BIV announces fresh crop of Forty Under 40 winners

The new cohort of Business in Vancouver's Forty Under 40 winners for 2012/13 is unveiled today.

The new cohort of Business in Vancouver's Forty Under 40 winners for 2012/13 is unveiled today.

The winners, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Amir Adnani, CEO, president and director, Uranium Energy Corp;
  • Philippe Arrata, vice-president of service operations and financial services, Best Buy Canada;
  • David Barr, partner, chief investment officer and portfolio manager, PenderFund Capital Management;
  • Greg Bobolo, CEO, SendtoNews;
  • John-Paul Bogden, partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP;
  • Andrew Booth, vice-president and general manager, instrumentation, Stemcell Technologies Inc.;
  • Stuart Breen, partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP;
  • Carl Brown, president, medical staff association; head, division of general surgery, Providence Health Care;
  • Jason Carvalho, CEO and president, MarilynJean Media Inc./;
  • Yael Cohen, president, founder and CEO, FCancer;
  • Leah Costello, president, Curious Mind Productions;
  • Christopher Davies, owner/operator, Chris's Sign Service Inc.;
  • Mandeep Dhaliwal, partner, Lawson Lundell LLP;
  • Catherine Dorazio, vice-president, Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital;
  • Donald Gauvreau, co-founder and vice-president, PharmaFreak;
  • Patrick Haney, vice-president, Keir Surgical Ltd.;
  • Eric Hogan, managing director and executive producer, Hogan Millar Media and Two Story Productions;
  • Salim Janmohamed, managing director, Community Therapists Inc.;
  • Mik Kersten, CEO and co-founder, Tasktop Technologies;
  • Omar Ladak, managing director and CEO, Noverra Group of Companies;
  • Juanita Lohmeyer, Cornell-Queen’s executive MBA adviser;
  • Karn Manhas, founder and CEO, Terramera Inc.;
  • Trevor McCaw, president and co-founder, Aegis Medical Innovations Inc.;
  • Navid Meghji, director, business development, Retirement Concepts;
  • Doug Nelson, president and CEO, BC Cancer Foundation;
  • Matthew Quinlan, co-head, global mining group and co-head of Vancouver investment banking, CIBC World Markets Inc.;
  • Shahrzad Rafati, founder and CEO, BroadbandTV Corp;
  • Ted Reid, chief financial officer, Paladin Security Group Ltd.;
  • Levi Sampson, president, Harmac Pacific;
  • Spencer Sheinin, president and owner, Norwood Packaging Ltd.;
  • Juggy Sihota-Chahil, vice-president, client experience strategy and development, Telus;
  • Aaron Smith, founder and managing director, GoVoluntouring;
  • Arjan Stephens, executive vice-president of sales and marketing, Nature's Path Foods Inc.;
  • Alexa Ulinder-Baughen, VP investments and communications, Anthem Properties;
  • David Watson, founder, president and CEO, Sombrio Freewear Ltd.;
  • Andrew Wilkinson, founder, MetaLab Design;
  • Maili Wong, investment adviser and vice-president, CIBC Wood Gundy;
  • Evan Wood, director, Urban Health Research Initiative, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Providence Health Care
  • Tressa Wood, CEO, Men In Kilts; and
  • Roy Yen, principal, Soomo Entertainment Company;

The winners were picked by a panel of five judges:

  • previous winner Kathy Butler, managing director/co-head of Vancouver investment banking at CIBC World Markets;
  • Praveen Varshney, director of Varshney Capital Corp., also a previous winner;
  • Cheryl Carter, BIV vice-president, marketing;
  • Baila Lazarus, BIV news features editor; and
  • Joannah Connolly, BIV assignment editor and editor of

Connolly said of the judging process: "It was a humbling experience, as we had to choose from around 120 incredible entries, all from extraordinarily high achievers, and whittle them down to just 40 winners. These remarkable people – including many of those who did not make the final list – proved themselves not only brilliant entrepreneurs and leaders in their field, but also philanthropists, mentors and carers in a wide range of extracurricular roles. We urge those who did not make this year's list to reapply next year."

The honorees will are profiled in the December 25 issue of Business in Vancouver, which is being mailed early this week, and will be featured on CBC TV and radio starting today.

The winners will then be celebrated at BIV's annual gala Forty Under 40 awards dinner at the Fairmont Waterfront on January 29, 2013. For more information or to book tickets, click here.