It began as a notion a few months ago: having Canadian Christian business leaders connect with Christian aboriginal leaders in Canada's north. I wear a hat as executive director of the Canadian Christian Business Federation. It dawned on me a few months ago that we tend to think about leadership development and mentoring possibilities as occurring between the global south and north. But what about the global north and the global North? What about southern Canada and northern Canada?
In a subsequent discussion with the Anglican Church of Canada's indigenous bishop who oversees almost 200 Anglican (Episcopal) churches across the North, he seemed quite eager to develop that notion. Pieces began to fall into place. The Anglican Church's Primate's World Relief and Development Fund was looking for leadership development projects among indigenous peoples (aboriginals) in Canada's north. Global Legacy Strategies is a highly qualified and respected deliverer of leadership development tools.
Membership in the Canadian Christian Business Federation (CCBF) has grown by more than 35 per cent over the past year, spreading across Canada. Its members long to be connected to each other but more importantly they long to become engaged in meaningful mentoring opportunities. Imagine having Christian business leaders in Canada's south becoming connected through meaningful relationships with Christian aboriginal business leaders in the North! Imagine the cultural awareness! Imagine the mentoring that will take place ... both ways!
Partnerships are emerging. A growing network of Christian business leaders are members of the CCBF. Organizations such as the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, Mission Aviation Fellowship and Global Legacy Strategies have all become members of the Canadian Christian Business Federation.
What will soon emerge is an intentional connection between two Christian business communities ... in Canada's south and in Canada's north.
What other opportunities will emerge? What other partnerships will be forged?