Kent Santin (BComm) | 10x10 Alumni with Impact | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Kent Santin (BComm) | 10x10 Alumni with Impact

Kent Santin

Kent Santin

BComm, (Accounting + economics minor) '12

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

3 years after graduating from U of G, Santin launched a startup company called Kent & Bond – a unique, organic men’s personal grooming brand that donates one bar of soap to someone in need with every product purchased. The startup had immediate success, winning a competition in New York over hundreds of emerging businesses and received mentorship and office space, rent free, in New York City. After selling the business in 2016, Santin joined the management consulting agency McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager. Inspired by his sustainability courses at U of G, Santin also completed his MSc in Sustainability at Columbia University in New York City.

Career Highlights

  • Started Kent & Bond, a men’s organic grooming company shortly after graduating with another U of G alum
  • Completed an internship at the consultancy agency, Kuhn Advisors and was a Sr. Consultant at UMT Consulting (now EY)
  • Currently working at McKinsey & Company as an Associate Partner
  • His role at McKinsey & Company includes helping technology companies accelerate growth and collaborating with private equity firms to identify & evaluate potential tech / software investment opportunities.

Focus on Sustainability

  • Santin’s startup, Kent & Bond, sold sustainable-focused, organic grooming products for men. The products were sold in recyclable packaging.
  • Completed his MSc in Sustainability at Columbia University in 2014, helping him broaden his understanding of business from multiple viewpoints.
  • After graduating from U of G, interned at Kuhn Associates Management Advisors, a boutique sustainability consulting practice in NYC.
  • Attend two sustainability conferences while at U of G: Globe 2012 in Vancouver and The Green Biz Forum in NYC.

As a Student 

  • Santin was inspired by the Corporate Social Responsibility course, Entrepreneurship course and an Applied Community Project at the Wood Centre (then CBaSE). Together these courses challenged him to change his perception of current business trends.
  • Through his entrepreneurship course, Santin and his team developed LIVE, an after school program offered to younger children interested in education surrounding nutrition and fitness. After completing the course, the team went on to submit the business plan to Enterprize Canada 


10x10 alumni, 10 years of graduation, 10x10 alumni with impact

The annual 10x10 Alumni with Impact Award recognizes ten University of Guelph business alumni who have achieved rapid and significant growth in their careers, who are within ten years of graduation. These proud and highly engaged University of Guelph alumni have garnered significant responsibility and influence within their respective industries and organizations. 

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