A unique local solution driven by Huron County
entrepreneurs to grow local businesses and
employment while building stronger, more
vibrant communities.

The Huron Entrepreneur Fund was established in
2021 by a group of socially conscious entrepreneurs
determined to make a difference in the region.
They recalled the traditional roadblocks they had
faced when starting out. They had great ideas and
strong business plans but often discovered that they
weren’t “bankable.” Yet they knew they were on to
something that could become a great business.
The Huron Entrepreneur Fund is an opportunity for
donors to support charitable activities while helping
to grow new and existing companies.
Whether it’s a small acreage agriculture product
or non-agriculture related manufacturing,
Huron Entrepreneur Fund will help pave the way
to financial success for those getting started
here in Huron County.
Our objective is to create a community resource that
benefits entrepreneurs and local charities alike, while
providing a tax-friendly incentive for donations.

The Huron Entrepreneur Fund is a permanent
charitable endowment fund held by Sunset Community
Foundation. The donated capital will be invested
through Community Futures Huron (CFH), a community-based
non-profit that supports economic development
and small business growth. The revenue will be used
to make grants to local charities.
Partnering with CFH and the Sunset Community
Foundation keeps administrative costs low. All the
benefits stay right here in our communities.

Lorna McKercher, Vice President Agriculture and Agri-business, and Martin Vanderloo, President, Huron Commodities Inc., and a member of the Huron Entrepreneur Fund committee, celebrate RBC’s support for the Huron Entrepreneur Fund.

Huron Entrepreneur Fund Committee Members

Bryan Vincent:  – Chair – Huron Entrepreneur Fund Committee Bryan was raised in Huron County and graduated with an Agribusiness degree from University of Guelph.  After working with CIBC in the Agriculture Department he continued into the family farm equipment business as owner/manager of Vincent Farm Equipment and also Delta Power Equipment.  Bryan is a graduate of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program.  Community involvement ranges over the years with many agricultural and community organizations. Bryan is currently involved with the Seaforth Lions Club, Huron Hospice, Huron County Economic Development Board and Northside United Church.  Bryan lives in Seaforth with his wife Lynda.

Natasha Fritzley: Natasha is the Chief Operating Officer of Cowbell Brewing Co., Canada’s destination brewery. She has a strong background in economic development, marketing, sales, and venue management. Before joining Cowbell, Natasha worked in Economic Development at the County of Huron and in live events and venue management with Spectra Experiences. She is a graduate of Western University, London, ON.

John Kiser: John is a Senior Relationship Manager, Business Banking at Libro Credit Union in Exeter and has worked in the financial services industry for over 35 years.  John holds a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education degree from Brock University, a Business Admin/Marketing diploma from Fanshawe College, and is a graduate of the Accredited Business Lender program at Dalhousie University.  John’s experience includes banking, lending, finance, leadership, teaching, and coaching.  John serves on several Huron County boards and committees and is always eager to use his unique skillset to support local businesses and entrepreneurs in the community

Jim Lynn: Jim is the retired President / CEO of United Communities Credit Union, now part of Libro Credit Union. Born and raised in the southern part of Huron County, he held senior positions in a number of locations with Bank of Montreal before joining the Credit Union. Since retiring, he has been active in a number of Huron County community organizations as well as operating a part time consulting practice focused on strategic planning and intergenerational business & farm transfers. Jim and his wife Darlene live at St. Joseph.

John Marshall: After a successful career in marketing, business development and communications in a corporate environment, John began a career in mergers and acquisitions that resulted in the purchase, growth and subsequent sale of nine Ontario businesses. John now assists a variety of Ontario businesses in the achievement of their business goals through his consulting company, John D. Marshall & Associates. John is also Chair of the Huron County Economic Development Board.

Alex Ripley: Alex is the Economic Development Officer for Agriculture with the County of Huron, where he has managed projects including AgPrize and the 2020 Municipal Economic Development and Planning Forum. After attending school in Toronto (HBA University of Toronto) and Halifax (MA Dalhousie University), he worked with the Nova Scotia government and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, then spent several years working overseas before returning to Canada in 2019. Alex is passionate about startups and innovation, economic development policy, and is committed to helping Canadian businesses scale and grow their markets at home and abroad. Away from work, he like to travel, entertain, and do various outdoorsy things.

Martin VanderLoo: Martin and his family moved to Huron County 30 years ago to start a new business. Taking a new business from an idea to reality was extremely difficult; however with the help of a seasoned business individual who provided bank security, he was able to grow a thriving business that continues to expand today. After a few short years Martin was able to “Pay it Forward” much like the generosity shown by the support he had received. He and his family have started a number of businesses in the County and beyond, increasing employment and economic activity benefitting the community. Martin shares the excitement with his local board members in building a fund benefiting the community for many years to come. This fund enables successful individuals and businesses to leave a legacy gift to the community, which lives into perpetuity.

To learn more or contribute to the Huron Entrepreneur Fund, email sunsetcommunityfoundation@gmail.com or call Pat Morden at 519-619-8630