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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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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce & Mohawk College Launch “Now Hiring Hamilton”, a new initiative to support SMEs with workforce development and retention strategies

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

January 25, 2022 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce together with Mohawk College have launched an initiative under an Ontario Labour Market Partnership (OLMP) to support local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) with workforce development and retention strategies.

The project aims to generate a workforce development and onboarding strategy along with a community asset map scanning the Hamilton SME landscape, their needs, existing resources, and gaps in resources to support SMEs and job seekers alike in a COVID-19 recovery context.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Opens Applications for Annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards & Hamilton Citizen of the Year Award

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

January 14, 2022 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the call is now open for nominations for its annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) & Hamilton Citizen of the Year Award, presented by RBC Royal Bank.

To submit an application for your business – or nominate a business – visit obaahcc.ca

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Nomination Committee Proposes Five New Board Members

· by c.dambrosio@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Nominating & Governance Committee has made its recommendations for candidates to fill five upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors. Meet them below!

Our new Directors will be sworn in at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Event details will be posted soon on our website.

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