Dragon's Den Wilson coming to campus

Brett Wilson, entrepreneur, philanthropist and one of the stars of the popular CBC series Dragon's Den will speak to an audience at the University of Lethbridge on Wednesday, Mar. 31, in the Students' Union Ballroom as part of the CMA Alberta Leadership and Speaker Series.

Wilson has built a formidable reputation in the world of business, garnering such honours as Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Alberta Venture Magazine's Business Person of the Year and the Management Alumni Excellence Award from the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business.

He co-founded the investment banking advisory firm, Wilson Mackie and Co. in 1991 and in 1993 co-founded FirstEnergy Capital Corp., a leading Canadian stock brokerage firm providing services in the energy sector. He now makes most of his investments through his primary holding company, Prairie Merchant Corporation.

Wilson's charitable endeavours are also noteworthy and include support of research into prostate cancer, Alzheimer's and domestic abuse. He established the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan and journeys annually to Mexico with Youth With a Mission to build homes with his family.

"He has an outstanding track record for both entrepreneurship and philanthropy," says Steve Craig, Director, External Relations/Co-operative Education for the Faculty of Management, on why Wilson was chosen for the annual address. "Social responsibility is such a big part of what we do in the Faculty of Management, so couple that with his incredible success in the business field and it was a perfect match."

Wilson's presentation will take place in Students' Union Ballroom B from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by e-mail at or by calling 403-394-3935. An additional presentation will be held for the general public at noon in the Grand Room of the Coast Plaza Hotel. Again, free tickets on limited seating; please register at: or e-mail or phone: 403-329-2109.

Additional information about the CMA Alberta Leadership and Innovation Speaker Series is available at: