Canadian Christian Business Federation

Toronto chapter begins the day with breakfast, ends with a dinner cruise on Lake Ontario

 

While the vast majority of CCBF chapters across the country took the summer off, the downtown Toronto chapter -- called Connexions -- continued their regular bi-weekly breakfast schedule.

They added a nice touch to their July 28 meeting, beginning the day with their regular breakfast meeting and ending the day with a dinner cruise on Lake Ontario, attended by 25 people, many of them guests.

It was so successful, says the leadership team, that they plan to make this an annual event.

 


A mid-summer Knight's dream:

     10,000 Christian business leaders equipped to serve

   Keith Knight 

Summertime, and the livin' is easy ... for most of us.

It's the time to get unplugged from work, grab a vacation, bond with family and friends.

It's also time to re-cast our vision for the fall season of work; whatever that work entails.  Time to set new goals, look at staffing needs (if you have a staff), contemplate corporate expansion or winding down, re-evaluate your work/life balance.

Personally, it's been a great time of reflection and evaluation over the past few weeks. Yes, it's become a mid-summer Knight's dream for the growth and expansion of the CCBF. A few thoughts come to mind.

  • We will continue to respond to requests from across the country to plant new chapters. We tend to require a local leadership team of two or three people to get a new group off the mind. That's the key; we only respond to requests.  This is a grassroots movement, relying solely on the Holy Spirit's work in communities from PEI to Vancouver Island.
  • Chapters are autonomous.  That's important. I've recently chatted with facilitators who want to bring in a guest speaker now and then, or to meet more often than once a month. One of the most delightful examples of autonomy comes from the downtown Toronto chapter -- called Connexions. They meet biweekly throughout the year. They decided to augment their July 28 breakfast meeting with an evening dinner cruise where they invited potential members.
  • Paid membership is foundational to CCBF's future existence.  Basic membership is only $200. Non-profits pay $300 and some larger corporations pay up to $1,500.  When I asked one long-time breakfast participant why he wasn't a member, he said: "Nobody asked me."  So you're encouraged to become proactive. Without any nudging from me, go to www.ccbf.org/join and become a member. We spend more on our daily coffee or on a gym membership than we do on our own leadership development and networking.
  • We are currently working hard to develop a separate resource-based website that will be able to provide you with podcasts, webinars, online courses, and a growing network of leadership tools. This will be a for-fee service to all of our members.

This is God's Kingdom at work. My dream is to be able to gather 10,000 Christian business and professional leaders across the country who will become equipped to serve their customers, their employees and their communities. Thousands of business leaders who 'have it all together' and who long to be salt and light in their communities and this nation.

What have you been dreaming about?

 

Keith Knight

Executive Director

Canadian Christian Business Federation  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE

 

JULY/AUGUST, 2016

(Listed alphabetically by city)

 

ABBOTSFORD, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast, 7 a.m.,  Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.

BEAMSVILLE, NO MEETINGS –  Breakfast 7 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

BRAMPTON, NO MEETINGS – Evening 7:30 p.m., Community Room above Fortino’s, 35 Worthington Ave. (off Bovaird), Brampton; Iloma Brown, facilitator.

BRANTFORD, Wednesday, August 17 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E.,  Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.

BURLINGTON, Wednesday, July 6; August 3 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.

CALGARY SOUTH, Friday, July 8; August 5 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Rebecca Manley and Daniel Botha, facilitators.

CLARINGTON, Wednesday, July 20; August 17 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.

COBOURG, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Sttreet, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.

EDMONTON AM, Thursday, July 26; Aug. 25 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Humpty’s Restaurant, 4503 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.

EDMONTON NIGHTLIFE, Monday, July 11, 7 p.m. Ricky’s Restaurant, 12707  140 Ave NW; Dwight Hayes, facilitator.

FONTHILL, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Bailey O’Grady’s Restaurant, 124 Hwy. 20 East, Fonthill; Don Nelson and Bill Vander Klippe, co-facilitators.

FORT ERIE,   Friday, July 29; Friday, August 26 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Artemis Restaurant, 199 Garrison Road, Fort Erie; Nile Jenkins, facilitator.

GUELPH, Tuesday, August 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.

KINGSTON, Friday, Sept. 16 –  Breakfast  7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess St., Kingston; Keith Knight, facilitator

KITCHENER, Thursday, August 18 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.

LANGLEY, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.

LONDON BREAKFAST, Wednesday, July 27; Aug. 24 – 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.

LONDON LUNCH, NO MEETINGS – Lunch 12 noon, Angel’s Restaurant, 100 Belmont Drive, London; Ken DeVries, facilitator

MARKHAM, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, Hwy 7 at Warden Avenue, Markham; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.

MISSISSAUGA, NO MEETINGS – Dinner 7 p.m., Swiss Chalet, 5980 McLauglin Road, Mississauga; Diana Budway, facilitator.

NEWMARKET, NO MEETINGS -- Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Buttery, Davis and Yonge, Newmarket. Edna Bazante and Paul Hilsden, facilitators.

NORTH YORK, Friday, June 24 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s 861 York Mills Road at Upjohn, North York; Michael Wong, facilitator.

OAKVILLE, NO MEETINGS –  12 noon, Cora’s, Oakville Town Centre II, 240 North Service Road West, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.

OTTAWA, NO MEETINGS – Summer Hayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; Tim Visser, facilitator.

SASKATOON, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.

ST. CATHARINES, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

SUMMERSIDE, NO MEETINGS – 12 noon lunch and learn, Centre 150, 150 Industrial Crescent, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.

TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Thursday, July 14 and 28 (BBQ), Aug. 11 and 25 – 7 a.m., Marche Restaurant, 181 Bay St., Toronto; Jim Foster, facilitator.

TORONTO (PEOPLE'S CHURCH), Wednesday, Aug. 17 -- Launch of a new chapter, 7 a.m., The People's Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E.; Keith Knight, facilitator.

VANCOUVER, Tuesday, July 5; Aug. 9 –Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, 2350 Boundary Road, just south of Lougheed Highway, Vancouver; Tim Spangler, facilitator.

WATERLOO, Friday, August 5 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.

WINDSOR, Saturday, June 25 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Ocean’s Restaurant, 2883 Howard Ave., just northwest of E.C. Row Parkway; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.

WINNIPEG, Tuesday, July 14; August 9 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.

WINGHAM, NO MEETINGS– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.

SEPTEMBER, 2016

(Listed alphabetically by city)

 

ABBOTSFORD, Friday, Sept. 30 – Breakfast, 7 a.m.,  Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.

BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, Sept. 1 –  Breakfast 7 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

BRAMPTON, NO MEETINGS – Evening 7:30 p.m., Community Room above Fortino’s, 35 Worthington Ave. (off Bovaird), Brampton; Iloma Brown, facilitator.

BRANTFORD, Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E.,  Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.

BURLINGTON, Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.

CALGARY SOUTH, Friday, Sept.2, 16, 30 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Rebecca Manley and Daniel Botha, facilitators.

CLARINGTON, Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.

COBOURG, Saturday, Sept. 3 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.

EDMONTON AM, Thursday, Sept. 22 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Humpty’s Restaurant, 4503 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.

EDMONTON NIGHTLIFE, Monday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Ricky’s Restaurant, 12707  140 Ave NW; Dwight Hayes, facilitator.

FONTHILL, Thursday, Sept. 15 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Bailey O’Grady’s Restaurant, 124 Hwy. 20 East, Fonthill; Don Nelson and Bill Vander Klippe, co-facilitators.

FORT ERIE,   Friday, Sept. 30 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Artemis Restaurant, 199 Garrison Road, Fort Erie; Nile Jenkins, facilitator.

GUELPH, Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.

HAMILTON, Wednesday, Sept. 14 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m.  Cora's, 1400 Upper James, Hamilton; Keith Knight, facilitator.

KINGSTON, Friday, Sept. 16 –  Breakfast  7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess St., Kingston; Keith Knight, facilitator

KITCHENER, Thursday, Sept. 15 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.

LANGLEY, Thursday, Sept. 15 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.

LONDON BREAKFAST, Wednesday, Sept. 28 – 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.

LONDON LUNCH, Thursday, Sept. 8 – Lunch 12 noon, Angel’s Restaurant, 100 Belmont Drive, London; Ken DeVries, facilitator

MARKHAM, Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, Hwy 7 at Warden Avenue, Markham; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.

MISSISSAUGA, Wednesday, Sept. 28 – Dinner 7 p.m., Swiss Chalet, 5980 McLauglin Road, Mississauga; Diana Budway, facilitator.

NEWMARKET, Friday, Sept. 9 -- Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Buttery, Davis and Yonge, Newmarket. Edna Bazante and Paul Hilsden, facilitators.

NORTH YORK, Friday, Sept. 30 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s, 861 York Mills Road at Upjohn, North York; Michael Wong, facilitator.

NORTH YORK (PEOPLES CHURCH), Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Breakfast 7 a.m., The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto; Nestor Abdon, facilitator.

OAKVILLE, Friday, Sept. 9 –  12 noon, Cora’s, Oakville Town Centre II, 240 North Service Road West, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.

OTTAWA, Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Summer Hayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; Tim Visser, facilitator.

SASKATOON, Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.

ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, Sept. 14 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

SUMMERSIDE, Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 12 noon lunch and learn, Centre 150, 150 Industrial Crescent, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.

TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Thursday, Sept. 8 and 22 – 7 a.m., Marche Restaurant, 181 Bay St., Toronto; Jim Foster, facilitator.

VANCOUVER, Tuesday, Sept. 13 –Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, 2350 Boundary Road, just south of Lougheed Highway, Vancouver; Tim Spangler, facilitator.

WATERLOO, Friday, Sept. 2 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.

WINDSOR, Saturday, Sept. 24 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Ocean’s Restaurant, 2883 Howard Ave., just northwest of E.C. Row Parkway; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.

WINNIPEG, Tuesday, Sept. 13 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.

WINGHAM, Friday, Sept. 2– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.

 

                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

NEW CCBF CHAPTERS

ON THE HORIZON

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Toronto

The People's Church

374 Sheppard Ave. E.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

7 a.m.

< LAUNCHED >

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Barrie ON

Location TBA

October

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Coquitlam/

Port Moody BC

January 2017

Future Meetings

Current Chapters

BEAMSVILLE, Ont.

BRAMPTON, Ont.

BRANTFORD, Ont.

BURLINGTON, Ont.

CAMBRIDGE, Ont.

CLARINGTON, Ont.

COBOURG, Ont.

DURHAM, Ont.

FONTHILL, Ont.

FORT ERIE, Ont.

GUELPH, Ont.

HAMILTON, Ont.

KAWARTHA LAKES, Ont.

KINGSTON, Ont.

KITCHENER, Ont.

LONDON, Ont. (2)

MARKHAM, Ont

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.

NEWMARKET, Ont.

NORTH YORK, Ont.

NORTH YORK (PEOPLES), Ont.

OAKVILLE, Ont.

OTTAWA, Ont.

ST. CATHARINES, Ont.

SIMCOE, Ont.

TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Ont.

WATERLOO, Ont.

WINDSOR, Ont.

WINGHAM, Ont.

 

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I.

 

WINNIPEG, Man.

 

REGINA, Sask.

SASKATOON, Sask.

 

EDMONTON, Alta (2)

CALGARY, Alta (2)

 

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.

CHILLIWACK, B.C.

COURTENAY, B.C.

LANGLEY, B.C.

VANCOUVER, B.C.

 

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