Canada’s outstanding young leaders are being honoured as Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for 2017.

The list includes a who’s-who of Canadian achievement including CEOs, the nation’s top technological and medical minds and a multiple Olympic gold medallist.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the selection of this year’s Top 40. Our team reviewed hundreds of packages submitted by outstanding nominees, each one unique and every one inspiring,” said Caldwell’s Managing Partner for Canada Elan Pratzer.  “It’s been a very exciting process ⎼ Canada has an impressive amount of innovative, creative, hard-working individuals who haven’t yet turned 40! As a country, we should all be extremely proud of our young leaders and feel very confident in Canada’s future.”

The recipients, selected from more than 900 nominations nationwide were selected by an advisory board that includes the likes of CIBC chief executive Victor Dodig, WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky and FirstEnergy co- founder W. Brett Wilson, among others.

BNN will be airing a special interview series on the recipients at 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT on Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer called Canada’s Next Leaders. The series will feature the 40 under 40 recipients and explore the challenges and opportunities they face going forward.

Here are the 2017 Top 40 under 40 honourees:



Taylor Ablitt Co-Founder & CEO Diply London, Ont. Entertainment/Media
Melody Adhami President & COO Plastic Mobile Toronto, Ont. IT/Technology
Sachin Aggarwal Chief Executive Officer Think Research Corporation Toronto, Ont. IT/Technology
Foteini Agrafioti Chief Science Officer &
 Head of RBC Research
RBC Toronto, Ont. Financial Services
Ben Almond
Regional Managing Director &
SVP, Canada
CH2M Burnaby, B.C. Professional Services
Corey Berman President & Co-Founder Koru Distribution Toronto, Ont. Consumer/Retail
Liam Brunham

Assistant Professor &
Principal Investigator,
Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
 University of British Columbia Vancouver, B.C. Academia
Scott Burrows
Senior Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer
Pembina Pipeline Corporation Calgary, Alta. Energy/Resoures
Carinne Chambers-Saini Chief Executive Officer Diva International Inc. Kitchener, Ont. Consumer/Retail
Ian Crosby Co-Founder & CEO Bench Vancouver, B.C. Financial Services
Paul Desmarais III Senior Vice President Power Corporation of Canada Montreal, Que. Financial Services
Avik Dey
Managing Director,
Head of Natural Resources
Canada Pension Plan
Investment Board
Toronto, Ont. Financial Services
Tariq Fancy Founder & CEO The Rumie Initiative Toronto, Ont. IT/Technology
Jonathan Ferrari Co-Founder & CEO Goodfood Market Corp. Saint-Laurent, Que. Consumer/Retail
Harley Finkelstein Chief Operating Officer Shopify Ottawa, Ont. eCommerce
Cody Green Founder & Co-CEO Canada Drives Vancouver, B.C. FinTech
Dr. Patrick T. Gunning
Canada Research Chair &
Professor in Medicinal Chemistry
University of Toronto
Mississauga, Ont. Academia
Reetu Gupta
Chief Operating Officer The Easton's Group &
The Gupta Group
Markham, Ont. Real Estate
Jeremy Gutsche Chief Executive Officer Trend Hunter Toronto, Ont. Professional Services
Michael Katchen Co-Founder & CEO Wealthsimple Toronto, Ont. FinTech
Brad Katsuyama Co-Founder & CEO IEX Group New York, USA Financial Services
Bilal Khan Founding Managing Director OneEleven Toronto, Ont. IT/Technology
Alexandre Lefebvre President  Lefebvre Group Laval, Que. Industrial
Tony Lourakis Chief Executive Officer Fleet Complete Toronto, Ont. IT/Technology
Matias Marquez
Founder and
Chief Operating Officer
Buyatab Online Inc. Vancouver, B.C. eCommerce
Rachel Mielke Founder & CEO Hillberg & Berk Accessories Inc. Regina, Sask.  
Robert Niven Founder & CEO CarbonCure Technologies Inc. Dartmouth, N.S. Industrial
Thomas Park
Assistant Vice President,
Operations & Strategy
Business Development Bank
of Canada, BDC Capital
Montreal, Que. Financial Services
Dr. Nav Persaud
Staff Physician &
Assistant Professor
St. Michael's Hospital and
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ont. Healthcare
Shahrzad Rafati Founder & CEO BroadbandTV Vancouver, B.C. Entertainment/Media
Hossein Rahnama
CEO & Professor Flybits Inc., Ryerson University
& MIT Media Lab
Toronto IT/Technology
Irfhan Rawji Principal Totem Capital Corporation Calgary, Alta. Financial Services
Alex Robertson Chief Executive Officer Camp Oochigeas Toronto, Ont. Not-for-Profit
David Segal Co-Founder DAVIDsTEA and Mad Radish Ottawa, Ont. Consumer/Retail
Joshua Simair Co-Founder and CEO SkipTheDishes Winnipeg, Man. IT/Technology
Matt Switzer
Senior Vice President,
Strategy & Corporate Development
Hootsuite Vancouver, B.C. IT/Technology
Katie Telford
Chief of Staff  Office of the Prime Minister
of Canada
Ottawa, Ont. Government
Dr. Aristotle Voineskos

Director, Slaight Family Centre for Youth
in Transition & Associate Professor,
 University of Toronto
Centre for 
Addiction and Mental Health 
Toronto, Ont. Healthcare
Hayley Wickenheiser
CEO, Philanthropist
& six-time Olympian
Wick Hockey  Calgary, Alta. Other 
Kristen Wood Creator & CEO THE TEN SPOT® beauty bars Toronto, Ont. Consumer/Retail




Geographic Breakdown: Ontario (22), B.C. (7), Quebec (4), Alberta (3), Atlantic Canada (1), Manitoba (1), Saskatchewan (1).

Sector: IT/Technology (8), Financial Services (7), Consumer/Retail (6), Academia (2), eCommerce (2), Entertainment/Media (2), Fintech (2), Healthcare (2), Not-for-Profit (2), Professional Services (2), Energy (1), Real Estate (1), Other (1).

Gender: Male (31), Female (9)