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Booming resource companies attract a lot of headlines and investor interest, but the bulk of Canada's heftiest employers are still in glamour-challenged traditional sectors like banking, insurance and retail

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Rank Company and Year-end Head Office Number of Employees 2010 Revenue per Employee $
1 Onex Corp.(De10) Toronto,Ont. 238,000 102,147
2 George Weston Ltd.(De10) Toronto,Ont. 155,000 206,645
3 Magna International(De10) 1 Aurora,Ont. 96,600 250,072
4 Empire Company(My10) Stellarton,N.S. 90,000 172,747
5 Royal Bank of Canada(Oc10) Toronto,Ont. 72,126 499,487
6 Bank of Nova Scotia(Oc10) Toronto,Ont. 70,772 335,938
7 Toronto-Dominion Bank(Oc10) Toronto,Ont. 68,725 369,720
8 Bombardier Inc.(Ja11) 1 Montreal,Que. 65,370 273,627
9 Metro Inc.(Se10) Montreal,Que. 65,000 175,157
10 Canadian Tire Corp.(Ja11) Toronto,Ont. 56,900 157,974
11 Thomson Reuters Corp.(De10) 1 New York,NY 55,000 239,964
12 Alimentation Couche-Tard(Ap10) 1 Laval,Que. 53,000 310,643
13 Shoppers Drug Mart(Ja11) Toronto,Ont. 52,160 198,928
14 BCE Inc.(De10) Verdun,Que. 50,200 362,689
15 Garda World Security(Ja11) Montreal,Que. 45,000 24,888
16 CIBC(Oc10) Toronto,Ont. 42,354 353,591
17 Extendicare REIT(De10) Markham,Ont. 38,000 54,694
18 Bank of Montreal(Oc10) Toronto,Ont. 38,000 406,658
19 Celestica Inc.(De10) 1 Toronto,Ont. 35,000 186,591
20 Telus Corp.(De10) Vancouver,B.C. 34,800 281,149
21 Power Corp. of Canada(De10) Montreal,Que. 33,087 997,763
22 Sears Canada(Ja11) 5 Toronto,Ont. 31,470 157,541
23 Gildan Activewear(Oc10) 1 Montreal,Que. 28,000 46,883
24 Rogers Communications(De10) Toronto,Ont. 27,971 435,809
25 CGI Group(Se10) Montreal,Que. 25,000 149,475
26 Manulife Financial(De10) Toronto,Ont. 24,000 1,577,333
27 Air Canada(De10) Saint-Laurent,Que. 22,494 486,796
28 Canadian National Railway Co.(De10) Montreal,Que. 22,279 382,198
29 Rona Inc.(De10) Boucherville,Que. 22,000 218,176
30 SNC-Lavalin Group(De10) Montreal,Que. 21,948 288,307
31 Maple Leaf Foods(De10) Toronto,Ont. 21,000 236,612
32 FirstService Corp.(De10) 1,5 Toronto,Ont. 20,000 99,211
33 National Bank of Canada(Oc10) Montreal,Que. 18,322 287,032
34 Great-West Lifeco(De10) Winnipeg,MB 18,150 1,652,893
35 Brookfield Asset Management(De10) 1 Toronto,Ont. 18,000 766,444
36 Research In Motion(Fe11) 1 Waterloo,Ont. 17,500 1,138,000
37 Quebecor Inc.(De10) Montreal,Que. 16,360 247,323
38 Barrick Gold(De10) 1 Toronto,Ont. 16,000 691,750
39 Sun Life Financial(De10) Toronto,Ont. 14,755 1,673,060
40 Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT(De10) Mississauga,Ont. 14,300 50,139
41 Agrium Inc.(De10) 1 Calgary,Alta. 14,150 765,300
42 TransForce Inc.(De10) Saint-Laurent,Que. 13,900 147,064
43 Cinram International IF(De10) 1 Scarborough,Ont. 13,700 81,026
44 Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.(De10) Calgary,Alta. 13,619 368,111
45 Dollarama Inc.(Ja11) Montreal,Que. 13,500 105,204
46 Linamar Corp.(De10) Guelph,Ont. 13,166 169,578
47 Shaw Communications(Au10) Calgary,Alta. 13,000 296,842
48 Cascades Inc.(De10) Kingsey Falls,Que. 12,400 319,677
49 Suncor Energy(De10) Calgary,Alta. 12,076 3,049,023
50 Finning International(De10) Vancouver,B.C. 11,900 390,142

Notes: 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 average exchange rate for the relevant period for earnings items.
Footnotes: 1. Company reports in U.S. dollars. 3. Figures have been annualized in the latest year. 5. Figures have been annualized in previous three through five years.

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