Most Powerful People

The Power 50: Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016

Who really calls the shots in corporate Canada? Meet the 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 about where they got their influence and why they matter now.

RankNameTitleOrganizationWhy they matter
1Rachel NotleyPremierProvince of AlbertaHas all of Canada waiting for answers MORE »
2Mark WisemanPresident & CEOCanada Pension Plan Investment BoardEnsures you can retire MORE »
3John RuffoloCEOOMERS VenturesBankrolls Canada’s tech resurgence MORE »
4Justin TrudeauPrime MinisterCanadaSets the country’s priorities MORE »
5Mike LazaridisFounderQuantum Valley InvestmentsBuilding the next Silicon Valley in Waterloo, Ont. MORE »
6Steve WilliamsPresident & CEOSuncor Energy Inc.Doesn’t let depressed oil prices slow him down MORE »
7Prem WatsaChairman & CEOFairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.Has investors hanging on his every word MORE »
8Stephen PolozGovernorBank of CanadaSafeguards the economy MORE »
9Alain BouchardFounderAlimentation Couche-TardConquered the world, one convenience store at a time MORE »
10Deborah GillisPresident & CEOCatalyst Inc.Pushes corporations to advance women MORE »
11Tobias LütkeCo-Founder & CEOShopify Inc.Proved it’s safe for tech firms to go public again MORE »
12Jason KenneyMember of ParliamentCalgary MidnaporeRallying the opposition in Parliament MORE »
13Jim BalsillieInnovation Lobbyist Speaks for the tech sector MORE »
14John ToryMayorCity of TorontoPut the country’s biggest city back on track MORE »
15Karen McKibbinPresidentNordstrom CanadaSetting a new standard for customer service MORE »
16Bruce FlattCEOBrookfield Asset ManagementWields a massive portfolio MORE »
17Angela StrangePartnerAndreessen HorowitzConnects Canadian startups to Silicon Valley MORE »
18Jim PattisonFounderThe Jim Pattison GroupProves age is just a number MORE »
19Jeffrey OrrPresident & CEOPower Financial Corp.The Demarais family’s chosen one MORE »
20David ThomsonChairmanThomson ReutersBringing the Thomson name to new frontiers MORE »
21Sarah IrvingEVP & Chief Brand OfficerIrving OilA scion in the making MORE »
22Galen G. WestonPresidentLoblaw Cos. Ltd.Commands a growing retail empire MORE »
23Shane SmithCo-Founder & CEOVice MediaTearing down the old media establishment MORE »
24Ryan HolmesFounder & CEOHootsuite Media Inc.Showing Vancouver can compete with Silicon Valley MORE »
25Bruce HeymanU.S. Ambassador to Canada Strengthening U.S.-Canada Relations MORE »
26Dave MowatPresident & CEOATB FinancialAt the centre of Alberta’s petro politics MORE »
27John ChenCEOBlackBerryGave us a reason to root for BlackBerry MORE »
28Frank McKennaDeputy ChairTD Bank GroupHas a direct line to business and government MORE »
29Markus FrindFounderPlenty of FishPutting his fortune back into business MORE »
30Frank GiustraFinancier & Philanthropist Believes mining will rise again MORE »
31Guy LaurencePresident & CEORogers Communications Inc.Upending the telecommunications sector MORE »
32Ed ClarkPremier’s Business AdvisorProvince of OntarioAccomplished the impossible in our biggest province MORE »
33Elyse AllanPresident & CEOGE CanadaInfluencing the future of major industries MORE »
34Daryl KatzFounderKatz GroupRe-making downtown Edmonton MORE »
35Darren EntwistlePresident & CEOTelus Communications Co.Returned to finish the job MORE »
36Iain KlugmanCEOCommunitechTeaches big business to think like startups again MORE »
37Stewart ButterfieldFounderSlackChanged the way offices work MORE »
38Michael SabiaCEOCaisse de dépôt et placement du QuébecThrows his weight behind Quebec business MORE »
39Calvin HelinPresidentEagle Spirit EnergySecured First Nations support for pipelines MORE »
40Dominic BartonGlobal Managing DirectorMcKinsey & Co.Advises the world’s top CEOs MORE »
41Kirstine StewartVP, North American MediaTwitterHelps women discover their leadership potential MORE »
42Wes HallFounder & CEOKingsdale Shareholder ServicesNavigates high-stakes boardroom battles MORE »
43Marc-André BlanchardCEOMcCarthy TétraultKeeps Big Law fresh MORE »
44Jos SchmittPresident & CEOAequitas Innovations Inc.Bringing change to capital markets MORE »
45Victor DodigCEOCanadian Imperial Bank of CommerceGives competitors a reason to fear CIBC MORE »
46Wally SmithPresidentDairy Farmers of CanadaProtects Big Dairy’s turf MORE »
47Garry ReeceMayorLax Kw'alaams BandCould make or break LNG MORE »
48Ann CavoukianExecutive DirectorPrivacy & Big Data Institute, Ryerson UniversityTells business how to keep data safe MORE »
49Benoit DaignaultCEOExport Development CanadaPushes businesses to go abroad MORE »
50Imran AmedFounderBusiness of FashionBuilt a huge following in a $1 trillion industry MORE »