5 Top Companies Started in Canada
By Angela Sanders Thursday, August 22, 2013, 02:18 AM EDT
The corporate and industrial pioneers who chose to make their way in Canada often do not get the same level of recognition that their American counterparts have received. The history of Canada is filled with companies that have been able to change the world through hard work and dedication. A look at the companies which were founded in Canada will contain names that you may be surprised to read.
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Tim Horton was a NHL hockey player who passed away as the result of an automobile accident. Prior to his death, Horton had set up a couple of doughnut shops that also offered a popular coffee blend as well. Many years later, the Tim Horton's name is a fixture in cities all over Canada as well as many of the larger cities in the Northern United States.
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When it comes to picture-sharing websites, none are more prominent that Flickr. The website was launched in 2004 by a Vancouver-based company called Ludicorp. The website innovated the way that people could put their own images up on the Internet and allowed them to be shared by others. In 2005, Yahoo! acquired Flickr and has since turned it into one of the largest file sharing websites on the Internet.
Outsourcing services has been growing in popularity for some time now and the Cydcor company profile indicates that the company has been outsourcing professional sales services since 1994. The company has grown to have an international presence that includes offices in the United States and Canada, but it all started with an office in Canada and the desire to provide professional sales services to companies all over the world.
Cirque du Soleil
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Because of its French name, many people mistakenly think that the Circque du Soleil originated in France. It actually gets it name from its origins in French-speaking Montreal, Quebec. It started out as a way for founder Guy Lalibertie to perform his fire-breathing act for locals. But when Lalibertie was disillusioned with his job at a local power plant, he set out to make Cirque du Soleil an international performance company.
Corporate history is filled with the names of American oil companies that climbed their way to the top of the financial ladder and exerted their influence over the whole world. But in 1880, the Imperial Oil Company was founded in London, Ontario and it became one of the largest oil companies in the world. Imperial also owns the Esso Company, which is one of the largest chains of gas stations in Canada and the Northern United States.
The next time that you assume a large, international company was founded in the United States, you may want to take a close look. You will be surprised to find that some of the most famous companies in the world actually got their start as small businesses in Canada. Over the years, these Canadian businesses have gone on to influence world trade and become a significant part of the international economy.