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December 2014

BC Local News: Top 20 under age 40 names sought

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If you know someone you think is outstanding in business or community work, then the Top 20 Under 40 wants to hear from you.

Officials from the Top 20 Under 40 are canvassing across Vancouver Island for nominations for the initiative. Roger McKinnon made a presentation on behalf of the organization to Port Alberni city council at their Tuesday meeting.

The Top 20 Under 40 is aimed at recognizing the achievements and work of young professionals under the age of 40.

We also want to showcase young talent to the business community and to show that these young professionals are going to be our future, McKinnon said.

The accomplishments of individuals over age 50 are most often lauded, but people under age 40 put in work of their own leading up to then, McKinnon said.

Nominations for the Top 20 Under 40 Awards aren’t just based on demonstrated excellence in business Judgment, leadership and contributions to communities on a local and regional level are considered.

Nominations can be made at the organization’s website: and are being accepted until Dec. 15.

Regional judges, one of whom is Port Alberni’s Ken McRae, will whittle the list of nominees down to 100. Finalist judges will chose the top 20. The names will be announced in either February or March.

The initiative is an inaugural one. There was a Top 40 under 40 in 2006 but a majority of the winners came from Victoria. McKinnon’s late son, who was from Nanaimo, was among them.

McKinnon, 57, originally hails from Port Alberni. He now makes his home there, where he is successful in real estate.

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Top 20 Winners

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Congratulations to the Top 20 Under 40 – 2014 winners! Well done everyone.
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Anna Jones[/one_fifth] [one_fifth]
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Cori McCaw[/one_fifth] [one_fifth]
Daniel Martinez[/one_fifth] [one_fifth]
Dr. Rebecca Morley[/one_fifth] [one_fifth]
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Gord Groves[/one_fifth_last] [one_fifth]
Jameel Sayani[/one_fifth] [one_fifth]
Jennifer Millbank[/one_fifth] [one_fifth]
Jessica Cruise[/one_fifth] [one_fifth]
Julie Broad[/one_fifth] [one_fifth_last]
Kashi Tanaka[/one_fifth_last] [one_fifth]
Mark deFrias[/one_fifth] [one_fifth]
Professor Jeremy Wulff[/one_fifth] [one_fifth]
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Conrad, McCaw win Top 20 Under 40 honours

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Mr. Mikes-Duncan owner Chad Conrad of DLC Canadian Mortgage Experts is among the Island’s Top 20 Under 40.
Cori McCaw of DLC Canadian Mortgage Experts is among the Island’s Top 20 Under 40.

Two of Vancouver Island brightest business stars call the Cowichan Valley home.

Mr. Mikes-Duncan owner Chad Conrad and Cori McCaw of DLC Canadian Mortgage Experts were honoured last week at the Top 20 Under 40 Business & Community Achievement Awards.

“I’m really blown away with this one,” Conrad said. “Frankly I would not have even been considered for this award if it weren’t for my co-workers past and present. Since all of them are under 40 they too won this award with me and I am honored to share this with all of them.”

It was the second year in a row McCaw was a finalist.

“It is a big deal. It’s certainly a nice feather in my cap for sure,” she said. “Last year I didn’t win so I was hopeful to win this year but wasn’t expecting to.”

The second annual gala, recognizing the movers and shakers of the Islands’ business community under the age of 40, was held Feb. 15 at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay.

“Chad runs the No. 1 Mr. Mikes in the province. He’s got a really impressive resume,” said Roger McKinnon, chair and part of the selection committee. “Cori does a lot for charity, and these are business and community awards. It’s about what they’ve done for the community lately.”

A sold-out event, 315 people jammed into the banquet room to hear keynote speaker, provincial education minister, Don McRae.

“We had lots of mayors and dignitaries there. It was a huge black tie event,” McKinnon said, adding that more than 125 nominations were made and regional judges set to work paring down the list to 100. From there executive judges selected the winners. “It’s pretty impressive to be able to win,” McKinnon said.

Conrad felt the same. “It’s very humbling to be recognized in a class like this,” he said. “It’s an amazing group of individuals that accomplish so much in terms of business and community achievement so I was certainly in very good company,” McCaw added.

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Business achievement awards honour locals

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Anna Jones is proud of the newest trophy on her desk.

The senior associate with Nanaimo’s Church Pickard Chartered Accountants is one of the six winners from Nanaimo at Vancouver Island’s second annual Top 20 Under 40 Business & Community Achievement Awards that was held last week.

The annual black-tie gala dinner and awards presentation recognizes the Island’s best and brightest business and community leaders under the age of 40. The first annual Top 20 Under 40 event last year was developed as a result of all the positive contributions being made in business across Vancouver Island’s communities.

Jones, 34, is also the youngest member of the Daybreak Rotary Club. She said she was nominated for an award at last year’s inaugural ceremony, but failed to take one of the 20 top prizes.

“I was both shocked and surprised when they called my name out, and I felt it was a great honour,” Jones said Tuesday.

“I consider it a great achievement and I’m looking forward to networking with the alumni of the BCAA.”

There were more than 125 nominations for this year’s awards which were whittled down to 100 by the event’s regional judges and the executive judges decided on the top 20.

There are no established categories for the awards. The other winners from Nanaimo include Jennifer Millbank, a partner with the Ramsay Lampman Rhodes law firm, real estate investor, entrepreneur and author Julie Broad, wealth manager Daniel Martinez, Simon Holt Restaurant co-owner and realtor Cody Dreger and Jameel Sayani, senior manager of aboriginal services at MNP.

Event spokeswoman Tannis Wengel said this year saw a record number of nominations and tickets for the award ceremony were sold out.

“We’re hoping for an even more successful event next year,” she said. 250-729-4234

© Nanaimo Daily News