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  • Number 1: Janice Fukakusa.

  • Last January, Fukakusa retired as RBC's chief financial officer

  • after a three-decade career with the financial institution.

  • Now as chair of the Canada Infrastructure Bank, she's charged with overseeing the federal

  • government's thirty-five billion dollar investment in public works projects and

  • wooing private investors to join the effort.

  • Number 2: Apoorva Mehta.

  • When the University of Waterloo graduate launched Instacart in 2012, the grocery delivery

  • service was only available in San Francisco. The company now serves 150

  • markets and is valued at more than three billion dollars. Mehta's company will

  • begin a Canadian expansion to 2018 through a partnership with Loblaws.

  • Number 3: Laurahler.

  • A Calgary native, Bühler was previously a senior

  • director at Gilt, the popular online shopping site. In February, she became

  • executive director of the C100, a nonprofit aimed at connecting Canadian

  • entrepreneurs with investors in Silicon Valley.

  • Number 4: Huda Idrees

  • A veteran of Canada's startup scene, Idrees worked at both

  • Wealth Simple, an online investment service, and Wattpad, the so-called

  • Netflix of books, before founding her own company. Dot Health aims to ease access

  • to personal health records through an online subscription service. The company

  • is just starting but Idrees' track record means that the tech community is

  • taking notice.

  • Number 5: Bruce Linton

  • A former tech executive, Linton founded

  • Canopy Growth Corporation, the country's largest licensed cannabis producer. With

  • legalization pending, the company faces a rapidly expanding market. Constellation

  • Brands which makes Corona beer recently invested nearly 200 million

  • dollars in Canopy.

Number 1: Janice Fukakusa.

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