Canadian Christian Business Federation

 

INTERESTING TIMES

Planning for the predictable and the unpredictable

   Keith Knight

My 2017 Daytimer -- yes, I still have one of those -- is filling up nicely.  I have plugged in those 50 or so monthly meetings that take place from PEI to Vancouver Island. Added to that are the various conferences that I plan to attend and trips that I intend to make.

That's called Long Range Planning, but it is hardly planning at all. It simply identifies activities that I plan to be involved in over the course of the year.

This is the time of the year when we look ahead and we set goals, develop strategic plans, and make sure that our strategies are aligned with our vision. We have developed a system around things that we expect will happen.

Author Karl Albrecht says that there is a better way to think about the future. For those of you involved in monthly breakfast meetings, you will recognize his name from the discussion on Long-Range Planning.

He says we "need to change the vocabulary we use to think and talk about guiding our businesses, and those who lead, into the future."  He says that 'planning' is useful when "you have certainty about the situation in which the action will take place and nearly full control of the factors that ensure success in achieving your outcome."

But for those entering uncertain markets or facing competitive changes, he suggests using the term 'futuring'.

We 'future' when we acknowledge an uncertain tomorrow and decide to pursue an adaptive and proactive strategy.  Then we can devise a menu of possible courses of action.

We need to plan for those things that we know will probably happen but we also need to be flexible to adapt to change.

We have just come through a most interesting year; domestically, internationally, economically, socially.  And 2017 promises to be equally interesting.

Are your personal and corporate/institutional plans ready for the unpredictable? 

Keith Knight

Executive Director

Canadian Christian Business Federation  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE

 

JANUARY, 2017

 

(Listed alphabetically by city)

 

ABBOTSFORD, Friday, Jan. 27 – Breakfast, 7 a.m.,  Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.

BARRIE, Friday, Jan. 27 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Williams Coffee Pub, 501 Bryne Drive, Barrie; Kim Sanderson, facilitator

BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, Jan. 5 –  Breakfast 7 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

BELLEVILLE, Thursday, Jan. 26 – LAUNCH OF A NEW CHAPTER, Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Denny’s, 398 North Front Street, Belleville; Keith Knight, guest speaker

BRANTFORD, Wednesday, Jan. 18 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E.,  Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.

BURLINGTON, Wednesday, Jan. 4 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.

CALGARY SOUTH, Friday, Jan.6 and 20 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Rebecca Horne, facilitator.

CAMBRIDGE, Tuesday, Jan. 24 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Country Girl Restaurant, 561 Hespeler Road, Cambridge; Keith Knight, facilitator.

CLARINGTON, Wednesday, Jan. 18 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.

COBOURG, Saturday, Jan. 7 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.

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

FONTHILL, Thursday, Jan. 19 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Dominic's On 20, Hwy. 20 at Rice Road, Fonthill; Don Nelson and Bill Vander Klippe, co-facilitators.

FORT ERIE,   Friday, Jan. 27 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Artemis Restaurant, 199 Garrison Road, Fort Erie; Nile Jenkins, facilitator.

GUELPH, Tuesday, Jan. 17 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.

HAMILTON, Wednesday, Jan. 11 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Cora’s, 1400 Upper James, Hamilton; Keith Knight, facilitator.

KAWARTHA LAKES, Tuesday, Jan. 17 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., St. Dave’s Diner, 2925 Hwy. 35 at Hwy 7, Lindsay; Dan Kenney, facilitator.

KINGSTON, Wednesday, Jan. 25 –  Breakfast  7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess St., Kingston; Dave Airey, facilitator.

KITCHENER, Thursday, Jan. 19 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.

LANGLEY, Thursday, Jan. 19 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.

LONDON BREAKFAST, Jan. 25 – 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.

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

MARKHAM, Tuesday, Jan. 17 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, Hwy 7 at Warden Avenue, Markham.

MISSISSAUGA, NO MEETING– Lunch 12 noon, Gospel Cafe, 5120 Dixie Road, Mississauga; Keith Knight, facilitator.

NEWMARKET, Friday, Jan. 13 -- Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Buttery, Davis and Yonge, Newmarket. Edna Bazante, facilitator

NORTH YORK (PEOPLES CHURCH), Wednesday, Jan. 18 – Breakfast 7 a.m., The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto; Nestor Abdon, facilitator.

OAKVILLE, Friday, Jan. 13 –  12 noon, Cora’s, Oakville Town Centre II, 240 North Service Road West, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.

OTTAWA, Tuesday, Jan. 24 – Summer Hayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; Tim Visser, facilitator.

SASKATOON, Wednesday, Jan. 18 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.

ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, Jan. 11 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

SUMMERSIDE, Wednesday, Jan. 11 – 12 noon lunch and learn, Centre 150, 150 Industrial Crescent, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.

TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Thursday, Jan. 12 and 26 – 7 a.m., Marche Restaurant, 181 Bay St., Toronto; Jim Foster, facilitator.

VANCOUVER, Tuesday, Jan. 10 –Lunch 12 noon, Ricky’s Restaurant, 2350 Boundary Road, just south of Lougheed Highway, Vancouver; Tim Spangler, facilitator.

WATERLOO, Friday, Jan. 6 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.

WHITBY, Saturday, Jan. 14 – LAUNCH OF NEW CHAPTER, Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, 150 Taunton Road at Brock Street, Whitby; Keith Knight, guest speaker.

WINDSOR, Saturday, Jan. 28 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Marija’s Place, 1412 Wyandotte Ave. at Moy Avenue; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.

WINNIPEG, Tuesday, Jan. 10 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.

WINGHAM, Friday, Jan. 6– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.

                                      

FEBRUARY, 2017

(Listed alphabetically by city)

ABBOTSFORD, Friday, Feb. 24 – Breakfast, 7 a.m.,  Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.

BARRIE, Friday, Feb. 24 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Williams Coffee Pub, 501 Bryne Drive, Barrie; Kim Sanderson, facilitator

BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, Feb. 2 –  Breakfast 7 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

BELLEVILLE, Thursday, Jan. 23 –  Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Denny’s, 398 North Front Street, Belleville; Nico Mulder, facilitator.

BRANTFORD, Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.

BURLINGTON, Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.

CALGARY SOUTH, Friday, Feb. 3 and 17 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Rebecca Horne, facilitator.

CAMBRIDGE, Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Angel’s Restaurant, 560 Hespeler Road, Cambridge; Keith Knight, facilitator.

CLARINGTON, Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.

COBOURG, Tuesday, Feb. 7 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.

EDMONTON AM, Thursday, Feb. 23 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Humpty’s Restaurant, 4503 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.

FONTHILL, Thursday, Feb. 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Dominic’s On 20, 124 Hwy. 20 at Rice Road, Fonthill; Don Nelson and Bill Vander Klippe, co-facilitators.

FORT ERIE,   Friday, Feb. 24 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Artemis Restaurant, 199 Garrison Road, Fort Erie; Nile Jenkins, facilitator.

GUELPH, Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.

HAMILTON, NO MEETING – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Cora’s, 1400 Upper James, Hamilton; Keith Knight, facilitator.

KAWARTHA LAKES, Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., St. Dave’s Diner, 2925 Hwy. 35 at Hwy 7, Lindsay; Dan Kenney, facilitator.

KINGSTON, Wednesday, Feb. 22 –  Breakfast  7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess St., Kingston; Dave Airey, facilitator.

KITCHENER, Thursday, Feb. 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.

LANGLEY, Thursday, Feb. 16 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.

LONDON BREAKFAST, Feb. 22 – 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.

LONDON LUNCH, Thursday, Feb. 9 – Lunch 12 noon, Angel’s Restaurant, 100 Belmont Drive, London; Ken DeVries, facilitator

MARKHAM, Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, Hwy 7 at Warden Avenue, Markham.

MISSISSAUGA, NO MEETING– Lunch 12 noon, Gospel Cafe, 5120 Dixie Road, Mississauga; Keith Knight, facilitator.

NEWMARKET, Friday, Feb. 10 -- Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Buttery, Davis and Yonge, Newmarket. Edna Bazante, facilitator

NORTH YORK (PEOPLES CHURCH), Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Breakfast 7 a.m., The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto; Nestor Abdon, facilitator.

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

OTTAWA, Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Summer Hayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; Tim Visser, facilitator.

SASKATOON, Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.

ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

SUMMERSIDE, Wednesday, Feb. 8 – 12 noon lunch and learn, Centre 150, 150 Industrial Crescent, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.

TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Thursday, Feb. 9 and 23 – 7 a.m., Marche Restaurant, 181 Bay St., Toronto; Jim Foster, facilitator.

VANCOUVER, Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Lunch 12 noon, Ricky’s Restaurant, 2350 Boundary Road, just south of Lougheed Highway, Vancouver; Tim Spangler, facilitator.

WATERLOO, Friday, Feb. 3 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.

WHITBY, Saturday, Jan. 14 – LAUNCH OF NEW CHAPTER, Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, 150 Taunton Road at Brock Road, Whitby; Keith Knight, guest speaker.

WINDSOR, Saturday, Feb. 25 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Marija’s Place, 1412 Wyandotte Ave. at Moy Avenue; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.

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

WINGHAM, Friday, Feb. 3– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.

                                                                                                                                                                                

Upcoming Meetings

Current Chapters

BARRIE, Ont.

BEAMSVILLE, Ont.

BELLEVILLE, 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.

WHITBY, 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.

 

NEW CHAPTERS

 

'Revival' of Cambridge ON chapter

 

Tuesday, Jan. 24

7 a.m.

Angels Restaurant

560 Hespeler Road

(across from Burger King)

CAMBRIDGE

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Whitby Ont

Saturday, Jan. 14

OFF AND RUNNING!

7:30 a.m.

Cora's Restaurant

150 Taunton Road

WHITBY

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Belleville Ont

Thursday, Jan. 26

7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.

Denny's

398 North Front Street at 401

BELLEVILLE

 

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