CEO of Venture Communications
Star of Dragons’ Den
Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As the CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue-chip client list. Arlene 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, Arlene is also the author of three bestselling books: Persuasion, All In, and most recently, Reinvention.
Arlene Dickinson’s success and leadership have been recognized with multiple honours and awards. She’s received Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award and the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Arlene Dickinson 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.
She is the recipient of four honorary 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.
Can anyone be an entrepreneur? Arlene Dickinson’s answer is “yes!” In this talk, Arlene distills a lifetime of experience to reveal everything you need to know—and do—start, run and grow a business. On stage, as on the TV screen, Dickinson is an inspirational speaker. She displays a palpable and infectious belief in the entrepreneurial spirit. Arlene reminds your audience of the major contributions Canadians have made to international business and the entrepreneurial tradition. This keynote is highly requested by parties who are looking to hire Arlene as a speaker.
“Like laying bricks to build a house, each dollar you spend on marketing should measurably build your business.” Marketing plays a fundamental role in all businesses- yet it is seldom held accountable the way other departments are. Dragon’s Den star, Arlene Dickinson, teaches your team why marketing must be a top concern of leadership. Additionally, she explains why creativity and accountability must go hand-in-hand. Otherwise, why bother with marketing at all?
Success is often taken for granted; few stop to think about where it came from, what shaped it, what trials were involved. In this refreshing business talk, keynote speaker Arlene Dickinson tells her story, providing a rare look into the making of one of Canada’s most powerful businesswomen. Brimming with lessons in self-doubt and self-confidence, this refreshing talk is underscored by modesty, grit, and enormous heart.