First of all, I like to thank our Lady Dragon Arlene Dickinson for taking time out of her busy day to be interviewed by me in Calgary. I really enjoyed my chat with Arlene (as you will see from the video). Arlene also gave me a wonderful tour of the office building and a chance to meet Arlene’s charming daughter Carley and some of her team members.
As an avid reader of Advertising Age and a lover of great award winning advertising, it was wonderful to know that Arlene’s Venture Communications is the first Calgary based agency to be shortlisted in the film category at Cannes and had two commercials shortlisted. Now, if you love great ads like I do, take a look under “Our work” in the website of Venture Communications. One of my personal favourites is the Subway ad.
Here is my interview with Arlene. My apologies for the first few seconds of shaky camera work. Now, if you were to film and interview the charming Arlene all at once, I bet your hands will shake like a leaf too. (smile) I am going to add some photos and a link to this video to the Facebook group “Dragons’ Den Canada!” as well. I hope you will enjoy the video as much as I in conducting the interview with Arlene.
Here is Arlene’s Dragons’ Den bio.
“Arlene Dickinson is a 20-year veteran in marketing communications, and is president and CEO of Venture Communications Ltd.
After joining Venture as a partner in 1988, Arlene took over sole ownership in 1998. Her vision has driven Venture’s growth, successfully building it from a local firm into one of Canada’s largest independent marketing firms, with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa.
Her accomplishments, vision and leadership have been recognized with several honours and awards. They include: Global Television Woman of Vision; the Calgary Business Owner of the Year Award; PROFIT magazine’s TOP 100 Women Business Owners, 2001 to 2006; a winner of the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence; Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100, 2003 to 2006; Ad Rodeo’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and Marketing Magazine’s Power List. Venture has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.
In addition to her busy roles as president of Venture, mother of four children and grandmother of one, Arlene finds time to lend her skills and leadership to benefit the industry and the community. She served for many years and in various board roles – including chair – with Ad Rodeo and is past co-chair of the National Board for Kids Help Phone.
She is a director of the Calgary Municipal Lands Corporation, 2016 Homeless Foundation, a member of the International Women’s Federation (IWF) and a director of the Recreation for Life Foundation. As well, Venture does extensive pro bono work for several non-profit organizations.”