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Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Brooke Johansen makes you want to be the bridesmaid at Park & Fifth
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: Brooke Johansen grew up in Port Coquitlam with her mother, father and younger sister. She graduated from SFU (coincidentally, where her parents met) with a degree in business in 2014, but starting one of her own wasn’t top-of-mind:...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Braden Parker is redefining footwear with Casca Designs
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Everything changed for Braden Parker at age eight, when his family moved from Alberta to California so his father, a teacher, could do a sabbatical at Stanford University. This early brush with Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial culture left a...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Jennifer Zhang gives commercial spaces a makeover with Concrete Cashmere
Nick Rockel

Life Story: The daughter of an entrepreneur, Beijing-born Jennifer Zhang grew up in White Rock after moving to B.C. when she was 10. She had no interest in going into business with her engineer dad, who exports machinery from Europe...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Mikaella Go and Tony Yu are kicking it with Vessi Footwear
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: When Mikaella Go met Tony Yu at a restaurant in Vancouver’s Yaletown, she didn’t realize that she would spend the next six years of her life as a serial entrepreneur. Working as a City of Richmond lifeguard at...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Michelle Tran is building an empire with Meraki Beauty Bar
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: Michelle Tran’s first “job” was serving frozen yogurt at the Yogen Früz franchise her father owned. “I was seven years old, and I was too short–my dad would put down pineapple cans so I could stand on top...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Sarah Henderson created housewares brand Hudson and Oak
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: On her family’s farm in Abbotsford, Sarah Henderson grew up exploring the woods with her dogs and selling blueberries to farmers passing by on tractors. Henderson’s father is Indigenous; generations of systemic oppression, along with alcoholism on his...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Bethany McNeill covers it all with insurance brokerage Momentum Benefits
Dee Hon

Life Story: Bethany McNeill credits her athletic career for fostering the teamwork and leadership skills she’s used to start and run her insurance brokerage firm, MB Pension and Benefits Group, which does business as Momentum Benefits. The North Vancouver native...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Aaron Chin is shaking up Organika Health Products
Nick Rockel

Life Story: As a kid, Aaron Chin would make money by selling hockey cards outside the 7-Eleven near his Richmond home. Although he always wanted to work for the family business, he’s grateful that his father, Organika founder Thomas Chin...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Kaylee Astle enables digital retailers with Spocket
Jessica Natale Woollard

Life Story: Saskatoon-born Kaylee Astle spent her formative years being homeschooled in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Her entrepreneurial parents–dad was a financial planner, mom an interior designer–retired early and moved Astle and her sister to the Baja Peninsula. An internship...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Alexa Suter harnessed the power of social media to create two companies
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: When Langley-born Alexa Suter was 13, she discovered her love of storytelling. Scrawling in journals, spinning short stories and crafting poems throughout her teens led her to pursue an English degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University–and to leave school...

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