When it comes to making a difference, Mary Jean O’Donnell believes her career as a waste reduction consultant goes a long way toward doing just that.

Now the incoming first vice-chair of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Mary Jean continues to help drive change through her numerous clients in a business—MJ Waste Solutions—that she formed 20 years ago.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia and a former resident of Canada’s westernmost province, Mary Jean once joked that she received a degree in “garbology”—while not exactly true, it’s a “title” that gets the attention of people who may end up being clients for the work she does.

Having returned to Sarnia (where she was born) several years ago, Mary Jean continues to help a steady roster of clients reduce their operational waste, often resulting not just in reduced expenses but in adding value.

She’s also chair of Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, the organization that actively promotes the Sarnia-Lambton region.

Want to learn more about Mary Jean? Lambton Shield (a Chamber member) published a podcast interview with her in June 2017.