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 Manes is a Change Management Specialist; having spent the last 13 years coaching entrepreneurs as they start and grow businesses. Kristel has an extensive history in communication and negotiation amongst such prominent groups as boards of directors, sponsors, core funding partners, senior management, peers, and aspiring business owners. Specialties include Business Plan Creation, Forecasting, Goal Definition, & Growth Strategies, Policy & Procedure Formulation. Her success as Director of Operations with Innovation Guelph and Co-founder of the Rhyze Project have inspired Kristel to return to her roots; assisting the BCGW in navigating the next 20 years as Business Advisory Experts.

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.