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Meet the Wood Centre Team

Introducing the Wood Centre Team! We are a group of talented and passionate individuals who specialize in various aspects of innovation, project management, entrepreneurship and creative thinking.

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Jessie Kennedy


Jessie joined the Wood Centre Team in 2021 and has experience in public speaking, marketing, branding, and relationship building. As an alumna of the University of Guelph, she brings a deep understanding of the institution and its values to her work. With her keen insights and exceptional communication skills, Jessie is a valuable asset to our team. Previously, she spent 4 years working in the Admission and Recruitment office and travelled across Canada and presented to high school students about living and learning at the U of G. 



Macdonald Hall (RM 109) | (519) 824-4120 ext. 53798

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Erin Young

Business Incubator Services Manager

Managing the Hub Incubator at the Wood Centre, Erin creates and instructs programming to help student entrepreneurs with business ideas learn how to commercialize their product or service and make it a viable business venture.  Erin began her entrepreneurial endeavours in her initial career as co-president of a media production company.  Among award-winning programs, her documentary ‘Hardwood’ was nominated for an Academy Award and Emmy.  Erin has also instructed at College programs, managed small to large teams, and also has a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology from University of Waterloo which fueled her passion for working in entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Macdonald Hall (RM 107B) | (519) 824-4120 ext. 54823

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Alex Mitro

Program Coordinator 

Alex Mitro is the Program Coordinator at the University of Guelph’s John F. Wood Centre for Student and Business Enterprise. He is responsible for running entrepreneurship-themed workshops and programming for students across campus. He also manages the MakerSpace, a collaborative space for student entrepreneurs to access tools and equipment that will help with their innovation development. Previously, Alex worked in the beer industry as a Project Manager innovating processes and growing the business, and he holds a master's degree in biotechnology from the University of Guelph.

Macdonald Hall (RM 110) | (519) 824-4120 ext. 56675