Centre Staff

Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre team ranges in a variety of expertise and skills that best serves the clients of the Centre.

This group of enthusiastic experts are eager and willing to share their knowledge and help individuals get their business started. 

Meet our team and let us know how we can help you!

Marios Matsias

Executive Director
marios@guelphbusiness.com

Marios Matsias joined the Business Centre as a Business Advisor in 2013 where he brought over 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, business development and business start-ups. Marios was promoted to Team Lead of the Self-Employment Team in 2015. Building on his experience with The Business Centre, Marios is now the new Executive director for the centre. His mission is to lead the centre as it moves on to its next chapter of development and growth.

Previously, Marios was the managing partner of 5Keypartners working with business owners to build and execute marketing and sales programs. He has worked as a market researcher and market planner developing business action models for start-up companies. He has owned and operated several business in retail, and consumer goods. Marios has an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Harold Devries

Program Lead/Small Business Advisor
harold@guelphbusiness.com

A product of the Small Business Enterprise Centre, Harold built a business as a Personal Clothier, providing an in-office clothing service to executives across South-Western Ontario.  After 12 years in business he turned his attention to energies to helping others succeed in business through work as a Business Advisor/Trainer.  In this role Harold has assisted more than 200 business owners develop and launch their business ventures through Self-Employment Benefit, Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Ontario Works programs.  As an entrepreneur and training professional he is passionate about helping others succeed in building foundations under their “castles in the air”.

Jeanette Johnston

Office Coordinator
jeanette@guelphbusiness.com

Olga George-Cosh

Business Advisor
olga@guelphbusiness.com

As an entrepreneurial thinker, Olga is an accomplished professional with extensive and solid experience in directly applicable management of non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurship. Her career covered a diverse range of business related accomplishments, from being a partner in her  family’s interpreting and translation business, to consistently achieving superior results as an executive, guiding non-profit organizations in creating and sustaining positive community change. She has outstanding cross-cultural knowledge and skills and the proven track record capabilities in assisting New Canadians with all their business start-up needs.

Gwyneth Thornton

Bookkeeping Advisor
bookkeeping@guelphbusiness.com

 Most of Gwyneth’s working life has been spent in bookkeeping and accounting. She has worked in public practice, having worked for a large Chartered Accountant firm, initially in Toronto and then in Guelph, as well as in private industries. The types of businesses have been extremely diverse – automotive dealership, manufacturing, property management, freight forwarding. She has also owned and operated her own small business, so understands and appreciates the challenges presented to those wishing to become their own boss. She is happy to be able to share her experience and knowledge with new entrepreneurs.