report to provide perspective on the current state of digital infrastructure deployment and broadband availability in Hamilton.

To create this report, the Chamber convened a number of internet service providers servicing the City of Hamilton, to offer insight into how the City of Hamilton can facilitate, incentivize, and enhance infrastructure and service levels across the City.

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