Mentor Network


The John F. Wood Centre for Business & Student Enterprise is seeking University of Guelph alumni that would be open to advising aspiring entrepreneurs enrolled in the Hub Incubator Program.

Over the past 5 years the program has built a community of over 50 companies that are at various stages of development. Most founders are students or recent graduates that are creating mission- and purpose-driven businesses to make a positive impact on the world. While exciting and rewarding, this experience can also be quite challenging and many are looking for advice, experience sharing, and encouragement.

If you are a University of Guelph alum or you are someone that would be open to sharing your entrepreneurial experience or knowledge of a particular industry, we would appreciate hearing from you. To explore whether an advising role might be a good fit for you, please leave your contact information below and one of our team members will be in touch to setup a call.



Featured Mentors

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.


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,



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.


Shanie Arndt,

Commercial Marketing Manager

A Commercial Marketer with over 10 years of marketing and sales related experience in consumer goods industries. Working from the top advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, to Fortune 500 international corporations, Shanie has handled brands such as Budweiser, Corona, Johnnie Walker, Bailey’s, Barbie, Nestle, Nokia, etc, and acquired all-around marketing skills with plenty of practices and cases of proven success. Out of her love for business building, she ventured from Fortune 500 companies to an E-Commerce start-up, where she had the opportunity to build her own marketing team from the ground up and to incubate brands with Alibaba (the Amazon in China.) The experience has made her a better marketer with deeper business understanding and matured entrepreneurship.

Shanie specializes in brand strategy development and management, brand incubation, business strategy development, innovation product development and management, communications, marketing campaigns, retail marketing, and digital marketing.

To explore whether an advising role might be a good fit for you, please leave your contact information below and one of our team members will be in touch to setup a call.


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