Anoop Virk is an award-winning humanitarian, nonprofit founder, culinary business owner, global youth ambassador, authorized home builder, an executive producer for Mayo Clinic/MHC cooking series and for TEDxVancouver.
Known for her philanthropic initiatives including building a gender equality based school in Africa and reconnecting homeless in Vancouver to their lost loved ones, she has dedicated the last decade to successfully creating and executing businesses and purposeful projects, advocating for girls and education, and representing Canada.
Anoop was born in Vancouver, and is one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20, a We Are Family Foundation Youth Ambassador, BC's 24 Under 24, and an Ambassador for the Minvera Women's Foundation. She was invited to Rideau Hall by the Prime Minister and Governor General for the celebration of exceptional Canadian service, and was selected to give a gift to the Royal highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate. Through her philanthropic projects, Anoop has connected with some of the most influential movers and shakers around the world - Ndaba Mandela, Chelsea Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, Bono, and Nile Rodgers.
As the first female Executive Producer and Creative Director for TEDxVancouver, Anoop has worked with some of the worlds most acclaimed leaders such as Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell.
She has been interviewed by CNN and featured across various media outlets including The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s magazine.
As a teenager, Anoop Created Project L.O.V.E (Letting Our Voices Empower) that focuses on education, gender equality, and giving girls equal access to opportunities, which built a primary community school in Zambia.
She has extensive experience and education in development, policy, comparative world politics, culture, and society. As a student in the SFU-Douglas Dual Degree program, she completed her Intercultural and International Studies Degree at Douglas College with the President’s Entrance Scholarship, and completed her International Studies Degree at Simon Fraser University as a Dean’s Honor Roll Student. Her interdisciplinary education working alongside her projects in the most vulnerable communities internationally has provided in depth knowledge and tools to understand the complexities in development.
As a co-owner with Food Network Canada’s Bal Arneson, Anoop continues to manage and operate their culinary businesses. They have been at the forefront of innovative health and wellness, stopping food waste, and revolutionizing the food scene with their partnership with the 30 Billion Dollar Foodservice company Compass Group, bringing their concepts to airport lounges, schools, hospitals such as the Mayo Clinic, and patient care menus.
Founder, Project L.O.V.E (Letting Our Voices Empower) that focuses on education, gender equality, and giving girls equal access to opportunities. Built a primary community school in Zambia. www.projectloveschool.org
Co-Founder, Project H.E.L.LO, helped over 450 homeless residents of the DTES of Vancouver reconnect with their lost friends and family members across the country.
Founder, Project Women Warriors, featuring strong and resilient women in Vancouver
Business Development Officer: Camara, Zambia.
The Globe and Mail
GoVancouver, Shaw TV
The Rush, Shaw TV
Simon Fraser University
Pinterest HQ, PinTalk, San Francisco
Three Dot Dosh, Peace Summit, New York
BC Minerva Women's Foundation
Status of Women and Human Rights Committee for the University of Women’s Club
The Times of India Film Awards
The Rotary Club
Creator "Spice Goddess" Title, Food Network
Creator "Spice of Life", US Cooking Channel
Social Media Host, The Rush, Shaw TV
Reporter, Go Vancouver, Shaw TV
Appetizer Contributor, National Post Inc.
Youth Columnist, Darpan Magazine
GTL Alumni, Global Youth Ambassador.
Influential social entrepreneurs who have found a solution or innovation to address a basic human need
Top 20 Under 20 recognizes young Canadians who demonstrated significant levels of innovation, leadership, and achievement