Rogers and Telus CEO Part of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016

by Istvan Fekete on November 20, 2015

Earlier this month, we saw a list of the Best Brands of 2016, so now it’s time to have a look at a list of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People for 2016.

The top 50 list contains executives, entrepreneurs, politicos, and thinkers from various fields and industries who are changing the way Canada does business. At the top of the list we find Rachel Notley, the premier of Province Alberta, because she “has all of Canada waiting for answers”.

In second place we find Mark Wiseman, president and CEO of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, followed by John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS Ventures, while newly elected prime minister Justin Trudeau ranks (only) fourth. Mike Lazaridis, founder of Quantum Valley Investments and BlackBerry co-founder, closes the top five.

The Canadian telecom sector is represented by the CEOs of the two biggest players (the third, Bell, somehow didn’t make it onto the list), Rogers and Telus. Rogers CEO Guy Laurence grabbed the 31st position for “upending the telecommunications sector”. As the publication notes: “Early in his tenure, Guy Laurence dismissed a regulatory complaint filed by a competitor as coming from “crybaby Bell.” The comment signalled that Laurence had no interest in following conventions. He’s led a massive transformation of Rogers (owner of Canadian Business), from its corporate structure to its wireless plans. He’s also struck strategic partnerships with Vice Media and Spotify, demonstrating a keen understanding of the new media landscape.”

Telus CEO Darren Entwistle ranked 35th, because he “returned to finish the job”. You may recall that earlier this year Telus went through a CEO shuffle, as Joe Natale reportedly declined to make the required move to the company’s head office in Vancouver, so Entwistle was called back to take the top position once again.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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