This week at Dundurn our theme is Important Canadians, so we walked around the office and asked who everyone thought was an important Canadian. There was definitely some controversy over who would or should make the list, but we finally got our top 10.
Dundurn Staff’s Top 10 Important Canadians
1.Tommy Douglas – he gave us our free national health care
2.Dr. Fredrick Banting – he discovered insulin
3.Alexander Graham Bell – an engineer, scientist and inventor of the telephone.
4.David Suzuki - a brilliant man who has managed to balance being a dedicated environmentalist with being a great humanitarian.
5.Terry Fox – for his inspiration and his raising of funds for cancer research
6.Lou Applebaum - one of Canada’s pre-eminent classical composers of the last half century. He was the original Music Director of the Stratford Festival. He also received an Oscar nomination for best musical score for The Story of G. I. Joe.
7.Edmund Zavitz – for protecting Canada form the ravages of deforestation and for implementing reforestation programs
8.Roberta Bondar and Marc Garneau - for inspiring Canadians to reach the stars
9.Don Cherry/Ron MacLean – for their hockey commentary and Hockey Night in Canada.
10.Alex Lifeson, the guitarist in Rush – because he’s the best lead guitarist in the world.
Who would you add to the list of most important Canadians? Let us know in the comments section!