W. Brett Wilson
CBC TV "Dragon Emeritus", Entrepreneur
Brett Wilson is a celebrated Canadian entrepreneur, respected philanthropist, and the all-time leading deal maker on CBC’s hit TV show, Dragons’ Den. Within a penchant for investing in people rather than projects, Wilson is proof that it’s possible to succeed in business without losing your principles. His stories about success, mistakes and finding balance leave his audiences inspired to achieve even the loftiest of personal goals.
Often described as a “capitalist with a heart,” Wilson sees corporate social responsibility not as an obligation but as an incredible opportunity, and believes that strategic philanthropy can create major social and economic benefits. He has spoken to hundreds of diverse audiences, from schools and colleges and universities to corporate events across North America. His ability to engage an audience with an unexpected mix of vulnerability and humor inspires us to balance passion with priorities, and redefine our lives based on what matters most.
Wilson is heavily invested in the energy, agriculture, real estate, sports and entertainment industries through his primary holding company, Prairie Merchant Corporation. As a writer, he has published columns on entrepreneurship in the national press, and is the author of the Canadian bestseller, Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes.
He holds degrees in engineering and business, holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University, and is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.