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2017 30 Under 30

Mar 14, 2017
She launched a line of low-sugar candy sold across North America
Felicity Stone

“When I was growing up, I watched Dragons’ Den and Shark Tank and had all these great ideas, but I lacked the confidence to act on them,” says Tara Bosch. Yet by the age of 21, Bosch, who grew up in Surrey, had started two businesses.

Mar 14, 2017
If you like beer, thank him for co-founding Canada’s first mobile canning service for craft breweries
Felicity Stone

When Matt Leslie graduated from the University of Northern B.C. in 2011 with a B.Comm. in finance and marketing, he planned to become a financial adviser. So when his friend and fellow UNBC grad Kevin Pederson suggested starting a mobile canning service, he brushed the idea aside.

Mar 13, 2017
This consultant to non-profits helps them raise more money by telling better stories
Nick Rockel

Raised in rural northern California, Vanessa Chase Lockshin looked to her dad, an entrepreneur who had worked in Silicon Valley, as a role model. Chase Lockshin moved to Vancouver in 2006 to study English literature at UBC; after graduation her first job was raising money from alumni.

Mar 13, 2017
Founder of TEDxGastownWomen heads her own communications firm and helped build e-commerce player Procurify
Jacob Parry

Life Story: A self-described theatre kid, Brittany Whitmore set her sights on acting while growing up in Campbell River. Scouted by a modelling agent at 17, she moved to Vancouver to model full-time and enrolled in a musical theatre program.

Mar 10, 2017
Campbell River property developer began building homes as a college student
Nick Rockel

Life Story: By middle school in his hometown of Campbell River, Brett Giese was working on construction sites with his father, who develops residential lots for sale. Giese went to UVic in 2005 to study business, but he longed to...

Mar 10, 2017
How a young artist became a consultant to Microsoft Vancouver
Felicity Stone

Life Story: At 15, Christina Sumie Hirukawa sold her first watercolour for $150, to her math teacher at West Vancouver’s Rockridge middle school. Thinking she’d found her calling, she began making and selling mixed-media works, which helped fund her tuition...

Mar 10, 2017
He started out by selling snacks from his high-school locker. In his latest business, recruiting top talent for tech firms is the game
Dee Hon

Mark Rodgman started his business career from his high-school locker in Maple Ridge, selling pop, chips and chocolate he and a friend bought in bulk from Costco. Rodgman went on to work in sales and marketing for companies like Vancouver-headquartered customer engagement specialist Mobify.

Mar 10, 2017
She’s one half of a sibling act whose smart-looking essential-oil products now sell in three countries
Jacob Parry

Life Story: When Sara Panton was growing up beachside in the farming community of Metchosin, near Victoria, a business career wasn’t her first choice. Interested in medicine, she earned a bachelor of health science from SFU. Her enthusiasm for health...

Mar 10, 2017
Through his branding agency, this creative thinker aims to boost diversity in the digital media sector
Felicity Stone

Life Story: In 2009, when Parker McLean graduated from UBC with a BA in human geography and structural linguistics, he filed income tax for the first time in six years. As a student for much of that period, McLean received...

Mar 10, 2017
This former rugby player used his noggin to create a better way to assess concussions
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Harrison Brown is no stranger to concussions. The Toronto native was diagnosed with two while playing rugby, a sport he picked up when his banker father moved the family to Hong Kong in 2000. After representing the Chinese...

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