2017 30 under 30 winners

These young innovators are building a stronger B.C. and a better world

30 under 30 logoWhoever said that youth is wasted on the young never met the winners of this year’s 30 Under 30. For our fourth annual ranking, we received almost 350 nominations, and whittling them down was no easy task. The 30 exceptional women and men you’re about to meet are a diverse group, from fields as varied as healthcare, high tech, construction, social media and law. Together, these groundbreaking talents show that B.C.’s entrepreneurial future is bright.

One striking feature of the 2017 list is the number of winners who aim to make the world a better place. Most of them give back to the community, but many have baked social purpose into their business. Simon Pickup is on a mission to reduce oil consumption by converting trucking fleets to low-cost hydrogen fuel, while Vanessa Chase Lockshin helps non-profits to become better fundraisers. Creators of health-focused apps that promise better outcomes for everything from arthritis to doctor-patient relations also make a strong showing.

Other tech innovators include Louis-Victor Jadavji, co-founder of a company that could transform the footwear industry with its custom 3D-printed insoles. Traditional sectors and disciplines, such as food and drink and the visual arts, are well represented, too. Take Matthew Leslie, whose mobile canning service for craft breweries now covers four provinces. Or Christina Sumie Hirukawa, a rising star in the art advisory world with a long list of corporate clients.

Another trend: 10 of the 30 Under 30 are immigrants. Some came to B.C. to escape conflict overseas; others are U.S. expats. However they got here, we’re lucky to have them, and we hope they stick around.

Below we reveal our 2017 30 Under 30 (listed in alphabetical order). Click on photos to view profiles of each of these young leaders.

 

 

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Blake Adam | Age: 27

Co-founder, Medimap Systems Inc.

Blake Adam

 

Tara Bosch | Age: 22

Founder and CEO, SmartSweets

Tara Bosch

 

Harrison Brown | Age: 28

Co-founder and CEO, HeadCheck Health Inc.

Harrison Brown

 

Vanessa Chase Lockshin | Age: 28

President, The Storytelling Non-Profit

Vanessa Chase Lockshin

 

Brett Giese | Age: 29

Owner, president and director, Crowne Pacific Development Corp. and Veyron Properties Group Ltd.

 Brett Giese

 

Shanil Gunasekara | Age: 28

Founder and CEO, eTreat Medical Diagnostics Inc.

Shanil Gunasekara

 

Louis-Victor Jadavji | Age: 24

Co-founder, Wiivv Wearables Inc.

Louis-Victor Jadavji

 

 

Phoebe Jiang | Age: 29

Co-founder and COO, Pixieset Media Inc.

Phoebe Jiang

 

Amy Kizaki | Age: 29

Co-founder and COO, Kitskitchen Health Foods

Amy Kizaki

 

Joshua Krenus | Age: 29

Co-founder and insurance specialist, Alteri Insurance

Joshua Krenus

 

Matthew Leslie | Age: 28

Co-founder and CEO, West Coast Canning

Matthew Leslie

 

Saschie MacLean | Age: 28

Co-founder, RSVP 33

Saschie MacLean

 

Khallil Mangalji | Age: 23

Co-founder and chief technology officer, Fiix

Khallil Mangalji

 

Parker McLean | Age: 29

Founder and creative director, In the Rye Creative

Parker McLean

 

John Merkley | Age: 29

Founder, Cascadia Partners

John Merkley

 

Annee Ngo | Age: 27

Co-founder, ProtoHack

Annee Ngo

 

Andrea Palmer | Age: 25

Founder, Awake Labs

Andrea Palmer

 

Sara Panton | Age: 27

Co-founder and CEO, Vitruvi

Sara Panton

 

Daniel Penn | Age: 28

Co-founder and CEO, Shift Health

Daniel Penn

 

Simon Pickup | Age: 28

Co-founder and CEO, Hydra Energy Corp.

Simon Pickup

 

Chloe Popove | Age: 25

Founder and owner, My Modern Closet

Chloe Popove

 

Alexander Relf | Age: 29

Co-founder, Peaked Pies

Alexander Relf

 

Mark Rodgman | Age: 29

Co-founder and managing director, TalentPartners JS Inc.

 Mark Rodgman

 

Marc Schutzbank | Age: 29

Director, Fresh Roots

Marc Shutzbank

 

Christina Sumie Hirukawa | Age: 29

Art adviser and consultant, October Inventory

Christina Sumie Hirukawa

 

Jessica Thomas Cooke | Age: 29

Co-founder, INF Influencer Agency

Jessica Thomas Cooke

 

Igor Trninic | Age: 28

Co-founder and managing partner, Breakthrough Academy

Igor Trninic

 

Alistair Vigier | Age: 27

Investor relations manager, Hart Legal

Alistair Vigier

 

Brittany Whitmore | Age: 29

Founder, Exvera Communications, Founder and executive director, TEDxGastownWomen

 Brittany Whitmore

 

Robyn Wilson | Age: 29

COO, Venue Kings Ticket Brokers, Inc.

Robyn Wilson

Photographed by Evaan Kheraj on location at the Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver Station

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