Membership Spotlight – Meet the North Simcoe CFDC






Arthur Barrows

General Manager

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In 2002, Arthur graduated with a Honour’s Degree in Public Administration and Governance (Ryerson University).  In 2005, Arthur graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration (University of Guelph).  After completing his academic studies, Arthur relocated from Oakville to Ottawa and began working for the Government of Canada.

In 2013, Arthur moved to the Town of Inuvik, a small, isolated Indigenous community near the Arctic Ocean, to work as the Loans Officer for the Western Arctic Business Development Corporation (WABDC).  In 2015, Arthur was promoted and became WABDC’s General Manager.

During Arthur’s WABDC tenure he helped several Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, and Métis entrepreneurs obtain business loans, government contributions, and government contracts.  He also successfully helped many immigrant entrepreneurs (recent Canadian immigrants).

Last December, Arthur moved to Midland, Ontario and became the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation’s (NSCFDC) new General Manager.  Arthur is extremely excited about his new position and looks forward to helping the NSCFDC’s clients.

Positive Media Coverage

Meet Bobby Ross: Homeless just 3 years ago, he’s about to start his 2nd business (CBC Article)

Beaufort business development remains steady in spite of slow economy (Inuvik Drum)

Richard McLeod – Successful Indigenous Business Owner (Tusaayaksat Magazine)




Tete du Carolyn Bissette, djointe de bureau à of NSCFDC



Carolyn Bissette

Office Assistant

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  Carolyn joined the North Simcoe CFDC team in 2021. Carolyn holds an Advanced Business Administration Diploma and a Human Resources Certificate from Georgian College. In addition to her education, Carolyn brings a wealth of experience having worked for small and medium sized enterprises in the healthcare, manufacturing, tourism, construction, and transportation sectors. Carolyn is passionate about providing a high-level of service to clients and ensuring that her team members are fully supported. Carolyn is a member of the Georgian Bay Métis community and is dedicated to learning about the richness and depth of their history, culture, language, and way of life. She currently is advancing her skills in French. 





Lois Irvine

Client Care Coordinator

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  Lois has been helping local entrepreneurs realize their business dreams for 20 years. Born and raised in Tiny, Lois returned to the North Simcoe area to raise her family after completing her education in Economic Development (University of Waterloo). With additional training in Client Management, Business Counselling, and Succession Planning, Lois can support you through every step of your business journey. Whether you are looking for local market research, are developing a business plan, or wanting to grow your connections, Lois is here to help you achieve your goals. Lois is pleased to offer these services in both official languages.


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