CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE
TOP 20 under 40 WINNERS !
2016 Top 20 Winners
In the past 15 years, Adrian Pereira has founded, co-founded and held board positions for many of the most successful technology firms on the island. He brings a unique combination of marketing and technical expertise to the table, and his entrepreneurial spirit, passion, work ethic and vision has been invaluable to the growth of these businesses.
Adrian graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Computer Science in December 2000. During his studies at the University he also worked for Motorola, UVIC and the Department of National Defense
In 2002 – Adrian launched his first online business when he designed, developed, and marketed HockeyDraft.ca. HockeyDraft grew rapidly and is currently one of the most popular websites in Canada attracting millions of visitors each year. The web business allows fans to compete against their group of friends in hockey pools throughout the season.
In 2004 – Adrian co-founded ParetoLogic which develops sophisticated technology coupled with simple, easy to use software interfaces to allow users to resolve computer issues and enjoy their computing experience. ParetoLogic’s product portfolio includes cloud backup, data recovery, PC optimization, anti-virus, privacy protection, password management and more. ParetoLogic employs over 60 people and its software has been installed on over 350 million PCs in every country of the world
My family has always been supportive and that is what makes me so extremely proud. Thank you to all of them.
I am the third generation of a locally owned and operated bus company located in Victoria B.C. I am very passionate about our company and the things we do within the community. Currently I am the head of the “Green Initiative” program for our company which, is looking at converting several of our vehicles to electric. I also work closely with local businesses to help give back to kids who are less fortunate. Last year I organized the bus races at Western Speedway where all of the proceeds of the 50/50 draw went back to the Kids Klub lunch program. I also like to support Al Hasham and the Victoria Chamber Commerce as much as I can by attending several events also donating my time to volunteer at fundraisers. Supporting the youth of this city I hold near and dear to my heart and being environmentally responsible is a part of that.
Chris is from the Kwakiutl Nation of the Kwakwaka wakw people. Chris graduated from UVIC with his MBA specializing in Entrepreneurship. In January of 2012 he was appointed as Branch Manager Cordova Bay Branch, and was promoted to Branch Manager Oak Bay in November of 2014. Chris is known for his grassroots approach of collaborating with non-for profits, Scotiabank Bright Futures, and the community to raise money for numerous not for profits. Chris has raised $130,000 for various not for profits and community organization since 2012. In Oak Bay, Chris has collaborated with the Oak Bay Rotary, Oak Bay Community Association and the community of Oak Bay to raise money for the Sno’uyutth Legacy Scholarship and Sno’uyutth Pole and Oak Bay High School. In addition Chris holds an annual fundraiser for the Aboriginal Back to school picnic that provides backpacks to 2,100 underprivileged children in BC. Chris has coached the Under 7 T Birds Soccer Team and served as Treasurer of the T Birds for the past three years. Chris acknowledges the support of his wife Jaime, daughter Nola, parents, family and community.
I was born and raised in the Comox Valley and I couldn’t have asked for anything more in my childhood. Sports were a huge part of my upbringing and I still play hockey, golf, tennis, baseball, and ski. When not volunteering, working, or playing sports I am travelling. Visiting different parts of the world is rewarding and helps me to expand my awareness of other cultures.
I am very proud to be both a fourth generation Comox Valley Rotarian and Insurance Broker. Giving back has been instilled in me since I was a child and the older I get the more I value that.
With an Honours Degree in Sport Management from Brock University, Dave previously worked with Olympians and Paralympians before joining Vancouver Island University as an Advancement Manager in 2008. At VIU he is responsible for connecting, engaging and celebrating the more than 75,000 alumni of the school and leading the annual campaign which raises more than $250,000 annually to fund student awards, experiences and equipment.
A National Championship winning coach with Special Olympics BC, Dave volunteers with many community committees including the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards and he is a founder of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo.
Glen Smethurst began his career in the student entertainment sector, uncovering markets in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. Mr. Smethurst re-focused his energy into the education sector as a student recruiter, he found himself steadily scaling the corporate ladder and soon enjoying the leadership roles of Director, National Director, and Chief Officer, where he oversaw student marketing in Canadian and U.S. universities. The lure of new challenges prompted Mr. Smethurst to co-create Van Isle Paint Inc., Island Digital Marketing, and Playing 4 a Purpose foundation, for at risk youth. Glen shares his home with his dogs and enjoys the outdoors.
To date Jeneece has raised more than 9 million dollars.
company in 2008. Pheasant Hill is an award winning custom building and renovating based in Nanaimo that has been crafting beautiful, energy-ecient homes in the area for the last 16 years. Since Jason’s partnership in the business Pheasant Hill has seen signicant growth, from nine employees to twenty.
Jolleen Dick is a young, passionate Nuu-chah-nulth woman looking to make a difference on in her home town of Port Alberni where she was born and raised. Upon the completion of her degree in the Bachelor of Tourism Management program at VIU, she returned home to continue what she started: the Sunset Market at the Victoria Quay. Jolleen created this innovative partnership between Alberni Chamber of Commerce & Hupačasath First Nation. This event is an initiative that in builds social capital in the community and supports local economic development, all in a fun, relaxed, waterfront sunset atmosphere.
Kathryn Jones, CPA, CA is an accountant in the Comox Valley at the accounting firm Presley & Partners. She grew up in the remote community of Shearwater before moving to Port Hardy at the age of ten. She attended the Port Hardy campus during high school for distance study courses, attended the Campbell River campus after graduating high school to study electronics and then attended the Comox Valley campus to obtain her Bachelor of Business Administration degree. As an NIC alumna, Kathryn offers unique insight into student life and how North Island College and the NIC Foundation play an important role in educating people in the communities it serves.
Laurie Bienert is the Executive Director for the Nanaimo Foundation. She joined the Nanaimo Foundation as the Development Officer in 2015 as the first and sole staff person in the Foundation’s then 33 year history. Laurie is passionate about supporting her community. In 2016, she established Mid Island Gives—a civic movement dedicated to giving back, involving 35 local organizations. She serves as a board of director for Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Vancouver Island and the Vancouver Island Mental Health Society, and as a member of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo Professional Development Committee.
Lisa is the CEO of LG & JD Holdings Inc., in which she founded and currently operates 2 separate businesses under, Loving Hands Senior & Community Care (est. 2013) and The New Leaf (est. 2015); Servicing two very different, diverse and distinct clienteles while delivering the same philosophy, vision and fundamentals of service delivery. Empathy and compassion are the roots of both businesses as well as the encrypted values of dignity, diversity, and equality for all clients served.
A strong willed, assertive and passionate leader, with the ability and accountability to take risk, accept challenge and produce growth gracefully would be an appropriate description to the way Lisa embraces all business operations. She has heard herself referred to a tenacious, goal orientated and community driven young businesswoman on multiple occasions.
Advocating, networking and empowerment have become Lisa’s newest passions.
On down time Lisa can be found outdoors in her large garden, curled up with a good book, exploring the beautiful west coast trails, mountains or lakes with her husband Jamie and at least a few or their combined 6 children!