Born and raised in a farming community in Southwestern Ontario, Neil grew up learning the values of hard work, family and community, and overcoming adversity. Married in 1993 to Crystal, together they have three children: Nathan, Kessandrea and Dakoda. Neil has served in pastoral ministry since 1999 with The Salvation Army – first as a youth pastor, then as a senior pastor, together with his wife. They have served together in ministry in Sarnia Ontario, Woodstock Ontario, Toronto Ontario, Port Alberni British Columbia and currently serve in Prince George British Columbia.
Educated at Booth University College, he holds a Certificate in Business Planning, a Certificate of Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies and is currently working to complete a Master of Arts in Leadership. He is also a trained and experienced Emergency Social Services Director through the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Neil lives an active life, enjoying outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, rock climbing, snowmobiling but most of all, wake boarding.
Mark Ryan has been married to his sweetheart Mary for over 30 years, is the father of 7 children, and enjoys cycling, gardening, hockey, and spending time with his family.Coming from large but imperfect families in their formative years, Mark & Mary have striven to build a home based on faith in Jesus Christ, hard work, and love. Mark graduated from Simon Fraser University in Business Administration in 1990, and works as an investment advisor here in Prince George
Dr. Pranesh Kumar was born in a Hindu family of a Northern Indian State of Utter Pardesh. He was keen interest in literature religion, culture, science and its global impact, in particular on human society. He is fascinated by the diversities which he experienced during the vast travels, interactions with people and observing their social, cultural and religious events. Kumar values life in any form and believes in very ancient, preached and practiced Sanskirt saying “ Vasudhaeva Kutumbukam” meaning the “ Entire world is one family.
Lal Khan Malik is the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at of Canada. He lives in Peace Village close to Baitul Islam Mosque in Maple, in the City of Vaughan, Ontario. Mr. Malik has served the community in Canada in various capacities for over two decades. Before moving to Canada in 1987, he served as an engineer in South Asia, and East Africa. Lal Khan Malik is a strong advocate of social services and was recently presented the Lifetime of Service Recognition award by the Ontario Non Profit Housing Association for his 20 years of service with the non-Profit Housing Association.
A student of the Holy Qur’an, he is ever willing to present the peaceful message of Islam and dispel the myths about its teachings. He is a passionate proponent of inter-faith dialogue and has spoken at many conferences throughout Canada. He strongly promotes the Islamic teaching that love of the country is part of his faith and he urges Canadians to publicly show their love for Canada.
As National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at, Mr. Malik extensively travels across Canada. His love of Canada extends not just to the Ahmadiyya community he serves but to all the citizens of our glorious land. He believes in and practices the motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at, “Love for All, Hatred for None.”
Dr. Balbinder Deo worked in academic and industrial organizations for more than 29 years. He joined School of Business, UNBC Prince George campus faculty member in 2002. Prior to UNBC, Dr. Deo worked at University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, and at Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, India. In addition to his work experience in academic institutions, he also worked on various industrial projects and submitted research reports to both private and public sector organizations.