The Lists

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Justin Kopetzki goes deep on plant-based dips
Nick Rockel

Life Story: In 2019, tired of what he calls the “bland, watery hummus and other dips” at the grocery store, Salt Spring Island native Justin Kopetzki made his own at home in 45 flavours, using a food processor. “I started...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Stephanie Huen keeps customers comfy with Plenish
Rushmila Rahman

Life Story: Helping people always came first for Stephanie Huen. When she was young, she thought the best way to do that would be as a forensic scientist, but that vision quickly morphed into social work while she was pursuing...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Ella Laure Hipolito is chasing equity in recruiting
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Ella Laure Hipolito was all set to pursue a career in medicine, much to the approval of her father and mother, who had dreamed of becoming a doctor and a nurse after immigrating to Vancouver from the Philippines...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Tess Gobeil and Ariss Grutter run B.C.'s only female and queer-owned leatherwork shop
Rushmila Rahman

Life Story: Ariss Grutter and Tess Gobeil knew they didn’t look like typical cobblers when they went into boot manufacturing. The co-founders of B.C.’s only female and queer-owned leatherwork and shoe repair shop connected on a very important note: they both...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Kayla Gabelhouse makes nickel-and-lead-free jewelry that won't stain your skin
Rushmila Rahman

Life Story: Childhood bake sales and lemonade stands may have triggered her passion to be an entrepreneur, but Kayla Gabelhouse never imagined herself a jewelry baron. Growing up in Edmonton and Kelowna, she didn’t know a ton about making jewelry to begin...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Hamidreza Etebarian uses artificial intelligence to put a price on properties
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Fresh out of grad school, Hamidreza Etebarian loved the two years he spent at Vancouver civil engineering firm Glotman Simpson. “My job was designing towers structurally to make sure they work under earthquake load, yield load and gravity load,”...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Paul de Jersey's acupressure mat has got your back
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Sometimes one career has to end for the other to begin. Growing up on the North Shore, Paul de Jersey had formative years were shaped by sports, particularly hockey. He led the BCHL in scoring while with Prince George...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Anjali Dhaliwal helps high schoolers prep for the future
Rushmila Rahman

Life Story: The Cansbridge Fellowship offers $6,000 and a summer internship in Asia to undergrad students from all over Canada. Only 0.5 percent of applicants get in, representing the brightest young leaders in the country. Anjali Dhaliwal is currently one of...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Emma Devin is labouring to redefine family structures
Rushmila Rahman

Life Story: Emma Devin’s house may be full of children, but not their own (yet). Caregiving has always come naturally to the entrepreneur, who regularly looks after children in their community and whose business is built on advocating for alternative family...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Ryder Davis secures multimillion-dollar construction sites with Heathrow Security
Rushmila Rahman

Life Story: Ryder Davis doesn’t give off the vibe of someone who works around the clock to run a company hitting $300,000 in monthly revenues. He’s about as calm, cool and collected as possible, even when talking about why he got...

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