Famous Canadian Figures

There are many famous Canadians, and as a history major, it’s almost impossible to pick only a few. However, I managed to narrow down the list to nine Canadians that I admire.

So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite famous Canadians!

  1. Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire. Dallaire gained international recognition from being the commander of the UN mission in Rwanda during the genocide. He is also an author, an advocate for ending the use or recruitment of child soldiers, and is a former Canadian senator. Personally, Dallaire’s books inspired me to study humanitarian related issues and war/conflicts at university.
  2. Colin Mochrie. If you’re ever in need of a laugh, this is your guy. Colin Mochrie has been on Whose Line Is It Anyways for years, doing improv and comedy, which is where you’ll likely recognize him from.
  3. Margaret Atwood. Atwood is a well known Canadian author and poet. You’ll likely know her best from her book The Handmaid’s Tale, and the subsequent TV show. Personally, I’m excited to read the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale that she recently announced.
  4. Tatiana Maslany. Tatiana is a powerhouse of a Canadian actress. She’s known for and won several awards for her ability to play multiple roles (or clones) on Orphan Black, which is why I admire her.
  5. Colonel Chris Hadfield. This Canadian astronaut was the first Canadian to walk in space and has served as commander for the International Space Station. You’re likely to know him for the informative YouTube videos he shot while in space, or the viral video of him covering David Bowie’s Space Oddity.
  6. Rick Mercer. His CBC show, the Rick Mercer Report, was a staple CBC comedy and news show for years. He would always find odd local events or interesting things to get up to, along with talking about the latest news. However, his trademark rants shot in back alleys were always my favourite part, especially the ones about politics.
  7. Arlene Dickinson. Whether you know her from the business world, the Dragon’s Den, or doing podcasts with Jann Arden, Arlene is a formidable woman and fellow Calgarian to look up to. She usually posts daily motivational or positive posts on her Twitter as well, which is always nice in a world that can seem overwhelmingly negative at times.
  8. Viola Desmond. You’ll recognize this historical Canadian figure from the new Canadian $10 bills. She is best known for being an African Nova Scotian who challenged segregation by refusing to leave the whites-only area at a movie theatre. She was also a businesswoman, opened a beauty school for black women, and had her own line of beauty products.
  9. Alex Trebek. Trebek is the iconic host of the game show Jeopardy. When he announced he had cancer a few months ago, it seemed as if Canada declared a day of mourning. Luckily, he is on the mend now, so hopefully we’ll see him as the ever dignified and polite host of Jeopardy again.

Who are the famous Canadians that you look up to the most, or that you know of? Let me know in the comments!



I'm a recent graduate currently living in Calgary, Alberta. You can usually find me with a cup of coffee in one hand while reading a pile of books or planning my next big project. I'm curious about many things - including history, photography, and travelling. You can find me writing away at couragetocontinue13.com.

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