2019 was a year of growth and change for HIEA as we welcomed 2 new members to the organization. Our Board of Directors also saw changes as Aaron Posner of Posner Metals joined in June while Adam Ruys of American Iron and Metal joined in September. George Zolis of Birla Carbon left and Ayman Attia stepped forward to take his place. I wish George all the best and look forward to working closely with all the members as we continue to work towards improvement within our organization and our own individual companies.
HIEA has a strong 22-year history of connecting with local neighbours, community initiative and not-for-profit environmental sector groups and many local representatives from the City of Hamilton and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. Our 14 member companies are committed to improving the environment in our community and we achieve this through many different projects. Partnering with the community enables us to fulfill HIEA’s mandate: “to improve the local environment – air, land and water – through joint and individual activities, and by partnering with the community to enhance future understanding of environmental issues and help establish priorities for action.”
Working in partnership with residents and community associations, HIEA provides both direct financial sponsorship and volunteers from its member companies to provide support to environmental and education programs for youth within the Hamilton community. In 2019 HIEA was proud to support a number of very worthwhile and local environmental initiatives including The Bay Area Restoration Council, The City of Hamilton Children's Water Festival, The Hamilton Conservation Foundation, The Royal Botanical Gardens and McQuesten Urban Farms. Information about the programs that were funded can be found later in this report to the community.
Community engagement is also very important for the HIEA members. In addition to our support for Hamilton area youth environmental education, twice each year HIEA members invite all Hamiltonians to meet with them to exchange information, discuss environmental issues and further develop the association by expanding our dialogue between industry and the community.
In keeping with our efforts to encourage environmental studies, HIEA continued to support our own post-secondary scholarship fund through another 2 year commitment to Mohawk College. Since the endowed fund was established in 2006 it has provided a total of $21,633 in interest providing support to 28 different students enrolled in Environmental Studies Programs.
As a neighbour to industry, your input is integral to HIEA’s continued success. We welcome your involvement. For more information about our meetings and other current initiatives, visit www.hiea.org or contact us at 905-662-2131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair of the Board - Hamilton Industrial Environmental Association