City of Hamilton

TechCity innovation cluster conversation on June 1st



TechCity is a half-day conversation with leading minds that are successfully making Hamilton a smart, intelligent and innovative community. It’s an opportunity to learn about the Hamilton ecosystem and meet with local companies forging our innovative path.


From our hip and funky restaurants to our fleet of food trucks, from our monthly art crawls to our music festivals of epic proportions – we put passion behind everything we do. We create. We collaborate. We open doors. Our culture is real, making us the coolest city in Canada. It’s all part of our continual transformation. Through our grit and determination comes growth.

Join us in the heart of downtown Hamilton for a provocative conversation on what is the digital pulse of city.


Individuals, companies or partnerships that have an interest in engaging in the innovation and urban renaissance happening in Hamilton.

Those include the following:

• Innovators
• Startups
• Scale-ups


A limited number of places are available, so take the time to register yourself today at

Following the discussion, participants are invited to a networking session. The first 5-10 start-ups are invited to our Ticat box for a one-on-one with funders in the evening. More details in the POST-TOUR EVENTS.


One James Street North, 2nd Floor, McMaster University, Downtown Hamilton, Ontario.




Intelligent Hamilton: Global Top 7 Celebration


When: Thursday April 5th 2018 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Waterfront Discovery Centre, 57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer Hamilton Economic Development



In February, Hamilton was named one of the world’s Top7 Intelligent Communities by the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF). After competing with hundreds of municipalities, it’s down to just seven to compete for top spot. TOP7 is a significant recognition globally, but the competition isn’t over.

Hamilton will be hosting Robert Bell, one of ICF’s top city judges on April 5th and 6th where the city and its partners will showcase the programs and partnerships that were highlighted throughout this process.

As part of the program, we would like to invite you to an evening with Robert Bell on Thursday April 5th from 6:00-8:30PM

Come join the celebration and the discussion about Hamilton’s Intelligent Community TOP7 designation, what’s being done, what’s ahead and hear firsthand from Robert Bell what this designation means to communities.

RSVP Today! Light Refreshments and Cash Bar!


City of Hamilton launches CityApp

HAMILTON, ON – The first release of the City’s new mobile app – CityApp – is now available for download in the App Store and Google Play.

The app provides easy-to-use mobile access to our most popular online information from Users can:

  • Find and contact City Councillors, easily add committee meetings to their smartphone calendar, check meeting agendas and watch videos of Council and Committee meetings
  • Access waste collection resources, including our interactive waste collection calendar and sorting tools
  • View and filter drop-in recreation schedules by date or location. Add classes to their calendar and get notifications when drop-in programs are cancelled or facilities have emergency closures
  • Take advantage of ‘Near Me’ GPS functionality and find local events and festival listings based on distance from their current location
  • Receive notifications of emergencies, closures, cancellations and service changes

Upon downloading CityApp, users are prompted to answer a series of start-up questions such as what area of Hamilton they live in, and specific services or topics of interest, which helps tailor the app to their needs.

This first release is timed with this weekend’s Winterfest event, enabling residents to access information about events in a paperless format. Winterfest, which runs February 3-19, is a 17-day exploration of what Hamilton has to offer including winter-inspired neighbourhood celebrations, art exhibits, heritage exploration, recreation programming and much more. For more information, download CityApp, visit or follow #HWF2018 on Twitter.

“We are working hard to grow our digital capacity and provide residents and visitors with a better online experience. Our new CityApp provides more opportunities to access information and interact with the City of Hamilton on the go. I encourage our residents and visitors to download CityApp and take advantage of this new, convenient and fun way to access our programs and services.”  – Mayor Fred Eisenberger

The City plans to do future releases of the app and is looking for public feedback. For more information, to download the app, and to take the in-app survey, visit

The launch of CityApp supports the City’s commitment to providing residents with the continuous expansion of digital platforms.

Additional Resources

City of Hamilton Smart City Challenge Survey


Editor’s note: I copied this text from the city website, it’s an opportunity to influence how the City of Hamilton should do to become a smart city (see this online survey).


Municipal Governments around the world are focusing on using technology to improve quality of life for residents, enable sustainability, better deliver services and improve effectiveness. ‎This includes enabling more online services and direct two way communication between the community and their government; and using technology to improve the services themselves, such as using sensors to monitor performance real-time and using the data to make decisions.

Infrastructure Canada has launched a $50 million Smart Cities Challenge program and the City of Hamilton is participating. The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

We want you to join the challenge. Think big. And we want your input into Hamilton’s plan using a smart city approach.

What is a smart cities approach?

A smart cities approach aims to achieve meaningful outcomes for residents by leveraging the fundamental benefits that data and connected technology have to offer:


When communities make their data truly accessible, usable and barrier-free, their decision-making processes become transparent, empowering citizens and strengthening the relationship between residents and public organizations.


Data and connected technology empower communities to break down silos that exist within local governments and public organizations.


When tools and technological approaches are open-source, transparent and standardized, they can be used by communities across the country, no matter their size or capacity.


Connected technology enables communities to bring traditional and non-traditional partners together to collaborate.

As the City is developing its Smart City Strategy and Roadmap we’ve been reaching out to our community partners to get the conversation going. We have also reviewed what residents and the community have already told us through the Our Future Hamilton engagement so we don’t lose sight of what we’ve already heard from the community.

What should our focus be? What should our challenge be? And what’s words would you include? We want to hear from you, tell us what you think – what should the City focus on from a Smart City Perspective‎?

Share your ideas and complete the survey to let us know your big ideas.


CityLAB experiential learning hub launches

Tackling civic problems at the new CityLAB! (Image Source)


HAMILTON, ON – The City of Hamilton today announced it is partnering with local academic institutions McMaster University, Mohawk College and Redeemer University College to launch CityLAB, an innovation hub where students, city staff and community stakeholders will co-create solutions that support the city’s strategic priorities.

Following on a worldwide movement to create more meaningful learning experiences to engage young people, CityLAB Hamilton will offer post-secondary students the chance to collaborate, design, launch and test real projects that address issues confronting Hamilton (e.g.: climate change, healthy neighbourhoods, municipal excellence).

Project benefits are numerous for the student participants, the academic institutions, the City of Hamilton and the broader community:

  • Students gain new skills, a tangible connection to their city, and employment opportunities after graduation
  • The schools are able to build new bridges across disciplines and work together for the benefit of the community
  • City staff are exposed to new ideas that support strategic priorities and the overall sustainability and livability of Hamilton

The pilot program will run until December 2019, and the learning environment and innovation lab will be located at the former Canadian Football Hall of Fame building.

Since the formal signing of the CityLAB agreement between the City and institutions at the end of March 2017, next steps will see renovations at the Hall of Fame to meet current building standards and CityLAB space requirements. The innovation hub will have a fully accessible, open concept floor plan allowing for student lectures, project work and innovation workshops.

A CityLAB Project Manager has been hired. Patrick Byrne is currently on leave from his PhD studies in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster. Mr. Byrne brings extensive experience as an innovative experiential and interdisciplinary educator, previously serving at Sheridan College and for three years as the Program Coordinator for the McMaster Discovery Program, a non-credit, university-level course for adults in Hamilton who have experienced barriers to higher education.

Additional Resources

  • Read the General Issues Committee report about CityLAB (item 7.2)
  • Read original CityLAB Motion put forward by Councillor Matthew Green on April 6, 2016 (see pages 21-22 in the attached)
  • The concept of CityLAB Hamilton ignited in the Spring of 2015, when representatives from the City of Hamilton and McMaster University visited CityStudio Vancouver
  • A formal launch and opening of the CityLAB site will take place in fall of 2017 – details to follow


“CityLAB Hamilton is a winning collaboration for all partners – ultimately benefitting the community through innovative projects that advance the strategic priorities of the City. I am thrilled that Hamilton is the next City to harness this growing global trend of engaging the brightest post-secondary minds to improve our City.”

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger

“The challenges of our City are complex and require developing solutions across so many sectors. Just as open-source data is driving technology, open government will drive advances in city building. By capturing the most current and cutting edge minds, CityLAB brings together the best ideas from local government, academia and the private sector.”

Matthew Green, Hamilton City Councillor, Ward 3

“Every day McMaster students, faculty and staff work to make Hamilton a better and more vibrant city. By partnering with the City and our sister institutions, CityLAB provides students with opportunities to tackle real issues and challenges facing Hamiltonians, and to work together towards a healthier, more inclusive and more successful Hamilton for everyone.”

Patrick Deane, President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University

“CityLAB extends the classroom into the community for Mohawk students.  We look forward to putting our students to work on community-building projects with our partners at the City, McMaster and Redeemer.”

Ron McKerlie, President, Mohawk College

“CityLAB is another great opportunity for Redeemer University to live out its mission. Through this partnership with the City, McMaster, and Mohawk, we will further position our students to have a tangible positive impact on our city.”

Fred Verwoerd, Interim President, Redeemer University College


Media contact:

Ann Lamanes
Communications Officer
Planning & Economic Development Department
City of Hamilton
P: 905-546-2424 ext. 5541

McMaster University
Gord Arbeau
Director Public and Community Relations
P: 905-525-9140 ext. 27305

Mohawk College
Jay Robb
Communications Director
P: 905.979.8893

Redeemer University College
Bethany Van Lingen
Communications Manager
P: 905-648-2139 ext.4326

Hamilton and CIRA join forces to measure Internet performance across the city

HAMILTON, ON Feb. 22, 2017 /CNW/ – The City of Hamilton has partnered with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to launch an Internet performance test for the city. Residents can use the test to better understand the speed and quality of their Internet connections. The test is crowd-sourced, meaning that it produces better data with widespread participation.  The municipal government and local Internet leaders can, in turn, use the data collected city-wide to create a comprehensive profile of broadband access within Hamilton’s boundaries and move to address any areas of inequality.

The City of Hamilton encourages all residents and businesses to test their connections at

Key facts

  • As Hamilton prepares for the digital future, the municipal government is focused on ensuring “digital equity” – equal access and opportunity to digital tools, resources, and services to increase digital knowledge, awareness, and skills.
  • The Internet performance test will provide the Mayor’s Intelligent Community Task Force with data it needs to promote its objectives, which include:
    • Examining and assessing Hamilton’s IT infrastructure
    • Developing a city-wide digital strategy, supported by an action plan
    • Improving Hamilton’s strengths and assets as they pertain to ICF indicators
  • Individuals and businesses can use the IPT to learn the quality of their own connection (including speed, performance, and adherence to standards) and use that information to help determine if they have the connectivity they need.
  • By measuring connectivity across the city, CIRA’s testing methodology helps map areas with strong connectivity and those where a digital divide may be developing.
  • Hamilton’s test is built on CIRA’s Internet performance test infrastructure. CIRA’s City-Internet performance test program allows local municipalities to quickly leverage CIRA’s testing infrastructure to deploy a test using the standard global M-Labs protocol.

Executive quotes

“As we make the transition from an industrial to a more digital-based economy we want to ensure that all of our citizens have the skills and tools to more fully participate. The Mayor’s Intelligent Community Task Force is working to achieve those goals. We hope the data from this testing will mobilize even more community leaders, non-profit, public and private organizations to join us in working towards making Hamilton a digital leader recognized around the world.” – Mayor Fred Eisenberger

“The City of Hamilton fully understands the importance of broadband infrastructure to its sustained economic well-being. Hamilton was recognized as one of the Smart21 Communities by The Intelligent Community Forum in 2016, and has stated the goal of achieving a top seven ranking by 2020. The Internet performance test will give The City of Hamilton data to help it attain its goals by identifying how prepared the city’s broadband infrastructure is – as well as how healthy its residents’ individual Internet connections are – to thrive in a digital economy.” – Dave Chiswell, VP of product development at CIRA

Additional resources

Test your Internet connection today at

For more information on CIRA’s work to help Canadian municipalities address their needs to Internet measurement, visit

About the Canadian Internet Registration Authority

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. CIRA also develops technologies and services that help support its goal of building a better online Canada. The CIRA team operates one of the fastest-growing country code top-level domains (ccTLD), a high-performance global domain name search (DNS) network, and one of the world’s most advanced back-end registry solutions.


Upcoming export programs in Fintech, Wireless, Gaming & Video Games, Grid and other subsectors in the USA and other markets

• HP seeks tech suppliers; Deadline to apply Jan 14
• Apply for funding to commercialize before Jan 31
• Ontario mission to DistribuTech, Orlando, FL, February 9-11
• Digital Media Summit, Thursday May 5 – Toronto
• Ontario fintech trade mission to Chicago REPLY NEEDED before Jan 14
• Ontario video and games trade mission to E3, June 14-16 – Los Angeles, CA
• Ontario wireless trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 – Las Vegas, USA
• Ontario tech trade mission to ComunicAsia, May 31-June 3 – Singapore
• Other Ontario trade missions to the USA: (adtech in NYC, NAPTE 2017 in Miami or CES 2017 in Vegas, SxSW 2017 in Austin) – stay tuned…!

Further details below:

HP seeks tech suppliers; Deadline to apply Jan 14
HP is seeking several technologies in 3D printing, Immersive Experiences, IoTs and Wearables, and VR/AR and you can apply now to meet with James Taylor, Director, EcoSystem Development and Venture Outreach; Ed Davis, Director, 3D Printing Strategy; Doug Warner, VP Strategy and Incubation; Andrew Bolwell, Director Tech Vision. The meetings will take place in San Diego, California on Feb. 18-18 (deadline to apply is Jan 14). The meetings are done via the MarketLink program supported by the Canadian Consulate in San Diego. Successful applicants will get an hour one-on-one corporate meeting with the multinational, during which they will discuss potential business opportunities. Canadian companies that are accepted to MarketLink can receive assistance in preparing for this meeting from the Canadian Consulate in San Diego. Application deadlines and more information on the process can be found on the MarketLink website. If you have questions please contact, Trade Commissioner, Consulate of Canada in San Diego, California.


Apply for funding to commercialize before Jan 31
Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), is a consortium of industry, academic and research leaders dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of next generation communications solutions. CENGN is once again opening its project submission round to Canada’s most innovative Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups. Successful projects will receive commercialization acceleration support equivalent to $50,000 – $100,000. Deadline to apply is January 31. For more information visit


Ontario mission to DistribuTech, Orlando, FL, February 9-11
A few exhibit spaces remain in the Ontario Pavilion at DistribuTECH 2016 (, the utility industry’s leading annual Transmission & Distribution conference and exhibition. The 2015 event attracted more than 11700 attendees from 67 countries and 400 utilities. This event covers many utility transmission and distribution related technologies and services including mobile technology, communication technologies and equipment, IT and software, instrumentation and controls, data acquisition and analytics. The participation fee is $2500 ($2000 for first-time participants). Registration closes next week. For more information, contact Rita Patlan, Area Director, US Construction, Environment and Renewable Energy at


Ontario fintech trade mission to Chicago – REPLY NEEDED before Jan 14
Ontario’s International Trade Branch is considering a FINTECH trade mission to Chicago and, on May 26-27. This trade show and conference eis very targeted with over 1,000 attendees and 60 exhibitors with technologies in treasury and cash management sectors. The program, open to eight Ontario-based companies in the sector targeting U.S. and international markets, would include an Ontario pavilion featuring 8 companies, Databases, an Ontario Business reception, market briefing and possibly meetings with local decision-makers. $2,000 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is March 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,500 (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved to join the mission. For details contact

NOTE: We need to make a decision by next week. Serious interested parties must confirm their firm interest before January 14 (next Thursday)


Digital Media Summit, Thursday May 5 – Toronto
Digital Media Summit is a social media and interactive marketing conference with a strong emphasis on digital branding and engagement strategies for brands, business, and media. Offering stimulating discussions, keynotes, presentations and a networking environment, the summit is an excellent opportunity to connect with brands, agencies, social specialists, and entertainment and digital executives. Past keynotes include: Google, Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, McDonalds, American Apparel, Samsung, Arianna Huffington, principal analyst Brian Solis, and best-selling author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. For details please visit


Ontario video and games trade mission to E3, June 14-16 – Los Angeles, CA
The Government of Ontario’s International Trade Bracnh is planning to lead a trade mission to E3, the world’s premier trade show for computer, video and mobile games and related products attracting over 50,000 industry professionals and 300 exhibitors. The program, open to eight Ontario-based companies in the sector targeting U.S. and international markets, would include an Ontario pavilion featuring 8 companies, Databases, an Ontario Business reception, market briefing and possibly meetings with local decision-makers. $2,000 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is March 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,500 (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved to join the mission. For details contact


Ontario wireless trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 – Las Vegas, USA
The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade invites you to be part of the Ontario wireless and M2M trade mission to CTIA ( Twenty four new and established companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (# 2425) located on a main aisle next to Verizon and Samsung. Participants will also receive several value-added services including an up-to-date database, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and a market intelligence briefing. In 2016, CTIA’s Super Mobility Week will feature the entire wireless ecosystem – Connected Heath and Home, M2M, content and networking technologies. Close to 50,000 people, over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 1,200 press and analysts worldwide. $2,200 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is June 30, 2016). Regular fee is $2,500. (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved to join the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s and Canada’s CanExport Program


Ontario tech trade mission to ComunicAsia, May 31-June 3 – Singapore
Ontario-based businesses are invited to join us, together with 45,000 attendees, at CommunicAsia, the most established ICT event of its kind in Asia ( The Ontario government is offering 12 Ontario companies the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario showcase in the Canadian pavilion. Services offered to attendees include on-site meeting areas and a targeted B2B program involving pre-qualified buyers, decision-makers, strategic partners, distributors and resellers. On May 26-27 we will also offer an optional pre-show business mission to Vietnam to meet with pre-qualified buyers and strategic partners. The participation fee is $1,500 per company ($1,000 for first-time participants). For more information, please contact Corie McDougall, Area Director, Southeast Asia, at


Other Ontario ICT trade missions to the USA:

– Ad:tech in NYC, November 2016
– NAPTE 2017 in Miami, Jan 2017 or,
– CES 2017 in Vegas, Jan 2017
– SxSW 2017 in Austin, March 2017

…stay tuned for details…!

Please follow up directly with the person/linkl indicated for each item. Happy 2016!

Mauricio Ospina
Area Director, ICT sector
International Trade Branch
Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
5th Floor, Hearst Block, 900 Bay St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 2E1
Tel. (416) 325 6151, Mobile: (416) 845 0862
Fax (416) 325 6509

Upcoming Ontario IT trade missions

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Ontario IT for education trade mission to FETC · Orlando, January 2015 (4 spots left)

Eight (8) Ontario companies from the IT for Education trade mission to Florida and the Florida Education Technology Conference ( The trade show brings together 8,000 educators and 400 exhibitors featuring the latest educational technology products and services from kindergarten to college. The program would include turn-key exhibit space in the Ontario Pavilion (# TBD) and value-added services such as databases, one-on-one meetings, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and site visits. COST: $2,200 to $2,500 per company. Only 2 spots left! To apply, process the attached document and forward payment and completed form to


Ontario tech mission to Distributech, February 3-5, 2015, San Diego, CA

The Government of Ontario invites you to be part of the Ontario trade mission to Distributech 2015 ( Ten new and established companies would have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (# 4231) and to receive several value-added services including attendance at promotion at the USA-Ontario-Canada VIP breakfast, up to date databases of potential partners, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and a market intelligence briefing. The program is supported by the Canadian Consulate General in Houston. The program will be of interest to companies with marketable technologies in grid automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment, commercial and industrial energy management technology and water utility technologies. Distributech draws over 10,000 industry professionals from 53 countries, with over 400 exhibiting companies. Registration Fees: $1,500 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is November 31, 2013). Regular fee is $1,800. Travel, accommodation and incidentals are extra. Past participants have priority registration if applying with a first time participant approved to join the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the Export Market Access program may be available through To apply, process the attached document and forward payment and completed form to


Ontario mission to NAB 2015, Media and Entertainment sectors, April 11-16, 2015, Las Vegas

For the first time, the Government of Ontario invites you to be part of the Ontario trade mission to the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 ( NAB is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. It attracts more than 93,000 attendees from 156 countries and 1,550 exhibitors. The program is open to twelve Ontario-based companies. Priority registration for first time participants in an Ontario mission. Benefits include turn-key exhibit space in the award-winning Ontario Pavilion (South Upper Hall # SU9125) located at a main entrance, a program targeting potential clients, databases of local and international contacts and networking activities, and two exhibitor passes per company. Financial assistance to eligible may be available through To apply, process the attached document and forward payment and completed form to
· $1,500 for startups under 2 years old located at a Government or University incubator – maximum 4 startups.
· $2,000 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. processing payment before December 31, 2014.
· $2,200 for other applicants.


City of Hamilton launches new transportation mobile app

Originally posted on


travelwiseHAMILTON, ON – December 2, 2013 – The City of Hamilton has launched a new mobile app – Travelwise – designed to get you to where you need to go in Hamilton by using sustainable modes of transportation.

The app is a Public Works initiative as part of the recent ‘Rapid Ready’ report that outlines the City’s commitment to active, integrated transportation and makes smart commuting easy for all residents and visitors. Created by Hamilton-based Weever Apps Inc., the app provides citizens and visitors with instant access to information on getting around by transit, walking, cycling, carpooling, carshare and taxi.

The free mobile transportation app allows citizens to instantly surf through the best routes, bus check times, nearby locations, general information and upcoming events.

”We recognized the need to make transportation routes by various modes more accessible to citizens,” said Peter Topalovic, Project Manager of Transportation Demand Management at the City of Hamilton. “By going mobile, the City is expanding the channels for commuters to access information about using sustainable modes of transportation in Hamilton.”

The app can be added to any smart phone or tablet by scanning a QR code or entering the link into your mobile browser. All users can open the app entering this url on their mobile phone or download from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Improvements will continue to be made to the app over time, including the addition of HSR real-time data in the future.

For more information about ‘Rapid Ready’, please visit