Stephen Thompson

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.

Matthew Slotwinski

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.

Chantelle Lynne Core

Development Coordinator

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.

Cari Meloche

Economic Development Officer

Cari Meloche joined the SLEP team as an Economic Development Officer in October, 2018.  Her education background includes an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management.  She spent nearly 13 years in the financial industry in the field of Human Resources and as a Branch Manager. She has also gained project management experience through the time spent working with the Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership.  Her goals with SLEP are to collaborate with community partners and to promote the Sarnia-Lambton area as a place for new residents to call home.   In her personal life, Cari enjoys spending time with her spouse and young daughter and taking advantage of the local beaches during the summer months.

Shauna Carr

Economic Development Officer

Shauna Carr has held leadership roles in the Sarnia-Lambton community for the last 20 years.  She has previously held positions at the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Sarnia-Lambton as well as working for the local Member of Provincial Parliament and Minister of Culture for the Province of Ontario.  Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board.  Shauna volunteers heavily; she was the Chair of the Board for Big Brothers/Big Sisters for six years and is currently a Board Member for the MagFrat Foundation.

Michael Buranyi

Economic Development Officer

Michael Buranyi joined the SLEP team in April of 2019.  With a strong passion for education and professional development, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Guelph as well as completing the Economic Development Program from the University of Waterloo.  In addition, Michael has procured the Economic Development Fellowship Designation (Ec.D(F)), which was obtained through the Economic Developers Association of Canada.  With a wealth of experience in economic development, Michael is very passionate about helping businesses succeed and his role at the SLEP is to cultivate and continue to grow the technology and professional services economies by promoting Sarnia-Lambton as the ideal place to invest.  When not at the office, Michael enjoys working on perfecting his billiards game and spending time with friends and family.

Fraser Parry

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.

Jeanny Leung


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.

Karen Richards

Economic Development Officer

Karen Richards joined the SLEP team as an Economic Development Officer after working for the organization on a nine-month contract in the role of a Business Retention/Expansion Consultation Coordinator. Karen spent 24 years in the gaming industry in Operations and as a General Manager before transitioning over to an Account Executive for a gaming manufacturer. Karen was on the Board of Tourism Sarnia-Lambton for over eight years. In her new role at SLEP, Karen will meet and work with local businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector to help foster continued success in the Sarnia-Lambton area. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA from the University of Fredericton, New Brunswick.