Monthly Archives May 2018

It will be a great night on Wednesday, June 20 and the place to be is Big Fish, one of the more popular restaurants known for its seafood (naturally) and steak.

Owned by the Tsprailis family for several years now, Big Fish is proud to be the sponsor of the Chamber’s Business After 5 for June, opening its doors for the 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. event.

As is the case with so many of the Chamber’s events, Business After 5 is a great opportunity to connect with other members in a casual atmosphere. The group that organizes these events pulls out all the stops to make it a great time!

We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday, June 20 at Big Fish—1717 London Line, Sarnia. Mark it on your calendar today!


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As the heat of Sarnia-Lambton’s summer hits, there’s another season in full swing, that being nominations for this year’s Outstanding Business Achievement Awards.

While the event itself may seem a ways off—Friday, October 12 at the Imperial Theatre in downtown Sarnia—it’s the nominations in some 16 categories that are now taking place.

Since nominations opened on April 9, dozens of companies and individuals have already had their names put forth, many from clients that have a keen desire to “spread the word” as to the satisfaction they’ve received over the past year.

But it’s also important to note that it is extremely rewarding for companies and individuals that have distinguished themselves in the eyes of their customers to be recognized in a public forum in one or more of the OBAA categories, says Chamber CEO Shirley de Silva.

“With this year’s event, we’ve also made the significant change of opening up nominations to every business in Sarnia-Lambton, not just those who are already members,” said de Silva.

The next key deadline on the path to this year’s Outstanding Business Achievement Awards is Monday, July 9, when nominations come to a close.

At that point, nominees will be contacted for their formal acceptance and the preparation of their submissions for judging will begin.

This season’s OBAA gala is expected to be one of the Chamber’s most successful and exciting, with broader appeal and intense competition among so many worthy contenders for the various categories.

Nominations can be done online by clicking HERE or by filling out a form at the Chamber office or at any branch of Libro Credit Union, the presenting sponsor for this year’s Outstanding Business Achievement Awards.


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Planning is underway for an event that will leave you laughing—and sharing a new appreciation for the importance of building community in a light-hearted setting.

While many of the details are just now coming together, this is no “ordinary” opportunity for bringing Chamber members together for a “joyous” time of connection.

Headlining this event—which will take place at the Downtown Market located on the ground floor of the former Taylor’s Furniture building (corner of Cromwell and Christina St.)—is Jeff Leeson, an accomplished stand-up comedian who’s known as the “King of Crowd Work.”

Look for more details on this event in future Chamber newsletters but be sure to save the date—Wednesday, July 18.

You won’t want to miss it!


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The Sarnia and District chapter of the Human Resource Professionals Association is holding a River Cruise event next Thursday, June 7, featuring speaker Jamelle Lindo, an emotional intelligence coach, trainer and speaker with over 10 years of professional experience in learning and development.

The event takes place at the Duc D’Orleans dock—297 Front St. N., Sarnia—beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.

Lindo (pictured) is a certified international coach as well as a certified training practitioner who is passionate about supporting professionals in becoming their greatest version through the practice of emotional intelligence.

HRPA members (the local chapter is a member of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce) pay $20 + HST; non-members of the HRPA pay $35 + HST. Register for the event by CLICKING HERE.


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Last week, Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce CEO Shirley de Silva (pictured third from right) was part of a group that officially marked the opening of High Park Farms, a new cannabis greenhouse facility located in Enniskillen Township.

High Park was launched in April and will be producing and distributing a broad-based portfolio of cannabis brands and products for the Canadian market in anticipation of adult-use legislation.

We congratulate High Park and welcome them to our growing business community!

The event featured a series of speeches, tours, and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. High Park was also pleased to announce a $15,000 donation to the Enniskillen Education Scholarship Fund to help promote post-secondary education in the region.

Cultivation began at High Park Farms in early May following the successful delivery of thousands of live cannabis plants from British Columbia.


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The Province of Ontario has numerous services intended to help small businesses succeed in a highly competitive environment, one of which is a website with a variety of services worth checking out.

The Small Business Access website ( includes links to funding sources, advice, ways to grow your business, and sources of legal advice.

It also lists various workshop opportunities (under Recent Announcements) and an opportunity to sign up for updates, helping keep you informed about various changes that could assist you.

The Chamber is constantly looking for ways to help our members succeed. If you happen upon a resource that your fellow members ought to know about, feel free to pass it on. We’d love to hear from you:

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Several new members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce are now experiencing what it means to be part of a growing community of businesses in the area.

Join us in welcoming the following:

—Quality Inn, located at 751 Christina St N, Point Edward, ON N7V 1X5. Online at (519) 344-5561. Contact: Charn Lalli or Leigh Krasinkiewicz.

—Journeys Driving Academy, located at 109 Durand St, Sarnia, ON N7T 5A1. Online at (519) 381-4250. Contact: Nicole Yates.

—Frameworks Media, online at Contact: Tana Manchester—

—Sherwood Mortgage Group, online at Contact: Erin Hamilton, (519) 333-7499,

—L&R Chapple Holdings Ltd., Contact: Lori Chapple, (519) 882-4372.

—James & Sandra Krall, Contact: (519) 882-0292,

—M&D Krall Holdings Ltd., Contact Dawn Marie Krall,

—IRS Locks, online at Contact: Terry Burr, (519) 381-3172.

—Ewyn Studios, online at Contact:

—Zen Yarn Garden, online at Contact: Roxanne Yuen, (226) 402-3631.

—Swagelok SWO, online at Contact: Aaron Somogye at

—Stag Island Investments, Contact: Jon McEachran at

—FluorDriver, online at, Contact: Andrew Gibbard at (226) 932-1847 or

Welcome to all! For information on how to become a member of the Chamber or how to take advantage of member only benefits, contact Kim Inniss-Petersen, manager of Member Engagement and Retention,





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You’ve already put the date on your calendar—Friday, October 12, 2018—for the Chamber’s Outstanding Business Achievement Awards gala, taking place at the Imperial Theatre downtown.

In just the first few weeks of nominations we have nearly 100 organizations in the running for honours in the 16 categories for this signature Chamber event, with lead sponsorship by Libro Credit Union.

You have until July 9th to add worthy businesses, organizations or individuals to the list of those nominated.

This year, in a change designed to provide organizations who are not yet members with a “taste” for what Chamber membership can deliver, nominations are open to every business and organization in Lambton County.

Take the first step and nominate your favourite business TODAY by clicking HERE.

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As the provincial election campaign begins, the Chamber is linking up with the Seaway Kiwanis Club for an all-candidates lunch on Tuesday, May 29 at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club.

This noon event is a great opportunity for Chamber members to hear from representatives of all parties regarding their stand on key issues.

And because a great majority of those issues will ultimately affect our members, the Chamber is committed to making your pre-election day research as comprehensive as possible.

As you know the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce plays a key role in advocating on behalf of business and we see this is one more example of how we fulfill that mandate.

We hope to see you at noon on Tuesday, May 29 at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club. Register TODAY online by clicking HERE.


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The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is presenting, for the second year, its Small Business Health & Safety Leadership Award program.

WSIB officials say they know that many small business owners work hard to keep the people who work for them healthy and safe.

With a goal of shining a light on small business leaders who make their workplaces healthier and safer—and who can inspire their peers by example—the Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards recognize outstanding health and safety programs in small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

You can nominate your own business or one in your community or association. The WSIB is inviting you to tell them about your health and safety practices, how you do inspections, deal with hazards and support employees to return to work.

The top three businesses will receive a cash prize – $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), $2,000 (bronze) – and be recognized at the WSIB Annual General Meeting. The first place winner will also be featured in a promotional video.

Read the Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Award Guidelines to find out if you qualify and to learn about the nomination process.


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