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Vancouver Magazine's Power 50 includes Tru Wilson, 12

Vancouver Magazine has crowned a local real estate developer as the city's most powerful person, but a 12-year-old girl is turning heads as the youngest person on the top 50 list.

Gala on Monday night was hosted by CBC's Andrew Chang

Tru Wilson, 12, is the youngest person on Vancouver Magazine's list of the city's 50 most powerful people. (CBC)

A local real estate developer may have been crowned as the city's most powerful person by Vancouver Magazine, but a 12-year-old girl is turning heads as the youngest person on this year's list.

Ian Gillespie with Westbank Projects, which has developed buildings like Vancouver's Shangri-la and the Woodwards complex, was bestowed with the honour at a gala hosted by CBC's Andrew Chang on Monday night. 

The list was speckled with local politicians, government employees, and business moguls. 

One person who stands out from that group is Tru Wilson — a 12 year-old girl born as a boy, who fought the Catholic school she attends so she could be treated as the gender she identifies with. 

"It doesn't take much to fight for what you care for. You can fight for the littlest thing and it will make a difference," said Wilson in an interview with Chang earlier on Monday.

Wilson said the school forced her to join boys' teams while playing sports, despite her identifying as a girl. 

Her parents, Michelle and Garfield Wilson, said when they asked Tru how she wanted to handle the conflict, their daughter told them she wanted to make her battle public so others in similar situations would know they're not alone.

"It something that we're really proud of her for doing," said Michelle Wilson.

Vancouver Magazine's Power 50

  1. ​Ian Gillespie, Westbank Projects 
  2. Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver
  3. Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk First Nation Chief
  4. Bob Rennie, Rennie Marketing Systems
  5. Frank Giustra, Fiore Financial Corporation
  6. Luigi, Roberto, Francesco, and Paolo of the Aquilini family
  7. Jimmy Pattison, The Jim Pattison Group
  8. Jessica McDonald, BC Hydro
  9. Robin Silvester, Port Metro Vancouver
  10. Christy Clark, Premier of BC
  11. Michael Audain, Polygon Homes
  12. Mike Magee, City of Vancouver
  13. Peter Fassbender, B.C. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink
  14. Hunter Harrison, Canadian Pacifc Railway
  15. Dr. Patricia Daly, Vancouver Coastal Health
  16. Rich Coleman, B.C. Deputy Premier and the Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing
  17. Ian Campbell, Xálek'/Sekyú Siyám Chief
  18. Darren Entwistle, Telus
  19. Shayne Ramsay, B.C. Housing
  20. Tru Wilson
  21. Djavad Mowafaghian, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation
  22. Thomas Fung, Fair Child Group
  23. Stewart Butterfield, Slack
  24. Wade Grant, Musqueam Indian Band
  25. Bing Thom, Bing Thom Architects
  26. Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver
  27. Ryan Holmes, Hootsuite/Invoke
  28. Kathy Kinloch, BCIT
  29. Adam Palmer, Vancouver Police Department
  30. Mary Ackenhusen, Vancouver Coastal Health
  31. Sadhu Johnston, City of Vancouver
  32. Irene Lanzinger, B.C. Federation of Labour
  33. Tom Gaglardi, Northland Properties
  34. Carol Lee, Linacare
  35. Jody Wilson-Raybould, MP Vancouver Granville
  36. Kyle Washington, Seaspan Marine Corp
  37. David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation
  38. Joe Arvay, Lawyer
  39. Katrina Pacey, Pivot Legal Society
  40. Rick Hansen, Rick Hansen Foundation
  41. Jill Krop, Global BC
  42. Markus Frind, Plenty of Fish
  43. Gregory Henriquez, Henriquez Partners Architects
  44. Janet & Katherine McCartney, PDW
  45. Joel Solomon, Renewal Funds
  46. Omer Arbel, Bocci
  47. David Sidoo, East West Petroleum
  48. Stan, Jeff and Bus Fuller, Earls/Joey's/Cactus Club
  49. Andy Yan, Bing Thom Architects
  50. Dominic Barton, McKinsey & Co


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