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2019 30 Under 30

Jul 24, 2019
BCBusiness summer reception with Premier John Horgan
Paul Duchart

With the legislature in recess, Premier John Horgan is getting out to meet British Columbians. On July 17, he invited this year’s 30 Under 30 winners to a summer reception at the provincial government’s Vancouver offices at Canada Place. Many of...

Apr 1, 2019
2019 30 Under 30 Winners
By BCBusiness

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

Apr 1, 2019
This workplace diversity and inclusion consultant has rapidly built a global clientele
Nick Rockel

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...

Apr 1, 2019
This teacher runs a popular movie-making camp for kids in the off-season
Nathan Caddell

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...

Apr 1, 2019
His company is one of the leading installers of electric vehicle charging stations in the Lower Mainland
Nathan Caddell

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...

Apr 1, 2019
His cellphone repair business is fighting off imitators and fake reviews
Nathan Caddell

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.

Apr 1, 2019
Her production company is bringing a different approach to the film industry
Nathan Caddell

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.

Apr 1, 2019
She founded a startup that holds coaching bootcamps for women in business
Nathan Caddell

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.

Apr 1, 2019
He analyzes online marketing data to guide clients' business strategy
Felicity Stone

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.

Apr 1, 2019
She helps students take action on energy issues
Felicity Stone

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.

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