The Power Issue outsiders: 7 Canadians doing big things abroad

And foreigners who have a huge influence on Canada
Janet Hostetter / AP

7 of Canada’s biggest power exports

1. Mark Carney: The Don Draper of central banking left Canada behind to head up the Bank of England

2. Moya Greene: After leaving Canada Post, she became the first woman and non-Brit to be CEO of Britain’s Royal Mail

3. Dominic Barton: Head of McKinsey & Co., the prestigious (and pricey) consulting firm of choice for corporations and governments worldwide

4. Yannick Nézet-Séguin: The maestro of Montreal has conducted major ensembles across the world, and is now finding a home as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

5. Ted Cruz: The Calgary-born Tea Party darling renounced his Canadian citizenship, then helped orchestrate the U.S. government shutdown

6. Andrew Wiggins: Basketball’s next LeBron James could be from Brampton, Ont.

7. Lorne Michaels: The kingmaker of late night, he not only still runs Saturday Night Live, but his alum—Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers—have filled the gaps on NBC left by Jay Leno

…and 7 foreigners having a huge impact on Canada

1. Tom Steyer: Lots of Americans oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, but only Steyer has a billion-dollar bank account to deploy against it

2. Steve Eisman: The hedge fund manager made a fortune on Wall Street betting on a U.S. housing market collapse. He thinks Canada is next.

3. Naguib Sawiris: The Egyptian telecom billionaire tried to buy Allstream, but the Canadian government blocked him. He’s taking his cash elsewhere, and warning others not to invest here.

4. Gary Bettman: Love him or loathe him (and after the NHL lockout last year, many lean to the latter), he’s still the one pulling the strings for our national game

5. Gregg Steinhafel: When the CEO of Target set his sights north of the 49th for a massive expansion, he blew up the Canadian retail scene and the dust has yet to settle

6. Bruce Heyman: The Obama fundraiser tapped to be the next ambassador to Canada, and his wife Vicki, should bring fresh energy to cross-border relations

7. Bill Boor: The executive at Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources is playing hardball with Ontario to develop the multi-billion-dollar “Ring of Fire” chromite mining project