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Rick Boersma, Juice, Inc.

Are you a business owner, manager or non-profit leader?  Do you want to hear about the latest trends to help your organization prosper?  Join Halton Hills Cultural Roundtable board, members, local cultural agents to hear keynote speaker Rick Boersma co-founder of Juice, Inc,  Juice Inc is a Guelph based company that is changing the way businesses operate through training in employee engagement, conversation, innovation and leadership.

The symposium took place at the Halton Hills Cultural Centre Friday evening and Saturday morning 26-27 January.  Friday evening offered a festive and fun evening with community highlights, Rick’s keynote presentation, networking and a warming chilli bar!  Saturday morning showcased workshop innovation tools, and demonstrated how they can help your business or non-profit truly thrive.

Ticket prices were: Friday Only $15, Saturday Only $10, Both Days $20.   Questions?  Contact Beatrice Sharkey, Halton Hills Cultural Roundtable, 416-575-1232,

Screen Shot 2018-01-22 at 3.43.21 PMINNOVATE: Halton Hills 2018 Cultural Symposium

Keynote speaker Rick Boersma, co-founder of spoke about learning how to make your business or non-profit truly thrive with employee engagement, conversation, innovation and leadership.


HHCR has raised $2,421,000 for Halton Hills
in federal and provincial level grants

HHCR is a community non profit organization, funded at arm’s length by The Town of Halton Hills.   HHCR provides support to organizations, individuals and businesses in the following sectors:

Arts                         Heritage
Culture                  Volunteer

Support takes many forms, from advising on grant application readiness, whether or not to incorporate your organization, what insurance you should hold for your projects, and how to brand your organization and projects.  See our RESOURCES page for more details.


HHCR offers an annual symposium as well as seminars and workshops throughout the year.  It also publishes RESOURCES to help you progress your organization or project.  For more detailed support, HHCR can offer a telephone consultation, 1:1 meeting or help match you with a community partner who has experience in your chosen subject.  Topics include:

Social Media for Events
Grant Application Readiness
Event Planning
Succession Planning
Evaluation of your Event
Non Profit Orgs & Business Partnerships
Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
How to Chair a Meeting
Governance – board health score


Annual Cultural Symposium 2017

Friday January 27 6:30-9:30pm, and
Saturday January 28 9am-2:30pm

Each year HHCR hosts a Cultural Symposium at the end of January to showcase and share the best of events and activities in the cultural, events, heritage and volunteering sectors.  This fun, vibrant event gives an opportunity for members of each sector to meet, share knowledge, experience and achievements, learn about new tools and to network and develop creative ideas for their own activities and organization.  This year’s event will be held at the Halton Hills Cultural Centre.

Rock the Hills

RTH is a youth led one night rock music festival held in Georgetown’s Fairgrounds.  As many as ten local bands and musicians play, and the event is planned by a youth led committee and team.  Numerous musicians go on to play at other events in Halton Hills and further afield, some even going on to study music at Universities in Ontario.

Cultural Masterplan

HHCR consulted, planned, wrote and published a cultural masterplan for the Town of Halton Hills.  Its key aims are:

  1. Create a clear focus of responsibility for culture in the Town as well as six supporting partners
  2. Integrate cultural planning, programming, and opportunities within existing initiatives in a more formal, consistent manner
  3. Upgrade the physical design aspects of our community to better promote local unique features and our heritage
  4. Ensure that our community’s volunteers are strongly supported as they are contributing a lot to our overall quality of life
  5. Increase information access and sharing both within the cultural sectors and across our community

See the full document here:

Head for the Hills

HHCR assisted in the planning, management and evaluation of this popular new craft beer festival.  Held for the second year at the Trafalgar Sports Park in 2016, the festival featured over 40 craft beer exhibitors and attracted over 6,000 ticket buyers.

Culture Days

HHCR is instrumental in galvanising the myriad cultural organizations in Halton Hills to celebrate Culture Day, a province wide initiative to make available hands on arts activities for the public at no cost.  The weekend gives everyone a chance to sample arts in the town.  From painting demonstrations to local author showcases, HHCR has assisted in the building of a diverse program with something for everyone.


HHCR has advised numerous organizations in Halton Hills on grant application readiness, identifying grants appropriate to the organization and activities, and securing funds to ensure that Halton Hills enjoys a sesquicentennial celebration to remember!


HHCR is run by a volunteer board and a part-time Executive Director.  HHCR partners with community organizations to help spread skills and experience to enrich cultural diversity in Halton Hills.

Executive Director
Beatrice Sharkey

Board Members

Ro Palumbo-Coates – Chair
Evan Read – ViceChair
Scott Beaumont – Treasurer
Daniella Baryla – Secretary
Chris Macewan – Past Chair
Laurent Thibault – Chair of Strategic Advisory Committee
Ashley Beaumont
Art Ditschun
Jane Fogal
Kaileigh Halverson
Beverley King
Carolyn Martin
Catherine McLeod
Amy Sykes


If you have reviewed our RESOURCES page and would like further information or support, and you are a business, organization or individual in the Arts, Heritage, Volunteer or Events sectors, please contact:

Beatrice Sharkey, Executive Director
t: 416-575-1232
Please note that HHCR comprises a volunteer board and a part-time Executive Director.  Please allow 48 hours for a reply.  Thank you.