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April 2017

In this issue

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 and art supplies for a BFA in painting and drawing at Concordia University in Montreal. In 2009, at the end...

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

Life Story: 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, who has a bachelor of business administration from the University of Arkansas, went on to work in sales and marketing for companies like Vancouver-headquartered customer engagement specialist Mobify. But he...

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 and wellness translated into a curiosity about the sense of smell. In 2013, with her brother, Sean, she launched a...

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 a healthy refund, allowing him to freelance as a web designer. Two years later he became art director of Briteweb...

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 territory on its under-20 national team, Brown earned a B.Sc. in human health and nutritional sciences at the University of...

Mar 10, 2017
How this co-founder helps home services providers grow their business
Nick Rockel

Life Story: During his summers while attending university, Igor Trninic led a College Pro painting franchise. Trninic learned the value of hard work early: his mother and father, an auditor and a lawyer, respectively, had to restart after the family fled approaching war in the former Yugoslavia for Vancouver in 1994. Although he holds a bachelor of business administration in...

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