Philip Heming

Forty Under 40 Winner 2016: General manager, Central Park Business Centre, Age 29

While Philip Heming took flight in higher learning, the entrepreneur’s success remains grounded in the tried-and-true business ethos of “work hard and treat people well.”

Heming, general manager of Central Park Business Centre, flourished at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management. Studying strategic management and entrepreneurship, Heming received a scholarship for top academic marks and made dean’s honour roll as a varsity athlete.

In school, sport or business, there are many variables that can affect an outcome. However, the one thing always in a person’s control is his or her effort – a value Heming embraces.

“While some people … have come up with amazing startup ideas, my strength is coming into a situation and being able to work and energize the team and create genuine relationships,” said Heming. “In sports, school and business, that extra gear for work ethic definitely helped me be successful.”

Following graduation, Heming had stints providing business strategy and analysis both for companies in-house and through his own consulting practice. However, Heming wanted something to fully own his time, energy and interests. So, he sold his condo and crafted a business plan to secure financing to buy Vancouver’s Central Park Business Centre at the end of 2012.

As a 25-year-old walking into an established operation, the experience was “somewhat daunting,” but Heming knew the first order of business was earning the respect of his customers and staff.

“[First] just gaining their trust by being extremely respectful and genuine and looking after them because at the end of the day they spend the majority of the time at the workplace,” said Heming. “I never came in to a situation acting like a dictator. I’m more willing to help with all of the hands-on work while also managing. I think they respected that.”

Recently, Heming diversified his interests by acquiring and “re-energizing” Wavor Wire, a manufacturing business that supports the Canadian recycling industry. Wavor Wire, Heming said, just came off its best year.

 Join us to celebrate the 2016 Forty under under 40 Awards January 25, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. For tickets and event info visit

comments powered by Disqus

More from BIV

Arts Umbrella to lease 50,000 square feet on Granville Island

Non-profit arts education centre will take former Emily Carr University space

Read Article

BIV 温村商讯:22. 温哥华取代香港成为新东西交流点?欧洲高档香槟酒生产商认同

法国的高档香槟酒庄Rothchild试用温哥华进入中国市场;大温地区是否将成为第二个香港 - 西方商品流入中国市场的大门户?

Read Article

City gives Mobi bike-share program deferral on payments

Program slated to expand east to Commercial Drive by mid-2018

Read Article

South Korea eyes artificial intelligence partners in B.C.

Country’s AI industry looks to Canada in quest for alliances and global market share

Read Article

Subscribe to our mailing lists

You may withdraw your consent at any time.

* indicates required


* You can modify your newsletter subscriptions at the bottom of any newsletter you receive.
Business in Vancouver Media Group
303 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia
V5Y 1J6 · Canada