The Lists

Jun 11, 2020
2020 30 Under 30 Winners
BCBusiness

Many of these young business leaders, who span industries ranging from apparel and food to construction and education, will face adversity as the province tries to recover from COVID-19. But as we’ve already seen, they don’t tend to let obstacles...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Jess Sternberg makes ethical apparel with Free Label Clothing
Jessica Natale Woollard

Life Story: Other than making dresses for school fashion shows, Jess Sternberg had no technical sewing or design skills before founding Free Label Clothing, a made-in-Canada, ethical apparel brand. With a BA in English literature from McGill University, Sternberg taught in...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Madison Guy helps students win scholarships with Grantme
Jessica Natale Woollard

Life Story: As captain of the UBC women’s soccer team, Madison Guy led the Thunderbirds to the 2015 national championship while laying the foundation for her business. She’d won a scholarship to play for the T-Birds, a prize that covered...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Sarah Sangha explores aromachology with Vellum Wellness
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: Sarah Sangha knew from an early age that she wanted to be a journalist, and after earning a degree in political science from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2012 and a diploma in broadcast journalism from BCIT in 2014...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Ania Wysocka created an app, Rootd, to comfort the panic-stricken
Nick Rockel

Life Story: In her fourth year of an international relations degree at UBC, Ania Wysocka started suffering from panic attacks. For someone who had enjoyed public speaking and always saw herself working for an international organization, life became very different.

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...

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