City hiring support for fibre optic project

The Sarnia Journal | November 26, 2017 Bell Canada’s $50-million investment to run fibre optic cable to 20,000 Sarnia homes has prompted City Hall to add more employees. At Bell’s expense, two development technologists and an IT infrastructure analyst are being hired on a two-year contract basis. The new positions will assist Bell in sorting out Sarnia’s digital infrastructure,…

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Mobs of people turn out to use Makerspace technology

The Independent of Petrolia & Central Lambton | November 26, 2017 Lambton County library officials say the Makerspace has been a huge hit. A report to Lambton County councillors shows almost 14,000 people have accessed the technology either in Sarnia or through the mobile program. “Patrons in some of Lambton’s smallest, most rural communities, such as Shetland, Florence and…

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Bio-company Incubator Forms Alliances

Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer | November 23, 2017 Sarnia-based Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and five venture capital firms have agreed to work together to seek out opportunities for investments in young “green” sector companies. The government-funded not-for-profit agency works to help new sustainable chemistry and bio-based companies in southern Ontario reach commercial production and has been involved in a…

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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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Green Methanol Production Company Coming to Sarnia

Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer | November 7, 2017 A Waterloo company has announced plans for a commercial-scale demonstration plant at Sarnia’s TransAlta Bluewater Energy Park to produce methanol using carbon dioxide emissions from Chemical Valley industries. Doug Beynon, president and CEO of Advanced Chemical Technologies Inc., said the company is working to have the plant up and running in 2020….

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Sarnia-Lambton Intelligent Community Breakfast

The Sarnia-Lambton Intelligent Community task force will be holding an educational breakfast about the community’s bid for Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Top7 designation.   The event will be held at 7:30 a.m., Friday, November 17 at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park and includes presentations from John Jung, ICF Chairman and Co-Founder as well as Kevin Tuer, Managing Director, Canada’s Open…

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Sarnia-Lambton remains on Smart21 Communities list

Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer | November 1, 2017 Sarnia-Lambton is becoming a regular on the Intelligent Community Forum’s Smart21 Communities list. It made the list again recently, for the third year in a row. “This is an incredible honour,” said Chris Gould, vice-president of Bluewater Regional Networks and chairperson of the Sarnia-Lambton intelligent community task force. The international…

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Sarnia-Lambton Named Among World’s Smart21 Communities

Lambton County, ON – For the third year in a row, Sarnia-Lambton has been named among the Intelligent Community Forum’s (ICF) Smart21 Communities. The class of 2018 announcement was made today by the ICF in New York City. Sarnia-Lambton’s candidacy was selected from a large pool of communities world-wide. In 2017, over 400 municipalities from around the world competed for…

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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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