The Business by the Book Annual

Christmas Breakfast

The truth about perseverance:
a powerful story of survival

What is Business by the Book?

Business By the Book is a bi-yearly event where business leaders come out to share their wisdom, experience and faith, empowering you to learn and grow.

Business by the book is a breakfast event, where people from the business community come to be inspired and empowered by amazing leaders who fearlessly share their triumphs and tribulations and how their faith in God has positively impacted their personal and business lives. It’s a great place to connect with others over a quick lunch while getting equipped by some of the best leaders in the marketplace. Everyone is welcome.

2019 Christmas Breakfast

The truth about perseverance: a powerful story of survival

Entrepreneurs and corporate leaders often come against waves of opposition and seemingly insurmountable challenges. Each battle demanding of us more then we can bear, the thought of succumbing to failure too great.

But what happens when giving up isn’t an option?

Come hear this story of survival of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, as Chris Karuhije shares what true perseverance amounts to. Prepare for one of the most riveting leadership lessons ever shared – a full 25 years in the making.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, December 4th
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM


Place: Sheraton Wall Center
(1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver)


$45 per person or $400 for a table of 10, if purchased before November 15th.

Regular Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10, if purchased after November 15th

December 2019 - Keynote Speaker

Chris Karuhije Profile Photo
Chris Karuhije
Associate Pastor at Coastal Church, Author

Chris Karuhije is a survivor and former refugee of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.  When he was nine years of age, his home country of Rwanda was engulfed in a wave of violence and brutality that saw almost one million Tutsis killed in just 100 days.  As most of his family and relatives, including his father, are killed, Chris and the rest of his family escaped the massacre before immigrating to Canada in 1997.  His story of horror, loss, forgiveness and grace, both as a war refugee and an immigrant in Canada, is both intense and inspiring.  He is the author of We Were a Royal Refugees: How One Family Survived the Mass Slaughter in Rwanda and is proud to serve on the pastoral team at Coastal Church.

December 2019 - Special musical guest

Mary Millben
Accomplished Singer & Actress

Mary Millben is an American singer and actress. Millben is a 2010 Helen Hayes Award Nominee, has performed in theatre across the country and been a featured soloist at the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Major League Baseball, Off-Broadway, and headlined solo concerts at popular New York venues including Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, The City Winery and The Cutting Room.

Millben honored during the 2012 National Women’s History Month at the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brooklyn, New York for her contributions to the advancement of women and minority enterprises in the State of New York.

Past Speakers

Gordon Pennington

Gordon Pennington is the Founder of Burning Media Group and serves as its Managing Director. Mr. Pennington began his career on Wall Street developing marketing communications for institutional investors and the emerging electronic banking services sector. He has also served as Director of Marketing for Tommy Hilfiger, where he helped position it as the fastest growing menswear company in the world.

Michael Franzese

At the height of his career, Michael Franzese was one of New York’s most feared mafia bosses for the Columbo crime family. Considered the biggest money earner for the mob since Al Capone, Mr. Franzese now uses the compelling experiences of his former life for the benefit of corporate executives, professional and student athletes, at-risk youth, church audiences, and for anyone seeking the inspiration to beat the odds and make positive changes in their lives.

Rosemary Siemens

Rosemary is a world-class, multi-award winning violinist and singer known for her love of sparkle and bling, quirky laugh, and warm, genuine personality. She has mesmerized audiences around the world since the age of three. Hailing from a century-family-farm in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, but currently based in Vancouver, BC, Rosemary is a small-town farm girl dominating the world-stage playing a 300-year-old violin named “Sparkle” that was played in King Louis XIV’s orchestra.

John Fluevog

John Fluevog is footwear designer and marketing innovator. Through collaborations, online and ecologically sustainable innovations, and a consistently unusual sense of style, Fluevog has remained at the forefront of both the Canadian and international footwear design world for more than four decades. His shoes have been worn by celebrities around the world, and featured on the runways of Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui’s fashion shows.

Tina Konkin

Founder and Director of Relationship Lifeline For over 32 years, Tina Konkin has been helping heal the broken-hearted. She is the Founder and Director of R3 Lifeline and facilitates the intensive Relationship Lifeline and Couples Retreat. As a sought-after motivational speaker, Tina has also been featured on prime time shows including, Gene Si

Jim Krueger

Jim Krueger is a comic book writer, filmmaker and novelist. During his first year as a copywriter he two won Addy Awards. The following year he became a creative director at Marvel Comics. His comic book writings include the Earth X trilogy for Marvel Comics with Alex Ross, The Matrix Comics, Batman, Star Wars, X-men, Galatica, and Micronauts. Wizard magazine named him one of the top ten writers in the comic industry and an innovator in the field.

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