Join us and celebrate the 12th anniversary of LiONS LAIR pitch competition at an IN-PERSON gala event!

  • 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!

September 28 | Carmen’s Banquet Centre
1520 Stone Church Rd E, Hamilton, ON L8W 3P9

Celebrate 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. Connect with the competition finalists, and discover how they amaze, inspire, and impact their respective industries.

Welcome Back 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 are thrilled to welcome back the community and our finalists to a live, in-person gala event that will celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship by revealing our 2022 winners. We hope to see you there!

We are excited to have the first “Lioness” join us as 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

Check out a sneak peek of what to expect at the LiONS LAIR gala:

A Final Opportunity to Impress

Meet all 16 finalists, and hear from our top 8 innovators as they pitch their innovations. They have spent the season working with our expert advisors, attending workshops, training, and developing their pitches to impress our LiONS. Watch as they dare to impress and showcase their companies, vying for up to $50,000 in cash prizes, and a chance to claim the title of the 2022 LiONS LAIR Grand Prize Winner.

Get Your Tickets Today!

Join us as we welcome back our community for our region’s premier pitch competition. This year’s event will be held on September 28th at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton. Purchase options include individual tickets or tables of 6 or 8.

5 pm: Doors Open & Cocktail Networking
6 pm: Dinner
7 pm: Let the show begin!

To request an invoice or additional information or accommodations, please email [email protected]

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