As 2015 is coming to an end, we'd like to take a look back and think about all the wonderful people who have marked this year. Each person on this list is a Montrealer who has accomplished something exceptional. They inspire and touch hearts of many with their remarkable achievements. Without further ado, we present to you 2015 Most Powerful People Of Montreal.
Justin Trudeau is the 23rd and current Prime Minister Of Canada, as well as leader of the Liberal Party. One of his most anticipated political moves is the legalization of marijuana.
Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau is a Canadian TV host and wife of Justin Trudeau. She is actively involved in charity work as well as public speaking focused around women's rights.
Photo cred - Johany Jutras by Chris Hofley
Johany Jutras is a Montreal freelance sports photographer for the Canadian Football League (CFL). She is the first ever to document the journey of the CFL through a road trip.
Karen Malkin Lazarovitz
Karen Malkin Lazarovitz is a brave Montreal woman who chose to cover her mastectomy scars with beautiful art instead of opting for the standard correction surgery. Her tattoo artist was the talented Meaghan Goeb from Slick Styled Steel tattoo shop in Montreal.
Sina G Montreality
Sina G Montreality is based in Montreal but has gone to new levels of viral this year. Montreality is a hip-hop interview empire with millions of views on their videos and picture posts on Facebook, not to mention an impressive YouTube channel that is always on fire.
Better known as Nic Urli, he is one of the city's most prominent restaurateurs. Nic is behind some of Montreal's most popular bars and restaurants right now, including Ha, Jatoba, Flyjin and École Privée.
Photo cred - Coda Nightlife Group
Owner of Coda Nightlife Group, Brooke is the former Programming Director of Le Belmont who did fantastic things there and now owns École Privée. He's helped École Privée get to the level we see it at right now.
Sterling, city councillor of Verdun district, is not your average politician. He is big in the underground street arts community and has changed the borough of Verdun for the better along with getting a skate park open there.
This year, she has managed to truly stand out as a businesswoman (owner of the site 3 Fois Par Jour and its English version as well) while pregnant with her first child. Marilou and her husband Alexandre Champagne (comedian & photographer) welcomed their newborn, Joan, on December 17th.
Corey Shapiro is a Montreal visionary, businessman and ambassador of all things cool. He's the name behind world renowned Vintage Frames. Is there anything he can't do? We think not.
There is a new wind to Harley Morenstein's Epic Meal Time branding. He is back to Montreal, filming hilarious behind the scenes vlogs, evolving his product and mastering each new video making them more entertaining than ever before.
Photo cred - Leslie Ann Thompson
Maripier is engaged to Brandon Prust, a hockey player who was traded to Vancouver this season. She stood out this year thanks to a reality TV show, Hockey Wives. Maripier Morin also launched her own YouTube channel titled, Pardon my french, collaborated with LouLou Magazine, and was the face of Revlon in Quebec.
Photo cred - ville.chateauguay
Sugar Sammy is a comedian, actor, writer and producer living in Montreal. This list wouldn't be complete without him.
Olivier Primeau is the young and ambitious co-owner of Pointe-Calumet's legendary Beachclub. He's made some serious noise in the media all over the world in 2015 and has big plans for his outdoor party establishment for the years to come.
Joanne Vrakas is Montreal's Breakfast TV host. This year hasn't been easy for her. The whole city was mourning the passing of Joanne's mother. In spite of all the difficulties, she has shown her strength and is an example to all of us.
P.K. Subban is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Montreal Canadiens. This year, Subban has really outdone himself by donating $10 million to the Montreal Childrens' Hospital. It is said to be “the biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history.”
Generation Y Not
A group of four student Montreal-based YouTubers (Ammar Kandil, Thomas Brag, and Matt Dajer, and Derin Emre), whose several viral videos this year have put Montreal on the map in a positive way. They were not born and raised here but certainly for the time being call this city home and we welcome them with open arms.