2016 highlights

Message from the Chair

By Alyssa Lai, Chair, Hamilton HIVE

2016 was significant for Hamilton HIVE on many fronts.

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.

As you read through our 2016 highlights, I hope you are inspired and excited for our city’s future. The best is yet to come, because we – the young professionals – are here to stay and work with you to build our city.

2016 Hamilton HIVE executive

Alyssa Lai, Chair
Michael Parente, Vice Chair
Saif Myageri, Secretary
Luke Baylis, Treasurer
Abigail Santos, Past Chair

2016 Committee Chairs

Corey Helie-Masters & Meg Galachiuk, Co-chairs – HIVEX Planning
Jessica Rose, Chair – Public Relations
Natalie Castelli, Chair – Sponsorship & Stewardship

2017 Hamilton HIVE executive (Incoming)

Michael Parente, Chair
Corey Helie-Masters, Vice Chair
Andrea Pohlmann, Secretary
Kyle Datzkiw, Treasurer
Alyssa Lai, Past Chair

2017 Board of Directors

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

Mission

  • Attract and advance people aged 18-39 across all sectors, industries and backgrounds.
  • Foster a culture of community engagement and contribute to city building for a sustainable Hamilton.
  • Facilitate collaboration and exchange of networks and resources between organizations and individuals to collectively enhance the young demographic in Hamilton.

Vision

To serve as Hamilton’s go-to resource and network empowering emerging leaders and young professionals.

Our Member Groups


Hamilton HIVE is founded with support from

Our provincial partner

Committees

HIVEX Planning Committee

HIVEX: Engage

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HIVEX Planning Committee

Public Relations Committee

Communications & PR

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Public Relations Committee

Sponsorship & Stewardship Committee

Fundraising & Development

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Sponsorship & Stewardship Committee

Community Engagement

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

It can be as simple as ABCD

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A Better Community Day

100in1 Day Hamilton & Stair to Care

Taking action

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100in1 Day Hamilton & Stair to Care

Turning action into ideas

Change Camp

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Turning action into ideas

Partnerships

Providing Input and Influence in learning models

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.

Ambition Magazine

For young professionals

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Ambition Magazine

Corporate photo shoot

At Fort George

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Corporate photo shoot

Mental health in the workplace

By CivicAction

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Mental health in the workplace

Sustainability

Building a governance model

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:

  1. Sustainability and growth
  2. Diversity and inclusivity in the range of Hamilton HIVE member groups
  3. Community engagement

 

In the next few years, we will focus on the following strategies to strengthen our mandate:

  1. Enhance professional and personal outcomes for people aged 18-39
  2. Strengthen Hamilton HIVE’s engagement with the community
  3. Strengthen member relations, experience and engagement
  4. Create sustainable organizational capacity

 

Putting Hamilton on the map

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.

A strong foundation

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.

Improving personal & professional outcomes

Input on federal budget

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.

What do youth want?

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.

Hack the City

Case competition

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Hack the City

Celebrating young professionals

YP Week 2016

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Celebrating young professionals

Bay Area Economic Summit

Leading change in a regional age

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Bay Area Economic Summit

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