It's spring, so the HIIA recently held their annual meeting, discussing hightlights from 2017, what's on the way for 2018 and the BIA's recent endeavour. (Photo credit: Cedrik Bertrand)

The HIIA holds its annual meeting, reveals plans for 2018 and provides update on the BIA’s sign

On the evening of Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the Hawkesbury Industrial Investment Association (HIIA) held its annual meeting, where local business owners, investors, decision makers, elected officials and volunteers gather to discuss issues, successes, finances and upcoming projects.

As stated by master of ceremonies Ron Bender, the HIIA’s mission is to work with businesses who wish to establish or relocate in Hawkesbury as well as local job creation.

First up at the meeting was HIIA Chairman Philippe Legault’s address.

“Our revenue is stable and our finances in great shape,” stated Legault; a fact reinforced by Deloitte Auditor Gérald Gauthier’s presentation.

Legault mentioned the HIIA’s involvement in the Town of Hawkesbury’s Community Improvement Plan, an endeavour which aims at offering financial support to businesses wishing to revitalize their property (more information can be found on Hawkesbury’s website).

The end of the Chairman’s address came with an invitation.

“One of our objectives for the upcoming year is to try and expand our projects and partnerships outside of the town’s limits, like Champlain and East Hawkesbury. The invitation is sent; if anyone there has any projects in-line with the Association’s mandate, please let us know,” stated Legault.

To that, Director Gilles Gauthier added:

“The association has liquidity. All we need are viable projects.”

An update on the BIA-COMZAC’s new sign

Representing the Town of Hawkesbury Business Improvement Area (BIA) at the meeting was Suzanne Hocquard, who provided an update on the BIA’s new venture.

As was stated in a Review article published on February 19, 2018, the BIA is currently working on the creation and installation of a massive sign, complete with LED digital display, at Hawkesbury busiest entrance (article URL).

“We’re aiming for July 1st,” said Hocquard. “That’s the deadline we gave ourselves.”

Pricing for advertising on the LED screen was also shared at the meeting, with a special mention for social clubs, who can receive free advertising for the first year.

Prices slightly differ for businesses outside the community. For instance, one year of advertising for local businesses is $270 while businesses outside Hawkesbury will pay $315.

The sign will be operated by COMZAC-BIA and the content is to be designed by Studio SL2.

Finally, elections were on the agenda for the evening for three seats, one empty and two at the end of their mandates. However, no new candidacies were received (even after advertising the positions in local papers) and thus the status quo was maintained.

About the HIIA

The HIIA was founded in 1963 with the goal to stimulate the industrial expansion in the area. It comprises volunteer directors who belong to the industrial sector and are all committed to creating a prosperous business environment for the city of Hawkesbury. The main goals of the Association are the creation and the maintaining of jobs.

For more information on the HIIA, visit the Association’s website.


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