Mentors play an integral role in the success of entrepreneurs. Mentors can offer advice on what to avoid and point companies in the right direction. Becoming a mentor offers you the chance to engage with the next generation of entrepreneurs and truly be a part of their journey.
We are thankful for the support of our mentors. Please let us know if you are interested in using your experience and know-how to mentor a future business leader. To apply to be a mentor, please email Michael Peace.
Anand Sinha, President, Sinha Consulting Group. A dedicated, focused and results oriented Software Development Leader with 30 years’ experience delivering a unique combination of technical knowledge, customer centric fundamentals, management skills and innovation. Was a member of original BlackBerry development team, handheld and Enterprise server.
Andrew Holden, CTO, Weever Apps Inc. is an expert technical designer with a history of leading public and private initiatives to successful outcomes. He is the co-founder and current CTO of Weever Apps Inc., a thriving “mobile workforce management” software firm and official partner to Xerox Canada. Weever’s cloud-based software is used by enterprise customers including Bell, Unilever, and 3M. Andrew mentors companies in long-term planning, strategy, and product development.
Bernard Lim, Executive-in-Residence, Innovation Factory. Bernard founded a medical device company which he grew and led to a highly successful acquisition by a global pharmaceutical. As CEO, Board Chair and Director, he has led the growth of both start-ups and corporate multinationals spanning diverse industry sectors including biotechnology, diagnostics, medical devices, electronics and high technology across US, Canada and Europe.
Bernie Harsevoort, President and Creative Director, Rocket Digital. Bernie Harsevoort brings over 20 years of experience in strategy, design, and digital marketing. After interning at an advertising agency in 1997, he went out on his own under the brand name ‘Adverdea’ (eventually rebranded as ‘Rocket Digital’). Bernie has worked with a diverse roster of both businesses and charitable organizations and entered the digital marketing world long before most other digital marketers.
Brian Jones, Consultant, AJ Group Inc. The company is a consulting company with a mission to help engaged business leaders realize their dreams and ambitions in their work and personal life. As a business coach with years of International experience in developing and implementing strategy for a major MNC, he wants to bring his experience and learn together about the challenges that face organizations moving forward.
Bruce Inwood is a marketing expert who has successfully led product launches for over 20 years in the high tech sector, and the Strategic Marketing Advisor at Inwood Consulting.
David Carter, Executive Director, Innovation Factory. Prior to joining iF, David was CTO and Co-founder of Awareness Inc. His company raised 20 million in venture capital and worked with brands like New York Times, Major League Baseball, Sony Pictures and McDonalds.
Doug Wyatt, Principal, The CFO Centre. As a Finance Executive (CPA, CA), Doug contributes directly to setting and achieving the enterprise mission, strategies & goals and business operations. His contribution has been developed and sharpened from occupying CFO roles in a number of industries including: pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, electronics and energy services.
Ehsan Mirdamadi obtained his BSc in Computer Science from York University and has been an active entrepreneur Since 1999. He has founded and led ventures in Cloud Computing, Big Data & Biotech in Canada and the United States. He is an active angel investor and advisor to dozens of ventures both for technology and venture development.
Gregory Ciupka is a CGA by training, and brings over 30 years’ experience operating, designing and implementing business and accounting solutions. From the payables department of a grocery wholesaler to managing software installation for financial institutions and designing software solutions for US and Canadian banks, he helps bring order within a business. Gregory mentors Forge companies to review data management processes with the goal of maximizing business value, streamlining operations and uncovering gaps in processes that leave key information (and profits) on the table.
Inge Christensen is Pitch Coach at the Forge, bringing 30 years communications experience to the role. In her career, she has helped clients at companies such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, AstraZeneca and CIBC to “unstick their thinking” and solve business problems. Equally important, she has trained them how to pitch their solutions to decision-makers and stakeholders. Inge’s experience as an improv performer informs how she coaches voice and stage presence.
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James Politeski, President, Infuse Invest + Manage. Recognized for his leadership skills and strategic vision, James has dedicated his career to growing and transforming businesses within the consumer electronics industry. Today as founder of infuse Invest + Manage, James’ focus is on acquiring and growing a small business leveraging his years of success in global corporations. Prior to infuse, James was a Group President at Sears in Chicago and previously President of Samsung Canada. With over 20 years in leadership roles, James is known for building high performance teams and growth-based cultures.
Janice Savage Cardinali is a Commodity Tax Professional with 20 years of experience in advisory, recovery and compliance services. Prior to starting her own firm, Janice gained experience with BGI Benchmark Group in tax recovery, and learned compliance and advisory practice at two of Canada’s largest accounting firms, Deloitte and KPMG. Janice mentors companies in Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax, Provincial Sales Taxes, payroll taxes, Employer Heath Tax to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premiums.
Jayne S. Huhtanen, FocalPoint Coaching of Toronto, brings over 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience to help her clients grow their business and achieve their professional and personal goals. An Engineering and Management graduate from McMaster University, Jayne spent 26 years at Procter & Gamble, much of that in R&D, contributing business-building strategies, leading multi-functional initiative launches and building cultural diversity. Jayne has been featured in articles on entrepreneurship in Report on Business Magazine and the Financial Post and sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs.
Jonathan Skirving, President and CEO, Blackbriar Consulting is the principal advisor bringing over 15 years of financial and strategic experience. His experience includes various leadership, financial, business development and strategic positions at a number of Canada’s leading corporate institutions including the Royal Bank of Canada, Manulife Financial, and Sodexo international.
Pete Lewis, Technology Executive. Pete has 25+ years of successful experience in mobile computing solution sales and international expansion, and has successfully led European, LATAM and APAC expansions for three US-based companies.
Peter Austin, Owner, PA Solutions. After 20 years in the healthcare and technology industries, Peter began PA Solutions with the goal of sharing his unique blend of skills, education and experience to groups tackling complex challenges. Using an “inside-out” approach, Peter keeps groups on track through the creative problem solving process to discover what problems they have, define the problem further and to come up with viable and sustainable solutions to be implemented. His varied experience includes hospitals, healthcare technology manufacturers and not-for-profit organizations, where he has devoted his time to front-line biomedical engineering, product management, hospital redevelopment and general management.
Philip Neukom, Founder, Profit Analytics. He is a high performance C-Level executive with over 25 years of experience in technology, manufacturing and service businesses. He combines strategic, operational and financial expertise to get organizational alignment, streamline and remove obstacles — reactivating performance to achieve the next level of growth. As founder of Profit Analytics, a Canadian/U.S. management consultancy, he advised private and public clients to drive operational efficiency and profit improvement. Projects included major shifts in business strategy, funding and acquisitions, increased production efficiency/profit, and growth in manufacturing capability. Philip earned an MBA in Strategy & Corporate Finance from Queen’s University and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. In addition, he holds the CMC designation from the Institute of Certified Management Consultants.
Stuart Wheldon, Director, Hamilton Arts Council. Over the last 20 years, Stuart has worked in the technology, fashion and music industries. Most notably he was Vice President, Int’l Account Services at Toronto based firm Eloqua – the world’s first Marketing Automation company and responsible for operations across Europe and Asia. He constantly continues engaging with his love for technology and arts through other board positions that he holds as well.
Trevor Lush, Vice President, Sales and Accounts, Rocket Digital. A natural leader with strong strategic vision, Trevor has developed integrated marketing campaigns and strategies for clients in a variety of business verticals. Trevor leads Rocket Digital’s highly-skilled digital account service teams from strategy development through campaign execution. Trevor’s experience includes working on some great international, national, and regional brands, along with many small and medium enterprises.