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Hamilton Steel Summit

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On July 13, 2018, Hamilton City Council approved a motion related to a “Hamilton Steel Summit”. A half-day summit dedicated to awareness, conversation and action related to supporting the Hamilton steel industry is being held on September 7, 2018.

The Hamilton Steel Summit is an event where local steel industry representatives, community stakeholders, citizens and elected officials can discuss immediate needs, pressures and solutions to protect the steel industry in Hamilton.

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About the Summit

The summit will include an expert panel discussion followed by comments from steel industry representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on the current challenges within the industry.

This event is open to the general public, and will be available for remote viewing via livestream.

What do we want to accomplish with the Summit?

  • To raise awareness of the challenges facing the steel industry, especially the 25 per cent tariff on imported steel levied by the U.S. government, and the impact it is having on Hamilton businesses, workers, pensioners and the broader community.
  • That citizens, representatives of the steel industry, MPs, MPPs, labour unions, and Chambers of Commerce and key stakeholders and key stakeholders recognize that more needs to be done to develop, support and protect the steel industry in Hamilton.
  • That citizens, representatives of the steel industry, MPs, MPPs, labour unions, Chambers of Commerce and other key stakeholders know that the City of Hamilton will not sit idly by while international tariffs are imposed limiting the quality and stability of life for Hamilton’s citizens.
  • That the broader Hamilton community understands the challenges facing the steel industry and what the local impacts are.

Opinion editorial from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce - The Hamilton Spectator, Steel Summit: Challenge and Opportunity

Opinion editorial on Hamilton’s Steel Industry – The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton Will Rally Behind Steel At Summit

Event Details

Friday, September 7, 2018
Hamilton City Hall, Council Chambers
71 Main Street West, Hamilton

On the day of the event, we would like to encourage the use of HSR public transportation or find a municipal car park near City Hall.


8:30 am - Networking and light refreshments
9:00 am - Opening Remarks - Mayor Fred Eisenberger & Mayor Christian Provenzano (Sault Ste. Marie)
9:15 am - Keynote Speaker - Richard Dearden, Senior Litigation Partner, Gowling WLG
9:30 am - Steel Industry Panel Discussion
10:30 am - Session Break

10:45 am - Keynote Speaker – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development 
11:00 am - Speakers - including Steel Industry Executives, Elected Officials (from various levels of government), Industry Stakeholders, Delegations from the public
1:00 pm - Event ends

Please RSVP to Elizabeth Konca at [email protected] and please specify if you want to be speak at the event (indicate steel industry or public delegation) list by 12 noon on September 5, 2018. Speakers are provided with a maximum 5-minute timeslot.

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Mr. Frank Mastrandrea

CEO Steel City Advisors Inc.

  • 31 years of service with ArcelorMittal Dofasco as Director Corporate Strategy with senior positions in Sales, Marketing, Automotive, Construction, Tubular Products, Business Development, Price Control and Strategy
  • Successfully lead teams delivering business transformation, profitable growth, and continuous improvement
  • Board of Director of a joint venture subsidiary delivering governance and due diligence
  • Past Associations and Board positions including:
  • Canadian Steel Sheet Building Institute; Automotive Industry Action Group; National Coil Coaters Association; Metals Steel Service Center Institute
  • Proven track record for "smelling money and waste" in the metals ecosystem supply chain and getting dollars to the bottom line
  • International business experience in Europe, South East Asia, Mexico, Brazil​ and the United States
  • Consultant in Organizational Health and Business Performance Improvement
  • Worked for several years with the Giampaolo Group of Companies culminating as Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Development, where he negotiated the largest acquisition in their history
  • ​Graduate, on the Dean's Honour List, of the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and regular guest lecturer 
  • Previous roles as internationally published business case writer, researcher and instructor for Canadian Institute of Management​
  • Member of Hamilton and District Chamber of Commerce

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The Honourable Navdeep Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

The Honourable Navdeep Bains has been the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development since November 2015. He is the Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Malton and a member of Privy Council. Since he was first elected in 2004, he has served in various roles, including Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Paul Martin and critic for Public Works and Government Services, Treasury Board, International Trade, Natural Resources, and Small Business and Tourism.

Minister Bains is a former adjunct lecturer at the University of Waterloo. He is also a former visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. His private sector experience includes several years at the Ford Motor Company of Canada.

Minister Bains has a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Windsor. He also holds a Certified Management Accountant designation.

He is a long-time resident of Mississauga, where he lives now with his wife and two children.

L’honorable Navdeep Bains

Ministre de l’Innovation, des Sciences et du Développement économique

L’honorable Navdeep Bains est ministre de l’Innovation, des Sciences et du Développement économique depuis novembre 2015. Il est député de Mississauga-Malton et membre du Conseil privé. Depuis 2004, année où il a été élu pour la première fois, il a occupé diverses fonctions, dont celle de secrétaire parlementaire du premier ministre Paul Martin et celle de porte-parole du Conseil du Trésor, des Travaux publics et des Services gouvernementaux, du Commerce international, des Ressources naturelles, et de la Petite Entreprise et du Tourisme.

Le ministre Bains était professeur auxiliaire au programme de maîtrise en administration publique de l’Université de Waterloo et professeur invité distingué à la Ted Rogers School of Management de l’Université Ryerson. Au sein du secteur privé, il a travaillé plusieurs années chez Ford du Canada Limitée.

Le ministre Bains est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en études administratives de l’Université York et d’une maîtrise en administration des affaires de l’Université de Windsor. Il est comptable en management accrédité.

Il habite à Mississauga depuis de nombreuses années. Il est marié et père de deux enfants.

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Mr. Richard Dearden

Partner, Gowling WLG

Rick Dearden, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is a senior litigation partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, practising primarily in the areas of international trade, investor-state arbitration, media and defamation law, freedom of information, and administrative law.

Rick’s accomplishments have also been recognized in the Best Lawyers in Canada (International Trade; Defamation and Media Law), Lexpert Guide To The Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers,Benchmark Canada’s Guide To Canada’s Leading Litigation Attorneys, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Litigation – Defamation; International Trade Litigation), Legal Post’s Top 100 Canada-U.S. Litigators, theCanadian Who’s Who, Lexpert's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, the International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal-Canada, and the Chambers Global Client’s Guide To The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (International Trade/WTO).

Rick has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Courts of Canada, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and binational panels established under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He is a former Chapter 19 panellist and served as chair of one of the Softwood Lumber III panels. In addition, he provides counsel and strategic advice regarding NAFTA and World Trade Organization issues, particularly intellectual property rights. Relatively, Rick acted as co-counsel for Eli Lilly and Company in a NAFTA investment arbitration against the Government of Canada.

During the NAFTA negotiations and implementation, Rick acted for the Government of Mexico as one of its external counsel. He also acted for the U.S. Department of Commerce during the negotiation of Chapter 19 of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and for the USTR during the implementation of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement. Rick also served as vice-chair of the International Bar Association (IBA)'s Trade Law SubCommittee, as a member of the American Bar Association’s Council for the Section on International Law and Practice, and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

In his media and defamation law practice, Rick has acted as counsel in leading defamation trials and appeals, Canadian Charter of Rights freedom of the press cases and freedom of information cases. Rick acted as counsel for the Ottawa Citizen before the Supreme Court of Canada in the seminal cases of Cusson v. Quan and Grant v. Torstar that created the new "public interest responsible communication" defence to libel actions in Canada. He also taught the Media and Libel Law Course at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law.

Rick served as chair of the IBA's Media Law Committee and as a member of the IBA's Council for the General Practice Section. He is also a recipient of the President's Award from the Centre For Investigative Journalism for furthering the cause of investigate journalism in Canada.

Rick served on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Citizen Literacy Foundation and The Hnatyshyn Foundation, and as the auditor of the Ottawa Citizen’s Cappies awards.

He is an avid marathoner and tennis player. 

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Mr. Joseph Galimberti

President, Canadian Steel Producers Association

Joseph Galimberti has been President of the Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA) since May, 2015.  Prior to joining the CSPA Joseph held positions as Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs at Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada, Director of Government and Community Relations at Air Canada and has also served in various capacities with the Government of Canada.  Additionally, Joseph is on the Board of the Victoria Event Centre, a co-owner of Broad Street Cycles in Victoria B.C., a former Board Member of the National Airlines Council of Canada and a former Trustee on the Board of Pearson College.  Joseph lives in Ottawa with his wife Heidi and their twin sons Jonah and Bennett.

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Mr. Brett House

Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets

Brett House is Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist at Scotiabank. He works with the Chief Economist to manage as global research team that provides Scotiabank and its clients with macroeconomic insights across the bank’s domestic and international business lines.

Prior to joining Scotiabank in October 2016, Brett was Chief Economist at Alignvest Investment Management in Toronto and Global Strategist at Woodbine Capital Advisors, a New York-based global macro fund. Earlier in his career, Brett served as Principal Advisor in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General and as an Economist at the International Monetary Fund. He cut his teeth in fixed-income markets at Goldman Sachs International in London and at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Brett is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in economics from the University of Oxford and Queen’s University at Kingston. In addition, he has taught at Oxford and McGill University in Montréal, and has held research roles at Columbia University in New York and Massey College at the University of Toronto. Brett sits on the investment committees of Pearson College and the Canadian Rhodes Scholars’ Foundation. He received the 2014 Québec Notable Award in Finance and the 2015 Good Citizen Award from his hometown of Lincoln, Ontario. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010.

Mr. Mark Rowlinson

Assistant to the Canadian National Director of the United Steelworkers

Mark Rowlinson is the Assistant to the Canadian National Director of the United Steelworkers, a senior administrative and policy position within the Union in Canada.

Before joining the Steelworkers in 1994, Mark earned a BA from McGill University, a graduate degree from the University of Geneva and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School.  Mark is an expert on international law and trade, and is the Union’s key Canadian adviser on policy issues including international trade, manufacturing and the steel industry.

The United Steelworkers is an international trade union that represents 225,000 members across Canada and over 800,000 members in North America. 

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Dr. Peter Warrian

Distinguished Research Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at University of Toronto

Dr. Peter Warrian is a Distinguished Research Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He is widely recognized as Canada’s leading academic authority on the steel industry. In 2016 he published A Profile of the Global Steel Industry (2nd Edition) and in 2017 he published, with Mike Smitka, A Profile of the Global Auto Industry. Both books are available from Amazon. He was formerly Research Director of the United Steelworkers of America and Chief Economist of the Province of Ontario.

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Gowling WLG is an international law firm with more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities across Canada, the U.K., Continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Harnessing the strength of our industry insight, worldwide platform and strategic relationships with stakeholders throughout the Golden Horseshoe, Gowling WLG recently forged an exciting partnership with the City of Hamilton to unlock the city’s vast economic potential.

The partnership demonstrates our shared goal and commitment to boosting commercial activity, fostering groundbreaking innovation and competing in the global marketplace.

For more information regarding this unique partnership and to learn how you or your company may benefit, contact Louis Frapporti, managing partner of Gowling WLG’s Hamilton office.

Learn more about Gowling WLG

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Steel City Advisors Inc. is an independent professional business services community that serves the needs of private and public sector organizations in: Hamilton; the Greater Toronto Area; the Golden Horseshoe and Southwestern Ontario. Steel City Advisors offers professional services in Business Consulting; Project Management; Process Improvement; Primary and Secondary Research; Analytics; Executive Coaching (to improve employee engagement). Steel City Advisors also provides Interim Management Solutions and serve as Business Intermediaries between clients. 

The Steel City Advisors community strives to stay ahead of our customers' challenges by attracting Associates that are driven achievers. Our Associates have expert knowledge in their field of experience and are continually improving our processes to deliver extremely cost effective solutions to the problems of our client base.  The secret to our success is the expertise, collaboration and accelerated ramp-up of the Associate Teams we deploy to exceed our customers' results expectations. Our Associates embrace the Steel City Advisors' commitment to unrivalled service, minimal overhead structure and the superior quality reflected in the Steel Advisors client satisfaction guarantee. Achievers have an eye on the essential issues and drive their day by what matters most to satisfy their client. 

The Steel City Advisors community is built by achievers.

Learn more about Steel City Advisors Inc.

Additional Resources

If you have any accessibility needs in order to participate in this event, please contact Elizabeth Konca at [email protected] by August 31, 2018. Advance requests are highly encouraged to enable us to meet your needs adequately.