2021: Angus Reid
The Angus Reid Institute was founded in October 2014 by Dr. Angus Reid, Canada’s best-known and longest-practicing pollster. He’s spent more than four decades asking people what they think and feel about top social, governance and economic issues. From 1979 to 2001, he was founder and CEO of Angus Reid Group, which grew into the largest research firm in Canada, with revenues of $60 million. It was sold to Ipsos SA in 2000. In 2003 he joined his son Andrew’s research software start up, Vision Critical, as CEO. When he retired as executive chair in 2014 Vision Critical had 600 employees worldwide and revenues over $100 million.
Angus has written numerous columns on economic, social and governance issues and well as the best-seller; “Shakedown: How the New Economy is Changing our Lives” (1996). He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba, and in 1974 he received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa.
He is the recipient of a Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends (2010).
CEO, Angus Reid Institute
2020: Janet Podleski
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Host : Food Network Canada TV show – Eat. Shrink & Be Merry!
2014: Sean O’Dea
Co-Founder- Second Cup
Board Member- Canada Association of Professional Speaking
2013: John Stanton
Founder/CEO- Running Room
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2012: Kavis Reed
Head Coach, Edmonton Eskimos
2011: Arlene Dickinson
CEO - Venture Communications
Co-star -Dragons' Den
2008: Brett Wilson
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