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SCYPA Annual Summer BBQ – July 9th!

Every year, in early July, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association gets together for a BBQ. This year, like we have for the past several years, we’re hosting our annual BBQ at the Clubhouse at the Innisbrook Golf Course (211 Lockhart Road, Barrie, Ontario). Join us starting at 6pm (BBQ dinner starts around 6:45) on Wednesday, July 9th (note this event is not on our usual 3rd Thursday of the month!) for salad, burgers, drinks, and desserts. There will be a cash bar as well.

This event is FREE for SCYPA Members (for more information on becoming a SCYPA Member, please visit, or $10 for non-members.

Don’t forget to bring your business cards, as we’ll have some time to do some networking (plus we’ll also being doing a couple of draws for prizes)!  Hope to see you there!

SCYPA Joins Launch of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO) in Toronto

Tim L. Walker and Sarah Hahn joined dozens of under-forties from all corners of the province on November 26th to announce the launch of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO) at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Barrie’s MPP Ann Hoggarth attended in support of the project. YPNO is a central hub to support young people to do business, network, advocate, have a voice at provincial and national tables, and build economic development opportunities.

There has been a significant lack of opportunities for young professionals across the province to meet like-minded peers and have a voice on provincial issues. YPNO is a volunteer-based organization that will serve as an essential provincial network to connect, engage, inspire and advocate for professionals under 40 years. SCYPA is excited to join YPNO and represent Simcoe County’s young professionals at a provincial and national level.

YPNO represents over 30 Young Professionals Networks with thousands of members dispersed across Ontario, including small northern communities like Kenora. Members also come from all sectors and walks of life including private business, public entities, trades, not-for profit agencies, and Aboriginal organizations.

An advocacy campaign called; Meet Us, Hear Us was also announced to Parliament at Queen’s Park.

Incoming SCYPA chair and YPNO board member, Sarah Hahn says, “Our advocacy goal is to inform politicians and decision-makers about the issues concerning young people today. The current provincial deficit, lack of incentives to attract and retain young people, infrastructure planning and jobs are just a few of the top concerns. There are also important local issues such as encouraging young entrepreneurs to stay local that we look forward to starting conversations with political or socio-economic influencers about.  SCYPA’s involvement in YPNO is a unique opportunity to engage future leaders on key issues.”


SCYPA Social NEXT WEEK at Barnstormer Brewing

For the June SCYPA social, we’re checking out one of the hottest new spots in town: Barnstormer Brewing & Pizzeria (384 Yonge Street, Barrie, Ontario) – Barrie’s only brewpub producing craft beer where you can watch the brewing process!

Drop on by between 6pm and 9pm and try out some of their homemade pizza and fantastic craft beer! One of the owners will also be speaking to us about some of the beer that is brewed there, and we might even get a bit of a tour of the place!

No need to RSVP – just show up (Next Thursday – June 19th)!

September Social at The Farmhouse

The Simcoe County Young Professionals Association is hitting Fall in full swing, starting with our September social at The Farmhouse on Thursday, September 18th, 2014.  The Farmhouse specializes in home grown, home cooked meals that will excite any palate. They only use sustainable fish and the freshest meats and vegetables. They even grow their own herbs and spices so they are always fresh!

Meet there at 6pm for food, drinks, socializing and networking (don’t forget to bring your business cards!).  We have the lounge area reserved, so drop by anytime between 6pm-9pm and get to know some other young professionals from around Barrie and Simcoe County. No need to RSVP – members and non-members are more than welcome to attend!

Ticket Giveaway for Startup Weekend Barrie

Don’t miss the chance to create your own company! Come out to Startup Weekend and launch your dream business!

The Georgian College Startup Weekend is happening May 9-11, 2014. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and aspiring entrepreneurs come together, share ideas, form teams and create startups. As a participant, you will also get the chance to meet industry leading professionals from local angel investment groups and incubators.

Our amazing local sponsors include The Creative Space, BNI, Just Ship It and Mullun Law. Global Sponsors include Google, Coca-Cola, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

FREE TICKETS – Mullun Law Firm is sponsoring two free tickets to the first two people who e-mail (email now!).

Register today! Go to