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Momentum - Talent ally

Economic development teams in Hamilton and Burlington depend on partners in Mohawk College

“Mohawk College is important to so much of what we do at the City of Hamilton,” said Norm Schleehahn, Director of Economic Development.

“They have always been a phenomenal organization to partner with, whether it’s helping existing companies train employees for new skills, landing new companies, or supporting business innovation, Mohawk is always at the table.”

“Access to talent is top of mind for businesses in every sector,” says Schleehahn.

Mohawk leaders have long gone out on corporate calls with city staff, participated in trade missions across Canada and internationally, and opened their campuses to companies considering an investment in Hamilton, he says.


Pictured: Mark Steffler, Manager of Innovation and Partnership, Burlington Economic Development Corporation and Norm Schleehahn, Director of Economic Development, City of Hamilton


“To continue to grow Hamilton’s economy we need to attract, retain and develop talent and Mohawk College is a key partner in helping the city achieve this goal. Mohawk College helps us keep the talent we need right here in Hamilton.”

Mohawk has also been a key collaborator for Burlington business, says Mark Steffler, Manager of Innovation and Partnership at the Burlington Economic Development Corporation.

“Mohawk always welcomes us with open arms and they are always very receptive to our inquiries. As ecosystem partners for innovation, applied research, and talent, they are real team players.”

Most recently, Mohawk experts and staff answered questions from Burlington business leaders in a pandemic business forum. Mohawk has hosted Burlington Day at its Fennell Campus to allow local business to tour facilities, meet with faculty, and explore training and applied research opportunities.

TechPlace, the innovation hub where Steffler is also manager, in the past has hosted monthly Mohawk Days where college representatives present the range of what the college has to offer to startups. As well as a Mohawk Career Crawl for International students to visit Burlington employers to learn about job opportunities.

The college also delivers a digital literacy series covering blockchain, cybersecurity, internet of things and robotics.