Canadian Christian Business Federation hopes to start P.E.I. chapter

Colin MacLean
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Damion Steen recently relocated to Prince Edward Island from Ontario with his wife and three young children. He’s looking to help found a branch of the Canadian Christian Business Federation here in Summerside.

SUMMERSIDE — When Damion Steen and his family left their house in Ontario’s Niagara region for a new home in P.E.I. they did so for the express purpose of creating community.

As Christians, they believe their faith would lead them to where they needed to go, and they ended up in Summerside in June.

Now that they’re here, they’re setting about creating that community ideal of their dreams and Steen is starting by reaching out to the local business community. He’s looking to found P.E.I.’s first chapter of the Canadian Christian Business Federation (CCBF).

An information technology specialist by trade, Steen was a member of his hometown CCBF chapter for about a year and a half and it’s something he’s looking to replicate here.

“When you build a community and everybody is there to support one another good things come out of it, and that’s really what this is, a community for business people,” he said.

“I joined as a professional . . . and the group willingly and lovingly invited me to participate and it was really beneficial. The things that we talk about not only apply to just running a business or to business-minded individuals, but to everyday life.”

First formed in 1984 in Sourthern Ontario, CCBF groups usually meet for breakfast and a discussion once a month. Topics of discussion revolve around the business world but with a vein of faith running through them.

The whole idea is about answering one question, “how can we live the way God wants us to live in our business,” said Steen. To help drum up some interest in the idea, the Steens have arranged for a meet and greet next month to introduce the idea to the Summerside business community.

Anyone who’s interested can stop by Jars of Clay Café, 314 First Street, on Sept. 25, 7 p.m. for a coffee and chat. Anyone who would like to contact Steen can do so via email

More information is also available online at

Organizations: Canadian Christian Business Federation

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Summerside, Ontario Sourthern Ontario 314 First Street

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Recent comments

  • What is their ajenda?
    August 30, 2014 - 08:12

    I think it is laudable that a group of Christian business owners would get together to discuss how to incorporate Christian ideals and values in their everyday business interactions. That having been said, I further think it would be reprehensible for that group to use their affiliation with a Christian organization as a means to enhance their position in the marketplace. I have owned a business and never felt the need to showcase my Christianity. Over many years, I have found (in most cases) that suppliers that added Christian messages or themes to their advertizing and/or packaging were less ethical than those who didn’t. That does not disparage Christians, as there is no way to know whether or not these companies were actually Christian owned or managed. When Christ walked the earth, he encountered money changers in the Temple who were cloaking nefarious business practices in the guise of religion. We all know how that ended.

  • enough already
    August 28, 2014 - 13:07

    Harold by the way you spell I doubt the boy-cut who do much harm! What harm exactly is Christianity doing ?

    • Just as much
      August 29, 2014 - 12:08

      Just as much damage as every other fantasy wacko religion. I will also boycott any business that trades on religion to gain customers. These radicals need to be kept out of public affairs.

  • harold
    August 25, 2014 - 11:22

    please keep reporting on this, I would like to be able to boy-cut these businesses. Anybody trying to capitalize on their faith is not something I can support. Seeing what religions are doing to people across the world should be enough of a lesson to keep your faith to yourself.

  • Tony Montana
    August 24, 2014 - 21:26

    Bible thumper.

  • enough already
    August 24, 2014 - 16:00

    Sounds like a great idea.