In 2014, at the age of 15, Alex Gillis launched Bitness—a real-time marketing tool that enables retailers to better understand customer traffic flow and the impact of marketing campaigns. Since then, the talented Halifax student has secured a $50,000 deal from CBC’s Next Gen Den, was named Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and received a $100,000 Dobson Loran Award from the Loran Scholars Foundation, co-sponsored by UBC, for his commitment to service and leadership in his community. To top off this incredible list of achievements, Alex and seven other “young Canadian influencers” recently met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss the future of education.
Up next for the accomplished teen is the Bachelor of Commerce program at the UBC Sauder School of Business—which Alex says will help him not only get the credentials he needs, but also develop that all-important professional network.
“Some people might think I don’t need a business degree because I’ve already started my own company, but UBC Sauder will help me develop a greater sense of strategy and foresight in my business decisions and planning,” Alex explains. “I think Vancouver will be the next big Canadian business centre, so I’m looking forward to connecting with other inspiring students and building a network of peers, mentors and future associates.”
Although Alex isn’t sure exactly where the next four years will take him, he plans on pursuing his personal motto of allowing “opportunities to take priority.”
“I’m excited to see how my business takes off, but I also want to get involved in the Vancouver community and expand my involvement in teaching elementary and secondary school students about business, technology and design skills,” he says. “Ultimately I’m looking forward to gaining as much life experience and education as I can in this exciting and beautiful city.”
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