10 Richest Canadian Billionaires – Find Out How They Got So Rich

Canadian Billionaires – Who are the Richest People in Canada?

Almost all annual listings of the world’s richest people mention the same names year after year. On the top of these lists you will find Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Although the lists are generally accurate, you will often observe an American-centric pattern, wherein entrepreneurial skills and wealth of the country’s northern neighbor are often overlooked. Canada has its share of top richest people and even if recession has affected the Billionaire Balance Sheets of 2008 to 2009, the top richest people in the world have $2 trillion in asset valuation. Forbes, the trusted magazine all around the globe when it comes to entrepreneurial stories and news, came up with the list of 10 richest Canadians for 2009. The list includes a brief background on how these top 10 richest Canadians became very wealthy and successful. All figures below are in US dollars, unless otherwise stated.

1. David Thomson and family – media conglomerate – $13 billion

David Thomson is the reputed grandson of Roy Thomson who is the founder of the Thomson Corporation. The company started out as a book publishing enterprise. Today, it continues to be one of the premier textbook providers for higher education in the world. The company grew even more as it got involved in information technology and electronic media. It dominates the healthcare, science, financial services, and the law sectors. It acquired Reuters News last 2007 and is currently known as the Thomson Reuters.

2. Galen Weston and family – retail – $5 billion

This family owns a couple of giant retail establishments in the UK and Canada, which include Loblaws, Selfridges, and the Holt Renfrew. Galen Weston is the descendant of George Weston, who founded the George Weston Bakeries Ltd. as a food business. Weston’s Loblaws is the largest retailer in Canada, with net sales amounting to more than $30 billion Canadian dollars in 2008.

3. James, Arthur, and Jack Irving – oil and other natural resources – $3.9 billion

The Irving brothers are the sons of the Canadian oil king billionaire K.C. Irving, who passed away in 1992. The three brothers took over the family’s natural resource holdings and divided these based on their personal responsibilities and expertise. Arthur Irving manages the Irving Oil and its various retail sites in Canada, plus transportation and refineries. Jack Irving, on the other hand, handles the engineering, steel fabricating, and construction entities of the company. James Irving is the one handling the parent company, which focuses on forestry, shipbuilding, and other types of transportation.

4. Paul Desmarais, Sr. – transportation and finance – $2.6 billion

Paul started out as the manager of their family business, the Desmarais’s bus service. He began to acquire other lines and created a holding enterprise that eventually branched out to other fields such as life insurance and publishing. He always made sure to personally oversee the financial aspect of his businesses. As of today, Paul’s Power Corporation of Canada …

Cloud Computing:Elastic Stream Computing For Cloud


 Esc: Towards an Elastic Stream Computing Platform for

the Cloud


Today, most tools for processing big data are batch-oriented. However, many scenarios require continuous, online processing of data streams and events. We present ESC, a new stream computing engine. It is designed for computations with real-time demands, such as online data mining. It offers a simple programming model in which programs are specified by directed acyclic graphs (DAGs). The DAG defines the data flow of a program, vertices represent operations applied to the data. The data which are streaming through the graph are expressed as key/value pairs. ESC allows programmers to focus on the problem at hand and deals with distribution and fault tolerance. Furthermore, it is able to adapt to changing computational demands. In the cloud, ESC can dynamically attach and release machines to adjust the computational capacities to the current needs. This is crucial for stream computing since the amount of data fed into the system is not under the platform’s control. We substantiate the concepts we propose in this paper with an evaluation based on a high frequency trading scenario.


1.         INTRODUCTION                                                                           

       2.         RELATED WORK                                                                                                   

     3.         SCENARIO                                                                                      

4.         STREAM COMPUTING IN ESC                                                

             5.         FAILOVER AND ADAPTABILITY                                                            

      6.        IMPLEMENTATION                                                                          

       7.         EVALUATION                                                                                    

         8.         CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE WORK                                               

          9.         REFERENCES                                                                                     

  1. 1.      INTRODUCTION

 “Cloud Computing” is an ongoing trend in the IT world. It has the potential to transform the way software is used and hardware is designed and purchased. New services can be deployed rapidly without bearing massive initial investments and time delays accompanied by setting up the necessary infrastructure. As pointed out by Armbrust et al., the nearly impossible task of predicting future workload and hardware requirements has become obsolete. Moreover, without a self-maintained infrastructure one can avoid overprovisioning, which would be required to cope with peaks but is a waste of resources in off-peaks.

ESC (pronounced “Escape”) is a distributed stream processing platform written in Erlang.ESC employs a similar programming model as MapReduce in that it applies operations to key/value pairs. In contrast to MapReduce, which is tailored to batch-oriented processing of large data sets, ESC is designed to deal with distributed online processing of event streams fed into the system at unpredictable rates. It targets data processing tasks with soft real-time demands such as analysis of sensor network data, online web mining, or algorithmic trading. A directed acyclic graph defines the data flow of a program in ESC; its vertices specify the operations applied to the key/value pairs called   events. The usage of DAGs for stream processing is very expressive, much more expressive than an online version of MapReduce. Programmers can focus on the task at hand while ESC contributes concurrency, distribution, and fault tolerance. For large batch-oriented tasks, cloud computing can get results as quickly as the software scales, because using 1,000 servers for one hour causes the same costs as one server for 1,000 hours. This is different for stream processing where we have no control over the arrival rate of …

The Whole Nine Yards Wedding Planners – Part 1

Professional Wedding Planning – If planning your wedding has you feeling overwhelmed and/or confused, The Whole Nine Yards Wedding Planners can help you for a Key West Destination Wedding.

The Whole Nine Yards primary mission is designed to make every part of planning your Key West wedding faster, easier, and most of all less stressful – all the way from planning your budget to leaving on your honeymoon.

With so many complicated details to manage, you need something that does more than just store information. You need someone to help you stay in control, so that your Key West wedding turns out the way you imagine it, within your budget, and without a lot of stress in the process.

With The Whole Nine Yards Wedding Planners, you will see just how easy your Key West wedding planning can be!

INVITATIONSGet the numbers you need beyond the question of how many people you are sending invitations to. What you really want to know is how many people are going to show up.You will want to know how many of Mahi-Mahi vs. Stuffed Chicken you are going to need to pay for.With our planning services, we give you the numbers you really want.

YOUR WEDDING CHECKLIST We give you a wedding check list that is specifically customized for you.We have the most thorough database of tasks available (over 700 tasks). But what good is a huge list of task on a wedding check list if they do not apply to your situation?

Instead of burying you in useless work, we will build a customized wedding check list for you, based on your religious preferences (if any) and the specific events you are planning.

We can even scale the wedding check list of tasks to fit your time frame, whether that is 12 months or 8 weeks.

WEDDING AND RECEPTION SEATING Seating that is not musical chairs – Our seating organizer shows you your tables – rectangular or round, with the right placement of chairs. It lets you place your guests in the chairs you would like them to have.

A good wedding planner can even generate your place cards and table cards for your seating, and creating text that is formally perfect.

WEDDING ETIQUETTE We have already done the homework on the etiquette rules for a wedding. When it comes to invitation envelopes, most people want to follow the rules of etiquette, but who can figure them out?

We can do this for you, whether you are inviting Judges and Ambassadors or just plain “Mr and Mrs.” (Or the subtle variations of “Mrs.” you might be surprised to find out about!

YOUR ELECTRONIC ADDRESS BOOK We can read your address book too if you have and address book (Eudora, Palm Desktop, Microsoft Outlook, or Outlook Express) or a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. We can read these directly into our software as long as you supply it on disk or via an E-mail attachment.Even if your address book uses abbreviations, we can put …