Speakers & Interviewers
The ELO Forums are MC’d by Dr. Richard J. Goossen. The format of the Forum is a combination of presentations and Q & A Sessions. Dr. Goossen conducts interviews with some of the presenters. In addition, there are guest interviewers (listed below) who conduct interviews with specific presenters.
MC / INTERVIEWER
Dr. Richard. J Goossen is a meaning-driven entrepreneurial leader who serves an extensive network of entrepreneurs and business owners built over decades of client contributions, collaboration, research, and public speaking, impacting approximately 100,000 leaders annually.
Francisco Banegas is CEO and Co-founder of IDH Microfinance. He has expedited growth in the organization for 11 years, merging his business and financial acumen with social development expertise to bolster IDH’s provision of inclusive financial services to families living at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
John Carbrey is the Founder and Managing Director of FutureSight Ventures based in Toronto. He is a highly accomplished entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in building and funding B2B software companies that are driving innovation and transforming industries. He is passionate about working with values-driven entrepreneurs and helping them succeed in their ventures.
Kathleen Cooke is a media executive, writer and inspirational speaker, as well as the co-founder of Cooke Media Group alongside her husband, Phil Cooke. As the daughter of a championship high school basketball coach and Bible toting mom and having suffered through a brother’s death at age 5, she strove as a child to be an overachiever.
Phil Cooke works at the intersection of faith, media, and culture, and he’s pretty rare – a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. His client list has included studios and networks like Walt Disney, Dreamworks, as well as major Christian organizations from The Museum of the Bible, The Salvation Army, and YouVersion Bible app.
Ron Haik is a Wealth Advisor & Client Relationship Manager in Nicola's Toronto office, with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has gained a breadth of experience working with some of the world’s largest financial institutions advising clients in a variety of roles, such as Financial Planner and Investment Advisor.
John Lennox is Professor Emeritus at the University of Oxford, UK. He is an internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy, and religion. He regularly teaches at many academic institutions, is Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum and has written a series of books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity.
Ray Pennings is the Co-Founder & Executive VP of Cardus, a leading Canadian think tank. His work focuses on the public dimensions of faith, especially as it informs the work of the full range of social institutions and their contribution to public life. He authors a popular weekly newsletter which provides resources for faith, leadership, and public life.
Andy Steiger is the founder and president of Apologetics Canada, an organization dedicated to helping churches across Canada better understand and engage today’s culture. Most recently, he wrote the book Reclaimed: How Jesus Restores Our Humanity in a Dehumanized World.
We will add speakers as they are confirmed. Please continue to check back for updates!