Business Mentors

Meet our Mentors

We have a great group of experienced and successful business mentors that are interested in helping your small business thrive.  Designed to meet the time constraints of busy entrepreneurs, you can make arrangements that are beneficial and easy for both of you to work with.


Ross Shantz

Ross has an extensive background in farming. He assisted his family farming operation to grow into a turkey research and breeding company which eventually encompassed 14 farms, two hatcheries and had affiliate operations in the USA, Brazil, Hungary and Ireland.  Ross then went on to co-found the Mercedes Corp. which was involved with the development of Farmers markets, Outlet malls, and long-term health care facilities. He is well versed in business development and strategic planning.

Hopeton D’Aguilar 

Hopeton’s passion is to see businesses and individuals grow and prosper.  He has held many executive positions with larger companies as well as owning and operating two of his own local businesses: a metal processing and distribution company as well as a business consulting group focused on startup, takeover, continuous improvement and turn around.  His background includes business development, financial  management,  and accounting.


Carolyn Skimson

A former CEO of Groves Hospital, Carolyn has incredible skills in organization, planning and sound business practices. She enjoys helping small businesses with their strategic planning and organization.

Julien R. Den Tandt PAg. (retired)

Julien held a number of senior management positions in firms that marketed products around the world.  He specialized in helping firms identify key areas that required change.  Once shortcomings were identified, action plans were then designed and implemented.  Julien enjoys sharing his management knowledge and experience with organizations that enjoy the challenge of change management.

Nick Harris

Nick is a seasoned business professional with a background in manufacturing and the service industry.  He has a diverse range of experience including business and financial analysis, strategic and tactical planning, small business development, supply chain management, business environment and competitor analysis, technical sales and management of joint venture operations and agreements.

Don Speers

Don has extensive business and accounting expertise. He has worked in different manufacturing sectors, including furniture, wire and cable, stainless steel foundries and thermoplastic hose and tubing production. He has also worked in several service sectors including public utilities, appliance sales and service, electrician services and bus lines and tours. He enjoys working with small businesses to help them understand and master the financial management of their business, which he believes is the number one key to success in business today.


Eligible businesses must be located in the following area(s) to apply for this mentoring program:

  • Wellington County: Puslinch Township, Town of Erin, Guelph/Eramosa Township, Centre Wellington Township, Mapleton Township
  • Waterloo Region: Wellesley Township, Woolwich Township, North Dumfries Township, Wilmot Township

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Areas Served: Aberfoyle, Alma, Arkell, Ariss, Ayr, Baden, Belwood, Bloomingdale, Brisbane, Breslau, Conestogo, Drayton, Eden Mills, Elmira, Elora, Ennotville, Erin, Everton, Fergus, Floradale, Glen Allen, Hawkesville, Heidelberg, Hillsburgh, Inverhaugh, Linwood, Mannheim, Marden, Maryhill, Moorefield, Morriston, New Hamburg, North Dumfries, Orton, Ospringe, Petersburg, Philipsburg, Ponsonby, Rockwood, Rothsay, Salem, St. Agatha, St. Clements, St. Jacobs, Teviotdale, Wallenstein, Wellesley, West Montrose, Wilmot and Winterbourne, Ontario Canada