2018 30 Under 30

Apr 20, 2018
BCBusiness 30 Under 30 2018
By the Editors

Some 275 friends, family and past winners gathered at the Vancouver Club on April 12 to celebrate this year's exceptional young entrepreneurs *To view the remaining pictures of the BCBusiness 30 Under 30 event, please visit https://visionphoto.shootproof.com/gallery/30Under30...

Mar 16, 2018
2018 30 Under 30 Winners
By BCBusiness

NOMINATE OR APPLY FOR THE 2019 30 UNDER 30 stories by NATHAN CADDELL, DEE HON, NICK ROCKEL, FELICITY STONE + JESSICA WERB photographs by LINDSAY SIU on location at RENNIE MUSEUM NOMINATE OR APPLY FOR THE 2019 30 UNDER 30 NOMINATE OR APPLY FOR...

Mar 16, 2018
He's helping international job seekers get recruited by tech companies
Jessica Werb

Life Story: Born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, and raised with a younger brother in Vancouver, Ilya Brotzky tends not to see borders. His parents moved the family first to Israel, in 1991, and to Vancouver two years later. In 2010, after earning a bachelor of business administration from Cornell University, Brotzky...

Mar 16, 2018
He went back to school to finance his zipline company
Felicity Stone

Life Story: Patrick Tolchard went back to school to help finance his business. A year after graduating from Medicine Hat College with a bachelor of science in ecotourism and outdoor leadership in 2013, Tolchard, who grew up in Pitt Meadows, moved to Radium Hot Springs. His boyfriend had bought the...

Mar 16, 2018
He came to Victoria from India at 25 and built a multimillion-dollar app business
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Born in a landlocked town in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to government worker parents, Samarth Mod was out of his element when he moved to Victoria at age 25 to pursue an MBA at UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. With experience developing mobile...

Mar 16, 2018
This former field hockey star scored a winning bone broth recipe
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: For someone so young, Connor Meakin has led a few different lives. The Vancouver native played 45 games for Canada’s national field hockey team while completing a psychology degree at both UVic and UBC in 2012. When Meakin hung up his cleats, he took an internship at a...

Mar 16, 2018
She's bringing a new approach to the recruitment business
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Brianna Blaney’s business acumen is evident from her first venture: a community newspaper she started with one of her five siblings and a couple of her cousins when she was 11 years old. The crew wrote the papers and forced them on their North Vancouver neighbours by dropping...

Mar 16, 2018
This engineer develops project management software for construction companies
Dee Hon

Life Story: Karine Samson has big plans for Optimal Efficiency, the Vancouver-based startup she founded in 2015. The company, which makes project management software for construction, mining and energy-sector firms, aims to capture a sizeable chunk of its multibillion-dollar market. It’s a bold ambition that is grounded in facts and...

Mar 16, 2018
He's helping to prepare students for life after school
Jessica Werb

Life Story: Growing up in Vancouver, Dana Stephenson helped out with his dad’s car-repair business, but he moved on from transmissions to tech. Today he runs a web-based service that brings industry, educators and post-secondary students together for experiential learning opportunities in the U.S. and Canada. Stephenson and Riipen co-founder...

Mar 16, 2018
A former makeup artistry grad now runs a multi-functional space
Jessica Werb

Life Story: One year into a business degree at the University of Calgary, Kerryn Cooper felt uninspired. “I was getting really discouraged,” the South African–born entrepreneur recalls. “It was dry; I wanted to be more creative.” At her mother’s suggestion, Cooper, who had immigrated to Victoria with her family at...

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