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Mentor/Mentee Match Up

Welcome Mentees! 

This is your opportunity to tap into the knowledge and resources offered by WEARCI’s volunteer Mentors – professionals with diverse backgrounds offering a broad range of experience to business start-ups.

To ‘Connect’ with your prospective Mentor, we recommend proceeding as follows:

  1. Review the numerical list of skill sets.
  2. Note the skill sets specified by each Mentor after their name.
  3. Review the Mentors with skill sets that will best serve your needs.
  4. Select your preferred Mentor, complete and submit the contact form.

Please allow a reasonable time for the Mentor to respond.

Mentor Skill Sets

(1)   Administration
(2)   Financial
(3)   Human resources
(4)   Licensing
(5)   Red tape
(6)   Strategic planning

(7)   Consulting
(8)   Marketing
(9)   Product development
(10) Manufacturing

(11) Service industry
(12) Retail
(13) Not-for-Profit
(14) Home-based
(15) Other

Mentors

Anderson, Debbie (8) (14)
Basskin, Cathy  (1) (3) (4) (6) (8) (9) (11) (12) (14)
Brown, Ron (1) (2) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (11) (12) (14)
Duffield, Larry (1) (2) (8) (11)
Green, Victor (1) (2) (6) (7) (8) (15)

Langlois, Norm (1) (7) (8)
Marwood, Maurice (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (14)
McLeod, Ian (1) (2) (3) (6) (7) (9) (11) (12) (14)
McLeod, Sandra (2) (7) (8) (11) (12 (14)
Venkatesh, Ramnath (6) (10)
Venkatesh, Lalita (2) (6) (11) (12) (13)

Mentor: Debbie Anderson

Company: Vibrational Energy Productions
Type: Publishing; Clairvoyant
City: Leamington, ON
Email: daa2015@gmail.com

Mentoring Skills:

  • Marketing
  • Home-based

Profile:
– self-published local Holistic Directory and Oracle Decks

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Mentor: Cathy Basskin

Company: The Woodbridge House
Type: Tourism / Hospitality
City: Kingsville, ON
Email: info@thewoodbridgehouse.ca

Mentoring Skills:

  • Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Licensing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing
  • Product Development
  • Service industry
  • Retail
  • Home-based

Profile:
– extensive experience in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Mexico in business, tourism/hospitality, retail, financial services and tax practice

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Mentor: Ron Brown

Company: Ain’t Vanilla
Type: Music Production; Tax Advisor / Preparer
City: LaSalle, ON
Tel: 519.969.7360
Email: ronlindsaybrown@yahoo.com

Mentoring Skills:

  • Administration
  • Financial
  • Licensing
  • Red Tape
  • Strategic Planning
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Service industry
  • Retail
  • Home-based

Profile:
– extensive experience operating a financial services practice
– former broadcast journalist
– highly educated

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Mentor: Larry Duffield

Company: Ye Olde Walkerville B&B
Type: Tourism / Hospitality
City: Windsor, ON
Tel: 519.971.3713
Email: larry.duffield@cogeco.net

Mentoring Skills:

  • Administration
  • Financial
  • Licensing
  • Marketing
  • Service industry

Profile:
– 35 years international trade experience
– 25 years living abroad
– 6 1/2 years as owner/operator of popular B&B

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Mentor: Sir Victor Green, KGCStG, F.Inst.SMM

Company: GTS Financial Advisors
Type: Financial Service Sales
City: Windsor, ON
Tel: 519.735.9136
Email: victor.g.green@gmail.com

Mentoring Skills:

  • Administration
  • Financial
  • Strategic Planning
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Home-based
  • Sales
  • Sales Management

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Mentor: Norm Langlois

Company: CCB
Type: Yacht Brokerage
City: Windsor, ON
Email: nlanglois3@cogeco.ca

Mentoring Skills:

  • Administration
  • Consulting
  • Marketing

Profile:
– 20 years as General Manager for boat and yacht operation
– 7 years as Owner/ Operator of CCB yacht brokerage
– 7 years as REALTOR®
– current President of Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS® (WECAR)

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Mentor: Maurice Marwood

Company: MMARCO International Services Inc.
Type: Business Services
City: LaSalle, ON
Email: mmarwood@mmarwood.com

Mentoring Skills:

  • Administration
  • Financial
  • Human resources
  • Licensing
  • Red tape
  • Strategic planning
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Product development
  • Manufacturing
  • Service industry
  • Retail
  • Home-based

Profile:
– over 30 years as a senior international executive with world class organizations specializing in industrial equipment, packaged consumer products and services industries

– held international positions with Caterpillar Inc., -USA, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean

– recently completed an in-depth study for Caterpillar Japan Ltd. to restructure  Japanese distribution system

-12 years as a corporate renewal professional restructuring and renewing a variety of Canadian businesses struggling for growth and profitability including Robbins & Myers Canada Ltd. (General Manager), Kenworth Canada (Vice-President), Foremost Industries Ltd. (President and Director), and Crane Canada Ltd (President and Director).

– offers broad and diversified experience with expertise in strategic planning, corporate governance, international marketing and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration and executive coaching.

– a hands-on leader adept at providing remedies for businesses involved in the capital equipment, packaged consumer products and distribution industries.

– recently member of the Board of Directors of WE-Tech Alliance Network, Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre, and the Essex Community Futures Development Corporation

– coach and mentor for the University of Windsor’s Entrepreneurial Practice and Innovation Centre, the New Canadians Centre of Excellence Inc., and periodically teaches business courses for St. Clair College.

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Mentor: Ian McLeod, CA

Company: Red Door Travel
Type: Retail Travel
City: LaSalle, ON
Tel: 519.970.9590
Email: ibmcleod19@gmail.com

Mentoring Skills:

  • Administration
  • Financial
  • Human resources
  • Strategic planning
  • Consulting
  • Product development
  • Service industry
  • Retail
  • Home-based

Profile:
– retired CEO with vast finance and sales experience, and strategic planning

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Mentor: Sandra McLeod, CPA

Company: Red Door Travel
Type: Retail Travel
City: LaSalle, ON
Tel: 519.970.9590
Email: travelfox58@gmail.com

Mentoring Skills:

  • Financial
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Service industry
  • Retail
  • Home-based

Profile:
– CPA with 30 years in business practicing tax and estate planning
– experience transcends sales, marketing, managing both employees an independent consultants
– certified Dale Carnegie trainer
– launched travel business which continues to thrive
– accomplished mentor guiding people in all aspects of business and life

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Mentor: Ramnath Venkatesh

City: Windsor, ON
Email: rvlv2015@gmail.com

Mentoring Skills:

  • Strategic planning
  • Manufacturing

Profile:
– Mechanical engineer
– Manufacturing
– Quality assurance ISO 9000, AS 9100

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Mentor: Lalita Venkatesh, CGA, CPA

City: Windsor, ON
Email: rvlv2015@gmail.com

Mentoring Skills:

  • Financial
  • Strategic planning
  • Service industry
  • Retail
  • Not-for-profit

Profile:
– assisted with establishing management information and accounting systems to augment revenues and bottom line
– 20 + years expertise with large payroll and point-of-sale systems

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