Mentorship Program

What to Expect

Connections. Advise. Direction. 

Booking a Session

Simply click on the contact now button underneath the picture. Send an email to arrange a time and place to meet. If you would like to use Food Central Cowork for a meeting, let us know.

All mentors are limited to 1 hour/company for a maximum of 4 hours through this page. Once mentors are booked up through the site, the links will close. However, if you and your mentor agree to more meetings during the 4 month period, that will not be reflected here. 

Get the Full ExperiencE

We'll be hosting some awesome lunch n' learns regarding sales, e-commerce and whatever else our members are looking for. Attending these sessions is a great way to complement the mentor program.


Mentor Profiles

  Carla Rhyant of AFC   Expertise: Strategic planning, risk assessment, business plans, project management, policy development, proposal writing

Carla Rhyant of AFC

Expertise: Strategic planning, risk assessment, business plans, project management, policy development, proposal writing

  Johwanna Alleyne of Mojo Jojo Pickles   Expertise:   Financial planning & forecasting, costing and pricing, supply sourcing

Johwanna Alleyne of Mojo Jojo Pickles

Expertise: 

Financial planning & forecasting, costing and pricing, supply sourcing

  Branko Jankovic of AFC   Expertise: Food ingredient/trend information, ingredient sourcing, food safety/certification, product development, marketing, e-commerce, grants funding, finance and banking, corporate regulation, technical assistance, cosmetic/ personal care advise

Branko Jankovic of AFC

Expertise: Food ingredient/trend information, ingredient sourcing, food safety/certification, product development, marketing, e-commerce, grants funding, finance and banking, corporate regulation, technical assistance, cosmetic/ personal care advise

  Kareema Batal of Neo-Juicery   Expertise: Navigating compliance and building Food Safety Programs; creating nutrition facts and product labeling; recipe development, standardization and costing for commercializing food products; the ins and outs of running an e-commerce food distribution model

Kareema Batal of Neo-Juicery

Expertise: Navigating compliance and building Food Safety Programs; creating nutrition facts and product labeling; recipe development, standardization and costing for commercializing food products; the ins and outs of running an e-commerce food distribution model

  David Hill of University of Lethbridge   Expertise:

David Hill of University of Lethbridge

Expertise:

  Wendy Lam of Western Economic Diversification   Expertise: Project management. Guiding entrepreneurs with respect to technical development, operational efficiency, public funding, marketing/sales and financial metrics at all stages. Due diligence of, and venture investments in, early-stage enterprises and commercially-relevant research projects and programs. Investment portfolio management.

Wendy Lam of Western Economic Diversification

Expertise: Project management. Guiding entrepreneurs with respect to technical development, operational efficiency, public funding, marketing/sales and financial metrics at all stages. Due diligence of, and venture investments in, early-stage enterprises and commercially-relevant research projects and programs. Investment portfolio management.

  Barry Mehr of Mehr Holdings   Expertise:

Barry Mehr of Mehr Holdings

Expertise:

  Jian Zhang of Alberta Innovates- Technology Futures   Expertise:

Jian Zhang of Alberta Innovates- Technology Futures

Expertise:

  Jorge Gonzalez of ATB Financial   Expertise: Consultant with broad experience in the entrepreneurial world in areas such as innovation, business startups, international business, project management, business lending/financing and  business development

Jorge Gonzalez of ATB Financial

Expertise: Consultant with broad experience in the entrepreneurial world in areas such as innovation, business startups, international business, project management, business lending/financing and  business development

  Jacquie Fenske of Fifendiekel    Expertise: Instigator, motivator, entrepreneurial strategist.

Jacquie Fenske of Fifendiekel

Expertise: Instigator, motivator, entrepreneurial strategist.

  Dan Graham of Leduc Food Processing Centre   Expertise:Strategic review of operational viability, identification, approval and implementation of projects to enhance operational performance, design and implementation of performance monitoring tools on key manufacturing indicator, contingency plan design and implementation, active with provincial industry agencies on regulatory and other industry matters.

Dan Graham of Leduc Food Processing Centre

Expertise:Strategic review of operational viability, identification, approval and implementation of projects to enhance operational performance, design and implementation of performance monitoring tools on key manufacturing indicator, contingency plan design and implementation, active with provincial industry agencies on regulatory and other industry matters.

  Kathy Leskow of Confetti Sweets   Expertise: Storefront, farmers markets, culture/team building, recruiting/hiring, expansion

Kathy Leskow of Confetti Sweets

Expertise: Storefront, farmers markets, culture/team building, recruiting/hiring, expansion

  Steve Jakeway of Radient Technologies   Expertise:  Leadership & Management, Business Strategy, Business Development, Negotiation, Closing Deals, Product Development, Micro and Nanotechnology, Process Integration, MEMS, Technology Transfer, Program Management.

Steve Jakeway of Radient Technologies

Expertise:  Leadership & Management, Business Strategy, Business Development, Negotiation, Closing Deals, Product Development, Micro and Nanotechnology, Process Integration, MEMS, Technology Transfer, Program Management.