Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors keep Innovation Guelph on track to success
Quintin Fox - Board Chair
Director of Training Development and Capacity Resourcing, Gay Lea Foods Co-operative
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
Board Director; Governance Expert; Strategic Leader
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
Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, Meridian Credit Union
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.
Dave McEllistrum - Treasurer
Partner at RLB LLP
Previously managing partner at RLB LLP, Dave McEllistrum has provided strategic accounting and business counsel that helps businesses strengthen organizational structure, engage stakeholders and measure impact. In his time with RLB, he has helped grow the company from 40 to 100 people, improving performance metrics every year – ultimately leading RLB to be named on of the Top 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada and the top 30 accounting firms in Canada. His interest in innovative and business development has led Mr. McEllistrum to shift his focus at RLB – he is currently develop a new business unit for the firm. Mr. McEllistrum is also a successful entrepreneur who founded and has led an IT integration company from startup to continuous profitability.
President & CEO, The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital
Suzanne Bone is CEO and President of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital, and was a Guelph Chamber of Commerce board member when Innovation Guelph launched in 2010. Ms. Bone joined the Foundation following a placement at Guelph General Hospital as part of her Masters in Health Administration in 1991, and since that time has directed fundraising activities for the organization that have raised more than $60 million. She is a certified fundraising executive, and the 19th Canadian to hold the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Fellows designation. An active and dedicated volunteer, she brings more than 25 years experience in the Guelph community working with individuals, organizations, business and community leaders, with particular expertise in fundraising and governance. Ms. Bone is also a Guelph YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Public Service category.
Senior Counsel at Smith Valeriote LLP
A life-long Guelph resident, Frank Valeriote is a lawyer and community leader who most recently served for 7 years as the Member of Parliament for Guelph. Active in the community for more than 35 years, he is a past board member and chair of the Guelph Wellington Business Enterprise Centre, past board member of Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis, and helped to usher in Onward Willow, one of Guelph’s vital social programs. Valeriote also participated in former mayor Karen Farbridge’s Task Force on the Economy, setting the stage for the creation of Innovation Guelph and other local initiatives. He is currently senior counsel at SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP specializing in the area of business and corporate law, wills and estates, and real estate, and has returned to several local boards and committees including the Skyline Commercial REIT and the Guelph Community Foundation.
Executive Director at Sustainable Waterloo Region
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.
Principal and founder of Give Law Professional Corporation
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.
Executive Director, Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington
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.
Chief Executive Officer at Semex
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.
John F Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Guelph
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.
Partner at RLB LLP
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.