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How cross-cultural heritage can create challenges and opportunities in business and faith.
Jonathan Friesen was raised in a small Japanese coastal town during the rapid economic growth of the 1960s, attended boarding school in Tokyo in the 70s, and University in Los Angeles in the 80s. After graduating, he settled in Vancouver and began a career in property development, building high-rise communities in the Vancouver downtown core and resorts in the South Seas.
The Friesen family eventually retired on the island of Grand Cayman and took part in a charitable housing organization. By 2002, Jonathan was ready to move back to British Columbia to re-engage with the property development world.
Jonathan currently serves as CEO of Mission Group Enterprises, which is one of the largest developers in the Okanagan, where he sets corporate growth strategy, casts vision and cultivates strategic partnerships. Friesen also serves on the board of several organizations in BC. With the broad perspective gained by global experience, he has learned that success comes not from fitting in, but by being different.
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