Virtual Event

Business Reinvention with Arlene Dickinson

Thursday, October 1, 2020
12:00 PM
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Keynote Speaker:Arlene Dickinson
CEO, Venture Communications
General Partner, District Ventures Capital
Schedule:Online Program 12:00-1:30 p.m.
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Arlene Dickinson

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's Scale-up Centre for SMEs is pleased to welcome Dragon's Den star Arlene Dickinson.

This interactive discussion will help B.C.'s Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) address challenges due to the economic impacts from the global pandemic.

Arlene and our panel of business leaders will discuss:

  • Business reinvention in turbulent times
  • Where current opportunity exists for SMEs
  • How to proactively prepare for business disruption

This virtual event will provide access to the guidance and support businesses require to navigate the economic crisis.

Following Arlene's keynote presentation,  a panel of business professionals will further discuss the challenges and impacts of COVID-19.


Curtis ChristophersonArlene DickinsonJon HoeraufMichele MatthewsBridgitte Anderson

Curtis Christopherson, President and CEO, Innovative Fitness
Arlene Dickinson, CEO, Venture Communications | General Partner, District Ventures Capital
Jon Hoerauf, President and GM, Arc’teryx Equipment Inc.
Michele Matthews, Executive Vice President, AG Hair
Moderator: Bridgitte Anderson, President & CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

About the keynote:

Arlene Dickinson is the 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. She is a three-time best-selling author and accomplished public speaker. 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. Ms. 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. Dickinson has served for many years as an Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy. She sits on several public and private boards and is actively involved in supporting the community and country.

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The Scale-up Centre for SMEs (SCS) is an initiative of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. The SCS works to understand the trends, forces, and issues impacting SME growth, innovation, and competitiveness and develops programming and policy to address these issues. Based on the goals of helping companies to discover gaps, engage with experts, and create solutions to address obstacles to growth, the SCS connects, educates, and inspires SMEs in British Columbia.