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Local among nation's top young entrepreneurs

Matthew McNair grad Amit Sandhu has been named to Profit Magazine's top 20 list of Canadian entrepreneurs under the age of 30.

The FuEL awards—Future Entrepreneurial Leaders—was launched this year to honour the achievements and aspirations of young entrepreneurs, identify them as role models for progressive business practices and to inspire other youth to make entrepreneurship their top career of choice.

As chief executive officer of The Ampri Group, a Richmond development firm founded by his parents, the 26-year-old Sandhu said he was honoured by the recognition.

"I feel very humbled that I've been selected as one of Canada's top young entrepreneurs. The work I do both in the community and in my family's business is very enjoyable and rewarding in itself."

Sandhu was named to the list after a combination of online voting by the general public, and a review by a panel of judges that included some of the country's most respected entrepreneurs.

Ampri Group employs 255 people, and Sandhu is involved with many local community organizations, including the Richmond Hospital Foundation.

Since 1999, Ampri has build more than 450 multi-family homes.

"Being named as one of the top young entrepreneurs in Canada makes me feel that I've got to deliver something to our community that we can all be proud of," Sandhu said. "To be recognized as one of the top 20 under 30 in Canada is a huge surprise and motivates me to continue my pursuit in developing a world-class organization."

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