Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors keep Innovation Guelph on track to success
Quintin Fox - Board Chair

Quintin Fox - Board Chair

Director of Training Development and Capacity Resourcing, Gay Lea Foods Co-operative

About Quintin

Quintin Fox is the Director of Training Development and Capacity Resourcing at Gay Lea Foods Co-operative. Gay Lea Foods Co-operative is a leading dairy processor with 35% of Ontario dairy farmers as member-owners and over $700 million in sales with over 900 employees working out of 12 sites across Ontario. Quintin works with the Human Resources and Member Relations departments to develop training and development programs to meet the needs of members, delegates, directors and employees.

Carol Hunter - Vice Chair

Carol Hunter - Vice Chair

Board Director; Governance Expert; Strategic Leader

About Carol

Carol Hunter is an executive leader with more than 15 years experience managing and governing all aspects of organizations. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Corporate Affairs at The Co-operators, and currently serves on the board of Meridian Credit Union, Ontario’s largest credit union, and the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. Hunter was previously Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association, and contributed to the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Community Wellbeing, and the College of Business and Economics Advisory Council at the University of Guelph. She masterfully balances long-term aspirational goals of organizations with everyday execution, and has a deep understanding of corporate citizenship and social responsibility. Hunter is a Chartered Director and the 2016 recipient of the Director’s College Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award for the top graduating student.

Phil Wheeler - Secretary

Phil Wheeler - Secretary

Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, Meridian Credit Union

About Phil

Phil Wheeler is a Senior Commercial Relationship Manager with Meridian Credit Union. Upon graduating from DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University he joined Meridian in the retail branch spending time as a financial advisor prior to transitioning to commercial lending. Phil brings experience in financial analytics, reviews and execution of business, marketing and sales plans. An active volunteer, Phil is involved with various not-for profits, notably a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph.

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Spencer Waugh

Health Tech Leader, President of Dignio US, Founder of AceAge

About Spencer

Spencer is a high-octane startup/scaleup leader with experience building health-tech organizations for continuous growth. Spencer leads with an enthusiasm and passion that creates a strong culture and a dedicated team, which directly translates into quality output for customers. With an ability to communicate influentially, and proven business acumen, Spencer has a strong track record of building strategic partnerships both domestically and internationally. Spencer is the founder of Canadian health-tech startup and Innovation Guelph alumni AceAge, and President of Norwegian health-tech scaleup Dignio.

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Shikha Jain

CEO of Green Energy Trading Corporation

About Shikha

Shikha is the CEO of Green Energy Trading Corporation (GET Corp.), a green tech start-up that supports the dairy industry in leading the sustainability journey through the conversion of on-farm organic wastes to renewable natural gas (RNG). She has expertise in strategy, organizational design, strategic communications and government relations, and operations through her previous roles as CEO of Career Colleges Ontario and Chief Strategy and Administrative Officer with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Shikha brings governance experience through her work with boards and currently serves on the Family and Children’s Services Guelph Wellington Board of Directors. She believes in the power of people and is passionate about building engagement and partnerships toward common goals.

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Rishan Sathasivam

Team Lead of People & Operations at Elinesky Schuett Private Wealth Management of RBC DS

About Rishan

Rishan is Team Lead of People & Operations at Elinesky Schuett Private Wealth Management of RBC DS, helping cross-functionally lead and scale one of the largest and fastest growing advisor teams in the country, with ~$3B in AUM. Previously, he was Director of Operations at Marshall Zehr Group, where he helped lead and build a proprietary mortgage brokerage and administration platform that helped successfully process over 300 transactions and advance over $2B in private and institutional capital to projects in southern Ontario. Rishan has a history of building wide professional and social networks and experience in event marketing and production. He specializes in leading large-scale projects in real estate, technology, and wealth management.

Tova Davidson

Tova Davidson

Executive Director at Sustainable Waterloo Region

About Tova

Tova Davidson helps develop strategic direction for SWR, manages the team, and builds key relationships throughout Waterloo region. She brings her experience in public relations and communications to creatively approach sustainability opportunities. Paired with her business background as the former Vice President of The Letter M Marketing, she is primed to collaborate with top organizations in Waterloo Region and beyond to drive change locally and provincially. Having been selected by The Guelph Mercury for Top 40 Under 40, and the recipient of the Mayor’s Award of Excellence, Tova has demonstrated leadership in the community, and continues to lead by example while inspiring others to do the same.

Nassim Give

Nassim Give

Principal and founder of Give Law Professional Corporation

About Nassim

She has been specializing in Real Estate, Corporate Law, and Wills and Estates. Prior to opening her own practice, she was a corporate and commercial real estate lawyer practicing as in-house where she was able to expand her knowledge and expertise. From the inception of her career, she was appointed managing lawyer as she is known for providing legal services with integrity and care. Her innate entrepreneurial skills eventually led her to her own practice. Outside of practicing law, Nassim is a mentor to many undergraduate, law students, and graduates, supporting them with achieving their goals.

Emma Rogers

Emma Rogers

Executive Director, Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington

About Emma

Emma Rogers is the Executive Director of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington. Emma’s strong passion for supporting the community is elevated through her role at the Children’s Foundation, ultimately, promoting positive priorities that engage community stakeholders to create brighter futures for children and youth.

As a philanthropy enthusiast and seasoned social entrepreneur, Emma’s love for helping others doesn’t end at work, finding great purpose in helping the non-profit sector with various strategic initiatives and fund development opportunities. For upwards of fifteen years, she has spent time volunteering for various NPOs. From chairing GuelphGives, co-chairing Guelph’s Women Leaders Learning, or sitting on various committees, such as the Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee, Emma’s motivation is always positive impact.

Emma has been a recipient of the Guelph Mayoral Award in 2017, Guelph’s 40 under 40 award as well as the Paul Harris Award.

Paul Larmer

Paul Larmer

Chief Executive Officer at Semex

About Paul

Paul Larmer is the Chief Executive Officer of Semex in Guelph. Mr. Larmer has experience working with boards of directors and was key to the formation of the Semex Alliance in 1997. He has led sales and business development, strategic planning and organizational change globally. A strong promoter of youth, Mr. Larmer has served on the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Youth Trust Fund and has been involved with 4-H Ontario Foundation, OAC Alumni Association and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Felix Arndt

Felix Arndt

John F Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Guelph

About Felix

Felix Arndt is currently the John F Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Guelph. Before that, he held scholarly positions in China, the UK, the USA, and was a management consultant, executive, and lobbyist. He has built and contributed to a range of entrepreneurial ecosystems, held patents, and advisory roles in start-ups and for governments. Felix is passionate about novelty by enabling people, companies, and new technologies.

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Jennifer Riddell

Partner at RLB LLP

About Jennifer

Jennifer is a partner at RLB LLP specializing in working with owner-managed businesses and supporting female business leaders in the community RLB has been named one of the Top 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada and the top 30 accounting firms in Canada. Jennifer has a passion for helping clients succeed and an interest in learning about different businesses along the way.