Celebrating the 12th anniversary of LiONS LAIR pitch competition!

If you missed your chance to grab a ticket, don’t worry. Watch the re-run of the show on Cable 14 at the following times:

  • September 29: 2am
  • September 29: 11am
  • October 1: 8am

We were thrilled to welcome back our business and innovation community for the region’s premier pitch competition. This year’s event was held on September 28th at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton.

  • Network with the who’s-who in the Hamilton business and start-up communities
  • Watch the top innovators pitch LIVE on-stage to the Investor LiONS
  • Dinner, drinks, an after-party and more!

Get early access to the 2022 gala highlights below, plus stay tuned for more!


CelebratING the Innovation Community!

As the region’s premier pitch competition, LiONS LAIR brings together a community of innovators, business experts and industry leaders who directly impact and enable the game-changing innovation happening across sectors.

This year, 16 competition finalists spent the season working with our expert advisors, attending workshops, training, and developing their pitches to impress our LiONS, showcase their companies, and compete for up to $50,000 in cash prizes. One finalist claimed the title of the 2022 LiONS LAIR Grand Prize Winner, but all emerged victorious as skilled entrepreneurs and start-ups.

TRIUMPHANT RETURN to In-Person Networking

Along with the rest of the world, Innovation Factory and our partners creatively pivoted to a virtual format to ensure #HamOnt’s annual premier pitch competition continued. We were thrilled to welcome back the community and our finalists to a live, in-person gala event that celebrated innovation and entrepreneurship by revealing our 2022 winners.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE first “Lioness” & our 2022 MC

One of Southern Ontario’s most respected and recognized media personalities, Connie Smith is an award-winning journalist, speaker, teacher and consultant.

Read Connie’s full bio here


Connie Smith:

A trail-blazer in the industry, Connie was the first woman to join the weekday news anchor desk at CHCH-TV Hamilton where she became a household name and face for more three decades. Along with her husband, producer/director Dave Wilson, she created, hosted and produced “Always Good News” on CTS (Yes-tv), Canada’s first and only national good news show.

Connie has interviewed hundreds of celebrities and everyday heroes over the years: prime ministers, premiers, CEO’s and philanthropists such as Ron Joyce, co-founder of Tim Hortons, funnyman Jim Carrey, Margaret Trudeau, Sarah Palin and Olivia Newton-John to name a few.

For her volunteer work in the community, co-hosting the McMaster Children’s Hospital Celebration telethon for 17 years and chairing the 2011 Hamilton United Way Campaign, Connie is the humble recipient of numerous honours, including Rotary International’s Paul Harris Medal, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, induction into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction, Mohawk College’s Alumni of Distinction and the Order of Ontario.
Visit her website http://conniesmith.ca

“A compelling message, powerfully delivered, inspires and motivates change.” – Connie Smith