Our enthusiastic and dedicated team works together to serve prospective entrepreneurs, small business owners and clients of the Centre.

The Business Centre team:

Kristel Manes
Executive Director

Kristel started at the Business Centre as the program lead in 2005. In 2012, she became the director of operations at Innovation Guelph where she was able to continue to develop her communication and interpersonal skills. Kristel returned to the Business Centre as the Executive Director. She is eager to use her entrepreneurial backround, skills and experience to help other new entrepreneurs start-up their own businesses.

Jeanette Johnston
Office Manager

Jeanette started her career as a Membership Recruitment and Retention Coordinator at the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce. In 2007, she became an administrative assistant at the Business Centre Guelph-Wellington. And in 2017 she was promoted to Office Manager at the Centre. She looks forward to meeting future entrepreneurs and enjoys the uniqueness of daily activity in the office. 

Nathalie Plouffe
Business Advisor

Nathalie left the corporate world at age 25 to become and entrepreneur. Since then she has built a resourceful network of business owners, landlords, investors, and professional over the years. She is a real estate agent and broker and is currently an advisor here the business centre helping entrepreneurs realise their hopes dreams of being self employed.

Olga George-Cosh
Business Advisor

Olga George Cosh is an  accomplished professional and an entrepreneurial thinker 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 the family’s businesses, to consistently achieving superior results as an executive, guiding non-profit organizations in creating and sustaining positive community change.


Corina Sipkes, Business
Advisor (Centre Wellington)

Corina was trained as a professional hair stylist in the Netherlands, where she successfully owned two salons. After moving to Ontario, she opened another hair salon and a company that imported nail enhancement products from Europe and the US. During this time, she implemented marketing strategies that included product demonstrations, industry training, and educational workshops. She is excited to bring her passion and expertise to start-up businesses.