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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:45:00 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Iconic Canadian brands that jumped the border

Imperial Oil



An Imperial Oil company annual meeting in Calgary, Alta., May 2, 2012. (© Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
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Imperial Oil

Another century-old company founded in London, Ont., Imperial Oil was incorporated back in 1880 and today is Canada’s ninth-largest business by revenue, according to TheGlobe & Mail. Imperial Oil, which operates under the brand name Esso in Canada, moved its headquarters to Calgary in 2005, though the energy giant has a surprising connection to the U.S. Nearly 70 per cent of Imperial Oil is owned by ExxonMobil, the Texas-based multinational that’s a direct descendant of the Standard Oil company founded by John D. Rockefeller.

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