Arlene Dickinson on Disguised Entrepreneurship and Recognizing Failures


As CEO of Venture Communications, author, and former venture capitalist on the CBC series Dragons’ Den, it’s no wonder Arlene Dickinson needs little introduction.

Dickinson was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference on Wednesday, where she led delegates on a tour of her successes as well as her failures.

“I think we don’t do a good enough job of talking in Canada about the failures that we have experienced along the road to success,” she told RealAgriculture in an interview following her keynote.

By talking about those failures, “we help people to learn that it’s okay to try and not succeed.”

In this video interview with Shaun Haney, Dickinson discusses entrepreneurship, succession planning for the farm and ranch community, her time on Dragon’s Den, and three keys to a great pitch:

Watch more from the Canadian Beef Industry Conference here.

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