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<i>Toronto Life</i> Unveils its 50 Most Influential Torontonians of 2023

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Geoffrey Hinton tops this year’s list, featured in the December issue of Toronto Life. The issue will be celebrated at the annual red-carpet Most Influential event on November 16.

Toronto, ON (November 16, 2023) - Toronto Life is excited to announce its annual highly anticipated ranking of the 50 Most Influential Torontonians, recognized for their bravery, smarts and clout in changing the world as we know it. 

Leading the list for 2023 is Geoffrey Hinton, renowned University of Toronto computer science professor. Widely recognized as the godfather of AI, Hinton gained global attention this year when he left his role at Google to warn humanity about the imminent threat of AI. 

Runner-ups for the top spot were Tiff Macklem, Governor of the Bank of Canada, and Olivia Chow, Mayor of Toronto. Other 2023 Most Influential honourees include actor Simu Liu (who topped the list in 2022),  rapper Drake, chef Matty Matheson, author and filmmaker Sarah Polley, Premier Doug Ford, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland and former auditor general Bonnie Lysyk for her work on the Greenbelt file.

“The unveiling of Toronto's Most Influential is one of our most important  times of the year,” says Malcolm Johnston, editor-in-chief of Toronto Life. “With individuals spanning the spheres of politics, technology, philanthropy, the arts and many more, the list offers a fascinating study of the impact Torontonians are having not only on the city, but the world. This year’s 50 Most Influential have seized opportunities, overcome obstacles and used their influence — in ways we may or may not agree with — to shape the future of our great city.”

The Most Influential are featured in the December issue of Toronto Life, available on newsstands and Apple News + today. It is also available digitally on

To commemorate the 2023 Most Influential Torontonians, Toronto Life will host the annual red-carpet Most Influential event in Toronto tonight, with many of the list-makers in attendance, including Geoffrey Hinton, Mayor Olivia Chow, TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey, author Carley Fortune, chef David Schwartz and many others.

Categories of Most Influential for 2023:

Entertainers include: Simu Liu, Drake, Jully Black, Tantoo Cardinal

Politicians include: Olivia Chow, Chrystia Freeland, Doug Ford, Anita Anand

Athletes include: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Summer McIntosh, Diana Matheson

Business Leaders include: Michael Rapino (Live Nation Entertainment), Kristin Cochrane (Penguin Random House Canada), Jeffrey Remedios (Universal Music Canada)

Writers include: Carley Fortune, James Maskalyk, Sarah Polley

Healthcare Practitioners include: Chief Nursing Officer of Canada Leigh Chapman, James Maskalyk

Journalists include: Natasha Stoynoff

Philanthropists and Do-Gooders include: Moez Kassam, Judith James, Salah Bachir

Filmmakers include: Sarah Polley, Emma Seligman, Matt Johnson, Celine Song

About Toronto Life:

Toronto Life is the city’s most confident, elevated, and influential publication. For 57 years, it has helped readers make smart choices about food, shopping, and culture. Through gripping feature journalism, Toronto Life chronicles the most dramatic, relevant stories of our time, reaching 3 million people per month in print, online and across social channels. One of the country’s top-nominated magazines in the history of the National Magazine Awards, Toronto Life is published by SJC Media, Canada’s largest publisher of trusted brands with a reach touching more than 23 million Canadians. Visit

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Marta Tsimicalis

Director, Marketing & Communications


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