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SFU’s fab five - Surrey lauds leaders of tomorrow

May 30, 2011

Kyle Krystalowich, 604.961.6740;
Ben Brown-Bentley, 604.240.7700 (cell);
Paul Hillsdon,
Ashish Gurung,
Glen Chua,
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.4323;

A trio of current students and a pair of alumni from Simon Fraser University are among the first to be chosen as the City of Surrey’s most promising youths.

They’re being recognized tonight (May 30) – along with 20 others - as the Surrey Board of Trade (BOT) hosts its inaugural Top 25 under 25 event.

The awards recognize youths who are potential “leaders of tomorrow” in areas such as civic development, social issues and business trailblazing.

  • Kyle Krystalowich, who is finishing up a degree in business, spent the past year heading SFU Surrey’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group, which recently made it to the semifinal presentation stage of SIFE’s national competition. He has overseen a number of SIFE projects and has a passion for project management.
  • Ben Brown-Bentley, a fourth-year student in Mechatronics Systems Engineering at SFU Surrey, was the Surrey BOT’s student entrepreneur of the year in 2010. He established Adrenalin Productions, an events production company specializing in dance events, three years ago.
  • Paul Hillsdon is a public policy researcher with an eye on urban and transportation issues. He ran as an independent candidate in the Surrey civic election in 2008 and is currently completing his bachelor’s degree at SFU.
  • Ashish Gurung, former SIFE president, is co-founder of Quikpiq, a mobile application that allows users to ask their current social networks for feedback on potential purchases and other decisions. He’s also a social media consultant and works with a number of Surrey businesses.
  • Glen Chua, a director, producer and photographer, graduated from SFU with a degree in fine arts and communication and runs, a media company that produces commercial videos. He also runs the Surrey Film Festival, which will next year grow to become the Surrey International Film Festival.

The idea for the event was conceived by a student from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The 25 recipients will be recognized at an event at Eaglequest Golf Course in Surrey, beginning at 5:30 p.m.


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