Women in Manufacturing

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If you’re a woman in Simcoe County and looking for an exciting new career, consider the manufacturing industry!

November 22, 2022 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Midland Public Library,

320 King St., Midland ON

November 30, 2022 4:00 – 6:30 pm

The Sandbox Centre

24 Maple Ave., Barrie

The County of Simcoe, City of Barrie, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, Georgian College and the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe have partnered to host 2 Women in Manufacturing events to highlight the opportunities and career paths that are available in manufacturing and to inspire women to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Local industry leaders will share their experiences as part of this celebration of local women who work in manufacturing.

Don’t miss out on this great networking opportunity!

At this FREE event, attendees will be able to:

  • Discover the diverse roles available in the manufacturing industry;
  • Network and make new connections;
  • Learn and hear from local women who work in manufacturing;
  • Meet local manufacturing employers

Refreshments will be provided.

Featured Speakers:


Welcome Remarks: Mac Greaves, Associate Dean, Georgian College

Keynote: Jamie McMillan, Ironworker & Founder of KickAss Careers www.kickasscareers.ca


  • Olivia Duquette, General Machinist Apprentice – North Simcoe Tool
  • Michelle Shrives, Senior Manager – Techform Division of Magna
  • Valentina Carrillo, Quality Manager – Techform Division of Magna
  • Leanne Harris, Supervisor of Surface Treatment – Raytheon ELCAN


MC: Dave Hyde, Manager, Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County & Orillia

Event Introduction: Stephannie Schlichter, Director of Economic & Creative Development and Invest Barrie, City of Barrie. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Sabourin, PhD, CD. Dean,  Engineering and Environmental Technologies, Skilled Trades.

“Employer Panel”

Moderator:  Carey Wake, Honda Manufacturing


  • Brittany Quinlan, Training Specialist, Canplas
  • Rebecca Dawson, Director, AlBarrie
  • Gale Yule, Napoleon

“Employee Panel”

Moderator: Lynn MacKinlay, Georgian College 


  • Fran Wilson – Production Manager from Kubota
  • Cailin Hughes- Research & Development Coordinator from SAE
  • Emily DiMaria-Furniture maker and Carpentry/Cabinet trades person
  • Morrah Jakubeic-Carpentry/Cabinet Making Georgian College Alumni

The Women in Manufacturing event is part of the Skills Development Fund program. The fund is a way to address skills development and labour shortages within the manufacturing sector by offering educational opportunities at no cost to the participant.

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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