Surrey Board of Trade’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards honour 18 SFU students, alumni
Eighteen SFU students and alumni are among 25 Surrey youths being recognized with 2017 Surrey Board of Trade Top 25 Under 25 awards.
The annual awards honour “the incredible initiatives” of Surrey youth and celebrate their business, community and professional achievements, leadership ability, and community involvement. They received the awards at a ceremony on April 20.
While the majority are from SFU’s Beedie School of Business, one is from the School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE) and three are from SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT).
Seven are from Enactus SFU, a student-run organization that helps students develop new skills and empowers them to be future leaders while making a difference in the community. Over the past year, students have volunteered more than 48,000 hours to make a difference in more than 2,000 lives in Surrey.
Collectively their accomplishments demonstrate how well SFU students engage and innovate, says SFU Surrey campus Executive Director Steve Dooley.
“It’s amazing what these students have achieved for themselves, the community, and for SFU’s reputation as Canada’s engaged university,” he says. "Thanks to the Surrey Board of Trade for convening these very special awards.”
SFU recipients include:
• Simrenjit Boyal, director of program development at Enactus SFU and director of the SFU Punjabi Students Association (PSA), who led students to raise over $32,000 for the Surrey Food Bank;
• William Brenner, a Beedie student and co-founder of Orello Hearing Technologies, which has designed the only custom-fit hearing aid with built-in tuning technology for improved user experience. The company is a client of SFU's Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection program. As part of SFU’s Technology Entrepreneurship program he is working towards commercializng the company;
• Calvin Cheng, a Beedie student and product development manager of the Enactus SFU program Refresh, which takes surplus food products from local grocers and turns them into nutritious snacks;
• Joseph Fredrick, part of a Beedie team that created Zephyrsol, an all-in-one energy storage system tailored to remote communities, and featured in the Most Impactful Environmental Opportunity category at SFU’s recent Opportunity Fest;
• Yosof Hakimi, production manager of Enactus SFU’s Coast Cards and founder of Pixel Solutions. He is also involved with the Surrey Youth Council and the Afghan Student Association;
• Napassorn Limapichat, a Beedie student working in the school’s mentorship program, she is also public relations manager for Enactus SFU’s Soap for Hope, which upcycles bar soap collected from hotels into liquid soap, the proceeds of which is used to fund transitional work programs;
• Crystal Lin, Enactus SFU’s Banner Bags program, which takes used banners into high school sewing classes instead of landfills to be sewn into something of value. During the past year, she has taken steps to help make Banner Bags self-sustaining in the community;
• Henry Lo, a SIAT student and co-creator of Farmooo, an immersive virtual reality (VR) game designed to function as a method of pain distraction for teenage cancer patients during their chemotherapy treatments;
• Madeline Millsip, a Beedie student, varsity athlete (women’s wrestling team) and founder of the YoutHatch Nicomekl Enhancement Society a program, which encourages students to learn about and become involved in salmon sustainability. Through YoutHatch, she has become an environmental leader in the community;
• Alexandria Mitchell, an economic developer with the City of Surrey and an MBA candidate at SFU, a 2015 fellow in SFU’s Beedie School’s Social Innovation Lab (RADIUS)and a recipient of the Weston Loran Scholarship, Canada’s top undergraduate scholarship, valued at $100.000;
• Hassan Murad, an MSE graduate and co-founder of Intuitive Robotics Inc., which was recently selected for the NextAI Program by Next Canada, the world's first Artificial Intelligence Business incubator. Taught over the next five months at the University of Toronto by Harvard, MIT, and NYU professors with industry partners such as Apple, Google, IBM, nearly $150,000 is also available to further develop the technology;
Murad also received SBoT’s honorary Health & Safety in the Workplace Award.
• Janice Ng, a SIAT student (partnered with award recipient Henry Lo) to create Farmooo. The two conducted a pilot study at BC Children’s Hospital and are revising their VR game for use in the Youth Oncology Clinic at Surrey Memorial Hospital. They plan to commercialize the game for other non-profit oncology centres in BC and Canada with help from Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard;
• Bukhosi Nkosi, a co-founder of Frontrvnners, a streetwear company that makes high-quality garments. Bukhosi was recently awarded the Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection Small Business Award for Frontrvnners, which has grown into one of Vancouver’s most established streetwear brands, with more than 30,000 supporters worldwide and a customer base in five continents;
• Braeden Peterson, founder of the student club, Actions Worth Taking, which organizes events such as clothing and blood drives in Surrey. He founded Students for Humanity and was involved with Jumpstart, a startup accelerator providing workshops and resources for student entrepreneurs. He will represent SFU and Canada as one of 800 delegates from 130 countries at the 2017 Student Energy Summit in June;
• Robbie Sebullen, a SIAT student, and part of a team that took top honours at the Vancouver User Experience (UX) awards for IKEA Stay, an online service to test products through an immersive AirBnB stay virtual experience—winning both the student and people’s choice categories;
• Rajin Shokar, Enactus SFU’s president, who led his team to launch two new projects and transitioned three existing programs into the community through formal partnerships. He previously created Bright Ideas, a program empowering high school students to create their own business ventures, impacting more than 100 students and generating over $12,000 in revenue;
• Emad Sholi, a Beedie school alum (2016) and now a business analyst with the customer experience strategy and development team at TELUS, where he leads an internal advocacy program. He supported the global launch of the BlackBerry Passport as product marketing coordinator at BlackBerry. He volunteers for myriad organizations, including the Surrey Memorial Hospital, accumulating over 2,300 volunteer hours;
• Karamveer Virdi, director of program development for Enactus SFU. His responsibilities include overseeing the development of four of Enactus SFU’s eight programs and working closely with program managers to ensure sustainability and implement strategies to achieve metrics objectives.