media release

SFU students land multiple Top 25 under 25 awards

May 22, 2013

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

Note: The award recipients will be recognized at a reception on Thursday, May 23, 5:30–8 p.m. at Eaglequest Golf Club, 7778-152 St in Surrey. Photos to follow.

Simon Fraser University students figure prominently in the Surrey Board of Trade’s annual Top 25 Under 25 awards, with at least eight of the recipients either current students or recent graduates and the majority of these from SFU’s Beedie School of Business.

The annual awards recognize business and community minded people under the age of 25 who are either working in Surrey or working on a related project in or for the city, and are considered role models for their community.

From SFU:

  • Saurabh Bangar, 18, is president and CEO of the SOAR Philanthropic Society and a first-year student in the Beedie School of Business. SOAR works to generate successful community leaders by providing scholarships and motivating youths to reach further success in life;
  • Manpreet Dhillon, 24, is a health sciences student pursuing her second degree (she completed a science degree in biology in the fall). As the director of human resources at Enactus SFU, an organization for entrepreneurial-minded students, she oversees student engagement and development and connects students with community opportunities outside SFU;
  • Michael Dyatchenko, 20, is a Beedie School student specializing in management information systems and strategic management with a hand in several ventures, including as project manager and founder at Enactus SFU’s Progressing the Impact of Non-Profits (PIN) program, which works to help such organizations as the Surrey Urban Mission Society;
  • Madhav Goyal, 20, is a fourth-year business honours student in management information systems and finance and project leader for this year’s TEDxSFU. He is also working on a social venture called the Optima Institute, which provides a more practical and all-round learning experience for high school students;
  • Anam Hameed, 23, is a young entrepreneur and design student in both the Beedie School and the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT). She helped establish Better Alternatives for Girls’ Survival (BAGS) as a means of supporting survivors of human exploitation in India;
  • Rohith Manhas, 21, is a third-year Beedie School student with more than five years of leadership experience with community organizations promoting sustainability and youth engagement. His pursuit of an international career has taken him across India to work in projects in part through the SFU BC-India & Mobility Initiative;
  • Alice Park, 25, is an SFU alumna, Beedie school graduate and social entrepreneur, and the co-creator of Go2Gether, a new car-pooling venture aimed at encouraging fewer vehicles on the roads, with a web application for real-time ridesharing;
  • Spencer Toth, 21, is a fourth-year business student studying marketing, human resource management and entrepreneurship and the former president of SFU’s Social Media Network. He is also the current director of community engagement for Enactus SFU, as well as a teaching assistant and mentor.

Other Top 25 award recipients are affiliated with Kwantlen Polytechnic University or other post-secondary institutions and all have entrepreneurial aspirations and/or are engaged in the community. All will be feted during the awards ceremony Thursday.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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