25 | Dale Lastman, 55, Goodmans LLP
Hardly a deal goes down in this town without his fingerprints on it. The non-furniture- shilling Lastman is a co-chair at Goodmans LLP and a valuable advisor to corporate titans like Larry Tanenbaum, whom he represented during the recent MLSE deal with Rogers and Bell. He’s universally respected, gigantically smart and painfully camera-shy—a combination that made him the only person in town capable of brokering the deal. PART-TIME GIGS: On the board of MLSE, an alternate NHL and NBA governor, and a trustee at RioCan and SickKids.