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Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #49 — Benoit Daignault

Pushes businesses to go abroad

Benoit Daignault, CEO, Export Development Canada
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#49: Benoit Daignault

CEO, Export Development Canada

Why he matters: Pushes businesses to go abroad

After taking over for Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz at EDC in 2014, Benoit Daignault hasn’t wasted any time getting down to business. This spring, he called on Canadian CEOs to “get their hands dirty” and look beyond the U.S. for export opportunities. Canada’s economy is sluggish as a result of low oil prices, and hopes are high that exporters can step up, expand and juice growth. Daignault is the guy who can help them get there.

More of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People:

▲ #48 Ann Cavoukian
▼ #50 Imran Amed