The Canadian Business Power 50

Who really calls the shots in corporate Canada? Meet Canadian Business's top 50 dealmakers, financiers, entrepreneurs and rainmakers

Each year, Canadian Business compiles a list of the executives, entrepreneurs, politicos, and thinkers who are changing the way Canada does business. Click or tap any name on the list to read more on about where they got their influence and why they matter now.

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Rank Name Title Organization Why they matter
1 Rachel Notley Premier Province of Alberta Has all of Canada waiting for answers MORE
2 Mark Wiseman President & CEO Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Ensures you can retire MORE
3 John Ruffolo CEO OMERS Ventures Bankrolls Canada’s tech resurgence MORE
4 Justin Trudeau Prime Minister Canada Sets the country’s priorities MORE
5 Mike Lazaridis Founder Quantum Valley Investments Building the next Silicon Valley in Waterloo, Ont. MORE
6 Steve Williams President & CEO Suncor Energy Inc. Doesn’t let depressed oil prices slow him down MORE
7 Prem Watsa Chairman & CEO Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Has investors hanging on his every word MORE
8 Stephen Poloz Governor Bank of Canada Safeguards the economy MORE
9 Alain Bouchard Founder Alimentation Couche-Tard Conquered the world, one convenience store at a time MORE
10 Deborah Gillis President & CEO Catalyst Inc. Pushes corporations to advance women MORE
11 Tobias Lütke Co-Founder & CEO Shopify Inc. Proved it’s safe for tech firms to go public again MORE
12 Jason Kenney Member of Parliament Calgary Midnapore Rallying the opposition in Parliament MORE
13 Jim Balsillie Innovation Lobbyist Speaks for the tech sector MORE
14 John Tory Mayor City of Toronto Put the country’s biggest city back on track MORE
15 Karen McKibbin President Nordstrom Canada Setting a new standard for customer service MORE
16 Bruce Flatt CEO Brookfield Asset Management Wields a massive portfolio MORE
17 Angela Strange Partner Andreesen Horowitz Connects Canadian startups to Silicon Valley MORE
18 Jim Pattison Founder The Jim Pattison Group Proves age is just a number MORE
19 Jeffrey Orr President & CEO Power Financial Corp. The Demarais family’s chosen one MORE
20 David Thomson Chairman Thomson Reuters Bringing the Thomson name to new frontiers MORE
21 Sarah Irving EVP & Chief Brand Officer Irving Oil A scion in the making MORE
22 Galen G. Weston President Loblaw Cos. Ltd. Commands a growing retail empire MORE
23 Shane Smith Co-Founder & CEO Vice Media Tearing down the old media establishment MORE
24 Ryan Holmes Founder & CEO Hootsuite Media Inc. Showing Vancouver can compete with Silicon Valley MORE
25 Bruce Heyman U.S. Ambassador to Canada Strengthening U.S.-Canada Relations MORE
26 Dave Mowat President & CEO ATB Financial At the centre of Alberta’s petro politics MORE
27 John Chen CEO BlackBerry Gave us a reason to root for BlackBerry MORE
28 Frank McKenna Deputy Chair TD Bank Group Has a direct line to business and government MORE
29 Markus Frind Founder Plenty of Fish Putting his fortune back into business MORE
30 Frank Giustra Financier & Philanthropist Believes mining will rise again MORE
31 Guy Laurence President & CEO Rogers Communications Inc. Upending the telecommunications sector MORE
32 Ed Clark Premier’s Business Advisor Province of Ontario Accomplished the impossible in our biggest province MORE
33 Elyse Allan President & CEO GE Canada Influencing the future of major industries MORE
34 Daryl Katz Founder Katz Group Re-making downtown Edmonton MORE
35 Darren Entwistle President & CEO Telus Communications Co. Returned to finish the job MOR
36 Iain Klugman CEO Communitech Teaches big business to think like startups again MORE
37 Stewart Butterfield Founder Slack Changed the way offices work MORE
38 Michael Sabia CEO Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Throws his weight behind Quebec business MORE
39 Calvin Helin President Eagle Spirit Energy Secured First Nations support for pipelines MORE
40 Dominic Barton Global Managing Director McKinsey & Co. Advises the world’s top CEOs MORE
41 Kirstine Stewart VP, North American Media Twitter Helps women discover their leadership potential MORE
42 Wes Hall Founder & CEO Kingsdale Shareholder Services Navigates high-stakes boardroom battles MORE
43 Marc-André Blanchard CEO McCarthy Tétrault Keeps Big Law fresh MORE
44 Jos Schmitt President & CEO Aequitas Innovations Inc. Bringing change to capital markets MORE
45 Victor Dodig CEO Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Gives competitors a reason to fear CIBC MORE
46 Wally Smith President Dairy Farmers of Canada Protects Big Dairy’s turf MORE
47 Garry Reece Mayor Lax Kw’alaams Band Could make or break LNG MORE
48 Ann Cavoukian Executive Director Privacy & Big Data Institute, Ryerson University Tells business how to keep data safe MORE
49 Benoit Daignault CEO Export Development Canada Pushes businesses to go abroad MORE
50 Imran Amed Founder Business of Fashion Built a huge following in a $1 trillion industry MORE