John London, Vice Chairman, Nuvo Pharmaceuticals
John has over 30 years of experience managing a wide variety of public and private businesses. His experience includes international Masters of Law degree, partnership at a Toronto Bay St. law firm, senior position at auto parts multinational, co-founder of public auto parts company, venture capital investing and CEO and board positions at technology and public pharmaceutical businesses. John’s current focus is business and academic board roles, including his roles at the Wood Centre as Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board and Executive in Residence.
Emily Susan Wood Frasson, President, Wood Development Group
Susan Frasson was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario and has been actively involved in her family’s businesses since the age of 9. She is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario where she took English, psychology and of course business. She worked in the family business as a project manager designing new appliances and setting up new assembly lines. Susan married Alex Frasson in 1996 and two years later gave birth to the first of their four children. She returned to W.C. Wood Company in 2005 to assist with special projects and strategic planning. After the family business was sold in 2008, Susan began working in the real estate end of the business and is currently President of Wood Development Group. In 2009 the family established The W. C. Wood Foundation, which Susan is also actively and passionately involved in. Susan and her husband also own and operate a number of other businesses together. On a daily basis, Susan juggles her many business interests with her role as a very involved and committed parent, while still making time for her passion as a community philanthropist and activist. Her style is to build consensus and lead by example and you see that reflected in every aspect of her life - family business owner, philanthropist, parent and life partner.
Paul Fitzpatrick, Broker of Record, Home Group Realty
Paul is a 40+ year resident of Guelph; a University of Guelph Grad in 1986 with a degree in management economics. Paul embarked on a career in real estate in 1988. The next 20 plus years saw Paul consistently grow his business and be involved in over 1200 home sales and a historic success ratio exceeding 86%. Paul has been consistently ranked among the Top 10 realtors in his local market and has been recognized for his leadership and innovative marketing.
Not satisfied with the direction conventional real estate companies were taking, Paul opened his own brokerage in the fall of 2011. In a few short years from their humble beginning as a team of 4 Realtors, Home Group Realty has grown to a dynamic independent brokerage of 50+ seasoned Realtors that consistently out-produce and perform the average agent and brokerage in their marketplace.
Rishi Sethi, Co-founder, SutureOut
Rishi spent the last 5 years and growing the medical device company SutureOut. At SutureOut Rishi commercialized the first guarded blade suture removal tool, developed distribution relationships throughout Canada and the US, handled regulatory compliance with Health Canada & FDA, managed the company’s intellectual property strategy, sourced production overseas, and managed a local and virtual marketing team. He is also actively engaged at the Wood Centre as a mentor with expertise in regulatory compliance, sales, business development, project management, and marketing.
Rishi is an innovative, strategic self-starter who leverages entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for healthcare to drive the development and commercialization of medical devices. He is driven by a win-win, team-focused philosophy that has been instrumental in the development, marketing, and sales of products and services for over a decade.
Harrison Newlands, Director of Strategic Relations, Hoshi International
Harrison has a diverse understanding of capital markets, having invested, advised, marketed and help found dozens of small to mid-cap companies and currently serves as the Director of Strategic Relations for Hoshi International. Prior to Hoshi Harrison was Director of Business Development at Fire & Flower, Canada’s leading independent cannabis retailer, and Research Associate for MacNicol & Associates in Toronto, Ontario. Harrison currently sits on the board for a local Ontario based charitable foundation and mentors students and startups at the University of Guelph, Ryerson University, and the Leaf Forward business accelerator.