Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Communications and YouInc.com
Arlene 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 YouInc.com, a company she founded in 2012 that is dedicated to serving and investing in entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial lifestyle.
Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series Dragons’ Den and The Big Decision, as well as Under New Management. She is the author of two books, the number one bestselling book, Persuasion and her most recent best-selling release, All In, and is currently authoring her third book.
Her success and leadership has been recognized with multiple honours and awards including: Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s TOP 100 Women Business Owners.
A generous philanthropist, supporter of many important causes and mother of four and grandmother of seven.
Dickinson is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and is the recipient of Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary’s University, Concordia University as well as Degrees from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Olds College. She is the recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.