W. Brett Wilson
Philanthropist and Former Co-Star of Dragons' Den
“Engineer, boy genius, investment banker, adventurer, mentor, TV star, Canada's most imaginative and committed philanthropist, of course above all parent, Brett Wilson offers the only logical path to true success—behave decently with genuine concern for others and your abundance will really mean something.”—Dan Aykroyd, CM, D. Lit. (HC), head proprietor, Crystal Head Vodka
A former Dragon on CBC's Dragons' Den—where he was the lead deal-maker, with over 30 investments made by the time he left—Brett Wilson recently starred on Slice TV's Risky Business—a Canadian series based on the British program, Beat the Bank. He is the author of Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes, a book about how he was forced to redefine his life, making health and relationships his first priorities. Through trial and error, he learned that these simple virtues are the foundation for real, enduring success, both in business and life.
Wilson co-founded one of the oil and gas industry’s leading investment banks, now one of Canada’s most respected companies. FirstEnergy Capital Corp. is a leader in institutional sales, trading, research, financings, and a pioneer in innovative corporate philanthropy. In addition to his energy interests, Wilson has acquired holdings in real estate, agriculture, sports, and entertainment. He is Chairman of CANOE Financial and Prairie Merchant Corporation.
Respected for his principles and passion, Wilson has received wide recognition for his business and philanthropic leadership, and for promoting entrepreneurship. He has been singled out as Alberta’s Business Person of the Year, named Calgary’s Person of the Year, and recognized as a Nation Builder for his role in encouraging entrepreneurship, particularly among youth. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University. Wilson was also recently appointed to the Order of Canada, among numerous other awards and accolades.
How to Succeed On Your Own Terms
With shrewd insights from his book, Redefining Success: And Still Making Mistakes, Wilson wants to leave your audience with a deeper understanding of what it means to be successful. His larger-than-life story about success, loss, and finding balance leaves audiences determined to live more intentional, focused, and successful lives. Wilson unpacks the 3 P's of success: partners, principles and priorities. He explains why everyone should study marketing, philanthroy and entrepreneurship, and how to use philanthropy to build a business and community. Outspoken, frank yet completely personable, Wilson shares stories from the Den, proves how anyone can succeed as an entrepreneur, with the right attitude, and lets his audience know that sometimes the best ideas, products, deals and businesses came from our worst mistakes.
Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes
Dragons’ Den star and Risky Business host W. Brett Wilson often gets asked about his secrets to success. He became one of Canada’s top investment bankers because he was driven, willing to take risks, and saw opportunity where others saw problems. But his path to business success also saw him tripping over a multitude of misguided priorities.
For many years, Wilson pursued business with uncompromising focus, willingly working long hours seven days a week. But in the process, his marriage and his health suffered greatly; he was rarely home as his kids were growing up, divorce was inevitable, and cancer struck at age forty-three. He truly learned the hard way that one can enjoy financial success and the respect of business peers while suffering the loss of what matters most: health, family, and friends.
Redefining Success details how Wilson was forced to redefine his life, making health and relationships his first priorities. Through trial and error, he learned that these simple virtues are the foundation for real, enduring success, both in business and life.
Wilson’s compelling insights are the basis for Redefining Success. Not just for entrepreneurs and business professionals, it outlines how we can change our lives for the better by re-evaluating our personal definitions of success, then reworking them into a life plan that is both feasible and rewarding. Inspirational and paradigm-changing, Redefining Success will help you implement and sustain lasting, positive change in your life—and make the world a little more meaningful every day.
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