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Meet our Mentors

At an innovation and entrepreneurship centre, having a mentor network can be incredibly valuable for aspiring entrepreneurs. A mentor can provide guidance, support, and advice to help individuals navigate the challenges of starting a business. The mentor network can also help connect entrepreneurs with potential investors and other resources. At the Wood Centre, out mentor network can be made up of experienced business leaders, successful entrepreneurs, and industry experts. By building a strong mentor network, we can help foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and provide a supportive environment for individuals to bring their ideas to life.

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John London

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.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Legal
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Pitching
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Steve Langford

Steve Langford is a consultant focused on coaching, training and mentoring. His specialties are process improvement, merchandising, negotiating, executive leadership, people management. A few highlights of his career include:

  • A senior management role at Loblaw Companies from 1986 to 1990 where he managed teams responsible for the procurement of over $1 billion worth of goods for five different store brand lines. He was also a key strategist behind the development Loblaw’s President’s Choice and No Name Products brands.
  • From 1990 to 1993 he ran Sunspun Foods, the foodservice division of Loblaw Companies.
  • He was SVP of Merchandising at Shoppers Drug Mart from 1993 to 1996 where he centralized their purchasing and merchandising.
  • In 1996 he became President and CEO of BC Hothouse Foods, a large greenhouse operation, where he expanded broker networks, negotiated new business globally and grew sales 140% to $150 million in just 2 years.
  • In 2003, he joined Prizm Income Fund as chief purchasing officer, responsible for supply chain and merchandising for 400 KFC and 100 Taco Bell restaurants in Canada. Five years later he became Prizm’s President and revamped operations to focus on profitability and guest experience developing new products, market promotions and media plans.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • MVP Development 


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Harrison Newlands

Director of Strategic Relations, Hoshi Internationl

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.