2. Louis Riel
Perhaps the Che Guevara of the North, Louis Riel was a political leader who fought for the rights of Metis people in central Canada. He was elected three time while simultaneously on the run from the Canadian Government.
3. Carrie-Anne Moss
Although Moss is probably best known for her role as Trinity in the Matrix, we like to think of this Canadian as a poor actor and a true-life badass.
4. Sir William Samuel Stephenson
Under the codename “Intrepid,” this Canadian spy is believed to be the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s James Bond character.
5. Bret “Hit Man” Hart
This seven-time WWE World Champion described himself best with his tagline: “The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.”
6. Alanis Morissette
Back in the days of Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette was not a person you’d want to upset, especially if your name is Dave Coulier.
Hailing from Alberta, Canada, this X-Men character is one of the most ferocious mutants of all time. Just look at those blades.
8. The Famous Five
Five women changed Canadian law forever by arguing before the Supreme Court of Canada that women should be included under the definition of the term “Persons.” Their argument was rejected at first, but they didn’t give up. The Famous Five are: Emily Murphy, Irene Marryat Parlby, Nellie Mooney McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney, and Henrietta Muir Edwards.
9. William Shatner
Space is the final frontier, and this man lead the charge forward.
10. Don Cherry
Don’t let the flamboyant suits fool; this hockey player, coach, and now announcer is for real. He was voted seventh greatest Canadian by the hockey-crazed nation.
11. Captain Canuck
Canada’s answer to Captain America.
12. Georges St-Pierre
When this French-Canadian enters the octagon for UFC, all stereotypes are forgotten. He was named Fighter of the Year at the 2009 World MMA Awards.
13. Sam Steele
One of the original Canadian Mounties, Steele lived a life of adventure. When WWI began, Steele tried to join the military at the age of 65, but was rejected because he was too old. He was given an administrative post instead.
14. Angela James
Another Canadian hockey superstar, James scored 22 goals and 12 assists in 20 games throughout four women world championship tournaments. She is also one of the first females ever to enter the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.
15. Pat Kiernan
As New Yorkers, we should be thankful this brave NY1 anchor exists. Imagine having to read all of the city’s daily papers ourselves…