Chamber hires new executive after ‘lengthy process’

Shirley de Silva to relocate from Sudbury after being selected unanimously by Chamber board


Nearly three months after losing its CEO, the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce has hired a replacement, its board of directors unanimously voting to hire Shirley de Silva for the top staff post.

De Silva, who has an extensive background in airport management (she currently lives in Sudbury). She has a degree in communications from University of Windsor, a master certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University’s Schulich School of Business, and a graduate diploma in Institutional Administration from Concordia University.

Rob Taylor, chair of the Chamber board, is understandably pleased that the search is over.

“Shirley is highly regarded for her exceptional leadership and professionalism in the aviation industry. Her proven effectiveness in marketing and branding and project management combined with her experience on numerous not-for-profit boards and association give Shirley an outstanding set of credentials.”

De Silva said she is “honoured and delighted” to be coming to the area. “I can’t wait to get started and to build and expand the Chamber’s collaborative partnerships that support the growth and prosperity of this community.”

The Chamber plans to hold a meet and greet with de Silva in February.

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