The Town of Innisfil’s Economic Development team is here to support local, Innisfil-based businesses on their road to recovery and future growth.

Our handpicked team of local experts will work with Innisfil-based businesses and entrepreneurs to provide individualized, one-to-one mentorship in key areas such as:

  • Marketing and e-commerce
  • Business coaching
  • Financial coaching
  • Municipal development and local business support
How it works 
Get a step-by-step overview of the Innisfil Business Mentorship program.
Step 1: Find an expert

Browse our community of local experts to find the right one for you.

Step 2: Complete the intake form

Within 48 hours of submitting the online form, you will receive an email from us to book a short call with one of our Innisfil Business Mentors.

You will be able to pick a time that suits your schedule.

Step 3: Connect with an expert

Following the call with an Innisfil Business Mentor, you will receive a meeting invite to connect with an expert.

Meet the mentors

Get to know the people behind the program.

Josh Speers

Josh Speers
Speers Creative
Marketing and E-Commerce Support

  • eCommerce and website design
  • Digital advertising
  • Brand development
  • Web hosting
  • Online sales

Susan Morrison

Susan Morrison, CPA, CA
Morrison CPA
Finance and Accounting Support

  • Personal and corporate tax planning
  • Structuring issues and compliance requirements
  • Licensed to provide financial statement reports including compilations, reviews, and not for profit audits
  • Also serves niche areas such as farming, midwives and charities

Laurie Waldrum

Laurie Waldrum, CPA, CGA
Waldrum Business Consulting
Business and Financial Coaching

  • All aspects and levels of business and finance experience in a variety of industries
  • Financial analysis, budgeting and financial forecasting
  • Business plan, policies/processes and strategic plan development, new business set up, business purchasing/valuation
  • Working with owners/entrepreneurs to develop financial strengths and enhance existing financial systems

Kate Nash

Kate Nash
Town of Innisfil
Municipal Development and Local Business Support

  • Building and development business concierge
  • Location search: Custom and self-service site selection assistance for new and existing businesses
  • Demographics and data: Research and data that you need to make important business decisions
  • Connections to talent: Introductions to hiring and training resources

Chris Adams

Chris Adams
Adams Hamilton Consulting
Digital Marketing Strategy, Innovation, Funding

  • Chris works with businesses to understand how to scale and build growth that have not yet been visioned using innovative digital marketing, funding, software and technology approaches
  • Chris and his team specialize in digital marketing strategy, innovation, funding mechanisms and business advisory services

Jelmer Stegink

Jelmer Stegink
Town of Innisfil
DMZ Innisfil Director

  • Ecosystem navigation: Introductions to relevant support resources in the Simcoe
  • County and GTA startup support ecosystem
  • Early-stage startup support: Idea validation, business model development, building MVPs, launching, finding product market fit
  • Fundraising: Pre-seed and seed stage fundraising for scalable start-ups

Jenny Makula

Jenny Makula
Orion CPA

  • Modern accounting and bookkeeping processes
  • Timely financial reporting
  • Personalized corporate tax strategies
  • Licensed public accountant for signing off on financial statements for compilations, reviews and audits for banks and grant regulators
  • Experienced with investments and raising equity on the TSX as an ex-investment banker

Ian Kenney

Ian Kenney
Bungi Marketing
Account Manager

  • Digital marketing consulting
  • Social media advertising
  • Search engine advertising
  • Brand development
  • Online sales

Kelly C. Laughton

Kelly C Laughton
Top Cats Commercial Realty
Commercial Real Estate

  • Expert commercial site selection
  • Commercial leasing/sales
  • Terms negotiations
  • Commercial landlord/tenant needs
  • Award-winning author:
    • Slaying the Location Dragon, the Book on Retail Site Selection
    • Vertical Villages and the Magic of Mixed-Use Development

Emerson H. Wargel

Emerson H. Wargel
Barriston Law
Civil Litigation & Employment Law

  • Emerson is an Associate lawyer who practices in the areas of general civil litigation and employment law
  • He started at Barriston in 2022, after practicing as an associate and articling at a prominent management-side labour and employment law firm

Jacklyn Tuckey

Jacklyn Tuckey
Barriston Law
Civil Litigation & Employment Law

  • Jacklyn is an associate practicing in the areas of civil litigation, and employment law
  • Jacklyn summered with Barriston throughout her law degree, and completed her Articles with the firm, before being called to the Bar in June of 2020

Nicole Murphey

Nicole Murphey
Barriston Law
Civil Litigation & Employment Law

  • Nicole is an associate practising in the areas of civil litigation and employment law
  • Before joining the firm in February of 2022, Nicole began working for the Ministry of the Attorney General as an Assistant Crown Attorney upon her call to the bar in July 2020

Heather Hill

Heather Hill
Farm and Commercial Insurance Specialist

  • Commercial properties owed or for rent – how much insurance and who needs it?
  • Commercial auto = trucks or use of vehicles for business
  • Fleets – 5 or more business/commercial use vehicles
  • Liability protection – for you and your business
  • Professional Liability – do you need it?
  • Farms – Large or small – working or hobby
  • Retail, office, professionals – what do you need?

Michael Gutta from Addictive Designs

Michael Gutta

  • Addictive Design is a 5-time award winning full-service branding and marketing agency, with over 80 years of combined experience and 19 years of local and international business.  
  • Digital marketing
  • Web development
  • Brand management
  • PR
  • Signage
  • Promotional products and clothing
  • Graphic design