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Ask an Expert Series presents A Window of Opportunity: COVID-19 Impacts on Women in Business


​​​​Midhurst/May 18, 2021 – Sandbox Centre, in partnership with County of Simcoe, XcelerateHER, Grant Thornton LLP and RBC, invites business and organizational leaders to join us on June 9, 2021 for another Ask an Expert virtual session to learn about the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women in business and the window of opportunity that lies ahead to ensure a more inclusive recovery.

Many of the hardest hit sectors that are struggling to recover have a high percentage of women in their workforce, such as retail, travel and hospitality. Working practices have become more flexible, new leadership traits are required and the need for a diverse workforce and inclusive culture has never been more apparent.

Hear from national leaders and a panel of ambitious women in business from across our region about the following topics: 

  • Further advancing progress for women in the workplace and helping women get back into the workforce
  • Rise of flexible working and benefits of new working practices
  • How businesses can communicate cultural values of inclusiveness to every member of the organization
  • Views on whether new working practices will impact women's career trajectories long-term
  • Progress towards further gender parity in senior management

Speakers include: Hon. Jill Dunlop, MPP (Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues and MPP Simcoe North), Marjolaine Hudon (RBC Regional President, Personal & Commercial Banking Ontario North and East Region), Michelle Alphonso (Partner & National Transaction Advisory Services Leader, Grant Thornton LLP), Claudine Cousins (CEO, Empower Simcoe), Lisa Bertram (President of Bertram Construction (Ontario) Ltd.), and Stephanie Stoute (Founder, Curio). 

EVENT:           COVID-19 Impacts on Women in Business
Where:           Virtual – details to be provided upon registration
When:            Wednesday, June 9th ~ 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Who:             ​ Businesses and organizational leaders, interested in deepening understanding on progress for women in the workplace, and gaining insight on creating more opportunities that are equitable for women in business
Register:        This is a FREE event, but registration is required. To register, visit https://askanexpert_womeninbusiness.eventbrite.ca

*Inspiration for this fireside conversation was built from a recent eye-opening report “Women in Business 2021" published by Grant Thornton LLP as well as RBC Economics' Thought Leadership Report COVID further clouded outlook for Canadian Women. Thanks to XcelerateHER for their input on this session.

The “Ask an Expert" webinar series is presented by the County of Simcoe, member municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, the Province of Ontario, the Sandbox Centre, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development, and Georgian College.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.​

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Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-734-8386 (mobile)

Andre​a Walasek
Public Rela​​tions Consultant​
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
​249-535-3511 (mobile)