Famous Canadian Business People

Popularly known as the Great White North, Canada has been an important pothole of world business deals today. And why not, for it is home to some of the most proficient deal makers and influential pedlars of the west. Call them business magnates or trade honchos, they are the true moguls of business who have helped Canada become a powerhouse that it is today. Who can undermine the contribution of Pattison Empire by still-effervescent Jim Pattison who has dodged age as just a number? Can you ignore the efforts by Heather Reisnman as the CEO of Indigo Books & Music Inc? The name Paul Browning is enough to define the next generation Canadian oil and gas market. Had Frank Mckenna had a LinkedIn profile, the internet would surely have been jammed! Does the name Mark Wiseman ring a bell? Sure it does, for he is responsible for managing the largest pot of investable money in Canada; his decisions affecting the fate of 18 million Canadians! The boardrooms and backrooms of Canada’s top business houses wouldn’t have worked as efficiently as they are, had these men and women not acted as torchbearers! Peek-a-boo into this section and update yourself with the profile, life and works of some of the most influential and famous Canadian business magnates.

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 1 Kevin O’Leary

Kevin O’Leary.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Canadian business magnate Kevin O'Leary founded SoftKey, which was later acquired by Mattel and renamed The Learning Company. He also appeared on Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den, and The Lang and O'Leary Exchange. He was in the run for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada but dropped out later.

 2 Antoni Porowski

Antoni Porowski.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: March 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Antoni Porowski is a Polish-Canadian TV personality, actor, author, and chef. He served as the food and wine expert in the Netflix series Queer Eye. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. He is a self-taught cook. He was named the Sexiest Reality Star on People's annual list in 2019.

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 3 Drew Scott

Drew Scott.
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Famous As: Actor, Realtor
Birthdate: April 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Drew Scott is best known for hosting Property Brothers and Buying and Selling with his twin brother, Jonathan. The twins are also owners of the brands Scott Living and Dream Homes, and have founded Scott Brothers Entertainment, with another bother. An avid philanthropist, he was named a "Habitat Humanitarian."

 4 Robert Herjavec

Robert Herjavec.
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Famous As: Business People
Birthdate: September 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varaždin, Croatia
Investor Robert Herjavec founded the internet security software BRAK Systems, which he later sold to AT&T. He also established the Herjavec Group and turned it into one of Canada’s biggest IT security firms. He has also appeared in Dragons' Den and Shark Tank, and has authored several business books.

 5 Maryse Ouellet

Maryse Ouellet.
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Maryse Ouellet is a Canadian-American businesswoman, actress, and professional wrestler. Currently signed to WWE, Ouellet often appears alongside her husband and WWE superstar The Miz. In 2008, Maryse won the WWE Divas Championship and went on to become the third-longest reigning Divas Champion in the history of WWE. In 2009, she was ranked ninth in the PWI Female 50 list.

 6 Linus Sebastian

Linus Sebastian.
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Famous As: CEO of Linus Media Group
Birthdate: August 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Linus Sebastian is a Canadian YouTube personality whose technology channel Linus Tech Tips is ranked highly among Google's most preferred advertising channels for the technology category on YouTube. Also an entrepreneur, Sebastian owns a video sharing platform called Floatplane Media. Sebastian is also credited with founding Linus Media Group for which he has been serving as the CEO since 2013.

 7 Li Ka-shing

Li Ka-shing.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 29, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chaozhou
Li Ka-shing, also known as Superman, remains Hong Kong’s richest man, in spite of a drop in his net worth due to the Hong Kong riots and the coronavirus pandemic. The business tycoon is known for his association with Hutchison and for his investments in the video-conferencing platform Zoom.
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 8 Mark Carney

Mark Carney
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: March 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada

After his 13-year stint with Goldman Sachs, Mark Carney served as the governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England. He was also part of the Canadian finance department. He is an ice-hockey lover and played the sport actively during the school and university days.

 9 Nathan Fielder

Nathan Fielder
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A graduate of Humber College Comedy, Nathan Joseph Fielder is best known for his hit docu-realty television series, Nathan for You. Beginning his career in 2006 as the writer-director of a short film called Morris; he made his  acting debut with a television series called This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Today, he is considered an established writer, director and comedian.

 10 Peaches

Peaches.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Canadian musician Merrill Nisker was fighting thyroid cancer in 2000, when she suddenly changed her name to Peaches and worked on a phenomenal album named The Teaches of Peaches. The queer singer has gained followers for her gender-oriented lyrics and her sexual gestures during her stage performances. 

 11 Garrett Camp

Garrett Camp.
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Famous As: Innovator & Entrepreneurs
Birthdate: October 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calgary

Tech magnate Garrett Camp made headlines in 2020 when he quit his position of board director of Uber, a company co-founded by him, to focus on its product strategy. Camp has also formed companies such as StumbleUpon and the start-up incubator Expa Labs, and is part of The Giving Pledge.

 12 Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes
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Famous As: Investors
Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada

 13 Jack L Warner

Jack L Warner.
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Famous As: Film Executive
Birthdate: August 2, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, Canada
Died: September 9, 1978

One of 12 children of Polish immigrants, Jack L Warner, along with three of his brothers, formed the iconic production house Warner Bros. Apart from producing the first talkie, The Jazz Singer, and iconic films such as Casablanca, they also launched the careers of the who’s who of Hollywood.

 14 Seth Bullock

Seth Bullock
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amherstburg, Canada
Died: September 23, 1919

Canadian-American frontiersman, hardware store owner, sheriff, U.S. Marshal, horse breeder and hotel owner Seth Bullock is best known for building the Bullock Hotel, the oldest hotel in Deadwood. Bullock was appointed the first sheriff of the then lawless Dakota where he eventually emerged as a prominent figure civilizing the rowdy camp without killing anyone.

 15 Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: January 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Nicknamed "The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion and a six-time All-Star record-breaker. The Hockey Hall of Fame inductee played for four NHL teams from 1979 to 1999, was the leading scorer in NHL history, and served as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.

 16 Joe Clark

Joe Clark.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: High River, Canada

Joe Clark is a Canadian statesman, businessman, and politician. In 1979, he became the youngest person to be elected as the prime minister of Canada and served in this position until 1980. He lost the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1983 before gaining prominence once again in 1984 when he served as a senior cabinet minister. 

 17 Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma.
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Famous As: Writer, Public Speaker
Birthdate: June 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port Hawkesbury

Canadian writer Robin Sharma is best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. A qualified lawyer, he is an alumnus of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. He has published several books on stress management and spirituality. He is the founder of the training company Sharma Leadership International.

 18 Doug Ford

Doug Ford.
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Famous As: Businessman, Politician
Birthdate: November 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Canadian entrepreneur and politician Doug Ford is currently serving as the premier of Ontario. He belongs to the Progressive Conservative party and also co-owns the printing business Deco Labels and Tags. He is an ethical vegetarian. He has also co-authored a book with his brother, Rob Ford.

 19 Shane Smith

Shane Smith
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

 20 Sean Avery

Sean Avery
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Famous As: Ice hockey player, Model, Restaurateur
Birthdate: April 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: North York

 21 Sergio Marchionne

Sergio Marchionne
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: June 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Died: July 25, 2018
Italian-Canadian businessman Sergio Marchionne turned around the fortune of Fiat as its CEO. A qualified lawyer, he initially worked as a tax consultant. Throughout his illustrious career, he had led companies such as Lawson Mardon, Algroup, and Chrysler Group. He was mostly found in his trademark black sweater.

 22 Michael Rapino

Michael Rapino
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Famous As: Business executive
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

 23 Feras Antoon

Feras Antoon
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

Canadian pornographer Feras Antoon is best known as co-founder and CEO of the privately held Canadian company called MindGeek that mainly focuses on pornography. It is considered to be the largest pornography company across the world and runs many popular pornographic video sharing websites like Pornhub, YouPorn and RedTube, and also adult film production companies like Brazzers and Reality Kings.

 24 Maxime Bernier

Maxime Bernier
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada

 25 Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden
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Famous As: Cosmetologist
Birthdate: December 31, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
Died: October 18, 1966

 26 John Tory

John Tory.
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Famous As: Mayor of Toronto
Birthdate: May 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

John Tory is a Canadian politician who is serving as the current mayor of Toronto. Before establishing himself as a politician, Tory was a businessman, lawyer, and political strategist. John Tory has several honors under his belt, including the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2011, he was honored with a Harry Jerome Award. 

 27 Galen Weston

Galen Weston
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marlow

 28 David Baszucki

David Baszucki.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius

David Baszucki is a Canadian-born American entrepreneur and inventor. He is credited with co-founding the Roblox Corporation, for which he also serves as the CEO. He is also credited with co-founding Knowledge Revolution, a company which was obtained by MSC Software in 1998. In 2017 and 2018, Baszucki was named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.

 29 Peter Nygård

Peter Nygård
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Famous As: businessperson
Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 30 Brendan Shanahan

Brendan Shanahan
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Famous As: Ice Hockey executive
Birthdate: January 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mimico, Ontario, Canada

 31 Edgar Bronfman Jr.

Edgar Bronfman Jr..
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Seagram heir Edgar Bronfman Jr. initially avoided joining his family business. Skipping college, he set out to make a career in music and movies, making the commercially unsuccessful film The Border. He later joined Seagram and also served Warner Music as its CEO. He is now the chairman of FuboTV.

 32 Jim Treliving

Jim Treliving
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Birthdate: May 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Virden

 33 Jim Pattison

Jim Pattison
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Birthdate: October 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saskatoon

 34 Stewart Butterfield

Stewart Butterfield
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lund, British Columbia, Canada

 35 Michael Lee-Chin

Michael Lee-Chin
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Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: January 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica

 36 Frank McKenna

Frank McKenna
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Banker, Diplomat
Birthdate: January 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Apohaqui, New Brunswick

Frank McKenna is a Canadian businessman who is currently serving as the Toronto-Dominion Bank's Deputy Chairman. A former politician, McKenna served as the premier of New Brunswick between 1987 and 1997. An influential and authoritative leader, McKenna was expected to lead the federal Liberal Party in 2008 after the resignation of Stéphane Dion. However, he didn't contest for the position.

 37 Guy Laliberte

Guy Laliberte
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

 38 Paul Snider

Paul Snider
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver
Died: August 14, 1980

 39 Alice Dixson

Alice Dixson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.

 40 Jayde Nicole

Jayde Nicole
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

 41 Daryl Katz

Daryl Katz
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edmonton

 42 Belinda Stronach

Belinda Stronach
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Famous As: Politician, Businesswoman, Philanthropist
Birthdate: May 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newmarket

 43 Edgar Bronfman Sr.

Edgar Bronfman Sr.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: December 21, 2013

 44 Jack Kent Cooke

Jack Kent Cooke
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: October 25, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Died: April 6, 1997

 45 Peter Munk

Peter Munk
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest

Peter Munk was a Hungarian-Canadian investor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is credited with founding numerous high-profile business ventures, such as Clairtone Sound Corporation Limited, Barrick Gold Corporation, and TrizecHahn Corporation. He also helped found the Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation which has given away over $300 million to various non-profit organizations that aim at improving the lives of Canadians.

 46 Alex Anthopoulos

Alex Anthopoulos
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Famous As: chief executive officer
Birthdate: May 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal

 47 Eugene Melnyk

Eugene Melnyk
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Famous As: Chief executive officer
Birthdate: May 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

 48 William Stephenson

William Stephenson
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: January 31, 1989

 49 Victor Li Tzar-kuoi

Victor Li Tzar-kuoi
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: British Hong Kong

 50 James J. Hill

James J. Hill.
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Famous As: Canadian-American railroad executive, Businessman
Birthdate: September 16, 1838
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eramosa Township, Ontario, Upper Canada
Died: May 29, 1916