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The Lists

Mar 16, 2018
The woman behind a coworking community
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Vancouver’s Werklab is technically a coworking space, but Christina Disler doesn’t think that term suffices. “Our business is our community,” Disler says, describing a model in which potential users must apply to be a member of the Werklab family. “We won’t sell out and do the daily drop-in...

Mar 16, 2018
Smart parking gets this techie going
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Mohammad Akhlaghi has three birthdays, as he says is custom in his native Iran: the day he was born; the day six months previous his engineer father and dentistry professor mother moved his birthday to so he could start school a year early; and the day in the...

Mar 16, 2018
She started a subscription-based organic tampon service
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: After completing degrees in psychology and law at SFU and Cardiff University in Wales, respectively, Taran Ghatrora was in the midst of a master of law degree at UBC, ostensibly on the way to her dream of becoming a human rights lawyer with the United Nations. Imagine being...

Mar 16, 2018
She's grown a community into a successful not-for-profit
Nick Rockel

Life Story: For proof that the Whisky Wisemen Society isn’t a boys’ club, look no further than Lesley Anne Brown. The Vancouver-founded society is a global non-profit that brings young professionals together over whisky in support of local charities, Brown explains. “We are our own community, and then we are...

Mar 16, 2018
He created a burgeoning tea business, and about 100 jobs for Nicaraguan workers
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Arnaud Petitvallet grew up in La Rochelle, France, where his mother was a sales representative for the medical industry and his father was a customs officer. Seeking global experience, he earned a bachelor in international management in his hometown, working in Israel and the Congo during his studies.

Mar 16, 2018
Prince Rupert councillor runs educational non-profit on the side
Dee Hon

Life Story: Blair Mirau is working on a one-man band. The Prince Rupert native is teaching himself to play guitar, harmonica, foot tambourine, cajón drum and egg shaker, all at the same time. This multitasking feat seems simple compared to his day job as CEO of the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society.

Mar 16, 2018
She's strung together a guitar-making business
Nick Rockel

Life Story: By age seven, Vancouver native Meredith Coloma had lived in Taiwan and rural Chile. She went to Chile with her Canadian mother, then an anthropology student, and her musician father, a former political prisoner of Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s regime who had moved to the West Coast. Returning home...

Mar 16, 2018
This former banker is looking to streamline regulatory processes for cryptocurrencies
Dee Hon

Life Story: Qayyum Rajan was born in Vancouver, but he took a global outlook from a very young age. He was just two weeks old when his parents moved his family to Kenya, where he grew up before returning to Canada as a teenager. Food and finance are Rajan’s lifelong...

Mar 16, 2018
His low-calorie vodka soda is tearing up the market
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Julius Makarewicz is nothing if not persistent. The Powell River native, whose parents left Poland when it was under martial law, dropped out of university because he felt he had to get out in the world to learn. Makarewicz, who originally came to Vancouver to attend SFU, badgered...

Mar 16, 2018
This venture capitalist's company is utilizing new technology to mine copper
Dee Hon

Life Story: Curiosity defines Mike Outwin. It brought the New England native to Vancouver in 2013 to learn how to extract valuable metals from low-grade ores and mining waste, and to build a company that could do it. Outwin had no background in mining, having earned a BA in international...

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