Young Professional of the Year

Byron Vallis, Mariner Brewing


Nominees in the Young Professional of the Year category are individuals whose leadership skills, innovation, and dedication to community development have defined them as an outstanding Tri-Cities’ business professional. They create an environment that fosters growth and encourages development while giving back to the community and inspiring others. These candidates have showcased dedication in their work and in bettering their business to the best of their abilities.

Sponsored by Phoenix Truck & Crane
Last Year’s Recipient: Kris Schjelderup, Innovative Fitness


Byron Vallis is the Founder of Mariner Brewing, Coquitlam’s first craft brewery. He is an experienced young professional with a passion for craft beer and problem-solving. Byron’s passion for beer led him to develop Mariner Brewing, an explorative craft brewery and tasting room.

Byron’s varied background in design and biology has given him a unique angle to the brewing industry. His bold and explorative approach to beer brand development has catapulted Mariner Brewing from just an idea to a successful business with over 20 employees in less than 3 years.

The craft beer culture is highly community focused and Mariner is no exception. Mariner is involved in many community activities and festivals including the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, the Tri-Cities Mom’s Group Fundraiser, and donates to many organizations in the Tri-Cities.