Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most legendary business icons. She turned a small, Calgary-based agency into a powerhouse marketing firm as President and CEO of Venture Communications. She is a three-time best-selling author, host of the Reinvention podcast and an accomplished public speaker. Arlene is widely recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for over 12 seasons on the multi-award-winning television series, Dragons' Den. Arlene spent the twelve seasons guiding budding entrepreneurs through the highs and lows of starting a new business. As someone who’s climbed the ranks to become one of the nation’s most highly sought-after entrepreneurs, Arlene has the personal experience to back up her leadership skills.
Arlene’s leadership and abilities have been recognized many times, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners. She is a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee and a proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. Arlene has served for many years as an Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy.
Additionally, Arlene Dickinson is the General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund focused on helping market, fund, and grow entrepreneurs and their companies, in the food and health space. She sits on several public and private boards and is actively involved in supporting the community and country.
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