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CEO of the year 2022 ROB magazine (left to right): Ann Fandozzi of Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, Rowan Saunders of Definity Financial Corp, Barbara Zvan of University Pension Plan, Sophie Brochu of Hydro-Québec, and Alexandre L’Heureux of WSP Global Inc.The Globe and Mail

Each year, Report on Business magazine recognizes five leaders who’ve made outstanding contributions in the Canadian business realm. These past 12 months have been yet another wild ride, between spiralling inflation, the Pandemic That Never Ends, a brutal war and subsequent energy crisis, interest-rate shock—well, you get the idea.

Even amid all that turbulence, plenty of companies managed to accomplish amazing things. After much debate between reporters and editors from across The Globe and Mail, we selected five of them: Canada’s top innovator (a self-proclaimed fixer who’s transforming her heavy-equipment company for the digital age), global visionary (the man in charge of a $20-billion engineering empire that makes SNC Lavalin look tiny), corporate citizen (the head of a new pension fund that’s years ahead of its peers when it comes to having a net-zero portfolio), newcomer (who signed a massive deal that will keep the lights on in New York City for years to come), and strategist (a life-long insurance guy who pulled off the first property-and-casualty demutualization in the country—and has seen the stock continue to climb).

Then, we picked one of those finalists for the top honour. (The cover is a bit of spoiler—it’s Barbara Zvan of the University Pension Plan.)

Hallie Arden /The Globe and Mail

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