Stephen Thompson

Chief Executive Officer

As chief executive officer, Stephen is responsible for providing strategic leadership and overseeing the effective and efficient implementation of services across the organization – to advance the corporation’s vision, mission, and strategic plan.  Stephen leads a team of professionals providing a diverse range of services to help grow businesses, attract new employers, foster new entrepreneurs, and attract talent to the Sarnia-Lambton area.

Over the past 25 years, Stephen has distinguished himself an innovative leader in the economic development profession in Ontario.  As a skilled senior-executive he has transformed and built highly successful city and regional economic development organizations – and internationally as a senior diplomat and head of office.  Stephen led the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership to become an Accredited Economic Development Organization, making it the fourth in Canada to attain this top international distinction.  Over five years, he led investment attraction projects generating over 2500 new jobs and $252-million of new investment.

Stephen’s results-oriented approach has led to over 30 economic development awards including top leadership awards nationally and internationally and the University of Waterloo alumni achievement award (2015).   Stephen is the only economic developer in Canada to have earned a master’s degree in Economic Development, combined with designations as Certified Economic Developer in Ec.D(F) (Canada) and CEcD (International) in addition to being a Registered Professional Planner.

Matthew Slotwinski

Senior Economic Development Officer

Matthew delivers site selection services and special projects related to Sarnia-Lambton’s core industrial sectors including investment attraction, retention and expansion initiatives. Matthew has helped the Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster gain international recognition, attracting new investment and employment to the Sarnia-Lambton area. In the past, he has worked with the Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton. Matthew graduated from the University of Western Ontario’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program after completing his Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph specializing in Public Management. He has obtained a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and Economic Developers Associations of Canada and was named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers (2021) by Consultant Connect.

Chantelle Lynne Core

Development Coordinator

Chantelle supports entrepreneurs and small to mid-sized businesses by providing consultative services, coordinating provincially funded entrepreneurship programs and collaborating on economic development initiatives. She supports rural municipalities by fostering entrepreneurship, supporting existing businesses and identifying growth opportunities. Chantelle has managed many economic development projects, including Digital Mainstreet in 2019, 2020 and 2021. She was co-chair of the Intelligent Sarnia-Lambton Taskforce that earned Sarnia-Lambton recognition among the Top7 intelligent communities in 2019. With a business administration degree and an advanced diploma in marketing, Chantelle has been fostering entrepreneurship and economic development in Sarnia-Lambton for over a decade.

Cari Meloche

Economic Development Officer

Cari attracts talent and entrepreneurs to the Sarnia-Lambton community. She connects with business leaders to understand specific hiring needs and offers a variety of tactics to enhance recruitment practices.  Over the last 3 years, Cari has connected with over 3000 job seekers who would consider relocating to the Sarnia-Lambton area. Cari is well connected to regional community partners and federal immigration programs who provide a skilled talent pool to attract new residents.  Her well-rounded career in Human Resources, Finance, and local government serve as a foundation in offering effective workforce solutions.

Shauna Carr

Economic Development Officer

Shauna focuses on the petrochemical/bio/sustainable/chemistry/energy sectors currently established in Sarnia-Lambton and she works to attract new investment and support job creation in each of these areas.  Shauna’s role is to help expand the Hybrid Chemistry Cluster as well as the Petrochemical and Refining Complex to support innovative and ground breaking processes and investment. She is proud to be SLEP’s liaison to the three local First Nation Communities located within Lambton County’s border.  Shauna is a proud member of the Visions of Harmony committee that links the local Indigenous Communities with education and workforce opportunities locally. Shauna has 21 years’ experience in community and relationship building in the Sarnia-Lambton area and looks forward to bringing those long standing relationships to welcome and work for new investment and companies to the area. Shauna is working with new and local industry to highlight Sarnia-Lambton as Ontario’s Hydrogen Hub and is a member of the Business/Economic Taskforce. Shauna has an Honours Degree in English and Political Science whose related experience help her support what new business is looking for.

Michael Buranyi

Economic Development Officer

Michael Buranyi is an Economic Development Officer with 12 years experience in the field.  Michael prides himself on being able to assist relocating or expanding companies to find the perfect spot for investment in the Sarnia-Lambton area.  Furthermore, Michael provides a high level of service to companies in the technology, creative design, marketing, architectural, accounting, engineering, law, education, management consulting and agri-tech subsectors to continue to thrive.  Michael will endeavour to facilitate connections with community partners and senior government officials to provide an array of resources to ensure business prosperity.  To date, Michael has fostered an excellent working relationship with the local and regional real estate community and led the redevelopment of an enhanced GIS Site Selector platform in collaboration with the local real estate board.  In addition, Michael collaborated with the local post-secondary institution, Lambton College to bring an annual digital symposium event for area companies and business leaders to share expertise on current and emerging technologies and processes.  Michael has also partnered with local and regional community organizations and agencies to bring a series of value-added seminars on a myriad of topics that have assisted local business and industry.

Karen Richards

Economic Development Officer

Karen’s focus is helping advanced manufacturing firms grow and expand in Sarnia-Lambton.  Karen works closely with Sarnia Lambton Industrial Alliance (SLIA) to promote the regions manufacturing capability.  Karen has led projects including the award-winning marketing brochures showcasing the area and highlighting business opportunities.  Karen’s background includes 24 years of experience in the gaming industry in Operations and as a General Manager.  Karen has a BA, MBA and is currently working towards an Economic Development designation.

Jeanny Leung

Receptionist/Clerk

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.