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Dora Anderson Top 20 Under 40

The KPMG Top 20 Under 40 is a showcase of local business talent under the age of 40. The KPMG Top 20 Under 40, a Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce initiative, was compiled from nominations and selected by a panel of judges. The end result is a showcase of talented and ambitious young business people from diverse sectors in the the area.

The program recognizes the next generation of leaders in the North Okanagan who are making their mark through business success and community involvement.

They include:

  • Dora Anderson – of MQN Architecture & Interior Design who is dedicated to the principles of sustainable development
  • Leah Campbell –  in charge of social media and marketing with Davison Orchards
  • Daniel Healey – a senior manager at KPMG who is on the board of the Downtown Vernon Association.
  • Terence Giesbrecht – owner of Skyride Bike & Board Inc. and winner of several business awards for the start-up company
  • Peter Solymosi – general manager of White House Mortgages who is also a professional photographer and a volunteer soccer referee locally and provincially.

“The judges have been impressed with the quality of nominations we have received and it is going to make it difficult to select the final five,” said Dan Rogers, chamber general manager. “The program was meant to recognize the young leaders among us but also to inspire youth across the North Okanagan to dream big.”

A community recognition event for the top twenty under 40 as well as three rising stars is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at Okanagan College during small business week. Tickets for that event are now available through the chamber.


DORA ANDERSON
2016 – Top 20 Under 40 – Partner, MQN Architecture & Interior Design

Dora is a full-time working mom to an amazing 4yr old named Kai who is a constant reminder to take time to enjoy the simple things in life and be grateful for every moment we have together. Dora says her son inspires her to want to leave a legacy of good practices for a sustainable community so that he can continue to live a healthy life in Vernon long after she is gone. She is a Partner at MQN Architecture and Interior Design and she has a compelling passion to work with students, developers & community officials to educate them and assist them to develop sustainable buildings and community plans.

Dora says it is clear to her that making buildings greener can have a significant impact on larger environmental goals and therefore, sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings and community plans. In 2009 she became a LEED accredited professional with CaGBC. LEED is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in over 150 countries. She is also currently studying to become the first Passive House Professional in the Okanagan via CanPHI. In addition to sustainability aspirations Dora Anderson contributes a great deal of pro bono time to various community projects as needed.

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