Top to Watch Winners
Congratulations to the following members for making seismic waves in their respective industries. The five winners were announced at the Soirée on Saturday, September 22.
Port Coquitlam City Councillor
In a space that is dominated by older seasoned politicians, Brad West has distinguished himself as the youngest elected official in Port Coquitlam’s history. In 2008, he was elected to City Council at 23 years of age and have been re-elected in 2011 and 2014 receiving the most votes of all candidates each time. For the majority of that time, he has chaired the city’s Smart Growth Committee, leading the city’s planning and development process at a time when PoCo has undergone tremendous growth and change. In Port Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities region, he has emerged as a leader on the most consequential issues that our communities are grappling with and is widely acknowledged by colleagues as a driving force and one of the most influential members of City Council. This work has led him to announce his candidacy for Mayor of Port Coquitlam. He is running with the support of every other member of Council and, if elected, will be the youngest Mayor in PoCo’s history and will be the youngest Mayor in the Metro Vancouver region.
Natu’oil Services Inc
At the age of 27, Dharinee Bhatt has been allocated responsibility to spearhead four companies across the globe under a holding company, where Natu’oil Services is the headquarters. She is currently the Vice President of Operations for Natu’oil Services Inc. and experienced in managing day-to-day operations and implementing performance evaluations of the organization with the help of the board to ensure that the business is effective and remains true to its mission and objectives. She takes a vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, bringing them together into a coherent whole, while helping others extend their thinking, and drive material business advantage.
Georgiy Sekretaryuk began his professional career only two years ago. When he was 18 years old he started working on Cering (that has now evolved into Nero), which is a smart jewelry line that lets people call for help at the tap of the button. That has been the focus of his career thus far. Very quickly he had to learn how to develop a smart jewelry product, from design to manufacturing, and pivot many times along the way as the feedback for the product adjusted the features. He had the responsibility of figuring where to take the company and what the proper next step would be, and ultimately, in less than two years, the work we did has lead to the company being featured by the BC Business magazine, CBC, Tri-City News, SFU, and earlier this year I have received the Top 25 Under 25 award from the Surrey Board of Trade.
Paige Petriw started her event planning company as a side hustle when she was 23 years old, and in 6 years has grown it into a fulltime operation with a team of 3 lead event planners and a roster of on-call assistants. As a professional, she is well-respected in the Tri-Cities community, and has a high profile reputation in the Vancouver wedding and event industry, having been awarded one of the top 3 best wedding planners in BC. She’s been featured in several online and print publications as an expert in my field, including Real Weddings Magazine and Western Living Condo. Having recently become a mother, she’s shifting into a Director role with the goal of continuing to grow the business while balancing motherhood. As the Owner/Director she supports a team of 2 event planners managing event contracts and taking on a limited number of contracts herself. Additionally, she is developing an innovative digital wedding planning e-service to be sold as a package online.
Paul Choi has set up his own practice and grew it quickly in the last 2 years. He has grown the practice in 2 years to surpass many practices in the area that has been operating for over 20 years in its volume and became the first Korean notary practice to open an office in Abbotsford, making it more convenient to serve clients in Fraser Valley. He focuses on online marketing and younger clients to provide non-contentious legal services in a comfortable and approachable manner. His next goal within 5 years is to open more offices in Vancouver and Surrey area. Additionally, he focuses on his practice in Real Estate Law, Business Law and Estates Law. He is planning to expand the services that I provide into Arbitration/Mediation and immigration, with more associates and staff.