Expanding Rural Broadband in Lambton County

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) says access to broadband is one of the six key indicators it uses in measuring the technological and communicative intelligence of a community. There are a number of initiatives underway among local private internet service providers (ISP) to extend broadband to rural homes and businesses in Lambton County. Of the 30 southwestern Ontario communities identified…

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BioAmber eyeing Sarnia as site for second commercial plant

 Sarnia Journal Staff | November 13, 2017 The prospects are looking bright for BioAmber to build a second commercial plant in Sarnia. “We have shifted our focus towards Sarnia,” CEO Rick Eno said in a conference call last week. “I think part of this has to do with the lack of certainty on the regulatory environment in the U.S….

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Oxidation Pilot Plant Coming To Sarnia

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Melanie Irwin, Blackburn News – Sarnia | September 27, 2017 A California-based company has announced plans to locate its oxidation pilot plant at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. Origin Materials recently purchased the asset from Eastman Chemical Company. Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) says the $6-million project will include the relocation, commissioning and process validation of the pilot plant. “Locating…

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New Initiative Aiming to Build Strong Tech Industry in Sarnia

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Troy Shantz, The Sarnia Journal | October 16, 2017 A grassroots group of self-described “nerds” says the city is primed to build and sustain a tech industry. Sarnia Tech Community formed this summer with the purpose of transforming the city into a hub of technology and innovation, said member Jon Ferwerda. It came together this summer, meets twice monthly and held…

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Governments of Canada and Ontario join forces to launch BizPaL in Sarnia

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Free online business permit and licence service saves time, cuts red tape and helps entrepreneurs October 2, 2017 – Sarnia, Ontario – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Starting and running a business in the City of Sarnia just became easier thanks to BizPaL, an online business permit and licence service that saves time spent on paperwork and helps…

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Sarnia playing host to petrochemical conference

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Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer | September 26, 2017 Representatives of Canada’s petrochemical industry are set to gather in Point Edward this week for a two-day Petrochem Canada conference on the topic of Enhancing Canadian Competitiveness. Approximately 150 delegates are expected to attend the conference launched last year with an even in Edmonton, said Matthew Slotwinski, a business development consultant…

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Sarnia’s Bioindustrial Complex Gains National Praise

29Lee Michaels, Blackburn News – Sarnia | August 29, 2017 Biofuels Digest, which bills itself as the world’s most widely read biofuels daily, ranks Sarnia’s Bioindustrial Complex third in the top ten Bioeconomy places to watch in Canada. Biofuels Digest cites the record number of projects up and running or on the drawing board including Comet Biorefining, the Cellulosic…

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Accessible Technology Integrated into the 2018 Dream Home

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Melanie Irwin, Blackburn News – Sarnia | August 8, 2017 The Bluewater Health Foundation’s 2018 dream home will offer a fully accessible main floor, allowing easier access for visitors of all ages and mobility. The announcement was made Tuesday morning at the site of the home in Camlachie at 3866 Arie Crt. Foundation Executive Director Kathy Alexander says it’s…

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