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.

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Representatives from the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce took part in a recent career fair organized and hosted by Lambton College. Over 80 employers were in attendance ranging from retail to manufacturing to hospitality, agriculture, healthcare, and more.  The career fair provided an opportunity for businesses to connect with graduating students seeking employment.



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Electrozad, a member of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation.

Now in its 27th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices.

This award marks the third consecutive year that Electrozad has earned the designation, having first been acknowledged in 2018. Electrozad was selected for its commitment to service excellence, business diversification, modern marketing strategies, and its focus on corporate culture and employee development.

“This year’s Best Managed winners are a testament to the success found when businesses are deliberate about seizing the opportunity to do better; they invest in game-changing technology, commit to their corporate purpose and social responsibility, and solidify their place on the world stage,” said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program.

The announcement is made as Electrozad marks its 65th year of business. Established in 1955, Electrozad was the first independent electrical distributor in the area and the first distributor of Allen-Bradley automation products in Eastern Canada. The company has thrived on a culture of innovation and continues to support its customer’s electrical and automation projects with industry-leading products, services, and solutions.

“We’re honoured to have been selected for this award which reinforces the emphasis we have placed on long-term business strategies and strengthening our competitive advantage. We’re supported by an accomplished team that has been instrumental in our success, and we’re fortunate to have strong vendor and customer partnerships that drive our business forward,” said William Smith, President of Electrozad.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group.

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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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When Dave Hockin was first called to the bar, having graduated from the University of Saskatchewan,  he ultimately decided to begin his law practice in Ontario.

Now more than four decades later, Dave finds himself retiring and seeing his daughter Melanie, who became a lawyer herself in 2007, take over his practice.

As a new member of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Hockin Law delivers a wide range of legal services, including the drafting of wills and powers of attorney as well as estate services.

The firm also advises on the need to incorporate a client’s organization, working with accountants,  to determine appropriate share structure, preparing articles of incorporation, completing the organization of the corporation and preparing resolutions of directors and shareholders, as necessary.

We heartily welcome Hockin Law as one of the latest new members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.


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A  webinar designed to help members improve their Search Engine Optimization rankings is scheduled for Friday, April 3 at 2 p.m., thanks to the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees are expected to learn how to help their business rank on page 1 of Google search.

The webinar is complimentary but registration is required. Click HERE to register.



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We would like to better understand your business needs as they relate to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. In conjunction with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, chambers across Ontario are taking concerns from the business community and communicating them to all levels of government. A letter will be drafted and send to government leaders about the key needs of businesses during this challenging time. We have prepared a brief survey to assist in determining some of your concerns.

In addition,  a COVOD-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses is now available outlining guidelines and resources.

Let us know how we can best support you.



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As most of us know by now, the concerns over the pandemic outbreak of the COVID-19 virus are changing by the hour. With the health and safety of our members in mind, the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce has taken the decision to postpone the following events scheduled for March 18th, 2020:

  • Annual General Meeting
  • Business After 5

This decision is consistent with the precautionary measures for COVID-19 as suggested by the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. The Chamber will continue to monitor the situation and provide an update as soon as an alternative date is scheduled.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

For more information, contact:
Shirley de Silva, President and CEO


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With more and more members joining the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, a program to add a little “thank you” to those who refer new members is now in place, thanks to Coffee Lodge, a homegrown operation with its own history of innovation and hospitality.

Coffee Lodge is now proud to participate in a referral program, with anyone who refers a new member receiving a $25 gift card as a thank you for spreading the word about the benefits of the Chamber.

“We are delighted to add this additional recognition for having made a member referral,” said Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Chamber. “And thanks to Coffee Lodge for stepping forward to be part of this initiative. From our beginning, the Chamber has grown because of your word of mouth and support!”

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As one of the key financial institutions in Sarnia-Lambton, Scotiabank, continues to make its mark in serving a variety of customers throughout the area, one key reason the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce has named it the Member of the Month.

A strong team locally is led by Matthew Smit, branch manager and mutual funds representative at the Northgate Shopping Centre.

When it comes to building value in the community, Scotiabank takes care to invest in the complete picture of the development of the next generation, recognizing what is possible when young people have the guidance, confidence, and tools they need to achieve their dreams.

It’s considered an investment in the long-term security, stability, and growth of the communities Scotiabank serves.

Scotiabank focuses on six areas where it can make a difference:

—Education (improve the quality and access to education);
—Family (provide resources and support to the family home);
—Mind (improve mental health and foster the development of positive behaviours);
—Body (improve physical health and encourage a healthy lifestyle);
—Living space (build a living space that is safe, resilient and toxin-free); AND
—Community (create a vibrant, inclusive and nurturing community).

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