Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. Her instinct for emerging trends and sound investments is exemplified in her role as a panellist on the Gemini Award–winning hit CBC-TV series “Dragons’ Den.”

Dickinson has grown Venture Communications (www.openminds.ca) into a strategic and creative powerhouse for a blue-chip client list. It is one of Canada’s largest independent marketing firms and has earned a position on Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies list for three consecutive years.

Dickinson’s honours and awards include: Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award; Profit and Chatelaine magazines’ Top 100 Women Business Owners; FMC Law’s Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence; Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame; the Ad Rodeo Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award; McGill University’s 2008 Management Achievement Award; the 2011 Women’s International Film and Television Showcase’s Lifetime Achievement Business Award; and the Alberta Women Entrepreneurs Celebration of Achievement Award.

Having served on various boards, Dickinson is currently a director of both Cambrian House and Liquid Nutrition. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Editorial Advisory Board of Marketing Magazine. She is also the national spokesperson for Breakfast Clubs of Canada.

A mother of four and grandmother of three, Dickinson has received honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary’s University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

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