Mimi John

Mimi John

Grants & Strategic Partnerships, City of Hamilton

Mimi is the energetic and astute Grants & Strategic Partnerships Coordinator for the City of Hamilton. She is an avid community connector, a natural public speaker, car accident survivor and author-in-progress. ​ She has over 12 years’ experience in streamlining efficiency in programming and creating new collaborations in the municipal, corporate and non-profit worlds.


Mimi’s an idea person and thought leader in the field of newcomer settlement and has previously held key roles in the Diversity @ Work Steering Committee; Oscars of Diversity Conference Organization –New Pioneers Awards, Chair of Employment Engagement Task Group and has fostered province wide relationships between community partners, work force planning boards and economic development offices, settlement agencies, municipalities and townships. She was the Project Coordinator for the Rural Employment Initiative (REI), which streamlined immigrant settlement across Ontario and province-wide networking between 61 offices across Ontario. She also played a pivotal role in the TradesLink program for vulnerable newcomers looking to access training and jobs in the Skilled Trades. This program was in partnership with the Hamilton Brantford Building Trades Council and Mohawk College.


Mimi has presented at the Toronto Stock Exchange; CIBC Headquarters; Mississauga Board of Trade, Scotia Bank as a previous UW Speakers Bureau Speaker. She’s a conference, event panelist and enthusiastic emcee! Mimi John has a quick wit, fun-loving spirit, infectious smile and an innate ability to connect with varying audiences. That must be the theatre background in her!


Session: What does it really mean to grow your network?

What does it really mean to grow your network? Spend a few minutes with me, as we revisit the real importance of women and networking!

My advice for Summit attendees

Be open, ready to engage, unapologetically awkward, and confidently you!