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Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #22 — Galen G. Weston

Commands a growing retail empire

Galen G. Weston, President, Loblaw Cos. Ltd.
(Michelle Siu/CP)

#22: Galen G. Weston

President, Loblaw Cos. Ltd.

Why he matters: Commands a growing retail empire

Canada’s Richest People rank: #2

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.

More of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People:

▲ #21 Sarah Irving
▼ #23 Shane Smith