The Lists

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...

Mar 19, 2015
Chief Bryce Williams

Chief AGE: 25 COMPANY: Tsawwassen First Nation "By 23, Williams had been elected chief of the 450-member First Nation—one of the youngest chiefs in the province’s history" The Story: Public service runs through Bryce Williams’s blood. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, each of whom served on Tsawwassen band council, Williams...

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