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List of notable or famous entrepreneurs from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top entrepreneurs born in Canada and even some popular entrepreneurs who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian entrepreneurs then this list is the perfect resource for you. These entrepreneurs are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known entrepreneur from Canada is included when available.

People here include everything from Alexander Graham Bell to Herbert Henry Dow.

This historic entrepreneurs from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian entrepreneurs of note?" and "Who are the most famous entrepreneurs from Canada?" These prominent entrepreneurs of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian entrepreneurs.

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Alexander Graham Bell Died at 75 (1847-1922) Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell's father, grandfather, and ...more

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Alice Wong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Alice Wong age 69 Alice Siu-Ping Chan Wong, PC, MP is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the electoral district of Richmond. She is a member of the Conservative Party and formerly served as the ...more

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Anna Sutherland Bissell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Anna Sutherland Bissell Died at 88 (1846-1934) Anna Sutherland Bissell was president and later chair of the board of the Bissell Corporation, a vacuum cleaner manufacturer.

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Ashley Dunfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
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Bob Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Bob Young Robert "Bob" Young is a serial entrepreneur whose biggest success has been Red Hat Inc, the open source software company. He is also the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the ...more

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Brad Templeton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Brad Templeton age 57 Brad Templeton is a software architect, civil rights advocate, and entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of Waterloo. Templeton is considered one of the early luminaries of Usenet, and ...more

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Bud Cullen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Bud Cullen Died at 78 (1927-2005) Bud Cullen, PC was a Canadian Federal Court judge and politician.

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Calvin Ayre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Calvin Ayre age 56 Calvin Ayre is a Canadian entrepreneur and founder of the Bodog entertainment brand. In 1992 he laid the groundwork for the organization that eventually became online gambling company Bodog and ...more

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Chad Kroeger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Chad Kroeger age 43 Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band Nickelback. In addition to his work with Nickelback, Kroeger has ...more

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Craig Hennessey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada

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Dan Servos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Dan Servos age 60

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Dani Reiss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Dani Reiss age 44 Dani Reiss is a Canadian entrepreneur, best known for his role as president & CEO of Canadian premium outerwear company, Canada Goose Inc.

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David Culver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
David Culver age 93 David Michael Culver, CC OQ is a Canadian businessman and former Chairman and CEO of Alcan Aluminum Limited, from 1979 to 1989. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Culver attended Selwyn House School, ...more

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David HC Soul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
David HC Soul age 66 David HC Soul (born 1951 New Westminster, BC, Canada)I am an entrepreneur but in the past have been employed by a number of small to medium sized business across a wide spectrum of industries ...more

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David Xiao is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
David Xiao age 57 David Hui Xiao is a Canadian businessman and politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Edmonton-McClung as a Progressive

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Ed Mirvish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Ed Mirvish Died at 93 (1914-2007) Edwin “Honest Ed” Mirvish, OC, CBE was a Canadian businessman, philanthropist and theatrical impresario who lived in Toronto, Ontario. He is known for his flagship business, Honest Ed's, a ...more

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Edison Chen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Edison Chen age 37 Edison Koon-hei Chen is a Hong Kong Canadian film actor, musician, producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. Chen is also the founder of CLOT Inc., and the CEO of Clot Media Division ...more

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Edward Samuel Rogers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Edward Samuel Rogers Died at 75 (1933-2008) Edward Samuel "Ted" Rogers Jr., OC was the President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., and the fifth-richest person in Canada in terms of net worth.

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Ezekiel Hart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Ezekiel Hart Died at 76 (1767-1843) Ezekiel Hart was an entrepreneur and politician in British North America. He is often said to be the first Jew to be elected to public office in the British Empire, though this assertion is ...more

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Frank Giustra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Frank Giustra age 61 Frank Giustra is a Canadian business executive, who has been particularly successful in the mining and filmmaking industries, and is a noted philanthropist.

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Frank Stronach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Frank Stronach age 85 Frank Stronach, CM is an Austrian and Canadian businessman and politician. He is the founder of Magna International, an international automotive parts company based in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, ...more

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Graham G Alexander is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Graham G Alexander age 49

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Guy Laliberté is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Guy Laliberté age 58 Guy Laliberté, OC CQ is a Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist, poker player, space tourist, co-founder and the current CEO of Cirque du Soleil. With an estimated net worth of US$2.6 ...more

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Harry Markland Molson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Harry Markland Molson Died at 56 (1856-1912) Harry Markland Molson was a Canadian politician and entrepreneur. Former Mayor of Dorval, Quebec; Governor of Montreal General Hospital, and on the board of directors for the Molson Bank. Victim ...more

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Henry Dunfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Henry Dunfield age 61

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Herbert Henry Dow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Herbert Henry Dow Died at 64 (1866-1930) Herbert Henry Dow was a Canadian born, American chemical industrialist. He was a graduate of Case School of Applied Science in Cleveland, Ohio. His most significant achievement was the founding ...more

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James Terry White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
James Terry White age 33 James Terry White was an American publisher and poet. Given his wide range of interests and involvement in various businesses and cultural activities, he was reputed to be a Renaissance man. In ...more

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Jeff LaPorte is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada

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Jim Balsillie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Jim Balsillie age 57 James Laurence "Jim" Balsillie is a Canadian businessman, philanthropist and co-founder and former co-CEO of the Canadian company Research In Motion. He is also the founder of the ...more

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Jim Pattison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Jim Pattison age 89 James Allen "Jim" Pattison, OC, OBC is a Canadian business magnate and philanthropist. He is based in Vancouver. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Sole Owner of the Jim ...more

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Joe Eigo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Joe Eigo age 38 Joe Eigo is a Canadian stunt performer.

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John Bitove is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
John Bitove age 58 John I. Bitove, Jr. is a noted Canadian businessman and sportsman. Through his holding company Obelysk he is involved in several entities including; Sirius XM Canada Canada's largest subscriber ...more

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John Lefebvre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
John Lefebvre age 66 John Lefebvre, is a Canadian musician, composer, entrepreneur, retired lawyer and philanthropist currently active as a songwriter, touring performer, and recording artist—as well as an activist ...more

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Jonathan Brett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Jonathan Brett age 38

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Joseph Lannin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Joseph Lannin Died at 62 (1866-1928) Joseph John Lannin was a Canadian-born American baseball entrepreneur.

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Ken James is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Ken James Died at 80 (1934-2014) Kenneth Albert James was a Progressive Conservative member of the House of Commons of Canada. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, he was a businessman, farmer, marketing and sales manager by career. He ...more

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Kevin O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Kevin O'Leary age 63 Kevin O'Leary is a Canadian entrepreneur, investor, journalist, writer, financial commentator and television personality. As a television personality, he is a "Shark" investor on ABC's

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Leo Laporte is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Leo Laporte age 61 Leo Gordon Laporte is an American technology broadcaster, author, and entrepreneur.

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Leonard Lee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Leonard Lee age 80 Leonard G. Lee, CM is a Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Lee Valley Tools and Canica Design. Born in 1938, near the hamlet of Algrove in central, rural Saskatchewan, he grew up in a log ...more

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Martha Hall Findlay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Martha Hall Findlay age 58 Martha Hall Findlay is a Canadian businesswoman, entrepreneur, lawyer and politician from Toronto, Ontario. She was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Liberal Party of Canada's ...more

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Matt Ficner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Matt Ficner age 45 Matt Ficner is a Canadian actor, puppeteer, and entrepreneur. For over two decades, Matt has been involved in television, film and theatre projects. As president of Matt Ficner Productions Inc., ...more

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Mike Schreiner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Mike Schreiner age 48 Mike Schreiner is the leader of the Green Party of Ontario. Professionally, he is a small business advocate, entrepreneur and food policy expert. On December 4, 2012, Schreiner was nominated ...more

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Nick Wright is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Nick Wright Nick Wright also known as Nicholas Wright or Nicholas dePencier Wright was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was the founding leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia.

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Orville Redenbacher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Orville Redenbacher Died at 88 (1907-1995) Orville Clarence Redenbacher was an American businessman most often associated with the brand of popcorn that bears his name.

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Pascal-Pierre Paillé is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Pascal-Pierre Paillé age 39 Pascal-Pierre Paillé is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the electoral district of Louis-Hébert in the 2008 Canadian federal election. He is a member of the Bloc ...more

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Peter Munk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Peter Munk age 90 Peter Munk, CC is a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He is the chairman and founder of the mining company Barrick Gold, the world's largest gold-mining corporation.

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Peter Pocklington is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Peter Pocklington age 76 Peter Hugh Pocklington is a Canadian entrepreneur and vocal advocate of free-market capitalism. He is also a convicted felon, having pleaded guilty in the state of California to committing ...more

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Phil Nuytten is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Phil Nuytten age 77 R. T. "Phil" Nuytten is a Canadian entrepreneur, deep-ocean explorer, scientist, inventor of the Newtsuit, and founder of Nuytco Research Ltd. He has pioneered designs related to ...more

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Rahim Jaffer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Rahim Jaffer age 46 Rahim Nizar Jaffer is a former Canadian politician and a former Member of Parliament. He served in the Canadian House of Commons from 1997 to 2008, representing the Alberta riding of ...more

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Robert Kulhawy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Robert Kulhawy age 58 Robert E. Kulhawy is a Canadian entrepreneur he was the CEO of HFI Flooring Inc when it was placed under a Company Creditor's Arrangement Act protective order in 2001 pending the submission of a ...more