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GHC Ambassador

Want to connect international students to networks and opportunities in Hamilton?

Become a GHC Ambassador!

Review the form below for more details and let us know how you would want to be involved.

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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 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.

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.


  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 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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“The generation of youth is indeed digitally savvy, but is also capable of being so much more.”

By Joyce Chan, Master of Public Health student, McMaster University

Joyce, an international student at McMaster University, participated in HIVEX 2016.

Joyce, a student at McMaster University, participated in HIVEX 2016.

“Youth are the most digitally connected generation of our time.”

The above quote is taken from HIVEX 2016 keynote speaker and CEO of CivicAction, Sevaun Palvetzian. It demonstrates not only one of the qualities unique to the youth generation – my generation – but also the ability among youth to harness the power of technology to transform their environments. Our generation of young students and professionals has ideas for creating change and progress, and the potential impact of our actions is amplified when we put to use our growing skills in technology and social media.

Yet, participating in HIVEX 2016 has reconfirmed to me that despite our digital connected-ness, youth have definitely not lost our personal connections with each other and our communities.

The HIVEX 2016 workshops were centred on the themes of idea development, effective communication, and community engagement. The conference covered the steps from having that a-ha moment, to pitching the idea, and to creating community impact. Perhaps one of my favourite workshops was “Engaging Pitch” facilitated by Futurpreneur as it gave me a framework to structure, communicate, and develop my ideas and unique interests. In between workshops* I witnessed an abundance of networking, with people sharing their experiences and plans for the future. Ideas were exchanged between students, working professionals and community organizations, and only time will tell what will be accomplished as a result of these connections.

It is refreshing to see the full potential of youth being recognized and fostered through events such as HIVEX 2016. Youth bring in ideas and fresh perspective.

We collaborate with and learn from generations past and present. Importantly, we are motivated to use our skills to create positive change in our communities. The generation of youth is indeed digitally savvy, but is also capable of being so much more.

*Admittedly, in between workshops there was also a variety of snacks of which I had to try a good number… for science!  

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I am accepting the challenge! Are you?



By Diana Chavez,  ELT and OSLT Marketing, ESL Department at Mohawk College

What a wonderful experience attending #HIVEX2016 Engage! It was my first time at this amazing conference. I found myself in a great community of young emerging leaders and colleagues. It is delightful to know that there are organizations such as HIVE and Global Hamilton Connect working together with the purpose of empowering this young generation. It is a call to action, to be more involved and connected with Hamilton issues, vision and plans. I had the opportunity to contribute some ideas to the development of the City of Hamilton’s plan to bring the new Our Future Hamilton community vision into reality. It feels incredible to contribute at least in a small way to our future development in Hamilton!

One of the workshops that I enjoyed the most was “How to Have Better Ideas More Often” by Brandon Love. I love creativity and most of the time I like to be innovative and take the risk to do something different. However, there some times you find yourself running out of ideas. I couldn’t be more thankful to learn about the most innovative concept to develop ideas: “Brain-sprouting” and not judging ideas since that is the number one factor that stops ideas. Quantity is more important than quality in the creative process. The purpose is that at the end of the brain-sprouting process you will come up with a ‘Big Fish’, an incredible idea.

Why are ideas so important? They generate innovations and through them we can solve problems. And daily, we have a lot of problems to solve.  I had the pleasure to interchange business cards with Brandon Love and I hope we can connect in the future; I would like to connect him with other young professionals that could be very inspired and motivated by him.

Be authentic, be your own author! That’s what I learned in the final workshop, to reflect who I am, and how I present myself speaks through my personality.  I learned the importance of developing my brand as a professional, working on my appearance, my behavior and communication skills.

Finally, I just want to say. Yes, I am accepting the challenge – to go out of my comfort zone and grow as a person! I see myself challenged to step up and as Sevaun Palvetzian mentioned in her speech “…When you get to find a seat on a table, own it”! A very powerful statement! It means to me, to embrace my job place, go further, have creativity, take new initiatives and develop my leadership. Research, reload, refine and reinforce my ideas!

Thank you HIVEX 2016 for challenging and inspiring me to be a better person!


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.

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

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 ( to share with others the outcomes and key learnings from the conference.

Email your statement of interest to