2014 Bowl for Kids Sake Bowling Event

Simcoe County Young Professionals Association’s involvement with “Bowl for Kids Sake” 2014 was a great success!

The Chay Today Business Bowl to support Big Brothers Big Sisters on March 17th brought in over $5,000 for the charity with SCYPA raising the most money for the third year in a row. SCYPA’s bowling captain and chair Tim L. Walker also received recognition for being the top individual fundraiser. The SCYPA team raised over $1,400 this year!

SCYPA is proud to support various community endeavours and fundraising campaigns in Simcoe County. If you are interested in becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, please contact your local agency or call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada at 1-800-263-9133.


August Social at Kenzington Burger Bar

For the final Simcoe County Young Professionals Association social of the summer, we’re heading over to Kenzington Burger Bar at 40 Dunlop Street East.  Join us on Thursday, August 21st (the 3rd Thursday of the month – see a trend??!) at 6pm for networking, drinks, and amazing food.

Drop by a little before 6pm if you’d like to eat dinner (their burgers are AMAZING!), 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 more-than-welcome to join us.

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!

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 www.barriebizweek.ca.


Barrie Business Week Flyer

Download the PDF version of the flyer here.

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!

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.