Michael Parente

michaelparente@hamiltonhive.caMichael is a graduate of McMaster University with a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations Management.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Michael is eager to contribute to this amazing city. He has honed in on his passion for the Public Relations field through volunteering with local non-profit organizations that do work ranging from recycling and community gardens to land conservation and digital media. He works in the not-for-profit public relations field and is dedicated to contributing to a robust, healthy and prosperous Hamilton.

Michael also has a love of cinema and the arts which he explores as an active member of the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s ilovefilm series and annual film festival.


Corey Helie-Masters

corey.heliemasters@gmail.comCorey came to Hamilton in 2010 to study kinesiology at McMaster University and has called the city home ever since. Co-chairing last year’s HIVEX conference was his first introduction to HIVE, the success of the event helped ignite the burning passion he has for Hamilton and the young professionals who call it home.
Corey spends his days as the Marketing and Membership Coordinator for Community CarShare. In his spare time you can find him spreading the word about and supporting the amazing things happening in Hamilton every day. Corey is an avid supporter of the Hamilton LRT and is an avid fan of all things transportation. He also enjoys going for long runs throughout the city.
Want to talk sit down and have a conversation about Hamilton, Corey would love to sit down with you for a cup of coffee, he knows a place.


Kyle Datzkiw
Kyle is an incredibly proud Hamiltonian, having lived in the city his entire life. He graduated in 2016 from the McKeil School of Business at Mohawk College, and is currently pursuing his business degree through online education. He spent a term as the V.P. Finance for the Mohawk Students’ Association at Mohawk and is currently serving his term as the President of the MSA. It is a role he considers himself very fortunate to be in, as he gets to spend his time advocating and supporting Mohawk’s 30,000 full time, part time, continuing education, apprenticeship and international students.

While he is not totally sure of what he plans to do May 1st when his term as President is up, he is excited for what the future holds in this city. He has currently been brought into the incredible start-up culture in the city, incorporating a tax preparation service with a fellow Mohawk graduate Maxwell Brown called B&D Partners Inc.

Kyle is always interested in getting to know other professionals in the city, so feel free to reach out to him at any time!


Andrea Pohlmann
Andrea has called Hamilton ‘home’ since 2008. She came to attend McMaster, and stayed for the community she found here. In 2015, she graduated from the Advertising and Marketing Communications Management program at Mohawk College. Now, she works for RevUp Group as an Account Manager, helping small businesses build marketing engines to help them get ahead. She’s passionate about supporting small business and entrepreneurs, and loves having the opportunity to work with her clients to create meaningful digital presence for their businesses.

The thing Andrea loves most about Hamilton is the thriving art scene, and the opportunities provided to up and coming artists in the city.

Andrea is incredibly inspired by all the amazing Young Professionals in Hamilton, and is looking forward to working with the rest of the executive and the member groups to make 2017 amazing for HIVE and the community.



alyssagracelai@gmail.comMcMaster University alumna Alyssa Lai is a public relations professional working as a digital marketing coordinator for Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. In addition to serving as past chair for Hamilton HIVE, Alyssa co-founded two young professional groups and sits on the board of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO), a network of young professional groups in the province.

At 24 years old, Alyssa was awarded the YWCA Hamilton Woman of Distinction Award (Public Affairs, 2014) and McMaster Hamilton Community Impact Award (2015). A true Gen Y-er, she has many online selfs. Connect with her at @alyssaglai or at

Founding Chair

Michael Marini

michael.marini@hamilton.caMichael has been pivotal in the creation of many networking organizations in Hamilton which include the HIVE and YEP. Starting out his career with the City of Hamilton back in 2001, Michael has gained a great understanding of the needs of this city from a grassroots perspective. Graduating from McMaster with a Masters in Political Science and then receiving his post graduate certificate in public relations from the University of Victoria, Michael believes Hamilton’s greatest days are ahead and is working with the community to improve Hamilton’s image day after day.

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