April 2019

In this issue

Apr 1, 2019
Her eyelash-lengthening serum is natural, vegan and cruelty-free
Felicity Stone

Interested in herbs and self-care as a child growing up in Richmond, Mia Fiona Kut took a course in alternative medicine at SFU while getting her BA with a major in communications. “That reignited my spark, and I fell back in love with it,” she says. When her younger sister experienced side effects from a chemical eyelash-lengthening serum, Kut decided to create a natural alternative.

Apr 1, 2019
He learned to like trucking through supply chain management
Felicity Stone

Life Story: For much of his life, Carlton Ee, whose Malaysian immigrant father founded Burnaby-based Rolls Right Trucking in 1976, had no interest in trucks. “What I did actually have a passion for was third-party logistics and supply chain management,” he says. Ee earned a BA in English literature and philosophy from McGill but decided against pursuing law as originally planned.

Apr 1, 2019
This PR duo is making its presence felt in Vancouver
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Samantha Ellis and Hannah Bernard refer to meeting at a charity event as “serendipitous.” UBC grad Ellis was working in social media, and BCIT alum Bernard was doing freelance video. “We just immediately clicked,” Ellis says. “And it wasn’t long before Hannah said, We’ve got to do something together.” The result was social media force Roots + Ardor (“roots”...

Apr 1, 2019
She sells sustainable, ethically sourced women’s fashion
Felicity Stone

Life Story: Sarah Stewart named her Vancouver store, which sells sustainable women’s clothing, after Joan of Arc. “Women are warriors trying to do everything, have the career, friendships, families, and try and make the world a better place,” she says. “So Joan of Arc just really resonated with our brand.” Born in Calgary, Stewart moved to B.C. with her family when she...

Apr 1, 2019
He runs one of the province’s more intriguing business improvement associations
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: When Brennan Fitzgerald’s family moved from their native Halifax to Morinville, Alberta, the then-19-year-old decided to introduce himself to the town’s 10,000 or so people like any young person would, by running for council. “It was election year, and I’ve always been involved in my community, and really interested in service and contributing,” Fitzgerald says. “So I went in...

Apr 1, 2019
Her restaurant turned a profit in its first year of business
Felicity Stone

Life Story: Whitehorse, Yukon, is a place you either leave and never go back to or you never leave, says Jasmine Mooney of her hometown. She moved to Vancouver in 2008 to study marketing and communications at BCIT, switching the following year to Vancouver Acting School. As an aspiring actress, Mooney was working in restaurants to make extra money when one of...

Apr 1, 2019
She helps run one of Canada’s largest natural wellness retailers
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Kiara LeBlanc has been unofficially working for Saje Natural Wellness since she would ride her tricycle to her parents’ first store in Lonsdale Quay. Back then, her role mostly involved stocking shelves or wrapping holiday gifts at the essential oils and skin-care products retailer. In 2010, after a stint in acting school at the University of Essex in England, LeBlanc...

Apr 1, 2019
His software streamlines restaurant meal delivery services
Felicity Stone

Life Story: At 22, Juan Orrego is a serial entrepreneur. Growing up in Barranquilla, Colombia, he sold ice cream door-to-door at the age of five. When he was 17, he moved to B.C. to get a BComm at UVic and started an online jewelry business, paying his youngest sister to make deliveries back in Colombia. His two sisters have since joined...

Apr 1, 2019
She’s developing a device to treat sleep disorders
Felicity Stone

A childhood friend with a sleep disorder set Rachel Chase on the path to entrepreneurship. “He didn’t find out until he was 25 that he had obstructive sleep apnea,” says Chase, who grew up in South Surrey and earned a bachelor of business administration from SFU’s Beedie School of Business, concentrating in finance, management information systems, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Apr 1, 2019
This data expert’s non-profit spearheaded a national tour to identify the barriers faced by women in tech
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Alicia Close has loved math since she was a child, when her father, a self-employed financial adviser, would have her solve tough problems during car rides. Close, who was born in North Vancouver and raised near Toronto, earned a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in finance and international business. She began her career in 2011 at mutual fund...

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