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Top 10 Most Powerful People in Canada 2022



Top 10 Most Powerful People in Canada 2022

Here is our first annual edition of the Most Powerful People In Canada. The list includes regular citizens to the Prime Minister. In this year’s list, there are more female than male counterparts, according to a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, women will make up the majority of the most powerful people in Canada by 2040. This is due to a number of factors, including more women being educated than men and more women entering the workforce. In fact, there are more female than male counterparts in many fields, including politics, business, and law. While there are still some areas where women are underrepresented, such as science and technology, it is clear that women are making great strides and achieving equality in many aspects of Canadian society.

Here is Canadanewsmedia list of Most Powerful People In Canada:

1. Justine Trudeau


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference to announce that the Emergencies Act is being revoked after Canadian police evicted the last of the trucks and supporters occupying the downtown core in a protest against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 23, 2022. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle


Let’s be honest here, from occupying the highest elected office in the country to being a celebrity politician, Justine Trudeau is not scared of using his power. Dismiss the Prime Minister if you like, knock his brains, his choices, his often demonstrably shaky adherence to principle. But in 2020, 2021, and even 2022 the central fact of Justin Trudeau’s place in the nation’s life was that he had and used power on a scale nobody in the country could match.



2. Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland is a Canadian journalist, author and politician who has served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada since November 2015. Previously, she was a journalist and political commentator and was editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Canada from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, she was nominated for the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and is the current deputy prime minister and finance minister.

Chrystia Freeland wields serious clout, in both the present and future-hypothetical tenses. Along with being deputy prime minister and finance minister—the first woman to hold that prestigious post—she is one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s closest confidants and a leading candidate to succeed him as a Liberal leader whenever the post-Trudeau era should dawn. But that sword cuts both ways: Freeland enjoys the benediction of the inner circle, but that aura could become a shadow of the boss’s missteps and curdled reputation.

Shannon Proudfoot

3. Sherry Brydson

Sherry Brydson

Sherry Brydson is the richest woman in Canada via

Sherry Brydson was raised in Toronto and attended the University of Toronto where she was news editor of the campus paper, The Varsity. In 1969, she authored a series of three articles on pollution that are credited with sparking the Canadian environmental movement, according to a story in the University of Toronto Magazine in 1999. She graduated in 1970 with a degree in political science and left to pursue a career in journalism in the UK, according to the article.

She later moved to Victoria, British Columbia, and began using a closely held company she owns, Westerkirk Capital, to manage a part of her fortune held under the Woodbridge company. Among its investments: developing hotels with Marriott in Nova Scotia, making Twin Otter aircraft in Vancouver Island through her Viking Air subsidiary, and owning a series of AM and FM radio stations through Vista Radio.

Through the Irma J. Brydson foundation, she has given money to support the Toronto YWCA among other social institutions in Canada.

Sherry Brydson is one of the richest Canadians. She owns 23% of the Thomson family’s investment firm, Woodbridge. Brydson’s ventures also go beyond Woodbridge via investment firm Westerkirk Capital, which manages investments in hospitality, aviation and media like Ontario’s Moose FM radio stations. Besides these million-dollar investments, Brydson owns a few small businesses in Toronto including Thai restaurant Bangkok Garden and Elmwood Spa. Bloomberg puts Sherry Brydson’s net worth at $17.38 billion CAN ($13.8 billion US).



4. Tiff Macklem

Tiff Macklem was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective June 3, 2020, for a seven-year term. As Governor, he is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bank and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements. He is chair of the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision, the oversight body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, and co-chair of the Financial Stability Board’s Regional Consultative Group for the Americas. 

Canadians’ biggest concern as 2021 wound down wasn’t the pandemic, health care or the national debt. It was the cost of living. You can blame the free-spending feds, but more responsibility lies with Tiff Macklem, governor of the Bank of Canada. Since his appointment in May 2020, he’s steered the economy through a unique recession with a bond-buying spree and record-low interest rates. Spring 2022 will test Macklem’s choices: the bank’s promised rate hikes may tame inflation yet also throw a wrench into the soaring housing market.

Michael Fraiman



5. Anita Anand

Anita Anand was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Oakville in 2019. She has previously served as Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

Born and raised in rural Nova Scotia, she moved to Ontario in 1985.

In her Oakville community, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children, the Oakville Hospital Foundation, and Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc.

Anand has worked as a scholar, lawyer, and researcher. She has been a legal academic, including as a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto where she held the J.R. Kimber Chair in Investor Protection and Corporate Governance. She served as Associate Dean and was a member of the Governing Board of Massey College and the Director of Policy and Research at the Capital Markets Research Institute, Rotman School of Management. She has also taught law at Yale Law School, Queen’s University, and Western University.

After winning her second election in two years, Anita Anand became the first woman of colour to oversee the Canadian Armed Forces. Her first priority as federal defence minister, she says, is to ensure a cultural change in the military, so “everyone feels safe, protected and respected.” With dozens of recommendations about sexual misconduct and military justice yet to be implemented, and an alarming statistical picture emerging from the volume of class-action claims made by military members, the job’s easier said than done.
But Anand, a career academic who spent 25 years in corporate and securities law, has quickly become one of the stars of Canadian politics—despite, or perhaps because of, an aversion to showboating. Her no-nonsense approach and capable management of thorny issues has earned her regular mentions on lists of potential successors to Trudeau.

Marie-Danielle Smith explains why Anita Anand is No. 5 on The Power List.


6. Jim Pattison


Jim Pattison oversees a sprawling group that operates 25 divisions including packaging, food and entertainment. Pattison’s first business was a GM dealership he bought in 1961. The Canadian billionaire also controls more than 40% of publicly-traded forest products company Canfor. His entertainment division includes Guinness World Records, the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! chain and Great Wolf Lodge’s Canadian franchise rights.

Jim Pattison is an investor, philanthropist and businessman. He is the head of an empire that operates in some 85 countries spanning an array of industries such as supermarkets, lumber, fisheries, disposable packaging, theme parks, auto dealers and more. He opened a Pontiac dealership in 1961; 25 years later, he was selling more cars than anyone else in Western Canada. He grew his business to include other companies such as Overwaitea Foods, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, Save-On-Foods, Guinness World Records and numerous TV and radio stations across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Forbes puts Jim Pattison’s net worth at $15.37 billion CAN ($12.2 billion US).


7. Rosanne Casimir

Rosanne Casimir

Rosanne Casimir has been elected as the new chief of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. She was first elected as a councillor in 2009.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/ Rosanne J. Casimir


Rosanne Casimir elected Kukpi7/Chief for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is the 14th elected Kukpi7/Chief for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. Kukpi7 Roseanne has lineage to the hereditary Chief Louis Clexlixqen (1852 -1915), (Chief Clexlixqen-Casimir and Elizebeth-Patrick and Lucindy-Thomas and Sadie- Kyé7e Annie and Stanley- Kí7ce Patricia and Qé7tse George).

The impassioned yet level response by Kúkpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc to unmarked residential school graves made her a leading voice on the injustice and the challenge of moving forward. She extracted an apology from the Prime Minister for hitting a Tofino, B.C., beach on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and she will be among Indigenous leaders visiting the Vatican this year. Casimir has asked Pope Francis to visit Tk’emlúps; she wouldn’t handle a slight too gently.

Jason Markusoff


8. Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

‘I am truly grateful to be recognized for such a prestigious award at a time when our common troubled atmosphere and our challenged planet is crying out for action from global leaders,’ says Sheila Watt-Cloutier. (Stephen Lowe/Right Livelihood)

Sheila Watt-Cloutier Nobel Peace Prize nominee is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision-makers for more than a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today — the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability — not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed.


9.David Cheriton

David Cheriton

David Cheriton, who is professor emeritus at Stanford University, made his fortune thanks to an early investment in Google.

Cheriton and Andreas von Bechtolsheim (also now a billionaire) each invested $100,000 in Google when it was just getting started.

The pair cofounded 3 companies: Arista Networks (IPO in 2014), Granite Systems (sold to Cisco in 1996) and Kealia (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2004).

Cheriton resigned from Arista’s board in March 2014 and has been unloading his stock; he still owns nearly 10% through a trust for his children.

Cheriton became chief data center scientist at Juniper Networks after the acquisition of his company Apstra in 2021.

10. Taylor Thomson

Taylor Thomson

Taylor Thomson is the granddaughter of Roy Thomson. She owns a 14% stake in her family’s investment company, Woodbridge. Born Lynne Thomson, she later changed her name to Taylor Thomson. The young billionaire passed the bar exam and worked as a lawyer before diving into the world of acting. Taylor Thomson appears to be focusing on building her real estate portfolio with more than $ 120 million worth of real estate in California alone. Bloomberg puts her net worth at $10.78 billion CAN ($8.56 billion US).




Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of decision granting Quebec woman third murder trial



OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal of a decision that ordered a third trial for a woman who has twice been convicted of killing her two daughters.

The Crown had been seeking leave to appeal a Quebec Court of Appeal decision that overturned Adèle Sorella’s 2019 second-degree murder conviction in the deaths of her daughters, Amanda and Sabrina.

Sorella was first convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder in the deaths of the girls, who were eight and nine years old, but that ruling was overturned on appeal in 2017.

At her second trial in 2019, a jury convicted her on two counts of second-degree murder, but that decision was overturned in March after the Appeal Court faulted the trial judge for refusing to accept an argument that organized crime could have played a part in the deaths.

The Supreme Court did not give a reason for dismissing the appeal Thursday, as is customary.

The Quebec Crown prosecutor’s office confirmed that a third murder trial will take place, likely between September and December 2023. The case returns to court Oct. 21 to determine the next steps before trial, prosecutor Audrey Roy-Cloutier said in an email.

The girls were found dead in their playroom on March 31, 2009. Their bodies bore no signs of violence and the cause of their death has never been determined. Sorella’s husband and the girls’ father was Giuseppe De Vito, a man with ties to organized crime who died in prison in 2013 after being poisoned.

Sorella had been granted bail in July 2020 while awaiting the outcome of her appeal.

During the previous trial, she pleaded not guilty due to a mental disorder.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.


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Canada matching more donations for Pakistan flood aid, will raise cap to $5M



OTTAWA — The federal government will extend its matching of donations to help people dealing with catastrophic flooding in Pakistan in hopes the crisis doesn’t fall off the public radar.

“I felt that it wasn’t getting the (media) coverage that a crisis like this deserves,” International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a Thursday interview.

Severe monsoon rains this summer have affected more than 33 million people, many of whom have needed emergency food, water, sanitation and health services.

More than one-third of Pakistan was underwater, including much of its agricultural land, which experts believe will spark a food shortage.

Sajjan said he saw devastating scenes on a visit to the country earlier this month.

“When I was flying over affected areas, you literally could not see the end,” he said.

“Countries that have had the least to do with contributing to climate change are actually now the most greatly affected by it.”

On Sept. 13, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government would match up to $3 million in donations made to the Humanitarian Coalition and its dozen member charities.

That matching campaign was due to end on Wednesday.

Sajjan said it will be extended, and the amount is now capped at $5 million.

Ottawa previously committed $30 million of its own spending.

Sajjan said the idea has been to respond to the immediate, interim and long-term needs of the country, to make sure the right amount of aid dollars reach the correct places.

“What we’re doing is funding in chunks, to make sure we’re assessing the needs in a timely basis so the resources can be there,” he said.

“Now we that we have a little bit of breathing space, we are looking at the midterm need assessment.”

Canada will likely fund climate mitigation work in the country once it has recovered, to lower the impact of future floods, Sajjan said.

He noted that Canada helped fund the early-warning system that officials told him was key to saving lives this summer.

That came after massive 2010 floods in Pakistan.

Within a year, the former Harper government pledged $71.8 million for relief efforts, including $46.8 million from donations Ottawa had matched.

When asked why Canada is only matching slightly more than one-tenth that amount, the Humanitarian Coalition said the funding is in line with cost-matching in past crises such as the 2021 earthquake in Haiti.

“To be sure, the match amount is modest, but it does fit within a recent range,” wrote spokeswoman Marg Buchanan.

She said the amounts are based on what humanitarian groups predict people will donate, “influenced by timing, waning media interest and other dominant stories.”

NDP development critic Heather McPherson argued the Liberals have been slow to put up the funding promised for other humanitarian initiatives.

She pointed to unspent funds in Ukraine and for reproductive health elsewhere.

“Their announcements are starting to be a little slim; I don’t think people are feeling very reassured,” McPherson said.

The Conservatives have called on the government to allow cost-matching for more organizations responding to disasters, including the flooding in Pakistan.

“It is easier (for Ottawa) to say that it is going to match a contribution to this big player, as opposed to saying it is going to match donations to all of the organizations that are doing this work,” Garnett Genuis told the Commons this week.

“Organizations tell me that they get calls from previous donors who say they were going to donate to what they were doing, but they actually want to donate to another organization that is getting matched.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.


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Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear appeals in Alberta coal project case



OTTAWA — Canada’s top court won’t hear an appeal of a regulatory decision that blocked development of an open-pit coal mine in the Alberta Rockies.

In a decision released Thursday, the Supreme Court turned down requests from a coal miner and two First Nations for leave to appeal a decision from Alberta’s energy regulator that found the proposed Grassy Mountain coal mine in the province’s Crowsnest Pass region was not in the public interest.

The dismissed applications were from the Stoney Nakoda and Piikani First Nations and Benga Mining, which had proposed to resume mining for steelmaking coal at a site that had been previously mined.

But in June 2021, a joint federal-provincial review panel said the mine’s likely environmental effects on fish and water quality would outweigh what it called the low-to-moderate economic impacts of the project. Alberta’s regulatory agency denied Benga’s permit application and the federal government soon followed.

Both Benga and the two First Nations, which had signed benefits agreements with the company, first asked the Alberta Court of Appeal for leave to appeal the decision. When they were turned down, they applied to the Supreme Court.

Benga argued the joint federal-provincial review panel erred by ignoring evidence from the company on water quality, fish habitat and the project’s economics. The Piikani and Stoney Nakoda argued the panel didn’t adequately consult them on economic matters related to the exercise of their constitutional rights.

As is usual, the Supreme Court did not provide reasons for denying leave to appeal.

However, the Alberta court had found the applicants were asking justices to reconsider evidence, not correct an error in law. Justice Bernette Ho wrote that Benga was simply asking the court to prefer Benga’s expert evidence to other evidence presented.

Regulators are within their rights to decide which evidence to accept or reject, she wrote.

The Alberta decision also found the panel had plenty of information on Indigenous economic benefits and pointed out both First Nations had been free to file whatever information on those benefits they wanted.

The regulator’s decision on Benga was the first in series of decisions that has severely cramped the United Conservative government’s initial plans for a huge expansion of open-pit steelmaking coal mining in Alberta’s beloved Rockies and foothills.

Thousands of hectares were leased for exploration and several mines were proposed. Loud and near-universal public condemnation of the plans forced the government to back down and issue an order reinstating protections for the region.

That, however, has brought its own legal issues.

The province is now facing two lawsuits from coal companies affected by that reversal.

Atrum Coal Co. argues the government’s move damaged its share price, deprived its shareholders of value and made worthless millions of dollars worth of exploration work already completed. Cabin Ridge Coal, which is privately held, argues the government’s new policy amounts to expropriation of their assets.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.

— By Bob Weber in Edmonton


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