Western News – Western graduates among top 40 Canadians under 40

Five Western alumni were named this year to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 List, an annual recognition of Canada’s most outstanding talented, visionaries and innovators under 40.

Adam Segal, BA’06, Dr Teresa Purzner, MD’09, Derrick Emsley, HBA’12, Seema Lakhani, HBA’07, and Mathew Mehrotra, HBA’09 were among 40 recipients this year, selected from 1,200 nominations from across Canada by an independent advisory board.

“It is important to celebrate and nurture the ideas, aspirations and ambitions of these talented Canadian business leaders. Through recognition of the Top 40 Under 40, we encourage and shine the spotlight on talented leaders, which allows Canada to better position itself on the global stage, ”said Aid Matthew Wetmore, Managing Partner, Industries and Regions, at PwC Canada, which runs the Top 40 Under 40 Program with Caldwell Partners, a global Canadian-owned executive search firm.

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Get to know Western alumni considered some of Canada’s most remarkable young people under 40.

Adam segal is the President and CEO of Storkcraft Manufacturing Inc., one of the fastest growing children’s furniture companies in North America. Assuming his role at the helm of the company in 2017, Segal implemented a number of innovative initiatives: establishing the very first Storkcraft design and innovation teams, developing the best service teams in customers and operations, and expand the company’s North American reach with several strategic distribution centers.

Neurosurgeon, scientist, entrepreneur and mother of three, Dr Teresa Purzner successfully implemented a multidisciplinary approach to identify a new drug targeting medulloblastoma, the most common pediatric brain tumor. She initiated a groundbreaking multi-institutional trial for the management of medulloblastoma in collaboration with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium. She also co-founded the award-winning Cerebelly, a vegetable-based baby food that provides 16 nutrients that support the brain. Cerebelly is the first shelf-stable baby food to win the Project Purity Award.

To say Derrick emsley has a long history of environmental stewardship to put it mildly. At 16, he and his brother, Kalen Emsley, HBA’11, founded the tree-planting company Tentree which sold carbon offset credits to businesses. After graduating from Ivey, Emsley became CEO of tentree, making the organization a sustainable global company that plants more than 60 million trees around the world. Emsley was also recognized on the Forbes List of 30 Under 30 for 2020. Emsley is also co-founder and CEO of Veritree, a global technology company providing an integrated management platform for global restoration projects.

In addition to leading the product strategy and the Wattpad team, Seema Lakhani founded and chairs Wattpad’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which works on important equity initiatives across the company. As Managing Director of Wattpad Labs, Lakhani is also leading the company’s R&D innovations around the future of storytelling. In 2020, she received the Business Report Best Executive Award.

As BMO Chief Digital Officer, Matthew Mehrotra is responsible for leading the digital transformation of the bank’s activities in contact with customers. Prior to this role, he held increasingly senior leadership roles within BMO’s digital and strategic teams, and worked as a consultant at Monitor Group. He also sits on the board of directors of Good Shepherd Ministries in Toronto.

– With files from Ivey Communications

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