• Executive Committee

     

     

    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.

     

     

  • Transportation Committee

    Summary

    On behalf of the Board, this committee meets to discuss and recommend action on transportation matters affecting Chamber members.

    Key Contacts

    Jason Cole, County of Lambton
    Jason McMichael, LiUNA 1089
    Paul 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

    Lambton College

    Creative Education

     

    Contact: gboc@slchamber.ca

     

  • Energy Committee

    Summary

    On behalf of the Board, this committee meets to discuss and recommend action on energy related matters affecting Chamber members.

    Contacts:

    Peter Smith, Independent Energy Consultant
    Joe Zanyk, JP Zanyk Consulting
    Maike Luiken, IEEE Canada
  • Government Affairs Committee

    Summary

    On behalf of the Board, this committee meets to discuss municipal, provincial and federal government policies affecting Chamber members.

    Key Contact:

    Mark Russell,  Lambton College
  • Chamber Ambassadors

    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 kim@slchamber.ca

  • Business After Five Committee

    Business 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

    Summary

    On behalf of the Board, this committee meets to discuss government budgets and economic issues impacting members.

    Key Contacts

    Charles Fisher, Mainstreet Credit Union
    Julie Lukon, Scotiabank