This list was inspired by Zachywaky's list 'Top 10 Canadians That Make Canada Look Bad'.
1 Frederick Banting
Sir Frederick Grant Banting was a Canadian medical scientist, physician, painter and Nobel laureate noted as the first person to use insulin on humans.
A Nobel laureate noted as the first person that used insulin on humans. - Metal_Treasure
2 Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone. V 1 Comment
3 John Kenneth Galbraith
John Kenneth "Ken" Galbraith was a Canadian and, later, American economist, public official, and diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism.
One of the greatests economists of the 20th century. Galbraith stayed with Harvard University (USA) for half a century as a professor of economics.
His books on economic topics were bestsellers from the 1950s through the 2000s, during which time Galbraith fulfilled the role of public intellectual. - Metal_Treasure
4 Neil Peart
Neil Ellwood Peart (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.
The greatest rock drummer ever. - Metal_Treasure
5 Bryan Adams
Bryan Guy Adams is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist.
6 Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Douglas Gretzky CC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999.
Probably the most dominant athlete in any north american sport and mostly due his incredible determination and knowledge of the game.
The best hockey player of all time. - Metal_Treasure
7 Céline Dion
Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.
8 Jacques Villeneuve
1997 Formula One World Champion, the son of Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve. - Metal_Treasure
9 Gilles Villeneuve
Formula One fans know this name. Gilles Villeneuve spent six years in Grand Prix racing with Ferrari, winning six races and widespread acclaim for his performances.
Gilles Villeneuve died at 32, in a 140 mph (225 km/h) crash caused by a collision during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.
F1 fans also know The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, named after him, of course.
His son, Jacques Villeneuve, won the 1997 Formula One World Championship. - Metal_Treasure
10 David Foster
David Walter Foster is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who has won 16 Grammys.
He won 16 Grammys! Now this is something. - Metal_Treasure
11 Jeff Waters
Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator. He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos. Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band. Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.
Not sure I agree. Jeff Waters is talented, but the vast majority have no idea who he is or who Annihilator is. - ryanrimmel
@ryanrimmel - I get your point and I partly agree.
My point was that everybody has heard of Justin Bieber, for example, but almost everybody says he's not talented and makes Canada look bad.
OK then, there are many talented Canadians and Jeff Waters is one of them. - Metal_Treasure
12 Leonard Cohen
Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82.
13 Christopher Plummer
14 Stephen Harper
Stephen Joseph Harper is a Canadian politician and member of Parliament who served as the 22nd prime minister of Canada, from February 6, 2006 to November 4, 2015. He was the first prime minister to come from the modern Conservative Party of Canada, which was formed by a merger of the Progressive Conservative ...read more.
Not sure I agree entirely with his politics, but he commands respect on the world stage. - PetSounds
@PetSounds - that's exactly my opinion, too. - Metal_Treasure
15 Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian actor and producer. He portrayed Michael Bergen on the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, Billy Simpson in the YTV Canadian teen soap opera Hillside, as well as Marvel Comics characters Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, Wade Wilson / Weapon XI in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, ...read more.
16 Neil Young
Neil Percival Young, OC OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
17 Shania Twain
Shania Twain is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.
18 Matt Thiessen
He formed Relient K. Enough said. - RiverClanRocks
2 words: Relient K. - RiverClanRocks
19 Donald Sutherland
20 Alex Lifeson
Aleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.
Really? The guy is brilliant! (smells good too! )
Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for popularizing work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse, along with the genres themselves. ...read more.
Yes - ThatOneRacer
22 Rachel McAdams
Rachel Anne McAdams is a Canadian actress. After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, she initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as the drama film Perfect Pie, the comedy film My Name Is Tanino, and the comedy miniseries Slings and Arrows. ...read more.
Highly talented and beautiful actress.
23 Laura Vandervoort
This girl is so hot. Don't understand why this actress gets so many critics. She's beautiful, adorable and a very talented actress.
24 Glenn Gould
Glenn Herbert Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century.
25 Alanis Morissette
Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress.
26 Nelly Furtado
Nelly Kim Furtado is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and more than 20 million singles, bringing her total sales to over 40 million records around the world.
27 Justin Bieber
Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. ...read more.
I didn't add this item. - Metal_Treasure
28 Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.
29 Joni Mitchell
Roberta Joan Mitchell, professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy.
30 Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s.
31 Avril Lavigne
Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
32 Sunny Leone
Karenjit Kaur Vohra, better known by her stage name 'Sunny Leone', is a Canadian Bollywood actress and model, and former pornstar. She was born on May 13th, 1981 in Sarnia Ontario, Canada.
I didn't add this item and I think I know who did... - Metal_Treasure
33 Neve Campbell
Neve Adrianne Campbell is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Sidney Prescott in the horror film series Scream.
34 Missy Peregrym
Missy Peregrym is an actress and former fashion model from Quebec, Canada, known for her role as Officer Andy McNally on T.V. series Rookie Blue.
35 Anna Paquin
Anna Helene Paquin is a Canadian-born New Zealand actress. Born in Manitoba and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, Paquin studied at Hutt Intermediate School and the Wellington Girls' College in New Zealand before moving to Los Angeles during her youth where she studied at Windward School and went ...read more.
36 Ellen Page
37 Devin Townsend
Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.
38 James LaBrie
Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.
39 Terry Fox
Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on an east to west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
40 Mia Kirshner
41 Natasha Henstridge
42 James Cameron
James Cameron is a Canadian film director, producer, screenwriter, and deep-sea explorer. He is best known for his films, The Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Titanic, and Avatar. He is also the third person in history to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ...read more.
43 Chad Kroeger
Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.
Tiga aka James Sontag, the Canadian musician, DJ and record producer of electronic dance music, not to be confused with Tyga. - Lotuscandy
45 Chilly Gonzales