Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Greg Young

Executive Director
EMI Canada
Joined EMI: September 2005
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Professional Training & Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1988
  • Master of Architecture, University of Oregon, USA, 1991
  • Practiced in private architecture firms, 1991 – 2005
  • Full-time service with EMI Canada, 2005 – Present
  • Executive Director with EMI Canada, 2010 – Present

Prior to joining EMI, Greg practiced architecture in Vancouver, BC, working on residential, education, commercial, and resort development projects.

Ministry Experience

Greg's first mission experience was during his undergrad in 1986 as a Mission Builder with YWAM. Upon completing grad school in architecture in 1991, his heart for mission work did not subside but he decided to stay in private practice for ten years to learn his profession before seeking to use it in missions. In 2001, Greg volunteered on his first EMI project and that trip changed the trajectory of his career.

After attending an EMI conference with his family in 2002, Greg volunteered on two more EMI projects, one accompanied by his wife Julie. In 2005, they both resigned from their jobs in Vancouver, BC and moved their family to Calgary, AB where Greg became EMI Canada’s second full-time staff.

Today, Greg serves as EMI Canada’s Executive Director but continues to lead overseas project teams. Serving overseas remains his passion and is his first-hand way to stay connected with the work of EMI Canada's project leaders, its overseas staff, and the front-line work they are involved in every day.


Greg and Julie have been married since 1994 and have three children – Caitlin (1997), Cameron (1999), and Connor (2004). They live in Calgary, AB where Julie works as a physical therapist.