Arlene Dickinson is a 20-year veteran of Canada's marketing industry, and is chief executive officer (CEO) and sole owner of Venture Communications Ltd.
She is also head of Arlene Dickinson Enterprises which is dedicated to promoting the advancement of entrepreneurs through funding investments in entrepreneurial business, for example You Inc.
Her vision has driven Venture’s growth, successfully building it from a small, local firm into one of Canada’s largest independent marketing firms, with offices in Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. Arlene believes strongly 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 awards, but perhaps her greatest honor was Venture’s selection as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for three consecutive years. Arlene has been added to Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame and PROFIT and Chatelaine Magazine’s TOP 100 Business Owners. She was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Ad Rodeo’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and McGill University’s Management Achievement Award. And she is even recognized as Global Television’s Woman of Vision.
Since fall 2007, Arlene has appeared as one of the ‘Dragons’ on CBC’s Dragons’ Den – a national television series which invites people to pitch their business ideas to the Dragons, in an effort to persuade them to invest.