At Hardbacon, we like to share content that helps you bring home the bacon. And a lot of this content is created by Canadian influencers, who also want to help you get richer. So we decided to compile a list of Canadian money influencers that are trending in 2020. Here it is:
1. Kevin O’Leary
Known as one of the dragon’s on CBC’s “Dragon’s Den”, Kevin is also a co-founder of O’Leary Funds, Inc. and founder of O’Leary Financial Group. He is the author of three bestselling books and is one of the most sought after media personalities in Canada.
Total Social Media Following: 4.3 million
2. Arlene Dickinson
Arlene Dickinson is a Canadian businesswoman, investor, author, and television personality. She is the General Partner of District Ventures Capital and CEO of Venture Communication. She is also a figure on the popular CBC television show, Dragons’ Den, since 2007. She left the show in 2015 but rejoined in 2017.
Total Social Media Following: 553,055
3. Peter Adenay, aka Mr. Money Moustache
Mr. Money Mustache is the website and pseudonym of blogger Peter Adeney. Adeney retired from his job as a software engineer in 2005 at age 30 by spending only a small percentage of his annual salary and consistently investing the remainder, primarily in stock market index funds. The blog has been featured and cited in various media outlets including Market Watch, CBS News, and The New Yorker, as well as others.
Total Social Media Following: 303,362
4. Manjit Minhas
Manjit Minhas is an entrepreneur, television personality on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and venture capitalist. She is co-founder of Minhas Breweries & Distillery, manufacturer of beer brands such as Mountain Crest Classic Lager, Boxer Lager, Lazy Mutt Ale and Huber Bock. She specializes in marketing with interests in branding and sales.
Total Social Media Following: 145,359
5. Ben Felix
Benjamin Felix hosts Common Sense Investing. Common Sense Investing is about sensible investing and financial decision making for Canadians.
Total Social Media Following: 136,088
6. Fahima Marissa Anwar
Anwar describes herself as a marketing and branding expert and a content strategist with over 10 years in marketing, e-commerce & emerging technology. She specializes in digital and influencer marketing.
She has led multi-national campaigns for UN agencies, tech and lifestyle brands, and credit card companies. Her work can be seen on BBC, CNBC, FOX, MSNBC and more.
Anwar also founded Canada’s largest influencer conference, Spark Sessions, which feature partner brands like Tangerine, L’Oreal, AOL, Globe and Mail, Coke, Best Buy among 80 other international brands.
Total Social Media Following: 125,636
7. Tom Drake
Tom is the founder of MapleMoney, a blog with a mission to help its readers achieve financial freedom by teaching them how to make, save, invest and spend money in a smart way.
Total Social Media Following: 116,114
8. Preet Banerjee
Preet Banerjee is the host of the television show Million Dollar Neighbourhood on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Banerjee is a personal financial expert and winner of the reality TV series The Ultimate W Expert Challenge, which aired on the W Network in Canada during the summer of 2009. He was subsequently named a W Network Money Expert.
Banerjee writes a personal finance column for The Globe and Mail and is also author of the Canadian personal finance blog WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com The website was voted Canada’s #1 Investment Blog in 2010 by readers of The Globe and Mail. In 2012, he launched a personal finance podcast.
Total Social Media Following: 114,871
9. Michele Romanow
Michele Romanow is a Canadian tech entrepreneur, television personality, board director and venture capitalist. She co-founded Clearbanc, a San Francisco-based provider of revenue sharing solutions to fund new online businesses, and other e-businesses, and made the list of 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2015.
Total Social Media Following: 113,546
10. Rob Carrick
Rob’s personal finance column in The Globe and Mail is one regular guy’s attempt to make sense of the world of money. Rob is married with two 20-something kids and always trying to figure out ways to spend and invest intelligently. He asks the same questions you would and applies his experience and contacts to get answers. Carrick writes a twice-weekly e-mail newsletter, Carrick on Money.
Total Social Media Following: 110,508
11. Jim Treliving
Walter James Treliving OC is a Canadian businessman, venture capitalist, and television personality. He owns Treliving Management and Boston Pizza International. Since 2006, Treliving has served as one of the investor “dragons” on the Canadian television show Dragons’ Den
Total Social Media Following: 78,543
12. Daniel Pronk
Daniel Prink founded Calgary Pixels, a real estate media company based in (you guessed it) Calgary, Alberta. He is also a Youtube entrepreneur and investor.
Total Social Media Following: 77,514
13. Brandon Beavis
Brandon Beavis is a YouTube personality who helps Canadians learn how to invest in the stock market the right way. In particular, his channel focuses here on long-term investing. His company, Brandon Beavis Investing, offers an investing academy course.
Total Social Media Following: 74,410
14. Matt McKeever
Matt McKeever is a retired real estate investor and daily YouTube personality who helps Canadians towards financial independence through education, courses and resources.
Total Social Media Following: 71,372
15. Jonathan Chevreau
Jonathan Chevreau is a MoneySense columnist and is the author of “Findependence Day” and co-author “Victory Lap Retirement“. He is the founder of FinancialIndependenceHub.com. Chevreau has been writing about personal finance since 1996 for the Financial Post, after starting his journalism career as a technology reporter for the Globe & Mail in the early 1980s. He has authored nine books on mutual funds, stock markets and investing.
Total Social Media Following: 71,353
16. Nick Bilodeau
Nick Bilodeau is the executive director at Quantum and an author, recognized industry influencer and one of Twitter’s most followed accounts on all things digital and marketing in Financial Services. He gets 3+ million impressions per year online.
Total Social Media Following: 67,429
17. Stefan Aarnio
Stefan Aarnio is an Award Winning Real Estate Entrepreneur, author of Self Made: Confessions of a Twenty Something Self Made Millionaire and the winner of the Rich Dad International Hall Of Fame Award. Starting with only $1200, Aarnio says he built a multi-million dollar real estate business and multiple streams of income.
Total Social Media Following: 56,863
18. Griffin Milks
Griffin Milks is a business graduate from the University of Ottawa specialized in online business systems, stock market investing and real estate investing. He has successfully purchased multiple rental properties before the age of 23 and has hands-on experience creating high-performing stock market portfolios for himself and clients.
Total Social Media Following: 51,062
19. Berel Solomon
Berel Solomon is CEO of Wealthy Commercials, and a Youtube personality. He created Wealthy Commercials to produce “mouth-watering commercials and help company’s deliver their message to the world.” The business uses cutting edge online video marketing to fill multi locational-based companies.
Solomon worked for his father in their metal recycling family business. He helped grow the business using powerful online marketing tools from $7 Million in sales to $40 Million in 7 years. When he was 28 he decided to use the knowledge gained from his fathers business to open Wealthy Commercials.
Total Social Media Following: 48,131
20. Bridget Casey
Bridget Casey is the founder of Money After Graduation. From paying off debt to investing in the stock market, she gives advice on your finances. Casey holds a MBA in Finance from the University of Calgary. She is regularly featured as a millennial finance expert as a guest on BNN and CBC and was recognized as one of Alberta’s Top Young Innovators in 2016.
Total Social Media Following: 35,677
21. Jessica Moorhouse
Jessica Moorhouse brands herself as a a millennial money expert. She is also a speaker, Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada, award-winning blogger, host of the Mo’ Money Podcast and founder of the Millennial Money Meetup.
Jessica’s main passion is personal finance and living a balanced lifestyle. Ever since she discovered the transformative powers of financial literacy, her mission has been to teach others how to take control of their lives by taking control of their money.
Total Social Media Following: 33,386
22. Justin Oliver
Justin Oliver, CPA has been in the investment industry for over 15 years. Former director, ETF at BMO Global Asset Management, he is currently business developer at MMCAP Asset Management.
Total Social Media Following: 30,008
23. Cait Flanders
Cait chronicles in her blog CaitFlanders, winner of Plutus Award for Best Canadian Blog 2013, how she was able to pay off $ 30,000 in debt and managed to maintains a 2-year shopping ban. She is also an author of YearOfLess, a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She has over 11,000 mail subscribers to her blog.
Total Social Media Following: 24,400
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24. Joseph James Francis
Joseph James Francis, aka Joe Budget Boss, is a financial advisor, money coach and a blogger focusing on budgeting as the basis of financial independence.
Total Social Media Following: 23,882
25. Marie Engen
Marie Engen is the co-founder of Boomer & Echo, a blog with many smart ideas on how to achieve financial independence through smart saving and investing strategies.
Total Social Media Following: 23,293
26. Kerry K. Taylor
Kerry Taylor is a financial journalist and the owner of Squawkfox, a blog dedicated to help readers reach financial independence by investing wisely, reducing their debt, increasing their savings and earning more. She is also a contributor to CBC’s show “On The Money”.
Total Social Media Following: 23,283
27. Adrian Bar, aka Canadian in a T-Shirt
Adrian Bar started the YouTube channel Canadian in a T-Shirt to take a deep dive into investing, taxes, personal finance and money saving strategies for Canadians. Bar says he’ll go over all the basics of taxes, saving, spending wisely with cash back credit cards and the importance of investing.
Total Social Media Following: 20,469
28. Andrew Hallam
Andrew Halim is the author of Millionaire Teacher and Global Expatriate Guide to investing. In his blog he tells how he was able to achieve financial independence and become a millionnaire while still living on $28,000 teacher’s salary.
Total Social Media Following: 19,693
29. Ellen Roseman
Ellen Roseman is a Canadian writer, journalist and lecturer specializing in personal finance and consumer issues. She currently writes a column handling consumer complaints for the Toronto Star and teaches at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Roseman is also co-host of the Canadian MoneySaver Podcast.
Total Social Media Following: 18,519
30. Christine Duhaime
Christine Duhaime is the founder of Digital Finance Institute, a think tank for thought leadership in digital finance, technology, financial inclusion and artificial intelligence. She is ranked one of the 100 top women in FinTech and is a global lawyer at Duhaime Law.
Total Social Media Following: 16,711
31. Jim Yih, aka Retire Happy
Jim Yih is the creator of Retire Happy, and one of Canada’s leading experts on retirement, investing and personal finance. For the past 20 years his passion has been to help people make better decisions with money. This passion can also be seen in his relentless effort to develop products to help people learn and improve their financial affairs.
Total Social Media Following: 15,810
32. Ed Rempel
Ed Rempel is a Certified Financial Planner and has built one of the largest financial planning practices in Canada. He has a blog in which he provides insights from his extensive experience building financial security.
Total Social Media Following: 15,664
33. Phil Siarri
Total Social Media Following: 12,345
34. Kyle Prevost
Kyle is a writer at Million Dollar Journey blog. He previously cofounded and sold his part of the YoungAndThrifty blog. He is also author of the book “More Money for Beer and Textbooks”. Young and Thrifty was written to change the lives of young Canadians by educating them to help them make better financial decisions.
Prevost also founded the Canadian Financial Summit.
Total Social Media Following: 11,997
35. Barry Choi
Barry Choi is a Toronto-based personal finance expert that owns the blog MoneyWeHave, which is one of Canada’s most trusted money and travel blogs.
Total Social Media Following: 11,882
36. Hilliard Macbeth
Hilliard Macbeth is the author of When the Bubble Bursts: Surviving the Canadian Real Estate Crash and is a portfolio manager with over 36 years of experience in the industry. His blog is Hilliard’s Weekend Notebook.
Total Social Media Following: 11,052
37. Justin Bender
Justin Bender runs the Canadian Portfolio Manager Blog. Bender is a Portfolio Manager passionate about helping clients and DIY investors build better portfolios.
Total Social Media Following: 10,731
38. Sean Cooper
Sean Cooper is the author of Burn Your Mortgage and is a sought after journalist and speaker. He is a money coach and appeared on many national radio and TV channels to discuss all finance and debt related topics.
Total Social Media Following: 10,671
39. Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman has a blog called HowToSaveMoney.ca in which he writes about ways to save smarter while still maintaining a high quality of life.
Total Social Media Following: 10,221
40. Bob Dhillon
Bob Dhillon is the Founder & CEO of Mainstreet Equity Corp. Mainstreet Equity Corp. was the Top Performing Real Estate Company on the TSX for 2019. Its current asset value is over $1.9 billion
Total Social Media Following: 9788
41. Krystal Yee
Krystal Yee is the founder of GiveMeBackMyFiveBucks, a blog dedicated to help Canadians participate in open and honest discussion about personal finances.
Total Social Media Following: 9,768
42. Beau Humphreys
Total Social Media Following: 9,514
43. Mark Seed
Mark Seed is the blogger behind MyOwnAdvisor, in which he discusses effective investing strategies that helped him earn $30,000 in dividend income a year. He strives to help other Canadians achieve financial freedom.
Total Social Media Following: 7,805
44. Bruce Sellery
Bruce Sellery is a business journalist and television host. He is the author of “Moolala: Why smart people do dumb things with their money (and what you can do about it)” and “The Moolala Guide to Rocking Your RRSP”. He is also the founder of a personal finance training company called Moolala.
Total Social Media Following: 7,618
45. Desirae Odjick
Desirae Odjick is the author of HalfBanked, a website that chronicles author’s mission to saving half of her income.
Total Social Media Following: 7,533
46. Mike Greig aka Ninja Budgeter
Mike Greig is the founder of NinjaBudgeter.com, a personal finance blog dedicated to helping Millennial parents learn how to budget, earn more money and save more of what they earn. He is a father of 3 living in one of the most expensive cities in Canada.
Total Social Media Following: 7,277
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47. Bryan Borzykowski
Bryan Borzykowski is in independent business journalist who writes about finance and investment.
Total Social Media Following: 7,131
48. Jordann Brown
Jordann Brown maintains a blog called MyAlternateLife in which she tells how she was able to repay $38,000 of student debt in just a year and a half and was able to pass $100,000 in net worth a short period later. The blog is dedicated to Millenials who have debt and are in need of budgeting and frugality tips.
Total Social Media Following: 7,004
49. Dale Roberts
Dale Roberts is a blogger at Cut the Crap Investing. Roberts calls himself a still-recovering former advertising writer and creative director who packed up his pen and laptop in early 2013 and made the move to Tangerine to help Canadians discover lower fee index investing. He talked his way into Tangerine where he could talk investing all day as an advisor and then trainer of the advisors. It was not work but they paid him anyway.
Total Social Media Following: 6,773
50. Shihab El Dessouki, aka Shihab’s Blog
Shihab created his Youtube channel to add value to his subscribers and viewers by sharing knowledge from his life experience. His blog can be about anything from finance, travel, food, fitness and more.
Total Social Media Following: 5,270
51. Romana King
Romana King is the owner of RKHome, former editor at MoneySense, director of content at Zolo.ca, and an expert on Canadian Real Estate market. She regularly writes for major national newspapers and publications on topics related to real estate and mortgages.
Total Social Media Following: 5,177
53. Alan Whitton
Alan Whitton, aka Big Cajun Man, is the author of CanajunFinances which features personal finance essays, stories, case studies and how-to articles with a distinctly Canadian point of view.
Total Social Media Following: 4,237
54. Shannon Steele
Total Social Media Following: 3,803
55. Dan Kent
Dan Kent is the co-founder of StockTrades.ca, a blog and an investing resource that educates Canadian investors about stocks and investing. Dan is also a columnist at ModestMoney.
Total Social Media Following: 3,686
56. Charlee Wayne
Charlee Wayne is a YouTube personality who helps Canadians on their own journeys to financial freedom.
Total Social Media Following: 3,155
57. Lisa Jackson
Lisa Jackson is a freelance journalist, editor, and content creator for both print and online media, and I know how to tell an engaging story that is SEO-friendly.
Her work has appeared in major online and print outlets in Canada and the United States, such as Al Jazeera News, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, CAA Magazine, MoneySense, Refinery 29, The Food Network Canada, Islands, Brides, Saveur Magazine, West Jet Magazine, Ensemble Vacations Magazine, enRoute, Travel Life, Eater, Huffington Post Canada, and many others.
Total Social Media Following: 2,763
58. Norm Rothery
He also a publishes Rothery Report, a newsletter about value investing.
Total Social Media Following: 2,046
59. Robin Haney
Robin Haney is a YouTube personality focused on investing and personal finance for complete beginners.
Total Social Media Following: 1,520
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60. Sandi Martin
Sandi Martin is the co-host of BecauseMoney podcast, which is a podcast about money in Canada.
Total Social Media Following: 1,331