“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 CEO of District Ventures Capital a fund investing in Canadian companies in the food and health sectors.
Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning series Dragons’ Den, an investor on The Big Decision, and a judge on Recipe to Riches. She is the author of two bestselling books –Persuasion, and her most recent bestselling release, All In.
Her success and leadership has been recognized with multiple honours and awards including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as being recognized with PROFIT and Chatelaine magazine’s TOP 100 Women Business Owners Awards.
Dickinson is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University,Concordia University,Saint Mary’s University and NAIT. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal. She also sits on numerous public and private boards and is dedicated to giving back to her community and country.
Alberta United Conservative Party Leader - Jason Kenney, MLA PC
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – 5:00 PM
The Honourable Jason Kenney | Leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta
Jason Kenney, MLA PC, Representing the people of Calgary-Lougheed, Leader of the Official Opposition. Voted the “best overall,” “hardest working,” and “most knowledgeable” MP by his colleagues. Jason was called “perhaps Canada’s best immigration minister ever” by the National Post, and also led Canada’s two largest ministries: Employment and Social Development, and National Defence. At Employment and Social Development, Jason successfully negotiated the new Canada Job Grant program with the provinces. Jason is now working to unite Albertans and restore the Alberta Advantage.
Jason committed himself to public life in the early 1990s as President of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, where he fought hard for lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. As Multiculturalism Minister, he helped to double the Conservative Party’s support amongst new Canadians. In March of 2017, Jason was elected leader of PC Alberta. He successfully negotiated a unity agreement between PC Alberta and the Wildrose Party, which was supported by 95% of members in both parties.
On December 14, 2017, Jason was elected to represent the people of Calgary-Lougheed and became Leader of the Official Opposition.
At The Financial Post, they call me the girl who played with tax data and uncovered the foreign funding of Canadian green groups. But it wasn’t always this way…
Born in Vancouver, I am a B.C. girl at heart. As a child I lived in Kitimat. My father taught at Kildala Elementary School. Our family eventually moved to Kamloops where I finished high school at Westsyde Secondary (a proud Westsyde Whunda!). After a few years at community college and U.B.C., I went back east for a B.Sc. from McGill University. My major was Nutrition. I also have a Masters of Science from l’Université of Montréal.
During the 1990s, I worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on programs for maternal and infant nutrition in Guatemala (1990-1995) and Indonesia (1996-2000). I also did some food aid planning for the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Before that, I had worked with Algonquin people to prevent diabetes in their communities in the north part of Quebec.
During 2002 and 2003, I was Corporate Development Manager for North America for NUTRECO, one of the world’s largest producers of farmed salmon and fish feed.
In 2006, I prepared a submission to the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture of the B.C. Government. While preparing that submission, I unexpectedly came across a grant for an”antifarming camapign” with “science messages” and “earned media.” When I raised questions about this grant from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, four grants for a multi-million dollar campaign against salmon farming were quietly re-written by the Moore foundation. While going through the tax returns of American charitable foundations to try and figure out who was funding the campaign against salmon farming, I happened to notice many grants for a “Tar Sands Campaign” (see here also). That’s when I started to write about the campaign against Alberta oil.
We live and breathe it. We feel the calm, the strength, the creativity and the concentration that it provides. Since 1998 when our legacy began, we have used the healthful properties of this lifestyle to benefit us.
Everyday athletes, culinary warriors, personal activists and family builders. We are lovers, connectors, and engaged people looking to make our world a better place. And, we know you are too. At Legacy, we are living our best life and want to help you live yours.
Legacy by Ross Rebagliati is a cannabis lifestyle company created by Olympic Gold Medal winner Ross Rebagliati. Our brand promotes healthy living and finding your inner athlete through everyday consumer products. The name, Legacy, comes from Ross’ 20-year history of putting the highest level of sport and cannabis use in the same spotlight. Our Growing Lifestyle means that we are looking to always grow, grow in all ways and use grown greens to help.
Legacy focuses on products that support your healthy and active way of life. Whether you are looking to boost your energy on those high intensity days or to calm your body and relive issues, Legacy has products to help. Legacy focuses on CBD personal products, CBD consumables, nutrients and home growing kits along with other branded items that support your cannabis lifestyle.
Legacy by Ross Rebagliati was founded to bring Ross’s knowledge of CBD and cannabis lifestyle products to a greater audience and help others to live their growing lifestyle. Ross is a Gold Medal winning snowboarder, businessman, professional athlete and family man.
In 1998, at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Cannabis use and the highest level of sport possible were thrust into the same spotlight. Ross Rebagliati won the inaugural Men’s Snowboarding Gold Medal for Canada and, after winning, was disqualified. A blood test found Ross to have Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in his circulatory system. Unprecedented and without THC being on the list of banned substances, Ross gained his medal back. The next day he appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and became an instant icon to many globally.
Since that day, Ross has become a cultural phenomenon in the cannabis world and is an outspoken advocate of medical cannabis. He continues to be a leading spokesperson for the benefits of medical cannabis and CBD in the areas of sports training, injuries, pain management, and stress. Ross especially believes that CBD (Cannabidiol) has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation helps to better manage the aches and pains an athlete’s body chronically endures. It also has a calming effect reducing stress and anxiety which are two more realities of being a high level athlete.
President, Director | Brookstreet Mortgage Investment Corporation
PANELIST – 2:30 PM
Diana Soloway | President, Director | Brookstreet Mortgage Investment Corporation
Ms. Soloway has been actively involved in all aspects of the mortgage industry for the past 29 years. For the first five years of her career, she owned and operated her own mortgage brokerage firm. She then joined TD Bank in their Mortgage Sales Force division. After two years, she was promoted to run the National Mortgage Broker Services department of the TD Bank. With 40 employees, she was responsible for the credit adjudication and relationship management of mortgage brokers across the country. TD Mortgage Broker Services adjudicated over $4 billion in mortgage applications per year. Ms. Soloway then went to Home Capital Group (Home Trust Company) and started both a sales and marketing department. She was responsible for all aspects of sales, relationship management and communication to the mortgage brokers. In 2010, Ms. Soloway and Mr. Nero started Brookstreet MIC Inc., a mortgage investment corporation. Brookstreet now has three funds and $75M AUM. Brookvest is an EMD registered in Ontario. Ms. Soloway is President and UDP.