Signature Events

Annually, the Hamilton Chamber hosts 6 Signature Events, bringing in over 500 guests from the public, private, and not-for-profit sector. Learn more about these events below and contact Marie Nash, Chief Operating Officer, if you wish to learn more about partnership opportunities.



THE OUTSTANDING BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS & CITIZEN OF THE YEAR | March

The Outstanding Business Achievement Awards recognize excellence in the areas of Small Business, Medium Business, Large Business, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Century, Not-For-Profit and Accessibility. The event is attended by 500+ business leaders.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING | March

The Annual General Meeting provides an update on the Chamber’s activities and financials and the new Board of Directors are sworn in by the Mayor. A networking reception follows the AGM.


MAYOR’S BREAKFAST | April

The Mayor’s Breakfast is an annual must-attend event that attracts top local and regional business leaders representing all sectors of our economy. It provides a one-of-a-kind platform for our City’s Mayor to reflect on key Council achievements and fresh opportunities that await our city.


CANADA’S INNOVATION CORRIDOR SUMMIT | May

Canada’s Innovation Corridor is a globally significant economic region centered in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and anchored by Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Hamilton. The corridor generates 17% of Canada’s GDP and ranks among other dominant regions in North America, Europe and Asia.

The annual summit is presented by Canada’s Innovation Corridor Business Council, an affiliation of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade representing over 21,000 businesses in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The mission is to supercharge the next era of growth through promoting regional connectivity and collaboration. In 2020, the Summit will be hosted in K-W by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. Various sponsorship options available. Visit: corridorsummit.ca to learn more.


CITY MANAGER’S BREAKFAST | October

This annual sold-out event features our City Manager, Janette Smith, updating our membership on emerging trends, and the City’s economic development progress. The presentation is followed by a Q+A with Chamber President & CEO, Keanin Loomis.


AMBITIOUS CITY | November

Ambitious City is an annual Chamber event with a focus on city building and how to boost Hamilton’s reputation as a magnet for talent and investment. It is a public forum to challenge the status quo and move the needle on a progressive urban agenda in the 21st century. Past speakers include: Mayor John Tory; City Planner, Jennifer Keesmat; Brooklyn Chamber CEO, Carlo Scissura; Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi; and Edmonton Mayor, Don Iveson.