NBA superstar puts Hamilton on the map with #1 ranking in Maclean’s Magazine top 100 Power List


Published April 11, 2024 at 7:25 pm

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

NBA superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has made the annual Macleans Magazine Power List, a compilation of the top 100 movers and shakers in Canada in ten different categories.

The hundred Canadians “shaping the country” this year, according to the magazine, including a career-long central banker who is determining the fate of the housing market (Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem), federal immigration minister Marc Miller, who is “radically curbing” the $20-billion international education industry, a teenager fighting climate change in the court system (Sophia Mathur), federal Health Minister and Ajax MP Mark Holland, Alexander, who stars for the Oklahoma City Thunder and for Canada’s national team, and the “savviest businessman in the country,” none other than Deadpool himself, actor Ryan Reynolds.

The list was broken down into a ‘top 10’ in each of the ten segments, with Gilgeous-Alexander topping the sports category.

According to the magazine, this Olympic-bound basketball star is “claiming the title of Canada’s next Great One.”

If standing atop the hockey world feels like a Canadian birthright, dominating men’s basketball is another story. Though a Canadian invented the game, Canada has struggled to be relevant within it: one of our only two NBA teams relocated to the U.S., we have yet to win an international basketball championship and we haven’t climbed an Olympic podium for the sport since 1936. We had a brief moment of glory in 2019, when Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors won the NBA title and sent the city into a frenzy even the Leafs would be jealous of. But five years later, we’re starving for the next big thing.

Other category leaders in the list include Macklem in Housing, Reynolds in Business, Mathur in Climate, Miller in Education and Hamed Shabazi, the founder and CEO of Well Health Technologies (Health Care), MILA founder and scientific director Yoshua Bengio (AI), Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow (Politics), GEO Comply CEO and co-founder Anna Sainsbury (Tech) and pop sensation Tate McRae (Arts & Culture).

Holland was ranked #2 in Health Care.

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