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Hamilton is home  I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to help build a new, unique role at Ontario’s fastest-growing children’s hospital, in a city that offers the small-town charm of unique shops and trendy streets. It’s the perfect place to work and call home.  Alvin Gutierrez, Nurse Practitioner McMaster Children’s Hospital


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Innovation, Jobs, Culture, Education Top The List Why Business and People are Moving to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


amilton is an ambitious, innovative city that has everything entrepreneurs, start-ups, and accelerating and pivoting established companies need in infrastructure, real estate, resources, business networks and talent to drive growth and success. Hamilton has undergone a tremendous shift over past 20 years from making things in factories to innovative creation. Advanced manufacturing is still a critical sector in the Hamilton economy, led by ArcelorMittal Dofasco, one of the most cutting-edge steel mills in the world. Thanks to the federal government’s investment in advanced manufacturing in Hamilton as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, Hamilton’s success in the sector will only intensify. Hamilton’s long-time strength in life sciences and healthcare, led by Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, McMaster University, and Mohawk College, is powering a tremendous network of worldclass hubs of research and innovation. They include: the Hamilton Health Sciences Innovation Exchange, in partnership with IBM, aimed at improving the delivery of healthcare through technology; and Synapse, a life sciences consortium of Hamilton’s key institutions. McMaster Innovation Park has been an amazing success, led by cuttingedge research at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre, one of Canada’s leading research facilities in electric and hybrid vehicles, and the globally renowned Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at McMaster University, which enables academic and industry partners to commercialize their ideas. The list of assets for businesses in Hamilton is long and growing. Mohawk College is an invaluable partner to many companies large and small that benefit from its research, state-of-the-art facilities and workforce training and development. Think Hamilton is published by P e r s p e c 1464 Cornwall Rd., Suite 5, Oakville, ON, L6J7W5 | ThinkHamilton.Blog

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Hamilton has a terrific hub in Innovation Factory that has boosted the launch and acceleration of hundreds of companies and the local Angel One Network is one of the most active angel investment groups in Canada. Hamilton was named this year among the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world for its progress in building a digital economy that benefits everyone. The City of Hamilton’s Open for Business initiative streamlines the development and business approvals processes, and its five-year economic development action plan is aimed at supporting thriving entrepreneurship and innovation, making strategic infrastructure investments to power economic growth, and building the best workforce in Ontario. The economic momentum of Hamilton is undeniable, with more than $1 billion in building permit values six years running, strong job growth and a rapidly falling industrial vacancy rate. Thanks to key investments and a strategic economic development approach, Hamilton is the most diversified economy in Canada. The City is committed to maintaining that forward motion, setting ambitious targets to deepen and broaden its innovation-powered economy. Hamilton may not yet have the reputation of being a tech city but it should. And newcomers soon discover that Hamilton is the perfect size for them to play a role in shaping the city’s ongoing transformation.

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Arts Week

in Review By Stephen Near


n the wake of Hamilton Arts Week, the city’s annual celebration of arts and culture that took place the first week of June, it’s important to consider the vital role played by the culture sector in contributing to the economic prosperity of the greater Hamilton region. Without a doubt, creative industries have contributed and continue to add to the cultural growth of Ontario. Nowhere, it seems, is this more dramatically seen than in Hamilton. Thanks to an explosion of talent in the arts sector, and a steady influx of artists coming to the city, Hamilton has become a cultural hub. The city, once a centre of the manufacturing and industry, is gaining a reputation across the province as a hotspot for artists of all disciplines looking to expand their craft and find a new audience. Hamilton Arts Week is an initiative begun by the Hamilton Arts Council

four years ago with the express purpose of capitalizing on this reputation. It is rooted in the idea that every arts discipline, from dance to music to theatre to the visual arts, is key to the cultural renaissance now invigorating the city. But what distinguishes Arts Week from similar festivals in region is its focus on the community as well as its inclusion of events from across the region in places like Dundas, Waterdown, Binbrook, and Stoney Creek. This year’s Arts Week was the biggest since the festival’s inception and drew upon the work of creators from across the city. Featured performances and programming highlighted a wide diversity of artists and involved over 100 partner arts and business organizations. Hamilton Arts Council Executive Director Annette Paiement said it was critical to raise the profile of the arts in the region

by actively programming artists from every discipline throughout the week. “Our main goal was to make people aware that art in Hamilton is everywhere,” says Paiement. “That’s why we encouraged anyone to apply and participate in Arts Week. Arts and culture create the fabric of a community. They are the soul and spirit of a city. Everything we engage with has had an artist participate with its creation - your chair, your car, and your computer. Yet somehow art is minimized. I hope with Arts Week we’ve provided a new lens through which to view art in this city.” Arts Week was even more of a success this year thanks to the growing population of culture workers moving to the city. From an economic standpoint, this bodes well for communities like Hamilton that benefit from the addition of new festivals and events along with entrepreneurial

businesses. Across Ontario, the cultural sector alone contributes more than $19 billion to the province’s overall GDP while employing 252,000 people through direct and indirect job creation. Reflecting on the engagement of local business and culture partners, Paiement is optimistic about the future of Hamilton Arts Week as a fixture of the city’s cultural profile. “Thanks to the support from the City of Hamilton as well as The Cotton Factory, First Ontario Credit Union, Liuna, and our many media and venue sponsors, we were able to reach a broader audience of Hamiltonians. With the success from this year’s festival, I see bigger and better things for 2019.” For more information about the Hamilton Arts Council, and Hamilton Arts Week, go to

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amilton is vying to be the world’s No. 1 Intelligent Community in 2018 after being named to Intelligent Community Forum’s Top 7. “This puts Hamilton on the map from a technology and industry perspective. It’s a platform to articulate all we are doing with our partners. There may be some surprise out there about the amazing things happening here, “ said City of Hamilton chief digital officer Andrea McKinney. “It’s also an indication to the business community about the City’s willingness to be progressive and innovative.” ICF is a New York City-based network that researches and promotes how Intelligent Communities use technology to build inclusive prosperity, solve social issues and enrich quality of life. The recognition highlights the deep collaboration between Hamilton’s key institutions and the City’s efforts to use technology

Hamilton advances as a globally competitive place to live, work, and play to improve service delivery to its residents, says McKinney. “We hosted the Intelligent Communities Forum judge for three days to demonstrate our areas of success and the opportunities under development. He said the collaboration he saw here is world class and not seen in cities of Hamilton’s size.” The judge toured cutting-edge research facilities at McMaster University and Mohawk College, witnessed all the resources available in the Hamilton Public Library and visited CityLAB, a partnership between Mohawk, McMaster, Redeemer University College and the City that pairs post-secondary students and faculty with City staff to address urban issues. The Top Intelligent Community will be announced in June. Hamilton was evaluated on broadband service, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital equality, sustainability and advocacy, sending “a clear message that

Glen Norton, Director of Economic Development pictured with Mayor Fred Eisenberger in front of City Hall

the public, private, and education sectors in Hamilton are making real investments in these areas,” said Rob McCann, who is president of broadband provider Clearcable, a board member of ICF Canada, and a member of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Digital Hamilton initiative. “From a purely economic development perspective, the Top 7 designation tells potential local and foreign investors that there is a concerted and externally verified effort in Hamilton to advance the community as a globally competitive place to live, work, and play. The resulting outcomes attract both

investment and talent, which furthers the development of thriving arts and technologies sectors.” Hamilton first made the ICF list in 2017, ranking among the Smart 21. Making the Top 7 was set as a “stretch target” in the 2016-2020 Economic Development Action Plan and the City’s senior staff and leadership have been firmly supportive of pursuing the goal, says McKinney. Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who launched the Mayor’s Intelligent Community Task Force that has been a driving force on the initiative, became chair of ICF Canada in December.


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here is a perfect niche to attract tenants to the Hamilton Technology Centre, says Rob McCann, who bought the 40,000-square-foot facility in 2017 and is planning to invest millions. “When I came here, I recognized the value a place like this could have. It fits nicely between the smaller co-working spaces and the bigger McMaster Innovation Park. This offers a mid tier for folks who are accelerating,” he said. “The companies that are very well financed can go to MIP or MaRS or Communitech. But if you’re smaller or just starting out and you can’t afford that level, you can come here. We offer the same services but at a competitive price.” McCann, the founder of broadband company Clearcable Networks, seized the opportunity to buy the HTC where he had been leasing space from the City of Hamilton. The facility at 7 Innovation Dr. in Dundas was founded as a smallbusiness incubation centre by the City in 1993 and is part of the Flamborough Business Park at Highways 5 and 6. It

was funded and operated by the city’s economic development division until McCann took it over in August 2017. “Clearcable will adopt the original vision of HTC by applying their own expertise and contacts within this industry, and continue to foster the development of emerging technology companies such as theirs,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger at the time of the sale. “We see Clearcable as a business and community leader in supporting Hamilton’s technology sector.” HTC features a large atrium and 17 tenants in about 27,000 square feet of

The Hamilton Technology Centre is contributing to Canada’s Innovation Triangle by building and supporting a community of innovation leaders

leasable space in units ranging from 175 to 4,000 square feet. A total of about 6,000 square feet is available, says McCann. Tenants include start-ups and established companies. Imaging giant L3 Wescam got its start there. A 2014 staff report said 72 companies with more than 290 employees have graduated from the facility. The seeds of Hamilton’s growing innovation ecosystem were planted with the HTC, says McCann, and believes all the pieces are in place in Hamilton to be a technology powerhouse. HTC is at the nexus of Canada’s Innovation Triangle, has access to 120 million people with a 500-mile radius and is situated alongside Hamilton International Airport, an international seaport, the vertex of Ontario’s major highways, and is a short drive to the University of Waterloo and McMaster. “I’m convinced there is a remarkable opportunity here. Everything is in place for things to come together.” McCann is focused on providing the atmosphere in which entrepreneurs can meet, interact and collaborate.

Clearcable, which employs about 40 employees, takes up about 30 per cent of HTC. It had been bursting at the seams at its previous location on Hester Street. When he looked at HTC, he was immediately convinced it was the perfect home for the company. He says HTC has the potential to be a regional innovation centre, so he is investing in the building by updating the HVAC system, replacing the lighting system with energy-efficient LEDs and investigating options for solar power generation. He says plans include electric car charging stations and outdoor streetlights that will showcase smart lighting for cities. There will also be a data centre on site that will act as a demonstration for the cities and service providers that are Clearcable’s customers. Clearcable designs, configures, connects and supports broadband equipment for service providers from Whitehorse to the Bahamas – 60 in Canada and 14 internationally. It opened a location in Netherlands last year.


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his January, Gay Lea Foods unveiled a modern new look reflective of the Canadian owned and operated businesses’ recent growth, continuing evolution, and investment plans as a leader in the Canadian dairy industry. Founded in Ontario in 1958, Gay Lea Foods is a farmer owned and operated co-operative with members on more than 1,360 dairy farms and more than 4,000 members overall. Dedicated to innovation, the development of high quality products and growing the market for Canadian milk, the co-operative is the first of its kind to include licensed dairy cow and dairy goat members, and process both kinds of milk into a range of dairy products – from the consumer favourite Spreadables and North America’s first SmoothTM Cottage Cheese, to the extensive selection of traditional Italian cheeses produced right here in Hamilton under the Salerno brand name.


“We’ve been on a fantastic trajectory, expanding our foods and ingredients business across Canada and investing to further our strategic focus on innovation, sustainable growth, and high quality ingredients and food products,” says Chair, Rob Goodwill. “Now, after 60 years, our brand embodies the business we’ve become and the direction we’re heading.” In November 2016, Gay Lea Foods announced an historic $140 million investment to establish an innovative, nutraceutical-grade dairy ingredients hub in Ontario. The fouryear investment will modernize and expand a number of Gay Lea Foods’ facilities, create new market demands for Canadian milk, and deliver on the co-operative’s mission to build an innovative and market-driven ingredients business in Canada. As part of this venture, the cooperative has invested $3 million to build a cutting-edge Dairy Innovation Centre in Hamilton.

Gay Lea Foods is a farmer owned and operated co-operative with more than 4,000 members overall. Gay Lea Foods is a leader in the Canadian dairy industry and the largest dairy co-operative in Ontario. “Today’s global dairy marketplace is more diverse, more developed, and more demanding than ever,” says Gay Lea Foods President & CEO, Michael Barrett. “To maintain competitiveness, we have to continue to explore the tremendous opportunities ahead for milk and drive growth through innovation in products, dairy technology, the production and application of dairy ingredients, and the enhanced utilization of by-products.” The new Dairy Innovation Centre in Hamilton will include a 1,200 sqf pilot plant with viewing windows, a 350 sqf laboratory for analytical equipment, and a 1,200 sqf secondfloor, open-concept “Innovation Hub” where innovators can work, host media and sales events, and meet with customers and partners in a modern, creative space. Well positioned between McMaster University, the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto, and local colleges such as Mohawk, George Brown and Conestoga, the centre is expected to attract young innovators and developers, and become a training hub for young scientists to acquire practical and manufacturing experience. “The Gay Lea Foods Dairy Innovation Centre will bridge Research & Development, academia and government

research to create new products, improve our current products and ingredients, and respond to competitiveness demands,” says Barrett. “This will allow us to grow our co-operative’s ability to continuously adapt to changing market demands and international standards.” Construction of the Dairy Innovation Centre began in October 2017 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The project involves the renovation and repurposing of an existing warehouse at the co-operative’s production facility on Morley Street, in the city’s lower East end. Phase 1 of the investment plan also includes a number of upgrades to the production facility in Hamilton itself, to increase productivity, grow the value of milk and milk components, and decrease the environmental footprint of the facility, all through leadership in innovation. “Gay Lea Foods is re-designing its future,” says Goodwill, “and a big part of that is happening in Hamilton.”

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mproving health and avoiding disease is one goal around which the whole world can unite, since disease knows no borders. But, during the last century, people are healthier and living longer than ever before thanks to drastic advancements in health research. At Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), in partnership with McMaster University, our researchers have led some of the great health discoveries of our time. We lead a team of investigators – from across Canada, and in another 100 countries from the six inhabited continents – who are working together to make life better for all people around the globe.

Cutting stroke in half

Treating hip fractures like heart attacks

Can you imagine a world without stroke? Hamilton Health Sciences’ teams can, and they’re leading a mission to make that vision a reality. While research has made great strides in finding new and better ways to treat stroke, prevention is even more important. Experts at the Population Health Research Institute, in partnership with McMaster University, has led worldwide studies showing that certain safe, inexpensive, easily accessible medications (e.g. blood pressure-lowering and cholesterollowering drugs) are better at reducing the risk of stroke than previously believed. Together, these medications have the potential to prevent 50 per cent of all strokes, which equates to tens of thousands of lives saved each year.

What do broken hips and heart attacks have in common? Like a heart attack, a hip fracture is a medical emergency but has not been considered as one until now. A hip fracture puts a lot of stress on the body, creating the potential for a number of life-threatening issues. Yet, these patients aren’t treated with the same level of urgency as other emergencies and often have to wait several days for surgery. Teams at the Population Health Research Institute of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University are testing the theory that hip fracture patients who receive surgery quickly - within 24 hours of their fracture - have a better recovery and experience fewer issues. It also means patients spend less time in hospital, reducing healthcare costs and making room for more patients to receive the care they need, sooner.

Canada’s largest biobank Hamilton Health Sciences is home to Canada’s largest research biobank, a literal vault of human DNA housing more than three million samples collected from patients around the globe. The facility provides an information-rich, cellular and molecular database that supports our researchers in solving some of the world’s greatest health challenges, including heart disease and stroke. With more than 100 international studies being led by Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University researchers at any given time, the biobank – developed over 20 years – has become an invaluable knowledge repository. It can provide our researchers with key information on half a million patients, at their fingertips. These samples are used for analysis of genetic biomarkers that predict the development of various diseases and provide new insight in to the causes of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, cancer, diabetes and dementia. Samples are stored in liquid nitrogen so that they can be used for decades to come.

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T he biobank – and the team of experts who support it – is a huge asset to health research in Hamilton, and beyond,” says Dr. Guillaume Paré (pictured, cover), deputy director of the biobank and medical biochemist at HHS. “It has enabled some of our most significant clinical trials, many of which have had a global impact.”

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he City is currently experiencing great growth in the traditional manufacturing sector as well as the emerging tech sector. Some of the City’s best companies and growing start ups are actively recruiting talent in a variety of roles:


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National Steel Car – Recently landed a contract with Canadian National Railway that will bring more than 300 new full-time “employment opportunities” to the city Arcelor Mittal Dofasco – One of the World’s largest steelmakers is continuing to hire at the Hamilton plant and are looking for software developers, electricians, millwrights and many other positions Bermingham Foundation Solutions – Established in 1897, Bermingham is North America’s most experienced Foundation and Marine specialty contractor as well as the foremost manufacturer of custom Foundation Construction equipment. They are currently hiring welders, heavy equipment mechanics, On-Site Field Service Technician and Supervisors.



Industries that had many hard-to-fill positions

Jobs in demand: Millwrights, truck drivers

Manufacturing Jobs in demand: General labourers

Professional, scientific and technical services Jobs in demand: Architects

Healthcare and social assistance Jobs in demand: Personal Support Workers, Registered Nurses

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business is Table growing Source: Statistics Canada. 282-0135- LFS of employers rated the quality of the workforce in Hamilton as fair

In 2017, WHMIS was the training most likely to be offered by employers

What’s happening in Hamilton? What’s happening in the professional industry? The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, a $33M biomedical research centre, opened in McMaster Innovation Park. It is expected to create 75 highly skilled jobs. Source: Job Market Trends,

It is projected that 1,100 jobs will be added to the Stoney Creek area by the year 2031 Source: Hamilton Spectator, Mar. 2018




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Viziya – This software company with its head office in Hamilton serves multiple markets across 5 continents. VIZIYA designs software solutions to enhance work management processes to help companies measure the results. They are actively hiring developers, account managers and consultants Weever Apps – Weever Apps builds workforce apps that help organizations capture rich data, optimize business processes and access actionable business insights. They are hiring software developers. Software Hamilton – This website is a good resource for those interested in the technology sector in Hamilton. It actively provides job openings and updated news regarding tech firms in the city.




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442,000 people were in the labour force in 2018 Q1. Source: Statistics Canada. Table 282-0135- LFS

What’s happening in Hamilton? Over $480,000 was allocated to projects aimed at attracting visitors to Hamilton’s business districts. Source: Global News, Mar. 14 2018


aving been in business for over 40 years, Losani Homes has developed a reputation for being the most dependable builder in the city of Hamilton while being the number one destination for new homes across southern Ontario. As a Hamilton based family company, that history is one that is shared with many others in what has truly defined Hamilton as one of a kind. What began as a means to stay busy in the winter months, Losani Homes has now grown into Hamilton’s largest and most decorated builder and developer. The company’s growth was swift and steady. After establishing a reputation for quality workmanship, innovative designs, and industry leading customer service the company continued to prosper. Fast forward to 2018, and Losani Homes has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies an unprecedented nine consecutive years, earning platinum status in the process. A feat no other builder in Canada can claim. The company has been recognized locally, provincially, nationally, and most recently internationally for the work that they do. However, what the company is most proud of today would be the work done through the Losani Family Foundation. Losani Homes CEO Fred Losani and president Lino Losani have never forgotten the early struggles of life in Hamilton, and as a result have always been extremely motivated to give back. Fred Losani himself has cross country

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nnovation Factory (IF) helps innovative companies get started and grow and builds an innovation ecosystem in Hamilton, says executive director David Carter. Staff at IF has met with more than 1,600 companies, racking up more than 20,000 hours in client meetings. And, in turn, its clients have earned more than $160 million in investment. When IF launched at McMaster Innovation Park in 2011, there were few start-ups and little in terms of resources or funding in Hamilton to support them, says Carter. “It used to be once in a blue moon that our clients would get investments in the millions but now that’s happening regularly.” Forty-one per cent of IF clients are in the ICT field, 25 per cent in life sciences, and 17 per cent in advanced manufacturing. Those deemed high-potential are paired with an IF executive-in-residence for one-on-one guidance. Those in earlier stages are guided to learning activities in finance, sales, customer acquisition, business modelling, and entrepreneurial skills building. IF is well connected and trusted by Hamilton’s key institutions and lenders. “If we call for a meeting for a client, they are granted. It’s important to be a trusted partner because we can link our clients to people they need to speak to.” IF helped develop entrepreneurial hubs for both Mohawk College and McMaster University, and was a key player in creating the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster in southern Ontario. Carter describes Hamilton as a “citybuilder city” where everyone works together to build the community.

Here is what some Innovation Factory clients had to say: Fotaflo Fotaflo’s software application makes it easy for experiential businesses to capture and deliver photos and videos to visitors and to use them as referral and marketing assets. “Innovation Factory has helped Fotaflo immensely throughout key phases of our growth and development by

providing mentoring through the executive-in-residence program to our sales and marketing teams, connecting us with funding and grant programs, and providing us with guidance and resources we would not otherwise have access to,” said president Ryan O’Grady.

Flyte Studios Flyte Studios develops education technology solutions for the K-12 sector. Its four founders had the knowledge and skills to build their product “but none of us understood how to build or run a business. Innovation Factory provided us with business training, professional mentors, and

opportunities to pitch our idea and receive feedback,” said president and CEO Shaun Iles. “Essentially, Innovation Factory made it possible for us to grow into the company we are today. Without IF I am not sure where Flyte Studios would be.”

Mariner Endosurgery Mariner Endosurgery develops and commercializes innovative computer-assisted medical devices for laparoscopic surgeries, including LaparoGuard, a soft-tissue surgical navigation platform that augments visualization. “Mariner Endosurgery leveraged Innovation Factory’s expertise in market intelligence and connections to the company’s

early investors and advisory board members,” said Mitch Wilson, president and COO. “Mariner continues to work closely with Innovation Factory, Hamilton Health Sciences and local surgeons from their head office in McMaster Innovation Park.”

Westhill Innovation Westhill Innovation designs and manufacturers composite materials for the transportation industry. Innovation Factory has helped with securing funding and linking with engineering students at McMaster University on a research project. “David Carter got to know our company and our potential. He was very instrumental in assisting us to

get over some roadblocks,” said president and CEO Emil Radoslav. “I think IF has a really good model,” said executive vicepresident Gina Succi. “David was always thinking of us. I’m sure everyone who is in contact with him feels exactly the same way.”

Weever Apps Weever Apps’ cloud-based platform helps companies build and manage data collection, manage workflows, and gain real-time visibility into operations. It is used around the world by customers including Irving Oil, Suez, Viessmann, Xerox and Georgia-Pacific. “Innovation Factory helped Weever Apps get our start back in 2011,” said co-founder

and CEO Steve McBride. “Since that time we have received ongoing support from the team at IF, headed up by Dave Carter. Dave has introduced us to many great contacts, helping us find quality board members, our accountants KPMG, our lawyers at Gowling WLG and several investors.”



HAMILTON ARTS WEEK From June 2, to June 9th, 2018 HamiltonĘźs cultural community came together to celebrate the arts. Over 100 city-wide events and exhibitions later, we were able to showcase the talent and creativity that lives and works in this great city. Thank you to everyone, and see you next year!