Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and after 14 seasons on Dragons’ Den, she’s The Funder.

A self-made success story, Arlene has launched, operated and managed businesses for 35 years. Her strategies and business savvy are sought after, and she has helped businesses succeed from early stage start ups, to multi billion corporations.

Arlene’s launch of Venturepark is a game changer for the food and health industries. Venturepark is a business growth ecosystem comprised of five distinct and unique businesses all with one singular purpose – to help CPG companies in the food and health space scale to globally known and respected brands. Since its inception in 2015, the park has helped over 100 companies to scale, create thousands of jobs and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars every year to the economy.

Venturepark offers its partners access to Capital through her $100M fund District Ventures Capital; Marketing services through her two agencies Venture Play and District Ventures Plus; a media platform through Venturepark Voice; and Innovation facilities, programming and mentorship through Venturepark Labs.

Arlene’s 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. She’s also a three-time bestselling author with her first book “Persuasion” in development as a tv series.

But Arlene’s most important role and honour is being a mom of four and a grandmother of 5.

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