Celebrating Stoney Creek’s Finest at the 2018 Stoney Creek Chamber Community Achievement Awards GALA

In 1967, the Stoney Creek Chamber awarded its first Citizen of the Year Award.  Since then, the recognition has been expanded to recognize great citizens and businesses that have distinguished themselves with outstanding contributions to our community, and each year a wonderful Gala is held in honour of the award recipients.

Seven winners were honoured for Citizen of the Year (Doug Nielsen), Junior Citizens of the Year (Alessia Palumbo and Diljot Badesha), Outstanding Small Business (Robert Wells Studio of Photography), Outstanding Large Business (Joseph Haulage), Legacy Award (Kubes Steel) and Community Recognition Award (Optimist Club of Stoney Creek).

For the full write up on all the winner and sponsors, click here.

Nominations open for the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s community awards

Honour Stoney Creek’s finest

News February 13 12:17 PM Stoney Creek News

Nominations are now open for the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Community Awards.

Tom Busch was Stoney Creek Citizen of the Year for 2017. – Mike Pearson/Metroland

At the discretion of the selection committee and chamber’s board of directors, a Legacy Award and Community Recognition Award can be presented to a local firm that has made a lasting community impact. Last year the Legacy Award went to Winona Gardens and Community Recognition Award went to Stoney Creek Historical Society.

Patti Hall, Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce executive director, said that those individuals who have continued to distinguish themselves with outstanding contributions to the community are key components for every Citizen of the Year. Last year’s Citizen of the Year was Tom Busch.

The Junior Citizen of the Year is awarded to a young person for their outstanding contributions to their community and their school and last year the recipient was Lucia Marchionda.

The Outstanding Large Business Achievement Award is available to firms with more than 25 employees, while the Outstanding Small Business Achievement Award is presented to companies with fewer than 25 workers. These awards are presented to companies that stand out in our community as a leader. Last year the Outstanding Small Business Award went to A.S. Security and Surveillance and the Outstanding Large Business Award went to Tiercon Corp.

“The committee is looking for companies that stand out in our community as a leader and ultimately make Stoney Creek a better place to work, live and play,” said Hall.

Award nominations are open until March 15th. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce website at https://chamberstoneycreek.com/2017-community-achievement-awards-gala/ or picked up from the chamber office at 21 Mountain Ave. S.

Award winners will be announced in advance of the annual Community Achievement Awards GALA which will be held on Thursday, May 16 at Winona Vine Estates.

In addition to the upcoming community awards, the Stoney Creek Chamber is also preparing to host an exciting Luncheon Speaker Series: Luncheon with the Police Chief, on March 21, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Liuna Gardens. Police Chief Eric Girt, a lifelong citizen of Hamilton, was appointed chief in May 2016 and is responsible for one of the largest major municipal law enforcement agencies in the Province of Ontario.

“Join us as he will discuss various policing aspects that benefit our growing community,” said Hall.

The event is open to the public, with tickets set at $45 for chamber members and $55 for guests. Ticket reservations are available online or at the chamber office. Contact Connie at admin@chamberstoneycreek.com for more details.


Chamber Travel Program – Best Of Iceland!! Find Out More!!

Get away with The Stoney Creek Chamber for a World of Experience!!

October 23rd, 2019 we are headed to Iceland for 7 days!!

Do you want to travel to exotic locations and see the world? The Chamber Travel program is open to everyone, not just Chamber members, and it is a great way to experience new travel destinations around the globe. These trips offer an opportunity for business people and residents to travel together in small groups to great locations at an affordable price.

Business to Business Trade Show

Tim Hortons Field, 64 Melrose Avenue North, Hamilton ON
Thursday, October 18 at 5 – 8 PM

Check out this fantastic venue as we will be holding the event on the Suite Level, which overlooks the field.

Are you interested in adding your company to the Exhibitor List? This is a great opportunity to promote your products, meet new people and grow your business! If your company is a member of a Chamber, give our office a call (905) 664-4000 to book your spot. And as a bonus, each company that books a booth will be receiving 4 tickets to the Saturday Oct. 28th game (face value of $240!!). Wow!

We encourage all companies to offer booth prizes and / or giveaways. We want people visiting your booth and walking away remembering your company.

This event will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, FREE to attend and will offer free hors d’oeuvres.

Booth pricing is $280-$305 (+HST) (we will have a small number of full suites available for $505 +HST)

Download the 2018 Tradeshow Registration Form (PDF)


The 2018 Stoney Creek Chamber OPEN Golf Tournament Was a Success!

A big thank you to all who attended our 2018 Stoney Creek Chamber OPEN Golf Tournament and enjoyed our fantastic day at Southbrook Golf & Country Club!!  It was almost perfect conditions for a great afternoon and evening event for the 90 golfers who were greeted on course by many of our hole sponsors.

This year’s Recipient of the money raised through sales of our “Passports” and our special grand prize sales was Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice.  Through the generosity of our golfers, we raised and donated over $500 to Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice!

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors, Hole Sponsors, $10,000 Hole In One Sponsor and for all the donations of Prizes!!  Your support helped to ensure that the Stoney Creek Chamber continues to put on such a fabulous event!!

Silver Sponsors: Assante, Allstate Insurance, Fuller Landau LLP, Hamilton Economic Development, McHugh Whitmore, Meridian Credit Union, Multi-Area Developments, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank, Stoney Creek Furniture, Terrapure, Chamber Plan, Union Gas

Hole Sponsors: ActionCOACH, Boston Pizza, Chad Collins- Ward 5, Dan Lawrie Insurance, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Joseph Haulage, McHugh Whitmore LLP, Paramount Safety Consulting, Royal LePage – Patrick Campbell, Cole’s Florist, D.O.T.S. – DeSantis Occupational Therapy Services, Eastgate Square, David Sweet, MP, Grand & Toy, Sevitti Investigations, Smith’s Funeral Home, Taylor Leibow, Titan Mortgage, Liuna Gardens, Printer.ca, Winona Vine Estates, Southbrook Golf & Country Club

We would also like to thank our generous Prize Donations by our members:

Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ultimate Exotics, Puddicombe Estate Farm & Winery, EZEE Clean Carwash, The Village Restaurant, The Express Restaurant, Southbrook Golf & Country Club, Aftershok Performance Fitness, RBC Royal Bank, Comic1 Books, GUAC MexiGrill, Barbara Gough State Farm Insurance, Boston Pizza,

FirstOntario Credit Union, Councillor Maria Pearson, Harvard Risk Management, Winona Gardens

$10,000 Hole-in-One Sponsor: Bertram & Barry Insurance ltd.

Contest Winners:
Hole #17 Longest Drive – Ladies: Kathy Wakeman, Stoney Creek Historical Society
Hole #14 Closest to the Pin – Men: Mark Oresti, Vine & Partners
Hole #10 Closest to the Centre Line: Ben Scipione, Paramount Safety Consulting
Hole #16 Closest to the Pin – Ladies: Christa Brodeur, Meridian Credit Union
Hole #3 Longest Drive – Men: Ross Taylor
Hole #12 Longest Putt: Kevin Bailey
Putting Contest: Rick Bialachowski, McHugh Whitmore LLP

Team Prizes:
1st Place Team Low Score – Team Bertram & Barry
2nd Place Team Low Score: Team Hamilton Economic Development
Most Honest: Team RBC
Next to Most Honest: Team G.E.

Grand Prize Draw Winners:
Drone Racers – Dennis Klander, Vine & Partners

TiCat jersey and hat – Steve Luangpakdy, Joseph Haulage

2 Ticat tickets for the Labour Day game – Steve, Joseph Haulage

Drone View Finder – Ross Taylor, Team Bertram & Barry

Garmin Approach Golf Watch – Rhonda Simmons, G.E.

Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch – Lorna Rowland, clic business services

8” Samsung Galaxy Tablet – Brandi Matthews, Allstate Insurance

50/50 Draw Winner: Rick Saker, Eastgate Square

Member Prize Winners:

Draw prize – Meridian – Jim Fee, Stoney Creek Furniture

Allstate Insurance Prize 1 – Steve Luangpakdy, Joseph Haulage

Raffle prize basket from Councillor Maria Pearson, Ward 10 – Joe Merrett, Team Hamilton Econ. Dev.

Raffle prize from Harvard Risk Management – Vicki MacNaught, Assante

Raffle prize – Barbara Gough State Farm Insurance – Lori Negrinotti, Stoney Creek Furniture

Raffle Prize EcoSuds – Julie Cellini, RBC Royal Bank

Raffle prize – Paramount Safety Consulting – Dennis Klander, Vine & Partners

Raffle prize – Paramount Safety Consulting – Christa Brodeur, Meridian Credit Union

Raffle prize – Paramount Safety Consulting – Lori Fitzpatrick, RBC Royal Bank

Raffle prize – Paramount Safety Consulting – Dennis Williams, Joseph Haulage

Paramount Safety Consulting – Closest to the Pin – Jay Jones, Joseph Haulage

Special Grand Prize Draw Winner of 5 Hour Exotic Car VIP Experience

Tom Mitton, Team Assante

50/50 Draw Winner: Rick Saker, Eastgate Square

We hope to see you all out next year for another great day!!!  And thank you all for your support!!


Trump Announces Increased Tariffs to Canada

It was the hope of all Canadian manufacturers and Chambers of Commerce across Canada that cooler heads would prevail.  Unfortunately, the worst-case scenario has come true and U.S. President Trump has imposed the steel and aluminum tariffs which he previously threatened.  As the U.S. has enacted its Section 232 tariffs (which were created as a national security consideration), Prime Minister Trudeau spoke of how deplorable this situation is, as he highlighted “that Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable.”  The implementation of these unjust tariffs targets Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Although not unforeseen (or even expected?), this is detrimental as the United States and Canada have such an interwoven economy and supply chain that the impact of this will affect workers in both countries.  One U.S. analyst estimates that “for every one job gained, eighteen will be lost” in the United States.

Adding these tariffs will result in Canadian manufacturers seeking to lessen their overall dependence upon American product and instead purchase more Canadian product or from other worldwide suppliers.  While this may sound like a positive situation, it will not occur immediately, and, is much harder to achieve than one might think.  Disrupting supply chains on both sides of the border will result in devastating outcomes for many companies.

All efforts were made to avoid this mess as officials from Canada, the U.S and Mexico worked towards finalizing an acceptable solution by re-working an equitable NAFTA.  The United States agreed to meet and finalize this deal however it required Canada to first agree to a “sunshine clause” prior to the meeting.  This would mean after five years NAFTA would expire and would require a re-working (or scrapping of) and Prime Minister Trudeau rejected this outright.

The next step for Canada includes retaliatory measures that will be targeted only towards the United States.  These include a 25% surtax on one list of products and a 10% surtax on another list of products.  End-use goods were considered based upon Canadian manufacturers ability to source products from Canadian sources or other countries (not including the U.S.).  These lists will be refined as feedback is received on the validity of including these products on the two lists and this tariff will come into effect July 1st.  This is a swift and firm response from our government and one which was required. It is also significant as it will equal $16.6 billion worth of goods.  In addition, Canada accounts for roughly half of all the U.S. steel exports so this will hit them hard.

Make no mistake, this is a time of chaos and confusion for many Canadian companies right now.  However, all Canadian interests MUST be protected from coast to coast.  Arguably there has never been a more important time to support Canadian companies, Ontario companies and most importantly companies in your local community.

It is frustrating that the U.S. President does not place his focus on the real issue that affects both Canada and U.S. manufacturers, and it is NOT each other!  Steel dumping is the real issue and it requires a joint calculated effort from both countries.  And the longer it takes President Trump to realize this I would only have one thing to say to him….”You’re Fired.”


Recipients of the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Awards!!

We are very pleased to announce the following as recipients of the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Awards!!

2017 Citizen of the Year
Tom Busch
Sponsored by Donald V. Brown Funeral Home Ltd.

2017 Jr. Citizen of the Year
Lucia Marchionda

Sponsored by Stoney Creek News & Lion’s Club of Stoney Creek

2017 Outstanding Large Business
Tiercon Corp.

Sponsored by Hamilton Economic Development, City of Hamilton

2017 Outstanding Small Business A.S.
Security and Surveillance

Sponsored by Bertram & Barry Insurance

2017 Legacy Award
Winona Gardens

Sponsored by Fuller Landau LLP.

2017 Community Recognition Award
Stoney Creek Historical Society
Sponsored by Royal Bank Canada


Winona Vine Estates – 269 Glover Road, Stoney Creek

Thursday May 17th
Doors open at: 5pm

Prepaid Seating: Members: $60; Guests: $70 / Table of 8 – $455 / Table of 10 – $545   Plus HST
For registration and information contact the Chamber office at tel:905-664-4000

Nominations for the 51st Annual Community Awards are now OPEN!!

In 1967, the Stoney Creek Chamber initiated its first Citizen of the Year Award.  Since then, the recognition has been expanded to recognize great citizens and businesses that have distinguished themselves with outstanding contributions to our community.

Citizen of the Year – The Citizen of the Year award is presented to an individual who continually gives of themselves and helps many others in the process. Their outstanding contributions to Stoney Creek in community service and volunteering define excellence in character and contribute to improving the lives of our citizens.

Junior Citizen of the Year – The Junior Citizen of the Year Award is presented to young people for their outstanding contributions to the community, and within their school.

Outstanding Small Business (1-24 employees) and Outstanding Large Business (25+ employees)
The Outstanding Business Achievement Awards recognize outstanding local businesses and are presented to companies that stand out in our community as a leader.  These companies demonstrate outstanding business practices, excellence in community relations, sustainable growth and quality customer service.

Winona Vine Estates – 269 Glover Road, Stoney Creek

Come and join us in celebrating our community’s exceptional businesses and Citizens!
Registration & Reception beginning at 5 pm. Anti-Pasto bar at 5:15 pm and Dinner at 6 pm.
Members: $60*; Guests: $70*
(Table of 8 – $455*; Table of 10 – $545*)   (*plus HST)

RSVP and Purchase Tickets

Download the nomination form (PDF)

DEADLINE for nominations is March 30th

so please nominate someone today





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US President Declares Extreme ‘SOLUTION’ to Steel and Aluminum Manufacturing Sector

Make no mistake, this would directly affect Ontario in the worst possible way. There has been a great deal of chatter lately regarding NAFTA and yesterday the President of the United States took those fears to a new level by stating that the US steel and aluminum sectors have been decimated by unfair trade and suggested a possible solution to this.  He thinks imposing a full ‘across the board’ tariff of 25% on steel and 10% tariff on aluminum imports is the answer.

Let’s not mince words here…. the implications of this, if enacted to include Canada, would be downright devastating to the Golden Horseshoe area.  A great deal of the steel exported from Canada originates from our Hamilton steel producers and when considering we are talking about 9000 employees the personal impact to potential job loss is significant.  Compounding onto this are the smaller manufacturers and suppliers who help feed this industry and in fact, speaking directly about Stoney Creek, a large business segment is Manufacturing; many of our companies provide these products and services. A strong local economy for us here in Ontario relies heavily on big business and the trickle-down effect would be devastating to our medium and small sized businesses.

The US is concerned with keeping jobs in their own country and this is not an uncommon want or need by any leader.  Countries want to keep their industries strong and keep people working.  However, announcing what appears to be a knee jerk reaction completely underestimates how tightly woven our two economies are and how essential it is to have incoming quality product for a company to in fact, continue producing.  The steel producers in the US would benefit from this change however their larger industry, by far, is steel user industries.  Without a steady flow of incoming product would directly result in a production slowdown or worse yet, a stop to them.

Our hope is that cooler heads will prevail and the real underlying problem of steel dumping, which has long been a concern to both Canada and the US, gets targeted appropriately.

The Stoney Creek Chamber will continue to actively follow and report on the situation.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Business Before 9 Member Orientation

Had a fantastic breakfast this morning with our members at our Business Before 9 Member Orientation at chamber member Symposium Cafe! The food was fantastic and the company even better as some great networking took place. Todays event was sponsored by chamber member Meridian Credit Union. Thank you to board members Kyle Walsh and Kathy Wakeman for attending. Thank you to the following members that came out: Robert Wells – Studio Of Photography, Erland Lee Museum, St.John Ambulance, Arvin Air Systems, Carlson Wagonlit, Winona Gardens, Workforce Planning Hamilton, First Data, and Bob Bratina!