BEDC E-Newsletter
September 2016
Benefits of Hiring Co-op Students! 

It's back to school season and that means post-secondary students are looking for co-op positions. 

Leveraging local co-op programs can provide all kinds of benefits to your company, so we thought we'd outline some to get you started! 
  • There are full-time employment opportunities for future hiring. This means fewer training costs for your company, and a perfect way to find future star employees.
  • Opportunity to inject some enthusiasm and fresh ideas into your workplace.
  • Co-op students often bring up-to-date knowledge of the latest technology, information and processes in their field of study.
  • You get the best possible candidates. Co-op programs have strict guidelines including GPA requirements and mandatory courses. 
  • Easy Marketing - No need to struggle with online job postings. Co-op offices offer support and promotion services for your available positions.
Click on the post-secondary institutions below to learn more about their co-op programs. 

Let's Talk About...
Development Charge Exemptions

Have you considered building an addition onto your property or redeveloping your existing facilities? If so, you may be eligible for a development charge exemption that can reduce the applicable development charges of your project. Up to 100% reduction in the applicable development charges may apply if you are:
  • Adding an addition to an existing industrial building
  • The new floor area of the addition is less than 50% the total floor area of the existing structure
Alternatively, up to a 100% development charge credit may apply if you are:
  • Redeveloping land by demolishing an old structure and building a new structure on the existing site
  • In this case 100% of the pre-existing floor area may be exempt from development charges, but any additional area over the pre-existing area will be susceptible to development charges 
For more information, please see a detailed explanation here  on the City of Burlington website and the equivalent information for Halton Region here . The appropriate By-laws and regulations for each can also be found below: 
Want to learn more about how you could benefit from development charge exemptions? Contact the Burlington Economic Development Corporation today! 

Workforce needs are changing. Are you up to speed?

Glassdoor launched in 2008 and has since exploded into a one stop shop for in-depth company and job reviews utilized by the  new workforce generation. 

What is Glassdoor?
Glassdoor is a growing database for employees to view the inner workings of companies including corporate culture, salary reports, interview reviews, and CEO approval ratings. For employers, it presents unique opportunities for recruiting and employer branding. 

Why is this important?
Young people are putting corporate culture at the top of the list for employer needs. With more than half a million companies reviewed on the site, Glassdoor presents a unique opportunity for employers to attract and retain the best talent, as well as promote happy workplaces. Learn how you as an employer can promote a happy workplace  here,   or visit Glassdoor directly  here.  

FreshInsights Spotlight

We recently caught up with FreshInsights alumnus,  Kimberlite Mayordomo , to see how she's doing since completing her time in the program. As a Business Consultant, Kimberlite excelled at conducting primary research and integrated consulting, and learned the importance of  maintaining good relationships and keeping clients engaged. 

Read the full interview with Kimberlite  here.
Develop your skills 
It's never too late to keep learning. Develop your skills through  
Executive Education
at the  DeGroote School of Business.   Executive Education offers a range of open enrollment courses for individuals interested in developing leadership skills and associated competencies.
Executive Education also has a history of providing custom programs for the local business community. These custom programs are tailored to the client organization's needs and linked to its strategic priorities.

Register in upcoming Executive Education courses:  
Fundamentals of Finance Decision Making 
October 19th, 8:30am - 4:30pm 

In this one day intensive program, you will learn the fundamentals of finance as it relates to your organization. Participants who do not work in finance roles will be provided a sound understanding of accounting and finance required to be effective in their organization.

High Impact Strategic Planning
October 26th, 8:30am - 4:30pm 

This course puts the critical pieces of the strategy puzzle together in a straightforward way that increases process understanding and the ability to implement a set of proven analytic and design tools. Case studies and participants' own organizational examples are used to illustrate and deepen the lessons.

Stay in the Loop!
Innovation Canada 150  is a digital storybook that began with the Canada Science and Technology Museums combing their collections to uncover the people, places, and artifacts that tell the story of Canadian invention and innovation, and then reaching out to others to contribute their stories.   

B y sharing your innovation story you can  celebrate the people, places, and objects that have already transformed our country, or shine a spotlight on current innovators who'll be celebrated 150 years from now. Visit the map to browse innovation stories from coast to coast to get inspired, and then add your own. Help create Canada's first interactive digital storybook to inspire future innovators.

Upcoming Events 
Innovation Factory 
Does your business solve a real problem? - October Lunch 'n Learn 
October 18th, 11:30am - 1:00pm 

Please join Innovation Factory on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 for a Lunch 'n Learn session featuring Tino Monte Tino is the President and CEO of  Monte Media Management , a multinational production group and international leader in direct response television. At our session, Tino will walk through some of their journeys and highlight common entrepreneurial mistakes as well as success stories. He'll discuss the chances of a business idea's survival based on one key premise:  does it solve a genuine problem?
UPS Plane Pull
Saturday, September 24th 

United Way and UPS will bring together community partners to pull a plane in support of United Way and our community at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. Participants will come together, some in creative costumes, to take on the challenge of strength and stamina to help raise funds for the community organization that helped over 150,000 people in Hamilton and Burlington last year alone. Register at
Need2Know Business Workshop on HR: "Recruit, Resource, Retain New Talent"
September 27th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm 

Haltech invites you for an insightful two-hour seminar with Judy Lindenbach, a highly experienced human resources professional, who will share her expertise on effective recruitment and retention.
JBH Foundation's Guinness World Record Breaking Day
Sunday, October 2 

Join in this historic day as our community comes together to create the largest Human Letter in the shape of the letter "J" to show our support for the new Joseph Brant Hospital, and in doing so attempt to break the current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSĀ® title! The event will take place in Spencer Smith Park at 12:00 noon.
This awesome and free community event will not only kick-off the JBH Foundation's Community Campaign, but  will  also feature Entertainment, DJ, Food Trucks, information about the new Joseph Brant Hospital, and of course, Burlington's official attempt at breaking a Guinness World Records Title!
Bring your friends, family and co-workers and be a part of history!