Y.E. 2022 YEAR-END GALA
Driven by the vision of establishing the platform to enrich tomorrow’s extraordinary community leaders, Young Elite Vancouver Business Association (Y.E.) has been committed to serving Vancouver’s finest young business leaders since 2015. In the seven years since our inception, Y.E. has been dedicated to offer opportunities for young business leaders to connect and reconnect, to celebrate success, to recognize outstanding peers and to give back to the community. Since 2015, Y.E. along with our generous supporters has fundraised over $150,000 to meaningful causes and charity organizations.
YEAR END GALA 2022
After successfully holding Youth Elite Year-End Gala in the past five years, in December 3, 2022, Y.E sincerely invites local young elites to gather together to celebrate the growth of the past year.
This year's theme is "十里洋场，潮聚九州"
We hope that under the guidance of keywords such as "New Chinese Style 新中式", "China Chic 国潮" and "Chinese Attitude 中国态度", we will celebrate the achievements of excellent Vancouver's finest young entrepreneurs and startups, actively introduce high-quality domestic enterprise resources for local businesses in Vancouver. Y.E. will also uphold the tradition to present awards to outstanding young startups and outstanding young entrepreneurs of the year.
City of Vancouver
Entreprenuer, Speaker, Writer
FDP & Co
Macdonald Real Estate Group
VP Sales & Marketing
Founder & Executive Director
Vancouver Economic Commission
Huawei Technology Co., Ltd
Macdonald Real Estate Group
President & Co-chair
Dentons Canada LLP
Consulate-General of PRC in Vancouver
St. Paul's Foundation
GUESTS OF HOURNOR 2022
Richmond Centre Federal Member of Parliament
MLA for Vancouver-Langara
Burnaby City Councillor
ELITE AWARD 2022
"Elite Award is an essential award to recognize Vancouver's young entrepreneurs and startups" - Y.E.
Since 2017, Y.E. has nominated over 20 young outstanding individuals and businesses at our Annual Year-End Gala. Those selected as Young Elite of the Year are entrepreneurial pioneers, successful young professionals and philanthropic contributors who have made a difference in this community we live in. They actively innovate and implement ideas into reality that have significant impacts on the growth of this city for both business and community contribution.
At Y.E. Annual Gala 2022, we continued to and nominate seven young and extraordinary individuals and one outstanding start-up company around us as "Y.E. of the Year" to recognize their hark work and contribution to our community.
Wilson Miao | Member of Parliament
Wilson Miao was first elected as Member of Parliament for Richmond Centre in 2021. He is a devoted community leader who is committed to building an inclusive and engaging community and is determined to make life better for the people in Richmond Centre.
Now, with his career in politics, he committed to foster dialogue between our local communities and the Parliament. Mr. Miao has seen firsthand the opportunities and challenges that Richmondites face every day and with his unique understanding of Richmond Centre’s diverse community, he will ensure the interests of his constituents are voiced and heard in Ottawa and work tirelessly to build a better future for everyone in Richmond Centre.
Leaf Alifu | Vancouver International Volunteer Association
Since 2017, Leaf has donated a total of 8,000 pairs of winter boots and 2,000 pieces of blankets to lower- income families. Leaf has led VIVA to support the recreation of B.C. mountain fires, B.C. flood, Covid-19 pandemic, local elections, and hundreds of charity events. During the Pandemic, Leaf was involved in raising more than $700,000 of medical supplies for China. At the same time, he also assisted Y.E. Vancouver and other social groups raise more than $100,000 worth of medical materials to local hospitals and $500,000 for local medical and elderly care institutions.
Under the leadership of Leaf and the VIVA board, after 4 years of growth, VIVA now has 1,087 registered members, supported over 1,000 events, and contributed over 30,000 volunteer hours.
Ming Yang | Founder Honolulu Cafe Vancouver
Ming Yang grew up in Anhui, China. After staying 8 years in the UK, she moved to Vancouver in 2012, after finishing her Master degree in Engineering from Imperial College London.
Being in love with both coffee and the island vibes in her life, Ming brought Honolulu Coffee from Hawaii in 2016 and founded Honolulu Coffee Vancouver. In 2022, this Aloha-drive brand expanded to 3 locations in Vancouver. “Aloha means love, peace, compassion, and a mutual understanding of respect. These are the values I strive to deliver.”
Aylex Thunder | AylexTV Inc. & ThunderDogs Apparel
Aylex is a provincial champion and national 3rd badminton athlete, tedx speaker, and content creator with 4.5+million followers across YouTube, Instagram, & TikTok; using forms of Music, Fashion, Real Estate, & Sport to entertain his audiences.
He is also the co-founder of ThunderDogs Apparel: a premium dog raincoat company based in Vancouver on a mission to make the best pet raincoats in the world, but his ultimate goal in life is to provide accessible education to the world. Currently he is working on a blockchain venture that is donating 100% of profits to building schools around the world and creating additional educational channels on social media to provide free education to those in need.
Leo Chen | Founder and CEO IOTPay
Leo Chen , founder and CEO of IOTPay. Leo worked as a Regional Director at Alipay before immigrating to Vancouver in 2018 to start his own business. Currently IOTPay provides one-stop payment services for thousands of merchants in Canada, including credit cards, Alipay, WeChat, digital currency, etc.
In August 2022 IOTPay was acquired by GrubMarket, a Silicon Valley unicorn, so that the payment business expanded into the U.S. and entered the food tech space. GrubMarket is now the leader in food tech in North America and plans to go public in New York next year.
Crystal Hung | Icon Marketing Inc.
Crystal Hung is a pioneer and serial entrepreneur in Vancouver. In 2011, she founded Icon Marketing, one of the first multi-disciplinary real estate brokerages in the City. Crystal was recognized as Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40, Business Elite’s Top 40 Under 40, and is a recipient of the Top 75 Canadian Immigrant Award.
In 2020, at the onsite of the pandemic, Crystal co-founded a signature event PIXEL moment for St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and raised over $400,000 through Zoom when galas were not possible. She also spearheaded the #RichmondTogether campaign for the Richmond Hospital Foundation, raising $55,000 in less than
2 weeks during lockdown to acquire vitally-needed COVID equipment. She was also appointed to the committee in charge of leading a $120M UBC Sauder Powerhouse Expansion Project, where she spearheaded the campaign with a $1M personal donation.
KABU-Ride was founded in 2016 by two university-aged entrepreneurs who wanted to build a platform to help international students from China to socialize. Right out of the gate, the company needed to pivot its business plan, and began to provide ride-hailing services through WeChat. The reason? That’s what users were utilizing the platform’s mini-program for.
Navigating a new business in an industry that had still not been regulated, provided countless challenges. But this tech start-up endured. In 2020, against all odds, it became the first ride-hailing company to be authorized to provide ride- hailing services to all five regions of the province of B.C. Today, KABU serves customers from Whistler to Metro Vancouver to Chilliwack, and throughout the Victoria Capital Regional District. To date, KABU provided more than two million safe and affordable rides, to more than 200,000 customers.