Letter from the President
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you, on behalf of the Hamilton Branch executive committee, to our section of OpenCanada.org.
The Hamilton branch is composed of members from many areas of the local community. A cornerstone of our membership is comprised of faculty and students from McMaster University, which is a world-class post-secondary institution, nestled in Hamilton. However, our membership spans from a diverse selection of knowledge and experiential backgrounds. Our branch membership is lucky to be comprised of leaders from the labour movement, academia, small business, the finance industry, the fine arts, social justice and many other diverse sectors of Hamilton.
With such a diverse membership background, our events always offer unique perspectives and substantive discussion. Our branch offers three sessions, a Fall session (September – November), a Winter session (January – March) and a Spring session (March- June). Each month, during our sessions, we feature a world-class speaker to discuss important and timely issues. A few highlights from our 2013 – 2014 season featured the Serbian Trade Commissioner to Canada, a world-renowned and published scholar discussing the crisis in Ukraine and one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars on water policy, discussing Canada’s role in shaping global water governance. In January of 2014 we co-hosted a conference on global public policy, with McMaster University. The conference was very well attended, with guests and speakers from around the world.
As well as our featured guests, we also hold public forums and debates on hot topic issues, in an effort to raise the level of public discussion. Our branch offers many opportunities for our membership to mingle through various private functions, as well as conjoined functions with other Hamilton based organizations.
The success of our branch stems from both a dedicated executive and membership. We welcome anyone to join our branch, for it is our diverse nature that helps us to grow and succeed. Please contact us at Hamilton@opencanada.org with any ideas you may have.
Derek M. Taylor
President, CIC-Hamilton Branch
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