Chamber Accelerator Mentorship Program

Chamber Accelerated Mentor Program Mentorship CAMP Greater KW Chamber of Commerce Kitchener Waterloo Ontario Member Membership

The Chamber Accelerator Mentorship Program (CAMP) is a mentorship-based program designed to help established SME’s in non-tech industries set and achieve new goals and accelerate their businesses. With the guidance of 9 experienced and reputable mentors, up to 7 local businesses will develop milestone-driven action plans for their specific needs and challenges, and meet with mentors bi-weekly for 6 months to learn, connect, and achieve their goals.

Interviews with Our Mentors:

Interview with Brian Bazely from Driverseat

Interview with Brian Bazely from Driverseat

Interview with Gary Brown from Future State of Affairs

Interview with Gary Brown from Future State of Affairs

Interview with Linda Dancey from Grand River Personnel

Interview with Linda Dancey from Grand River Personnel


Interviews with Our PARTICIPANTS:


An interview with Rebecca Hempey from The Delivery Guys Inc.


An interview with Adam Smith from My IT Guy



I enjoyed sharing and getting to know other business owners,
hearing their struggles and successes; getting perspective.

I can now distinguish between working in my business versus, working on my business.

It makes me take the time to think about a number of things
in my business that could use some attention.

This program infused excitement back into my business!

Program Overview:

  • Up to 7 participating businesses, 9 mentors
  • 6 month program (September to February)
    • Creation of milestone-driven action plans
    • Bi-weekly tasks to work toward goals
    • Bi-weekly mentor-taught sessions
    • 1-on1 mentoring from 9 experienced and successful professionals
    • Participation in Chamber Academy (~1/month)


$1000 up front- once the program is successfully completed participants receive $500 money-back and 50% off their next year’s Chamber membership

Areas of Focus

  • Strategy & innovation
  • Marketing & social media maximization
  • Sales & revenue growth
  • Hiring & retaining employees
  • Labor & employment
  • Finance & funding
  • IT & Cyber Protection
  • Real estate

Participant Requirements

  • Attend 1 classroom-style session every other week (approx 2 hours each)
  • Complete weekly tasks as requested by the session mentor
  • Arrange 1 hour of mentor meetings bi-weekly
  • Attend Chamber Academy events (~1 per month)

Application criteria

1) Must be a GKWCC member with a business operating in the Kitchener/Waterloo/Woolwich Township area
2) Must have been in business for at least 5 years
3) Must be in a non-tech industry

Program Outcomes for Participant

  • Access to experienced professionals with a wide range of expertise to help your business overcome a current challenge or help accelerate your successful business even further
  • One-on-one time with mentors in the following areas of expertise: sales, marketing, HR, finance, legal, real estate, business development
  • Achievement of personalized goals and milestones
  • Unique mentorship opportunity and peer-to-peer group discussions
  • Opportunity for continuous learning through participation in the Chamber Academy

For any questions about the program please contact:

Christine Hogle

Project Coordinator