The Lists

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Harsh Rathod spots trouble in vital infrastructure with Niricson Software
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Harsh Rathod was working toward a PhD in civil engineering at UVic in 2016 when he learned that a bridge on the busy Mumbai-Goa highway that some of his family members often used had collapsed, killing almost 30...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Piero Castillo runs a trio of companies with Pacifica Service Group
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Piero Castillo had his own College Pro franchise before he even set foot into UBC Sauder School of Business. “I got thrown into the trenches at a young age,” the Richmond native says of operating one of the...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Nico Aguirre secures returns of customers and investments alike with Trena Digital
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: At 20, Nico Aguirre was working in sales for a Burnaby tech company and making more than $80,000 a year. Things were good. But a day after his 21st birthday, he woke up with a pain in his chest.

Jul 9, 2021
30 under 30: There’s no containing Brent Nelson and Mike Ouellette
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Friends since they were kids in Surrey, Brent Nelson and Mike Ouellette had always planned to invest in real estate so they could become developers in their early 30s. But one Friday night over beers in 2018, they...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: The three co-founders of the C.O.D.E. Initiative are building a more inclusive tech industry
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Bahar Moussavi was talking with a male cohort after a coding class at UBC when her colleague said that she didn’t look like she’d be in computer science. “It was a really weird thing, because at that time...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Serial entrepreneur Thamer Matar is out to create more-accessible workplaces
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Thamer Matar spent his formative years more or less impersonating a yo-yo. He was born in Jordan, came to Surrey for his elementary school years and went back to Jordan for high school. University saw it swing back...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Emily Davies’ stock is steadily rising at Linde Equity
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Attending fine arts school as a child didn’t foreshadow Emily Davies’ career in finance, but the Fort Langley native comes from an entrepreneurial family. Her grandfather, a Swedish immigrant, bought real estate throughout the Lower Mainland—as well as...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Peter Shahbeigi is making it easier to get medication with Flash Health Technologies
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Peter Shahbeigi sold his first company—“a Nokia wholesaler, back when Nokia was king of the world”—when he was 12 years old growing up in Iran. The son of two doctors, he came to Vancouver in 2012 and sold...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Tawanda Masawi and Rana Taj are gaming the esports industry
Nick Rockel

Life Story: “I come from a pretty corporate background,” says Tawanda Masawi, who grew up in Zimbabwe, where his father is CEO of one of southern Africa’s largest sugar producers. The same goes for his business partner and fellow immigrant...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Michelle Kwok is connecting women entrepreneurs and budding female founders with FLIK
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Ever since Michelle Kwok can remember, her parents wanted her to be a doctor. “On my eighth birthday, they gave me a stethoscope and anatomy cards and were like, You’re going to be a doctor when you grow...

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