To Connect, Equip & Celebrate Christian Entrepreneurs and Marketplace Leaders


The Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference is the leading event of its kind, with a unique focus on Christian-based entrepreneurial leadership.The 9th Annual Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference in Vancouver will take place on Thursday, October 16th and Friday, October 17, 2014



The daytime sessions and evening session on Friday, October 17th will take place at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver ( The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the landmark hotel in downtown Vancouver. Known as the 'Castle in the City’, it reflects the timeless luxury of Canada's iconic hotels.The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is renowned for hosting prestigious events in a distinctively elegant setting. From grand balls to very important personal soirees, our creative and award-winning culinary team “wow” guests with the finest cuisine and beverages. The expert team at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver takes pride in ensuring that all events exceed expectations — leave the logistics to us, everything will be done to the highest standards.  The Networking Gala Reception on Thursday, October 16th will take place at the Terminal City Club ( The TCC is a sophisticated venue with a professional service team and a reputation for exquisite food, both for presentation and taste. The Terminal City Club. Established in 1892, and is one of Canada's most distinguished private clubs with a reputation for excellence. The Terminal City Club is located in the heart of Vancouver's downtown financial district.


The unique features of ELO and the Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference:

  • The daytime sessions at the conference highlight ten of the top Christian entrepreneurs and thought leaders from throughout the world.
  • The conference is unique with its focus on Christian + Entrepreneurial + Leadership.
  • The conference is unique in terms of its global perspective. This year speakers hail from North America (Canada and the US), Australia, Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore), and Europe (UK).
  • Attendees come from Asia, Europe, Africa and throughout North America.
  • The conference is unique in terms of granting the “Entrepreneurial Leader Award” which is a means of highlighting and promoting Christian social entrepreneurship
  • ELO is unique in that it is the leading and pioneering organization for the research and teaching of entrepreneurship from a Christian worldview.
  • ELO collaborates with the world’s leading research institutions, has done the most extensive research in the field and has written the leading text in the area.
  • The conference is not a generic faith at work / marketplace conference, all of which are good, but this event focuses on entrepreneurship—it’s by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs

Here's a sampling of the feedback received with repsect to the 2013 Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference in Vancouver:

I just want to say thank you so much for a great conference. I have been and spoken and attended many different Christian events, many different business events, but I have never been to one that put the two together quite as good as this one did with such a high purpose. And frankly it was put on so great, just the way they went around put the conference together and the spirit of the people here, networking and really wanting to do God’s work in their business was top notch! Hats off to everybody and thank you! - Landon Norton, Farmers Insurance Group, Seattle, WA

 I joined six business associates to come down from Prince George to the 2013 ELO Conference in Vancouver. This was my first time and I came because of the high recommendations from the other fellows. I was simply amazed by the quality and line-up of speakers assembled. For the life of me, I can't understand why more Christian Leaders and Businessmen wouldn't schedule a day off to expose themselves to this level of inspiration and networking. I especially want to encourage others to come next year. I will come again. This is incredible value. -  Gary Clarke, CFP, Chairman, Leadership Legacy Corporation, Prince George, BC

 The Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference in Vancouver was an amazing and inspiring experience. This unique conference is made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. It represents the intersection of business, academia and faith. There's simply nothing else that can compare with the caliber of speakers, attendees and the great discussions that come from this event. We are thrilled to have been part of the ELC and look forward to many more years of involvement. - Leonard Teo, CEO, Ballistiq, Montreal, QC

Let me thank you and congratulate you on a very good conference!  This being my first and only one so far, I'm in a position where this conference becomes your benchmark for future ELO Conferences... the bar is high!!! - Jean-Daniel 'JD' Lanctin, BAA, ChFC, Président et conseiller d'affaires, Baltazzar Consulting, Montreal, QC

 The day and the evening were fantastic.  That is without a doubt the best set of speakers I have seen at a conference. - Don Murray, President,   Safe Software Inc., Surrey, BC Canada

What an awesome, awesome conference.   One of the most exciting parts of the conference for me, are the friendships and connections that are made.  I personally witnessed some life changing meetings as people stepped out of their fear and made huge connections with people they would never have had the chance to meet anywhere else.   Well done! - Dwayne Neufeld, Bellingham, WA

It was a very inspiring dinner and I've been talking about it since then! This was my third time coming and it is worth it every time! Well done! - Janice Nikkel, Vancouver, BC

The ELO event was indeed well worth the time. The speakers were of a very high caliber indeed – Mark Burnett was a real inspiration! I was also very challenged by Bob Shank’s and Geoff Tunnicliffe’s presentations. I also met some really neat guys. And how did you get [Prime Minister] Stephen Harper to come on board! So – well done good and faithful servant! You make a wonderful MC and have done a wonderful job to bring this lot together. -  Bob de Ridder, Founder, Candlewest Systems, Burnaby, BC

 It was another home run! Everyone I spoke to confirmed the sense of value and enjoyment of the conference. Thank you for your significant effort and for doing such an excellent job once again.  - Michael Gibney, Covenant Family Wealth Advisors, Vancouver, BC

Thank you so much for inviting me and hosting the event in Vancouver last week.  It was really an inspiring event.  It’s great to see so many energized entrepreneurs in one room. - Mark Burnett, #1 Producer on TV, including Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, Shark Tank), Malibu, CA

What an evening of pure inspiration! Congratulations! It was wonderful to spend the evening with you at this year's Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference. Let us stand together with greater conviction and purpose in this life. -  Senator Yonah Martin, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Big thank you for having me and Mark [Burnett] last week.  You’ve got a great team running a great event.  We really met some great people.  Congrats. - Randy Sollenberger, Mark Burnett Productions, Los Angeles, CA

Thank you for the work that you do in creating such a world class event. The Entrepreneurial Leaders conference in Vancouver this year was one the most purpose-filled and inspiring conferences I’ve had the pleasure of attending. Many, many thanks. I have 10 pages of notes to reflect on, each line as important as the next. - Travis Klassen, General Manager, Valley Pulp & Sawdust Carriers Ltd.

 It was such an inspiring and eye opening evening!! I think I will become an ambassador of ELC and strongly encourage my friends to attend the ELC next year. Many thanks to Rick for your hard work towards this outstanding event. - Bumsuk (Josh) Kim, Vancouver, BC

A great conference last week, it seems to get better every year!  Thanks for inviting me – it was a pleasure and an honour. - Karl Moore, Professor, McGill University, Montreal, QC

I want to congratulate you for leading very inspiring and well organized events.  Furthermore, the quality of the speakers was outstanding. - Jean Allan, President, Commandare, Montreal, QC

The emphases were compelling; the fast-pitch speakers addressed the leadership challenge found in both Career, and Calling. Being the innovative risk taker – the classic distinction of entrepreneurship – is the natural pursuit of these unique champions, whether going for market share in the commercial arena, or pursuing “fruit that will last” on behalf of the Kingdom.     Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel), were both on the program in Vancouver. Their contribution was not theoretical; their journey fit the bill, perfectly.
Bob Shank, “Build your platform”, Bob Shank, Founder & President, The Master’s Program, Newport Beach, CA, November 18, 2013,

Rick Goossen has a lot invested in Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization (ELO). He has studied Christian entrepreneurs for more than 20 years, interviewing more than 300 of them and producing several Entrepreneurial Leaders books based on those interviews. Since 2005, he has organized conferences which draw together entrepreneurs and business leaders. Having spent a couple of days at the recent ELO conference and dinner, I would say he is beginning to realize some impressive returns on his investment. Following are a few observations about the enterprise.  This was a very successful event [ELO Conference, Vancouver, Nov 14-15, 2013], with more than 500 people making their way to the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel to take part. Some 150 entrepreneurs and business leaders participated in the daytime sessions…Participants came from across Canada and the United States, with several from Hong Kong and Africa.” - Entrepreneurs love being ‘in the world’ - by Flyn Ritchie • Church for Vancouver, November 20, 2013

 The 2013 Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference featured an all-star cast of globally-recognized Christian business leaders. I don't know of any other conference where attendees are exposed to so many excellent presentations.-  Keith Knight, Executive Director, Canadian Christian Business Federation 



The ELO Conferences first started in 2005 and have established a track record of attracting and connecting a wide range of Christian entrepreneurs, family business owners, and executives from throughout North America and beyond. The conferences attract up to 525 attendees and provide an excellent opportunity to be equipped, to network with like-minded peers and to be inspired.  The "live" event is held annually in Vancouver, Canada with videocast presentations having been held in Calgary, Toronto and Hong Kong. Speakers are "the best of the best" among entrepreneurial practitioners and thought leaders from around the world.  The keynote speaker at the 2012 ELO Conference in Vancouver was Michael Flaherty, President and Founder of Walden Media, creator of "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, Amazing Grace, Charlotte's Web and other fine films.  The keynote speaker at the 2013 ELO Conference in Vancouver was Mark Burnett, the #1 TV producer in the world, with shows such as Survivor, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice and The Voice.  Each year ELO recevies extensive, uniformly positive, unsolicited feedback.