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2019 30 Under 30

Apr 1, 2019
Customers are lined up waiting to purchase her automated garden
Nathan Caddell

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.

Apr 1, 2019
Her Railtown jewelry line is sold worldwide
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: The name inspires curiosity, and so does its creator. Fiona Morrison was a second-year student at UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business when she learned how to wire-wrap crystals from YouTube. She started selling her creations to friends...

Apr 1, 2019
Her eyelash-lengthening serum is natural, vegan and cruelty-free
Felicity Stone

Interested in herbs and self-care as a child growing up in Richmond, Mia Fiona Kut took a course in alternative medicine at SFU while getting her BA with a major in communications. “That reignited my spark, and I fell back in love with it,” she says. When her younger sister experienced side effects from a chemical eyelash-lengthening serum, Kut decided to create a natural alternative.

Apr 1, 2019
He learned to like trucking through supply chain management
Felicity Stone

For much of his life, Carlton Ee, whose Malaysian immigrant father founded Burnaby-based Rolls Right Trucking in 1976, had no interest in trucks. “What I did actually have a passion for was third-party logistics and supply chain management,” he says.

Apr 1, 2019
This PR duo is making its presence felt in Vancouver
Nathan Caddell

Samantha Ellis and Hannah Bernard refer to meeting at a charity event as “serendipitous.” UBC grad Ellis was working in social media, and BCIT alum Bernard was doing freelance video. “We just immediately clicked,” Ellis says. “And it wasn’t long before Hannah said, We’ve got to do something together.”

Apr 1, 2019
She sells sustainable, ethically sourced women’s fashion
Felicity Stone

Sarah Stewart named her Vancouver store, which sells sustainable women’s clothing, after Joan of Arc. “Women are warriors trying to do everything, have the career, friendships, families, and try and make the world a better place,” she says. “So Joan of Arc just really resonated with our brand.”

Apr 1, 2019
He runs one of the province’s more intriguing business improvement associations
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: When Brennan Fitzgerald’s family moved from their native Halifax to Morinville, Alberta, the then-19-year-old decided to introduce himself to the town’s 10,000 or so people like any young person would, by running for council. “It was election year, and...

Apr 1, 2019
Her restaurant turned a profit in its first year of business
Felicity Stone

Life Story: Whitehorse, Yukon, is a place you either leave and never go back to or you never leave, says Jasmine Mooney of her hometown. She moved to Vancouver in 2008 to study marketing and communications at BCIT, switching the following...

Apr 1, 2019
She helps run one of Canada’s largest natural wellness retailers
Nathan Caddell

Kiara LeBlanc has been unofficially working for Saje Natural Wellness since she would ride her tricycle to her parents’ first store in Lonsdale Quay. Back then, her role mostly involved stocking shelves or wrapping holiday gifts at the essential oils and skin-care products retailer.

Apr 1, 2019
His software streamlines restaurant meal delivery services
Felicity Stone

Juan Orrego is a serial entrepreneur. Growing up in Barranquilla, Colombia, he sold ice cream door-to-door at the age of five. When he was 17, he moved to B.C. to get a BComm at UVic and started an online jewelry business, paying his youngest sister to make deliveries back in Colombia.

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