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#HIVEX 2015: Connect

October 31, 2015




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Morning Speaker, 8:40 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Speaker: Rosita Hall

Lunch Panel,
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Lunch sponsor: McMaster Provost and Presidents Office


  • Putting Hamilton on the Map

This expert panel featuring five local industry leaders will speak about Hamilton’s journey and future plans. The panel will review Hamilton’s history, what we have learned, how we can improve and future opportunities for us to grow as a city. Is Hamilton moving towards being the destination city in our region? What are some recent developments that are putting Hamilton on the map?

Panelists will address these questions from the arts, economics, community engagement and politics, tourism, and entrepreneurship perspectives.


Arts: Stephanie Vegh
Economics: Keanin Loomis
Entrepreneurship: Stephanie McLarty
Politics & Community Engagement: Matthew Green
Tourism: Tim Potocic
Moderator: Molly Hayes

Networking Opportunity, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Networking sponsor: Gowlings


HIVEX Breakout Sessions

Workshop sponsors: City of Hamilton, Cogeco, and Mohawk Alumni Office

Workshop Time: 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

  • Connecting the Ecosystem

Workshop Leader: Innovation Factory

Continuing on last year’s theme of building “clusters,” this workshop will tackle the problem of connecting the entire young professional ecosystem with our entrepreneurs.  Every day, new companies have simple “asks” that just need to get to the right person. These bits of knowledge and connections don’t show up on our LinkedIn profiles.  As part of this workshop, let’s design an app that connects the ecosystem and allows people to make specific asks and connections.

The workshop component will help shape this vision and define some examples of requests people make, specific clusters of people to connect with, incentive programs and examples of knowledge sharing methods that have been successful. Bring your ideas and we can build this together!

  • How to Use Social Media to Accelerate your Career or Business

Workshop Leader: Suzanne Zandbergen & Brad Coughlan

In this two-part workshop, you will hear from industry experts on how to use various social media platforms to land that dream job as well as learn tips and tricks on how to accelerate your career and/or business.

Part 1: The major social media platforms are increasingly dense with content – it’s getting harder and harder to stand out. In this discussion-style workshop, we’ll reveal techniques to ensure your posts are as efficient and effective as possible in achieving your business or career goals.

Part 2: Ever wonder if potential employers take a peek at your social media persona before hiring you? Do you think about what they look for and what they consider as “red flags”? Curious about what are appropriate posts and what are not? This interactive workshop will reveal what HR professionals and recruiters are looking at even before they meet you!

Workshop Leaders:
Suzanne Zandbergen, owner of The Generator, a social media marketing company in Hamilton that launches your business to a new level of success by interacting with your current and potential clients on social media channels.
Brad Coughlan, Human Resources Manager at YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington, and Brantford.


Workshop Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Title:  City Wide – Making Meaningful Connections

Workshop Leader: Mohawk Young Alumni Connections

In this interactive session, you will explore topics that foster meaningful connections between local residents, businesses and services in Hamilton. Speakers and facilitators will engage participants in a discussion highlighting four topics that shape how our city is currently perceived and new opportunities for it to prosper.

These topics include:

  • Breaking the Mold (Stereotypes – Uptown vs Downtown)
  • Linking to Nature/Recreation (what is out there to explore),
  • Entrepreneur connections (resources, education, workspaces)
  • Networking with “like-minded businesses (making the community experience whole)

Workshop moderator: Kat Cullen, Cable 14 Hamilton and KX 94.7

  • Connecting the Dots in Media

Workshop Leader: Hamilton Media Guild

Want to pitch to media and have the good work of your organization recognized? Wonder what makes a newsworthy story? Find out how you can develop a media pitch that gets attention.
Connecting the Dots in Media is a hands-on workshop that that will teach you the elements of a savvy pitch. You will also have the opportunity to pitch your stories to a panel of media experts comprising of representatives from The Hamilton Spectator, CBC Hamilton, CHCH, CHML, and Cable 14. Through this workshop, you will master the do’s and don’ts of the story pitching, allowing you to distinguish a newsworthy story that is timely, fresh and relevant to a wider public.

Workshop Time: 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

  • Re-envisioning Your City: Complete Streets for Vibrant Communities

Workshop Leader:Hamilton Sustainability Professionals Network

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs

We live in an increasingly urban world and where we live affects our health, environment and economy. Complete Streets help to develop vibrant and diverse places that people will want to live and stay in; healthier and more sustainable cities for future generations to enjoy. Join people from your neighbourhood to participate in a hands-on interactive workshop of urban planning and design. You will be able to re-envision the streets in various Hamilton neighbourhoods through the use of maps and street elements such as bike lanes, green spaces, park benches and SoBi stations. At this workshop, Virtual Hamilton will pilot their 3D interactive environment that will enable you to experience your re-envisioned street in a virtual world. Imagine! You will take away key ideas and proposed actions on how to implement complete streets in your community and help make Hamilton a more vibrant place to live, work, and play.

  • Workshop Title: Building Effective Community Engagement Strategies

Workshop Leader: Our Future Hamilton Staff, City of Hamilton

Building a positive and long-term relationship between your organization and the individuals you serve is a challenge for many young professionals today. In this workshop, City of Hamilton staff and local experts will give you valuable information on how to craft a meaningful community engagement experience that will attract your audience, provide a vehicle for constructive dialogue between stakeholders, and provide you with quantifiable results which can be used to better serve your audience in the future. Using a current engagement initiative led by the City of Hamilton called Our Future Hamilton: Communities in Conversation as a case study, participants will also have the opportunity to be on the receiving end of community engagement and help shape the community’s vision of our city 25 years into the future.


Early Bird Special: September 9 – October 12

$60 for Conference Tickets

$10 After Party Tickets (for CLiC members and registered HIVEX attendees)

Regular Tickets: October 13 – October 31

$75 for Conference Tickets

$20 After Party Tickets (for non CLiC members and registered HIVEX attendees)

  $10 After Party Tickets (for CLiC members and registered HIVEX attendees)

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HIVEX After Party

Join us for Classic Hollywood Horror! Hamilton HIVE is partnering with CliC at AGH to present you with the best Halloween Afterparty in Hamilton! Join us and DJ Devon MacDonald at 8 P.M. in the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion at the AGH.


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October 31, 2015


Hamilton HIVE


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