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Women in Manufacturing

November 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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

The County of Simcoe, the City of Barrie, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, Georgian College and the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe are hosting a Women in Manufacturing event 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.

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

Don’t miss out on this great networking opportunity!


Welcoming Remarks: Mac Greaves, Associate Dean & Campus Principal, Georgian College Midland Campus

Keynote Speaker – Jamie McMillan Ironworker and founder of KickAss Careers https://www.kickasscareers.ca/

Panel Discussion: Raytheon ELCAN, North Simcoe Tool and Magna Techform

Networking, Refreshments and tour of Midland Library Maker Place

Midland Public Library at 320 King St., Midland on November 22, 2022 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m


Leanne Harris was promoted to Supervisor Surface Treatment for Raytheon ELCAN, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, in 2018. Leanne joined Raytheon ELCAN in 2004 as an assembly technician in the Rifle Sights department. She entered the Apprenticeship Program is 2007 as an Instrument Technician Apprentice in assembly. She completed the 4-year certified Apprenticeship Program as a General Machinist. During her apprenticeship, she rotated through all of the assembly and production areas including the tool room – learning the business from the bottom up. Leanne returned to Rifle Sights and moved up to Team Leader in 2015 with additional responsibilities for managing and training her team

Raytheon Technologies is an aerospace and defence company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide.

Michelle Shrives h as been with Magna:  25 years. She started as a summer student operating machines in high school and was then hired full-time as an operator and later moved into Quality.  Michelle transitioned into the Program Management department and is currently a Senior Manager for Purchasing.

Valentina Carrillo, been with Magna for almost 9 years. Started in Magna as a Quality Engineer and was promoted to Quality Supervisor and is now a Quality Manager at Techform division of Magna.

Magna is a Canadian parts manufacturer for automakers.

Olivia Duquette was graduated from Georgian College’s Mechanical Technician- Precision Skills program. After graduating in 2020, she started her apprenticeship in 2021. She is currently completing level 2 of her apprenticeship and is employed as a general machinist apprentice at North Simcoe Tool.

North Simcoe Tool and Manufacturing was established in 1973 and specializes in fixtures , gauges, prototyping, and production tooling.

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.

The Skills Development Fund is an Employment Ontario program funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.


November 22
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Midland Public Library
320 King Street
Midland, ON L4R 3M6 Canada