The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is proud to salute a broadly based, highly collaborative initiative that was announced just last week, made up of key business organizations from both the public and private sector that share a passion for raising the profile of the Sarnia Lambton region as a community for innovation-led industries.
The initiative—Innovation Bridge—came about as the result of a brainstorming session involving leaders who realized that investors were spending a good deal of time having conversations with groups with a common purpose: to help nurture those investors and to help create momentum.
By creating an innovative alliance, the founding partners can support targeted efforts in investment attraction, business retention and expansion, cluster development and entrepreneurship.
It’s clear to anyone who attended Friday’s announcement that the fingerprints of the entire business community were visible.
The partners represent key players—from industry, government, academia, tech incubators and accelerators—coming together to create an environment like no other.
Those partners include:
—The Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership;
—Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park;
—Bioindustrial Innovation Canada;
—Bluewater Energy Park and Bio-industrial Park; and
—Bluewater Regional Networks.
Together they provide a $30 million research facility, 9,000 square feet of laboratory space, 11,500 square feet of pilot plant space, and 68 hectares of production space that companies can use for world-leading collaboration, and innovation.
“These are clearly exciting times for Sarnia Lambton and we congratulate the bright and passionate minds that have put in place Innovation Bridge,” said Chamber CEO Shirley de Silva. “Members of the Chamber, many of them already represented at Innovation Bridge, will certainly be among its strongest supporters.”