Social Events

2013 Holiday Party

Last week the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association celebrated the holiday season with our annual Christmas party at Donaleigh’s. The weather probably curbed some of the turn-out, but for those of us that fought through the snow and wind to make it there, we had a great time! The atmosphere in the private downstairs room was great, and the food at Donaleigh’s is always fantastic. If you weren’t there, you missed out!

In addition, we collected $265 in gift certificates for Youth Haven Barrie – that’s fantastic! Youth Haven Barrie even wrote us a note (read it here!) to say thanks! Way to go, SCYPA!

2013 SCYPA Award Winners

Last Thursday, on November 21st, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association held our annual awards evening at Michael & Marion’s. 30-40 people attended the social event, including the Mayor of Barrie, Jeff Lehman, who was in attendance to speak to the group. We had a fantastic evening as we were bombarded with a plethora of appetizers and food (courtesy of Michael & Marion’s).

The first award handed out was the Young Entrepreneur of Year Award, sponsored by Kristian Robillard of Sunlife Financial. The nominees were Lee Whitaker, Michael Holmberg and Sara Walton, with the winner being Michael Holmberg. In addition to helping several not-for-profit organizations in the city and serving as Event Co-ordinator on the SCYPA Board, Michael runs his own accounting business: Holmberg Accounting Chartered Accountant. With a client-first focus to an approachable working style, Michael provides all involved with the best opportunity to find success. Congratulations Michael!

The second award presented was the Community Involvement by a Young Professional, sponsored by the Planned Giving Counsel of Simcoe County. The nominees were Tim L. Walker and Rosanna Trapani, with the winner being Tim L. Walker.  Tim is a great contributor to the Barrie community.  He gives back in many forms and spends a great deal of his time volunteering.  In addition to being nominated to the position of chair of SCYPA, Tim also volunteers in kids ministry at Connexus Community Church and has participated in several fundraising events for causes like Prostate Cancer and Big Brothers Big Sisters, raising the most money for the PSA Challenge (prostate cancer) and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake.  Congratulations Tim!

The final award presented was the Young Professional of the Year Award, sponsored by Anthem Mortgage Group. The nominees were Sarah Hahn, Graydon Ebert, Cesia Green, Krisitian Robillard and David Thompson. The voting was so close, we actually had a tie!  The co-winners of the 2013 SCYPA Young Professional of the Year Award are Sarah Hahn & Krisitian Robillard.  Sarah has recently been called to the Ontario Bar and is working hard to grow her municipal litigation practice. Despite her busy work schedule, she participates in many community endeavours. She is on the Board of SCYPA and Youth Haven Barrie. This year she took part in Simcoe County fundraisers such as the Rotary Fun Run and the Orillia Dragon Boat races.  Kristian represents what a Young Professional should be. He is always present throughout the YP community, meeting people, making connections and helping new members learn about the Barrie Business/networking communities.  Congratulations Sarah & Krisitian!

Thanks to everyone who nominated and voted on the awards, thanks to Michael & Marion’s for hosting, and thanks to the award sponsors! It was a fantastic evening – a fitting way to celebrate some of the outstanding young professionals in Simcoe County.

2014 SCYPA Cooking Class – Sign Up Now!

Always considered one of the best events of the year, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association is excited to announce tickets are now on sale for our 2014 cooking class at Liberty North with Chef Rich.

On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 6pm, join us as we learn to make (then eat!) the following menu with Chef Rich:

  1. Homemade Gravlax
  2. Steak Tartare
  3. Seared Ahi Tuna
  4. Goat Cheese Brule

The cost is only $35/person (and only $20 for SCYPA Members!). There will also be a cash bar available. Purchase your tickets here:

Tickets must be purchased in advance (by April 8th!), and are expected to sell out as we only have a limited number of seats available this year.

April 16 SCYPA Event – Moxies Bar & Grill

Come join us this Thursday at Moxies (North end of Barrie)

When: Thursday April 16th, 6pm – 9pm.
Where: Moxies Bayfield St, Georgian Mall

SCYPA events are a great networking opportunity to socialize with other young professionals in the Simcoe area. Bring your business cards and a friend for great socializing and networking opportunities.

About Moxies:


Three simple words that mean so much. At Moxie’s our mantra is simple: we are passionate about our food, passionate about our guests and we are passionate about creating the ultimate premium casual dining experience, at over 60 locations across Canada.

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.

Buy Your Tickets for the Thanksgiving 2014 Cooking Class

Our annual cooking class is one of the best events of the year. We held the 2014 SCYPA cooking class back in April, and it was such a great event, we decided to do another one before the end of the year!

On Thursday, October 9th, 2014, join the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association as we learn the in’s and out’s of putting together a Thanksgiving dinner.  Chef Rich from Liberty North will be teaching us how to debone a turkey, and we’ll get to make (and sample!) the following menu:

  • Homemade Turkey Gravy
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Traditional Bead Stuffing
  • Creamy whipped Yukon gold potatoes
  • Roasted Maple pecan squash

The cost is only $40/person (paid SCYPA members can get their tickets HALF OFF – for only $20!!).  If you’d like to become a SCYPA member, please visit  To reserve your seat and purchase tickets to the cooking class, visit  Tickets will sell out quickly, so be sure to pick up your tickets today!

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.

Julie Flippin – Educational Speaker at Noon

We are very excited that Julie Flippin from will be coming out to speak to SCYPA members on Tuesday November 10th at noon

Julie 2014 photoJulie Flippin is a business consultant, dynamic international speaker, author of ‘Pitiful or Powerful; You Choose and co-author of F.A.I.T.H – Finding Answers in the Heart.

As a business consultant Julie works with courageous, passionate small business owners who are committed to being more profitable. For over thirty years Julie worked as a controller, sales manager and HR specialist. It wasn’t until she opened her own business that she understood what it took to be in business “for yourself”. Julie takes the fear out of marketing, sales and creates strong workable strategies for business owners to achieve their goals. It is her privilege to teach and encourage her clients on their journeys while holding them accountable to create their ultimate result – SUCCESS!

Julie’s Topic:

SBS-logo-LargeDo you feel the pressure to sell more and increase your sales fast? Are you afraid to pick up the phone and make a sales call? I know that feeling too, I think all entrepreneurs and small business owners have felt those same feelings.

Well….what if I told you I could show you how to tap into the successful sales person inside of you?

I am so excited to let you know that I will be speaking at SCYPA luncheon where I will be teaching 3 keys to go from “The Gong Show” to “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” with your sales conversation.

If you want to change your sales conversations and feel great about picking up the phone to make a sales call then don’t miss the opportunity to join SCYPA luncheon.

Please RSVP for this event, by registering at this link here

This event is free to attend

When: Tuesday November 10th
Time: Noon – 1 pm
Where: Suite Success at ESS Direct, 411 Huronia Rd