The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has elected Mary Jean O’Donnell as Chair of the Board, effective immediately.
O’Donnell was to become Chair at the twice-delayed Annual General Meeting, replacing Ryan Bell, who has served as chair since February 2019. Bell remains on the Executive Committee as Past Chair, an important role that provides continuity for the governance of the Chamber.
“Given the current circumstances, we were uncertain as to when we would hold the AGM. Traditionally the Chair is appointed at the AGM, but legally it is the Board who elects the Chair from among the directors, so we don’t need to wait until the AGM to make this change,” said Bell. “Mary Jean has worked tirelessly for the Chamber since she joined the board and especially in the last few weeks. I have served as Chair for longer than expected and I feel it is time to hand over the reins to Mary Jean. I am honoured to be able to pass the torch to such a capable and passionate leader. I will stick around as Past Chair for a year to help however I can.”
O’Donnell is owner of MJ Waste Solutions and currently serves as Chair of Tourism Sarnia Lambton.