#22: Galen G. Weston
President, Loblaw Cos. Ltd.
Why he matters: Commands a growing retail empire
Last year ended on a high note for the Weston family scion, with the completion of the merger between Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart. This year presented its share of challenges: a $2-billion lawsuit related a 2013 factory collapse in Bangladesh; the threat of strike action from some 12,000 workers; and an investigation from the Competition Bureau. Nevertheless, under Galen G. Weston’s guidance, the company expanded internationally, announcing plans for 25 Joe Fresh stores in Asia, the Middle East, Mexico and Central America.