Women in Canadian Manufacturing

Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s future leaders: Meet Simmie Thiara

July 5, 2022
By Sukanya Ray Ghosh
Presented by:
Women in Manufacturing

The future of the manufacturing and automation technology sector looks bright.

Armed with a strong work ethic, initiative, curiosity and a commitment to innovation, the winners of our inaugural Top 10 Under 40 program are setting the bar for young professionals across the industry. 

Whether they work in leadership, operations, maintenance, sales, support or research, these industry professionals are highly regarded by their colleagues, clients and peers.

To highlight the achievements of each individual selected for the Top 10 Under 40 list, Manufacturing AUTOMATION will feature one of 2022’s winners every week for the next 10 weeks. Nominations for the 2023 contest open at the end of the year.

This week, we introduce Simmie Thiara, director of strategic development and sales at AceTronic in Mississauga, Ont.

Simmie Thiara is the third generation of her family working on fuelling the growth of AceTronic. AceTronic, a family business, was established by her grandfather. Simmie’s mother, Kim Thiara, became the second generation to continue his passion and grow the company further to become a three-pronged business, offering customer service, distribution and manufacturing capabilities.  

To come in as a third-generation member and create a legacy is not an easy task. 

“Being a woman in the manufacturing sector is not easy, but anything can be possible if we find that spark within. Simmie has discovered her spark and has shown that she is up to it,” says Kim.

Plastics, a major part of AceTronic’s business, has much negativity surrounding it. Simmie was instrumental in creating the SWAP program so that AceTronic could play a small part in fostering a circular economy. 

Under Simmie’s guidance and leadership, AceTronic has partnered with Greentech and is ensuring that industrial waste (electronic components) is disposed off ethically. 

Simmie has sat on the association for WBE (Women’s Business Association) and has been involved with CAMSC (Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Suppliers Council). These associations are focused on showcasing women and minority-owned businesses and furthering their opportunities across the globe. She has also spoken on panels on behalf of Build A Dream, an organization that is intent on providing insight and direction to young females to consider careers in the trades and typical non-female roles.