We surpassed our five-year mark as an organization. We began operating as a registered non-profit. We revamped our governance structure to ensure that we strengthen and move our strategic vision forward.
This year, we’ve arrived to the question “What’s next?” – for Hamilton HIVE, our young professionals and our city.
We know we have to continue to champion the city in bold and creative ways because Hamilton’s future depends on our collective effort as a community to attract and advance the next generation of leaders.
In this page, you will read about initiatives and partnerships that are geared towards enhancing young professionals’ personal and professional outcomes.
You will also witness how our young professionals are engaging with their community, to better understand and contribute to city-building.
As an organization, our biggest asset is our member groups, the 22 young professional groups that represent a wide range of sectors and interests. From arts and culture to health care to construction to entrepreneurship and more, our groups are diverse, much like the young professional demographic in Hamilton. This diversity was reflected most clearly at our signature HIVEX conference. We saw 350 young professionals – students, workers and parents – coming together to network, learn from one another and exchange knowledge.
Many are often surprised to learn that Hamilton HIVE is 100% volunteer run. Every day I take pride in the fact that I work with accomplished and talented fellow young professionals from all walks of life. We challenge and learn from each other, dream big and invest in our city together.
Alyssa Lai, Chair
Michael Parente, Vice Chair
Saif Myageri, Secretary
Luke Baylis, Treasurer
Abigail Santos, Past Chair
Corey Helie-Masters & Meg Galachiuk, Co-chairs – HIVEX Planning
Jessica Rose, Chair – Public Relations
Natalie Castelli, Chair – Sponsorship & Stewardship
Michael Parente, Chair
Corey Helie-Masters, Vice Chair
Andrea Pohlmann, Secretary
Kyle Datzkiw, Treasurer
Alyssa Lai, Past Chair
Lindsay Dyment, Mohawk Young Alumni Connections
Tyler Ferguson, YEP Hamilton
Meg Galachiuk, Young Architects of Hamilton
Dan MacIntyre, FUSE
Chris Pickard, Mac10
Huzaifa Saeed, Global Hamilton Connect
Elizabeth Thorsen, Innovation Factory
Stephanie Trendocher,AGH Emerge
Andy Zimmerman, City HYP
To serve as Hamilton’s go-to resource and network empowering emerging leaders and young professionals.
This year’s HIVEX conference saw unprecedented success. We began with two Salon Series events leading up to the conference:
The HIVEX conference this year focused on the theme Engage. It continued to be the premiere YP conference in Hamilton. This year’s HIVEX saw:
We look forward to building momentum for next year’s HIVEX conference
In 2016, the PR team generated more than 50 original articles for Hamilton HIVE’s website, including 30 young professional profiles, local event coverage and resources for young professionals at various stages of their careers. HIVE also received ample media coverage in 2016. In addition to earned media in several key media outlets in Hamilton (The Hamilton Spectator, CBC News, CHML, CFMU), Hamilton HIVE was mentioned in articles like The Spec’s Young Professional profiles and articles that discussed key players in Hamilton’s revitalization (Huffington Post).
We also developed content for the City of Hamilton’s first 2 issues of Ambition Magazine. To prepare for HIVEX, the team created a communications strategy which included the production of a HIVE After Five video and social media initiatives including an Instagram takeover and a Twitter chat. Our media relations strategy helped ensure HIVEX was covered by both traditional and non-traditional media. HIVEX trended in Canada once again during the conference with the #HIVEX2016 hashtag.
Young professionals in Hamilton are tireless “doers” who are changing the landscape of the city. Hamilton has certainly benefitted from the energy of this group in different ways. Being able to connect and engage in the community is increasingly important to young professionals who want to contribute to the city’s revitalization, from environmental issues to welcoming newcomers to sustaining economic development. In 2016, Hamilton HIVE members engaged in a number of community events and initiatives through partnerships and participation.
A Better Community Day mobilized volunteers to engage in a variety of community efforts across the city. ABCD is an initiative by Mohawk Students’ Association and community partners including The Escarpment Project, Food4Kids, City School by Mohawk, McMaster Students Union and Redeemer University College. Volunteers and Hamilton HIVE members participated in activities like park clean-ups and fundraising in the event which spanned across the city in areas like Dundas and the Red Hill Valley.
HIVE members were also among the participants that created “interventions” for 100in1 Day Hamilton. In anticipation of the event, HIVE partnered with Evergreen Canada and City of Hamilton for a workshop on Our Future Hamilton (OFH) that featured brainstorming on action items related to six key theme areas identified by OFH. Participants also discussed and planned events for the forthcoming 100in1 Day.
Members of the HIVE executive team raised funds for Ontario Lung Association’s second annual Stair to Care event at Tim Hortons Field. Participants climbed the stadium’s stairs with Hamilton Tiger Cats’ players to raise money for the Association’s programs, lung research and lung health advocacy efforts.
Throughout 2016, HIVE’s monthly board meetings also served as a venue to host representatives from a variety of businesses, industries and organizations in Hamilton. These included 100in1Day Hamilton, Ontario Lung Association, Good Shepherd Hamilton, McMaster University Network for Community-Campus Partnerships, Mohawk College, Uber and many others.
What kind of training and development do young professionals want in order to advance professionally? We partnered with Mohawk College Continuing Education (CE) to identify career-related knowledge and gaps and explore alternative course deliveries that are catered to young professionals’ needs. This collaboration allows us to understand how learning can be customized to support young professionals’ careers and work with Mohawk CE to develop continuing education courses suited for the young professional demographic.
2016 was our first year operating as a registered nonprofit. In our first fiscal year, we elected a board of directors, comprised of nine representatives from HIVE member groups. We continued to involve and engage all member groups in our monthly meetings, to allow for networking and exchange of information.
We launched a three-year strategic plan (2016-2019) with a focus on three pillars:
In the next few years, we will focus on the following strategies to strengthen our mandate:
Our affiliation with our provincial partner, Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO), broadens our network and reach beyond Hamilton. Through participation in YPNO’s membership calls and board meetings, we shine the light on Hamilton’s dynamic and multifaceted young professional scene. Our partnership with YPNO allows us to network with other young professional groups in the province and learn from their experiences.
How did Hamilton HIVE get to where it is now? Our organization was founded with support from Hamilton Chamber of Commerce in 2011 through the Hamilton Economic Summit (now the Bay Area Economic Summit). This foundation and relationship with the Chamber are instrumental in allowing HIVE to grow and build its capacity. We thank the Chamber for their continued support and look forward to our ongoing collaboration.
We sat down with François-Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, to provide input on the 2017 federal budget. We advocated for the federal government to ease student debt and supported its proposal to increase grants for low-income students and investment for jobs and skills training. We reiterated the need to ease transition from higher education to the workforce and called for the elected government to stand by their plan to help families make ends meet. These recommendations were published as an opinion piece in The Hamilton Spectator.
How do we achieve Hamilton’s new community vision? What are our challenges, from a youth perspective? Together with youth leaders in Hamilton’s priority neighbourhoods, we participated in a discussion with the Hon. Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell to draw attention to social and economic issues affecting youth today. The discussion provided insights on how youth in Hamilton are creating networks to support one another in their community.
We’ve been partnering with City of Hamilton since 2015 to ensure that our young professionals have a say in Our Future Hamilton, the City’s new community vision for 2040. To date, we’ve hosted three workshops with the Our Future Hamilton team and engaged more than a hundred young professionals to gather their input and ideas on the future of Hamilton.
We joined the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s LRT task force to advise and provide direction for their advocacy efforts. In addition to supporting the Chamber’s efforts, we are also drawing from information shared at the task force to inform young professionals about LRT development. Our participation in the task force resulted in an opinion piece in The Hamilton Spectator clarifying how LRT can attract and advance the under 40 cohort to Hamilton.