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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

    Dec. at 75 (1847-1922)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, 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 first...  more

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    Alice Wong

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceChina, Hong Kong, Eurasia, Asia

    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 the...  more
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    BirthplaceRiver 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....  more
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    Ashley Dunfield

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    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 Football...  more
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    BirthplaceToronto, 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

    Dec. at 78 (1927-2005)

    BirthplaceWalden, Greater Sudbury, Canada

    Jack Sydney George "Bud" Cullen, (April 20, 1927 – July 5, 2005) was a Canadian Federal Court judge and politician....  more
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    Calvin Ayre

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceLloydminster, 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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    BirthplaceHanna, 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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    Dan Servos

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

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    Dani Reiss

    Age: 47
    Dani Reiss is a Canadian entrepreneur, best known for his role as president & CEO of Canadian premium outerwear company, Canada Goose Inc....  more
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    BirthplaceWinnipeg, 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....  more
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    David HC Soul

    Age: 69

    BirthplaceNew 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 and in...
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    David Xiao

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceGuizhou, 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

    Dec. at 92 (1914-2007)

    BirthplaceColonial 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 his flagship...  more
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    BirthplaceVancouver, 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

    Dec. at 75 (1933-2008)

    BirthplaceToronto, 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 fifth-richest...  more
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    Ezekiel Hart

    Dec. at 76 (1767-1843)

    BirthplaceTrois-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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    BirthplaceGreater 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

    Age: 89

    BirthplaceGutenberg 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 Aurora,...  more
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    Graham G Alexander

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceOaxaca, Mexico

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    BirthplaceQuebec 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 estimated net...  more
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    Harry Markland Molson

    Dec. at 55 (1856-1912)

    BirthplaceMontreal, 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 of...  more
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    Henry Dunfield

    Age: 65