Born in South Africa but raised in Calgary, Arlene Dickinson is a well known author, entrepreneur, television personality and venture capitalist. Dickinson joined Venture Communications in 1988, eventually becoming the company’s sole owner in 1998. A small local sized company when she joined, Dickinson has made Venture Communications 1 of the largest marketing and communication firms in Canada. In 2011, Dickinson published her first book, Persuasion, which was a best seller for several weeks. She has since published a second book titled All In. Dickinson is perhaps known to many Canadians as a Dragon on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, having been a regular on the show between 2007 and 2015.