To mark Innovation Guelph’s 10th anniversary, we’re sharing stories about its past, present, and future. As part of this series, meet Jane Wielhorski. Wielhorski has volunteered with Innovation Guelph, during events with community partners, in her role as an executive assistant to the president & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. We invited Wielhorski to share her thoughts on the organization reaching this milestone.  

How have you been involved with Innovation Guelph?

I was honoured to be invited to participate as a judge in the Rhyze Venture Program. The talent and innovative ideas generated by local female entrepreneurs never ceased to amaze me. The pitch competitions were a highlight. I was grateful to play a small part in awarding funds to help these inspiring women start and grow their businesses. It’s also been fun to be involved with the organizing committee for the annual International Women’s Day event, led by the talented and committed team at Innovation Guelph. This event has connected me to many wonderful women representing local organizations across all sectors. 

Why is this milestone remarkable?

In 10 short years, Innovation Guelph has gone from an organization operating in near anonymity to a highly respected and valued stakeholder in the local business ecosystem. 

In your view, how has Innovation Guelph made a difference? (What has its impact been on you, your business, your community, or the world?)

It’s exhilarating to see how several local businesses have grown from small enterprises to large employers with a global presence through the mentorship and programs offered at Innovation Guelph. 

A sincere congratulations to everyone involved with Innovation Guelph, from past to present, who had the vision and commitment to encourage and mentor innovative ideas across multiple sectors over the past decadeWhat a gift you have all been to the community! — Jane 

Wielhorski, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce