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#19: Jeffrey Orr
President & CEO, Power Financial Corp.
Why he matters: The Demarais family’s chosen one
When Jeffrey Orr took the stage in Toronto to receive the Ivey Business Leader Award for 2015, the audience probably wasn’t expecting much from his speech, owing to his low profile. But later, several people were buzzing about his talk on pension reform. Orr doesn’t say much, but when he does, people listen. In March, Orr denounced Ontario’s plan to create its own retirement pension plan, warning it could lead to unintended consequences. As the man the Desmarais family trusts with their empire, he’s the 19th highest-paid executive in the country and oversees $373 billion in assets.