Brent Kinnaird

Alumni of Distinction Award Winner
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Brent Kinnaird
Award Category
Business
Award Year
Program of Study
Business Administration
Graduation Year

Brent Kinnaird has spent his life in Hamilton, building a network of friends, business associates, and colleagues throughout a 15-year career at the Hamilton Port Authority where he led the corporate marketing and communications program.

In 2007, he launched Inspire Marketing in partnership with his wife Amanda. He led the strategic growth of the company, building a client base for ongoing work in communications, special events, and marketing plan support. Brent has served as a contributing writer to three international trade publications; Seaway Review, Maritime Magazine and International Bulk Journal.

Brent currently holds the position of Director of Operations for the Burlington Sound of Music Festival, Canada's largest free music festival. In addition, he continues to advise Inspire Marketing clients on strategic project development & market positioning. Outside of his work hours, Brent lends his time supporting a range of charitable organizations, including National Cycling Centre Hamilton & Bike for Mike while actively pursuing a passion for running and cycling.

If you could go back in time, what 1 piece of advice would you give to yourself on the first day of College?
Seek out a mentor. Finding someone with experience related to the goals I was setting. Someone to be both a sounding board for my thoughts and offer sound advice.

What are you most passionate about professionally?
Making connections. Building a network that serves as your go-to resource in times of need. Sharing perspectives and working together to find success.

If you could give advice to a new student thinking of entering your program, or a similar program, what would it be?
Set a goal, but remain open to change. Look for opportunities to gain real world business insight.

How has your education at Mohawk prepared and supported you throughout your career?
The practical nature of my program of study was easily translatable in the early days of my career. I was afforded the opportunity to go out to the business community, build case studies based on real Hamilton businesses and the challenges they face, all within the context of a particular course of study. This remains today, I still draw from the foundation established during my time at Mohawk.