Power List

The Power List 2023

Ranking the 100 Canadians Shaping the Country in 2023
Rachel Heinrichs, Emily Landau, Jason McBride, Philip Preville, Mark Pupo, Courtney Shea, Mathew Silver, Katie Underwood and H.G. Watson

March 8, 2023

After three pandemic-plagued years, Canadians have emerged, squinting and disoriented, into a new world order. While we were baking sourdough in lockdown, artificial intelligence evolved from the stuff of movie magic into big business. Basketball and soccer closed in on hockey to join the ranks of Canada’s national games. We finally began taking climate change seriously, churning out electric vehicles by the thousands and building skyscrapers out of renewable timber. And the coolest place to film a prestige TV show was suddenly...Alberta?

Commanding this weird, cool, occasionally scary new reality is a cohort of Canadians whose ideas and inventions are forging new industries and reinventing old ones. We’ve selected the top 10 changemakers in 10 categories. There’s Kris Collins, a former hairdresser who entertains some 48 million Gen Zers with her bite-sized TikTok sketches. Mindy Wight and Khelsilem of the Squamish Nation are in charge of a revolutionary $3-billion housing development in Vancouver. And tech whiz Raquel Urtasun is teaching cars how to drive themselves. Some of the people on our list are already household names. The rest are about to be.

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SPORTS STARS

SPORTS STARS

1. SCOTTIE BARNES
NBA

The Raptors’ budding superstar is ushering in a new era of Toronto basketball
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POLITICAL BACKROOMERS

POLITICAL BACKROOMERS

Campaigns are no longer about persuading swing voters to like you. They are about motivating your supporters to turn out.

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AI TRAILBLAZERS

AI TRAILBLAZERS

IVAN ZHANG, AIDAN GOMEZ & NICK FROSST
Founders, Cohere

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REAL ESTATE REFORMERS

REAL ESTATE REFORMERS

Khelsilem and Wight, young and ambitious, are poised to endow the Squamish people with unprecedented wealth and influence

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HEALTH CARE INNOVATORS

HEALTH CARE INNOVATORS

Lafontaine’s ability to consider the greater whole was his biggest asset when he assumed the CMA’s top job

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GAMING TYCOONS

GAMING TYCOONS

Haven Studios’ work on that secret Sony multiplayer title has become a huge talent draw

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HOLLYWOOD NORTH STARS

HOLLYWOOD NORTH STARS

With his unique ability to meld mass appeal and uncompromising artistry, Villeneuve has the best chance of pulling it off

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FOOD TITANS

FOOD TITANS

While Canadians struggled to pay their weekly grocery bills, Weston has received heat for his astronomical wealth

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EV ENTREPRENEURS

EV ENTREPRENEURS

The feds are pumping billions into making Canada a nation of EV drivers. Marissa West is making it happen on an industrial scale.

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TIKTOK INFLUENCERS

TIKTOK INFLUENCERS

To a large corner of the internet, Collins is Cameron Diaz meets Carol Burnett meets Amy Schumer

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