Mohawk is once again a Lion’s Lair prize sponsor. Lion’s Lair is an annual competition presented by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Factory. Ten companies pitch their ideas to a panel of Hamilton business experts for a shot at winning more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources. The Agency at our McKeil School of Business will be taking on the winning company as a client. Best of luck to the 10 finalists competing on Sept. 30.
You’re invited to join me at the Beverly Golf and Country Club in Copetown Sept. 24 for our 7th Annual President’s Golf Tournament. Last year’s tournament was sold out and all proceeds are invested in our Mohawk Access Bursary Program. Hopefully, I’ll find some time over the next two months to get in some games and work on my swing.
Local industry, business, labour, education and government leaders have been brought together by Mayor Fred Eisenberger to help build a highly skilled workforce for local employers and companies looking to move to our city.
I was honoured to be asked by Mayor Fred Eisenberger to serve as chair of the task force and work with vice-chair Bronko Jazvac. Bronko is the Director of World Class Manufacturing and Health and Safety at ArcelorMittal Dofasco. Bronko is also a 2013 Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction recipient and a 1978 graduate from Mohawk’s Industrial Engineering Technology – Management program.
The task force aims to further strengthen local industry-education partnerships with a special focus on preparing college and university graduates to work in advanced manufacturing, life sciences and agribusiness.
Strong partnerships make for successful Mohawk graduates and a prosperous Hamilton. We’re committed to forging and strengthening our ties with local employers.
I was honoured to attend the official opening ceremony for the Witness Blanket in Hamilton earlier this month. Created by First Nations artist Carey Newman, the 12-metre wooden art installation is made up of nearly 900 reclaimed artifacts from residential schools. I strongly recommend seeing the exhibit, which will be at the downtown Hamilton Public Library until Aug. 29 and then continue on a seven-year cross-Canada tour. At Mohawk, we are proud to educate and serve more than 400 Aboriginal students. Earlier this year, we exchanged Friendship Wampum Belts with our educational partner Six Nations Polytechnic. Our belt is proudly displayed in Mohawk’s Aboriginal Centre and Lounge.
Mohawk was proud to be a chapter in the Americas Investment Playbook put together by staff with the economic development departments here in Hamilton and Niagara. Our college welcomed a pair of trade delegations this month from countries competing in the Pan Am Games. Delegates toured our three applied research centres and met with our faculty and job-ready students. During the July 21st tour at our Fennell Campus with Hamilton Mayor and Mohawk graduate Fred Eisenberger, the Trade Commissioner of the Nation of Columbia, Alvara Concha, announced that 70 information and communications technology companies will return to Hamilton in October to buy and sell products and services. Special thanks to the Hamilton and Niagara economic development departments for including Mohawk as a tour stop and investment opportunity.