Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

As president and CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach helped turn a small Calgary-based agency into one of Canada’s largest independent marketing firms.

After eight seasons on Dragons’ Den, Arlene set out to create a support system to help Canadian entrepreneurs succeed.

In 2015, she founded District Ventures, Canada’s top accelerator for entrepreneurs in the food, beverage and health sectors. In 2017, Arlene launched her venture capital fund, District Ventures Capital. With a mandate to invest in innovative Canadian consumer packaged goods companies, District Ventures Capital has quickly become one of Canada’s most respected venture capital funds for innovative food, beverage and health companies.

Together, District Ventures Accelerator, District Ventures Capital and Venture Communications is Canada’s first ecosystem focused on turning successful Canadian companies into globally respected brands through capital, mentorship and marketing.

Arlene is a two-time bestselling author, and her leadership has been recognized with many honours, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women’s Top 100 Award, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and PROFIT and Chatelaine’s magazines “Top 100 Women Business Owners” award. She is also a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee and the proud recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Arlene is an honorary captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and the recipient of honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University, Concordia University, Saint Mary’s University, Olds College and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

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