2019 30 Under 30
Look out, guys: for the first time, women dominate our annual tribute to B.C.’s most enterprising young business leaders. From clothiers to tech entrepreneurs to marketing dynamos, the class of 2019 shows that the province’s future is in good hands
Life Story: When Cicely Belle Blain launched her Vancouver-based diversity and inclusion consulting business early last year, she quickly attracted customers, thanks to connections she had made as an activist. Changing attitudes helped, too: “My clients are from so many different...
It’s easy to believe Levente Mihalik when he says he loves kids. When we reach him, the East Vancouver native is at the hospital, having just witnessed the birth of his first child, a daughter. He also spends nearly every waking moment surrounded by young folks. Mihalik taught robotics at Gladstone Secondary before his recent parental leave, and since he was a teenager he’s devoted every summer (and many Saturdays) to running moviemaking camps for children aged five to 18...
Life Story: Some people contemplate for years about what they’ll do after high school. The day he graduated, Taylor Ross got a call from a family friend who owned an electrical company. He started work the following Monday. The Pemberton native...
You know how it goes. Guy meets girl while studying abroad, falls in love, follows her back to her hometown of London, England, and…well, that’s where this takes a turn. Alex Dechant moved from Lethbridge, Alberta, to the U.K., and when he couldn’t get a job on a two-year visa, he started a company called Apple Tree that fixed iPhones and other Apple products.
Shelby Manton doesn’t have a background in film, at least in the traditional sense. But the U Vic commerce graduate did have experience chasing her older brother, Geoff Manton, around White Rock with a camera, filming anything they could find.
Born in Colorado to what she calls “ski bum parents,” Stefanie Grieser was always intrigued by the world of business. But she wasn’t sure what that would look like as a career. A stint at a large Calgary insurance company didn’t inspire her.
A month and a half after enrolling at UBC on a football scholarship in 2008 with plans to go to law school, Charlie Grinnell injured his back in a car accident. The West Vancouver native dropped out of school and began making action sports videos that ended up online.
After going to Argentina as an exchange student at 18, Nevada native Meredith Adler realized she wanted to work internationally. That brought her to B.C., where a BA in human geography at UBC led to an interest in energy issues and ultimately a communications assistant position at Vancouver-based think tank Clean Energy Canada.
Everyone and their sister wants what Valerie Song is cooking, and she has no problem making them wait so the product is as good as it can be. Since Song drew up the designs for AVA (Automated Vertical Agriculture) Technologies’ flagship invention, the AVA Byte, in 2016, the attention has been non-stop.