BIO - Dr. Richard J. Goossen

Dr. Richard (Rick) J. Goossen serves an extensive network of high net worth entrepreneurs and family/business owners, built over decades of client contributions, collaboration, research, lecturing and volunteering. Rick is a sought-after strategic counsel and chair/advisory board member.  He works at Nicola Wealth, the fastest-growing independent wealth management firm in Canada, where he focuses on business development and being a liaison between his network and the extensive resources of Nicola Wealth.

Rick is Chairman, ELO Group, which includes three related entities. First, there is ELO Counsel, which provides strategic and succession/transition advisory services for high net worth entrepreneurs and family business owners. Second, there is ELO Network which has hosted over 60 ELO Forums around the world since 2005. Thirdly, Rick is the Founder and Director of the Entrepreneurial Leaders Institute, which in collaboration with Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford offers the highly-acclaimed "Entrepreneurial Leaders Programme" each August, which attracts business leaders from around the globe.

Rick has extensive experience doing business in Asia and previously worked in Hong Kong for five years. He is a professional public speaker. He has taught entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, strategic management, business law, international business and ethics as an adjunct professor (BBA and MBA programs) and guest lecturer at universities around the world. Rick has edited five books and authored six books related to entrepreneurship. Two of the books he authored are available in six translations.

In terms of credentials, Rick earned a Ph.D. from Middlesex University, London, UK; a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Columbia University, New York City; a Juris Doctor (JD) from McGill University, Montreal; and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (Hons.) (First Class) from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. With respect to professional credentials, Rick was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the Province of British Columbia, Canada and voluntarily withdrew his membership to focus entirely on business pursuits.

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