Filled with Tech Entrepreneurs, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Unveiled

Honoring Canada’s leaders under 40 years of age, the recipients of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 were announced this week.

The list was finalized by an independent Advisory Board, comprising two dozen individuals from across Canada. A call for nominations, which was was carried out from February to April, garnered 900 entries.

“Our team reviewed hundreds of packages submitted by outstanding nominees, each one unique and every one inspiring,” said Elan Pratzer, managing partner for Canada at Caldwell. “Canada has an impressive amount of innovative, creative, hard-working individuals who haven’t yet turned 40.”

The list includes several technology entrepreneurs, such as BroadbandTV founder Shahrzad Rafati; Bench cofounder Ian Crosby; Shopify COO Harley Finkelstein; Wealthsimple CEO Michael Katchen; and Joshua Simair, cofounder of SkipTheDishes.

“This year’s Top 40 Honourees represent the diversity of talent, entrepreneurship and innovation seen across the country,” said Jason Tuffs, chief executive officer, MNP LLP, a sponsor of the list. “Reflective of the many industries that drive Canada’s economy, this award has been significant in demonstrating the important role the next generation of Canadian business leaders will play on the national and international stage.”

The honorees will be profiled in the October edition of Financial Post Magazine and on BNN in an interview series called “Canada’s Next Leaders.” They will receive their awards at a gala dinner in Toronto on November 2 at the Fairmont Royal York.