Business Name: Harrcroft Acres Ltd
Type of Business: Agricultural Business – Dairy Operation
Community Involvement/ Previous Experience:
She loves working as an RN at the Critical Care Unit in Guelph; however, her passion is agriculture and agri-business.
Franchisee: M&M Meat Shops, Fergus.
Active member of the Centre Wellington community with fund raising events through M&M Meat Shops.
Married to Ken for 50 years with three married daughters and seven grandchildren. Resident of Centre Wellington for 20+ years. Attends and is involved in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fergus. Enjoys theatre, music, reading and travel. Member of Board of Directors for the CWCC since 2005.
Business Name: AL-DO-IT
Allan Teal is the Owner and Senior Project Manager for AL-Do-IT General Contracting, providing services to both residential and commercial clients from Handyman services to larger projects such as decks, fences, kitchens, bathrooms and other household/commercial renovations. Allan is also Vice President of Beyond Rewards in partnership with his wife, Lynne Bard. Coming from an extensive background of over 25 years in Manufacturing, Transportation and Construction, Allan brings a wealth of knowledge to his clients and to his volunteer positions within the community.
Allan is married with four children, the youngest of which still lives at home and three grandchildren.
Business Name: Ecclestone Financial Group
Bryan currently lives in Centre Wellington with his wife Sarah, and his children Emily (7 years old) and Ethan (4 years old).
Bryan joined Ecclestone Financial Group at the beginning of 2013, having worked as Financial Advisor and Group Benefit Associate since 2009.
He is accepting new clients and especially enjoys helping young families start a solid financial foundation. Through education and an explanation of all the available options, he makes sure that the client’s goals are his top priority. He also works with up to 10 employee benefit providers as a broker, giving him the ability to do a full market analysis and comparison of costs. He will then put together a comparison package, for quick and easy review. Bryan enjoys helping small businesses get the best coverage for the lowest price, with companies as small as one employee.
Business Name: Beyond Rewards
Lynne Bard, HBa, CHRP, CES has over 25 years’ experience working in AODA, Safety & Human Resource; taking the lead role in AODA Compliance, HR & Safety for her clients. Lynne’s expertise has won several awards of excellence in the field lending experience & credibility to organizations with best practice solutions & processes that lend to the success of her clients businesses. Lynne has focused her research & training for her clients on legislative compliance over the past years to ensure her clients are current with all upcoming legislation in the fields of Human Resources Management, Health & Safety, as well as Corporate Governance. Lynne has written training programs to keep her clients across the province/country, facilitating training programs such as Diversity Training, Train-the-Trainer & Mental Health.
Business Name: Bensol (Chamber Group Insurance)
Building on her career as a Group Insurance Specialist with Great West Life in 1993, Michele founded Bensol Consulting in 2004. She is a Certified Health Insurance Specialist, and is working her way towards a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.
Michele is an active member of the Guelph and Centre Wellington Chambers of Commerce and a former volunteer member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington (2005-20012).
As part of her personal commitment to fitness, Michele completed the Subaru Ironman 70.3 in Muskoka in September 2010. Watch for her on her bike at fundraising events and community outings in Guelph-Wellington.
Michele and her husband are the parents of twins Esmé and William, and share their home with an Australian shepherd named Blue.
Business Name: DevAd Consulting
As the owner of DevAd Consulting based in Fergus, and a Mentor at Innovation Guelph; Niel assists entrepreneurs and their businesses to grow, become more efficient and more profitable. High performance standards are achieved through business management coaching, implementation of lean principles, profitability analyses, strategic planning, process optimization, capability analyses and ISO registration. Niel’s targeted approach delivers sustainable returns, differentiation through performance and control over business operations.
Prior to business coaching and mentoring, Niel’s career involved engineering management, operations management and general management. This experience is the foundation that enables Niel to improve businesses operationally and financially. Prior industry niches include aerospace, wire and cable management systems, and composite component manufacture for electrical, electronics and power generation industries.
With friends and family; Niel enjoys fly fishing, cycling, and basement jams on the drums.
Business Name: Shift: A Family Health Centre
Business Name: Derek G. Graham Limited
Derek and Alexandra have operated Derek G. Graham Limited since 1979 having
As a professional surveyor, Derek is licensed as a cadastral (boundary) surveyor, land
He has past community experience as president of the Elora Chamber of Commerce,
Alexandra, Derek’s former fiancée (47 years ago) and Derek enjoy their small farm operation
Business Name: Polycorp Ltd.
Andrew is the Vice President and General Manager for Polycorp Ltd., a privately owned Canadian company specializing in the design and manufacture of engineered rubber products for a variety of Mining, Transportation and Protective Linings applications.
Andrew has over 25 years of experience in management, manufacturing, quality assurance, research & development, purchasing and sales & marketing. He is also a member of the GreenCentre Canada Technical Screening Committee and has experience with SR&ED and grant submissions.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys running, kayaking and playing with his two dogs.
Joanne Young Evans
Business Name: Family Counselling and Services of Guelph-Wellington
Joanne Young Evans, CPHI(C), CAE, is currently the Executive Director for Family Counselling and
Business Name: Business Centre Guelph Wellington
Harold DeVries, of Business Centre Guelph Wellington. As a provincially mandated Small Business Enterprise Centre, the Business Centre of Guelph Wellington provides training coaching and mentoring to anyone who wishes to start and/or grow a small business - they help launch 100+ businesses each year. As a Program Lead/Small Business Advisor for the centre, Harold has been actively involved in encouraging and instructing community members across the county in the start-up and growth of business. His work has been focused primarily on business from the rural townships on Wellington County. Harold sits as community member on the Wellington County Economic Develop Group, the economic development committee for the Town of Minto. Further he has recently been appointed to the Board of Launchlt Minto.
Locally, in Centre Wellington he represents the Business Centre Guelph Wellington at Chamber events including Business Showcase and Mayor's Breakfast. He has have acted as judge for the Chamber Awards, an event which Business Centre Guelph Wellington sponsored in 2016.
Business Name: Edge Reality Solutions
Cate is a Real Estate Sales Representative with Edge Realty Solutions.
Community matters for you and for me! Cate's hope is that by promoting new connections in the community, and giving back to this beautiful area and it’s local businesses and charities, she will encourage others to do the same. Cate wants to work with local businesses, and support what’s most important: her clients, their lifestyles, and their families.