Rick Goossen

Chairman, Advisory Board, Entrepreneurial Leader Organization

People - Richard (Rick) J. GoossenRichard (Rick) J. Goossen, Ph.D., works with Covenant Group (www.covenant.ca), which provides biblical and holistic counsel regarding will & estate planning, asset management, family business strategies and philanthropic objectives to high net worth entrepreneurs and family business owners throughout Canada.

Rick builds value-oriented relationships through a vast network of Christian high net worth entrepreneurs and family business owners.  Drawing on his legal, entrepreneurial, financial and research background, Rick provides expert-level strategic advisory services and connects clients with the expertise of other team members to deliver Covenant’s comprehensive services.

Rick was previously CEO of M & A Capital Corp. (www.MandACapital.com) and worked with carefully-selected companies to provide in-house legal counsel, strategic planning, business development & advisory board leadership.   He has been a director, officer, advisor and shareholder of a number of companies in various businesses.

Rick has extensive experience doing business in Asia.  He previously worked in Hong Kong for five years, with the largest law firm (Johnson, Stokes & Master) and a leading merchant bank (Hambro Pacific).  He co-founded a property investment firm in Hong Kong that generated up to $30 million in revenue per year.

Rick is Chairman, Advisory Board, Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization (www.entrepreneurialleaders.com).  ELO is the leading network of its kind to equip, connect and inspire Christian entrepreneurial leaders.  ELO draws upon world-class speakers and attracts attendees from around the globe for its highly-regarded “Entrepreneurial Leaders Conferences.”

He is also Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership, Transforming Business, a research and development centre at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (www.trans formingbusiness.net).  Rick has also been a Visiting Scholar at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.   He has been a Sessional Lecturer at Regent College, Vancouver (www.regent-college.edu).

Rick has published extensively on entrepreneurship.  He has written five books, edited five books and written over 200 articles for diverse publications, from leading academic journals to trade magazines and newspapers.  His books and articles are available in multiple languages (see www.amazon.com).  He has co-authored with Paul Stevens a book titled Becoming an Entrepreneurial Leader:  Fulfilling your God-given Potential (InterVarsity Press, forthcoming Spring 2013)

Rick has had countless local and international speaking engagements in Europe, North America and Asia to leading universities and business groups. 

Rick’s education includes the following:  a Ph.D. from Middlesex University, London, UK; a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Columbia University, New York City; a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) 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 entrepreneurial pursuits. 

Rick has volunteered with various charitable organizations, primarily in area of education leadership.  He was a Western Committee Member for McGill University’s $750 million capital campaign.  He is a lifetime member of the President’s Club, Simon Fraser University.  He has worked with Vancouver College, a leading private boys’ school.