John F. Wood Centre Podcast Series

Entrepreneurship is all around us. From the initial idea, all the way through to launching and scaling a business, the journey of an entrepreneur is dynamic and ever-changing. To help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, the John F. Wood Centre is excited to share the stories of successful entrepreneurs in our community.

As part of this series, we sat down with entrepreneurs in the community to learn more about their journey and share their advice for anyone with the next big idea. Explore their stories below!


Dr. Melanie Barham guides us through her journey as an entrepreneur in the Veterinary industry. Upon graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Barham explains her vision behind founding the DVM project and how this experience has motivated her in pursuing an MBA in sustainable commerce.

Dr. Mary Pearson & Jane Watson each provide a unique viewpoint on entrepreneuship how they are able to work together to essentially build each other skills. With Dr. Mary Pearson being an M.D. and Jane Watson having a background in administration and property management, these two sisters have come together to create Art Med, an aesthetic medical clinic here in Guelph.

Dr. Sophie Pollon-MacLeod brings us through her journey starting as a BSc. Student in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph and eventually becoming a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Pollon-MacLeod goes into detail focusing on the Naturopathic Medicine industry, and what makes this occupation unique and innovative.

John London, a lawyer and former partner at a Toronto Bay Street Law Firm, brings us through his journey as an entrepreneur, starting in the Auto industry and eventually switching to Pharmaceuticals. Mr. London, who is currently the Vice Chairman at Miravo Healthcare, goes on to explain how with a fresh mindset coupled with the passion to innovate, you can essentially bring a company back to life.


Kiran Bains is the founder and owner of multiple business including The Food Venture Program and Kiki’s Kookies. Kiran tells us her inspiring journey of how she met her business partner, and how The Food Venture Program was developed!

Sean Mitchell is an entrepreneur and a recent graduate. Mitchell walks us through his journey from getting first place in the University of Guelph’s Project Soy competition to further developing this product and launching a business.

Tony Ambler is a successful, passionate entrepreneur whose been involved in the agriculture industry for most of his life. Ambler tells us about what his biggest learnings and advice is for anyone whose interested in getting involved in farming and food production.