A staff dedicated to ensuring business is better in Sarnia-Lambton
Our team of experts is ready to help.
Our team of experts is ready to help.
Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Thompson joined Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership as CEO in 2017 following a four-year diplomatic assignment, where he focused on investment attraction and trade development as Ontario’s senior representative and head of office in the Western United States. Previously, he was General Manager and Director of Economic Development, Tourism & Marketing for the City of Port Colborne, Ontario. Stephen is among a select group of fewer than 40 people in Canada to have obtained the Economic Development Fellowship designation, the highest level of economic development certification in the country. A Certified Economic Developer and a Registered Professional Planner, Stephen is also a member of the Economic Development Association of Canada, Economic Development Council of Ontario, International Economic Development Council, Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and Canadian Institute of Planners. His career in economic development began in 1997 with the Region of Ottawa-Carleton. He also has experience operating a small business and working in local, regional, and provincial levels of government in both planning and economic development. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, with degrees in Environmental Studies /Geography and a master’s degree in Local Economic Development. Stephen has served the Economic Development Association of Canada for two terms as an elected board member and has been part of the University of Waterloo Economic Development Program committee since 2007. He has previously served on more than a dozen boards and committees including chambers of commerce, industry associations, investment attraction corporations and tourism organizations.
Chantelle has been part of the SLEP team since 2007. She has an honours degree in commerce and an honours business administration diploma specializing in marketing. Chantelle’s experience ranges from working in a large corporate head office in the IT sector to small marketing agencies, however she discovered her true passion was working with young entrepreneurs in Sarnia-Lambton. In Chantelle’s current role she manages SLEP’s marketing and public relations. When she is not in the office Chantelle enjoys living near Lake Huron and raising her family in beautiful Sarnia-Lambton.
Jeanny joined SLEP in 2006 after graduating on the Dean’s Honour List from Lambton College with her Diploma in Office Administration. In her role as Receptionist/Clerk, she is often the first point of contact for clients calling or visiting our office.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading and watching sports.
Project Leader, Business Growth Services
After a career of over 30 years in the commercial, agricultural and personal banking and finance world, David joined SLEP in 2009. In his role as Project Leader – Business Growth Services he works closely with businesses, large and small, to help and encourage them in their efforts to succeed, grow and prosper. Along with his extensive experience assisting clients in the business sector, David has a number of financial accreditations including Certified Financial Planner and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Dalhousie University.
Senior Business Counsellor
Fraser is an honours graduate from Humber College in Toronto as well as having a degree in Administration and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario. He has been a life-time learner and has continued his education through the University of Windsor and Lambton College.
Fraser has served on numerous boards and committees at the local, provincial and international level. On April 11, 2011, he was awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM) from Toastmasters International. The DTM is the highest award granted by Toastmasters International.
Fraser has held management positions in various sectors including funeral services, retail, arboriculture, construction and business counseling. He has been employed by The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership since September 2000 as the Senior Business Counselor at the Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton.
Senior Economic Development Officer
Matthew has been with SLEP since 2011. In the past he has worked with the agricultural community and provided assistance to clients in the Business Enterprise Centre. Matthew’s current role includes site selection services and working to develop the local bio-chemical, petrochemical, agricultural, and food processing sectors through investment attraction and expansion initiatives. Matthew graduated from the University of Western Ontario’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in 2010 after completing his Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in 2009 with a specialization in Public Management. He has also obtained a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and Economic Developers Associations of Canada.
Kathleen has worked with SLEP since January 2007 in the capacity of Executive Assistant. She brings with her close to 30 years in senior administrative positions in varying industries from retail and home improvement and renovation, structural steel, Accounting, political office, and not-for-profit community based organizations. Kathleen was born in Sarnia and is proud to call it her home, but she has also lived in the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
Marketing & Event Coordinator
Shaun joined the SLEP team in June of 2018 following four years in public relations and digital marketing with the Owen Sound Attack, where he was most recently the Director of Public Relations. A holder of degrees in English Language & Literature as well as Broadcast Journalism, Shaun brings a wealth of knowledge in communications, digital marketing, and social media to SLEP. When not at the office, Shaun enjoys spending time with his wife and twin daughters and can often be found at the nearest golf course.