The startup is a testament to the fact that a tech company doesn’t have to originate in, or relocate to, Silicon Valley to succeed.
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.
Five Years of Profiles
In the pages of MONTECRISTO over the past five years, you’ll find a pack of local outliers—leaders and talent pushing the boundaries of our social and civic lives.
Five Years of Giving
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.
Food and Drink
Restaurateur Sean Heather
Lean with heart.
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.
Food and Drink
Howard Soon of Sandhill Winery
Small lots, big ideas.
Howard Soon is head winemaker at Sandhill Winery, he’s been since 1997, and has been a pioneer in the Okanagan Valley wine industry for over three decades.
Embracing an entrepreneurial renaissance.
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.
Philanthropist Michael Audain
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.