Student innovation, engagement lead to Top 25 Under 25 awards
Simon Fraser University students and alumni are once again well represented among recipients of the Surrey Board of Trade’s annual Top 25 Under 25 awards, walking away with almost half of the awards. Recipients will be recognized at an event at Surrey’s Eaglequest Golf Club on May 26.
Award recipients are considered role models and leaders among business and community-minded individuals under the age of 25 who either work or engage on projects for, or in, the city.
“SFU Surrey students really shine in this annual event—both as young entrepreneurs and through their diverse contributions to the local community,” says Steve Dooley, executive director, SFU Surrey campus.
“We’re proud that every year SFU is highly visible through our students’ efforts and commitment to innovation and engagement. They are great ambassadors for the University.”
SFU recipients are from business, economics and engineering and include:
• Dylan Belvedere, School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering; founder of Maker Cube (makercube.ca), a center for community learning and knowledge sharing in Surrey;
• Baqar Hassan, Beedie School, business development director for Epione, a medication management system that previously won the Entrepreneur’s Choice Award at SFU’s Opportunity Fest;
• Hebah Arsheen Hussaina, currently in Grade 12 doing concurrent studies in chemistry at SFU; founder of Youth for CARE, a Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation initiative;
• Bal Khatra, alumnus, Beedie School, a member of Coast Capital Savings’ Fraser Valley Young Leaders Community Council;
• Renee Lang, Beedie School, manager of Enactus SFU’s Bright Ideas, a six-week program to teach students fundamental business skills;
• Julius Michael, Beedie School, founder of Orello Hearing Technologies (winner, most impactful solution at SFU Surrey’s 2016 Opportunity Fest);
• Ethan O’Brien, Beedie School, founder of Living Garden Foods Corp., which uses vertical farming technologies to produce food year-round (currently seeking to grow ‘farm walls’ to help the local food bank);
•Atif Saad, Beedie School, co-founder of ORTANGO, which helps small and mid-sized businesses with social media, web design and search-engine marketing;
• Amit Sandhu, economics major, founder of EasyWeb Solutions, a marketing and advertising agency;
• Cyrus Wong, Beedie School, student life and social media project manager, organizer of the global MIS case competition and other events, and co-founder of the social venture CampusPack.,
Other Top 25 award recipients are from KPU, UBC, BCIT, local high schools and other post-secondary institutions. SFU’s Beedie School and KPU are co-presenting sponsors of the awards.