Thought Leadership

As Hamilton’s oldest institution, the Chamber produces thought-provoking events, generates policy solutions and is frequently sought out by the media and all levels of government for input on a variety of matters.

We accomplish this by tapping into the collective knowledge and experience of our membership and through our ongoing efforts to stay on top of the latest issues concerning the Hamilton, provincial and Canadian economies.

Here is a limited list of avenues through which we accomplish our goals:

  • Hamilton Economic Summit: Each year, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has brought together key leaders in the community for a full-day conference to celebrate our accomplishments, highlight our challenges and create a plan of action.
  • Mayor’s State of the City: We host an annual breakfast featuring the Mayor of the City of Hamilton
  • City Manager’s Breakfast: In a tradition unique to Hamilton, we host an annual breakfast featuring Hamilton’s City Manager
  • Ambitious City: Through Ambitious City, we seek to bring world-renowned city builders to Hamilton to inspire our community to dream big and take advantage of the significant opportunities we have to increase this community’s prosperity. In 2013, Hamilton’s own, Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief City Planner for Toronto, was our inaugural keynote. In 2014, the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi, was our headliner.
  • Policy Submissions to the Ontario and Canadian Chambers of Commerce: The Hamilton Chamber has a strong track record of successful policy submissions to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which then become advocacy priorities at those levels. Click here to view our recent policy submissions.
  • Task Forces: In 2013, the Chamber started laying the groundwork for addressing five priority policy areas as identified at the 2012 Hamilton Economic Summit: Advanced Manufacturing, Creative Industries, Education, Life Sciences and Transportation. Though some are in more advanced stages than others, task forces have been initiated comprising senior representatives from public and private sector member organizations, providing a platform to articulate and prioritize tangible goals that will help spur economic development and foster enhanced collaboration amongst these stakeholders.
  • Life Sciences: The task force of key stakeholders successfully produced a comprehensive cluster research report titled Building a Life Sciences Cluster: A Case for Hamilton. The report documents Hamilton’s broad strengths and assets in life sciences, and looks at other regions around the world that have become economic powerhouses in that industry to provide a road map for Hamilton going forward. Throughout 2014, the Chamber and the key stakeholders in this sector worked to implement the recommendations of the report.
  • Commercial Districts & Neighbourhood Renewal Task Force (Transportation): Working with the McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics and key community stakeholders, we are preparing a report on the economic and quality of life impacts of Complete Streets. The task force is actively engaged in providing the perspective of the business community to MITL as well as the City of Hamilton on how effective street design can revitalize the commercial districts in our city.
  • Talent Development (Education): In 2015, the Chamber will convene our post-secondary institutions, student leaders, workforce organizations, job developers and businesses to facilitate the community-wide adoption of Magnet, a revolutionary search engine that connects jobs to people while gathering real-time supply and demand information about local job markets.