The health and safety of staff, volunteers, members and the community are of the utmost importance, so we have implemented some changes to our operations until the public health risk related to COVID-19 reduces.

Some staff are working remotely from their homes while at least one person will be working from the Chamber office. We are suspending outside visitors to our offices and boardroom and we will continue to assess this position based on the best advice of public health officials and partners.

Our services to our members, availability, and responsiveness remain unchanged.

Please call 519.466.6699 for building access.

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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce has begun its search for a new Chief Executive Officer.

The successful candidate will manage all aspects of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, a 650+member non-profit organization.

The role includes directing membership sales, member relations, budgeting, marketing, media releases, volunteer coordination, advocacy, community outreach, sponsorships and event planning.

Also fundamental to the role is a close working relationship with the board of directors, including regular communications and reporting.

The CEO is the face of the organization and is required to sit on numerous local boards in addition to all Chamber committees, to attend all Chamber events, and to attend a high percentage of non-Chamber events for which there is an expectation of Chamber participation.

The CEO is expected to build upon the existing goodwill and long history of the Chamber to engage and retain members, grow the membership, find new sources of revenue, innovate, modernize service delivery, and generally expand the influence and community profile of the organization.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (required);
  • Financial management and budgeting (required);
  • Experience reporting to a Board of Directors as a senior manager or CEO (required);
  • Technology competency (common software such as MS Office, etc.) (required);
  • Experience managing employees (required);
  • Experience managing volunteers;
  • Experience planning events;
  • Experience as Chamber of Commerce executive or volunteer;
  • Familiarity with Sarnia-Lambton and/or Sarnia-Lambton roots is a significant asset;

Applications may be submitted in confidence to Mary Jean O’Donnell, chair of the Board of Directors, by email (

Closing date for applications is May 15, 2020.



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This year’s Annual General Meeting, will be a “virtual event”, it will take place from 6 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

The AGM will include the election of officers and directors and approval of the financial statements.

“We are living in times that are a game-changer,” said Mary Jean O’Donnell, who was recently elected Chair of the Board by her fellow Chamber directors.

Stay tuned for more details on this event as we get closer to Wednesday, May 13, 2020.



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Tourism Sarnia-Lambton has launched an initiative designed to support local businesses.

The initiative includes a comprehensive listing of businesses that are providing various levels of take-out and delivery options.  The listings can be found by clicking HERE

“We’re happy to do all we can to help our members succeed in these challenging times,” said Mary Jean O’Donnell, who is both Chair of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Tourism Sarnia-Lambton.

“We encourage all members to support one another as we work through these times together.”

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The Canadian Government has published a mobile app designed to serve as a comprehensive guide to help business survive during the COVID-19 crisis.

Download the Canada Business App: HERE to see how easy it is to navigate government services, get recommendations tailored to your business, set up personalized notifications and find the answers you need to start up, scale-up and access new markets.

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Your organization can learn how to guide your enterprise through the COVID-19 crisis through specific steps that can help blunt the impact of the crisis.

So says the experts from Deloitte in a guide made available online.

Included in the guide are several key points, including recognizing that in the face of certain challenges and a still uncertain set of risks, business leaders are rightly concerned about how their companies will be affected and what they have to do next.

In the heat of the moment there are a number of lessons from history that can be applied now.

Deloitte has pooled its insights in affected areas around the world to provide practical insights for chief executives and their leadership teams in taking appropriate action.

The guide can be found by clicking HERE.


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As Canadians grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 virus, there are unsung heroes that have helped keep supply chains open and flowing. Canada’s long-distance truckers have been on the front lines, putting their own lives at risk to keep grocery store shelves stocked for shoppers. These people are vital to economic growth – about 70% of Canadian goods are transported by truck.

It has not been easy. While truck drivers are considered essential workers, which provides them with the ability to travel between Canada and the US, they face significant challenges to their normal work routines.

While some progress has been made in negotiations with various orders of government, the drivers are unable to access washrooms and showers at some truck stops and are being refused access to facilities at more and more distribution centres. This barrier makes them unable to follow government-mandated hygiene requirements.

Drivers also need adequate support from shippers and receivers.  As Maryscott Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian American Business Council and Stephen Laskowski, President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance noted in a piece yesterday morning, some shippers and receivers are not letting drivers use their bathroom facilities and insisting they stay in their trucks.  Surely, given that these drivers are keeping our economy moving, shippers and receivers can develop practices and protocols to keep drivers and their employees safe while providing driver access to these facilities.

“If we can work together to get the product to the people it needs to get to, why can’t we work together to ensure we look after each other’s basic human rights and needs?” asked Mike Millian, President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada.

We should all be inspired by recent acts of generosity and good spirit towards truck drivers. There are stories around the country of family-run businesses that are taking measures to truck drivers to give them at least a bit of a break. For instance, one business in Quebec is permitting truckers a free 30-minute stay at certain hotels. Another in Nova Scotia offers them free meals. These are just some of the ways Canadians are stepping up to help one another.

To the Canadian trucking industry, we thank you. Canada is grateful for the work you do to keep Canadians fed and watered through this difficult time.

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The local office of Express Employment Professionals is hosting a free online Express Talks event on Wednesday, April 22.

The event, which is being held on Administrative Professionals Day,  will feature two renowned speakers who add feature content of interest to business leaders.

One is Simon Sinek, optimist, best selling author and leadership expert, who will journey throiugh an infinite mindset and unlock a new way to perceive business success. “The only true competitor in an infinite game is ourselves,” he says.

The other speaker is Dr. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, best-selling author and award-winning Harvard lecturer who is known for coining the phrase “fake it till you become it.”

Cuddy uses cutting edge science to reveal that is we adopt behaviors reflecting power and strength, we free ourselves to be our best.

Click HERE to register for this exciting event.

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The Canadian Government has developed a comprehensive strategy to help businesses cope and survive with the ongoing fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a survey to members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, we’ll continue to do our best to pass on these resources to you, including today’s update.

Click HERE for a guide to what you can expect (curtesy of BakerTilly).



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A number of resources designed to help employers, including members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, are now available across various government agencies, and elsewhere.

Thanks to our relationship with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the local Chamber is passing the following resources on for your benefit. We hope you make good use of these to benefit your employees:

We start with a comprehensive list of resources from the Government of Canada, which can be found HERE.

Another resource, again from the Government of Canada, focuses on Mental Health @ Work. This can be found HERE.

The Canadian Red Cross is offering a pocket guide for mental health issues. “First aid for the mind and our social networks is just as important as first aid for the body. Learning psychological first aid skills for mental health crisis could save a life.”—say officials with the Candian Red Cross.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has published a guide to help with mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available HERE.

The Canadian Psychological Association has produced a series of Fact Sheets, available HERE.

The Canadian Mental Health Association has put together some resources and suggestions to help support your mental health at this time of uncertainty. Those resources are available HERE.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based in the U.S. has recognized that fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Their resources on managing anxiety and stress can be found HERE.

The Conference Board of Canada includes a conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity. That resource is available HERE.

A parting comment: If you have additional resources you’d like to share with your fellow Chamber members, please don’t hesitate to send a note to us at

We’ll do our best to pass them along!




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