Women in Business 2021

Women in Business 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

In recent years, the Barrie Chamber revitalized the Women in Business Awards event, bringing attention to the efforts of hardworking business women in our community. Winners and finalists are local leaders and influencers, women excelling in their industry while giving back to their community.

Throughout the pandemic, women have been among the most impacted. As they are typically the primary caregivers, they were most often the ones having to work from home with their children learning remotely, or stepping out of the work force altogether. Those still working on site were likely to be on the front lines, providing essential services for our community.

One of the key components of the awards event is the incredible energy in the room when you gather 300 people to celebrate women in business. As this is not possible in early 2021, the planning committee decided to take a different approach this year. Launching just before International Women’s Day, all activities will be virtual, and will serve to highlight outstanding women in business in Barrie.

Sponsored by Scotiabank Barrie, the week’s agenda is as below:

March 5: Jayne Pritchard openly shared her career journey and recent battle with breast cancer. After sharing her experiences, she and Tara Dawn from Fresh Radio 93.1 FM had a conversational style interview using questions submitted through the zoom.


March 9: Coffee with Donna & Barb – two longstanding Barrie entrepreneurs, pillars of the community, will connect over a cup of coffee and chat informally about what it was like to be among the first women in Barrie’s business community.


March 12: Purposeful Panel – a panel of tenacious and resilient women will share their experiences and lessons learned, discussing how they overcame challenges, achieved their goals, and developed strategies to keep pushing forward


HerStory – a series of videos featuring exceptional Barrie women in business will be shared in a social media campaign, expanding the narrative and allowing women to connect to their own strengths and fortitude. Filmed by Baker Studios

COVID-19 Advisory

In response to evolving data around the Delta variant and based on the recent experiences of other jurisdictions, the government, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, is pausing the exit from the Roadmap to Reopen.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures currently in place.

Thank you for the work you have already done to protect our community by following public health protocols throughout these challenging times.

Stay strong, choose local, and please consider participating in our Rapid Screening Program to help reduce community spread.