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  • Outstanding Business Achievement Awards Nominees

    April 7, 2017

    Congratulations to all the nominees for this year's Outstanding Business Achievement Awards!   Employee Relations sponsored by OLG Bluewater Health County of Lambton Lambton Mutual Insurance Company LEHDER Environmental Services Ltd. McDonald's Restaurant Pollutech EnviroQuatics Ltd Preferred Towing Steeves & Rozema Enterprises Ltd. Town of Petrolia YMCA of Sarnia-Lambton Zza's Pizza Young Entrepreneur sponsored by Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation Bisi Alawode, Bisi Alawode Photography Jordan Parker, Grafted Kitchen and Millwork Mike Rondinelli, Lambton Family Dental Jacob Mackellar, Mackellar Farms Ashley Tanguay, Memorable Moments Wiebren De Boer, Schouten Excavating Inc Jen Smith, Soul Sisters Sarnia Tyler Smith, The Woods Hair Salon Liwordson Vijayabalon, Tomorrow Media Business Leadership sponsored by Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership Chris Gould, Bluewater Regional Networks Joyce Keelan, Creative Education of Canada Bill Yurchuk, Lambton Elderly Outreach Mat Berube, Leadwave Technologies Lisa Aubin, Royal LePage Realty George Mallay, Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership Rob Taylor, Sarnia Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative (IEC) Leanne Fera, Sarnia Modern Women Show Monika Baraniuk, Sleep Country Canada Rick Perdeaux, Toolrite Engineering Marketing & Promotions sponsored by Bluewater Power CCI Studios Inc. Country Road Graphics Fabien Jagoo & Associates Inc. / The Co-operators Ins. Co. Hampton Inn Lambton College Magermans & Raes Insurance Brokers Ltd. Royal LePage Realty Sarnia Modern Women Show Sarnia Observer (SARN) Sunripe The Video Show Network Tomorrow Media Vanilla Bean Health, Safety & Environment sponsored by Sarnia Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative & Sarnia Lambton Environmental Association CF Industries Phoenix Safety & Rescue Pollutech EnviroQuatics Ltd Social Profit sponsored by Lehder Environmental Services Community Living Habitat for Humanity Lambton College Student Administrative Council - SAC Lambton Elderly Outreach Salvation Army Sarnia Lambton Rebound Soul Sisters Sarnia Member of the Year sponsored by Imperial Theatre Peter Sparks, All Seasons Trophies & Signs Bill Suisham, Celebration of Lights Helen Cole, Cole & Company Julie Jenkins, Exit Realty Twin Bridges Franco Filia, F. Filia & Associates Ltd. (Co-operators) Keith Hunt, Investors Group Manjit Singh, Sitara Indian Cuisine David Burrows, The Video Show Network Laurissa Ellsworth, Town of Petrolia Noellen Tyczynski, Workplace, The Business of the Year  - LARGE sponsored by Scotiabank Bluewater Power Davy Jones quality meats Libro Credit Union Schouten Excavating Inc Shelley Machine & Marine SNC Lavalin St. Clair Auto Business of the Year  - SMALL sponsored by TD Canada Trust Altered Elegance Centrepoint I.D.A. Pharmacy Enspec Inc Feather Your Nest Grafted Kitchen and Millwork LiUNA Local 1089 Pollutech EnviroQuatics Ltd Sitara Indian Cuisine Treat Yourself Wellness Centre Turner Moore CPA Wellington Builders Inc. Agri-Business Alton Farms Estate Winery Bluewater Health Forest Agri Services LTD Munro Honey & Meadery Inclusivity sponsored by Goodwill Essex Kent Lambton Little Caesars Pizza Pathways & Transitions Reseau-femmes du sud-ouest de l'Ontario The Studio YMCA of Sarnia-Lambton Outstanding Customer Service  - LARGE sponsored by Ontario Power Generation Acklands Grainger Best Western Guildwood Inn Bluewater Health City of Sarnia Dante Club East Side Marios Lambton KIA The Lambton Motors Ltd. / Lambton Ford Outstanding Customer Service  - SMALL sponsored by Magermans & Raes Insurance Brokers Ltd. All Seasons Trophies & Signs Arkona Appliances Big Fish Steak and Lounge Braun Landscaping Country Road Graphics Hart & Home Cleaning Service Lilith Boutique Mary Brown's Famous Chicken & Taters Northgate Pharmacy Sew Retro Sleep Country Canada Vital Industrial Solutions Inc. The Woods Hair Salon Z&S Fashion Tailors Zza's Pizza Outstanding Customer Service  - INDIVIDUAL sponsored by RBC Royal Bank Bea Vasey, Altered Elegance Bob Mitchell, Arkona Appliances Cheryl Tompkins , Canadian Red Cross Caroline Craig, UWO Research Park Julie Ward, Fabien Jagoo & Associates Inc. / The Co-operators Ins. Co. Paul Moulton, Moulton's Optical Centre Inc. Richard Kelch, Northgate Pharmacy Lisa Aubin , Royal LePage Realty Mario Fazio, Royal LePage Realty Al McCutcheon, Staples Business Depot Cathy Richard, Treat Yourself Wellness Centre Gill McCowat, Z&S Fashion Tailors Innovation sponsored by UWO Research Park Pollutech EnviroQuatics Ltd Mackellar Farms Terrapure Environmental Exporter of the Year Cargill Ltd. Creative Education of Canada LamSar Inc. Toolrite Engineering

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  • Taking time to advocate on behalf of Chamber members

    March 30, 2017

    For Chamber President & CEO Shirley de Silva and Monica Shepley, the Chamber's manager of advocacy and policy development, participating in a full day of panel discussions and talks about various issues of importance to members was an important exercise for a number of key reasons. The second annual Advocacy Day, held on March 27 and organized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (of which your local Chamber is a member), included a look ahead to the 2018 provincial election as well as discussion around issues destined to be of local and provincial interest. Those included cap and trade, electricity prices, red tape, and innovation, all issues that are acknowledged to have ongoing effects on the effectiveness and sustainability of business. Shirley de Silva was able to meet with representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, expressing concerns voiced by members over the impact the province's plans around cap and trade are likely to have on local business. Monica Shepley met with representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Ministry of Transportation, with discussions largely focused on infrastructure funding. Among the topics discussed were the oversized load corridor and last year's work on the Indian Road/Highway 402 overpass. "We take advantage of every opportunity to keep our position on these issues in front of legislators and regulators," notes de Silva. "The ongoing work is key to making sure those who develop policy know and understand what's important to the future of our business community."

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  • Local Chamber resolution on financial literacy gaining traction

    March 30, 2017

    A policy resolution first put forward by a committee of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce has become the basis for a pilot project being used to teach high school students the financial skills necessary to succeed in the new global economy. It was the Economic Policy Development Committee that first proposed the initiative, which was taken up by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. The committee first envisioned that financial literacy be taught as part of a mandatory Business and Commerce course. The Ontario Chamber had given its nod to the idea in 2013 and again in 2016. The government's action to start this pilot project in 28 schools is part of a promise to improve financial literacy education, which is very much aligned with what our Chamber had proposed. Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, in making the announcement of the pilot project, said students "need to learn how to be resilient and adaptable in a world where the only thing that is constant is change." Four different subjects will be part of the pilot project, which involves 28 schools. Those subjects include financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills, digital literacy, and career and life planning. The feedback of teachers will be incorporated into a new curriculum design which will then be implemented across the province in 2018. The news is also evidence of the impact the local Chamber has on improving the competitiveness of business, said President & CEO Shirley de Silva, congratulating those who worked on this file. "We're rightly very proud of what our members do and this is certainly a great moment to remind ourselves of how we make an impact on an ongoing basis. This is proof positive that good ideas, especially those as impactful as this one, are worth pursuing." The Chamber will continue to push for financial literacy to be taught at all Ontario high schools.

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