Educational Events

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.

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.


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.”