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‘My name is Dante and I’m passionate about our environment.  In my role at Terrapure, our team brings different
perspectives and approaches to waste disposal and reduction, while maximizing oil and water recovery from sludge;
significantly reducing our customers’ costs and environmental footprints.

Safety is another passion of mine and I’m proud to say that to date, our facility has surpassed 3,819 consecutive days worked without a lost time injury. Of course, our performance is based on strong leadership which has created cultures of safety and environmental stewardship; supported by talented people working as a team.

Keeping a cleaner planet reflects on the contributions and commitments our people have towards the Sarnia-Lambton Community. I’m proud to say that maintaining a safer, cleaner environment is what our people do every day; for our customers and our operations.’

Dante Cateni
Terrapure Environment
Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce member
Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Business Achievement Award in Innovation


Would you like to Share your Story? Connect with Kim at kim@slchamber.ca for details.

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Applications are now being accepted from members interested in taking an active role on the Board of Directors of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

Past appointees are also invited to seek reappointment by renewing their applications.  Application forms and additional information regarding the Board can be obtained by clicking here or by contacting Shirley de Silva, President & CEO.

To assist the Nomination Committee, please provide (in addition to your application) a resume outlining your background and how your experience would benefit the Chamber.  Special consideration may be given to those who are members of underrepresented groups.

Interested members are invited to submit an application with attached resume by mail to the Chamber’s office at 556 N Christina St, Sarnia, ON  N7T 5W6 or by email to Ana Dailey.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS 4:00 p.m., FRI., NOV. 17, 2017.

Charles Fisher
Chair, Nominations Committee

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Your directory is one of the many benefits of being a chamber member but what you may not realize is that you can enhance your directory that can help your business stand out from the others.

Your membership directory enhancement includes:

  • The first business to be listed after a search
  • An attention grabbing star next to your listing
  • Additional key words for more accurate search finds
  • Multiple listings (up to 2 categories)
  • Your own logo to reinforce your brand and image
  • 2 images at the bottom of your listing

Click here to maximize your listing or email kim@slchamber.ca for more info!

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Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), the oldest and largest health and safety association in Ontario, is suggesting several “low- or no-cost” best practices that a small business owner can use to keep new and young workers safe.

—Getting on top of hazards that new and young workers may face before they start working. Check the processes and equipment these workers will be using for potential hazards, update safe work procedures, and tap into the experience of existing employees. Experienced workers often know of additional hazards and may have solutions to help control workplace risks.

—During orientation training, spend more time on how to do tasks safely, and less time on administration. “We encourage people to cover health and safety topics first, when employees’ attention is focused and they are best able to absorb new information,” said Kirsi Henry, a consultant with WSPS.

—Ensure everyone understands their health and safety rights and responsibilities. They’re the foundation of Ontario’s Internal Responsibility System, in which everyone in the workplace has a role to play in creating a safe and healthy workplace. A good first stop is the mandatory training for workers and supervisors, which is available online HERE. And it’s free.

—Use your time with new and young workers to integrate safety into the conversation. Reinforcing the value of safety during walk-throughs, coaching and staff meetings is a valuable and efficient way to help workers keep safety top of mind.

—Be a health and safety role model. “If you believe in health and safety and demonstrate it in everything that you do, employees will notice,” said Henry of the WSPS. “It’s human nature to mimic and model the culture in the workplace.”

The WSPS has a new website (www.wsps.ca/smallbusiness) that provides roadmaps for health and safety that are based on company size.

 

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Overwhelming opposition by both businesses and households to a proposed tree bylaw has resulted in Sarnia City Council directing staff to withdraw the plan, at least for the time being.

The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce was one of the more visible in those who voiced concerns over the plan when we reached out to our members.  We feel that City Council took our members’ concerns seriously and made the right decision.

Here are links to two separate letters sent to Sarnia City Council:

On July 27, 2017, a letter sent from Shirley de Silva, CEO, and Michael John Kooy, Chair.

On October 17, 2017, a letter with summary of consultations.

City Council, which met on Monday, October 23, 2017, took staff advice to drop the tree by-law plan, which would have required businesses and homeowners to seek a permit if they wished to remove a tree.  In its place is a directive for a staff report on a proposed urban forestry management system.

The Chamber will continue, on behalf of our entire community,  to make sure the interests of business are taken into consideration.

 

 

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Your voice is being heard.

The Chamber of Commerce was invited to make a submission October 19th to the Standing Committee on Finance as part of “Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2018 Budget.”

The half-day sessions, held at the Best Western Plus on Riverside Drive, represent an opportunity for the views of businesses in Sarnia-Lambton to be included in the consultation process.

De Silva spoke to committee members about the concerns of local business, while acknowledging the government’s response to the most significant corporate tax changes in 50 years.

The government appears to have heard the enormous outcry by business organizations and is scrambling to make improvements.

As part of her presentation,  several key priorities were outlined that would improve overall business competitiveness in the 2018 Federal budget. These include:

—an increase in the threshold filing amount for HST from $30,000 to $50,000 and indexing that to inflation;

—developing a national bio-economy strategy, which would allow communities like Sarnia-Lambton to attract new businesses and develop bio-economy clusters;

—enabling VIA Rail to improve its financial position and services by supporting its plan to invest in a high-frequency corridor using dedicated tracks; and

—establishing a task force to harmonize the transportation of oversized load shipments across the country.

The full presentation document by Shirley de Silva, President and CEO  on behalf of the Chamber can be found HERE.

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The Ontario Government says it is seeking public input on impending changes to employment and labour law rules associated with workers in industries that currently may not be covered by employment standards.

Businesses in the area have until December 1, 2017 to share their ideas as part of the public consultation, which the government says is part of a broader review of the Employment Standards Act special rules and exemptions, as well as Labour Relations Act exclusions.

The first phase of the consultations is said to focus on eight occupations that are currently exempt from minimum employment standards.

Including in that list are: architects, domestic workers, homemakers, IT professionals, managerial and supervisory employees, pharmacists, residential building superintendents, janitors and caretakers, and residential care workers.

The government says it is also reviewing rights under the Labour Relations Act for domestic workers.

Further information on the government’s process for providing input can be found HERE.

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Karen Sanders, who serves as the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce board member representing the Lambton Federation of Agriculture (LFA), brings the perspective of one of the area’s most active sectors to the table.

As co-owner (with her husband Steve) of Hog Wild Farms Ltd., based in Watford. Karen joined the Chamber board earlier this year.

The mother of four growing boys, Karen comes from a farming family. Along with her four siblings, she worked on her parents’ dairy farm near Strathroy.

Although growing up she may not have totally embraced the life, today she’s developed a new perspective for the business, partly through meeting her husband (who also has a farming background), but also from the education she received at Fanshawe College, where she earned a diploma in finance and business.

Almost every day at Hog Wild Farms, Karen and Steve are busy growing food and creating value in Lambton County, and through the Lambton Federation of Agriculture, representing one of the business community’s most important sectors.

Find out more about Karen Sanders and her business by listening to a special podcast produced by Lambton Shield, a Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce member. The podcast featuring Karen will go online next Wednesday, October 25, at 8 a.m.

 

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It’s a year ahead of us, but the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is looking for ways to “re-energize” one of its already successful signature events to be even more relevant to the entire business community.

The next Outstanding Business Achievement Awards gala event, which has a confirmed date of October 12, 2018 at the Imperial Theatre in downtown Sarnia, will include nominations from the entire business community.  By opening up nominations from all businesses and organizations, we’ve set the stage for an even more exciting event.

Organizers are also working on plans to bring a traditionally paper-based nomination process into the digital age, with all workflow going online.

These are exciting times for the Chamber and through the new OBAA outreach to the entire business community, the best is yet to come.

Look for more news on the 2018 Outstanding Business Achievement Awards gala as the plans continue to develop.

 

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The Federal Government appears to be moving in the right direction on a number of tax proposals that were announced earlier this year, including an announced lowering of the small business tax as well as hints of more changes to come.

Monday’s announcement is definitely a positive one and our Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce members should feel proud that they’ve played a significant role, along with others throughout the country, in expressing their concerns about what the Federal Government had planned.  We remain cautiously optimistic that the Government will follow up on a Ministerial call for further input from Canadian businesses.

By providing a voice for businesses in communities across Canada,  local Chambers help prevent devastating damage.

More news on the Government’s revised tax plans is expected to be released throughout the week. The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce will provide updates as they become available.

 

 

 

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