Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Shanil Gunasekara moved to Canada in 2011 with a B.Sc. in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California. As an associate at Lumedica Consultants Inc., a Vancouver-based adviser to medical device developers
Life Story: Annee Ngo was born in a refugee camp in Hong Kong and grew up in East Vancouver. After studying political science at UBC and marketing at the University of Toronto, she returned to Vancouver in the summer of...
In 2013, Saschie MacLean’s 17-year-old sister, Chantal, was killed in a car accident. The loss uprooted MacLean’s life: “It was, and still is, devastating,” she says. Clips of dance routines on Instagram were an escape from her grief.
Life Story: While completing a dual master’s degree in international business and economics from Queen’s University and Maastricht University in the Netherlands, John Merkley co-founded a company that transformed waste plastic at facilities in Holland and Berlin into reusable industrial...
Khallil Mangalji calls Burnaby home, but he lives in constant motion, bouncing between B.C., Ontario and California. No matter what’s on his plate, he’s always starting something else. When Mangalji was a Grade 8 student at Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge, he sold copies of Halo to his video-game-obsessed classmates.
Photography and technology have always been passions for Phoebe Jiang, who found a way to spin that into a business. Jiang moved to Vancouver with her parents in 1999 from Luoyang, a city in Central China. After earning a bachelor of business administration in finance and accounting from SFU in 2010, she worked several corporate jobs
Life Story: Amy Kizaki admits that before she co-founded Kitskitchen Health Foods, she had never made a pot of soup, the company’s product. If you identify a hole in the market and have a strong idea, a strategic vision and...
Marc Schutzbank completed two bachelor’s degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, one in politics and philosophy and one in finance, before he won a Fulbright scholarship to UBC in 2011. he American was studying the economics of urban farming as part of his graduate work in the university’s land and food systems program when he connected with Ilana Labow
Although Blake Adam graduated from UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business in 2011 with a B.Comm. specializing in entrepreneurship, he expected to work his way up the corporate ladder. In 2015, frustrated by having to call walk-in clinics to find out which ones were still taking patients, he and software engineer Jonathan Clark decided to create a website showing clinic wait times
The son of a Canadian Armed Forces member, Victoria native Alistair Vigier planned on a military career, joining the reserves at 17. As a freshman at UVic, where he earned a BA in psychology in 2012, Vigier was injured on operation.