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Keanin Loomis Wins Provincial Leadership Award at Ontario Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca


May 1, 2022  – HAMILTON, ON
: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its former President & CEO, Keanin Loomis has been named the winning recipient of the 2022 Burnie Gillespie Memorial Award.

The award was presented in Brampton on Saturday at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting & Conference Gala – an annual gathering for the chamber network to connect, shape our advocacy agenda for the year ahead, and celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our chamber peers. 

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Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit Returns to Hamilton Annual Summit on June 29, 2022, will focus on the Transition to Net-Zero

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

April 20, 2022 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 5th Annual Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit (CICS) on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, (8 am – 4 pm) at the Royal Botanical Gardens. First held in 2018 in Hamilton, the annual Summit is making a return to address the Transition to Net-Zero.

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Chamber & Mohawk College Launch “Now Hiring Hamilton”, resources to address hiring, retention challenges for businesses

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

Hamilton-area businesses facing workforce challenges now have more tools to help them find, hire and retain employees, with the launch of a new series of resources from Now Hiring Hamilton.

Now Hiring Hamilton – a collaboration between the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Mohawk College, Workforce Planning Hamilton and the Economic Development Department of the City of Hamilton – released the final report of its research as well as a series of online resources for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the city.

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Hamilton Chamber Launches Rainbow Registered Accreditation Program in Hamilton with Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) are partnering together to offer Hamilton businesses the Rainbow Registered Accreditation.

Rainbow Registered is a nationally recognized safe space accreditation program developed by the CGLCC, Tourism HR Canada, and funded by the Federal government. It recognizes Canadian businesses and organizations that are LGBT+ inclusive, and in turn helps customers, clients, partners and prospective employees to identify LGBT+ friendly businesses and organizations.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce names Blair McKeil as 2022 Citizen of the Year

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Blair McKeil is the recipient of the 2022 RBC Royal Bank Hamilton Citizen of the Year Award.

Blair will be honoured at the Hamilton Chamber’s in-person Outstanding Business Achievement Awards gala on May 11 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre. Registration and ticket information is available here.

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Hamilton Chamber Announces Finalists for Annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

March 16, 2022 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the following businesses have been selected as finalists for the annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA), presented by RBC Royal Bank.

The OBAAs nominees are ranked on criteria including entrepreneurship and innovation, employee relations, promotion of Hamilton outside the area, excellence in community relations, and evidence of alignment with their mission statement.

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Discover Ability Op-Ed 4: Unleashing the Power of Accommodations

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

There are many ways that we can define disability – we can use a medical or legal approach, a charity model, or the social model of disability. The most common definition has been the medical model which frames disability as an impairment and a feature of a person’s body. The social model of disability reframes a disability as a mismatched interaction between a person and their environment. 

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Discover Ability Op-Ed 3: “She-Covery”

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

In March of 2020 the world came to a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ontario government called a state of emergence and immediate shut down of all non-essential businesses in hopes of “flattening the curve” of the pandemic. While this was a decision made with the best interest of the health of Ontarians, it did have both short term and long-term effects on the provincial economy.

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Discover Ability Op-Ed 1: A Seat at the Table

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

As Canadians we continuously strive for a barrier free society built on equity and fairness. While steps have been taken towards this admirable goal, more can still be done. This is the central belief for “A Seat at the Table”, a group focused on promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities on Canadian corporate boards.

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Discover Ability Op-Ed 2: Benefits of Hiring PWD

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a stand-still. In Ontario, this resulted in numerous lock downs and restrictive measures that heavily impacted businesses. The pandemic’s lasting effect is still being felt by businesses, especially when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees. The OCC (Ontario Chambers of Commerce) and the Discover Ability Network believe that one answer to this widespread issue is through utilizing an untapped talent pool of people who self-identify with a disability (PwD).

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