April 2018

In this issue

Mar 16, 2018
She's strung together a guitar-making business
Nick Rockel

Life Story: By age seven, Vancouver native Meredith Coloma had lived in Taiwan and rural Chile. She went to Chile with her Canadian mother, then an anthropology student, and her musician father, a former political prisoner of Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s regime who had moved to the West Coast. Returning home, Coloma picked up the fiddle, touring North America with bands...

Mar 16, 2018
This former banker is looking to streamline regulatory processes for cryptocurrencies
Dee Hon

Life Story: Qayyum Rajan was born in Vancouver, but he took a global outlook from a very young age. He was just two weeks old when his parents moved his family to Kenya, where he grew up before returning to Canada as a teenager. Food and finance are Rajan’s lifelong passions. His parents ran a Nairobi butcher shop and bistro...

Mar 16, 2018
His low-calorie vodka soda is tearing up the market
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Julius Makarewicz is nothing if not persistent. The Powell River native, whose parents left Poland when it was under martial law, dropped out of university because he felt he had to get out in the world to learn. Makarewicz, who originally came to Vancouver to attend SFU, badgered the HR department at customer research firm Vision Critical Communications...

Mar 16, 2018
This venture capitalist's company is utilizing new technology to mine copper
Dee Hon

Life Story: Curiosity defines Mike Outwin. It brought the New England native to Vancouver in 2013 to learn how to extract valuable metals from low-grade ores and mining waste, and to build a company that could do it. Outwin had no background in mining, having earned a BA in international business and management from Pennsylvania’s Dickinson College in 2010. After...

Mar 16, 2018
She's taking Vancouver toward a no-container future

Life Story: There’s a hint of embarrassment in Alison Carr’s voice as she talks about Nada’s humble beginnings. Carr, born in Victoria to a hospital administration manager mother and a biomedical technician father, was in her last month of studying geography at UBC when she got wind of a market research survey circulated by the company’s founder and CEO, Brianne...

Mar 16, 2018
He's putting the rest of the industrial cleaning industry on ice
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Entrepreneurship runs in the family for Foster Coulson. His grandfather, Cliff Coulson, founded Coulson Forest Products (CFP) in 1960. With help from Foster’s father, Wayne, CFP grew into the Port Alberni–based Coulson Group of Companies, whose holdings include an aviation division. The younger Coulson, who didn’t attend university, started out in the forest products division in 2007, bucking...

Mar 16, 2018
This East Vancouver meal kit company delivers all the ingredients for a homemade dinner
Felicity Stone

Life Story: Husein Rahemtulla and Dhruv Sood have been friends since they met in Grade 6 at Buckingham Elementary School in Burnaby. While Rahemtulla had lived in the area all his life, Sood’s family had just moved there from Bangalore, India, where his father was a scientist working on flight dynamics for the Indian Space Research Organization and his mother...

Mar 16, 2018
This White Rock native wants to build your resumé for you
Dee Hon

Life Story: James Clift is in the business of helping people find employment and build careers, yet the White Rock native and UBC grad has never worked full-time for someone else and proudly keeps his startups’ employee count below an all-time high of four. VisualCV helps job seekers build eye-catching resumés and portfolios. It’s the flagship product of Vancouver parent...

Mar 16, 2018
This photographer makes swimsuits that are sexy and sustainable
Felicity Stone

Life Story: Growing up in Lynn Valley and travelling with her parents to the jungles of Belize and Costa Rica as a child, Ainsley Rose developed an intense desire to protect nature. In Grade 4, she spoke at a District of North Vancouver council meeting about the potential impact of developing the greenbelt behind her home. Her father, a patent and trademark lawyer, and her mother, a...

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