The Executive Committee is comprised of directors who set the agenda for
the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce Board. They make
recommendations to the Board regarding policy and strategic initiatives.
They may also act in place of the Board. The structure and mandate of this
committee is specified in the Chamber bylaws.
It is composed of the Chair, 1st Vice-Chair, 2nd Vice-Chair, Past Chair
and Secretary- Treasurer.
Members of the Executive Committee are selected and approved by
the Board of Directors.
SummaryOn behalf of the Board, this committee meets to discuss and recommend action on transportation matters affecting Chamber members.
Key ContactsJason Cole, County of LambtonJason McMichael, LiUNA 1089Paul West, Bluewater Regional Networks
Global Business Opportunities Community
Chamber members looking to sell their product or service outside of Canada are eligible to access free mentoring support from the
Global Business Opportunities Community
What is GBOC?
GBOC is a free mentoring service for businesses interested in exporting. It is organized by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Sarnia and County of Lambton.
How can GBOC help?
GBOC helps business operators identify the steps they can take to begin exporting, to expand their sales abroad and to seek new markets. GBOC can provide referrals to services and programs; advise on funding applications; inform about trade show opportunities, etc. It all depends on the business’s needs.
How does it work?
GBOC matches the business operator with a group of export experts. They meet face-to-face a few times with the business operator to discuss his/her export goals and then provide free advice and guidance that will help him/her get started.
What is the commitment?
There is no cost to participate. Clients of GBOC are protected by consent and confidentiality agreements. As businesses “graduate” from GBOC, they are invited to join the community and share their expertise with new clients.
Is GBOC the right fit?
To determine this, we arrange an initial call between the potential client and a GBOC resource person. During the call, if agreed, we would then arrange an in-person meeting with the resource group to assess how they can help.
Who is part of the GBOC “community”?
The GBOC “community” is a growing network. It includes clients (businesses seeking export assistance), graduates (past clients) and professional resources (i.e. our “export experts), which currently includes:
Global Affairs Trade Commissioner Service
Export Development Canada
Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario
Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership
County of Lambton
SummaryOn behalf of the Board, this committee meets to discuss and recommend action on energy related matters affecting Chamber members.
Contacts:Peter Smith, Independent Energy ConsultantJoe Zanyk, JP Zanyk ConsultingMaike Luiken, IEEE Canada
Government Affairs Committee
SummaryOn behalf of the Board, this committee meets to discuss municipal, provincial and federal government policies affecting Chamber members.
Key Contact:Mark Russell, Lambton College
What is a Chamber Ambassador?
Ambassadors are a group of professionals from various backgrounds who serve as a liaison between the Chamber and its members. They encourage meaningful participation in the Chamber’s programs and services. Their goal is to build member commitment and increase member retention. Ambassadors are responsive to members’ needs while reinforcing the value of Chamber membership
Why become a Chamber Ambassador?
This is an opportunity for you and your employer to be in the spotlight. Ambassadors gain business exposure by being the first to meet new Chamber members and put their company’s name in the forefront. By volunteering at Chamber events and attending the monthly meetings, the Ambassador’s business is always involved and kept current on what is going on within the community.
What is required of a Chamber Ambassador?
Ambassadors support the work of the Chamber of Commerce by:
- Promoting the Chamber in the community.
- Making members feel welcome at Business After 5 and other Chamber functions.
- Attending monthly Ambassador meetings.
- Visiting new members throughout the year to encourage involvement in Chamber programs and ensure that the Chamber is meeting their needs.
How do I become a Chamber Ambassador?
If you are a Chamber member and want to make new contacts and help others gain business exposure and share the benefits and excitement of Chamber membership, please contact email@example.com
Business After Five CommitteeBusiness After 5 provides an opportunity for Chamber members to network with a variety of business people in an informal atmosphere. The Business After 5 events are held a a different member location each time.Hours for the reception are from 5 pm to 7 pm. The average attendance runs between 150-200 members.Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month for our popular Business After 5 networking events. Make the most of your membership by meeting with fellow members that are looking for your product/service!
Economic Policy Development Committee
SummaryOn behalf of the Board, this committee meets to discuss government budgets and economic issues impacting members.
Charles Fisher, Mainstreet Credit Union
Julie Lukon, Scotiabank