Member group spotlight: Innovation Factory

By Patricia Savoie
Edited by Erin O’Neil

Emily Kinread - B&WEmily Kinread, a Wilfred Laurier honours graduate, became incredibly interested in the initiatives led by Innovation Factory (iF), a not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centre (RIC). Two years after bookmarking their website, she found herself as part of the iF team as their marketing and communications manager. Kinread was born in Hamilton and has spent some time living in several cities throughout southern Ontario.  Despite that, she has always found herself drawn to Hamilton and was ecstatic when the opportunity arose for her to work closer to home.

“There’s an opportunity right now to help drive Hamilton’s growth and people just really want to do things that are great for the city,” says Kinread.

“It’s so exciting to see people so excited about what they’re doing. You see people following their dreams and building companies that reflect those dreams,” Kinread adds, speaking highly of Innovation Factory and how the organization’s objectives align perfectly with what she and several other young professionals and entrepreneurs within our community are seeking.

It’s a particularly exciting time of the year for Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce as they are now accepting applications for the fifth annual Lion’s Lair competition, a competition that provides the entrepreneurial community in Hamilton with the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the city’s business leaders. The competition allows entrepreneurs and their companies the chance to win more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources. For more information or to complete the online application before the April 30, 2015 deadline, please visit

Lions Lair may seem like a big deal (it sure is) but there’s more than that; Innovation Factory also offers other valuable resources and opportunities on a regular basis. The organization holds entrepreneur toolkit workshops, lunch and learn sessions that are open to the community, one-on-one mentoring and additional workshops. Innovation Factory also proudly partners with community organizations and initiatives such as The Forge and the McMaster Spectrum Student Startup Competition to fulfill their mandate.


Kinread mentions how beneficial becoming a member group with HIVE has been to Innovation Factory’s ongoing support for a community rich in entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. “Personally, it’s helped me meet a lot of young professionals in the community. The networking events held by HIVE are important and key to ensuring that everyone is connecting. HIVE brings great speakers and great relationships, while bringing together young professionals in the community and showing there’s a strong young professional movement in the city.”

There is no question that Hamilton has established itself as a centre of innovative ideas, including those from students, entrepreneurs and individuals who may have never expected to develop such revolutionary and successful ideas, products and concepts. Innovation Factory has and will continue to encourage and provide ongoing support for a stronger, brighter Hamilton.

Innovation Factory supports innovative ideas and ventures through a variety of resources such as seminars, events, mentoring, building business plans and connecting with investors. Connect with Innovation Factory by visiting their website, following them on Twitter and liking their page on Facebook.

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Patricia Savoie is a graduate with an Advanced Diploma from Mohawk College, where she is currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations. She is the HIVE PR & Media Intern for 2015.

Tip of the week: Sweating for Success!

By Steve MacIntyre
Edited by Erin O’Neil

Recharging from a long day’s work is habitual; everyone has their own method. Whether it’s catching up on your favourite TV show, grabbing drinks with a friend, or going to bed earlier, we all have a comfort zone we enter when our batteries have been drained.

Developing professionally is time-consuming and hard work, but your health should never be compromised in the pursuit of a great career. As the warmer weather begins to set in, there has never been a better time to broaden your horizons when it comes to personal health. There are endless opportunities for getting fit: signing up at a local gym and hitting the weights, joining a yoga studio balancing body and mind, or jogging one of the many unique trails that Hamilton has to offer.

If money is an issue, be sure to check out online resources such as WagJag or Groupon for local deals. You can choose what part of Hamilton you want to explore next through the City’s trail website, or hopping on a SoBi at one of its many bike share locations.

steve-2An alumni from both McMaster (Honours Communication Studies) and Sheridan College (Post-Grad PR program), Steve currently works as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator for 270 Sherman. He currently sits on the Hamilton HIVE PR Subcommittee and on Sustainable Hamilton’s Events and Marketing team. If you have any questions, feel free to connect with him via email or by LinkedIn!

What’s buzzing this week in #HamOnt

By Patricia Savoie

Doors Open McMaster
Doors Open McMaster offers an opportunity to explore the many spaces on campus and build awareness about the importance of private financial support for the new and ongoing initiatives taking place at McMaster University. The event runs from April 20-24, 2015 at various McMaster locations such as the new McMaster downtown centre and the state-of-the-art McMaster LIVELab. For information and to register, click here.

Startup Success Story: Adam Felesky
Join Innovation Factory for their next Lunch ‘n Learn event on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 for the opportunity to hear Adam Felesky, founder and former CEO of Horizons ETF, speak about entrepreneurship and the challenges and hurdles he faced while managing his company through the 2008 financial crisis. Felesky, a graduate of McMaster University’s engineering program, is looking forward to sharing his story and networking with like-minded individuals. To register for this free event, click here.

After experiencing great success with past projects in 2008 and 2012, the TH&B collective decided to launch TH&B UNITED. TH&B UNITED is a dynamic exhibition to be held at 270 Sherman Avenue North and will feature large-scale works of art from over a dozen emerging and established artists in the Hamilton, Toronto and Buffalo area. The mediums used in this unique exhibition will vary, which includes sculptures, site-specific interventions, audio and visual installations addressing the intersection of industry and environment endemic to the Rust Belt region bordering Lake Erie and Ontario. TH&B UNITED takes place April 18-May 16, 2015.  For specific event details and contact information, click here.

Everything You Wanted To Know About a Career in Real Estate
The real estate market in Hamilton is booming and the opportunities are endless. If you enjoy building relationships, assisting people in fulfilling their dreams and controlling your own path and creating successes in your life, a career in real estate may be for you. On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 6:00-8:30 p.m., Ambitious Realty agents will be available and willing to share their experiences and knowledge to help you make the decision and answer everything you want to know about real estate as a career. To register for this free event, click here.

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Patricia Savoie is a graduate with an Advanced Diploma from Mohawk College, where she is currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations. She is the HIVE PR & Media Intern for 2015.