Greg LenkoGreg Lenko is founder of the Escarpment Project, an annual escarpment clean-up day that quickly grew to become the largest volunteer environmental clean up in Hamilton and one of the largest of its kind in Canada.  We chat about how the event started and some of the challenges involved, the impact the cleanup is having, and some of Greg’s favourite parts of the city.

Interview Links:

Escarpment Project – Get Involved
Starbucks
McMaster Innovation Park

Restaurant:

The Burnt Tongue

Cafe:

Johnny’s Coffee

Shop:

Simply Zen

Natural Feature:

Devil’s Punchbowl
Tew’s Falls

Linda RourkeLinda Rourke started Hamilton Life six years ago at Cable 14, the local community cable station for Hamilton.  We chat about how the show started and some of the great stories she’s been able to share, the story of her return to the city after her broadcasting career with CTV and the Weather Network took her to Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver, and some of her favourite parts about living and working in Hamilton.

Interview Links:

Hamilton Life show

Restaurant:

Twisted Lemon

Café:

Jitterbug Cafe

Shop:

Ten Thousand Villages

Event:

Food & Drink Fest

Natural Feature:

Waterfalls (and all the green space / hiking)

Kevin BrowneKevin Browne is the catalyst and founder behind Software Hamilton, the portal for software and technology events in the city.  Kevin talks about how the community started and grew, some of the great events and conferences available, and some of the many reasons why he loves Hamilton.

Interview Links:

Mohawk College
Software Hamilton Events
Hamilton Freelancers Association
WordPress Hamilton
Ladies Learning Code
Coder Club
Embrace UX Conference

Restaurant:

La Spaguett

Café:

Mulberry

Shop:

The Hamilton Store

Event:

DemoCamp

Natural Feature:

Mountain Brow of Hamilton

Meg SmithMeg Smith is the Senior Designer at factor[e], a local design and technology company, and also the Hamilton chapter lead for Ladies Learning Code, a nationwide not-for-profit organization that helps both women and men learn to code.  We chat about both of her roles, and some of her favourite things about the city she’s lived in nearly every corner of.

Interview Links:

Empire Times

Restaurant:

Kampai Sushi
Boo’s Bistro

Cafe:

Any shop that gives coffee
The Cannon

Shop:

Handknit

Event:

Supercrawl

Natural Feature:

Escarpment

Donna Reid of the Hamilton StoreDonna Reid is owner of The Hamilton Store, a beautiful shop on James Street North showcasing quality local products.  Donna shares how she came to Hamilton, how she realized her dream of opening the shop, and some of her favourite aspects of the city.  The interview was recorded live inside the store.

 

Interview Links:

The Hamilton Store
Anita Thomas @urbanmoon
Paul Simon
G.S. Dunn Factory

Restaurant:

Acclamation
Incognito
Charred

Cafe:

Mulberry

Shop:

Jamesville Hardware
Miller Shoes

Event:

Doors Open Hamilton

Natural Feature:

Bay Front Park

Curtis Ingleton and Halden Sproule of Genius I.E. talk about how their company and a handful of others are defining the growing 3D printing space, and how advanced manufacturing companies and techniques are a great fit to Hamilton.  We also chat about what brought them to Hamilton and why they love the city, and the Hamilton Tool Library that Halden started.

Links:

Genius I.E.
Innovation Factory
HalTech

Restaurant:

2 Black Sheep
Maxwell’s
Cake and Loaf

Cafe:

Ola Cafe
Mulberry

Shop:

Tegs Tools
Hamilton Tool Library

Event:

Supercrawl
The Pearl Company

Natural Feature:

The Gazillion Waterfalls
The North End

titlelogoSusan Morris is the Manager of Fund Development at City Kidz, an organization making a difference in the lives of over 2,300 children in the city.  Susan talks about how City Kidz started, how they make a difference for kids of all ages, and why she’s loves being a part of Hamilton.

Restuarant:

Shakespeare’s

Cafe:

Williams

Shop:

Ottawa Street

Event:

City Kidz Dinner

Natural Feature:

Fishing at 50 Point

Patti Encinas is Chair of the Sherman Hub, a group of dedicated residents and business owners making change in the community, and making the whole community a great place to live, work and raise a family.  Patti shares some of the history of how the hub started, what they’ve accomplished, what they’re working on currently, and some great parts of the area.

Restaurant / Café:

Good Life Deli
541 Eatery & Exchange

Shop:

Soul in the City (Barton & Lottridge)

Event:

Annual Sherman Hub BBQ

Natural Feature:

Any of the side streets in the hub area in the summer

D8H0248_dave_smallDavid Carter is the Executive Director of the Innovation Factory, located in the McMaster Innovation Park.  Innovation Factory runs numerous events and helps entrepreneurs bring their ideas to commercialization.  David shares the history of the Innovation Factory and why Hamilton is a great place to build and grow a new venture.

Interview Links:

The Green Lid
Dr. Jim Mahony
WeMesh
Software Hamilton
Think|haus
Ladies Learning Code

Restaurant:

Sarcoa
The West Town Bar & Grill

Café:

Detour Café

Shop:

Pass

Event:

Software Hamilton

Natural Feature:

Bruce Trail

3ef91b9Justin Policarpio is helping build Spectrum, an extra-curricular support program that encourages student entrepreneurship at McMaster University.  He also runs his own entrepreneurial venture, Roboteurs Inc, creating robots for education.  Justin tells the story of how Spectrum started and why he’s quite happy to stay in Hamilton.

Interview Links:

Nix Sensor (Matthew Sheridan)
Student Pitch Competition
Spectrum at McMaster

Restaurant:

Burnt Tongue
Jack & Lois

Cafe:

Mulberry Street Coffee House

Shop:

O’s Clothes
Sonic Unyon

Event:

Every event Spectrum runs
Innovation Factory
Startup Drinks

Natural Feature:

Hamilton skyline at night, as seen from the escarpment