• Series Recordings
    June 18, 2020 - December 22, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This County of Simcoe, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Comm​unity Futures Development Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development are partnering to present the “Ask an Expert” series to assist businesses and organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This series will feature experts on topics such as Health and Safety, HR, Accounting, Marketing, Business Planning, Legal and Mental Health as well as a Q&A session.
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Webinar 1:  COVID-19 Workplace and Business Safety in ​Simcoe Muskoka

At this session, presented in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), County of Simcoe,​ and the District of Muskoka, SMDHU experts Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer of Health and Dr. Steve Rebellato, Vice President, Environmental Health Department provided insights on how to safely reopen and operate your businesses as the medical pandemic continues.

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Webinar 2:  COVID-19 Navigating Employment and Workplace Challenges 

At this session, Tim Timpano, Partner, Downey Tornosky Lassaline & Timpano, was joined by Sophie Mathewson, Strategic Advisor & Coach at Prism Group International, to share​ helpful information, advice and guidelines assisting businesses in navigating potential employment and workplace challenges related to reopening, operating safely and supporting employees ​during the pandemic.

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Webinar 3​​:  Legal Advice on What Businesses Can Do to Overcome COVID-19

Moderated by Don Jack, one of Canada’s leading business litigators, the panel included Pavle Masic and Jason Dutrizac of DS Avocats, insolvency and bankruptcy experts, and Andrew Camman of Polishuk, Camman and Steel and David Law of Law at Work, senior leading employment and labour lawyers. This panel provided​ valuable “need to know” information and invaluable takeaways to help businesses overcome this pandemic.

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Webinar 4:  Insights on Supporting Mental Health In The Workplace

Business and organizational leaders participated in the “Ask an Expert” webinar which focused on supporting employee mental health. The session was led by Hayley Peek, Mental Health Consultant and co-founder of “Supporting Through StruggleTM” and offered helpful information on how businesses and managers can understand and support their employees’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.​

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Webinar 5:  How To Talk To Customers In A Crisis

On July 23, 2020 business and organizational leaders joined marketing and communications experts to learn ways to market, communicate and engage with their customers and clients while navigating these challenging times as part of the “Ask and Expert” virtual webinar series. ​

The panel, including Communications Strategist Sandra Kahale, and branding and marketing experts Lara McCulloch and Heather Briggs, explored what to say, how to say it, along with when and where to really connect with customers, show leadership, and build your brand bravely in times of crisis. 

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Webinar 6:  Building On Your Foundations

The Ask an Expert virtual webinar series continued August 13, 2020 when business and organizational leaders joined subject matter experts as they shared insights on how businesses can create additional value for their customers, strengthen their business model foundations and ensure business viability.  

This session provided businesses with​:

  • Learn about the importance of business plan​ning
  • Understand key factors in developing strategies to survive and thrive in today’s economy
  • Discover tools and resources that can help improve market share
  • Hear first-hand experience from business owners who have successfully implemented new strategies  

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Webinar 7:  Financial Distress and Knowing Your Options

The Ask an Expert virtual webinar series returns on September 17, 2020 with a focus on helping businesses and organizations that are facing challenges as a result of COVID-19. The session will be led by expert Rob Stelzer, Vice President, Advisory Services, in the Grant Thornton recovery and reorganization group, as he provides insights regarding insolvency, restructuring, corporate recovery and business viability.

At this session, business and organizational leaders will:

  • ​Gain an understanding of the different statutory protections for business facing financial challenges
  • Learn tips for effective communication with banks and other stakeholders
  • Receive a macroeconomic perspective on potential future challenges as a result of the pandemic 

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Webinar 8:  COVID-19 Workplace and Business Safety

On September 21, 2020 business and organizational leaders are invited to virtually join health experts from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) as they provide insights on workplace and business safety measures to help keep employees, clients and customers as safe possible during the pandemic.

At this session, Kelly Magnusson, Manager, Emergency Management Program and Martin Kuhn, Program Supervisor for the Smoke-Free Program, both experts from the SMDHU, will help business and workplaces to:

  • Understand how COVID-19 is impacting business and workplace operations
  • Learn the requirements for operating safely
  • Share best practices to promote employee and customer safety

Link to YouTube Recording​

Webinar 9:  Cybersecurity Business Information

On October 15, local businesses and organizations are invited to learn how to best prepare for cybersecurity challenges.

The webinar will be moderated by Dave Hyde, Small Business Consultant for the Barrie Small Business Centre, and will include experts AJ Khan, CEO of CyberStrategiez Inc, Carl Hayes, Partner and Vice-President of Business Development for Stratejm, and Sumit Bhatia, Director, Knowledge Mobilization and Communications with Rogers Cybersecure Catalsyt. The event will provide insights on:

  • Why cybersecurity is important to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • How to do a cybersecurity assessment
  • Cybersecurity governance
  • Technology and next steps
  • Safety

Link to YouTube Recording

Webinar 10: Reopening Ontario: What You Need to Know About ES & OHS Related to COVID-19

On November 12, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) joins the Ask An Expert series. Learn what employers and employees need to know about employment standards and occupational health and safety to safely operate during COVID-19.

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Webinar 11: Legal Disputes

November 24, as Canada rides through a second wave of the COVID pandemic, with no end in sight, there is no denying that these are tough survival times for many businesses.

In this insightful and invaluable panel discussion by three of Ontario’s leading litigation lawyers, Don Jack (one of Canada’s leading commercial litigators), Pavle Masic (a seasoned corporate, estates and insolvency litigator) and Andrew Camman (of Polishuk, Camman and Steel is a senior leading employment and labour lawyer) will share their collective experience and wisdom on how small businesses can pro- actively spot, avoid or pivot or mitigate costly litigation. Early action can save tens of thousands of dollars, but business owners first mistake is often to wait too long to deal with unpleasant matters.

In this webinar, Jack, Masic and Camman will outline pragmatic options, ways of handling disputes in the most cost-effective ways possible, (including mediation and arbitration) and will answer your questions about what to do when you are about to be sued or feel you have no option but to sue.

Irene Taylor, the Vice President of Business Diversification at Pace and a leading speaker, writer and advisor on business and law will moderate and pose your most pressing questions to the panelists.

Details for accessing the session will be sent in advance.

Link to YouTube Recording COMING SOON


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