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North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Years in Current


Years in


in Calgary

W.'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 W.

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Arlene Dickinson

General Partner at District Ventures

Cody Calgaryism

Cody Battershill

Founder of Calgaryism at Real Estate Agent, RE/MAX House of Real Estate

Amit Varma

Amit Varma

Founder Emeritus at VEERUM