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Business as a Calling 2017 • Nov 2-5, 2017
Building Bridges to Enduring Livelihoods
Vancouver, BC • Westin Bayshore Hotel

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.

Wally Kroeker low resWally Kroeker

MEDA's Former Director of Publications, The Marketplace editor, and author

Girders of Faith: Hope that Lasts

From 1985 until his retirement this past summer, Wally Kroeker was MEDA’s director of publications and editor of its magazine, The Marketplace.

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Friday, November 3, 12:00 p.m. - Panel on Refugee Issues

Building Bridges to New Lives for Refugees

Refugees predate modern history. Wherever there has been upheaval—either political, economic, social or environmental—families in need have emerged from those trying times. Many seek freedom to live in peace according to their practices; many seek new opportunities; some flee dark memories that can haunt them for years.

Join us for a moderated conversation of distinguished panelists shedding light on challenges refugees have faced, and on the ways that families, communities and enterprises have responded to recent crises. The panel will touch on the pressures driving refugees to seek a new land, and the conundrum between wishing to return, versus sinking roots into their new home. It will explore in depth a few doors that opened in new lands, and the pathways that are still difficult to navigate.

Friday, November 3, 12:00 p.m. - Panel on Refugee Issues

Thom Dixon

Senior Director, Business Partnerships, MEDA

Building Bridges to New Lives for Refugees - Moderator

Thom Dixon, MEDA's Senior Director, Business Partnerships, will moderate the panel discussion at our Friday lunch plenary. The development of partnerships with business is fundamental to MEDA’s strategic plan, drawing on the skills and resources of enterprises large and small as participants with MEDA in solving business problems among companies we serve, leading to benefits for the households and communities they serve.

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Friday, November 3, 12:00 p.m. - Panel on Refugee Issues

Cornelia Horsch 2Cornelia Horsch

Management Team member, Horsch Machines

Building Bridges to New Lives for Refugees - Panelist

Cornelia Horsch is a member of the management team of Horsch Maschinen GmbH based in Schwandorf, Germany. In this family-owned company in the Upper Palatinate, Cornelia, a mother of four, is responsible for their sales, service and marketing departments.


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Friday, November 3, 12:00 p.m. - Panel on Refugee Issues

Jennifer MpunguJennifer Mpungu

Migration, Resettlement and Newcomers Program Coordinator at Mennonite Central Committee in BC

Building Bridges to New Lives for Refugees - Panelist

Jennifer’s first experience of a refugee story was meeting asylum seekers in Sweden who had fled the racist and repressive Apartheid government of South Africa. Their stories of sacrifice and courage had a lasting impact. Years later, after leaving the diplomatic corps, she reconnected with the refugee world when she took on an assignment with CARE International in Kenya, working in the Dadaab refugee camp- the largest such camp in the world- developing and monitoring programs aimed at equipping refugees for the three durable solutions- repatriation, integration and resettlement.

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Friday, November 3, 12:00 p.m. - Panel on Refugee Issues

Tareq Hadhad 2Tareq Hadhad

Founder of Peace by Chocolate and medical researcher

Building Bridges to New Lives for Refugees - Panelist

Tareq Hadhad, the founder of Peace by Chocolate and a medical researcher, moved to Canada in December 2015 as a Syrian newcomer. He studied medicine at Damascus University and proceeded to join the medical relief efforts for the Syrian refugees with UNHCR and WHO through a local organization when he arrived in Lebanon in 2013 as a refugee himself. Passionate about peace and youth entrepreneurship, and just after arriving in Canada, he and his family started their company “Peace by Chocolate” in Antigonish, NS, to sponsor peace-building projects and support the local economy by offering jobs.


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Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m.

Allan Sauder resized 2MEDA Year in Review / Annual General Meeting

President Allan Sauder and staff will highlight the major accomplishments of the past year, including stories from clients and partners from around the world. Officers of MEDA’s board and staff will present reports on MEDA’s finances, investments and future directions. Voting members of MEDA will also take actions on several items of business.


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Saturday, November 4, 6:30 p.m.

Samantha Nutt low resSamantha Nutt

Humanitarian, Founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA, and Bestselling Author of Damned Nations

Justice, not charity. Solidarity, not pity. Opportunity, not handouts

Dr. Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and a founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises—from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan.


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Sunday, November 5, 9:00 a.m.

David Esau 2David Esau

Lead Pastor at Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship in Coquitlam, BC

Biblical Mentors for Marketplace Ministry

Dave Esau has been pastoring in the Vancouver area since 1992 and is currently the lead pastor at Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship in Coquitlam, BC. Dave grew up on a mixed farm in Manitoba and worked his way through university and college as a carpenter, discovering marketplace mentors on the job, in the church, and in college who taught and modelled business as a calling.


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