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2017 30 Under 30

Mar 16, 2017
2017 30 Under 30 Winners

They may be in their 20s, but the talents in our fourth annual ranking are accomplished beyond their years. Beer canner, footwear disruptor, art adviser, concussion scientist, smart candy maker, hydrogen power visionary—they’re changing how this province does business

Mar 16, 2017
Her leadership skills, honed through team sports, helped make a B.C.-based ticket broker one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies
Dee Hon

Life Story: Officially, Robyn Wilson is COO of Venue Kings Ticket Brokers, a seller of tickets for sporting events, concerts and theatre productions across North America. Unofficially, she’s the North Vancouver-based company’s chief everything officer. In October 2010, Wilson had...

Mar 16, 2017
It started as a university project. Now her wearable device measures symptoms of anxiety and neurological disorders
Marcie Good

Life Story: Andrea Palmer grew up in Port Moody and studied mechanical engineering with a minor in commerce at UBC. In her final year, as part of a course for commerce and engineering students, Palmer had to design a business plan. Her group’s idea was a wearable device that would...

Mar 16, 2017
Providing health insurance for businesses and businesspeople, his company takes an old-school, face-to-face approach
Dee Hon

Joshua Krenus took a winding path to becoming an insurance entrepreneur. The Surrey native has been a Junior A hockey goalie, a construction worker for his family’s company and an actor at New York’s Circle in the Square Theatre School.

Mar 16, 2017
This young Vancouver influencer promotes major brands like Yves Saint Laurent Beauty and La Senza
Marcie Good

Jessica Thomas Cooke started her career as an account executive at a public relations firm in Sydney, Australia. After moving back to Vancouver in July 2013, she kept thinking about a former boss who had started an agency that represented bloggers.

Mar 16, 2017
Using a smartphone camera, his mobile app for arthritis sufferers is a cheaper diagnostic alternative to X-rays and ultrasound
Jacob Parry

Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Shanil Gunasekara moved to Canada in 2011 with a B.Sc. in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California. As an associate at Lumedica Consultants Inc., a Vancouver-based adviser to medical device developers

Mar 16, 2017
This former refugee turned a non-profit into a successful business
Marcie Good

Life Story: Annee Ngo was born in a refugee camp in Hong Kong and grew up in East Vancouver. After studying political science at UBC and marketing at the University of Toronto, she returned to Vancouver in the summer of...

Mar 16, 2017
A dancing queen makes exercise fun with hip hop moves
Jacob Parry

In 2013, Saschie MacLean’s 17-year-old sister, Chantal, was killed in a car accident. The loss uprooted MacLean’s life: “It was, and still is, devastating,” she says. Clips of dance routines on Instagram were an escape from her grief.

Mar 16, 2017
Founder of fast-growing consulting firm tackles homelessness and the housing crisis
Marcie Good

Life Story: While completing a dual master’s degree in international business and economics from Queen’s University and Maastricht University in the Netherlands, John Merkley co-founded a company that transformed waste plastic at facilities in Holland and Berlin into reusable industrial...

Mar 16, 2017
Why take your car into the shop when Uber for auto repair will come to you?
Nick Rockel

Khallil Mangalji calls Burnaby home, but he lives in constant motion, bouncing between B.C., Ontario and California. No matter what’s on his plate, he’s always starting something else. When Mangalji was a Grade 8 student at Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge, he sold copies of Halo to his video-game-obsessed classmates.

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