The Lists

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...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Sarah Henderson created housewares brand Hudson and Oak
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: On her family’s farm in Abbotsford, Sarah Henderson grew up exploring the woods with her dogs and selling blueberries to farmers passing by on tractors. Henderson’s father is Indigenous; generations of systemic oppression, along with alcoholism on his...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Bethany McNeill covers it all with insurance brokerage Momentum Benefits
Dee Hon

Life Story: Bethany McNeill credits her athletic career for fostering the teamwork and leadership skills she’s used to start and run her insurance brokerage firm, MB Pension and Benefits Group, which does business as Momentum Benefits. The North Vancouver native...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Aaron Chin is shaking up Organika Health Products
Nick Rockel

Life Story: As a kid, Aaron Chin would make money by selling hockey cards outside the 7-Eleven near his Richmond home. Although he always wanted to work for the family business, he’s grateful that his father, Organika founder Thomas Chin...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Kaylee Astle enables digital retailers with Spocket
Jessica Natale Woollard

Life Story: Saskatoon-born Kaylee Astle spent her formative years being homeschooled in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Her entrepreneurial parents–dad was a financial planner, mom an interior designer–retired early and moved Astle and her sister to the Baja Peninsula. An internship...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Alexa Suter harnessed the power of social media to create two companies
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: When Langley-born Alexa Suter was 13, she discovered her love of storytelling. Scrawling in journals, spinning short stories and crafting poems throughout her teens led her to pursue an English degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University–and to leave school...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Bryden Pelletier fires up Union Local 18
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Bryden Pelletier always dreamed of being a firefighter. “I just really wanted to help people,” he says. “That was the profession that you were right there in the moment, at the most critical intervention time.” Knowing that he faced...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Devesh Bharadwaj isn't wasting time (or water) with Pani Energy
Dee Hon

Life Story: “What are the top problems for society for the century?” Devesh Bharadwaj asked himself while enrolled in the first year of a mechanical engineering degree at UVic. The question consumed him so much that he spent more time...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Frankie Cena's credentials aren't up for debate
Alyssa Hirose

Life Story: “My mom always says that instead of grabbing a hockey stick, I grabbed a microphone,” jokes Frankie Cena, who grew up in Burnaby. In Grade 7, Cena entered a mandatory public speaking competition and wound up snagging second...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Business is hopping for Bite Snacks Nutrition founder and CEO Sydney Koby
Dee Hon

Life Story: By the time Sydney Koby graduated in 2013 with an engineering degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, a semester in Singapore had introduced her to scuba diving, travel and other ideas. “I didn’t want to be an engineer...

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