Potential EPIC Canadians – nominated, but haven’t yet made the top ten

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Potential EPIC Canadians – nominated, but haven’t yet made the top ten 2016-01-18T12:11:30+00:00

Looking for some inspiration in this year’s EPIC Canadian voting?

Following is a selection of ideas, amazing Canadians, that have received multiple votes in past years, but not yet made it to the top ten list for the EPIC Canadian Run for Canada event.  Remember, you can select any Canadian, not just from this list, and if there is someone you’d like us to add to this suggestion list, just send us an email: [email protected]

  • Alex Trebek (host of television show “Jeopardy”)
  • Alexander Graham Bell (Inventor of the telephone)
  • Art Linkletter (TV personality; co-host of “Kids Say the Darndest Things”)
  • Beverly McLachlin (first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court)
  • Burnley “Rocky” Jones (human rights activist)
  • Carey Price (Hockey Goalie)
  • Celine Dion (Singer)
  • Christina Lemay Doan (double Olympic champion Canadian speed skater)
  • Christopher Plummer (Actor)
  • Dan Aykroyd (movie actor; Elwood of “The Blues Brothers”)
  • Daniel Lanois (musician and producer of Bob Dylan, U2, etc.)
  • Daniel Nestor (tennis player; two-time Wimbledon doubles champion)
  • David Cronenberg (movie director)
  • Dennis Doherty (musician; founding member of “The Mamas & The Papas”)
  • Donald Sutherland (Actor)
  • Donovan Bailey (sprinter, Olympic Gold Medalist 1996)
  • Douglas Coupland (writer; author of “Generation X”)
  • Dr. Micheal Rudnicki (Regenerative Medicine Researcher and Scientist)
  • Dr. William Osler (Canadian physician co-founder of Johns Hopkins Hospital)
  • Elvis Stojko (three-time World champion figure skater)
  • Eugine Levy (actor, comedian, producer, director)
  • Farley Mowat (author and conservationist; writer of “Never Cry Wolf”)
  • Frank Gehry (architect; designed e.g. the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao)
  • Fred Cameron (winner 1910 Boston Marathon)
  • Frederick Banting (co-discoverer of diabetes drug insulin, 1921)
  • George St.Pierre (3-time Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship)
  • George Stanley (designer of the current Canadian flag)
  • George Stromboloplous (Canadian television and radio personality)
  • Gilles Villeneuve (Formula One racecar driver for Ferrari)
  • Glenn Gould (leading classical piano player)
  • Gord Downie (lead singer and lyricist for The Tragically Hip)
  • Guy LaFleur (hockey superstar)
  • Guy Lombardo (big-band leader; 1929-62 performer of “Auld Lang Syne” in New York on New Year’s Eve)
  • Hank Snow (country singer; released mega-hit “I’m Movin’ On” in 1950)
  • Ian Millar (Equestrian Olympian)
  • James Cameron (director of movie “The Titanic”)
  • James Doohan (actor; Scotty of “Star Trek”)
  • James Naismith (inventor of basketball, 1892)
  • Jean Chretien (20th Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Jenna Martin (track and field Olympian)
  • Jerome Drayton (international long-distance runner)
  • Jim Carey (actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer)
  • Joey Smallwood (Politician who brought Newfoundland into Confederation)
  • John A Macdonald (first Prime Minister of Canada)
  • John Candy (actor and comedian)
  • John de Chastelain (general; overseer of IRA disarmament)
  • John Kenneth Galbraith (economist; advisor to many U.S. presidents)
  • Joni Mitchell (folk singer and songwriter)
  • Julie Payette (space shuttle astronaut)
  • k.d. lang (rock/country singer and songwriter)
  • Karen Kain (Ballerina, Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada)
  • Keanu Reeves (movie actor; star of “The Matrix”)
  • Kim Cattrall (actress; co-star of “Sex and the City)
  • Kurt Browning (figure skater; four-time world champion)
  • Kurt Harnett (four-time Olympian in cycling)
  • Leslie Nielsen (comedic movie actor; starred in “Airplane” and “Naked Gun” series)
  • Lester Pearson (originator of U.N. Peacekeeping Forces; 1957 Nobel Peace Prize)
  • Lewis MacKenzie (general; commander of Sarajevo international peacekeeping mission)
  • Loreena McKennitt (celtic-style musician)
  • Lorne Greene (actor; star of television show “Bonanza”)
  • Lorne Michaels (creator and producer of “Saturday Night Live”)
  • Malcolm Gladwell (writer and journalist; author of “The Tipping Point”)
  • Marc Garneau (Astronaut)
  • Margot Kidder (actress; Lois Lane of “Superman” movies)
  • Marshall McLuhan (communication theorist)
  • Martin Short (comedic movie actor)
  • Mary Walsh (Comedian)
  • Matthew Perry (actor; Chandler of T.V. show “Friends”)
  • Michael Bublé (pop/jazz singer; won 2007 Grammy award)
  • Micheal Smith (chef and writer)
  • Michele Jean (27th Governor General of Canada)
  • Mike Macphee (Hockey Player)
  • Mike Myers (comedic actor; writer and star of “Wayne’s World” and “Austin Powers”)
  • Mike Weir (golf champion)
  • Mylene Paquette (rowed solo across the Atlantic)
  • Nancy Greene (champion alpine skier)
  • Nathan Mackinnon (hockey player selected first in the 2013 draft)
  • Norman Bethune (“Bai Qiu En”) (medical doctor; hero in Chinese civil war)
  • Norman Jewison (movie director)
  • Northern Dancer (Canadian-bred Thoroughbred racehorse)
  • Oscar Peterson (legendary jazz piano player; won 7 Grammy awards)
  • Paul Anka (singer and songwriter; writer of song “My Way”)
  • Paul Henderson (led Team Canada to victory at the 1972 Summit Series against USSR)
  • Paul Shaffer (band leader on David Letterman’s “Late Night” television show)
  • Peter Jennings (ABC television news host)
  • Rick Moranis (comedic actor; co-star of movie “Ghost Busters”)
  • Rita Macneil (country and folk singer from Big Pond in Cape Breton)
  • Robert J. Sawyer (science fiction author; Nebula and Hugo Award winner)
  • Robert MacNeil (U.S. news commentator; co-creator of The MacNeil/Lehrer Report)
  • Ron James (stand-up comedian from Glace Bay)
  • Ron Sexsmith (Juno winning singer-songwriter)
  • Sandford Fleming (creator of Universal Standard Time, 1879; knighted in 1897)
  • Sarah McLachlan (rock singer and songwriter; Lilith Fair organiser)
  • Smokey Smith (Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross)
  • Stephen Leacock (comedic writer)
  • Stephen Lewis (politician, broadcaster, diplomat, humanitarian)
  • Steve Giles (four time Olympian in Sprint Canoe)
  • Steve Nash (NBA basketball star and two-time MVP)
  • Stuart Mclean (radio broadcaster, humourist, and author, host of the The Vinyl Cafe)
  • Toller Cranston (Olympian figure skater and painter)
  • Tommy Douglas (introduced the continent’s first single-payer, universal health care program)
  • W.P. Kinsella (author of novel “Shoeless Joe”, later made into movie “Field of Dreams”)
  • William Gibson (science fiction author; inventor of “cyberpunk” genre)
  • Yousuf Karsh (portrait photographer of Bogart, Einstein, Eisenhower, Hemingway, Kennedy, Churchill, …)