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Ex-Dragon to lecture at college

Canadian entrepreneur, author and former Dragon’s Den deal-maker W. Brett Wilson will share his wisdom at Okanagan College on Tuesday.

Wilson will give a free lecture to college students, staff and the public at 2 p.m. in the atrium of the Kelowna campus Centre for Learning.

Wilson may be best known for his role as a deal-maker on the popular CBC television show, but he is also a philanthropist and best-selling author of Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes.

Wilson is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in civil engineering. He worked in Alberta’s oilpatch before earning a masters degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Calgary. He then became an investment banker and later co-founded his own investment banking advisory firm and stock brokerage specializing in the energy sector. 

He invests in the energy, agriculture, real estate, sports and entertainment industries through his holding company, Prairie Merchant Corp. and is chairman of Canoe Financial, an investment management firm.

His charitable work includes support for Kids' Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s research, the Canadian Olympic swim team and annual trips to Mexico to build homes for the poor. 

He established the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan and has funded the Wilson Centre for Domestic Abuse Studies at the Calgary Counselling Centre.

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