A panel of tenacious and resilient women from our business community will share their experiences and lessons learned, discussing how they overcame challenges, achieved their goals, and developed strategies to keep pushing forward.
Moderator: Stephannie Schlichter, Invest Barrie, City of Barrie
Angela Baldwin, Baldwin Planning & Consulting
Angela has an Honours Degree in Environmental Studies from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo and operates her own land use planning consulting business in Barrie. She was the Director of Planning for ClubLink Corporation for 9 years where she was in charge of obtaining approvals for numerous golf and resort developments during a tremendous growth phase at ClubLink throughout Ontario. Angela is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Ontario Professional Planning Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Angela has been the Chair of the Barrie Film Festival Board of Directors since 2016 and a member of the board since 2013. She is the chair of the Grants Commitee for the Barrie Community Foundation and on the Board of Directors for the Maycourt Club of Barrie. She is the co-chair of the Capital Campaign committee for Redwood park communities affordable housing project, a member of Ripples of Kindness and Gals that Give - two local organizations that fundraise for local charities.
She sponsors Theatre by the bay’s Indie Producer program and organized and financed a major renovation at the Women’s and Childrens Shelter in Barrie. She has been on the organizing committee for Barrie Toy Tea for 10 years - this event has raised over $120K for Simcoe Family Connexions and Gildas Club. Her community contributions led to her being awarded the Ann Hogarth Leading Women Award in 2017, Barrie Arts Award Contribution to the Community 2018, Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Heart and Soul Award, 2019 and Barrie Rotary Club Volunteer of the Year, 2019.
Claudine Cousins, Empower Simcoe
Claudine Cousins is Chief Executive Officer of Empower Simcoe, a human services organization in the broader health sector, and teaches part-time in the School of Business at Georgian College. She has over twenty-five years of leadership experience with various Ministries within the Ontario Public Service and the not-for-profit and profit sectors, including banking and investment. Claudine brings expertise from an operations, governance, diversity, and human resources leadership lens within unionized and non-unionized organizations with a drive and passion for social justice issues and its link to business outcomes.
Claudine is a strategic and big-picture thinker, with extensive academic training. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management specializing in Human Resources, a Masters of Arts Degree in Leadership, a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Relations and is a candidate for the PhD. in Health Care Administration. Claudine is a member of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors, a Rotarian, champion for the Sandbox’s HR CNNX Peer Group, volunteer on the Human Resource Professionals Association’s Regulatory Committee, and grateful parent to two future change agents – Shaquille and Jyde.
Shak Edwards, Shak's World Community Centre
My name is Shanicka Edwards, better known as Shak. I am the President of Shak’s World Association and owner of Shak’s World Community Centre. Shak’s World was created buildrespectful and successful athletes/community members while bringing awareness to their mental and physical wellbeing through basketball and community engagement.
Shak’s mentorship program bridges the gap between mental and physical health by creating a safe space for youth. While bringing together communities through a game that transcends age, race and sex. Shak’s World Community Centre is the home of Barrie’s very first for the youth by the youth centre. Ran predominantly by young Black community members under the age of 30. This is the Stay. Humble. And. Kind. Movement - or the S.H.A.K”
Peggy Hill, Re/Max Hallmark Peggy Hill Group Realty
Peggy Hill is passionate about helping people and she has redefined industry standards without losing sight of what is most import, “REAL ESTATE IS ABOUT PEOPLE, NOT HOUSING”
Peggy can be described as approachable, knowledgeable, honest and real, which has contributed to her success since starting a real estate career in 2003. Her compassionate personality, innovative marketing and unparalleled knowledge of Simcoe County’s real estate market allowed her to excel instantly. As Broker Of Record, and CEO of Re/Max Hallmark Peggy Hill Group Realty, she leads a successful team dedicated to providing their clients with the highest level of customer service. The Peggy Hill Group is currently the #1 Re/Max Team in Canada.
Peggy is an active member of the community and believes in consistently contributing and supporting the community where we live, work and raise our families. In 2019, Peggy generously committed $100,000 to the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka's '100 Reasons Y' campaign providing financial assistance to children, youth and adults to access YMCA programs. Furthermore, she sponsors the Barrie Food Bank, Autism Ontario, Gildas Club, and Hospice Simcoe. The Peggy Hill Team is a Miracle Office that donates a portion of the sale of each home to the Children's Miracle Network, raising funds to support local children's hospitals.
In addition to running a successful business with her husband Doug, she is a devoted mother of three and a loving grandmother to three beautiful children. She is passionate about her family, her team and the real estate industry while continually striving to be the real estate team of choice for home buyers and sellers in Simcoe County and surrounding areas.
Stephannie Schlichter, Invest Barrie, City of Barrie
Stephannie Schlichter is the City of Barrie’s Director of Business and Creative Development. She is responsible for driving business innovation, collaboration and excellence within Barrie, which was voted the 4th top Ontario city to invest in (REIN, 2018). In her role, Stephannie oversees a suite of programs and services designed to ignite economic growth and support local businesses. During her tenure, Barrie and the wider Simcoe region have become home to a series of leading industry hubs, including in the medtech, data, technology, and automation and precision manufacturing sectors. She believes that a strong economy is a home-grown affair and that it begins with a combination of local community supports and big-picture thinking.