May 27, 2022

Canada: Research Tools: Corporate Mapping Project Launches “Fossil-Power Top 50” Rankings, Database Also Available

From the Corporate Mapping Project:

What do Suncor, Encana, the Royal Bank of Canada, the Fraser Institute and 46 other companies and organizations have in common?

They are among the entities that make up the most influential fossil fuel industry players in Canada. Today, the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP) is drawing attention to these powerful corporations and organizations with the release of its Fossil-Power Top 50 listing, along with a publicly accessible database of the larger Canadian fossil fuel industry that maps its connections to the wider corporate sector in Canada and globally.

The online Fossil-Power Top 50 listing contains in-depth information and profiles of the most influential emitters, enablers and legitimators of Canada’s fossil fuel industry.


The full CMP database includes 200 Canada-based extractive corporations with assets over $50 million (as of 2015), along with several smaller companies that play a central role within a provincial jurisdiction or sub-sector of the industry. The database also maps the industry’s connections to the larger corporate sector in Canada and globally.


The CMP partnered with to develop and host its database. LittleSis is a grassroots watchdog group that connects the dots between the world’s most powerful people and organizations. Using its mapping tool, LittleSis brings transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships between corporations, business leaders, politicians, lobbyists, financiers and their affiliated institutions. Examples of network maps using the CMP data can be seen in each of the Fossil-Power Top 50 profiles like Suncor, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).


The Corporate Mapping Project is jointly led by the University of Victoria, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (BC & Saskatchewan offices) and the Parkland Institute. This research was supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).me

Direct to Corporate Mapping Project Database

Direct to Fossil-Power Top 50

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