Glassdoor’s top 10 Canadian tech CEOs of 2021

Canada’s Top 10 Tech CEOs

Almost half of the Top 25 CEOs in Canada are in the tech industry according to the 2021 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards for the Top CEOs.

Some of the top CEOs include Michael Dell from Dell Technologies, Rania Llewellyn from Laurentian Bank and Jean-Pascal Tricoire from Schneider Electric.

According to Glassdoor, of the 1.5 million reviewed employers, the average CEO approval rating is around 73 per cent.

Canada’s top ten tech CEOs exceed that average with ratings in the 90 per cent range.

CEOs are rated based on the quantity, quality and consistency of Glassdoor-approved company reviews shared by employees between May 2, 2020, and May 1, 2021

To qualify employers had to receive at least 25 reviews with at least 25 CEO approval ratings and at least 25 senior management ratings

Click through the slideshow to find the top 10 Tech CEOs of Glassdoor’s 25.


Company: Microsoft
CEO: Satya Nadella
Place on overall list: 19
Number 10 on the list is the CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella with a 96 per cent CEO approval rating.

Nadella became CEO of Microsoft in 2014 and made Glassdoor’s list in 2019 and 2018.


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Company: AMD
CEO: Dr. Lisa Su
Place on overall list: 17
At number nine is Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, a multinational semiconductor company which is based in Santa Clara, California.

She received a 96 per cent CEO approval rating.


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Company: Unity Technologies
CEO: John Riccitiello
Place on overall list: 16
John Riccitiello, CEO of Unity Technologies takes the next spot. Unity Technologies is a video game software development company based in San Francisco. He made the list with a 96 per cent CEO approval rating.

Company: PointClickCare
CEO: Mike Wessinger
Place on overall list: 15
PointClickCare is a Mississauga-based cloud-based healthcare software provider.

CEO Mike Wessinger received a 96 per cent CEO approval rating.

Wessinger has been CEO of PointClickCare since 1995.


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Company: Dell Technologies
CEO: Michael S. Dell
Place on overall list: 14
Global tech giant Dell tops the list with CEO Micheal S. Dell.

Dell received a 97 per cent CEO approval rating.


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Company: National Bank Of Canada
CEO: Louis Vachon
Place on overall list: 11
Taking the fifth spot is Louis Vachon, CEO of the National Bank Of Canada.

Vachon has a 97 per cent CEO approval rating.


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Company: Apple
CEO: Tim Cook
Place on overall list: 10
In fourth place for the list is Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. He was given a 97 per cent for his CEO approval rating.

An anonymous review from an Apple specialist in Vancouver applauded Apple and Cook for the “amazing leadership,” “supportive environment,” and a “good learning environment.”


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Company: Schneider Electric
CEO: Jean-Pascal Tricoire
Place on overall list: 8
In the top three is Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy automation and management with locations throughout Ontario. Tricoire has a 97 per cent CEO approval rating.

Reviews from Glassdoor praise the company culture and support of the upper management team at Schneider.


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Company: Ciena
CEO: Gary B. Smith
Place on overall list: 6
Gary B. Smith, CEO of Ciena takes the second spot. Ciena is a networking system and software service supplier company based in Hanover, Maryland. Smith has a 98 per cent CEO approval rating. Reviews support the leadership for “strong,” and “executive” leadership and “superior engineering talent.”


Company: Laurentian Bank
CEO: Rania Llewellyn
Place on overall list: 2
Rania Llewellyn, CEO of Laurentian Bank takes the number one spot. She has a 99 per cent CEO approval rating. An anonymous review said Laurentian Bank is a great team to work with and also praised Llewellyn and other leaders commending them for “forward-thinking” and “receptive feedback.”


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Samira Balsara
Samira Balsara
Samira is a writer for IT World Canada. She is currently pursuing a journalism degree at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson) and hopes to become a news anchor or write journalistic profiles. You can email her at [email protected]

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