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Amir Sharif

Q&A, Forty Under 40 Winner 2020; Principal and CEO, CASACraft Properties Ltd., Age 39

Who or what is responsible for your work ethic?

My family. In 1992, we moved to Vancouver. We didn’t have much space, but we had plenty of gratitude for what we did have. My background in technology and experience with design-thinking also drive my work ethic.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love getting out of the office for ‘Fresh Air Fridays.’

What is the best book you would recommend?

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and Mindset by Carol Dweck. 

Now that you’re entering your 40s, what goals have you set for yourself? 

Raising my two girls and supporting my wife’s career will always be priorities. I’d love to find new ways to invest in my community while expanding CASAcraft’s core business. 

Choose one of these five childhood career dreams: Rock star, star athlete, prime minister, astronaut, detective.

Astronaut. As a child, rocket science fascinated me, and it was because of this I chose to study computer science at UBC. 

Name your happiest place.

Sunday morning, having breakfast with my two daughters and my wife. 

What was your toughest business or professional decision?

Pivoting from tech to real estate and accepting it’s best to work with my father.

Advice you would give your 20-year-old self?

Feel the fear, and do it anyway.

What is your best habit?

I like to get up early, workout, read and get things done before everybody else wakes up so that I can free up time to eat breakfast with my family. 

Tell us one improbable fact about yourself.

I love to start conversations with people I’ve never met before, even if it feels a bit awkward. 

Best piece of advice ever received?

If it’s important, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. 

What career highlight are you most proud of?

Completing an extremely complex land assembly that involved handling the legal, accounting and financing components.