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Young engineering consultant among Vancouver Island's Top 20 under 40
Andrew Higginson hails Cowichan's knack for drawing talented folks as one of the reasons he's become so successful at a young age.
The local boy, Higginson, 27, recently broke into the list of Vancouver Island's Top 20 under 40 business and community achievement awards. More than 100 people were nominated.
His Mill Bay-based consulting company, Higginson Consulting Ltd., has gained much popularity in recent years.
A lot of the reason why has to do with mentorship, Higginson said.
"I've had a lot of help through mentorship, mostly through the South Cowichan Rotary Club of which I'm a member," he said. "The valley is really full of talented people and just being involved in the community makes it easy to talk to people about ideas."
He's also been nominated in the young entrepreneur category of Cowichan's Black Tie awards April 13.
"Andrew is a community-minded young professional that strives for success in both his professional and personal life," said South Cowichan Chamber of Commerce president Mike Hanson in the Black Tie award nomination form. "In the last two-and-a-half years his company has grown from managing total project values of $235,000 in year one to a current value in excess of $3 million.
"During this time, Andrew has not only added staff to his operations and focused on company growth, but received numerous recognition and referrals from clients. Recently, for his work on BC Transit’s new Transit Communication Centre, Higginson Consulting Ltd. was a top three finalist for the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Annual Consulting Engineers’ awards in the Transit Engineering category."
His company also was also instrumental in the building of the trail that runs underneath Cowichan's tourism jewel Kinsol Trestle.
The former day-student at Brentwood College turned engineer was among several Cowichanians nominated in the first annual Vancouver Island business awards.
Locals in the top 100 included DLC Canadian Mortgage Expert's Cori McCaw, EK Hair Design's Genevieve Grieve, Coleman Fraser Whittome Lehan lawyer James Coleman, Lush Eco Lawns' John Close, and Cowichan Co-operative Connections president (and News Leader Pictorial columnist) Robert Douglas.
A gala in Comox Valley took place March 9 to honour the nominees and award the top 20.