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Mar 16, 2017
With a background in finance, this transplanted American is growing educational farms in B.C.
Marcie Good

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

Mar 15, 2017
Why wait for medical care? His new system shows how many are in line at walk-in clinics
Felicity Stone

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

Mar 15, 2017
This military vet is helping to franchise legal practices
Jacob Parry

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.

Mar 15, 2017
This high-school dropout is on a mission to supply the world with clean, renewable hydrogen fuel
Dee Hon

Life Story: Simon Pickup’s obsession to bring clean, renewable hydrogen fuel to the world dominates his life. He built his first hydrogen electrolyzer at age nine for a science-fair project. Pickup, who grew up in North Vancouver, dropped out of...

Mar 14, 2017
Adopted by hospitals here and in the U.S., his mobile app makes patient-doctor communication easier
Felicity Stone

Life Story: Arts and science are intertwined for Daniel Penn, who was born in the U.S. and holds American, Australian and Canadian passports. While pursuing a bachelor of arts and science at McMaster University, he wrote two cookbooks for students...

Mar 14, 2017
Australian-style meat pies in Canada? His thriving business shows that if you build it, they will come
Marcie Good

Alex Relf and his girlfriend, Kerri Jones, had no restaurant experience when they started asking banks for a loan to start a meat-pie shop in Whistler. “Nobody would touch us,” Relf recalls. “I was 24, and nobody in North America had heard of this food concept.”

Mar 14, 2017
Her online clothing consignment store is an antidote to disposable fashion
Felicity Stone

Life Story: As an only child whose parents were active in the Chilliwack community (her father, now a city councillor, was president of the local business improvement association), Chloe Popove was taken to events before she turned two. “By five...

Mar 14, 2017
Co-founder of 3D-printed insole company hopes to revolutionize the footwear industry
Marcie Good

Life Story: After attending high school at St. George’s School in Vancouver, Louis-Victor Jadavji studied international relations at Claremont McKenna College, a small liberal-arts school near Los Angeles. But the Quebec City native had other interests: he built a business...

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.

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