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Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada

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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.

Use this list of renowned Canadian entrepreneurs to discover some new entrepreneurs that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 
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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Dec. at 75 (1847-1922)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Alexander Graham Bell ('Graham' pronounced ) (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a Scottish-born American inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the ...more

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Alice Wong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Age: 70

Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

Alice Siu-Ping Chan Wong (traditional Chinese: 黃陳小萍; simplified Chinese: 黄陈小萍; Jyutping: Wong4 Can4 Siu2 Ping4, born June 30, 1948) is a Canadian politician of the Conservative Party serving as ...more
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Anna Sutherland Bissell ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Dec. at 88 (1846-1934)

Birthplace: River John, Canada

Anna Sutherland Bissell (1846–1934) was the first woman CEO in the United States as the executive board member of the Bissell Corporation, known for its carpet sweepers and vacuum cleaners.
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Ashley Dunfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Ashley Dunfield

Birthplace: Kinderlsey, Saskatchewan, Canada, North America

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Bob Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada

Birthplace: Canada, Ancaster, Ontario

Robert Young is a serial entrepreneur who is best known for founding Red Hat Inc., the open source software company. He also owns the franchise for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian ...more
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Brad Templeton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Age: 58

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Brad Templeton (born June 1960 near Toronto) is a Canadian software developer, internet entrepreneur, online community pioneer, publisher of news, comedy, science fiction and e-books, writer, ...more
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Bud Cullen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Dec. at 78 (1927-2005)

Birthplace: Greater Sudbury, Walden, Canada

Jack Sydney George "Bud" Cullen, (April 20, 1927 – July 5, 2005) 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: 57

Birthplace: Lloydminster, Canada

Calvin Edward Ayre (born May 25, 1961, in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian-Antiguan entrepreneur based in Antigua and Barbuda, and the founder of the Ayre Group and Bodog entertainment ...more
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Chad Kroeger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Age: 44

Birthplace: Hanna, Canada

Chad Robert Kroeger () (born Chad Robert Turton; November 15, 1974) is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band Nickelback. In ...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

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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Dani Reiss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Dani Reiss Age: 45
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
Age: 94

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

David Michael Culver, (December 5, 1924 – February 6, 2017) was a Canadian businessman and former Chairman and CEO of Alcan Aluminum Limited, from 1979 to 1989.
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David HC Soul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
David HC Soul Age: 67

Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada

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: 58

Birthplace: Guizhou, China

David Hui Xiao (born November 17, 1960) is a Canadian businessman and politician. From 2008 to 2015 he was Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of ...more
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Ed Mirvish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Dec. at 93 (1914-2007)

Birthplace: Colonial Beach, Virginia

Edwin "Honest Ed" Mirvish, (July 24, 1914 – July 11, 2007) was an American-Canadian businessman, philanthropist and theatrical impresario who lived in Toronto, Ontario. He is known for ...more
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Edison Chen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Age: 38

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Edison Koon-hei Chen (born 7 October 1980) is a Hong Kong-Canadian whose career, which started in 1999, was cut short by a photo scandal which revealed he had taken nude photographs of romantic ...more
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Edward Samuel Rogers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Dec. at 75 (1933-2008)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Edward Samuel "Ted" Rogers Jr., OC (May 27, 1933 – December 2, 2008) was a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He was the president and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., and the ...more
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Ezekiel Hart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Dec. at 76 (1767-1843)

Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada

Ezekiel Hart (May 15, 1770 – September 16, 1843) 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 ...more
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Frank Giustra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Age: 62

Birthplace: Greater Sudbury, Canada

Frank Giustra (born August 1957) is a Canadian businessman, mining financier and philanthropist, who also founded Lionsgate Entertainment. From 2001 to 2007, he was the chairman of the merchant ...more
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Frank Stronach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Frank Stronach Age: 86

Birthplace: Gutenberg an der Raabklamm, Austria

Frank Stronach, (born 6 September 1932) is an Austrian and Canadian businessman and politician. He is the founder of Magna International, an international automotive parts company based in ...more
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Graham G Alexander is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Graham G Alexander Age: 50

Birthplace: Oaxaca, Mexico

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Guy Laliberté is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Age: 59

Birthplace: Quebec City, Canada

Guy Laliberté, (born 2 September 1959) is a Canadian businessman, investor, poker player, and musician. Along with Gilles Ste-Croix, he is the co-founder of Cirque du Soleil. With an ...more
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Harry Markland Molson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Canada
Harry Markland Molson Dec. at 56 (1856-1912)

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

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: 62