The Centre for Entrepreneurial Leaders (CEL) is based at the School of Business, Trinity Western University in the greater Vancouver area of BC, Canada. TWU was established in 1962 and is a non-profit Christian liberal art university with approximately 4,000 students; the School of Business (www.twu.ca/business), established in 1975, has an enrollment of over 500 undergraduate and graduate students in eight specializations (including entrepreneurship).
The CEL is one of only four centres/institutes approved by TWU. The policy of TWU is to approve centres/institutes where "research to be conducted will be in a field of particular importance to the mission of the university, or it which there exists a sufficient strength of resources within the university." The CEL was approved by TWU in November 2007.
The internal support at TWU for the CEL is supplemented by a number of prominent and successful entrepreneurs who act as "Advisors." The present Advisors to the CEL are: Ross Colello, Ken Ewert, Eugene Kaulius, Rudy Loewen, Grant Ohman, Franco Papalia, Terry Smith, Roy Stevenson, Cameron Stromsmoe, Brian Tieszen and Andrew Westlund.
The vision of the CEL is to be the world's leading centre for the development of a best practices model for the application of Christian faith to entrepreneurial practice.
The CEL is involved in two key activities each year. Two of the activities are a service to its constituency; to provide edification and encouragement through well-qualified academics and practitioners. In addition, these two events are a means of drawing support from additional entrepreneurs.