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Posted August 11 , 2010

MEDA promotes unleashing entrepreneurship to alleviate poverty

Waterloo – In a post-economic crisis world there is a great need for unleashing entrepreneurship – hence the theme for this year's MEDA's Business as a Calling convention, Unleashing Entrepreneurship, Nov. 4-7 in Calgary, AB.

MEDA's annual convention holds appeal for those wishing to connect their faith with their work and those who support MEDA's mission of creating business solutions to poverty.

Who better to speak about the power of business to alleviate poverty than feature speaker Frank O'Dea? He overcame incredible adversity to found Canada's famous Second Cup coffee franchise, now a chain of 70 stores across the country.

O'Dea brings the perspective of someone who transformed himself from a homeless panhandler to accomplished businessman, and leaves listeners with a renewed respect for the unlimited power of the human spirit. His ideas on leadership, entrepreneurship and his visionary thinking inspire.

Unleashing Entrepreneurship will also feature David Miller, director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative, on Succeeding without selling your soul, pastor Jane Hoober Peifer on Unleashing the Spirit of God in the life of the entrepreneur, MEDA president Allan Sauder with his Year in Review report, and a festive evening of Russian Mennonite food, Ukrainian music, personal stories and highlights of MEDA's Ukraine program.

With a program of 30 seminars, participants can hear reports on the impact of MEDA's work in several countries, as well as presentations on a diverse mix of topics that are thought-provoking, inspiring and practical – whether you are an entrepreneur or professional, lay person or pastor.

Over the four days, convention go-ers also will discover new opportunities and ideas, make connections and realize possibilities, but have fun, too. Tours range from visits to the spectacular scenery of Banff and Lake Louise in Canada's Rocky Mountains to tours of local businesses, including a chocolate factory, or learning how to curl – a game sometimes referred to as "chess on ice."

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