The Lists

Jul 9, 2021
2021 30 Under 30 Winners
By the Editors

If B.C. has been through the wringer, you’d almost never know it from looking at our eighth annual 30 Under 30 list. Many of the winners found ways to grow their businesses during a world-changing pandemic. For some, that meant...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Calvin Ho and Albert Kim aren’t blowing smoke with their cannabis point-of-sale software
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Albert Kim doesn’t have a lemonade-stand story from his childhood—not quite, anyway. In high school, Kim, who grew up mostly in Richmond after immigrating to B.C. from South Korea at age five, made $400 by creating registration software...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Courtney Peters turned a home business with her mom into a fast-growing scrunchie specialist
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Courtney Peters found her way to business by way of banking and medicine. Although the Surrey native comes from an entrepreneurial family, she had no plans to head in the same direction. Peters, who got her first job...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: LeeJoo Hwang co-founded a LinkedIn for people who want to volunteer
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: LeeJoo Hwang is either lying or being overly humble when says he was “just a normal kid growing up” in Surrey’s Fraser Heights neighbourhood. In Grade 9, Hwang became super invested in the PC video game League of...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Meg O’Hara carved out a niche as the go-to painter for the North American ski industry
Nick Rockel

Life Story: When Meg O’Hara was 16, she sold her first painting for $100—to her late grandmother, after whom she’s named. “It was the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me,” recalls O’Hara, who grew up in Toronto in...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Joe Parenteau developed a high-end dinnerware brand for millennials
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: After growing up in Regina with a janitor father and warehouse worker mother, Joe Parenteau knew he just had to go somewhere the weather was a bit better. So he followed a golf scholarship to William Woods University...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Alex Miller created an internationally popular pelvic exercise program for women
Nick Rockel

Life Story: If you attend group fitness classes in Vancouver, you might recognize Alex Miller as an instructor. Miller, who spent eight years working at numerous local studios, also started a business teaching mindful movement to kids aged five to...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Acacia Pangilinan is helping chambers of commerce change with the times
Nick Rockel

Life Story: From a young age, Kamloops-raised Acacia Pangilinan volunteered at school and in her hometown. “It made me realize that I wanted to help the community that supported me so much, and I didn’t really know what that looked...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Hayden James and Josh Baker give homeowners access to their equity
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: After Hayden James and Josh Baker met through a mutual friend four years ago, they started working on an idea to build a Hootsuite-type social media automation business for independent professionals and entrepreneurs. Their startup was housed in...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Nishal Kumar scored a Dragons’ Den deal for saving days from being wasted by nights
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Nishal Kumar was pushed into studying medicine in university by his love for the TV program House and its eponymous foul-mouthed genius of a doctor. But it wasn’t to be—after three years in chemistry and biology at UBC, the...

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