"Dragon" on Dragons' Den | General Partner, District Ventures Capital
“The purpose of marketing is to deliver business results,” says Arlene Dickinson, renowned 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.