The 2013 Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference featured an all star cast of globally-recognized Christian business leaders.
The live conference took place in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 14 and 15. The keynote address, presented at an evening banquet that attracted more than 300 people, featured Mark Burnett, the well-known television producer of shows such as Survivor, The Apprentice, Shark Tank and The Voice. His message, especially during the last half of his presentation, focused on his view that Christians need to be "noisy".
He said that Christians are the largest 'tribe' -- using the Survivor analogy -- in the world with more than two billion members. He said that we should have a greater impact upon society.
Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, produced the massive 10-part series, The Bible, which aired on The History Channel. Their latest production, a two-hour movie called Son of God, focuses solely on the life of Jesus Christ. It will be aired across North America on February 28. Burnett said that both productions serve as excellent talking points for Christians. It's a conversation starter to help people proclaim Christ in the marketplace.
He encouraged the Canadian Christian business community to sponsor local showings by buying up all of the tickets for local theatres and selling them through church or business networks.
The Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference featured 10 keynote addresses, each one of them a reflection of how faith has impacted business, career and life.
Those presentations were recorded and the top five were shown in a video conference in Mississauga on Nov. 21, hosted by Keith Knight.
The conference also included a 'live' presentation by Dr. Rick Goossen, founder of the entrepreneurial conference and co-author of Entrepreneurial Leadership: Finding Your Calling, Making a Difference. He focused on the sense of calling and compared a secular and a Christian view of 'work' and 'meaning'.
He also said that the term 'entrepreneur' is often misinterpreted. He said that God created the universe and he created humans in his own image. "We are born with creative minds, and that is what an entrepreneur is."
The Mississauga conference also included a Marketplace Expo, a place where 26 companies and organizations showcased their products.
The conference attracted 10 business students from Tyndale University College, Redeemer University College, and other institutions who were given scholarships to enable them to attend the conference without cost. It was a great way for them to be exposed to Christian business leaders in the room as well as excellent presenters on the screen.
Knight says there are plans to add a banquet and guest speaker to next year's event, as well as the introduction of the first annual Entrepreneur of the Year award for Ontario. The annual award has been a feature of the Vancouver conference so he intends to introduce an Ontario version next year. Tickets will be sold separately for the banquet and keynote address, as well as part of the complete conference package.
"I don't know of any other conference where attendees are exposed to so many excellent presentations," he said. "We want to build on that in 2014 by featuring our own keynote speaker. Stay tuned."
Rick Goossen also attended similar video conferences at the end of November in Hong Kong and Shanghai featuring these same speakers. He is looking forward to 2014 when about a dozen video conferences will take place across Canada, the United States, Asia and Africa as part of a global tour.
MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE
(Listed alphabetically by city)
BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, Dec. 5 – Breakfast 7 a.m.,
Beamsville Relay Restaurant, 4673 Ontario St., (south of QEW), Beamsville; Phil
BRANTFORD, Wednesday, Dec.
18 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford.
BURLINGTON, Wednesday Dec. 4 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains
Road East, Burlington.
CALGARY, Friday, Dec. 20 – Breakfast 7 a.m., ABC Restaurant, 11520 24 St. SE,
CAMBRIDGE, Thursday, Dec. 12 – Breakfast 7 a.m.,
Galtview Restaurant, 693 Coronation Blvd (Hwy 8), Cambridge.
CHATHAM, Tuesday, Dec. 10 v – Breakfast 7 a.m., Hungryman Restaurant, Keil
Drive, Chatham; Will Carey, facilitator
CHILLIWACK, Tuesday, Dec. 31 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m.,
Ricky’s All Day Grill, Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack; Kevin Slingerland,
ELMIRA, Thursday, Dec. 19– Combined Breakfast Social 7:30 a.m., Country Boy
Restaurant, 5 Manitou off Courtland, Kitchener.
FONTHILL, Thursday, Dec. 19 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m.,
Bailey’s Restaurant, 124 Hwy. 20, Fonthill; Phil Mitterhauser, facilitator.
FORT ERIE No December meeting
GUELPH, Tuesday, Dec. 17
– Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph.
HAMILTON DOWNTOWN, Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Williams, Harbourfront,
Hamilton; Eric Ames and Thanh Campbell, co-facilitators.
HAMILTON MOUNTAIN No December meeting
KITCHENER, Thursday, Dec. 19 – Combined Breakfast
Social 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, 5 Manitou off Courtland, Kitchener.
LANGLEY, Thursday, Dec. 19 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., 201
Bistro, Quality Inn, 6465 201 Street, Langley; Len Goossen, facilitator.
LONDON, Wednesday, Dec. 18 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.
MISSISSAUGA, Thursday, Dec. 19 – Breakfast 7 a.m.,
Strate’s Restaurant, 120 Traders Blvd E., Mississauga; Diana Budway,
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Every Thursday – 7:15 a.m. Caldwell
Securities, 437 Mississauga St., bring your breakfast; Phil Mitterhauser and
Rick Felton, co-facilitators.
NORTH YORK No December meeting
OAKVILLE No December meeting
OTTAWA No December meeting
REGINA No December meeting
SARNIA No December meeting
ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday Dec. 11 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Angel’s
Diner, 395 Ontario St., St. Catharines; William Leighton, facilitator.
WINNIPEG, Tuesday Dec. 10 - Breakfast 7:30 a.m.,
Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn
WINGHAM, Friday, Dec. 6 – Breakfast, 7:30
a.m., The Fireside Café, 86248 London Road, Wingham.