Lorene Mah

BSc, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, 2007

CEO, Glitter and Spice



Shortly after graduating from SFU, I started working at a software company called CounterPath as their office administrator while I figured out which direction I wanted to take with my degree. I was offered a job at a clinical trial company a few months later, but opted to stay with CounterPath when they asked me to run their Human Resource department. I loved the company culture (that meant a lot to me!) but after having my second child, I knew that going back wasn't what I wanted to do at that point in my life. I wanted to be home with my kids and put my creative outlets to use. As a child I knew I would always want to create something of my very own. So when my son started teething, I took that opportunity when I saw the need for stylish teething accessories in the marketplace. In the year since we launched, we have grown immensely and have been featured in high fashion magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, and Harper's Bazaar, as well as Global News. We were also invited to include our products in the swag bags for the Oscar and Emmy Awards. One of our biggest achievements in the recent months was winning an award for being one of the Top Small Businesses in BC. 


Why did you choose to go to SFU?   

I really wanted to join the Molecular Biology & Biochemistry program which was exclusive to SFU

Where did you spend the most amount of time on campus?

I feel like I lived in West Mall Centre!

What is your favorite memory from your time at SFU?

The friends and relationships that were made along the way.

Who was your favorite SFU professor and why?

Hands down Dr. Honda. He was a no-nonsense kind of teacher but had such a hilarious personality!

How has your SFU degree impacted your career? 

Minus the expansion of knowledge (which it goes without saying), a young mind is a vulnerable thing and the things we learn in school undoubtedly shapes and impacts our future choices and decision making. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry was definitely not a walk in the park but it taught me that hard work and perseverance is the key to success.

What is your favorite SFU snow story?

I don't actually remember what year it was but there was a big snow storm one winter that caused the buses to shut down. Everyone was pretty much stranded since driving would have been so dangerous. We ended up camping at school for awhile but had a blast!  

If you could give advice to students today, what would you tell them?

There is no substitute for hard work in life. But if you love what you do, it won't feel like work.

What is the one thing about SFU that must not change

SFU has changed quite a bit since I graduated, and I think that is a positive thing. Universities should be rooted in change and innovation. If there is one thing that SFU should not change, it would be their drive to innovate in this dynamic environment.