As Djavad Mowafaghian’s success grew, so did his generosity. In 2003, he established the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation in Vancouver, and to date it has donated or committed more than $48-million to various charities in Greater Vancouver.
The amazing thing is how reluctant many major philanthropists are to talk about themselves, what they do, and why. But over time, we have managed to sit down with some notable people, all of whom share a passion for their community.
Gastown restaurateur Sean Heather’s passion to keep his businesses fresh and enticing, desire to find community wherever he is, and commitment to innovate on a shoestring began quite some time ago, far from British Columbia’s West Coast.
Vancouver is a region of ideas and action, with deep entrepreneurial roots that go back generations. In the technology sector, our entrepreneurs excel across the board in the incredibly competitive and varied landscapes of rapidly changing industries.
As chairman of Vancouver development company Polygon Homes, and an important philanthropist to numerous Canadian arts organizations, Michael Audain is a long-time builder of spaces big and financial successes bigger, and his fingerprints are scattered across many facets of the city he calls home.
Farmboy Fine Arts culls, commissions and creates site-specific artworks for hospitality-, healthcare- and corporate-sector clients. As a sort of collector-cum-design agency to the brands, they recommend what fine art to acquire, or can provide their own in-house design services to create decorative art, ideally offering a blend of both.