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  • Canadian Impact 1

    Simple Plan's charity foundation

    The pop-punk Montréal band told Yahoo Canada Music that they had "no clue what [they] were getting involved in' when they started their charity, Simple Plan Foundation in 2005. The foundation's aim is to help young people in situations of depression, poverty, life-threatening illness and the effects of war. "After reading thousands of letters and e-mails from our fans and talking to them at our shows, we know very well how tough life can be for kids growing up," the band said on the foundation's website. "It breaks our hearts to see so many young people fighting to survive while feeling depressed and lost. We want our foundation to help them find their way and show them that there's always a light at the end of the tunnel, that things can get better." The band, who took home the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2012 Juno Awards, joined efforts with L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and raised more than $300,000 for the foundation last September. The band has now raised over $1 million for the foundation.

  • Canadian Impact 2

    Alison Redford, Alberta Premier

    In April, Alison Redford was elected premier in of Alberta, becoming the first woman in the staunchly-conservative province's history to hold the office and eighth woman to serve as premier in the history of Canada. Formerly the province's minister of justice and attorney general, Redford held off a hard charge from Danielle Smith's newly-formed Wildrose party to maintain the Conservatives' 41-year grip on the province.

  • Canadian Impact 3

    Milos Raonic

    Milos Raonic, in the eyes of many tennis observers, cleared another hurdle on his way to the ATP Tour's upper echelon in 2012 and became the poster boy for a Canadian tennis program that's on the rise. The tall Torontonian with the rocket-like serve battled fifth-ranked Jo Wilfried Tsonga through a three-hour third set before falling 3-6, 6-3, 23-25 in the second round of the London Olympics.

  • Canadian Impact 4

    Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney

    Not many people hold the power to move markets, but Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney is one such global economic power house. In addition to his central bank duties, he's the chair of the Swiss-based Financial Stability Board - a high-profile role which will oversee global banking reform in a post-financial crisis world. Lending to his rock-star status in financial circles, Carney was the first central banker to speak publically at a union event in more than 25 years as he delivered a speech at the Canadian Auto Workers' constitutional and collective bargaining convention in August 2012. Earlier this year, it was rumoured Carney was approached to take over as head of the Bank of England - no small potatoes for someone who isn't even British. But unlike Jim Carrey or Shania Twain - famous Canadians who left our domestic shores to conquer international markets - Carney looks like he's here to stay.

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  • Mark Carney
  • Simple Plan
  • Allison Redford
  • Milos Raonic
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