With her vertical dance troupe, Aeriosa, choreographer and artistic director Julia Taffe is creating unexpected experiences of dance.
Fashion designer Treana Peake is the founder of the Obakki Foundation, who is changing lives in Africa by giving communities access to clean water, education, vocational training, women’s initiatives’ and medical care.
Kevin Schandelmeier builds tree forts and adventure parks in the forest.
Makeup artist Mimi Choi has developed a unique career specialty with her jaw-dropping, mind-bending art.
Sarah Lindsay is an oddities collector that sells and rents unique items.
Mahdi was born with no hands but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a professional magician, traveling the world with his craft.
For the Love of the Game
Rich Clune grew up like many Canadians, dreaming of playing in the NHL. He never would have thought that when that dream became a reality and he found himself playing in playoffs for the LA Kings, he would have wanted to be anywhere else in the world but playing professional hockey.
Devon Boorman is the master instructor and director of Academie Duello, the world’s largest centre for the practice of European swordplay and martial arts.
Skateboarder Joe Buffalo was determined to keep doing what he loves. Through hard work, he opened the doors to a world beyond, competing in Canada-wide skateboarding comps and touring the country with his childhood idols.
Growing up in Scotland, Alex McKechnie wanted to become the best physiotherapist in the world. Now, he is the director of sports science and assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.
Max treats Parkour as a constantly evolving adventure, using his surroundings to master his craft.
When asked what it takes to be a successful racecar driver, Daniel’s first response is to have no fear.
As Director of Talent at an auto dealership, Karen helps others create their own story.
No one else touches the guitars made by Yusuke Kawakami—he makes them all on his own by hand. It takes three to six months to complete a custom guitar, but you’ll need to get in line—there’s a four year wait list.
Three friends started Embrace Orthopaedics to revolutionize knee braces.
Former Olympian Julia Dexter created Squiggle Park, an app that teaches kids to read five times faster than any other online program.
Growing up in poverty was tough, but it made Judy Lynn Archer tougher. She found a way out of poverty through work in the trades. As the founding CEO of Women Building Futures, she now helps other women work their way to better lives.
Girlboss, Nicole Smith believes that memories are the best travel souvenir and she wants your vacation to be picture perfect. Her company, Flytographer, matches travelers with experienced photographers from all over the world to capture
From the future
Kevin Tremblay is a senior Automotive Service Technician and he’s living proof that you don’t need to be naturally gifted at being a mechanic.
The magic of building roller coasters for some of the biggest international amusement parks such as Disney and Universal Studios, hasn’t wavered for Donnelly Williams. He’s the man that oversees the design and construction of world-class theme park rides.
As a little boy, Adam Anfitatro would take apart toys to figure out how they worked. Now, he owns Hudson View Auto, but none of his customers ever suspect that he is also a Virtual Reality (VR) creator with a new invention that will change the medium.
Working with dangerous, venomous fish and seahorses is something a quiet girl like Kaitlyn Wagner didn’t expect to love.
Valerie Song is an eco-entrepreneur who’s passionate about providing people the ability to grow healthy, pesticide-free food. Her goal is to help a million families sprout real food at home. Valerie tells us all about her invention, Ava.
Mark Arnott builds submarines for a living. Seven years into the job, and he still gets a buzz telling people what he does. As head of the electrical department at Nuytco Research, Mark helps to build and develop undersea submersible technology.
Charlene Gibbons’ passion for dance and movement comes from an unexpected place: pain. Born with scoliosis, Charlene continues to inspire people with fun dance moves, getting us on our feet, one song at a time.
A window into the world of Tamar Brannigan: Crisis Text Line supervisor, prof,
QTPOC activist, 8000+ Instagram posts (and counting), life storyteller, and all
around wonderful human being.
As any passion-seeker knows, one cannot be in a continual state of flow and productivity. We need diversions, we need challenges, we need physicality, and we need human relationships. We need to find balance.
As a holistic nutritionist and co-owner of Nectar Juicery, Tori Holmes is passionate about spreading her excitement and knowledge of natural medicine. After rowing across the Atlantic Ocean and fighting off breast cancer, this nutritionist’s
OR Nurse Janice Chan works with a team to perform surgeries and save lives.
“Working as a team, not only just the nurses, but the anesthetists and the surgeons, you really get to know each other. We’re a big family in the operating room.”
There’s no doubt being in the trauma room of the emergency department can be intense. For Naomi, it’s a unique, ever-changing, and chaotic environment, and she loves everything that she does.
For the Greater Good
Norm Kelly has arguably reached the youth better than any Canadian politician not named Justin Trudeau.
Guillaume Beaudoin followed his true calling in doing what many considered a crazy project: hitchhiking solo across the South Pacific Ocean; while subsequently producing a series of episodes as an act to fight against climate change.
In the Amazon, Elis and her team of educators go up the rivers sharing education and love. With some paint on their faces, they spread information through art, music and playful presentations, that would change the villagers’ lives.
HIVES: The story of how one woman uses beekeeping in Vancouver’s downtown eastside to rebuild a sense of hope, belonging and connection for at-risk communities.
Five years ago, Randy Aylwin opened the Grilled Cheese Social Eatery as a way to connect with his community. He is using harvati, brie and cheddar to melt the hearts of grilled cheese fans everywhere and radiate acceptance and love.
Haida artist and carver Jaalen Edenshaw is passionate about craftsmanship, discovering the work of his ancestors, and delving into the Old Haida stories that connect him to the roots of his culture.
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