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Chamber announces finalists for 2020 Women in Business Awards

Winners will be announced at the event on March 5
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The Barrie Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the finalists (listed alphabetically by last name) for the 2020 Women in Business Awards, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal with support from Grant Thornton.

The award recipients will be announced at the Women in Business Awards Luncheon event on Thursday, March 5, 2020, one of the region's most popular International Women’s Day celebrations.

This year's keynote speaker will be Jamie McMillan, a Journeyman Ironworker / Boilermaker and founder of KickAss Careers. Jamie became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2 per cent of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the stereotypes and struggles that women face in male-dominated occupations, and she is determined to equal the playing field.

Tickets for this event can be purchased securely online at

Woman of the Year: Intrapreneur

  • Giselle Bodkin, BDO Dunwoody LLP
  • Danielle Lazarevska, Sandbox Centre
  • Sybil Taylor, MediPharm Labs

Woman of the Year: Young Entrepreneur

  • Chantal Baker, Baker Studios
  • Arlinda Demiri, Scholarly Elite Tutoring
  • Brittany Gallagher, Splash ON Water Parks

Woman of the Year: Woman in Trade

  • Nicole Pickett, Ital Paving (1985) Ltd
  • Crista Winterkorn, L.C.D.C. Colour & Coatings
  • Karen Zinn, Multi Tech Audio Visual Inc.

Woman of the Year: Entrepreneur

  • Amy Ford,
  • Mallory Steele, Siva Creative
  • Teresa Vincent, T’s Cafe

Woman of the Year: Heart & Soul

  • Teena Sauve, Botree Inc.
  • Joanna Shaw, JMS Law
  • Shelly Skinner, Shelly Skinner Events, Event Management and Consulting

Woman of the Year: Visionary

  • Claudine Cousins, Empower Simcoe
  • Debbie DeCaire, Nandieco Inc.
  • Barb Richards, A Touch of Class Auctions