Putting forward clear and distinct messages for what policies work for business (and what don’t) is part of the ongoing role that the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, along with members of the province-wide Chamber Network, take seriously.
The latest step in that strategy took place on Monday, Feb. 26, as Chamber representatives took part in Advocacy Day, an annual event organized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
In a full day initiative involving a wide range of government ministries, Chambers from across the province met with representatives in a “team” format that served to bring the Chamber’s “Vote Prosperity” messages to Queen’s Park.
Before meeting with government representatives, Chamber officials were briefed on winning strategies for their advocacy efforts by expert advisors brought in by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
A series of meetings then took place throughout the afternoon.
Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, and Monica Shepley, the Chamber’s manager of Advocacy and Policy Development, were part of a group that connected with representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the Ministry of Education.
This was a very worthwhile example of how Chambers from across the province continue to leverage their strengths in advocating on issues of critical importance to the Ontario business community. Bringing the message to decision makers at Queen’s Park and doing so in a way that demonstrates unity of purpose has proven to be effective in the long run.