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Arlene Dickinson

Former "Dragon" on Dragon's Den;
General Partner, District Ventures Capital

Bio

"The purpose of marketing is to deliver results," says Arlene Dickinson, former CBC "dragon" and one of Canada's most successful communications entrepreneurs. Whether explaining how to leverage marketing in even the toughest of economic times, sharing backstage stories from "The Den," or giving audiences a look into her personal story of success, Dickinson's experience and expertise always shine through.  +

Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list. She is also the general partner and managing partner of District Ventures Capital, a fund investing in Canadian companies in the food, beverage, and health sectors.

Best known to Canadians as a star of CBC’s award-winning series Dragons’ Den for 10 seasons, Dickinson is also the author of three bestselling books: Persuasion, All In, and her most recent, Reinvention.

Dickinson’s success and leadership has been recognized with multiple honours and awards including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award and the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. She is also an inductee in the Marketing Hall of Legends, and has been honoured with PROFIT and Chatelaine magazine’s TOP 100 Women Business Owners Awards. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

Dickinson is an honourary captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and the recipient of four honourary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University, Concordia University, Saint Mary’s University, and NAIT. She also sits on numerous public and private boards and is dedicated to giving back to her community and country. --

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Arlene Dickinson's Speaking Presentations:

Lessons from the Den: Succeeding at Business and Being an Entrepreneur +

In this talk, one of Canada's most high profile business women distills a lifetime of experience to reveal everything you need to know — and do — to start, to run, and to grow a great business. (A customized clip from the hit show Dragons' Den provides buzz; though that’s just a starting point.)

On stage, as on the small screen, Dickinson displays a palpable and infectious belief in the entrepreneurial spirit; she reminds us of the major contributions Canadians have made to international business and the entrepreneurial tradition. --

Arlene Dickinson is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, fees & Arlene Dickinson's speaking schedule contact us.

Testimonials

Arlene Dickinson launched our ETFO Financial Health and Wealth Conference for Women in Toronto. Her keynote was inspiring and enlightening. Teachers from across the province were impressed by her sincerity, wisdom, skills, and motivational humour. Everyone absolutely loved her presentation and the feedback has been exemplary. She was phenomenal! A huge thanks from the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.

 

–Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

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Arlene Dickinson launched our ETFO Financial Health and Wealth Conference for Women in Toronto. Her keynote was inspiring and enlightening. Teachers from across the province were impressed by her sincerity, wisdom, skills, and motivational humour. Everyone absolutely loved her presentation and the feedback has been exemplary. She was phenomenal! A huge thanks from the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.

 

–Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

Arlene is dynamic and energetic, the kind of person who brings a gust of air into a room and attracts notice without trying.

–Chatelaine

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