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The Wal-Mart Canada Meadowvale store in Mississauga store in September, 2011. (J.P. MOCZULSKI For The Globe and Mail)
The Wal-Mart Canada Meadowvale store in Mississauga store in September, 2011. (J.P. MOCZULSKI For The Globe and Mail)

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2012 Rankings of Canada's 350 biggest private companies Add to ...

Companies that do not issue publicly traded shares in Canada are a huge part of the economy. Many are subsidiaries of multinationals or are family-owned. We rank them by revenue, the one significant financial measure they disclose.


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350 Biggest Private Companies

RANK COMPANY AND YEAR-END INDUSTRY Revenue Rtn on Cap Profit Assets Major Shareholder(s)
1 Manufacturers Life Insurance(De11) INSURANCE - LIFE 49,753,000 3.2 256,000 468,341,000 Manulife Financial (ON) 100%
2 Suncor Energy Products(De11) INTEGRATED OILS 25,787,000 n/a 1,726,000 13,150,000 Suncor Energy (AB) 100%
3 Great-West Life Assurance(De11) INSURANCE - LIFE 23,993,000 15.9 1,949,000 188,942,000 Great West Lifeco (MB) 100%
4 Wal-Mart Canada(Ja12) DEPARTMENT STORES 22,330,000 n/a n/a n/a Wal-Mart Stores (US) 100%
5 Sun Life Assurance of Canada(De11) INSURANCE - LIFE 18,332,000 7 863,000 168,121,000 Sun Life Financial (ON) 100%
6 Bombardier Aerospace(De11) TRANSPORTATION EQUIP & COMPNTS 18,347,000 19.69 837,000 5,419,000 The Bombardier and Beaudoin family 54%
7 Bell Canada(De11) TELEPHONE UTILITIES 17,133,000 n/a n/a n/a BCE Inc. (QC) 100%
8 Sobeys Inc.(My11) FOOD STORES 15,770,500 12.62 269,900 5,571,300 Empire Company (NS) 100%
9 Costco Wholesale Canada(Au11) DEPARTMENT STORES 13,238,055 n/a n/a n/a Costco Wholesale (US) 100%
10 Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.(De11) INTEGRATED MINES 12,159,000 n/a 442,000 26,204,000 Rio Tinto Group (U.K., Australia) 100%
11 Syncrude Canada(De11) OIL AND GAS PRODUCERS 11,383,000 n/a n/a n/a Cdn. Oil Sands 36.7%, Imperial Oil 25.0%
12 Canada Life Assurance Co.(De11) INSURANCE - LIFE 10,660,000 15.22 1,083,000 101,595,000 Great West Lifeco (MB) 100%
13 Canada Life Financial(De11) INSURANCE - LIFE 10,608,000 14.81 1,083,000 101,595,000 Great West Lifeco (MB) 100%
14 Novelis Inc.(Ma11) METAL FABRICATORS 10,380,000 n/a 10,380,000 n/a Hindalco Industries (India) 100%
15 Telus Communications(De11) TELEPHONE UTILITIES 10,397,000 13.22 1,215,000 15,910,000 Widely held
16 McKesson Canada(Ma12) WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTORS 10,303,000 n/a n/a n/a McKesson Corp. (US) 100%
17 Ultramar Ltd.(De11) INTEGRATED OILS 10,110,000 n/a n/a n/a Valero Energy Corporation (US) 100%
18 Imperial Oil Resources(De11) OIL AND GAS PRODUCERS 9,906,000 n/a 2,457,000 17,222,000 Imperial Oil Limited (ON) 100%
19 Direct Energy Marketing Ltd.(De10) GAS UTILITIES 9,480,000 9.13 290,628 5,493,119 Centrica PLC (U. K.) 100%
20 Ford Motor Co. of Canada(De11) AUTOMOTIVE 9,525,000 n/a n/a n/a Ford Motor (US) 100%
21 IBM Canada(De11) ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC 9,051,000 n/a n/a n/a International Business Machines (US) 100%
22 Vale Canada(De11) INTEGRATED MINES 8,304,000 n/a n/a 30,486,000 Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Brazil) 100%
23 London Life Insurance(De11) INSURANCE - LIFE 8,189,000 22.88 528,000 65,833,000 Great-West Life Assurance Co (MB) 100%
24 Honda Canada(Ma12) AUTOMOTIVE 8,100,000 n/a n/a 5,300,000 Honda(Japan) 50.14% Honda(US) 49.8%
25 Jim Pattison Group(De11) MANAGEMENT AND DIVERSIFIED 7,300,000 n/a n/a n/a Jim Pattison 100%
26 Rogers Wireless(De11) TELECOMMUNICATIONS 7,138,000 n/a n/a 9,184,000 Rogers Communications (ON) 100%
27 Home Depot of Canada(Ja12) SPECIALTY STORES 6,800,000 n/a n/a n/a Home Depot (US) 100%
28 Canada Safeway(De11) FOOD STORES 6,707,000 n/a n/a 2,091,500 Safeway Inc. (US) 100%
29 James Richardson & Sons(De11) WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTORS 6,143,104 n/a n/a n/a Richardson family 100%
30 McCain Foods(Ju11) FOOD PROCESSING 6,093,105 n/a n/a n/a McCain family 100%

Source: Company annual reports.
Notes: Profit, revenue and assets are shown in $000s. For ranking purposes, figures from companies that report in foreign currencies have been converted to Canadian dollars and partial-year results have been annualized. Foreign currencies are converted at the end of the relevant fiscal period for balance sheet items and at the average exchange rate for the relevant period for earnings items. Share-price calculations are based on closing share prices on the companies' balance sheet dates.
Footnotes: 1. Company reports in U.S. dollars. 2. Company reports in U.K. pounds.3. Figures have been annualized in latest year. 4. Figures have been annualized in previous year. 5. Figures have been annualized in previous three through five years. 8. Company reports in euros. Abbreviations: n/a=not available, n/d=no debt, n/m=not meaningful, n/r=not ranked. In the Major shareholder(s) column: V=voting, LV=limited voting, MV=multiple voting, NV=non-voting, SV=subordinate voting.

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