Congrats Dr. W. Brett Wilson

October 28, 2010

I want to congratulate Brett for receiving a honorary doctor of laws degree from Royal Roads University. Brett gave a great and insightful speech “Still Making Mistakes” and I had a wonderful time reading it. When Royal Roads post a public link of the speech video and speech text, I will share them here.

[HT Phil]



Brett Wilson steps back into finance industry

October 12, 2010

Looks like Dragon Brett Wilson is stepping back into the finance industry in a big way. Here is an excerpt from the Oct. 6, 2010 “Canoe Financial Announces W. Brett Wilson as Chairman” press release (emphasis added),

Canoe Financial LP and its founder Mr. M. Bruce Chernoff, announced today that Mr. W. Brett Wilson has become a significant investor and will provide strategic leadership to the firm as Chairman. Canoe Financial LP is an investment management firm with over $1.5 billion in assets under management including the EnerVest Diversified Income Fund (TSX:EIT.UN), EnerVest Energy and Oil Sands Total Return Trust (TSX:EOS.UN) and the EnerVest Natural Resource Fund (ENV 040).

Having known and worked with Brett for almost 20 years, I have seen first-hand his expertise in governance and investing. He brings a tremendous amount of insight, influence and enthusiasm to his initiatives and I look forward to his energy at Canoe“, said M. Bruce Chernoff, founder of Canoe.

“We are excited to have Brett join our leadership team,” stated Nevin G. Markwart, President and CEO of Canoe. “Through Brett’s entrepreneurial drive and his financial and resource industry experience we look forward to the opportunities he will create at Canoe. We believe that his experience will fit well with the vision we have for the business and the Canadian-focused investment management philosophy we are creating at Canoe. This development is another instrumental step in supporting our initiatives to expand the firm’s current investment product and distribution platforms.

Note: Dragon fly on the wall is a CBC Dragons’ Den fan site, I won’t comment on the risk and reward of the investment here. It is important to note that before investing, know what you are investing in first. Know its risks and its rewards. And to know your own personal financial risk/reward tolerance.

Robert Herjavec: Driven – How to succeed in business and life

October 12, 2010

Dragon Robert Herjavec has published a book, “Driven – How to succeed in business and life“. Here is the product description from Amazon,

Robert Herjavec has lived the classic “rags to riches” story, from having only $20 in his pocket to starting up technology companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The son of Croatian immigrants, Herjavec overcame the odds and amassed incredible wealth, doing it through pure hard work and determination. Today a star on television’s Dragon’s Den and The Shark Tank, he bankrolls the best inventions and shoots down the best intentions. And now, for the first time, he shares his hard-won wisdom in one of the most inspirational business books of the season.Driven is organized by the work and life principles that made Robert Herjavec both wealthy and successful (indeed, these terms are not synonymous). Herjavec reveals the secrets that took him from waiting tables to growing his nascent technology company, The Herjavec Group, into a world-class conglomerate. His principles are as valuable in the living room as they are in the boardroom. Anyone can succeed, on their own terms, by following his sage but simple advice — as long as they’re willing to take chances, take control of their future and stay true to their vision.