The Lists

Mar 19, 2015
Ian Crosby
I Bowerbank

Co-founder and CEO AGE: 28 COMPANY: Bench Accounting Inc. “I thought, I’m just going to try and build this better" The story: As a 19-year-old UBC business student looking for a route into the video game industry, bookkeeping wasn’t Ian Crosby’s ambition. “I didn’t have any useful skills, or at least I didn’t feel I...

Mar 19, 2015
Justin Potter
I Bowerbank

CEO AGE: 29 COMPANY: Cleanify Holdings Inc. “If I had to do it again, I would. It’s in my blood” The story: “I’m not going to say it’s easy to have two kids and run a company,” says Cleanify’s Justin Potter. Families and 20-something tech entrepreneurs don’t generally go hand in hand, but Potter—who...

Mar 19, 2015
Nicolas Hipperson
I Bowerbank

Owner and Founder AGE: 28 COMPANY: Farm2Fork Private Dining and Underground Restaurant The Story: Growing up in Regina, all signs pointed to Nicolas Hipperson’s destiny as a chef—even if he didn’t realize it: “I was in denial about wanting to be a chef,” he says. Most of his family gravitated toward business ventures...

Mar 19, 2015
Trevor (Trev) Styan
I Bowerbank

Co-founder and GM AGE: 28 COMPANY: Northern Civil Energy Inc. The Story: Trev Styan, the Quesnel-born co-founder of Northern Civil Energy, grew up in a family that, along with actively supporting his early love of design and construction, provided him with a great entrepreneurial role model. Both Styan’s father and his stepfather...

Mar 19, 2015
Alexander Chuang
I Bowerbank

Managing Director AGE: 26 COMPANY: Launch Academy "Six years and one acquired company later, Chuang has moved on to preaching that entrepreneurial zeal in his role as managing director of Launch Academy" The Story: When the class average in Alexander Chuang’s third-year UBC biology class unexpectedly crept upward, his professor became suspicious; after a...

Mar 19, 2015
Jeff Jacobson
I Bowerbank

Principal AGE: 28 COMPANY: Jeff Jacobson Agency That unforeseen success emboldened Jacobson, who went on to present Colin Powell in Vancouver in 2008" The Story: Jeff Jacobson entered his field at the top of the game, arranging a speaking event for Al Gore at the University of Victoria in 2007. It was a major...

Mar 19, 2015
Daniel Dubois

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer AGE: 23 COMPANY: ShareShed "ShareShed connects people looking to rent outdoor sporting goods with the considerable number of people who have gear gathering dust" The Story: Daniel Dubois has always had an interest in turning a profit by empowering consumers. Customers at his childhood lemonade stand outside the family’s...

Mar 19, 2015
Jeffrey Jang

Co-founder and Art Director AGE: 25 COMPANY: Boximals Studios Inc. “We’re not fans of throwing in a huge amount of money and competing with everyone else. Generally, we’re looking for opportunities where we can spend less” The story: Jeffrey Jang is a gamer—and thanks to his company, more kids may end up gamers too.

Mar 19, 2015
Eric Sloan
I Bowerbank

President AGE: 29 COMPANY: Urban Cultivator Inc. “We found that with our product, if people weren’t able to go locally to a store, then it was difficult for them to make a connection” The Story: As Eric Sloan tells it, the road to success started at age 18, when he found himself managing...

Mar 19, 2015
Gabrielle (Gaby) Bayona
I Bowerbank

Owner and Creative Director AGE: 22 COMPANY: Truvelle Bridal Ltd. The Story: Gaby Bayona started her first business at Carver Christian High School in Burnaby: a store connected to the school kitchen selling snacks to raise money so students wouldn’t have to buy tickets to graduation. (The grad store, providing everything from fruit...

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