Arlene Dickinson

Owner and CEO
Venture Communications

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Arlene Dickinson is the owner and CEO of Venture Communications, a company she grew from a small, local firm to one of the largest independent agencies in Canada; she is also the CEO of District Ventures and - companies all aimed at helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies. She is a two times best-selling author, accomplished speaker and is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series' Dragons' Den.

Arlene's leadership has been recognized with honours including Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine's Top 100 Women Business Owners and, is a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee.

She is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and the recipient of honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary's University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Arlene is also the proud recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Board experience:National Kids Help Phone Board; Alberta Innovates; Alberta Ballet Board; Liquid Nutrition; Subway Sandwiches; Neutrisci; Advisory Board to Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics; Waterloo University Advisory Board; Magniware; OMGS Candy; FYI Doctors; Omers Venture Capital Advisory Board.

August 2016

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