Wednesday evening was a busy one as the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce held its Annual General Meeting, with six new members confirmed by election to the board of directors and incoming Chair Charles Fisher taking the reins of a revitalized organization.

Along with the customary reports from CEO Shirley de Silva and outgoing Chair Michael John Kooy (who presented his by video), the Chamber had two special guest speakers, Dr. Katherine Albion, executive director of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, and James Temple, chief corporate responsibility officer at PwC Canada.

It was a great evening, with networking taking place before the formalities began shortly after 7 p.m. and Justice Deborah Austin swearing in the executive, which included Chair Charles Fisher (Mainstreet Credit Union), First Vice Chair Ryan Bell (George, Murray, Shipley, Bell LLP), Second Vice Chair Mary Jean O’Donnell (MJ Waste Solutions), and Third Vice Chair Mike Service (Certified Windows & Doors).

Kathleen Mundy (Little Caesars) is the Chamber’s Hon. Secretary/Treasurer and Michael John Kooy takes on the role of Past Chair on the board.

Directors this year also include Jon McEachran, entrepreneur; Kurtis Gray, Lambton College; Karen Fischer, RK Fischer & Associates; Tammy Maure, London Road Pharmacy (Pharmasave), Judy McKeegan, JDW International; Jean Xu, Imperial; Andrew Merrick, Rose Paving; and Laura Hanlon, MPW Chartered Professional Accountants.

Ex-officio members are: Shirley de Silva, Chamber CEO and president; Karen Sanders, Lambton Federation of Agriculture; Joyce Doyle, Blue Water Chamber of Commerce (Port Huron); and Stephen Thompson, Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership.

Charles Fisher issued an impassioned vision of what’s ahead for the Chamber this year: