About Us 2018-08-17T20:55:15+00:00

Fostering Innovation in Guelph since 2010

Innovation Guelph is building prosperity for community wellbeing by providing mentorship and business support programs and services to help innovative enterprises start, grow and thrive.

Our novel business acceleration programs – including Speedway, Fast Lane, Fuel Injection, the Rhyze Project and BCorp Bootcamp – are designed for high-potential start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises from across southern Ontario that are ready to scale.Innovation Guelph also serves as a one-stop point of access to Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) programs and resources.
The outcome is an innovation ecosystem that drives economic growth, supports environmental sustainability and enhances the quality of life for everyone in our region.

Innovation Guelph is building prosperity for community wellbeing by providing mentorship and business support programs and services to help innovative enterprises start, grow and thrive.

Our novel business acceleration programs – including Speedway, Fast Lane, Fuel Injection, the Rhyze Project and BCorp Bootcamp – are designed for high-potential start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises from across southern Ontario that are ready to scale.Innovation Guelph also serves as a one-stop point of access to Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) programs and resources.
The outcome is an innovation ecosystem that drives economic growth, supports environmental sustainability and enhances the quality of life for everyone in our region.
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ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS

Innovation Guelph will:
ACT AS A CATALYST

for entrepreneurial initiative.

BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE INNOVATION SECTOR

in the City of Guelph and surrounding region.

CONTRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY INNOVATION INITIATIVES

that bring wellbeing and prosperity to our region.

PROVIDE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

to address the needs of entrepreneurs, community organizations, researchers and business leaders.

MANAGE A TEAM OF EXPERIENCED ADVISORS

to help companies determine which resources best match their product, goals, and stage of company development.

PROVIDE A ‘ONE-STOP SHOP’ FOR CLIENTS

to access all available commercialization programs and services in the region, regardless of sector.

ASSIST COMPANIES

startups, small and medium sized enterprises, and multinationals to achieve growth of market share, enter new markets, increase employment, and improve their bottom line.

PERFORM OUR ROLE IN THE ONTARIO NETWORK OF ENTREPRENEURS (ONE)

to be an effective and efficient regional program and service delivery system based on a regional alliance of business support agencies.

The Innovation Guelph Team

Our Staff

Anne Toner Fung
Anne Toner FungExecutive Director
A lifelong champion of entrepreneurship and an engaged economic empowerment leader, Anne’s experience includes more than 20 years of business and organizational development in the private and not-for-profit sectors. A former business owner, management executive, co-founder and angel investor, Anne has experienced business and social enterprise from all sides.
Mickey Campeau
Mickey CampeauProgram Manager
Motivated by watching entrepreneurs surpass their own expectations and earn outstanding results, Mickey uses this energy to create opportunities for IG clients to continue pushing boundaries to improve their bottom line. With a strong and successful past in Sales, Management, Marketing and Self-Employment, Mickey uses this knowledge to help manage the IG client base and works with the mentors everyday to make sure each client experience is a memorable one.
Margaret Strybosch
Margaret StryboschAccountant
Margaret manages all accounting activities for IG, including financial reporting to the Board of Directors, administration of government funding contracts, and making sure we all stay within our budget. She has a passion for learning and is often taking one course or another. She recently completed her Masters of Science (Psychology) to attempt to gain a better understanding of the people in her life. Margaret lives in Guelph with her husband and four children.
Linda Horowitz
Linda HorowitzProgram Manager
Linda’s passion is helping small and medium enterprises grow to their potential. Her 30 plus years of experience in operations, process improvement and project management, as a corporate employee and as an Independent Contractor, have given her the necessary tools to understand the needs of today’s business owners who are in search of sustainable growth. When Linda isn’t working, she is taking to the open road on her motorcycle.
Diana Train
Diana TrainFront of House Coordinator
One of Diana’s passions in life is connecting with her community and its members. After graduating with 2 Hospitality Degrees from Fanshawe College, Diana entered into the busy but rewarding life of Restaurant Management. Looking for a change, Diana worked at the Downtown Guelph Business Association, and gained the skills she needed to make a career change. Now she is pleased to be the Front of House Coordinator at Innovation Guelph.
Snow Conrad
Snow ConradGraphic Designer & Creative Lead
After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Environmental Studies and Business, Snow decided to turn her lifelong passion for visual art into a career and returned to school to earn her diploma in Graphic Design. Now she enjoys using her creative skills to help others and exploring the creative side of Guelph.
Sam Dent
Sam DentCommunity Engagement and Research Coordinator Sustainability Initiatives
Sam is pleased to use his passion for sustainability to help businesses be more environmentally friendly. He is a graduate of the B.A. (Hon.) Environmental Governance program at the University of Guelph, and has experiences in the not-for-profit and governments sectors. Sam is passionate about working collaboratively in order to fight climate change and make our world more sustainable. He is responsible for community outreach and research, in order to identify the best way for Innovation Guelph to assist its clients in becoming more sustainable, while saving money.
Rick Hastings
Rick HastingsSenior Communications Officer
Rick has worked with some of Canada’s most recognized companies in high-tech, insurance, and retail operations to create and execute communication strategies that strengthen the relationship between organizations and their stakeholders. A former B2B sales professional, operations manager and people leader, Rick has a unique understanding of business drivers and how best to build partnerships through effective communication.

Our Mentors

Steve Barrett
Steve BarrettMentor
Steve has a proven track record for conceiving, funding, launching and commercializing early stage technology companies. He has successes across telecom, networking, wireless and biotech.
Kevin Boon
Kevin BoonMentor
At Innovation Guelph, Kevin has helped clients raise private capital, tap into government funding, and establish sales, marketing & social media strategies to leverage influence and build audience. Kevin coaches clients to build a simple, robust and scaleable business model combined with go-to-market strategies that embrace storytelling as well as process.
Jeff Campbell
Jeff CampbellMentor
Jeff has a well developed understanding of how to commercialize technology and services in markets globally. As a serial CEO he has lead startups through commercialization, funding, growth and acquisition. Lately he has been driving transition to scalable business models in client companies and experimenting with a business accelerator.
Stacey Curry Gunn
Stacey Curry GunnMentor
Stacey is a public relations and marketing communications specialist who enjoys solving business challenges through strategic thinking, branding excellence and inspired storytelling.
Melissa Durrell
Melissa DurrellMentor
Melissa Durrell is actively involved with the startup scene, working with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and angel investors across Canada. As one of Canada’s few female pitch coaches, she’s known for her unique storytelling skills, which she honed at her former career as an award-winning broadcast journalist.
Mark Goldberg
Mark GoldbergMentor
Mark is an entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in drug research and as a regulatory consultant. He is co-founder of PlantForm Corp., a biotechnology start-up manufacturing therapeutic antibodies, and serves on its Board of Directors.
Jane Humphries
Jane HumphriesMentor
Jane has an extensive background in community philanthropy, leadership, and organizational development with over 20 years experience in training, design, facilitation, coaching, and strategic planning. A skilled consensus builder she has led startup organizations through community consultations, funding strategies, crafting operational plans, developing Boards and Advisory Groups, staff recruitment, and building successful, collaborative partnerships.
Bob Ilmonen
Bob IlmonenMentor
Bob is a Mechanical Engineer and a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with more than twenty years of experience in the area of machine design and product development.
Dr. John Kelly
Dr. John Kelly Mentor
John Kelly supports entrepreneurs and innovation in the life sciences, agriculture, food, health and bioeconomy sectors in domestic and international markets. He has a wealth of experience in the private and public sector and has held various executive and Board of Director positions with start-ups and multinational companies. He has been focused on innovation development and implementation, actively advancing products and technologies to commercial success.
Niel Palmer
Niel PalmerMentor
Niel possesses a strong understanding of the correlation between operational efficiencies and financial performance. With an educational foundation in physics, his background includes engineering, lean principles, business management and business coaching.
Don Thompson
Don ThompsonMentor
Don has a proven track record developing new products. He has developed expertise in the areas of new product development and end-to-end product lifecycle management. With a passion for new product innovation, Don holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and a Certified Project Management Professional.
Peter Warmels
Peter WarmelsMentor
Peter has held a diverse portfolio of responsibilities during his career in the agri-food industry that started with an education in food science at the University of Guelph. With over 20 years in the manufacturing sector culminating as GM of a $50M dairy processing operation, he understands fluid and dry processes in the Consumer Packed Goods industry in a cost-effective environment.
He has also extensive knowledge of the ingredient sector having worked for a global distributor in Sales & Marketing functions within the Food, Pharma and Personal Care industries. More recently he has assisted startups and mature organizations in the food safety space gaining deeper penetration and market share within the agri-food industry at all levels.
To compliment this, Peter continues to serve voluntarily at Board and President levels of industry not-for-profits that support the agri-food and entrepreneurial industry both provincially and nationally.

The Latest News from Innovation Guelph

 Annual Reports

Flip through our annual report to learn about the initiatives that IG has been a part of over the past few years, and all of the amazing companies that we’ve supported.

Annual Report 2017/18
Annual Report 2014/15
Annual Report 2015/16

 Annual Reports

Flip through our annual report to learn about the initiatives that IG has been a part of over the past few years, and all of the amazing companies that we’ve supported.

Annual Report 2016/17
Annual Report 2014/15
Annual Report 2015/16