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Three decades of Canada's corporate stars

It all started in 1984. Every year Report on Business magazine ranks Canada's most profitable companies in a list called the Top 1000. See our covers from the past 29 years and find out which companies dominated the top of the list.

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1984

(Profit, $000) 1. Canadian Pacific (Dec. 83) $143,592

2. International Thomson Org. (Dec. 83) $75,700 (U.S.)

3. Thomson Newspapers (Dec. 83) $126,090

4. Moore (Dec. 83) $100,306 (U.S.)

5. Dofasco (Dec. 83) $120,482

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1985

(Profit, $000) 1. Bell Canada Enterprises (Dec. 84) $940,300

2. Imperial Oil (Dec. 84) $533,000

3. Seagram Co. (Jan. 85) $383,618 (U.S.)

4. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 84) $450,085

5. Texaco Canada (Dec. 84) $423,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1986

(Profit, $000) 1. Bell Canada Enterprises (Dec. 85) $1,050,800

2. Imperial Oil (Dec. 85) $634,000

3. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 85) $488,105

4. Seagram Co. (Jan. 86) $319,074 (U.S.)

5. Toronto-Dominion Bank (Oct. 85) $415,584

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1987

(Profit, $000) 1. Bell Canada Enterprises (Dec. 86) $1,023,600

2. Seagram (Jan. 87) $423,458 (U.S.)

3. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 86) $488,890

4. Northern Telecom (Dec. 86) $313,200 (U.S.)

5. Gulf Canada (Dec. 86) $404,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1988

(Profit, $000) 1. BCE (Dec. 87) $1,087,000

2. Imperial Oil (Dec. 87) $745,000

3. Bell Canada (Jan. 88) $731,000

4. Seagram (Jan. 88) $521,088 (U.S.)

5. Canadian Pacific (Dec. 87) $636,700

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1989

(Profit, $000) 1. Alcan Aluminium (Dec. 88) $931,000

2. BCE (Dec. 88) $887,000

3. Inco (Dec. 88) $690,804

4. Bell Canada (Dec. 88) $793,000

5. Canadian Pacific (Dec. 88) $774,500

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1990

(Profit, $000) 1. Alcan Aluminium (Dec. 89) $835,000

2. Inco (Dec. 89) $753,404

3. Bell Canada (Dec. 89) $875,100

4. Seagram Company (Jan. 90) $710,578 (U.S.)

5. BCE (Dec. 89) $761,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1991

(Profit, $000) 1. BCE Inc. (Dec. 90) $1,147,000

2. Bell Canada (Dec. 90) $965,700

3. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 90) $964,929

4. Seagram Co. Ltd. (Jan. 91) $756,000 (U.S.)

5. Cdn. Imp. Bank of Commerce (Oct. 90) $802,447

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1992

(Profit, $000) 1. BCE Inc. (Dec. 91) $1,329,000

2. Bell Canada (Dec. 91) $986,000

3. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 91) $983,466

4. Seagram Co. Ltd. (Jan. 92) $727,000 (U.S.)

5. Cdn. Imp. Bank of Commerce (Oct. 91) $811,204

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1993

(Profit, $000) 1. BCE Inc. (Dec. 92) $1,390,000

2. Bell Canada (Dec. 92) $1,006,100

3. Bank of Nova Scotia (Dec. 92) $676,224

4. Northern Telecom (Dec. 92) $548,300 (U.S.)

5. Bank of Montreal (Oct. 92) $640,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1994

(Profit, $000) 1. Bell Canada (Dec. 93) $871,100

2. Cdn. Imp. Bank of Commerce (Oct. 93) $730,000

3. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 93) $714,000

4. Bank of Montreal (Oct. 93) $709,000

5. Seagram Co. Ltd. (Jan. 94) $379,000 (U.S.)

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1995

(Profit, $000) 1. BCE Inc. (Dec. 94) $1,178,000

2. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 94) $1,169,000

3. Seagram Co. Ltd. (Jan. 95) $811,000 (U.S.)

4. Cdn. Imp. Bank of Commerce (Oct. 94) $890,000

5. Bank of Montreal (Oct. 94) $825,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1996

(Profit, $000) 1. Seagram Co. Ltd. (Jan. 96) $3,406,000 (U.S.)

2. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 95) $1,262,000

3. Thomson Corp. (Dec. 95) $799,000 (U.S.)

4. Cdn. Imp. Bank of Commerce (Oct. 95) $1,015,000

5. Bank of Montreal (Oct. 95) $986,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1997

(Profit, $000) 1. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 96) $1,430,000

2. Cdn. Imp. Bank of Commerce (Oct. 96) $1,366,000

3. Bank of Montreal (Oct. 96) $1,168,000

4. BCE Inc. (Dec. 96) $1,152,000

5. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 96) $1,069,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1998

(Profit, $000) 1. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 97) $1,679,000

2. Cdn. Imp. Bank of Commerce (Oct. 97) $1,551,000

3. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 97) $1,514,000

4. BCE Inc. (Dec. 97) $1,414,00

5. Bank of Montreal (Oct. 97) $1,305,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 1999

(Profit, $000) 1. BCE Inc. (Dec. 98) $4,598,000

2. Thomson Corp. (Dec. 98) $1,846,000

3. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 98) $1,824,000

4. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 98) $1,394,000

5. Seagram Co. (Jan. 98) $946,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2000

(Profit, $000) 1. BCE Inc (Dec. 99) $5,459,000

2. Toronto Dominion (Oct. 99) $2,981,000

3. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 99) $1,757,000

4. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 99) $1,551,000

5. Bank of Montreal (Oct. 99) $1,382,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2001

(Profit, $000) 1. BCE Inc. (Dec. 00) $4,861,000

2. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 00) $2,274,000

3. Cdn. Imperial Bank of Commerce (Oct. 00) $2,060,000

4. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 00) $1,926,000

5. Thomson Corp. (Dec. 00) $1,251,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2002

(Profit, $000) 1. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 01) $2,411,000

2. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 01) $2,169,000

3. Cdn. Imp. Bank of Commerce (Oct. 01) $1,686,000

4. Bell Canada (Dec. 01) $1,1620,000

5. Bank of Montreal (Oct. 01) $1,471,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2003

(Profit, $000) 1. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 02) $2,762,000

2. BCE Inc. (Dec. 02) $2,475,000

3. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 02) $1,797,000

4. Bell Canada (Dec. 02) $1,504,000

5. Bank of Montreal (Oct. 02) $1,417,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2004

(Profit, $000) 1. EnCana Corp. (Dec. 03) $2,360,000 (U.S.)

2. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 03) $3,005,000

3. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 03) $2,477,000

4. Bell Canada (Dec. 03) $2,327,000

5. Cdn. Imperial Bank of Commerce (Oct. 03) $2,063,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2005

(Profit, $000) 1. EnCana Corp. (Dec. 04) $3,513,000 (U.S.)

2. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 04) $2,931,000

3. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 04) $2,817,000

4. Manulife Financial (Dec. 04) $2,564,000

5. Bank of Montreal (Oct. 04) $2,351,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2006

(Profit, $000) 1. EnCana Corp. (Dec. 05) (U.S.) $3,426,000

2. Royal Bank of Canada (Oct. 05) $3,387,000

3. Manulife Financial (Dec. 05) $3,294,000

4. Bank of Nova Scotia (Oct. 05) $3,209,000

5. Imperial Oil (Dec. 05) $2,600,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2007

(Profit, $000) 1. EnCana Corp.(Dec. 06) $5,652,000 (U.S)

2. Royal Bank of Canada(Oct. 06) $ 4,728,000

3. Toronto-Dominion Bank(Oct. 06) $4,603,000

4. Manulife Financial(Dec. 06) $3,985,000

5. Bank of Nova Scotia(Oct. 06) $3,579,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2008

(Profit, $000) 1. Royal Bank of Canada(Oct. 07) $5,492,000

2. Manulife Financial(Dec. 07) $4,302,000

3. Thomson Reuters(Dec. 07) $4,004,000 (U.S.)

4. EnCana Corp.(Dec. 07) $3,959,000(U.S.)

5. BCE Inc.(Dec. 07) $ 4,057,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2009

(Profit, $000) 1. EnCana Corp.(Dec. 08) $5,944,000 (U.S.)

2. Canadian Natural Resources(Dec. 08) $4,985,000

3. Royal Bank of Canada(Oct. 08) $ 4,555,000

4. Imperial Oil(Dec. 08) $3,878,000

5. Toronto-Dominion Bank(Oct. 08) $3,833,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2010

(Profit, $000) 1. Royal Bank of Canada(Oct. 09) $3,858,000

2. Bank of Nova Scotia(Oct. 09) $3,547,000

3. Toronto-Dominion Bank(Oct. 09) $3,120,000

4. Research In Motion(Feb. 10) $2,457,144 (U.S.)

5. EnCana Corp.(Dec. 09) $1,862,000(U.S.)

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2011

(Profit, $000)1. Royal Bank of Canada(Oct. 10) $ 5,223,000

2. Toronto-Dominion Bank(Oct. 10) $4,644,000

3. Bank of Nova Scotia(Oct. 10) $4,239,000

4. Suncor Energy(Dec. 10) $3,571,000

5. Research In Motion(Feb. 11) $ 3,411,000 (U.S.)

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2012

(Profit, $000)1. Toronto-Dominion Bank(Oct. 11) $5,889,000

2. Bank of Nova Scotia(Oct. 11) $5,268,000

3. Royal Bank of Canada(Oct. 11) $4,852,000

4. Barrick Gold(Dec. 11) $4,484,000 (U.S.)

5. Suncor Energy(Dec. 11) $4,304,000

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Top 5 companies on The Top 1000 list in 2013

(Profit, $000) 1. Royal Bank of Canada(Oct. 12) $7,442,000

2. Bank of Nova Scotia(Oct. 12) $6,466,000

3. Toronto-Dominion Bank(Oct. 12) $6,367,000

4. Bank of Montreal(Oct. 12) $4,115,000

5. Imperial Oil(Dec. 12) $3,766,000

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