Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson

Calgary, Alberta
Dragons Den - Serial Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist
'Dragon' Arlene Dickinson is a keynote speaker, award winning entrepreneur, best-selling author & enlisted in Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame. Arlene Dickinson is the General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund focused on help fund, market and grow entrepreneurs and their companies, in the food and health space. Dickinson is widely recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for over 12 seasons on the multi-award-winning television series, Dragons Den.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Growth
  • Conference
  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Inspirational
  • Motivation
  • Philanthropy & Giving Back
  • Sustainable Development


Arlene Dickenson is a renowned “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and one of Canada’s most successful communications entrepreneurs and investors. 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 dynamic and unique experience and expertise in different industries helps business leaders and entrepreneurs navigate markets and their industry. Arlene Dickinson Dragon cbcs dragons

Arlene Dickinson is a serial entrepreneur and General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund focused on helping market, fund, and grow entrepreneurs and their companies, in the food and health space. Arlene Dickinson is a three-time best-selling author, podcaster, and accomplished public speaker. Arlene Dickinson is widely recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for over 12 seasons on the multi-award-winning CBC television series, Dragons Den. Through her business leadership & entrepreneurial spirit, Arlene’s uses powerful stories of the lessons she has learned on her journey and the businesses she has grown over the years to identify industry trends and opportunities through innovation, business growth and market gains.

Arlene Dickinson’s leadership has been recognized many times, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners. She is a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee and a proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. Arlene Dickinson has served for many years as an Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy. Arlene is the recipient of honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary’s University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She sits on several public and private boards and is actively involved in supporting community and country.



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Arlene Dickinson Topic Presentations

lessons from the den - succeeding at business and being an entrepreneur

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  • Can anyone be an entrepreneur? Arlene’s emphatic answer is “Yes.” In this talk, one of Canada’s most high profile business women distills a lifetime of experience to reveal everything you need to know—and do—to start, to run, and to grow a great business. On stage, she displays a palpable and infectious belief in the entrepreneurial spirit; she reminds us of the major contributions Canadians have made to international business and the entrepreneurial tradition.

leadership and strategic marketing

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  • Marketing plays a fundamental role in all businesses—yet it is seldom held accountable the way other departments are. A superstar marketer driven by corporate objectives, Arlene shows us why marketing must be a top concern of leadership, and why creativity and accountability must go hand in hand. Otherwise, why bother with marketing at all? She will help decision-makers grasp the essential strategic function of marketing in an insightful, accessible and frank talk, anchored squarely to the bottom line.


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  • Every one of us will feel stuck at some point in our lives. One day, you recognize that you have followed a path—personal or professional—that suddenly seems closed off or unfulfilling. Whether it’s a relationship that doesn’t connect in the way it used to or a job that started out being exciting but now feels unrewarding, suddenly you look up from your life and realize there is something else you want to do or to be. You’re ready for a reinvention.

marketing yourself

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  • Success is often taken for granted; few stop to think about where it came from, what shaped it, what trials were involved. In this talk, Arlene tells her story, providing a rare look into the making of one of Canada’s most powerful business women. Filled with the key lessons Arlene has learned throughout her journey, this talk is underscored by modesty, grit, and enormous heart.

the power of one

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  • This personal power keynote by Arlene Dickinson uses her experience visiting the Canadian troops in Afghanistan to explain the power one person can have. Best known for her role on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, Arlene Dickinson shares an anecdote about being asked to travel in a black hawk helicopter to five different operations bases in Afghanistan. On her trip to these bases she witnessed the Canadian general give the same speech five times. And in that speech he explained to the troops that their focus was paramount not only to their own safety, but to the safety of their entire team. Dickinson took that statement to heart and realized to power one person can have at that moment.


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Arlene Dickinson keynote speaker is an expert presenter and has a wide range of experience speaking to a wide variety of audiences and organizations. Arlene Dickinson delivers keynotes, workshops & training sessions. They may also host or emcee events. Hire Arlene Dickinson from Calgary, Alberta for your event to inspire the audience to take action and make change in their work and their lives. Your workplace will benefit from our keynote speaker and their keynote talks and speeches will shift the mindsets or behaviours for the audience members in Canada. 

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Are you looking to hire Arlene Dickinson for your event? Arlene Dickinson Calgary, Alberta is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Arlene Dickinson is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Arlene Dickinson is an expert keynote presenter and speaks on wide variety of topics. Hiring a great speaker for your event is important and working with a thought leader like Arlene Dickinson from Speakers Canada’s roster will engage audiences into the content of the presentation to bring awareness and a fresh perspective for their approach to their work and their lives. Book Arlene Dickinson to educate, motivate and activate the audience through an interactive and entertaining presentation at corporate meetings and gatherings.

Known as a popular key note speaker in Canada, Arlene Dickinson creates life changing experiences for the participants with practical insights and strategic advice they can implement right after the session. Working with a one our leading expert speaker like Arlene Dickinson from Calgary, Alberta offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Arlene Dickinson is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Arlene Dickinson focuses on changing individuals to make better decisions at work and their lives. No matter if you are holding an in person or virtual event, having an influential speaker such as Arlene Dickinson will engage, motivate, and activate the audience to make a change in their lives and inspire action for results to meet organizational goals. Your workforce will benefit from Arlene Dickinson’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Arlene Dickinson speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

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Arlene Dickinson is an expert professional key note speaker with a lot of experience speaking and delivering engaging talks to organizations and audiences in Canada. Each of Speaker Bureau Canada’s talent have different ways to assess their fees, and Arlene Dickinson speaker fee ranges depending on the size of the audience, event format (in person or virtual), event location, and if the organization booking them is a non profit, association, government department/government agency or business/corporation. The speakers we work with are flexible with their fees, and it is important for us to learn more about your event before we approach them, as it is our role to work for you, and to help you find a speaker within budget. 

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