The Sarnia and District chapter of the Human Resource Professionals Association is holding a River Cruise event next Thursday, June 7, featuring speaker Jamelle Lindo, an emotional intelligence coach, trainer and speaker with over 10 years of professional experience in learning and development.

The event takes place at the Duc D’Orleans dock—297 Front St. N., Sarnia—beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.

Lindo (pictured) is a certified international coach as well as a certified training practitioner who is passionate about supporting professionals in becoming their greatest version through the practice of emotional intelligence.

HRPA members (the local chapter is a member of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce) pay $20 + HST; non-members of the HRPA pay $35 + HST. Register for the event by CLICKING HERE.


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Last week, Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce CEO Shirley de Silva (pictured third from right) was part of a group that officially marked the opening of High Park Farms, a new cannabis greenhouse facility located in Enniskillen Township.

High Park was launched in April and will be producing and distributing a broad-based portfolio of cannabis brands and products for the Canadian market in anticipation of adult-use legislation.

We congratulate High Park and welcome them to our growing business community!

The event featured a series of speeches, tours, and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. High Park was also pleased to announce a $15,000 donation to the Enniskillen Education Scholarship Fund to help promote post-secondary education in the region.

Cultivation began at High Park Farms in early May following the successful delivery of thousands of live cannabis plants from British Columbia.


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The Province of Ontario has numerous services intended to help small businesses succeed in a highly competitive environment, one of which is a website with a variety of services worth checking out.

The Small Business Access website ( includes links to funding sources, advice, ways to grow your business, and sources of legal advice.

It also lists various workshop opportunities (under Recent Announcements) and an opportunity to sign up for updates, helping keep you informed about various changes that could assist you.

The Chamber is constantly looking for ways to help our members succeed. If you happen upon a resource that your fellow members ought to know about, feel free to pass it on. We’d love to hear from you:

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Several new members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce are now experiencing what it means to be part of a growing community of businesses in the area.

Join us in welcoming the following:

—Quality Inn, located at 751 Christina St N, Point Edward, ON N7V 1X5. Online at (519) 344-5561. Contact: Charn Lalli or Leigh Krasinkiewicz.

—Journeys Driving Academy, located at 109 Durand St, Sarnia, ON N7T 5A1. Online at (519) 381-4250. Contact: Nicole Yates.

—Frameworks Media, online at Contact: Tana Manchester—

—Sherwood Mortgage Group, online at Contact: Erin Hamilton, (519) 333-7499,

—L&R Chapple Holdings Ltd., Contact: Lori Chapple, (519) 882-4372.

—James & Sandra Krall, Contact: (519) 882-0292,

—M&D Krall Holdings Ltd., Contact Dawn Marie Krall,

—IRS Locks, online at Contact: Terry Burr, (519) 381-3172.

—Ewyn Studios, online at Contact:

—Zen Yarn Garden, online at Contact: Roxanne Yuen, (226) 402-3631.

—Swagelok SWO, online at Contact: Aaron Somogye at

—Stag Island Investments, Contact: Jon McEachran at

—FluorDriver, online at, Contact: Andrew Gibbard at (226) 932-1847 or

Welcome to all! For information on how to become a member of the Chamber or how to take advantage of member only benefits, contact Kim Inniss-Petersen, manager of Member Engagement and Retention,





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You’ve already put the date on your calendar—Friday, October 12, 2018—for the Chamber’s Outstanding Business Achievement Awards gala, taking place at the Imperial Theatre downtown.

In just the first few weeks of nominations we have nearly 100 organizations in the running for honours in the 16 categories for this signature Chamber event, with lead sponsorship by Libro Credit Union.

You have until July 9th to add worthy businesses, organizations or individuals to the list of those nominated.

This year, in a change designed to provide organizations who are not yet members with a “taste” for what Chamber membership can deliver, nominations are open to every business and organization in Lambton County.

Take the first step and nominate your favourite business TODAY by clicking HERE.

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As the provincial election campaign begins, the Chamber is linking up with the Seaway Kiwanis Club for an all-candidates lunch on Tuesday, May 29 at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club.

This noon event is a great opportunity for Chamber members to hear from representatives of all parties regarding their stand on key issues.

And because a great majority of those issues will ultimately affect our members, the Chamber is committed to making your pre-election day research as comprehensive as possible.

As you know the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce plays a key role in advocating on behalf of business and we see this is one more example of how we fulfill that mandate.

We hope to see you at noon on Tuesday, May 29 at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club. Register TODAY online by clicking HERE.


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The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is presenting, for the second year, its Small Business Health & Safety Leadership Award program.

WSIB officials say they know that many small business owners work hard to keep the people who work for them healthy and safe.

With a goal of shining a light on small business leaders who make their workplaces healthier and safer—and who can inspire their peers by example—the Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards recognize outstanding health and safety programs in small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

You can nominate your own business or one in your community or association. The WSIB is inviting you to tell them about your health and safety practices, how you do inspections, deal with hazards and support employees to return to work.

The top three businesses will receive a cash prize – $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), $2,000 (bronze) – and be recognized at the WSIB Annual General Meeting. The first place winner will also be featured in a promotional video.

Read the Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Award Guidelines to find out if you qualify and to learn about the nomination process.


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There are often times when opportunities arise to take the pro-business message of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce beyond our own region and one of those occurred last week when CEO Shirley de Silva visited the Rotary Club of Port Huron.

“It’s always a pleasure to take our message of collaboration and working collectively to make a difference in our community beyond our borders,” said de Silva following her visit to Port Huron.

“In this case, I was able to bring greetings from our own membership and continue a very positive relationship our Chamber has developed over the years.”

Both the Blue Water Chamber of Commerce and the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce have representatives on one another’s board, another example of how this truly international business relationship continues to thrive.


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The Ontario Government recently announced it was backing off a portion of Bill 148, the Fairer Workplaces, Better Jobs Act that would have seen part-time workers, even if they worked only occasionally during the month a public holiday occurred, receive a full eight-hours pay.

Seeing the unintended consequences of the proposed calculation for public holiday pay under the Employment Standards Act, the Ontario Chamber Network (which includes the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce) advocated for a return to the prior calculation to avoid a system that would be unfair to some workers.

The government announced that, after hearing from stakeholders, it will undertake a review of the public holiday system of the Employment Standards Act later this year. As an interim measure, the government will reinstate the previous holiday pay calculation, coming into effect on July 1.


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Next Wednesday, May 16, will be the latest event in a very popular series of Chamber events.

Yes, we’re talking about Business After 5 and the next stop is the Sarnia Riding Club, hosted by Goodwill Industries. This iconic organization is marking its 85th anniversary of building our community into a genuinely better place to live, especially by helping create jobs every time someone donates their gently used items.

With a “Changing Lives Since 1933” line on its 85th anniversary banner, it’s easy to understand just how powerful Goodwill’s mission has become.

Anyone who’s been to a Chamber Business After 5 event can assure you that the opportunities for networking are virtually unlimited.

And if you don’t see someone you know—a rare occasion indeed—the very helpful members of the Business After 5 committee will step in to help you connect.

Attending a Chamber Business After 5 can be one of the most immediately rewarding aspects of your Chamber membership and certainly one that can result in the start or continuing of a positive relationship … one that can ultimately help your business grow.

We look forward to seeing you at the Sarnia Riding Club, next Wednesday, May 16!

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