Young Professionals Week May 14 – May 20, 2017

Young Professionals Week in Quinte West will be a unique platform to engage under 40s in meaningful conversation and action surrounding the economic, social, and cultural wellbeing of our community.

Young Professionals Week will encourage local young professionals to create and identify opportunity for professional and community development. It will also educate employers on the importance of retaining young professionals and the crucial role they play in the Insert City workforce.


Description of Organization:

QYP Network. The not-for-profit organization brings the under 40 demographic together to socialize, mobilize, and realize personal, professional, and community development.

Quinte Young Professionals Network is comprised of an incredibly diverse group of young people representing many professions and backgrounds. From business owners and tradespeople; to students and health specialists, the uniqueness and connectedness of our members sets us apart.


Young Professionals Week

May 14 – May 20, 2017

Young Professionals Week is dedicated to celebrate, retain, and inspire young professionals in the City of Quinte West

Young professionals are recognized as an integral piece of the City of Quinte West current workforce and economic, social, and cultural future.

Community leaders, businesses, organizations, and young professionals will forge connections to drive the community forward through unique opportunities and partnerships



QYP Goes Bowling

Join us for a night of networking, bowling, and pizza!

Networking/Doors Open at 5:30 pm.

Bowling starts at 6:00 pm at Club Medd in Trenton – 31 Dundas St E, Trenton.

$12 per person at the door.

QYP Turns 2

Date: July 20, 2016

Time: 5pm-7pm

Location: Trent Port Marina, 15 Creswell Drive Trenton, Ontario K8V 3S8

Quinte Young Professionals (QYP) was founded in 2014 by the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce and has already expanded to a Quinte regional focus. We are a group of individuals connecting with peers in social environments to exchange ideas, share common interests, learn more about the area’s business community and engage in the community’s future. The mission is to engage and empower young professionals through community, professional and social opportunities in Quinte.

Please join us in celebrating our accomplishments over the past year.



June Mingle @ The Brake Room

Wednesday June 22, 2016

5:30pm to 7:30pm

The Brake Room  (34 Dundas St. East.  Bellevile, ON)

We want to keep you connected to young professionals of this community. Come out and enjoy the company of like minded individuals and have great conversation, good food, and create excellent pportunities. Because isn’t that what it is all about?


Ontario’s Under 40s Feel They Have Little Impact Over Government Issues

A survey of young professionals across the province reveals surprising opinions about the new Prime Minister after his first 100 days in office.

A survey conducted by the Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO); a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, shows that the majority of young professionals believe the new government will lead Canada to prosperity.

Click here to see official media release and survey results

Young Professionals Building Strong Communities – Press Release

Quinte Young Professionals to participate in Habitat for Humanity build day

QUINTE WEST, ON – Quinte Young Professionals (QYP) is excited to volunteer on Thursday, April 23 at the newest build for Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward Hastings. The current project is located on Sidney St in Trenton and in its final stages. The projected move in date for the Coughlin family is the end of May.

Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

“We are so excited to give back to the community,” said Kristina Lane, Director with Quinte Young Professionals and Youth Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator with Small Business Centre. “One of our goals as young professionals is to help build a stronger community through youth retention and volunteering. This is a great opportunity for us to give back!”

Quinte Young Professionals is a group of individuals (40 and younger) connecting with peers in social environments to exchange ideas, share common interests, learn more about the area’s business community and engage in the community’s future. Their goal is to engage and empower young professionals through community, professional, and social opportunities.

The Coughlin family is looking forward to enjoying their new home. The family of five currently shares a two bedroom apartment and are in desperate need of better living quarters.

“We are all looking forward to our own personal space,” said Melanie Coughlin. “My husband Dan and I have been sleeping in the apartment living room.”

Melanie and Dan begin the application process in February of 2014 which consisted of an information session and several interviews. It was last October, after the house had already started being built, that they learned they were the successful candidates.

Each family is required to complete a minimum of 500 volunteer hours while their home is being built.

“We’ve primarily done work in the basement like helping to dig trenches for pipes,” said Melanie. “We did lots of drywall work, painting and trim, framing, and helping to pick out the design of the home.”

Melanie encouraged anyone in a similar living situation to apply.

“As young professionals, we need to be engaged in the Quinte Region and aligning ourselves with organizations that have similar values is ideal,” said Kristina Lane. “We have some amazing individuals as part of the driving force for Quinte Young Professionals.”

Directors with QYP are: Adam Burr of RE/MAX Quinte Ltd., Meagan Gray of QuintEssential Credit Union, Jillian McCormick of QuintEssential Credit Union, Kristina lane of the Small Business Centre, and James Krikorian of Scotiabank.

QYP hosts several events and activities a year. They are closely aligned with the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce and made possible with generous donations from the City of Quinte West, Trenval Business Development Corporation, and Futurpreneur Canada. A special thank you to Papa John’s Pizza for supplying lunch for the QYP volunteers on build day.

Anyone interested in learning more about Quinte Young Professionals is invited to visit their website at or find them on Facebook.


PR: Quinte Joins Launch of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO) in Toronto



Quinte Joins Launch of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO) in Toronto

Local under 40’s connect and want a voice in the province’s future.


November 26, 2014 – Meagan Gray, Kristina Lane, Adam Burr, James Krikorian and Jillian McCormick from Quinte Young Professionals joined dozens of under forties from all corners of the province today to announce the launch of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO). YPNO is a central hub to support young people to do business, network, advocate, have a voice at provincial and national tables, and build economic development opportunities.

Says Chair of Quinte Young Professionals Meagan Gray “There has been a significant lack of opportunities for young professionals from the Quinte Regionandacross the province to meet like-minded peers and have a voice on provincial issues. YPNO is a volunteer-based organization that will serve as an essential provincial network to connect, engage, inspire and advocate for professionals under 40 years. Quinte Young Professionals is delighted to join YPNO and represent Quinte’syoung professionals at a provincial and national level.”

YPNO represents over 30 Young Professionals Networks with thousands of members dispersed across large cities like Toronto, as well as in small northern communities like Kenora. Members also come from all sectors and walks of life including private business, public entities, trades, not-for profit agencies, and Aboriginal organizations.

As part of the organization’s launch, 6 core pillars were unveiled:

  • Community Engagement
  • Social
  • Business & Economy
  • Environment
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Provincial Connectivity


An advocacy campaign called; Meet Us, Hear Us was also announced to Parliament at Queen’s Park.


Says QYP Chair Meagan Gray “Our advocacy goal is to inform politicians and decision-makers about the hot issues concerning young people today. The current provincial deficit, lack of incentives to attract and retain young people, infrastructure planning and jobs are just a few of the top concerns. There are also important local issues that we look forward to starting conversations with political or socio-economic influencers about. QYP’s involvement in YPNO is a unique opportunity to engage future leaders on key issues.”


“Quinte Young Professionals is a group that was initiated by the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce to meet the needs of young professionals and entrepreneurs in our community,” says Chamber Manager Suzanne Andrews.  “We see the connecting of these groups at the provincial level to be a huge step in the right direction and are very pleased that this group representing Quinte West and the greater Quinte Region are involved at the beginning of this exciting new project.”  Quinte Young Professionals is sponsored by the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce, Trenval CFDC and Futurpreneur Canada


To get involved visit or