2021 Power List


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There is no shortage of opinion about who made it onto the Maclean’s Power List, and who didn’t. So here’s a chance to remix the list.

How we chose our Power List

Our Editorial: We picked 50 Canadians who we think represent power in a time of transformative change and are moving the needle in their chosen fields
Chamath Palihapitiya (Justin Maxon)

Chamath Palihapitiya, the billionaire venture capitalist investing in a better world

While the U of Waterloo alumnus has some negative feedback for capitalism in its current form, he uses market forces to put his massive wealth to work for the betterment of society
Cindy Blackstock (Photograph by Jessica Deeks)

Cindy Blackstock: A relentless champion for Indigenous children’s rights

She serves as executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, whose litigation against Canada has secured hundreds of thousands of services for First Nations youth
Wes Hall (Courtesy of Kingsdale Advisors)

How Wes Hall is attacking racist systems, starting at the top

The Torontonian—who grew up in a tin shack in Jamaica and went on to establish a top shareholder advisory firm—launched the BlackNorth Initiative to nudge social change starting in Canada’s boardrooms
Tobias Lütke (Courtesy of Shopify)

Why Shopify’s Tobias Lütke is No. 2 on the 2021 Maclean’s Power List

The software company’s nimbleness and growth during the pandemic has cemented the reputation of its CEO as one of Canada’s foremost business visionaries
(Courtesy of Adam Scotti/PMO)

Why Justin Trudeau is No. 1 on the 2021 Maclean’s Power List

Paul Wells: Dismiss the Prime Minister if you like, but the fact is that in the past year he had (and used) power on a scale nobody in the country could match


50 Canadians who are breaking ground, leading the debate and shaping how we think and live