Success Stories

Business thrives here.

North Simcoe offers businesses of all sizes ample opportunity to prosper. Check out these real-life examples of businesses that have found success in our region.

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Queenan Family Medicine

Planting New Roots in North Simcoe

Rochester N.Y. physician, Dr. Emily Queenan, decided to uproot her medical practice and plant her new roots in Canada and selected North Simcoe.

Dr. Queenan, her husband and their 3 boys fell in love with the beauty and the active lifestyle of Georgian Bay, making Penetanguishene the new home of Queenan Family Medicine & Maternity Care. North Simcoe’s proximity to a major airport make visits back to the USA simple with a quick trip down the highway.

First Light

Igniting the magic of the season

Now in its 20th year, First Light at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons brings the magic of the holidays to North Simcoe.

Experience the beauty of the historical site and the neighbouring Martyrs’ Shrine by the light of 5,000 candles at this annual holiday event. Enjoy live entertainment, 50+ local vendors, fireworks and so much more!

Sans Souci Tart Co.


Sarah Elliott grew up baking up to 18 dozen butter tarts each day at the famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant alongside her parents. Sarah eventually went on to work in Barrie but, being a true Georgian Bay girl at heart, she returned to North Simcoe to start the Sans Souci Tart Co., using the original recipe passed down through generations. 

Assisting You Social

Building community connections

Successful social media marketing is all about making connections, but it was the strong community feel and connections that led Assisting You Social to Midland.

Barbara Lowe saw Midland as the ideal place to raise her kids and build her business from the ground up, making strong networking connections with community involvement and support. Barbara’s brother Jim expanded the operations into Barrie, using the “Mom & Pop” feel of the Midland office as a template to serve the social media needs of customers of all sizes and budgets. As their client roster grows, the team continues to provide the personal touch that big-city agencies just don’t have

Keebee Play


From their beginnings in a home garage in Alberta to thousands of installations across the globe, Keebee Play is a true example of how North Simcoe is the perfect place to find your work/life balance. Marc Kanik started out as a commercial contractor and saw the need for play areas in medical offices and retail settings. Once his first piece of modular play equipment was placed in the Calgary Airport, business began to soar.

North Simcoe Signs

Signs of Success!

From a single dad working 100+ hours a week to a thriving entrepreneur creating 13 new jobs in our community, Mike Cillis of North Simcoe Signs is a true example of hard work paying off! If you live, work or play in North Simcoe, there is a very good chance you have seen Mike’s work.

Action Play Centre


Jen & Mike took advantage of a wealth of local resources in order to make their dream a reality, right here in North Simcoe, and the Action Play Centre was born! The APC has worked together with fellow local entrepreneurs Keebee Play to integrate their high-quality play equipment into their Premier Indoor Playground for all-weather fun!

James & Deanna

Starting an Entertainment Empire from their Small Town

Like most actor/producer/comedian/rappers, James & Deanna got their start in the Big City. But the pressure of juggling multiple jobs to pay the bills while pursuing their passion got to be too much. That’s why James & Deanna stepped outside of their comfort zone and made the move to North Simcoe.

Make a Mess Art Studio

a Mess with success

Making a living by making a mess! It’s possible with the right amount of creativity and passion. This business is a “mess” and that’s fantastic. Nahthanha chose to succeed in North Simcoe because it’s a great place to raise a family.

Poppy & Peonies

A passion for fashion!

Natalie has had a passion for fashion since she was 16; it has allowed her to shape a very successful business and create a very exciting life. She has been all over the world for fashion. She has worked in many fashion districts, in many cities, including New York.

Collaborative Haus Marketing


Living and working in rural North Simcoe has allowed Nicole French and Collaborative Haus Marketing thrive while supporting companies like GlaxoSmithKline and products like Oreo and Buckley’s. Living in North Simcoe helps Nicole recharge. She moved from the big city and hasn’t looked back.

Georgian Bay




Christine van der Weg describes how her innovative company is run without supervisors, yet thrives right here in North Simcoe while selling products as far away as Vietnam!

Makk Design

A High-Tech Company with a Historical Twist

Meet Riina & Stephen Makk who think “you may as well live where it’s good to live.” For them, it is right here in North Simcoe, where their high-tech company can thrive as well.

Marlon Gibbons

Producing BIG music in a small town

Marlon is a very successful music composer who has written soundtracks for many popular TV shows, such as: The Bachelor, Temptation Island, American Idol and Dancing with The Stars. Marlon does business in Los Angeles, California, but chose North Simcoe as home — check out the video, he’ll tell you why!

Bulbs of Fire


Bulbs of Fire is a garlic farm located in the Township of Tiny, just west of Awenda Park. Founded by Bart and Simone Nagel, the farm specializes in heirloom garlics with a special interest in hot varieties. Garlic wasn’t really the plan when the Dutch couple moved to Canada in 2006.