Chamber of Commerce hosting Ontario colleagues this week

AGM takes place Thursday and Friday at Holiday Inn, with special events Thursday and Friday evening

A team of volunteers, including board members, are excited that after months of planning, the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is set to host the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting in Sarnia-Lambton.

The event takes place beginning Thursday, May 4, 2017, with formal business sessions taking place at the Holiday Inn in Point Edward on Friday and into Saturday morning.

The hosting duties are the result of a committee headed by Chair Michael John Kooy.

“Our business community has been extremely supportive in hosting our colleagues at the Ontario Chamber,” said Kooy. “Numerous businesses have been very generous in their financial support and we are very appreciative of their involvement.”

With key support from President and CEO Shirley de Silva and a strong team of volunteers, the local Chamber has “stepped up” to organize events that will showcase what Sarnia Lambton has to offer. That includes providing transportation to the venues for delegates.

The events include an invitation-only “Dinner at the Docks” gathering at Paddy Flaherty’s on Thursday and an “Energizing Your Future” social event to take place at the St. Clair Corporate Centre on Friday.

Delegates then will have the opportunity to attend the Beer Show, which takes place as part of First Friday in downtown Sarnia.

The social activities are just the “icing on the cake” for AGM delegates, who begin a full day on Friday with a welcome ceremony performed by Brown Bear Dance Group, made up of members of Aamjiwnaang, and Kettle and Stony Point First Nations.

From there a full day of meetings, panels, discussions, workshops and presentations will take place covering topics such as fundraising, advocacy strategies, and cost saving programs Ontario Chamber members can share with their local organizations.

On Saturday, delegates will hear from staff at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce report on their advocacy strategies, followed by a discussion with Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, moderated by Kim Warburton, vice chair of the Ontario Chamber who is vice president of Communications at GE Canada. Also speaking is David Sword of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

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