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February Social at Horseshoe Valley

We have a fantastic event set up for February – we’re skiing/tubing at Horseshoe Valley!  Drop by Horseshoe Valley as early as 4pm to enjoy some skiing or tubing (we’ve even negotiated some discounted rates – see below!), then warm up with some food and drinks at the Crazy Horse starting at 6pm. For those that want to ski or tube, simply tell them you’re with SCYPA when you get your tickets to receive the discount. For those that aren’t interested in spending any more time in the cold than necessary, drop by the Crazy Horse after 6pm and join us for food, drinks and networking.


Here are our group rates:

Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding
Full Day Lift Ticket $40 plus HST
Full Day Equipment Rentals $35 plus HST
$100 for a 1 hour private lesson – up to 8 people per group.

Nordic Skiing
Full Day Trail Pass $17 plus HST
Full Day Rentals $21 plus HST

Full Day Trail Pass $9 plus HST
Full Day Rentals $15 plus HST

Single Ride Pass $3.60 plus HST
2 Hour Pass $18 plus HST


We’re looking forward to having a great turn out at this event – we hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

Get Your Tickets for the SCYPA Members-Only Wine Tasting Event

wineCome join the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association and experience a little taste of Italy.

For the first time ever, SCYPA is hosting a Wine and Cheese Tasting event at Gio’s Italian Restaurante (36 Anne St. N., Barrie), on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014.

Featuring exclusively Italian wines, Chris Price, Gio’s wine dealer, will be guiding us while we explore four different Italian wines (3 reds and 1 white), each indicatively paired with a cheese or small appetizer prepared specifically for our event (please note that while this event does include some food items paired with the wine, it does not include dinner service).

With only 25 tickets available, purchase your ticket now and save $10.00 with your 2014 SCYPA membership (please visit for more information on SCYPA membership). This is a members-only event, however spouses/partners of members are more than welcome to attend as well!

Ci Vediamo Li ~ See you there.


UPDATE: This event has now been canceled due to insufficient ticket sales.

Join SCYPA at Barrie Business Week: October 20-24

Coming up next week, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association, in partnership with the City of Barrie and the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce, are proud to be presenting the first annual “Barrie Business Week.”  From October 20th to 24th, join hundreds of local business owners and professionals for a variety of speakers, workshop and events.

Check out all the events below, including the SCYPA-hosted “Business Side of Social” on Thursday evening (a pub crawl restaurant tour of some of our favourite local restaurants).  To register, visit


Barrie Business Week Flyer

Download the PDF version of the flyer here.

July Social at PIE 2

PIE is a Wood Fired Pizza Joint that started feeding faces in Barrie, Ontario in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. SCYPA visits PIE at least once per year (what can we say – great food, drinks and location – what’s not to love?), and this year we’re hitting up the Barrie Beachfront location (11 Victoria Street, Barrie, ON) on July 24th at 6pm.

Join the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association for our July social as we network and socialize with other young professionals from Simcoe County. Drop by a little before 6pm if you’d like to eat dinner, or come a little after 6 for snacks and drinks (sorry, folks, you’ve gotta pay your own way this time!). Members and non-members are welcome to join us.


May Social in Midland

For our social event this month (usually the 3rd Thursday of every month, which puts as at May 15th this month), we’re heading back up to the Midland Golf & Country Club (9536 Highway 93 North, Midland, Ontario) to save the members from Midland from having to drive to Barrie every month. We were up there last year, and we had a great turn out (in addition to some fantastic meals!).

Just come on in to the club house, and we’ll have a section all to ourselves.  The chef will have a selection of 5 different meals for us to choose from, so come hungry! We’ll aim to be there starting at 6-6:30 until at least 9pm. No need to RSVP – just show up!

For those in Barrie, if you’re interested in car-pooling, feel free to use the comment section below to connect with others heading up to Midland for the event.

Networking Essentials with Chris Leader Recap

Despite the ridiculously cold weather on Tuesday, about a dozen folks showed up at Williams for the January 2014 SCYPA Educational event with Chris Leader. The group enjoyed a free lunch (sandwiches, wraps, veggies and deserts with coffee and tea!) and a fantastic talk by Chris Leader of Leader’s Edge Training.

Chris spoke for almost an hour on a variety of subjects from networking to prospecting to CRM systems to goal setting and everything in between. Everyone came away with a variety of tips and tricks applicable to most young professionals and small business owners.

Thanks to everyone that braved the cold weather to come out an take part in the first SCYPA Educational Event of 2014, and a huge thanks to Chris Leader to coming out and speaking to us! We’re looking forward to planning more educational events throughout 2014, so if you have a specific topic or theme you’d like to suggest, let us know in the comments below.

Nominations for the 2014 SCYPA Awards Wanted!

Every year at our annual Awards Evening, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association hands out three (this year four!) awards: Young Professional of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Community Involvement by a Young Professional and SCYPA Member of the Year. But before we hand out the awards, we need your nominations! The criteria are as follows:

Young Professional of the Year

  • Self-regulated profession
  • Working in Simcoe County
  • Active in the community

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Business owner
  • Working in Simcoe County
  • Business is active in the community

Community Involvement by a Young Professional

  • Professional or business owner
  • Working in Simcoe County
  • Involved with one or more charity or non-profit (whether volunteer or board member)

SCYPA Member of the Year

  • An active member of the SCYPA community
  • Attends the majority of SCYPA events
  • Is an expert at networking and shows an propensity towards welcoming new SCYPA members both to and at events


All nominees must be paid members of SCYPA by the time of voting to be eligible to win the award. Any nominee not currently a SCYPA paid member will be given the opportunity to become one prior to the start of voting. If you know someone who you feel is deserving of any of these awards, please nominate someone using this form. You can nominate as many people as you like (just refresh the page after each nomination). If you are a paid member, you will be able to vote for your choice. All nominations are due by Friday, November 14th, 2014.

Nominate someone TODAY!

October Educational Event Recap

Last week we had our first Educational Event of the fall at the MacLaren Art Centre. We met in the morning, which may have been too early for some people, so if you couldn’t make it out, here’s a recap of what you missed!

There are many ways to gain access to art and culture through the MacLarenArtCentre. Participate in our Art Rental and Sales Programme to purchase or rent an original piece of contemporary art for your home or office. Free consultations are available. You may wish to become a Maclaren Benefactor or Junior Benefactor, a membership that offers numerous perks including one free work of art on loan to you for one year. We also host an annual “Off the Hook” silent auction and fundraiser. This is an opportunity to support the gallery and attend a fun event – you may even take home a work of art! To learn more about these programmes please refer to the links below.


October Social at Brewery Bay

Brewery BayFor our October Social, we wandered up Highway 11 to Orillia (we are the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association, you know) to Brewery Bay. Even though it was a relatively small turn out, it was an excellent event. We had their private room reserved (which was quite nice!), and Brewery Bay provided us with ample (free!) appetizers. Add to that a cookie skillet, some great networking and drinks, and you have yourself an event worth attending.

While we probably won’t head up to Orillia again for a while, hopefully the Orillians (?) that came out will make their way down to Barrie for the occasional social in upcoming months!

Photos From the 2014 SCYPA Cooking Class

Last night (April 15th, 2014), the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association participated in our annual cooking class at Liberty North with Chef Rich. Approximately 30 people attended the event where we learned & watched Chef Rich prepare a variety of dishes including Goat Cheese Brule, Homemade Gravlox, Steak Tartare and Sesame-Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna. Needless to say, the food was amazing, and the event was, again, one of the best SCYPA events of the year.

Browse through the images above to check out some of the dishes we sampled. The feedback on the event was so good, we’re going to try to put together a 2nd cooking class this year in the fall with a Thanksgiving/Christmas turkey dinner theme. We’ll let you know as soon as we have the details.