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April 2017

In this issue

Mar 15, 2017
This high-school dropout is on a mission to supply the world with clean, renewable hydrogen fuel
Dee Hon

Life Story: Simon Pickup’s obsession to bring clean, renewable hydrogen fuel to the world dominates his life. He built his first hydrogen electrolyzer at age nine for a science-fair project. Pickup, who grew up in North Vancouver, dropped out of high school at 15 to found Youth Hydrogen, a not-for-profit focused on hydrogen energy solutions. He now leads Hydra Energy...

Mar 14, 2017
Adopted by hospitals here and in the U.S., his mobile app makes patient-doctor communication easier
Felicity Stone

Life Story: Arts and science are intertwined for Daniel Penn, who was born in the U.S. and holds American, Australian and Canadian passports. While pursuing a bachelor of arts and science at McMaster University, he wrote two cookbooks for students, followed by a third when he studied food sciences at the University of Copenhagen. Both his brothers are artists, and...

Mar 14, 2017
Australian-style meat pies in Canada? His thriving business shows that if you build it, they will come
Marcie Good

Life Story: Alex Relf and his girlfriend, Kerri Jones, had no restaurant experience when they started asking banks for a loan to start a meat-pie shop in Whistler. “Nobody would touch us,” Relf recalls. “I was 24, and nobody in North America had heard of this food concept.” But Relf, who grew up in Victoria, and Jones, a native of...

Mar 14, 2017
Her online clothing consignment store is an antidote to disposable fashion
Felicity Stone

Life Story: As an only child whose parents were active in the Chilliwack community (her father, now a city councillor, was president of the local business improvement association), Chloe Popove was taken to events before she turned two. “By five they had me helping and sticking glitter on things,” she recalls. In elementary school, Popove bought bulk candy at H.Y.

Mar 14, 2017
Co-founder of 3D-printed insole company hopes to revolutionize the footwear industry
Marcie Good

Life Story: After attending high school at St. George’s School in Vancouver, Louis-Victor Jadavji studied international relations at Claremont McKenna College, a small liberal-arts school near Los Angeles. But the Quebec City native had other interests: he built a business importing natural-gas compressors from China and printed 3D plastic auto parts for people restoring vintage cars.During a trip to the...

Mar 14, 2017
She launched a line of low-sugar candy sold across North America
Felicity Stone

Life Story: “When I was growing up, I watched Dragons’ Den and Shark Tank and had all these great ideas, but I lacked the confidence to act on them,” says Tara Bosch. Yet by the age of 21, Bosch, who grew up in Surrey, had started two businesses. As a 17-year-old UBC arts student, she launched Decaled Out, which made...

Mar 14, 2017
If you like beer, thank him for co-founding Canada’s first mobile canning service for craft breweries
Felicity Stone

Life Story: When Matt Leslie graduated from the University of Northern B.C. in 2011 with a B.Comm. in finance and marketing, he planned to become a financial adviser. So when his friend and fellow UNBC grad Kevin Pederson suggested starting a mobile canning service for craft breweries, he brushed the idea aside. “Being from Prince George, I assumed that craft...

Mar 13, 2017
This consultant to non-profits helps them raise more money by telling better stories
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Raised in rural northern California, Vanessa Chase Lockshin looked to her dad, an entrepreneur who had worked in Silicon Valley, as a role model. Chase Lockshin moved to Vancouver in 2006 to study English literature at UBC; after graduation her first job was raising money from alumni. She then worked as a development officer at the Union Gospel...

Mar 13, 2017
Founder of TEDxGastownWomen heads her own communications firm and helped build e-commerce player Procurify
Jacob Parry

Life Story: A self-described theatre kid, Brittany Whitmore set her sights on acting while growing up in Campbell River. Scouted by a modelling agent at 17, she moved to Vancouver to model full-time and enrolled in a musical theatre program. The lifestyle was glamorous—trips to Europe, gigs for Dolce & Gabbana, Guess and Holt Renfrew—but unsustainable, she says. So Whitmore...

Mar 10, 2017
Campbell River property developer began building homes as a college student
Nick Rockel

Life Story: By middle school in his hometown of Campbell River, Brett Giese was working on construction sites with his father, who develops residential lots for sale. Giese went to UVic in 2005 to study business, but he longed to do something connected to real estate. “I just had my wheels turning the whole time,” he recalls. That year Giese...

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