We have had over 100 people participate in the ELO Leadership Program over the years! To see why people continue to come back and bring others along year after year, read their endorsements below.
“I would definitely recommend the ELP at Oxford to business leaders who are interested in a better understanding of how God is working in them in their workplace. It is inspiring to closely connect with such a group of high-level Christian entrepreneurs.”
– Glenn Hofland, President, John G. Hofland Ltd. (Oxford Leadership Program 2018)
Glenn Hofland owns and runs a family business that is the leading fresh cut flower distributor in Canada. The company also provides giftware and gardening supplies.
“I left the Oxford ELP having grown and been challenged. The interaction with world-class speakers and networking with colleagues who face similar challenges to me were both enriching.”
– Ralph Loewen, President & CEO, Itergy, (Oxford Leadership Program 2018)
Ralph Loewen founded Itergy over two decades ago. He leads the company to continue to offer the highest quality IT support and management for businesses.
"It wasn’t a good experience – it was a great experience. Going to [the Oxford Program], that was unbelievable. I really enjoyed that."
– Steve Chipman, President & CEO, Birchwood Automotive Group (Oxford Leadership Program 2019)
Steve Chipman is a lawyer by profession and a highly experienced business leader. Steve has helped Birchwood Automotive Group become one of Manitoba’s largest automotive dealership groups.
“ELO Oxford program provides an opportunity to reflect deeply on how your vocation, family and faith fit together. Having world-class instruction and unique experiences are just the icing on the cake. Great practical takeaways for improving your personal impact. Rekindled a love of learning.”
– Justin Currie, CPA, Principal, Legacy Business Advisory Services (Oxford Leadership Program 2019)
Justin Currie 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.
“Attending the Oxford ELP was a great revelation for myself. There were questions that I came in with that were answered. I was reassured that what I was doing was right and worth fighting for and I was encouraged to continue to be doing what I am doing. God has called us to be servants in all aspects of His plan... We need the intelligence and experience to effectively defend Christian Faith in all walks of life and ELO Oxford helps you connect with many business leaders to help support that mission.”
– Andrew Hordyk, President, Arborwood Tree Service (Oxford Leadership Program 2019)
Andrew Hordyk is the owner of Arborwood Tree Service Inc., a full service tree company focused on safety, integrity and professionalism that has been in business since 1997. Andrew is an ISA Certified Arborist, Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, and Qualified Arborist Instructor.
"The 2022 ELO Oxford Leadership Programme connected a select group of dynamic Christian marketplace leaders from around the globe with world class instructors. This unique opportunity to dwell on the intersection of faith and business, to share challenges in a safe environment and to learn from one another throughout the week - all amidst the magical setting of Oxford - will inspire for months to come."
– Kristy Krahn, Vice President, The Quark Group (Oxford Leadership Program 2022)
Kristy Krahn is Vice President of The Quark Group, a Canadian footwear retailer operating as Quarks and Urban Trail. The Quark Group has been in operation since 1977, expanding to 38 locations across the country.
"A great opportunity to learn, share and reflect on leadership from a Christian worldview, with quality presenters, meaningful course content, a remarkable venue, great local meals, and engaging with other attendees. A well-organized event for sure."
– Bruce Beacham, CEO, Goodness Me! Food Markets (Oxford Leadership Program 2022)
Bruce Beacham is CEO of Goodness Me! – a business that was born out of a passion to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. Bruce is also a former Board Member of YFC Canada.