The Class of 2007: Canada's Top Companies and Executives



    Report on Business Top 1000 provides Complete Guide to Corporate
    Performance in Canada

    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, Report on Business magazine unveils
the year's most extensive and anticipated business ranking: The Report on
Business Top 1000. The Top 1000 ranks publicly traded Canadian companies by
profit and also includes an array of specialized rankings: 50 biggest private
companies, 50 biggest income trusts, 50 best-paid executives, investment
tables and rankings by industry.
    "The Report on Business 1000 represents the class of 2007 and includes
Canada's most successful companies as well as those on the way up and down,"
says Report on Business editor Gary Salewicz. "It's an essential resource for
CEOs measuring their companies' performance against competitors as well as for
investors looking for a place to grow their money."
    
    Highlights of the Top 1000 - the top five by profit:

    1.  EnCana Corp., AB ($5.7 billion (U.S.)), at the top for the fourth
        consecutive year.
    2.  Royal Bank of Canada, ON ($4.7 billion), runner up for the second
        year in a row.
    3.  Toronto-Dominion Bank, ON (S4.6 billion), up from seventh last year.
    4.  Manulife Financial, ON ($3.9 billion), down from third last year.
    5.  Bank of Nova Scotia, ON ($3.6 billion), down from fourth last year.

    The Biggest Moves up the Top 1000 - by % gain in profit:

    -  Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, ON - 8,369% gain in profit, moving
       it from 950th place last year to 11th this year.
    -  LionOre Mining International, ON - 661% gain in profit, 52nd on the
       Top 1000, up from 980th last year.
    -  Domtar Paper, QC - 185% gain in profit, 70th on this year's rankings,
       up from 996th the year before.
    -  Fairfax Financial Holding, ON - 148% gain in profit, 79th on the Top
       1000, up from second last (999th) last year.
    -  Rogers Communications, ON - 1,482% gain in profit, 42nd on this year's
       list, up from 960th spot a year ago.

    More than two thirds of the Top 50 best-paid executives are new to the
list while a dozen are departing the C-suite and collecting rich payouts. The
top three bumped Magna's Frank Stronach to number four (executive compensation
includes base salary, annual bonus, other payments, share value and option
gains, to the nearest $100,000):

    1.  James Balsillie, co-CEO, Research in Motion: $54.7 million
    2.  Glenn Murphy, former CEO, Shoppers Drug Mart: $34.4 million
    3.  Michael Lazaridis, co-CEO, Research in Motion: $32.9 million

    Top 50 biggest private companies by revenue - the top three:

    1.  General Motors of Canada ($33.3 billion)
    2.  Daimler Chrysler Canada ($15.2 billion (EU))
    3.  Shell Canada ($14.8 billion)

    Top 50 biggest income trusts by revenue - the top three:

    1.  Canadian Oil Sands Trust ($2.7 billion)
    2.  Provident Energy Trust ($2.3 billion)
    3.  Superior Plus Income Fund ($2.3 billion)
    

    Also in the July/August issue:

    Hogtown vs. Cowtown - When it comes to business, Toronto has ruled the
    roost for as long as most can remember - that is, until now. Behold the
    grudge match between Toronto and Calgary for head-office glory. Report on
    Business explores the rise of power on Stephen Avenue and the ever-
    increasing number of head offices located in Calgary.

    Patriot games - Worried about hollowing out? Business News Network
    investment reporter Andrew Bell profiles five Canadian companies who have
    staunchly avoided the feeding frenzy of foreign predators. "Like savvy
    poisonous beetles, they've done it by making their businesses so
    repellent, so confusing or so just plain scary that would-be acquirers
    won't come near them."

    Get big or die tryin' - Report on Business associate editor Dawn Calleja
    revisits seven once-sexy companies now relegated to the "Whatever
    happened to...?" file. Remember Corel, Lowen, or Laidlaw?

    The July/August issue of Report on Business magazine is available in
tomorrow's Globe and Mail and online at reportonbusiness.com/magazine.

    Report on Business magazine is Canada's most-read business publication.
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For further information: Niya Nikitova, (416) 969-2654 or
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