To Connect, Equip & Celebrate Christian Entrepreneurs and Marketplace Leaders

Advisory Board

 People - Rod Bergen (E)

Rod Bergen, Managing Director, Tax & Financial Analysis, Jim Pattison Group (www.jimpattison.com) – The Jim Pattison Group is the third largest private company in Canada. Rod is a Chartered Accountant and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation. Prior to joining the Jim Pattison Group, Rod was the partner-in charge of the British Columbia tax practice for one of the "Big 6" accounting firms as well as being a member of the firm's Partnership Board and chairman of the firm's technology steering committee .

 People - Tom Cooper (E)

Tom Cooper, President and Founder, City in Focus – In 1988 City in Focus (www.cityinfocus.ca)  began as a chaplaincy to the marketplace, seeking to care for and connect the people of Vancouver. Today, City in Focus provides an umbrella for numerous thriving ministries and fosters the development of new organizations and initiatives, all while caring for and connecting an increasingly diverse community. Over all, City in Focus is committed to bringing input from a Christian faith perspective into the lives of the men and women of Vancouver.  Most notably, City in Focus organizes an annual prayer breakfast attended by approximately 1,000 people.

 People - Ian Daniel (E)

Ian Daniel, President and Founder, New Creation Consulting, and NCOL Ministries – Trained originally in electrical engineering, Ian formed New Creation Consulting (www.NCOL.com) in 1996, beginning with management consulting. Today, NCOL Internet develops world-class Internet solutions for medium and large enterprises throughout North America.  Ian is also President of NCOL Ministries (www.NCOLMinistries.ca) – a Christian non-profit, dedicated to bringing business-class expertise to the non-profit sector. In just five years, NCOL Ministries has been recognized by senior denominational groups as Canada’s leader in the field of “IT ministry,” growing to serve over ninety churches, church camps and related Christian enterprises.  Ian’s entrepreneurial journey is included in Goossen, Ed., Entrepreneurial Leaders:   Reflections on Faith at Work (Vol. 5).

 People - Rick Goossen (E)

Richard (Rick) J. Goossen, Strategic Advisor & Relationship Manager, Covenant Planning Group, - Rick works full-time with Covenant, one of Canada’s leading family wealth advisory firms (www.covenant.ca).  Covenant provides holistic counsel with respect to wills & estate, asset management, family business and philanthropic objectives.  Rick’s ministry focus is the role of Christian entrepreneurial leadership in the marketplace and beyond.  As part of his ministry activities, he is involved in the ELO (www.eleaders.org) and is also Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership, Transforming Business, a research and development centre at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (www.transformingbusiness.net).

 People - Jame Healy (E)

Jame Healy, Delivery Management, Microsoft Consulting Services - Focusing early on with the Financial Services industry and later broadening to healthcare, public sector, transport/logistics and manufacturing, Jame has led a number of initiatives ranging from $50,000 to $23M in size as well as having been a key advisor to programs in excess of $100M in size, each delivering proven business value to the enterprise.  Jame is a seasoned expert having published several peer-reviewed articles and spoken at various trade and business events on business process management, integration and automation.  Jame currently manages consulting services delivery within the large enterprise and public sector practice at Microsoft Consulting Services and is based in Vancouver, Canada.  He was trained originally in finance and economics at Trinity Western University and University of British Columbia. 

 People - Brad Malchuk (E)

Brad Malchuk, CEO, Fastik - Brad is a Langley-based entrepreneur in the packaging and printing industry. He was the fourth employee at Fastik (www.fastik.com) and then later acquired it. Three times featured in Business In Vancouver Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Companies List”, Fastik now has about 40 staff and is undergoing a major growth curve as it expands into direct contact food packaging. Fastik introduced the first commercial single serve tea envelope to North America, and continues to innovate in the area of environmentally preferable packaging.  Fastik actively pursues social responsibility by striving “to strike a balance between taking care of our environment, and also, our fellow man, both locally, and in our global community.”   Fastik is committed to giving a minimum 10% of our net profits to charitable organizations both home and abroad.  Brad is a past board member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization and is currently continuing his studies in leadership at Trinity Western University.

People - Ron Penner Dr. Ron Penner- Ron is former President, Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, BC and highly respected for his administrative and leadership skills. His self-description: "A good day is one when I have been able to help someone gain traction on a part of their life or a group make progress toward its goals. Places I’ve been able to pursue the above…marriage and family counseling, youth work, teaching, educational administration, and NPO board work. Fortunate to be married to my best friend, Linda for over 45 years and now with time to enjoy more activities with her like golf, motorcycle touring, and travel. Have spent a ton on tuition and books and learned a lot – still think a great evening out includes a stop at Chapters! A few favorite authors: CS Lewis, Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni.A bad day is one without chunky peanut butter!" Ron's reason for volunteering with ELO: "I believe fostering entrepreneurial leadership is one of the very important things we can do to help develop our world, both in the business and ministry worlds. I believe the cause Rick is pursuing is a good one and am pleased to support it."  
 People - carson_pue (E) Rev. Dr. Carson Pue is Author of "Mentoring Leaders:  Wisdom for Developing Character, Calling and Competency".  He is presently Pastor at First Baptist Church, Vancouver, BC and was for many years the president of Arrow Leadership. Arrow’s passion and purpose is to identify and significantly invest in the lives of proven, emerging Christian leaders who have a clear anointing and calling by God. 

Carson's passion is to come alongside leaders, helping them to be led more by Jesus, lead more like Jesus and to lead more to Jesus.

Carson’s academic background includes education, sociology and religious studies.  He has a keen ability to speak wisdom into the lives of others in public arenas, small groups and one-on-one. This gifting affords Carson opportunities of mentoring all levels of leaders.

His interests include sailing, reading, music, writing, family and all things Irish! He is husband to Brenda and dad to Jason and Kristin, Jeremy and Shari, and Jonathan, and grandfather to Landon, Liam and McArthur.

 

People - Adam Schellenberg

Adam Schellenberg, Producer and Co-founder, Capitol Media House - Capitol Media house (capitolmediahouse.com) is a design-focused video production company, specializing in creative storytelling that employs a variety of disciplines, including motion design, filmmaking and photography. Adam has been active in the video production industry since 2003, and has worked on productions in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, New York and Osaka. Common collaborative partners include marketing agencies, heavy industry businesses, and dozens of faith based organizations and not-for-profits. While not producing media, Adam sits on the City in Focus Young Professionals Board, is an avid hamburger connoisseur, and the root-beer equivalent of a sommelier. Adam has a degree in media studies from the University of the Fraser Valley, and a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University.

 People - Richard Scott (E)

Richard Scott, Business Coach, Clarity Business Strategies - Rich is a leading FocalPoint Certified Business Coach & Coach Trainer (www.focalpointcoaching.com).  He is an accomplished entrepreneur and an experienced sales and marketing professional.  He has over 15 years of sales, marketing and leadership experience.  In 2000, he co-founded Qualica Financial Group Inc, a commercial equipment lease finance firm.  By 2005 he had help grow it to #1 status in Western Canada.  In 2006, he then successfully managed the sale and transition of the company to one of MCAP, one of Canada’s largest independent mortgage and finance companies.  Among other awards he was named “Top Graduate” from UBC’s Sauder School of Business for their Sales and Marketing Management program.  When he isn't working with clients, Richard enjoys skiing, running and soccer.

 People - Terry Smith (E)

Terry Smith, Chairman of the Board, Smith Gardens, Bellingham, WA (www.northwestgrown.com) – Smith Gardens is the producer of Northwest Grown garden products, and has been a family-owned and operated business for over 100 years.  The business now has 4 locations and employs over 600 workers in peak season; its products are available through leading retailers such as Costco, Walmart and Home Depot.  Terry was President of Smith Gardens for many years and engineered a significant expansion phase, before successfully transitioning management of the business to two of his sons.  Terry believes in God-given DNA:  divine gift, natural gifts  and acquired gifts.

 People - Edited George So

 Dr. George So, General Manager and Senior Consultant, Construction Board, Dupont China Limited,

George So, B.Sc., M.Sc., MBA PhD(Hon), KCSJ, is General Manager and Global Director of Sales of DuPont Apollo Limited. In 1997, George joined DuPont China Limited as Area Manager, engineering polymers and eventually moved to a General Manager position to oversee the Engineering Polymers Business in Greater China. He has been active in community service and Christian service activities throughout China. His educational roots are in Canada (3 degrees from University of Saskatchewan), his home is in Hong Kong and his desire is to have Christianity dramatically impact China's leadership.

 People - Paul Stevens (E)

R. Paul Stevens, Professor Emeritus, Marketplace Theology, Regent College- Paul Stevens is a leading practical theologian and educator in the evangelical world with respect to empowering Christians to pursue their calling in the marketplace. He has long been associated with Regent College (www.regent-college.edu) and has lectured throughout the world.  His mission is to empower ordinary people to integrate their faith and life from Monday to Sunday. He is the author of Doing God's Business: Meaning and Motivation for the Marketplace.  Some of Paul’s other publications include:  Work Matters:  A Biblical Perspective on Labour (forthcoming, available in PDF format)  The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work and Ministry in Biblical Perspective (Eerdmans, translated into Korean); The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity (with Robert Banks, IVP); and Liberating the Laity (IVP/Regent Publishing, , Translated into Korean, Portuguese, and Chinese).

 People - Bernie Thiessen (E)

Bernie Thiessen, Independent Real Estate  Agent, Homelife Glenayre Realty- Bernie previously worked with Radio Shack for almost 20 years. He was a District Manager for Atlantic Canada and then later for Southern Alberta. He then became involved in real estate. He has been an agent with Homelife since 1989 and has a parallel developed a property portfolio through Thiessen Real Estate Ventures. He has been  Chair of the Chilliwack Commercial Realtors Association. He has served as Chairman of the Greendale First Mennonite Church and also on the board of Camp Squeah.

 People - Geoff Tunnicliffe (E)

Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO/ Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance- Geoff Tunnicliffe is CEO/ Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance, a network of churches in 128 nations that have each formed an evangelical alliance and over 100 international organizations joining together to give a world-wide identity, voice, and platform to more than 600 million evangelical Christians. Geoff spends a considerable amount of time traveling, mentoring leaders of Evangelical Alliances, speaking at global conferences, conducting media interviews, meeting with government and faith leaders and interacting with institutions such as United Nations, G-8 and World Bank. Building evangelical collaboration and unity, and building a strong voice for the marginalized, the poor and the persecuted are his priorities. As part of Geoff's role, he works with a global network of entrepreneurs and business leaders committed to innovation and positive change throughout the marketplace and society.

People - Gord Wiebe (E)

Gord Wiebe, Chief Executive Officer, All Weather Windows- Gord has been with the company since its inception in 1978, beginning as Sales Manager and eventually becoming both CEO and Principal Partner. All Weather is dedicated to designing and manufacturing Canada's widest selection of quality window and door products using the latest state-of-the-art technology. They currently have two highly automated manufacturing plants and nine branches across Canada. The company is one of Canada's largest privately owned window and door manufacturer, with approximately 1,200 employees. All Weather has been the proud recipient of Canada's 50 Best Managed awards for the past 5 years running and received Canada's 50 Best Engaged Award for 2012. All branched are heavily involved in their community and charity events. All Weather was the national sponsor the Salvation Army Santa Shuffle which was a 3 year commitment and where the company took part across Canada in the Santa Shuffle Race. The company helped raise $700,000 in the three years of its involvement. All Weather has also been a Platinum Sponsor to the Habitat for Humanity nationally and have been involved in their work with the community throughout Canada for many years.

People - Ray Yenkana (E)

Ray Yenkana is a well-known and highly-respected realtor in BC’s Fraser Valley (see www.rayyenkana.com).  He is the owner and operator of ReMax Little Oak Realty with offices in Abbotsford, Langley and Surrey.  Ray has extensive experience in training and mentoring realtors.  Ray started his real estate career managing commercial real estate and helping investors with their investment properties and portfolios.  Ray has been helping investors buy and sell investment real estate since 1985. As a commercial realtor he has earned the C.C.I.M. designation, which has helped his clients in aquiring, holding and disposing of their investment property in a timely manner.  Ray is a very specialized realtor, working throughout the province of British Columbia (BC) and Alberta. Ray is located in Abbotsford BC, but does commercial real estate sales throughout the province. Some areas that he has dealt with in the past are Fort St John, Terrace, Cranbrook and Vancouver. Distance does not stop Ray from providing his skilled, professional service for commercial real estate clients.  He has previously worked with Brian Stiller at Youth for Christ in Toronto, he is a member of Northview Church in Abbotsford, BC.