Sean Donnelly, President of ArcelorMittal Dofasco gave a presentation on the current state of ArcelorMittal Dofasco to a well attended and enthusiastic audience at the Express Restaurant.
Call it a tale of two steel companies — the best of times for one and the worst for another.
On one side is ArcelorMittal Dofasco, profitable, stable and looking to hire 300 people a year to keep its booming Hamilton mills producing.
On the other is United States Steel Corporation of Pittsburgh, with $75 million in losses for the first quarter of 2015 and its Canadian branch in creditor protection.
The contrasts between the companies were displayed Wednesday. U.S. Steel president Mario Longhi cited unfair foreign competitors for forcing thousands of layoffs and leaving his mills running at barely more than 72 per cent of their capacity. On the same day, AMD president Sean Donnelly told the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce his company is running at up to 97 per cent of capacity and is having trouble filling the jobs it has to offer.
Donnelly said AMD is facing “a huge wave of retirements in the next few years” as baby boomers cash out of the workf... Read More »
Troy Treleaven, Managing Partner and Vice-President of the Dale Carnegie Business Group, the Canadian Franchisee for Dale Carnegie and Associates gave a presentation on “How to Innovatively Grow Your Business”.
The presentation focused on:
-Biggest Challenges a Small business faces including: cash, lack of a clear plan, ineffective leadership/sales/marketing, and ineffective customer service.
-Why innovating is so hard including: old habits, finding change uncomfortable or lack of a comfort zone, becoming blind of shortfalls, failing to seek and act on customer feedback.
– Identifying a Hierarchy of Needs, such as survival, security, belonging, importance and self-actualization.
-A 9 step Innovation Process was presented and a discussion of the implementation and end results.
-How to engage in a customer interview to determine satisfaction, applications, results and ROI.-A good in-depth interactive discussion was had by all addressing many areas of customer service and developing a solid program.
The outcome of the presentation was designed for attendees to leave with the basic insights on how become more innovative and... Read More »
The Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank Chief De Caire for his insightful presentation and Barbara Gough, for sponsorship of this event. The event was held at the Grand Olympia on March 23rd and was well atended by Chamber members and guests.
De Caire’s presentation focused on promoting the crime reduction programs and strategies of Hamilton police. Most notible was the significant reduction of crime in the Mountain and lower and downtown areas of Hamilton. Downtown area robberies are down considerably from past years.
De Caire said higher visibility and strategic deployment have helped police reduce violent crime in Hamilton. The reduction represents the single biggest decrease in Canada among major urban centres, according to Statistics Canada.
By shifting from problem oriented policing to strategic deployment, De Caire said Hamilton police have diffused disputes which would otherwise result in reoccurring calls for service.
“We are producing public safety better than any other police service in our nation,” said De Caire.
Along with violent crime, De Caire said police have stepped up drug enforcement. Along with ... Read More »