Top 100 national/global companies operating in B.C. in 2017

Ranked by number of B.C. employees in 2017

Print version published October 17, 2017. Online version updated October 19, 2017: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc., previously at #25, is now at #75. Fields, previously at #100, now at #97. Online version updated October 18, 2017: Mountain Equipment Co-op, previously at #76, is now at #42. Incorrect information was published in the print edition. Sources: Interviews with companies below and BIV research. Other companies may have ranked but did not respond to information requests by deadline or were unable to break down staff numbers regionally.

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Rank '17FootnotesCompanySenior executive(s)Primary business Key geographic areas business operates inYear foundedWorldwide staff '16Worldwide staff '17B.C. staff '16B.C. staff '17
1 B.C. headcount 2015: As of December 31, 2014 Jim Pattison Group
1067 Cordova St W Suite 1800
Vancouver, BC V6C 1C7
Phone: 604-488-5213
Jim Pattison (managing director, CEO and chairman) Diversified North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Middle East 1961 41,000 42,000 17,218 17,555
2 BC staff 2017: BIV estimate; Cdn staff 2017: BIV estimate; Global staff 2017: Includes all Walmart employees worldwide; Global staff 2016: Includes all Walmart employees worldwide; Worldwide 2015: Includes all Walmart employees worldwide Walmart Canada Corp
1940 Argentia Rd
Mississauga, ON L5N 1P9
Phone: 1-800-328-0402
Lee Tappenden (president and CEO) Mass merchandise department store Canada 1994 2,300,000 2,300,000 9,215 9,200
3 BC staff 2017: 2016 figure; Global staff 2017: 2016 figure Telus Corp
510 Georgia St W 23rd floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 0M3
Phone: 604-697-8044
Darren Entwistle (president and CEO); Doug French (executive vice-president and CFO) Communications products and services All provinces in Canada 1990 47,000 47,000 8,250 8,250
4 London Drugs Ltd
12251 Horseshoe Way
Richmond, BC V7A 4X5
Phone: 604-272-7400
Brandt Louie (chair); Clint Mahlman (executive vice-president and chief operating officer) Pharmacy, retailer, mass merchandiser B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba 1945 7,500 7,500 7,000 7,000
5 BC staff 2017: 2015 figure; BC staff 2016: 2015 figure; Global staff 2017: 2015 figure; Global staff 2016: 2015 figure Northland Properties Corp
1755 Broadway W Suite 310
Vancouver, BC V6J 4S5
Phone: 604-730-6610
Robert Gaglardi (chair); Tom Gaglardi (president) Hotels, real estate, restaurants B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario 1963 14,000 14,000 7,000 7,000

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