About Us2021-03-22T14:29:50+00:00

Fostering Innovation in Guelph since 2010

Innovation Guelph’s agile approach to supporting entrepreneurs and businesses reflects the evolving needs of our clients. We continue to provide mentorship and business support programs and services to help innovative enterprises start, grow and thrive.

We are proud recipients of the University of Guelph, Gordon S. Lang HeForShe Impact Award for our ongoing commitment to gender equity and our Rhyze™ programming for women entrepreneurs including Rhyze UP! and Rhyze Ventures.
We are also proud recipients of the National Enterprise Support of the Year Award and the Ontario Enterprise Support CANIE award from Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation, for advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through leadership and impact.
Our business acceleration programs are designed for high-potential startups and small to medium-sized enterprises from across southern Ontario that are ready to scale. Innovation Guelph serves as single point of entry to a provincewide network of regional innovation centres and business support services. 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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Innovation Guelph will:

for entrepreneurial initiative.


in the City of Guelph and surrounding region.


that bring wellbeing and prosperity to our region.


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


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


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


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


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

We foster an anti-racist environment to create a place, and the space where everyone is free to be their whole selves. Our commitment to building a community rooted in inclusion and equity is steadfast. And it will mean listening and learning as we go. Everyone on our team and within our community receives the same respect and opportunity, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, culture, identity, beliefs or language. 

We are more the same than different. We celebrate and value our differences. We are stronger together. 

The Innovation Guelph Team

Our Staff

Anne Toner Fung
Anne Toner FungExecutive Director/CEO
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.
Margaret Strybosch
Margaret StryboschDirector of Operations
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.
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.
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.
Katherine Laycock
Katherine LaycockProgram Manager
Drawing on her work on global issues such as resilience planning, social capital efficacy, the climate crisis, and gender dynamics, Katherine’s contribution to women entrepreneurship, as program manager of IG Rhyze Ventures, is informed by extensive knowledge and international experience in capacity development, international studies, and planning. Katherine demonstrates her belief in community engagement by serving on several boards and assisting the Red Cross Disaster Management team. Katherine enjoys travel, embraces change and believes success in life is never static.
Christopher Coghlan
Christopher CoghlanProgram Manager
Christopher manages the Circular Food Economy Innovation Hub (CFE iHub), a partnership of organizations involved in Guelph-Wellington’s Our Food Future project which is housed at Innovation Guelph. The CFE iHub offers opportunities for collaboration, networking, business support, and mentorship. These activities support the Our Food Future goal of creating 50 new circular food business and/or collaborations.
Janet Wakutz
Janet WakutzSenior Communications Officer
With extensive experience in communication plan and strategy execution, digital communications, website management and employee relations, Janet enjoys creating content that balances audience needs with communication goals. Her background in journalism combined with experience in manufacturing, healthcare and non-profits informs her approach to finding solutions for communication and marketing challenges. Janet enjoys continuously learning, time well-spent with family and opportunities to exercise creativity through her blog, crafts and hobbies.
Diana Train
Diana TrainFacility & Event Manager
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.
Paige Proulx
Paige ProulxProgram Coordinator
While studying Political Science and International Development at the University of Guelph, Paige became passionate about the relationships between public, private, and social sectors. To further her interests, Paige continued her education at Seneca College to study Non-profit and Social Sector Management achieving Certified Associate in Project Management. As part of the CFE iHub, she discovered her desire to help businesses realize their social impact. Focusing on food insecurity and sustainability, Paige strives to live an eco-friendly lifestyle and help others as well.
Adelaide Manley
Adelaide ManleyProgram Assistant
With a Bachelor of Arts Honours, Psychology Major and Graduate Certificate, Community and Social Service Management, Adelaide’s work experience as a Liaison Officer with Conestoga College enhances her ability to build relationships and connections in her role with the Rhyze Ventures program. She also has experience working with women looking for meaningful employment experiences and post-secondary trades education providing her a great foundation for working with women entrepreneurs. When not at work, Adelaide enjoys cooking and softball.
Jordann Hunsperger
Jordann HunspergerProgram Assistant
After graduating from the post-graduate Community and Social Services Management program at Conestoga College, Jordann joined the Innovation Guelph team eager to learn about the exciting things happening in the entrepreneur community. A self-proclaimed multitasker, Jordann enjoys assisting her program manager with a variety of tasks including program development, project management, event planning, data entry, and more, to ensure that programming runs smoothly for our entrepreneurs in the Startup Program. In her free time, Jordann enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, and playing piano.
Carly Beneteau
Carly BeneteauProgram Coordinator
A data-driven, detail-oriented program coordinator, Carly Beneteau is passionate about supporting teams and using her problem-solving abilities to put clients first! With close to 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Carly leverages her Bachelor of Psychology Degree, Social Service Worker Diploma and her work with youth entrepreneurship and employment skills. Joining IG to coordinate the Future Proof Community Collaboration Project, she will transition into supporting SME programs.
Karolina Salazar
Karolina SalazarCounty Connector
Karolina is passionate about engaging with her community and facilitating meaningful connections. After graduating from the University of Guelph where she majored in Psychology with a minor in Business, Karolina joined Innovation Guelph to support the CFE iHub. As County Connector, she is invested in connecting food system businesses and social innovators to the relevant support systems and resources. Karolina enjoys hiking, sewing, and any opportunity for self-development.
Mia Fortino
Mia FortinoDigital Engagement/Challenge Facilitator
Mia loves helping teams discover unique opportunities to innovate and thrive. With experience as an Independent Consultant and roles at every level of government, she has led several successful research projects and collaborative workshops with teams of all sizes. Mia holds a Master of Global Affairs from the Munk School at the University of Toronto and has a background in political science and strategic foresight.

 Annual Reports

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

Annual Report 2019/20

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