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Networking in the sun: CLiC hosts its 4th annual Beach BBQ

CLiC photo

(photo credit: Cassandra D’Ambrosio)

Hamilton Media Guild

See the slide show here.

The Art Gallery of Hamilton was bursting with the energy of young professionals who gathered to eat, drink and network.

The annual beach barbeque hosted by CLiC connected young professional groups around the city and gave them a chance to relax, enjoy and feed off each other’s creativity and fresh perspectives.

“It’s grown exceptionally,” said Andreana Hudson, the chair of Hamilton HIVE. “Our main goal is to attract and retain young leaders.”

Hudson said HIVE works as an umbrella to oversee all young professional groups that are popping up around the city.

“I think when a city is kind of an underdog city, or it’s moved along to the stage where it’s on the rise, I think its residents, its community, really starts to band together to help bring it into what its inevitable future will be,” said Hudson.

Mark Stewart, director of Commercial Activities at the AGH said these types of events are all about cross-pollinating.

“The reality of Hamilton is that a lot of young professionals run their own businesses and it’s a very supportive community,” said Stewart.

Each professional group had their own table set up at the BBQ and was ready to mingle and share ideas on how to better Hamilton.

“The timing is key, because it’s a rapidly developing time for Hamilton, so people are coming in and they are not looking to take somebody else’s established business or position. They are literally all starting up their own new industries, or niches, or new ideas, so it’s a very fertile time,” Stewart said.

The Hamilton Media Guild was one of the many organizations that attended the event in hopes of gaining more recognition around the community.

Margaret Lintott, the community manager for HMG said her group was created as a networking group for young journalists and media professionals.

“We recognized that there was a void, or a need, for a role in this industry to get together and talk about trends in the media, as well as come up with innovative ways to sustain them.”

Lintott said Hamilton is in a renaissance and people are very entrepreneurial and on an emerging path.

Kevin Huynh, the Vice Chair of YEP Hamilton, an organization whose goal is to help local businesses grow and prosper, said he loves these events, meeting new people and collaborating on ideas.

“I think Hamilton’s time is now and I think with all these businesses coming together and collaborating, it’s just fun, it’s energetic and it’s going to take Hamilton to the next level.”

The common theme was strengthening and bettering Hamilton.

“So when you’ve got a vested interest in the betterment of your city because you plan on staying here, working here, raising a family here, buying a house here, that really starts to spur creative energy and a real genuine interest in being part of that growth and that change and being part of the upswing,” said Hudson.

Joe Accardi, Co-founder of Platform 302, a company designed for young entrepreneurs seeking a workspace, said these events are what Hamilton is all about.

“Hamilton is right here. If you have an idea, there is a belief that you can do it, and that makes all the difference.”



Andrea Fernandes

Andrea Fernandes is an aspiring journalist with a passion for writing and performance. Her need to tell stories has led her through an academic career specializing in Theatre, English Literature and Broadcast Journalism. She is constantly searching for a new story, adventure, or way to keep her mind in overdrive. Sitting still was never in the cards for her. Andrea has spent time at CTV National News, Canada AM, and Fashion T.V. Her ultimate goal is to be as feisty of a reporter as Lois Lane.

Foxy’s Nuggets of Knowledge at YEP Roundtable


Story was written by: Mary Clements

Edited by: Alyssa Lai and Lisa Bifano

Photo by: Nathan Nash

Ron Foxcroft’s typical work day would start at 3 a.m. From dispatching trucks to putting on a tie to selling contracts by 8 a.m., the owner of trucking company Fluke Transport already has a full day under his belt even before the crack of dawn. His day doesn’t end after 4 p.m., however. Foxcroft will then referee basketball games, a passion of his, and turn his attention to family for the rest of the day.

His winning formula of disciplined work ethic combined with pride and passion is one of the key takeaways for over 80 young professionals, who gathered to hear Foxcroft speak at the Officers’ Mess in the James Street North Armoury on May 26th.

Hosted by YEP (Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals) Hamilton, the roundtable featuring Foxcroft was centred on how to start and manage businesses. YEP Hamilton is a division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce that fosters growth and encourages creative innovation in the city. It acts as a resource for the current and the next generation of entrepreneurs in Hamilton.

Foxcroft has been in the trucking business for just over 30 years. Located at 450 Sherman Ave North and 1141 Burlington East, Fluke Transport grew from having 3 trucks to 176 trucks and 475 trailers, and from 250,000 square feet of warehousing space to 1.3 million square feet.

He is also the inventor of the Fox 40 Pealess whistle. The inspiration of the whistle came during a 1984 pre-olympic game in Brazil. When he was refereeing, the cork-pea whistle that he was using clogged and caused him to miss a call on Brazil. He saw the need for a new design for whistles. As he explored that for 3.5 years, Foxcroft went against the advice of many people, including his family, succumbing into a $150,000 debt in attempt to develop two prototypes of the first ever pealess whistle.

But the Fox 40 Pealess whistle is a sweet success. His company, Fox 40 International now produces 10 000 whistles a day, which are sold in 140 countries and is sanctioned by almost all major sports worldwide.

Despite the rough start, Fox 40’s success story is filled with Foxcroft’s perseverance, passion and hard work at its core. With his first two whistles valued at $75,000 a piece and no customers, Foxcroft was feeling discouraged. Luckily another burst of inspiration struck late one night at the Pan Am Games. He calmly walked past the rooms of his fellow officials at 3 a.m. and blew his whistle as loud as he could. His plan worked, and curious customers quickly surrounded him. He sold one whistle right on the spot and went on to sell an incredible 20,000 more over the course of the games. Now Fox 40 dominates the whistle industry, and is not only used for sports but also by search and rescue professions, life guards, fire-fighters and policemen.

Aside from business success, Foxcroft has an incredible 35-year career in basketball officiating at the international and collegiate levels. He officiated more than 1,600 international basketball games in 30 countries, including the gold medal basketball game at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.  It was after the gold medal game in Montreal that Foxcroft signed a contract to become the first Canadian referee in the NCAA.

To that end, he highlighted five key points to being a successful entrepreneur: team work, leadership and communication, making tough calls, quality customer service and practice, and saying ‘thank you.’

There are many takeaways from Foxcroft’s experience, said Matteo Patricelli, Secretary of YEP Hamilton.

“It sounds corny, but his lesson of believing in yourself, working hard and never stopping is a fundamental one and one that we can take for granted because it seems obvious but at the end of the day you’re either extremely lucky or you just have to work hard.”




Mary is owner of Les Petites Pommes, which offers programs to support students learning French. When Mary is not working at Les Petites Pommes she is also a teacher at a private school called Kehila Community Jewish Day School in Westdale.