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Representing an incredibly rich and valuable resource for Canada and the world, Canadians living and working abroad are directly and indirectly responsible for billions of dollars in bilateral trade. They are exceptionally well educated, linguistically adept and culturally bilingual. They are cultural, economic and even political ambassadors.


Between March 1st and May 1st, 1223 individual Canadians living abroad were nominated to become the Most Influential Canadian Expat.  From that list, we present the following 10 individuals who represent the top 10 most frequently nominated Canadians living abroad.  From this list, we ask you to cast your vote.  A winner will be announced on Canada Day, July 1st, 2017.

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Here is a list of this year's top 10 nominees

Nominee Country of residence Description
Andrew Work China (Hong Kong) Previously Executive Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Co-founder of the Lion Rock Institute an economic think tank in Hong Kong, Editor in Chief of the Harbour Times a publication targeting people who work full time in government in and politics in Hong Kong.
Beth Hirshfeld Dubai (UAE) A lawyer and a former Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff with the Ontario Government.  Most recently, she has run a successful consulting practice in both Canada and Dubai, helping individuals and organizations develop strategies, outreach and marketing plans to connect with the ageing demographic.
Beth Parker-Minchau Dhahran (Saudi Arabia) The first non American, non Saudi lawyer working for Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia and hence the first Canadian lawyer. She is also the first female non Saudi lawyer. She is impacting Canada by setting an amazing example and moving in circles other Canadians have not been able to enter to this point. She sets an amazing example to Saudi females with her female Canadian work ethic. She provides outstanding lawyers serves for Saudi Aramco. As well, she provides legal services to Canadians living in Saudi Arabia.
David Frum Washington DC (USA) A speechwriter for President George W. Bush, Frum later became the author of the first "insider" book about the Bush presidency. He is a senior editor at The Atlantic and also a CNN contributor. He serves on the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition, the British think tank Policy Exchange, the anti-drug policy group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, and as vice chairman and an associate fellow of the R Street Institute.
Martin Seed  Atlanta (USA) Founder of Atlanta Canadians, one of the largest Canadian social organizations in the USA.
Lyse Doucet London (UK) Chief International Correspondent and an occasional Contributing Editor for BBC. She presents on BBC World Service radio and BBC World News television, also reports for BBC Radio 4 and BBC News in the United Kingdom, including reporting and occasionally presenting for Newsnight and World News Today. She also makes and presents documentaries.
Malcom Gladwell New York (USA) Canadian journalist, author, and speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has written five books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), a collection of his journalism, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013). All five books were on The New York Times Best Seller list. He is also the host of the podcast Revisionist History.
Mark Carney London (UK) Economist who currently serves as Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the G20's Financial Stability Board. Carney began his career at Goldman Sachs before joining the Canadian Department of Finance. He served as the Governor of the Bank of Canada from 2008 until 2013, when he moved to his current post at the Bank of England. He intends to serve in this role until June 2019.
Michael Ignatieff Budapest (Hungary) Author, academic and former politician. He was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2008 until 2011. Known for his work as a historian, Ignatieff has held senior academic posts at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and Toronto. Following his electoral defeat, Ignatieff taught at the University of Toronto. In 2013, he returned to the Harvard Kennedy School part-time, splitting his time between Harvard and Toronto. On July 1, 2014, he returned to Harvard full-time. In 2016, he left Harvard to become president and rector of the Central European University in Budapest. He continues to publish articles and essays on international affairs as well as Canadian politics. In December 2016, Ignatieff was named a Member of the Order of Canada.
Michael J Fox Manhatan (USA) Actor, author, producer, and activist. With a film and television career spanning from the 1970s, Fox is best known for such roles as Mike Flaherty on the ABC sitcom Spin City (1996–2000), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Other notable roles have included Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990); and Alex P. Keaton from NBC's Family Ties (1982–1989), for which he won three Emmys and a Golden Globe. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, at age 29, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. Fox semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened. He has since become an advocate for research toward finding a cure; he created the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and on March 5, 2010, Sweden's Karolinska Institutet gave him a honoris causa doctorate for his work in advocating a cure for Parkinson's disease.

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