Monthly Archives September 2018

Are you having hiring difficulties? Do you experience retention issues, a skills gap or other related issues? Would you like to talk about how the community could help develop your industry’s workforce?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board is offering an opportunity to get together and discuss the issues and possible solutions.

The SLWDB is hosting a consultation day on Wednesday, September 19 to meet with businesses in a group setting; there will be three one-hour sessions to choose from, at 7:30 a.m.11 a.m., and 2 p.m.

The location is the St. Clair Room at 265 Front Street N., Sarnia, although those interested in participating are asked to contact the office of the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board prior to arriving.

Two additional sessions will be held in Lambton Shores with details to be announced later.

If you are interested in attending either event or would like more details, please contact Executive Director Shauna Carr at (519) 332-0000 or

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Erin Bury, the technology and marketing expert and “start-up fanatic” who was named as one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 10 Under 30,” is the featured speaker at a keynote, workshop and full breakfast event to be held Tuesday, October 16 at the Lambton Event Centre.

The event is part of Sarnia-Lambton Business Week, which is being organized by the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation and sponsored in part by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

Bury is a former technology journalist who writes a monthly column for the Financial Post. She is also a technology commentator for CTV News.

In sharing the “ins and outs” of entrepreneurship, Bury’s dynamic presentation will help attendees take their marketing game to the next level.

As the current managing director at Eighty-Eight, a communications agency, Bury works with consumer brands and technology companies to tell their stories. Her client list has included Sony Pictures Television, Torstar and PayPal as well as countless start-ups.

Bury, whose “claim to fame” was being re-tweeted (twice) by Oprah, will help attendees learn how to use an entrepreneurial mindset to win in business.

Cost of the event is $35 plus an Eventbrite fee of $2.20. A link to the for tickets can be found HERE.


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Congratulations go out to the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership in being recognized as one of Canada’s Top Ten Canadian Economic Development Groups by Site Selection magazine. The recognition comes as part of the publication’s “Canada’s Best Locations 2018 Awards” program.

Features that lead to the recognition include excellence in regional partnerships, proactive and innovative programming as well as quality data, web tools and resources.

It is the fifth time in the 12-year history of the awards program that the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership has been named to the list. Past years in which SLEP made the top 10 list were 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2014.

Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Chamber, said news of the ranking speaks well for the entire business community.

“We work as a team here in Sarnia-Lambton and when one of our own is recognized beyond our borders, we celebrate with them,” she said.

The award will be presented at the annual conference of the International Economic Development Council later this month.

A full story about the recognition appears in Lambton Shield, an online (and soon to be print) business publication.

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The Lambton Federation of Agriculture, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture affiliate who has a representative on the board of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, is hosting an information evening for all Sarnia-Lambton candidates and clerks (including candidates who have been acclaimed).

The event is on Wednesday, September 26 and takes place at the Wyoming Fairgrounds.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social gathering (light refreshments included), followed by a presentation from the Lambton Federation of Agriculture and Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

A detailed agenda will appear on the LFA events page ( closer to the date.

The LFA is asking those who plan on attending the event (there will be no public questions as part of the format) to contact them by email:

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With a door open from the perspective of newly re-elected Member of Provincial Parliament, the Chamber is starting the first of what is hoped to be an ongoing series of meetings, all with a view to discussing the new government’s priorities when it comes to strengthening local business.

A first meeting took place last week with Bailey in his Sarnia constituency office.

“We were encouraged by the discussion we had in Bob’s office,” said de Silva. “For several years, our MPP has served our community in an Opposition role in the provincial legislature and while there were opportunities for dialogue, clearly there is a renewed sense of hope and optimism in having our representative at Queen’s Park in the role of government.”

Along with topics as diverse as the government’s plans around Bill 148, government spending priorities and Bailey’s role as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, there was also a very preliminary discussion about how the region could benefit from a visit to Queen’s Park next spring.

Bailey said the meeting with the Chamber was both positive and welcome.

“It’s always great to work with the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce,” said Bailey. “With a new government comes a new opportunity to make sure that the issues important to the Chamber and its members are front and centre. I’m looking forward to the upcoming legislative session and the positive work that we can do to help businesses grow and thrive in Ontario.”



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