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Hamilton Chamber Signs Letter Urging US Government to Reconsider its Removal of the Trusted Traveler Program

· by Bianca Caramento

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce joined the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership in a shared letter, urging the US government to reconsider the removal of the Trusted Traveler Program.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) removal of New York State from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Programs (Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS) threatens the future of a robust international gateway and a shared culture.

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Open For Business – Continued Improvement to City Approval Timelines

· by Bianca Caramento

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce represents our members and their collective interests on the City of Hamilton’s Open for Business Sub-Committee.

This sub-committee is tasked with reducing red tape and improving efficiency in municipal government.

We are pleased to see that further progress has been made in approval times within the Planning and Economic Development Department (shown below).

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Announces Nominees for Annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

February 12, 2020 [UPDATED MAY 19, 2020] – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the nominees for the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA), honoring businesses for their contributions to the Hamilton community in 2019.

“So much of the renaissance that Hamilton is experiencing right now is due to the combined efforts of our business community,” said Hamilton Chamber President & CEO, Keanin Loomis.

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HCC Policy Resolution Approved at CCC AGM

· by Bianca Caramento

Last week, Chamber staff traveled to Saint John, New Brunswick for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s AGM, where chambers from across Canada voted on which policies the network will advocate for at a federal level.
The Hamilton Chamber proposed a resolution, Addressing Regulatory Barriers Affecting the Cannabis Industry. The resolution was approved with over 91% of the votes in favour.

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Federal Policy Platform – Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

· by Bianca Caramento

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has served as the definitive voice of local business since its inception in 1845. Throughout its history, the Chamber has played an important role in advocating for policies that enhance the social and economic prosperity of our city. Over the years, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has maintained a constructive dialogue with our federal representatives to address the concerns of our 1,000 members and the wider business community.

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McMaster Student Researchers Contribute to Hamilton Chamber’s Industrial Waste Heat Recovery Project

· by Bianca Caramento

This summer, we engaged two remarkable undergraduate students from McMaster University to assist with our Industrial Waste Heat Recovery Project, a business-led initiative funded by The Atmospheric Fund and focused on advancing next generation energy systems in Hamilton’s Bayfront Industrial Area (click HERE to learn more).

With input and encouragement from the Project Working Group, the students reached out to participating companies to gather vital information needed to help produce a baseline report on the current state of waste heat recovery systems and technologies in a study area that features two leading steelmakers and a range of other energy intensive industries.

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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:

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

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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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