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From Left: Qayyum Rajan, Brandon Morrison, Alison Carr, Foster Coulson, Julius Makarewicz, Taran Ghatrora, Mohammad Akhlaghi, Blair Mirau, Lesley Anne Brown and Arnaud Petitvallet

30u30 WidgetIn our fifth annual celebration of the province’s brightest young business talent, the bar remains high. This year’s winners—who range from research scientists and beverage makers to a guitar builder and a fintech upstart—take B.C. in new directions

The 30 Under 30 may celebrate young entrepreneurs, but it keeps getting better with age. This year, our winners—including one double act with the same company—represent B.C. from Vancouver to Prince Rupert to Port Alberni. Some hold graduate degrees, while others are college dropouts. Some have global ambitions; others tend to their own backyard. As in previous years, many of these unstoppable women and men have built successful enterprises with a social purpose, whether it’s helping the less fortunate, protecting the environment or taking other steps to do business more responsibly.

Then there are the stories of how they got here—often from other countries and in unexpected ways. After going the distance, the newest 30 Under 30 cohort still have so much ahead of them.


stories by NATHAN CADDELL, DEE HON, NICK ROCKEL, FELICITY STONE + JESSICA WERB

photographs by LINDSAY SIU on location at RENNIE MUSEUM

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Mohammad Akhlaghi | Age: 29

Co-founder and CEO, Parkizio Technologies Ltd.

Muhammad Akhlaghi

Brianna Blaney | Age: 29

Founder and managing partner, Envol Strategies

Brianna Blaney

Felix Böck | Age: 29

Founder and CEO, ChopValue Manufacturing Ltd.

Felix Bock

Lesley Anne Brown | Age: 29

CEO, Whisky Wisemen Society

Lesley-Anne Brown

Ilya Brotzky | Age: 29

Founder and CEO, VanHack Technologies Inc.

Ilya Brotzky

Alison Carr | Age: 27

Buyer and Supplier Relationship Manager, Nada

Alison Carr

James Clift | Age: 29

Co-founder and CEO, WorkStory Inc. | CEO, VisualCV Inc

James Clift

Meredith Coloma | Age: 27

Owner, Coloma Guitars | Co-founder and co-producer, Vancouver International Guitar Festival

Meredith Coloma

Kerryn Cooper | Age: 29

Founder, CEO and co-owner, Heartwood & Co.

Kerryn Cooper

Foster Coulson | Age: 28

Co-founder and vice-president, Coulson Ice Blast

Foster Coulson

Christina Disler | Age: 28

Founder and CEO, Werklab Inc.

Christina Disler

Dara Djafarian | Age: 28

President, Creatus Biosciences Inc.

Dara Djafarian

Taran Ghatrora | Age: 26

Co-founder and CEO, Blume

Taran Ghatrora

Julius Makarewicz | Age: 28

CEO, Nude Vodka Soda

Julius Makarewicz

Connor Meakin | Age: 29

Founder and CEO, Bluebird Provisions Inc.

Connor Meakin

Naitik Mehta | Age: 22

Co-founder and CEO, NextBillion.org

Naitik Mehta

Blair Mirau | Age: 28

CEO, Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society

Blair Mirau

Samarth Mod | Age: 29

Co-founder and CEO, FreshWorks Studio

Samarth Mod

Tamer Mohamed | Age: 29

Co-founder, president and CEO, Aspect Biosystems Ltd.

Tamer Mohamed

Brandon Morrison | Age: 29

Co-founder, United & Free Skincare Inc.

Brandon Morrison

Olivia Norton | Age: 29

Co-founder and chief technology officer, Sanctuary AI

Olivia Norton

Mike Outwin | Age: 29

Co-founder, Director and CEO, Jetti Resources

Mike Outwin

Holly Peck | Age: 27

Director, Women Who Code Vancouver Network | Research scientist, Sanctuary AI

Holly Peck

Arnaud Petitvallet | Age: 27

Co-founder and COO, Wize Monkey Inc.

Arnaud Petitvallet

Qayyum Rajan | Age: 24

Co-founder and Product Manager, iComply Investor Services Inc.

Qayyum Rajan

Ainsley Rose | Age: 28

Co-founder and co-CEO, Londre Bodywear Inc. | Principal, Ainsley Rose Photography

Ainsley Rose

Karine Samson | Age: 29

Founder and CEO, Optimal Efficiency

Karine Samson

Dhruv Sood + Husein Rahemtulla | Ages: 28 + 27

Co-founders and co-owners, Fresh Prep Foods Inc.

Dhruv & Husein

Dana Stephenson | Age: 29

Co-founder and Director of Academic Partnerships, Riipen

Dana Stephenson

Patrick Tolchard | Age: 29

Co-owner, Valley Zipline Adventures Ltd.

Patrick Tolchard