Brett Wilson: Fund startup lands a dragon in the Canoe

December 21, 2010

As a followup to my earlier October “Brett Wilson steps back into finance industry” entry. Check out this Dec 20th Globe and Mail article with more info, “Fund startup lands a dragon in the Canoe – Reality-TV show panelist and FirstEnergy co-founder Brett Wilson joins Canoe Financial LP“.

Congrats again Brett for “un-retiring”. :)


Dan Eisner, Avenue Magazine Top 40 under 40 (2009)

December 15, 2010

I saw the familiar name Dan Eisner (a Dragons’ Den entrepreneur/pitcher in 2007, with video interview) in an article today and then I found that he was selected by Calgary Avenue Magazine as one of its 2009 Top 40 under 40.

I want to send a belated congratulation to Dan. Great job Dan!

From JobLoft (Dragons’ Den) to Teamsave – Chris Nguyen

December 9, 2010

Canadians first “met” Chris Nguyen on CBC Dragons’ Den when he and three others young guys pitched JobLoft (see my previous articles about Chris). So it is interesting to watch Chris again on The Globe and Mail (video) today, talking about (a “fast follower” in the crowded field of Groupon-want-to-be).

Erin Bolger’s The Happy Baker – 2010 New York Times Best Cookbooks

December 8, 2010


I am excited to report Erin Bolger’s “The Happy Baker” has made the 2010 New York Times Best Cookbooks!

[…] After a while, Ms. Gold’s injunctions to cook “breathtaking” food made me want to curl up on a cinnamon bun for a nap with “The Happy Baker: A Girl’s Guide to Emotional Baking” by Erin Bolger (Harlequin, $17.95), a bright spot on the often-messy bookshelf of culinary comedy. Ms. Bolger’s tales of love, loss and caramels, matched with easy recipes, include advice on why sleeping with the gardener at a Cuban resort hotel is a good idea, and how to deal with a Valentine from Mom. She and Matt Moore, the earnest author of the self-published “Have Her Over For Dinner” (Last Resort Press, $25), might make a nice couple. Mr. Moore, a musician in Nashville, targets the young man who wants to make dinner on a date — while managing to avoid the usual Playboy-tinged prose of cookbooks “for men.”

Congrats Erin on your great job! You’ve worked hard to make this possible!

Feel free to check out my video interview with Erin “The Happy Baker” from earlier this year.

Great Avenue Live Brett Wilson interview

November 3, 2010

Here is a great Brett Wilson interview, check out “Avenue Live with Dave Kelly – Episode 2” (start at about 6:00). Very good, frank and insightful interview. Highly recommended.

P.S. Thanks Dave for a great interview. Love Darrel Janz!

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.