Advisory Board - British Columbia

People - Justin Currie with ELO Background

Justin Currie, Principal, Legacy Business Advisory Services - Justin is a Vancouver based entrepreneur currently serving as the Principal of Legacy Business Advisory Services. Legacy provides sell-side advisory services, support for acquisitions and strategic growth consulting for small-cap businesses based in Canada.  Initially trained as a Chartered Professional Accountant, Justin has over 20 years of experience in executive-level finance and operational roles in the technology, aerospace, construction, finance and manufacturing sectors. Justin recently exited his primary business investment holding, a British Columbia based industrial maintenance and construction group serving the mining, pulp & paper and oil & gas sectors. He also sits as a Director for Royalty North Partners, a Vancouver-based company that provides royalty-based growth financing to private businesses. Prior to these roles, he was EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Cascade Aerospace based in Abbotsford, BC. He has decades of experience providing leadership to businesses at multiple stages including several start-ups and has been involved with over 20 sell and buy side transactions totalling over $500M. He has also had significant experience raising debt and equity capital for both private and public businesses.  Justin is an active member of the British Columbia Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and maintains his Chartered Professional Accountants designation.  He is also committed to making a meaningful change in our local community and around the world and works actively with several not-for-profit organizations.

Justin is incredibly fortunate to be supported in his calling by his wife Marie.  Together they are the proud parents of three children aged 23, 20 and 15.


People - Ian Daniel (E)

Ian Daniel, President and Founder, New Creation Consulting, and NCOL Ministries – Trained originally in electrical engineering, Ian formed New Creation Consulting (www.NCOL.com) in 1996, beginning with management consulting. Today, NCOL Internet develops world-class Internet solutions for medium and large enterprises throughout North America.  Ian is also President of NCOL Ministries (www.NCOLMinistries.ca) – a Christian non-profit, dedicated to bringing business-class expertise to the non-profit sector. In just five years, NCOL Ministries has been recognized by senior denominational groups as Canada’s leader in the field of “IT ministry,” growing to serve over ninety churches, church camps and related Christian enterprises.  Ian’s entrepreneurial journey is included in Goossen, Ed., Entrepreneurial Leaders:   Reflections on Faith at Work (Vol. 5).


People - Jame Healy

Jame Healy, Managing Partner, Alescent (www.alescent.com) - Trained originally in finance and economics, Jame has spent over 20 years delivering financial performance improvements to large multinational firms through service rationalization and integration solutions. He and the team at Alescent deliver integrated planning, execution, and optimization solutions, tools, and methodologies that dramatically improve the bottom line.


People - dave-koop-e

Dave Koopis founding Senior Pastor along with his wife, Cheryl, of Coastal Church in downtown Vancouver.  Dave and Cheryl met attending bible college and they spent their early years pursuing further education, careers and raising a young family. Even though they were active in their local church and community outreaches, full-time ministry wasn’t considered until they experienced the infilling of the Holy Spirit, followed by several divine moments where God confirmed His calling. Following much prayer, Dave left a successful career in the oil industry, and eventually, in an act of obedience, pioneered a new church plant in the core of downtown Vancouver, Canada in 1994 with their young family.  This call as a couple has enabled them to share the duties as Senior Pastors in this thriving city church and it’s campuses as well as contributing on other nonprofit organization boards. David completed his Doctorate in Ministry from Bakke Graduate University in 2010.  They are proud parents of 4 grown children, 3 in-laws and 2 beautiful grandsons.


Kurtis Kube, MBA, currently serves as the Social Entrepreneurship Program Director at Columbia Bible College. Responsible for the development and implementation of the program which launched in September of 2017, the S.E. Diploma seeks to develop entrepreneurs that measure success by the "triple-bottom line:" 1. Positive Social Impact, 2. Creation Stewardship, and 3. Financial Sustainability. He also serves as the Director of Development and Columbia, overseeing all fundraising efforts in order to raise $1.5 million per year. Kurtis holds an MBA from Azusa Pacific University, as well as a BA in Biblical Studies from Columbia Bible College. He has served as a Pastor in full-time vocational ministry for over 8 years, has worked in finance and marketing, and has taught business for over 7 years (3 of which were in prison for the US Federal Bureau of Prisons). He is passionate about Kingdom living, and seeing people know Christ and make Him known in whichever capacity and context God has placed them in. Kurtis and his wife, Karen, have three children and live in Abbotsford.


People - Paul Stevens (E)

R. Paul Stevens, Professor Emeritus, Marketplace Theology, Regent College - Paul Stevens is a leading practical theologian and educator in the evangelical world with respect to empowering Christians to pursue their calling in the marketplace. He has long been associated with Regent College (www.regent-college.edu) and has lectured throughout the world.  His mission is to empower ordinary people to integrate their faith and life from Monday to Sunday. He is the author of Doing God's Business: Meaning and Motivation for the Marketplace.  Some of Paul’s other publications include:  Work Matters:  A Biblical Perspective on Labour (forthcoming, available in PDF format)  The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work and Ministry in Biblical Perspective (Eerdmans, translated into Korean); The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity (with Robert Banks, IVP); and Liberating the Laity (IVP/Regent Publishing, , Translated into Korean, Portuguese, and Chinese).


People - Bernie Thiessen (E)

Bernie Thiessen, Independent Real Estate Agent, Century21 Creekside Realty - Bernie previously worked with Radio Shack for almost 20 years. He was a District Manager for Atlantic Canada and then later for Southern Alberta. He then became involved in real estate. He has been an agent with Homelife since 1989 and has a parallel developed a property portfolio through Thiessen Real Estate Ventures. He has been  Chair of the Chilliwack Commercial Realtors Association. He has served as Chairman of the Greendale First Mennonite Church and also on the board of Camp Squeah.


People - Bernie Zacharias - ELO Background 2

Bernie ZachariasManaging Partner & Founder, Avisar Chartered Professional Accountants - Passionate about pursuing his life's calling and promoting entrepreneurial leadership, Bernie has completed The Master's Program (TMP), an exceptional three-year program for Christian business and ministry leaders to discover their unique Kingdom calling in order to maximize their Kingdom significance. He resonates with ELO’s vision to connect, equip and celebrate Christian leaders and maintains the conviction that Christians are called to the marketplace. He knows that entrepreneurial and innovative people can have an exponential impact if their passion and energies are harnessed for Kingdom-building purposes. 

Bernie is a Managing Partner and founder of Avisar Chartered Professional Accountants (www.avisar.ca), a Langley-based accounting practice with over 20 years of public practice experience. Avisar's progressive approach to business advisory and accounting services comes from working side-by-side with clients, understanding their needs, and designing customized solutions to achieve their success. Avisar’s mission is to be the trusted business advisor to entrepreneurs helping them realize their personal and business aspirations.

Bernie joined the board of Langley Christian School in 2017 and is excited to serve on the Growth & Development Committee as well as the Finance Committee. He and his wife Sharon are raising their three children in Langley, BC where they attend SouthRidge Fellowship Baptist Church. They all serve together in SouthRidge Kids and Bernie serves on the church’s Finance Committee. Outside of his career and volunteer activities, Bernie enjoys spending time with family water-skiing at Hatzic Lake in the summer and snow-skiing in the winter.