Introducing the Next Step Advisors

The Advisors will be helping the Next Step companies as they encounter issues and challenges on their path to growth

Each advisor represents a team of specialists ready to help the Next Step companies with any challenge that may arise. If you want to lend a hand, join the Backseat Advisor contest.

Wellington Holbrook,
Next Step Advisor
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Wellington Holbrook

Executive vice-president, ATB Business & Agriculture

Growing up in a family-owned business, Wellington Holbrook learned first-hand about the challenges facing entrepreneurs. He has combined that knowledge with a business degree and 18 years of work as a business investor, lender and banker to help make the dreams of entrepreneurs come true, “whether you have a growing manufacturing business in Calgary or a family farm near Two Hills,” he says.

Holbrook has words of caution for companies that think they want to grow by hundreds of per cent. “Those are the kinds of goals that make banks nervous,” he says. “Dreaming is one thing, achieving is another. You need the right sort of advice.”ATB_IndependentBusiness_Nov17

For more information on ATB Business, click here.

Doug Ballou,
Next Step Advisor
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Douglas Ballou

Lawyer, MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman
Doug Ballou is a partner in the Edmonton office of the full-service law firm MLT, concentrating his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private placements. He acts for a number of large, publicly traded corporations, and for many individual entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses. He says quick growth can change a small business’s relationship with its lenders. “Typically, growth takes you into financing that your principal bank or lender isn’t necessarily interested in,” he says. “That’s where we can bring a fair bit to the table in terms of how you structure those agreements so an equity investor will be comfortable MLT Logo - High Resinvesting.”

For more information on MLT, click here.

Kimberley Neutens

Director, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Calgary
Kimberley Neutens is the director of the Hunter Centre, and says the organization will provide Next Step companies with key advice. “We’re helping shape a new wave of entrepreneurial thinkers – people who go beyond the standard,” says Neutens. “This is what we think will add value to the Next Step program.”

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