Committees & Divisions
Any chamber member in good standing is welcome to participate in any of the Chamber’s events, committees and divisions. Please register with firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Business Development
- Innovation & Technology
- Business Development Committee
- Human Resources Committee
- Innovation & Technology Committee
- Ancaster Division
- Business Development
- Dundas Division
- Glanbrook Division
- Human Resources
- YEP Division
Innovation & Technology
Business Development Committee
To monitor and support growth and development of business in Hamilton; to develop programs, in co-operation with other stakeholders to encourage development of international business opportunities and strategic alliances as they arise; to help improve the competitiveness of local companies with specific emphasis on small business activities, needs and areas of concern; to encourage adoption of environmentally sustainable business practices and promotes business opportunities in the environmental industry sector; to continue to monitor and support growth and development in Hamilton’s downtown core; to promote access to and expansion of venture capital sources to facilitate the development and marketing of Greater Hamilton’s Businesses; to provide a forum to educate and update about community happenings.
Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 12 noon
Location: Hamilton Chamber office (120 King Street West, Plaza Level)
Chair: Bruce Youngblud, Ancaster Financial Centre
Human Resources Committee
The Human Resources Committee focuses on providing value to members by: Sharing information with members regarding employment, labour and job creation, workplace legislation and best HR practices; providing an advocacy role to represent members on current issues and employment legislation that effect business and workforce needs, through the development of Chamber HR policies that can be used to lobby local, provincial and federal governments; creating a learning environment through special events, activities, expert speakers and workshops, whereby members have the opportunity to improve their knowledge base and develop new skills to strengthen their business; ensuring a venue for engaging committee members, encouraging involvement and providing networking opportunities that will assist members to grow their businesses and build on each other’s successes.
Meets 1st Thursday of the Month @ 8:00 a.m.
Location: Hamilton Chamber Boardroom (120 King Street West, Plaza Level)
Co Chair: Al Lutchin, Career Compass Canada
Co Chair: Donna Stevenson, Boomer Match to Business
Innovation & Technology Committee
We will harness the experience, credibility, as well as the intellectual and leadership capacities of our committee members to mobilize community stakeholders in support of the Hamilton innovation agenda. Where appropriate, we will align ourselves with the vision, mission, goals and objectives of our collaborative partner organizations.
We will develop and execute a marketing game plan, through which we will report on best practices and share local success stories to the community at large, by employing social media, the Chamber website, focused events and the local media.
We are the voice of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce for advancing innovation and technology development in Hamilton.
Meets 2nd Tuesday of the Month @ 8:00 a.m.
Location: McMaster Innovation Park
Chair: Kevin Browne, Mohawk College
Connections is a category-exclusive networking group that meets every other Thursday morning at the Uptown Business Club (236 Pritchard Road). Breakfast is served at 7:15am, with the meeting beginning at 7:30am.
Provides support and leadership for local business issues relating to the Town of Ancaster. Organizes the annual Ancaster Citizen of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Meets 2nd Friday of the month at 12:00 noon at various locations around Ancaster. See calendar or Pipeline for details.
Chair: Wendy Tompkins, RBC Financial Planning
Provides support and leadership for local business issues relating to the Town of Dundas: organizing the annual Dundas Citizen of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards, hosts the annual Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony and Dundas Seniors’ Day.
Meets 4th Wednesday month at 12:00 noon at various locations around Dundas. See calendar or Pipeline for details.
Chair: Arlene Vanderbeek, WebsDesigned
Provides support and leadership for local business issues relating to Glanbrook. Started the Binbrook Farmers Market. Organizes the Annual Tree Lighting and other business events.
Meets 3rd Thursday of the Month @ 8:00 a.m. at various locations
Chair: Andy Bienhaus, Binbrook Agricultural Society
YEP! Hamilton will focus Entrepreneurs and Professionals up to and including age 40 to assist the Chamber in fostering growth and encouraging creative innovation by:
Acting as a prime resource for young, current, and next generation Entrepreneurs and Professionals in the City of Hamilton;
Working collaboratively with community partners to build young professional networks in Hamilton;
Focus on the renewal of Hamilton’s downtown core by ensuring young entrepreneur and professional activities occur there with greater frequency.
Ensure that YEP! Hamilton actions are designed to maximize positive media attention for the group, and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
YEP! Hamilton will act also as a platform to:
Utilize technology to link young Entrepreneurs & Professionals across the city to enact positive change;
Focus on raising the profile of young Entrepreneurs & Professionals in Hamilton to assist in the overall communications goal of promoting “Hamilton - City of Entrepreneurs”; and utilize the resources available though the Chamber. "
Meets 4th Thursday of the Month @ 8:30 a.m.
Location: Chamber's office at 120 King Street West, Plaza Level
Chair: Derek Doyle, Ambitious Realty