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Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. After becoming a partner in Venture Communications in 1988, she became sole owner in 1998. She has grown the company into a strategic and creative powerhouse for a blue-chip client list, which includes Toyota (Prairie Region), Cenovus Energy, Travel Alberta, Mayo Clinic, Brookfield Residential and Husky Energy.

Arlene is a fervent believer that marketing's purpose is to deliver business results. She is well known for pioneering how marketing can be accountable to delivering on clients’ business goals.

Her accomplishments, vision and leadership have been recognized with a number of honours and awards. They include: PROFIT and Chatelaine magazine’s TOP 100 Women Business Owners, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Global Television Woman of Vision, and Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100. Venture was also recognized as one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada for three consecutive years.

Arlene’s vision has driven Venture’s growth to three offices, in Toronto, Ottawa and the head office in Calgary.

Arlene enjoys travelling and loves a good book, so much so that she wrote and published Persuasion in 2011, chronicling her rise as a Canadian business leader and the distinctive style that got her there.