20th Anniversary Gala!


HALTON, ON - On November 17th, 2009 the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) celebrated 20 years of partnership, innovation and mentorship at the Burlington Convention Centre with keynote speaker Richard Florida. In attendance, along with the HIEC Board of Directors and staff, were the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education, Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, His Worship Cam Jackson from the City of Burlington and His Worship Gord Krantz from the Town of Milton - among many other councillors, school board trustees and partners from industry and education.

The evening began with a bang, as the M.M. Robinson High School Drumline escorted in the head table and the HIEC Board of Directors. The student participation did not end there - throughout the evening the nearly 500 guests in attendance heard testimonials from past cooperative education students, enjoyed floral centerpieces created by Robert Bateman High School Floral Design students and heard live music by students from Burlington Central High School and a graduate from Notre Dame High School.

Emcee Dwight Ryan, President of DARYAN Communications, kept the guests entertained throughout the event. Mr. Ryan also helped surprise three important guests when he introduced the HIEC Outstanding Commitment Awards given to three members of the HIEC family who have been, and continue to be, instrumental in the success of HIEC and its programs. The winners were Glenn Attridge, from Attridge Transportation, for providing busing for over 7,000 grade eight students each year to HIEC's Career Centre; Cesare DiDonato, Curriculum Consultant at the Halton Catholic District School Board for his dedication to HIEC over the past 17 years; and Mike Carberry, Chair of the HIEC Board of Directors for his continued commitment over the past twenty years.

HIEC Board Chair Mike Carberry was in fact the inaugural Chair of the HIEC Board of Directors who, along with the Halton Catholic, Halton District School Board, Sheridan College, the four Chambers of Commerce, local industry and education came together on November 17, 1989 to form an Industry Education Council in Halton. For over two decades, HIEC has brought business and education together with the determined vision of fostering partnerships between industry and education - a relationship encouraged by the night's keynote speaker, Richard Florida.

Thought leader Richard Florida, author of the global best seller Who's Your City? and Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto took to the stage later in the evening and spoke about how it is important for communities to embrace education and industry, and nurture the creativity in each and every one of us. He also made reference to Canadian regions, like Halton, which are becoming the power-houses in this country.

HIEC's 20th Anniversary Celebration marks the beginning of the HIEC Legacy Project, through which the organization will seek to reconnect with its past partners and continue to embark on new partnership opportunities through community relationships. The goals of this project are to introduce new partners to HIEC, recognize the many contributors who have made HIEC's efforts possible, and increase community awareness and involvement. This in turn will allow HIEC to continue to bring highly recognized and valued programs to Halton and continue with its vision to inspire informed career decisions.

To learn more about HIEC or to get involved with the HIEC 20th Anniversary Legacy Project, please contact HIEC.



Richard Florida : The Keynote Speaker


A video of the 20th goes here. Bendy is in the movie's place.

HIEC 20th Anniversary opening video