Bananabelt Business & Culture School
176A Christina Street North,
Sarnia, ON, N7T 5T9
+1 (519) 336-1836
About BananaBelt Culture & Training
Our staff have been involved in cross-cultural training work for many years. Senior staff members immigrated to Canada and established BananaBelt in 2005, in Ontario. Since then, all our work is done under this corporate name.
BananaBelt is an influential player in the areas of Diversity, Cultural Awareness and Cross-Cultural training in Southern Ontario, Canada. We are a well known resource for corporate training in the area. Our flagship product, unique to our company is the course Multicultural Teamwork Skills for Technical Professionals.
We have an established presence in Cambodia for in-country Business English language training, Cross Cultural skills and InterCultural Skills training to empower westerners bridge to Cambodia, China, Singapore and Thailand. Additionally, we maintain close ties with training associates in Bombay, Bangkok and Shanghai (May 2013) to provide contiguous service to our key accounts.
We have extensive experience with regards Cross-Cultural Training and services to the Relocation or Mobility Industry. Our experience in delivering customized training solutions is extensive and well rounded. Our customer list includes multinational companies like Samsung, LanXess, Imperial Oil (and more); local government and civil organizations such as the City Of Brampton, Lambton College and University of Western Ontario (and more); small businesses such as Preferred Electric, ZeeTee Corporation, Cargill, CLV Group (and more).
Over the past four years we have trained more than 300 individuals from Canada, USA, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, China, Malaysia, India, Nigeria, South Africa and Taiwan in cross-cultural, expat and repatriation skills. Additionally, we have an extensive network of trade and professional associates whom we contract to assist us in serving the needs of our customers.
Our managing director, Mr. Jean du Plessis is a seasoned professional with many years experience in corporate management, not for profit organization management, design and delivery of training and education courses for a wide variety of audiences and purposes. Jean graduated from WITS University (Johannesburg, South Africa) with an H.BA degree in Comparative Religion, qualified as a Pastoral Counselor from TEEC college with a 3-year DipTH, and completed the Human Resources Management post-grad course at Lambton College (Ontario, Canada). He delivered papers at several international conferences and consulted for various organizations in countries on four continents.
Adele holds an H.BA degree in World Religions and Eastern Philosophies, a post-grad certificate in Human Resource Management, Global Mobility Specialist designation and a 4-year Diploma in Theology. Adele is a seasoned public speaker, trainer, and part-time adjunct faculty at Lambton College.
BananaBelt contracts specialists in various business and self employment skills to design, write and present soft skills modules. Key trainers hold graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas and several professional certifications such as ESL, Human Resources Management certificates and Global Mobility Specialist designation.
Our company owns commercial and residential properties in SW Ontario to accommodate our offices, training centre, and some of our trainees. Our properties are also used for leisure activities (on a Lake Erie beach).
Sarnia is the birthplace of the North American petrochemical industry. It is here where oil was first discovered and mined in North America, and where associated industries developed. Sarnia is the hub of the petro-chemical and chemical manufacturing industry of Canada. We are located about 3 hours drive from Toronto, 1 hour from London (Ontario), 1 hour from Detroit, 5 minutes from Port Huron (Michigan), 7 hours from New York city and 4 hours from Chicago.
The city is ideally situated for trade along the Great Lakes. Port Sarnia is situated at the southern point of the massive Lake Huron from where ships can reach all the way North past Chicago up to Lake Superior, and South past Niagara Falls and Toronto to the Atlantic Ocean.
Sarnia has some of the best sandy beaches in the world as it is situated along the clear blue fresh water of Lake Huron. Lambton College in Sarnia is world class. This small college (14,000 students) has very good ties with several universities in India and China, and maintains campuses in those countries. Every year, several thousand foreign students come to Sarnia to further their education.
We deliver services in the SW Ontario area: London, Windsor, Sarnia, Kitchener, and Cambridge. However, travel is not a problem.We have delivered training services in Cambodia, Bombay, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Lagos, Boston, Houston, London, Detroit, Puerto Vallarta, Merido, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Shanghai, and more.
Several of our associates (including our Managing Directors) are new Canadians who immigrated to Canada during the past decade. They have first-hand knowledge of the career, mental, and psycho-social challenges that newcomers and persons on assignment in foreign countries deal with on a daily basis.
Map to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada