Arts & Entertainment Business & Trade Energy (Oil & Gas) Food & Beverage Real Estate & Land Development Renewables & Environmental


North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Years in Current


Years in


in Calgary

Brett's Story

Back in 1993, W. Brett Wilson co-founded FirstEnergy Capital Corp. (Canada’s leading energy investment bank) and has since gone on to develop extensive holdings in the energy, real estate, agriculture, sports and entertainment industries.  Now a Dragon Emeritus, he spent three years as a “fan-favorite” on CBC’s hit reality TV show, Dragons’ Den, where he established himself as the all time lead deal-making “dragon.”

Brett has received wide recognition for his business and philanthropic leadership.  He has been recognized as  “Calgary Person of the Year” (2007), “Alberta Business Person of the Year” (2008), and “Nation Builder” by The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (2009).

Brett has received Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree’s from both the University of Saskatchewan (2015) and Royal Roads University (2010).  He was also awarded the Order of Canada (2011), granted The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2011) and inducted into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2012). 

Brett’s best selling irreverent (and he says somewhat irrelevant) and revealing semi-autobiography, “Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes” was published in November 2012.



Why Calgary?

Calgary has the potential to be a global centre of entrepreneurial excellence. I want to see the potential reached - thus my passion for Calgary!

Connected to Brett

Pic 0028 ArleneDickinson DistrictVentures

Arlene Dickinson

Founder & CEO at District Ventures

Ghandeepan GE

Gandeephan Ganeshalingam

Chief Innovation Officer at General Electric Canada

Pic 0004 BrittneyRamsay Brittland

Brittney Ramsay

President at Britt Land Services