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