Most Powerful People

Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Business People 2014

The top 50 rainmakers and string-pullers

Who rules the boardrooms—and backrooms—of Canadian business? We present the second annual Canadian Business Power 50 ranking of the rainmakers, string-pullers and master manipulators who truly make things happen in this country.

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Black and white portrait of OMERS Ventures CEO John Ruffolo

#1 John Ruffolo

CEO, OMERS Ventures

The pension fund-backed VC is building the next generation of Canadian tech stars

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Black and white portrait of U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman

#22 Bruce Heyman

U.S. Ambassador to Canada

The new ambassador has an aggressive trade agenda and no time for platitudes

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Black and white portrait of Ryerson University Institute for Privacy and Big Data Executive Director Ann Cavoukian

#25 Ann Cavoukian

Executive Director, Ryerson University Institute for Privacy and Big Data

The former Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner has the ear of GE, Intel and more

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Black and white portrait of Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith

#38 Shane Smith

Cofounder and CEO, Vice Media

The chief badass of Vice is showing Rupert Murdoch how to do news in the 21st century

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Black and white portrait of KPMB Founding partner Bruce Kuwabara

#50 Bruce Kuwabara

Founding Partner, KPMB Architects

The cofounder of Canada’s hottest architecture firm is exporting Canadian design to head offices around the world

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Screenshot of an infographic mapping how the Canadian Business Power 50 members are connected

How Canada’s Most Powerful People are connected

The universities, charities and think tanks that tie the Power 50 together

Powerful people have powerful friends. Canada’s Most Powerful Business People can draw on a network of institutions and informal backchannels to make things happen. Here are a few of those connections.

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