Arlene Dickinson

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Arlene Dickinson
Arlene Dickinson.jpg
Born(1956-10-08) 8 October 1956 (age 57)[1]
Germiston, South Africa
OccupationCEO of Venture Communications
Net worthCAD $80 million (2012)[2]
 
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Arlene Dickinson
Arlene Dickinson.jpg
Born(1956-10-08) 8 October 1956 (age 57)[1]
Germiston, South Africa
OccupationCEO of Venture Communications
Net worthCAD $80 million (2012)[2]

Arlene Dickinson (born October 8, 1956) is a Canadian author, entrepreneur, television personality, and venture capitalist. She is CEO of Venture Communications and is represented by CBC Television as a self-made multi-millionaire. Dickinson joined the cast of the CBC business reality show Dragons' Den during its second season in 2007. She was selected to perform on the series after she won numerous awards including Calgary Business Owner of the Year, PROFIT magazine's Top 100 Women Business Owners, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence and Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100.[3]

She is also an entrepreneur[4] on another CBC business reality show, The Big Decision.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Germiston, South Africa and raised in Canada, she graduated from high school in Calgary. She married at age 19 and had four children. She divorced at 31. Today, she is single and a grandmother of five.

Business[edit]

Dickinson joined Venture Communications in 1988, taking sole ownership in 1998. During her tenure, she has taken the company from a local firm into one of Canada's largest independent marketing and communications firms, with offices in Calgary and Toronto. She is considered to be one of Canada’s most powerful business leaders.[5]

In October 2012, she launched Arlene Dickinson Enterprises to fund and target Canada's entrepreneurs.[6] Businesses she has invested in include Urban Cultivator, The Carbon Farmers and Balzac's Coffee Roasters.

Under the ADE umbrella, she also launched YouInc.com, a social website designed to celebrate the "entrepreneurial lifestyle." Future plans for the multiplatform entity include an upcoming magazine, radio shows, apps and television formats.

Over the years, she has served on boards including Ad Rodeo, Kids Help Phone, and the Calgary Municipal Lands Corporation. She sits on the advisory committee of the Stratford Institute at the University of Waterloo, the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics as well as the editorial advisory board of Marketing Magazine.[7]

She published her first book, Persuasion, in 2011. On the bestseller list for many weeks, the book is now available in paperback. She is currently writing her second book.

Dickinson is also an accomplished public speaker represented by several speakers bureaus.[8]

Television[edit]

Arlene Dickinson starred as a Dragon investor on the Canadian "Dragons' Den" and her own spinoff The Big Decision.

Awards[edit]

Dickinson has been recognized with several honours and awards including: Global Television Woman of Vision, the Calgary Business Owner of the Year Award, PROFIT and Chatelaine's TOP 100 Women Business Owners, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence and has been inducted into Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame.[9] In 2011 she received the WIFTS (Women in Film and Television Showcase) Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an honorary degree recipient from Mount Saint Vincent University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She is also an honorary captain of the Royal Canadian Navy.[10] Her company Venture Communications was noted as one of the 2001 winners[11] on the list of Canada's Best Managed Companies sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen's School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.

Humanitarianism[edit]

Dickinson is the national spokesperson for Breakfast Clubs of Canada to help raise awareness of the importance of children having a nutritious start to the day. In 2013, she joined on as a champion of the Give a Day campaign, in support of Dignitas International and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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