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2018 30 Under 30

Mar 16, 2018
She started a subscription-based organic tampon service
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: After completing degrees in psychology and law at SFU and Cardiff University in Wales, respectively, Taran Ghatrora was in the midst of a master of law degree at UBC, ostensibly on the way to her dream of becoming a human rights lawyer with the United Nations. Imagine being...

Mar 16, 2018
She's grown a community into a successful not-for-profit
Nick Rockel

Life Story: For proof that the Whisky Wisemen Society isn’t a boys’ club, look no further than Lesley Anne Brown. The Vancouver-founded society is a global non-profit that brings young professionals together over whisky in support of local charities, Brown explains. “We are our own community, and then we are...

Mar 16, 2018
He created a burgeoning tea business, and about 100 jobs for Nicaraguan workers
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Arnaud Petitvallet grew up in La Rochelle, France, where his mother was a sales representative for the medical industry and his father was a customs officer. Seeking global experience, he earned a bachelor in international management in his hometown, working in Israel and the Congo during his studies.

Mar 16, 2018
Prince Rupert councillor runs educational non-profit on the side
Dee Hon

Life Story: Blair Mirau is working on a one-man band. The Prince Rupert native is teaching himself to play guitar, harmonica, foot tambourine, cajón drum and egg shaker, all at the same time. This multitasking feat seems simple compared to his day job as CEO of the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society.

Mar 16, 2018
This former banker is looking to streamline regulatory processes for cryptocurrencies
Dee Hon

Life Story: Qayyum Rajan was born in Vancouver, but he took a global outlook from a very young age. He was just two weeks old when his parents moved his family to Kenya, where he grew up before returning to Canada as a teenager. Food and finance are Rajan’s lifelong...

Mar 16, 2018
This venture capitalist's company is utilizing new technology to mine copper
Dee Hon

Life Story: Curiosity defines Mike Outwin. It brought the New England native to Vancouver in 2013 to learn how to extract valuable metals from low-grade ores and mining waste, and to build a company that could do it. Outwin had no background in mining, having earned a BA in international...

Mar 16, 2018
She's taking Vancouver toward a no-container future

Life Story: There’s a hint of embarrassment in Alison Carr’s voice as she talks about Nada’s humble beginnings. Carr, born in Victoria to a hospital administration manager mother and a biomedical technician father, was in her last month of studying geography at UBC when she got wind of a market...

Mar 16, 2018
He's putting the rest of the industrial cleaning industry on ice
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Entrepreneurship runs in the family for Foster Coulson. His grandfather, Cliff Coulson, founded Coulson Forest Products (CFP) in 1960. With help from Foster’s father, Wayne, CFP grew into the Port Alberni–based Coulson Group of Companies, whose holdings include an aviation division. The younger Coulson, who didn’t attend university...

Mar 16, 2018
This East Vancouver meal kit company delivers all the ingredients for a homemade dinner
Felicity Stone

Life Story: Husein Rahemtulla and Dhruv Sood have been friends since they met in Grade 6 at Buckingham Elementary School in Burnaby. While Rahemtulla had lived in the area all his life, Sood’s family had just moved there from Bangalore...

Mar 16, 2018
This White Rock native wants to build your resumé for you
Dee Hon

Life Story: James Clift is in the business of helping people find employment and build careers, yet the White Rock native and UBC grad has never worked full-time for someone else and proudly keeps his startups’ employee count below an all-time high of four. VisualCV helps job seekers build eye-catching...

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