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2017 GHC Fall Walking Tour & Social

New to the city? Want to build connections, networks and find opportunities in Hamilton? 

Come to our Fall Walking Tour & Social to meet and network with international students and young professionals, and discover what Hamilton has to offer.

Discover the beautiful Waterfront and enjoy food and drinks at William’s Fresh Café. Explore the Waterfront Trails in a guided walking tour by Bay Area Restoration Council.

FREE event – just RSVP here!

How to get to William’s Fresh Café, 47 Discovery Drive

From McMaster University and Mohawk College: Take any bus heading to downtown Hamilton. Walk to / Stop at Bay at Main. Walk along Bay Street and take Bus #4 at Bay opposite George. Stop at James at BurlingtonWalk to William’s Fresh Café.

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Outdoors @ Christie Lake

Enjoy nature’s wonder at Christie Lake Conservation Area! Dubbed as “one of the most beautiful lake settings in the Niagara Escarpment,” Christie Lake is home to beautiful trails and an ideal spot for picknicking.

Join us to experience the great Canadian outdoors!

Saturday, July 15 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (pick up time included)

Cost: $10 per person. Transportation (round trip) and BBQ lunch included. Limited to 40 seats.
* Want to attend but do not have a credit card to purchase tickets online? Email globalhamiltonconnect@gmail.com to register to pay for ticket in cash on July 15.

Bus pick up locations:
Mohawk College – 9 a.m. (Fennell campus, roundabout across from St. Joe’s Hospital)
City Hall – 9:25 a.m.
McMaster University – 9:50 a.m. (Turnabout in front of Ivor Wynne Centre)

*If you’d like transportation to Christie Lake, please select pick up location when you buy your ticket.

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Perfect your pitch: Networking your way to career success

Discover what makes a great first impression. Tammy Hwang, Business Development Coordinator (City of Hamilton’s Global Hamilton office) and Co-founder (CoMotion Group), will lead us in a workshop on how to perfect your pitch in preparation for job fairs, interviews and networking events.

  • Learn how to market your skills and talents to a potential employer.
  • Make new contacts and meet young professionals and entrepreneurs from around the city who will help you practice, give you feedback, and make suggestions on how to better present yourself.

The event will be separated into two parts:

  • First part: Interactive presentation by Tammy Hwang on how to perfect your elevator pitch and network effectively
  • Second part: Practice networking session with young professionals, entrepreneurs and employers

Event date: Thursday, May 18
Venue: CoMotion on King, 115 King Street East, 3rd floor
Doors open: 6 p.m. Presentation: 7 p.m. Networking: 7:30 p.m.
REGISTER here.

Note: CoMotion can seat 100 people in its main event space comfortably for the presentation portion of this event. Seating is first come first served so be sure to arrive early!

FREE admission. Refreshments provided. Share your experience using #GHCPitch.

Thank you to our venue sponsor!

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GHC executive board: Vacancy posting

We have a new vacancy on our executive board that we are hoping to fill through an application process.

About us:

Our organization’s vision and operations are made entirely possible through the work of our volunteer ten-person executive. Our current executive comes from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, united in their desire to improve the experience of young newcomers to our community.

The position offers a great opportunity to make a significant impact on the settlement, success and Canadian experience of thousands of newcomers to our community. Our mandate is formally recognized and supported by McMaster University, Mohawk College, City of Hamilton and many other community organizations. GHC also offers its board valuable hands on experience with networking, event planning, and leadership skills

Your role: The Board is responsible for managing the affairs of Global Hamilton Connect. It plans events and workshops, fosters connections, and takes action to further Global Hamilton Connect’s objectives to connect international students and young newcomers to the city.  Executive members are to reflect the vision and mandate of Global Hamilton Connect, actively work towards collective goals, and add value to the group.

Expectations:

  1. We are looking for members who have experience working with or have a strong interest to work with international students and young newcomers in Hamilton.
  2. The Board meets monthly after working hours, typically from 5:30-7 p.m.
  3. Additional attendance is expected to assist with GHC’s planned events (evenings and weekends) and outreach activities (e.g.: Hosting a table at McMaster and Mohawk’s new student orientation events).
  4. Members will serve a two-year term for each member, however since this position is being filled during the year, your term will be until September 1st, 2018.
  5. Assist with the plans of the three subcommittees (Outreach, Public Relations, and Events)

Selection criteria: The Executive Board has organized a hiring committee that will select the candidates with the appropriate skills, attitudes, and experiences that work towards GHC’s mandate, while ensuring major sectors of the community are represented and gender and diversity balance are reflected. Our Board is also particularly interested in hearing from candidates with experience and interest in event planning and/or managing budgets.

Application Process:

When applying for the executive board member position, please attached your latest resume and  a cover letter (In no more than 300 words each):

  • Why you are interested in joining the Global Hamilton Connect’s Executive Board
  • What you hope to gain out of this experience
  • What you hope to contribute

Please email your resume & cover letter by February 17 to globalhamiltonconnect@gmail.com with the subject: “GHC Winter 2017 Executive Application.”

 

Interviews will be held between February 21 – March 3 in downtown Hamilton, typically after 5 p.m. but we will attempt to work around your schedule for alternative arrangements.

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My Winter 2017

What is winter like outside of Canada? For those who are not from Canada, winter is more than just snow, hot chocolate, warm fire places and maple syrup on snow.

Come have a chat with us to learn about winter experiences from all over the world. My Winter is a series of laid-back conversations with newcomers sharing fond memories experiences of winter in their countries.

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 2017
TIME: 2 – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Hamilton Waterfront Trust Theatre, 47 Discovery Drive

FREE event. No registration required.

This event is part of Tourism Hamilton’s Winterfest, Feb. 4-20. For full schedule of events and activities during Winterfest, click here.

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Pathways to Permanent Residency in Canada (2017)

The government has made major policy changes to the pathway to permanent residency in Canada. How have these changes impacted international students and other applicants seeking to stay?

Come and hear Elizabeth Long of Long Mangalji LLP speak on her previous year working with PR applicants and her critical reflection on the efficacy of the Express Entry System in meeting Canada’s demand for skilled immigrants.

WHEN: Monday, January 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton

FREE event. Just register!

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Attend a conference – for FREE!

Global Hamilton Connect is offering up to eight (8) free tickets to the HIVEX young professional conference. Hosted by Hamilton HIVE, the conference is an event for students (international and Canadian-born) and young professionals to build new skills, learn about issues in Hamilton and network with industry experts. Participants will take part in workshops and be exposed to new ideas and discussions that can help advance their professional aspirations.

EVENT INFORMATION
What: HIVEX: Engage, a young professional conference hosted by Hamilton HIVE
When: Saturday, November 5
Time: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave. North, Hamilton

Ticket cost is $45 BUT we are offering up to eight (8) FREE tickets!

Who is eligible for the free ticket?
Former and current international students studying in Hamilton and foreign-trained professionals.

16 workshops to choose from at HIVEX. Topics include:

  • Strategic volunteering and community development
  • Cross-industry mentoring
  • Personal branding for leadership success
  • Bringing Hamilton’s community vision to life
  • Communication and leadership dynamics

FULL details of the workshops at hamiltonhive.ca/hivex2016

Why attend?

  • Build leadership skills
  • Foster understanding of Hamilton and important issues in the city
  • Find out ways to get involved in Hamilton
  • Make new connections in Hamilton
  • Learn from established professionals, to enhance your education and career plans
  • Be inspired and empowered to make a difference!

Successful applicants are expected to attend the entire conference, with the option to stay for the after-party and community trade show (5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) The free ticket does not cover transportation. Participants are expected to find their own transportation to The Cotton Factory, either by bus or other options.

Yes, I want to attend HIVEX for free! What do I need to do?

1. Submit a statement of interest (250 words max.) answering:

  • What do I hope to learn from the HIVEX conference?

2. (If selected) After attending HIVEX:

Submit a blog post reflecting on your experience at the conference. Think about:

  • What have you learned?
  • How has HIVEX made you feel more connected to issues in Hamilton?
  • What were some connections made at HIVEX?
  • Anything else from the conference that has inspired you?

Your blog post will be posted on Global Hamilton Connect’s website (globalhamiltonconnect.ca) to share with others the outcomes and key learnings from the conference.

Email your statement of interest to globalhamiltonconnect@gmail.com

 

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Summer job opportunity: Business Development Intern

City of Hamilton’s Global Hamilton office is hiring a Business Development Intern for summer 2016.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES

Under the direction of the Senior Project Manager of the Global Hamilton Office, promotes business in Hamilton by providing information resources and consultation services that will enhance and increase small business in Hamilton. Responsible for consulting and outreach to support the Hamilton small business community, with a particular focus on local immigrant and ethnic communities.

Deadline to apply: February 22, 2016 by 4 p.m.

Submit your application to:

Sarah Wayland, PhD
Sr. Project Manager
City Hall, 71 Main St. W., 7th floor
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5
global@hamilton.ca

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My Winter video series

“My Winter” is a video series by Global Hamilton Connect featuring newcomers to Canada and their personal winter season reflections.

WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 2016; 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Hamilton Waterfront Trust Theatre, 47 Discovery Drive

FREE event. No registration required.

This event is part of Tourism Hamilton’s Winterfest, Feb. 6-15. For full schedule of events and activities during Winterfest, click here.

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Pathways to Permanent Residency in Canada

It has been one year since the government has made major policy changes to the pathway to permanent residency in Canada. How have these changes impacted international students and other applicants seeking to stay? Come and hear Elizabeth Long speak on her last year working with PR applicants and her critical reflection on the efficacy of the Express Entry System in meeting Canada’s demand for skilled immigrants.

FREE event. Details below.

WHEN
Monday, 25 January 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

WHERE
Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main St. West Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5 CA