Alberta Home to Nearly One-Third of Canada's Billion-Dollar Companies

by Rob Lewis | Business

Alberta houses 11% of Canada's population. It also houses 31% of Canada's billion-dollar companies.

This is one of the key findings of a study released by the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance. The study found Canada has 169 billion-dollar firms, 52 of which are based in Alberta. That's nearly 3.2 times as many billion-dollar firms per capita than Ontario.

Not surprisingly, 41 of those 52 Alberta billion-dollar companies are in the energy and natural resources sector, accounting for 82% of all of Canada's billion-dollar companies in that sector.

The report did not include Shopify or HootSuite, which are not traded publicly but were recently valued at over $1 billion each by The Economist.

The report was authored by Anthony Williams, co-founder and president of the DEEP Centre and co-author of the international bestseller Wikinomics and its follow-up MacroWikinomics; Dan Herman, co-founder and executive director of the DEEP Centre and a PhD Candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs; and Dr. Warren Clarke, a Senior Research Associate at the DEEP Centre.

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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