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Mentor Mash

June 22, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

XcelerateNOW Program – Helping Newcomers, Immigrants, Refugees and International Students Start, Grow and Scale Businesses In Canada

XcelerateNOW Program – Supporting Newcomers, Immigrants, Refugees and International Students Start and Grow Their Business In Canada

XcelerateNOW is a program dedicated to connecting Newcomers, Refugees, Immigrants, and International Student entrepreneurs and, startups to existing resources, events, activities, mentorship, networking and funding opportunities.

As part of XcelerateNOW, we offer the Start Now Series, a group of workshops and networking events focused on guiding our community members throughout their entrepreneurial journey.

“Exclusive Mentor Mash!”

Join a group of business experts and mentors at this free in-person event. Prepare your questions and be ready to take your business to the next level!

Space is limited, save your spot!

What can you expect at our free workshop?

  • One on one meetings for a period of 5-7 mins at a time, with different business mentors and experts who can help you start, grow or scale your business in Canada
  • Networking opportunities and business connections
  • Delicious food
  • Free access to the Sandbox Social Hour after the event to continue the fun conversations and business connections!

What you will learn:

  • Tips and advice from experts in our community who can guide you through your business journey, boost confidence and help you achieve your business goals.
  • We suggest you have your business questions ready, to get the most out of each mentor meeting. It is also a great idea to come with a short “elevator” pitch – which really means that you can summarize your business or idea in 30 seconds or so.


  • Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Sandbox Centre, 24 Maple Ave 2ND FLOOR, Barrie, ON L4M 7W4
  • FREE ACCESS, registration needed

The agenda is as follows:

3:00 – 4:30 – “speed dating” style mentorship

4:30 – 5:00 – networking and refreshments


  • Dave Hyde Manager, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, City of Barrie. https://barriebusinesscentre.ca/
  • Michèle Newton – Speaker, Expert, Advocate creator of Our Mosaic Lives™ (PMJ Inc.) Communications and PR | Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. – https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelenewton/
  • Jelmer Stegink – Economic Development Leader @ The Town of Innisfil & Program Director @ DMZ Innisfil. https://innisfil.ca/en/business-and-employment/dmz-innisfil.aspx
  • Wendy Timpano – General Manager, Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) – www.orilliacdc.com
  • Johanna Griggs – Economic Development Officer, County of Simcoe. Edo.simcoe.ca
  • Martin Kuzma – CEO of Nottawasaga Futures & NT Temps Inc. – https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-kuzma-65ba1837?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_contact_details%3B9bMwmiqhRg6qBar32qhjog%3D%3D
  • Chris Adams – Managing Director, Adams Hamilton. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishadams/
  • Don Bourne – Client Service Advisor & Mentor, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Georgian College. https://www.georgiancollege.ca/hbec-mentors/don-bourne/

Join us and connect with community members and thought leaders in Simcoe County’s entrepreneurial region.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

This project is funded and done in partnership with the County of Simcoe, and with the support of The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Invest Barrie, Town of Innisfil, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre and the Small Business Centre for Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia.

Stay connected through Instagram and Facebook @xceleratenow


June 22, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Sandbox Centre
24 Maple Ave, Floor 2
Barrie, ON L4N 1R7 Canada


Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre
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