Ask an Advisor Thursdays

Ask An Advisor


Robin Blythe1st Thursday - Robin Blythe, Account Manager, Commercial/Agriculture Relationships | Coach "I’ve been an agriculture and commercial lender for over 14 years and hold professional designations such as being an accredited commercial lender and an agrologist.  I’m passionate about co-ops and credit unions and the impact they have on our communities.  My favorite part of my work is the people, hearing their stories and being a small part of their hopes and dreams."


Harold DeVries

2nd Thursday - Small Business Advisor Harold DeVries

Harold has built a business as a Personal Clothier, providing an in-office clothing service to executives across South-Western Ontario.  After 12 years in business he turned his attention to energies to helping others succeed in business through work as a Business Advisor/Trainer.  In this role Harold has assisted more than 250 business owners develop and launch their business ventures through Self-Employment Benefit, Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Ontario Works programs.  As an entrepreneur and training professional he is passionate about helping others succeed in building foundations under their “castles in the air”.


3rd Thursday - 2nd Chance Employment Counselling provides employment services, at no cost, to all  job seekers and employers throughout Fergus & Wellington County.  Job seekers, of different ages, educational background  and work history,  can access support to find employment or to explore training and career options.  We provide employers with assistance to recruit, hire and train new employees along with  posting jobs, collecting resumes and  pre-screening  applicants.

Funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development we provide Employment Ontario programs including the Canada Ontario Job Grant, Second Career, Apprenticeship Employer Signing bonus and Job Matching, Placement and Incentives.

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Tom Lusis  4th Thursday – County of Wellington Employment & Talent Attraction Service

• Information/advising about economic immigration programs.
• Information/advising for groups supporting refugees.
• Information/connections to settlement supports in Wellington County.
• Information for employers wanting to recruit graduates from local post-secondary institutions.
• Advising employers about attracting/retraining a Millennial workforce.