KPMG is hosting a conversation with Canadian tech leaders as they share candid and timely insights on the role of Big Tech. This program comes at a time where we are experiencing years worth of digital transformation over the course of a hand-full of weeks. It is tough to predict how we will emerge after this pandemic, but “The Re-Entry Show” believes it comes from how we collaborate, consume goods and services, and create digital experiences.

Panelists include:

  • Garrick Tiplady, Managing Director of Facebook & Instagram Canada
  • Rola Dagher, President & CEO of Cisco Canada
  • Rizwan Khalfan, EVP & Chief Digital Officer of TD Bank

This year’s show will be hosted by Armughan Ahmed, President & Managing Partner of KPMG Canada.

“The Re-Entry Show: A pandemically-correct program to help you thrive in a new reality” will take place on Friday, May 15 at 12:00 PM EST. To register, click here.

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The Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has a requirement for the manufacture of cloth face coverings for workers to cover their nose and mouth area. These face coverings are not intended to be used by healthcare workers in contact with patients or for medical or surgical use. The bid is closing on Friday, May 15 at 2 PM.

For more information or to place a bid, click on the following tender notice.

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The Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce would like to formally welcome “About Face & Body Laser and Wellness Clinic” as a new member! About Face & Body is your local source to the latest techniques in hair removal, anti aging, skin rejuvenation, and wellness treatments. Clients can rely on state of the art, medical grade equipment, experiences, and friendly staff.

About Face & Body prices themselves in offering the latest skincare techniques in a comfortable, safe environment located right in the heart of Sarnia.

For more information on About Face & Body Laser and Wellness Centre, check out their website here.

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Kel-Gor’s Matt Gordon and Tom Parkes feel lucky to live and work in a community as amazing as Sarnia-Lambton. Kel-Gor is an essential business and remains open, despite the COVID-19 challenges. Tom and Matt wanted to give back to their community, and to inspire others to support organizations that are struggling during this time. Since the start of the pandemic, Kel-Gor has: 

  • Dropped off 1,000 N95 masks to Bluewater Health and St. Joseph’s Hospice
  • Donated $25,000 to Bluewater Health
  • Donated $25,000 to St. Joseph’s Hospice
  • Donated $25,000 to the Inn of the Good Shepherd

Thanks Tom and Matt for all your community work during this difficult time. You are wonderful and have inspired others to help local organizations.

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Left to Right: Dave Murphy, Vice President Construction; Tom Parkes, President; Matt Gordon, Director & Co-Owner

 

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On Friday, May 8th, MPP Bailey and Minister Sarkaria held a small business roundtable via Zoom to check in on the SME’s in Lambton County. During the meeting, the Chamber shared initial results from the Sarnia-Lambton COVID-19 Business Impact Survey as they relate to Ontario’s Small Business Recovery and Success Strategy. While a detailed report will be released in the near future, we wanted to give you an overview of some of the findings (the survey had 292 respondents and of those respondents, 85% have fewer than 20 employees):

Overall:

  • 77% are worried customers will reduce or delay spending even after COVID-19 is over.
  • 51% of respondents are small businesses with fewer than five employees.
  • 44% of respondents are new start ups or a small business entity.
  • 36% currently do not have the cash flow to pay monthly bills (wages, rent, etc.).
  • 36% are worried that there is not enough government support to ensure that they have an income.

Both MPP Bailey and Minister Sarkaria asked for feedback regarding provincial support measures. If you have feedback to share, please contact prabmeet.sarkaria@pc.ola.org and copy info@slchamber.ca.

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The Locally Lambton map is a collaboration between the Lambton Federation of Agriculture and the many local producers throughout the county. The map was created to highlight tourism attractions and food producers to facilitate the country experience. As social distancing regulations start to shift and more options for shopping open up, make sure you remember to keep local options in mind to support Sarnia-Lambton’s economy. Check out their interactive map that features fairs, breweries, wineries, orchards, markets, nurseries, meats & fish, fruits & vegetables, and more!

To browse the map, click here

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The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Program is to be extended beyond the current June 6 cut-off date. CEWS supports employers that are hardest hit by the pandemic, and protects the jobs Canadians depend on by covering 75% of an employee’s wages – up to $847 per week. Trudeau announced the extension of the CEWS program on Friday, May 8th, and said more details will be arriving this week.The federal government hopes that this will allow employers to bring back employees that may have been laid off due to COVID-19, or to keep employees working that might have had pay cuts.

To read the full statement, click here.

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On May 5th, the federal government announced $252 million in funding to support farmers, food businesses, and food processors. Additionally, Prime Minister Trudeau announced multiple initiatives directed to helping the agri-food sector. The following statement issued by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO, Perrin Beatty, was made in response to this funding:

“While agricultural businesses work tirelessly to ensure that Canadians continue to see their store shelves stocked, producers and processors alike are increasingly concerned about the impacts of COVID-19 on Canada’s supply chains.”

He continues by saying the support announced by the government is a first step, but they fall short of what the sector needs. Inevitably the sector will require more assistance in the future as nearly ⅓ of businesses in the sector have reported they can only successfully last for up to two months without revenues. 

Additionally, the seasonal nature of the agri-food industry is not being addressed, with many existing programs only applicable until June.

To read the full article, click here.

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The Lambton Federation of Agriculture & Frameworks Media Inc. share their one minute video titled “This is Farming in Lambton County”. The video highlights the narrator’s perception growing up on a farm and discussing all the ways a farmer’s work is never done. Their dependence on the weather often requires them to work long hours, taking care of animals when their own mothers can’t, and quite literally putting all their eggs in one basket. Throughout the video, there are beautiful images of farming families, fields, and the work that goes into farming.

To watch the full video, click here.

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The Lambton Federation of Agriculture (LFA) donated $1,000 to the Inn of the Good Shepherd and $1,000 split among rural food banks in Lambton County. The LFA recognizes the help these shelters need during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those spread throughout the County. There are 12 banks spread throughout the county that provide food items on an emergency basis to individuals and families in need.  

President of the Lambton Federation of Agriculture, Gary Martin, is also a director on the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce board. Gary farms 250 acres of soybeans and wheat which he operates by himself. We are proud to highlight Gary as a key player in our local agriculture business. Thanks for all your hard work, Gary!

For the full statement, click here

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