Dragons’ Den Season 3 trailer

June 14, 2008

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My friend Mike Armitage, producer of CBC Dragons’ Den, has done a great job in creating this trailer. Enjoy.

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Chatting with Brett Wilson, chairman of FirstEnergy Capital, CBC newest Dragon – Part 2

June 11, 2008

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As promised, here is part 2 of my chat with Brett Wilson, chairman of FirstEnergy Capital, the newest investor in Dragons’ Den.

Before I show you the videos, I would like to point out my favourite quote by Brett was this one from last posting (emphasis mine, link added),

“I had the great privilege of working under Dan Sullivan, under Jim MacDonald, under David Wilson. People who went on to become icons of the industry were my training ground. That was my learning curve … was working under people where Integrity and a handshake meant everything. And so as a model, it meant a lot.”

Incidentally, Brett’s discussion of integrity and ethics has reminded me of another wonderful Calgary businessman, Mr. Dick Haskayne. His book “Northern Tigers: Building Ethical Canadian Corporate Champions (a memoir and a manifesto)” is a must read and a wonderful way to learn from the former leader and/or board chair/member of companies like Hudson’s Bay Oil and Gas, Interhome Energy Inc., TransAlta Corporation, TransCanada Corporation, MacMillan Bloedel, Weyerhaeuser, NOVA Corporation, Fording, Manulife, CIBC.

Oops, sorry for this long “incidentally”. (big smile)

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How rich is Brett?
Brett’s views in charity

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Dragons’ Den experiences
The qualities that Brett look for in entrepreneurs or deals

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Advices to entrepreneurs


Chatting with Brett Wilson, chairman of FirstEnergy Capital, CBC newest Dragon – Part 1

June 6, 2008

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Feb 24, 2011 Update: Brett Wilson leaving CBC Dragons’ Den
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Last year, I had wonderful chats with five successful Canadian business people Arlene, Jim, Kevin, Laurence, Robert (“Dragons” to the fans of Dragons’ Den) and Dianne (host of DD).

This year, I had the great pleasure to chat with Brett Wilson, chairman of FirstEnergy Capital, the newest investor in Dragons’ Den. As a bonus to me, we chatted at Brett’s beautiful home (some pictures in this post).

The following are part of my video chats with Brett. Feel free to leave a comment or feedback. Enjoy.

I will be posting the other video chats next week. Stay tune.

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Engineering & Business school,
Early investment experiences

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Early work experiences & Business School
Consumer & Buyer behaviour

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Starting his business


Wishing Laurence well

June 3, 2008

14 Nov, 2008 Update: It is with deep sadness that I blog about the passing of Laurence here.

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This year we have a new dragon Brett Wilson replacing our beloved Laurence Lewin (for health reason). I just want to take a moment to wish Laurence in getting well soon.

Here is my chat with Laurence last year.


In a Dragon’s Den – Chat with Brett Wilson, chairman of FirstEnergy Capital, entrepreneur extraordinaire, CBC newest Dragon

June 2, 2008

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I had thought it might take me a few weeks or a month or two to arrange an interview with Calgarian Brett Wilson, chairman of FirstEnergy Capital, entrepreneur extraordinaire, and newest CBC Dragon. So I was surprised and delighted to hear from Brett this morning (a Sunday) inviting me to have a chat with him in his home (wow, my first visit to a Dragon’s home, a true Dragon’s Den).

And as expected, I had a nice and insightful chat with Brett. And he was as nice in person as I have heard from others and seen from his interview with Dragons’ Den host Dianne Buckner.

Here are a few photos. Click the following links to see my chats with Brett (video part 1 and video part 2).