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Hamilton HIVE is proud to announce the start of the application period for the 2015 HIVE Executive Committee. There are 3 open positions: Vice Chair (Chair-Elect 2016), Secretary and Treasurer. The term for these positions runs from January 1st, 2015 – December 31st, 2015. Please review the descriptions for each position and apply here.

You must provide a paragraph as to why you are best suited for the role you are applying for. You are then asked to attend the HIVE Board Meeting on November 12th (8:30am, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce) to present your application and answer any questions the Board may have. If you cannot attend in person, you can still apply. Your application will be read aloud and considered amongst the others present at the meeting.

The deadline for applications is Friday October 31 2014 at 5pm.

Vice Chair (and Chair Elect for 2016) – The Vice-Chair of the Hamilton HIVE will accept the responsibilities of the Chair in the event of the Chair absence, or as directed by the Chair. The Vice-Chair will also take an active role in working with subcommittees of the Hamilton HIVE to ensure that they are making progress towards their objectives. They will also be the point-person for “new group” queries, applications and development. Other main duties include managing social media platforms: creating marketing and content strategies, developing brand awareness, communicating in a professional but unique social media “voice”, creating campaigns and calls-to-action to generate inbound website traffic.

Executive meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (8:30am to 10am at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce). Board Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (8:30am to 10am at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce). You are required to be in attendance at both monthly, as well as other pop-up meetings throughout the year.

Term is effective January 1st, 2015 through December 31st, 2015. The Vice-Chair will assume the role of Chair after their tenure as Vice-Chair, for the 2016 year.

Secretary – The Secretary of the Hamilton HIVE will be responsible for keeping records of all Hamilton HIVE activities, including but not limited to minutes, agendas, stakeholder correspondence, weekly newsletters and other forms of transcription. The Secretary will work closely with incoming requests and ultimately be responsible for internal communication. The Secretary will be responsible for soliciting events and creating the newsletter through MailChimp and maintaining the website.

Executive meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (8:30am to 10am at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce). Board Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (8:30am to 10am at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce). You are required to be in attendance at both monthly, as well as other pop-up meetings throughout the year.

Term effective January 1st, 2015 through December 31st, 2015.

Treasurer – The Treasurer of the Hamilton HIVE will be responsible for keeping financial records of all Hamilton HIVE activities, revenue, expenditures and budget. As a HIVE Executive and Board Member, the Treasurer will work closely with the Hamilton HIVE Executive and Chamber of Commerce.

Key responsibilities include:
• Preparing the Budget in consultation with the Executive and presenting the same to the Board for approval
• Management of the approved budget
• Depositing of monies (ticket sales, sponsorship and event profits
• Reporting on balances and event profits to Executive and Board
• Controls money during any event (including collecting cash throughout the event and provide monies for deposit)
• Not-for-profit experience is an asset.

Executive meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (8:30am to 10am at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce). Board Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (8:30am to 10am at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce). You will asked to be in attendance at both monthly, as well as other pop-up meetings throughout the year.

Term effective January 1st, 2015 through December 31st, 2015.

Marie Robbins’ Message to HIVE

When considering the issues that affect our city, for me it always comes back to improving the quality of life of our residents. Somehow, it seems at times that city council has lost sight of its foremost responsibility, which is to improve the livelihood of its residents. Not only is this an important social and aspirational objective; the economics are there to support quality of life as one of the most important factors for a city’s success.

With globalization making the world a smaller place and giving people more options to live and work wherever they choose, what will keep our city growing and thriving is being able to ensure that residents of Hamilton have a good quality of life.
It’s been estimated that about 40 per cent of all jobs in Canada will eventually use some degree of telecommuting, and there is no reason these jobs cannot be located in Hamilton. Improving the quality of life in Hamilton will attract taxpaying residents who will bring their jobs with them, starting an upward spiral of prosperity and development for everyone.
Ultimately, what the city needs to make this happen is more of the things that have brought people to the community in the first place — affordable housing, tree-lined streets, culture and good prospects for the future. This means investing wisely in infrastructure, protecting our green spaces and building new parks and paths, promoting our city’s history and natural attractions.

In other words, we can make our community a better place to live, work and play by facilitating its development through a thoughtful choice in policies and an even-handed approach to government. We can seize the opportunities the future is presenting us, but we must always remember there are no “grow your economy in 30 days or less” schemes and there is no silver bullet that will fix all of Hamilton’s problems.

What city council needs is sound management, a vision for the future and representatives who can see their work as a part of the greater context. As has been amply clear from the past few months, when city councillors stop seeing the forest for the trees, the community starts to falter.

As a representative for Ward 9, I understand that solutions for the community have to come from the community and I will never forget that the first responsibility of a representative is to represent. That’s why my door is always open (now and forever) and why I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the coming weeks and months. If you see me walking down the street, say ‘Hi!’ and please feel free to call or email any time with your questions and concerns. I have had the pleasure of receiving some great feedback from constituents so far, much of which has been incorporated into my platform which I rrleased in full on Sept. 6 (available on my website), and would love to hear more of your thoughts and concerns.

You can find my contact information and full platform at www.marierobbins.ca.
My office is located at 15 King St E (corner of King and Lake) and I can be reached at 289-203-0258 or by email at Info@MarieRobbins.ca.

@MarieRobbinsHAM
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Ambition – Details of HIVEX 2014 Revealed

By Sim Kalsi.  Edited by Alyssa Lai.  September 18th at 4:07pm.  e-mail Follow Hamilton HIVE on Twitter

Hamilton’s premier young professional conference has the ambition to be bigger and better.

And it will be walking the talk. Embracing Hamilton’s moniker, “The Ambitious City,” this year’s HIVEX conference takes on the theme “Ambition.” Organized annually by Hamilton HIVE, the one-day conference on October 18, 2014 will bring together young professionals to brainstorm, get involved and make changes in the community.

(L to R) Hamilton Hive vice-chair Abbigail Santos with mayoral candidate Michael Baldasaro and HIVEX co-chair Tammy Hwang at the HIVEX Press Conference on September 16th 2014.

(L to R) Hamilton HIVE Vice-Chair Abigail Santos with mayoral candidate Michael Baldasaro and HIVEX co-chair Tammy Hwang at the HIVEX Press Conference on September 16th 2014.  Photo: @hamiltonhive

 

The Hamilton HIVE is a volunteer organization unlike any other. HIVE is a family of dedicated young professionals who believe in Hamilton and its potential.

Whether it’s agriculture around the province, creative industries across the nation or entrepreneurs looking to build dynamic culture and community, young professionals are involved in projects that are more than just job placements or events.

Last year’s HIVEX: Click Here conference saw approximately 240 people, including five city politicians. Realizing that sustainable growth can only come from building on a stable foundation, this year’s conference will focus on the ambitious growth of Hamilton.  It asks: how can Hamilton’s young leaders achieve a fine balance between thought and action while pursuing their goals?

To facilitate this discussion, HIVEX has invited 10 mayoral candidates for a mayoral debate. So far, six have confirmed.

HIVE has invited 10 mayoral candidates for a mayoral debate portion of HIVEX. So far, six have confirmed. (L to R) Ejaz Butt, Michael Baldasaro, Brad Clark, Fred Eisenberger, Crystal Lavigne & Brian McHattie.  Photos:  Facebook.

 

Before the conference, community members will have the opportunity to engage with Hamilton’s mayoral candidates in the next Salon Series, “Elect to Be Engaged” on September 25, 2014 at Mills Hardware, 95 King Street East at 7 p.m.

Guided by the HIVEX sub-committee, the conference will also include a series of workshops focused on community development and engagement.

The “Not For Profit 101″ workshop will shed light on how young professionals can engage with and leverage opportunities for professional development when working with nonprofits.  The conference also includes a workshop on local business investment titled “The Business of Local,” focusing on how young professionals are building a more inclusive and sustainable Hamilton. The “Branding You” workshop connects participants with experts on how to create the right business while cultivating an online presence that reflects their successes. Toronto-based Studio Y will facilitate a session on putting ideas into action, sharing advice on how young professionals can become change agents.

HIVEX participants will end the day by experiencing what Hamilton has to offer, culturally. Participants are invited to a Ray Charles themed concert hosted by Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra followed by a HIVEX “Motown” after-party, where they can unwind after a long and enriching day, meet and greet the artists, and mingle with fellow young professionals.

Early bird registration for the 2014 HIVEX is in effect till September 22. Visit http://www.hamiltonhive.ca/event/hivex2014/ for conference details, workshop and ticketing information.


Sim Kalsi Sim Kalsi is an entrepreneur and a member of the Hamilton HIVE PR sub-committee


Alyssa Lai Alyssa Lai is an aspiring media and performing arts professor, and has written for CBC Hamilton, Urban Times, Hamilton Magazine, McMaster Alumni Association and the Women’s Press.  She is also a member of the Hamilton HIVE PR sub-committee.

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We are looking for your feedback – Sustainability Focused Educational and Networking Events for 2014/15

The Hamilton Sustainability Professionals Network (SPN) and McMaster want your feedback on free educational and networking events focused on leadership in sustainability.

Click here to learn more [http://asp.mcmaster.ca/cls.html]. Click here to take the survey [http://fluidsurveys.com/s/CLS/].

The survey closes on Oct 1st.