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Arlene Dickinson

CEO, Venture Communications

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Arlene Dickinson on growing up in poverty, building a million-dollar company, and the power of perseverance.
As CEO of Venture Communications, Arlene Dickinson has made a name for herself as one of Canada’s most renowned marketing communications entrepreneurs. She grew up in poverty in Calgary, but is now a self-made multimillionaire.    In 2012, Dickinson founded a second company,, a venture dedicated to investing in entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial lifestyle. She has served as a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs on the award-winning CBC series Dragons’ Den and The Big Decision. She’s currently the marketing expert on the reality show Recipe to Riches, and has authored two bestselling books, Persuasion and All In. 

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