David Chilton

Former Star on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and Author of The Wealthy Barber Series

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David Chilton | Former Star on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and Author of The Wealthy Barber Series

Speaker David Chilton, author of Canada’s all-time best-selling book The Wealthy Barber and former co-star of Dragons’ Den, has helped to take the intimidation out of financial planning for millions of Canadians. His funny and practical keynotes offer sound advice for investment, personal finance, and business strategy, and how to pursue financial goals with confidence. 

David Chilton’s speeches aren’t about just money: they’re about believing in yourself, overcoming mistakes (many of his are truly hilarious), and most importantly, they’re about perspective—the missing ingredient in many people’s financial lives. The sequel to The Wealthy Barber, entitled The Wealthy Barber Returns, offers expanded advice—20 years worth—to a new generation of Canadians seeking strong, non-technical, and reliable advice. Chilton is the opposite of the stereotypical dry financial expert: he’s “charming, unpretentious and funny,” says The Chicago Sun-Times. A former star judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Chilton also offers stories of investment, entrepreneurship, and what to do—and what not to do—in the Den.


“Thirty years from now [David] Chilton could be best remembered not as a best-selling author, but as the man who inspired thousands to save their way to prosperity.”


Besides finance, Chilton took on the billion-dollar food industry with the Podleski sisters. As their company’s president and publisher, he helped them turn their idea of low-fat cookbooks into an award-winning food company. Their cookbook Looneyspoons was one of the fastest selling books in Canadian publishing history, joining another classic: The Wealthy Barber.    


“David Chilton was AMAZING! We are starting to receive comments from our post-conference survey and everyone said he was the icing on the cake for the whole conference. All in all, a truly amazing presentation.”

Scotiabank Conference

“A world-class speaker! Our audience was highly impressed and in our follow-up surveys the vast majority gave him our highest rating.”

Grain Farmers of Ontario

“Dave’s speech was the best I’ve ever heard—the audience reaction was nothing short of amazing.”

United Way

“David went over really well at the conference. He was really good at understanding the audience and did a great job of getting everyone very interested. He was by far the highlight of the entire event and I would highly recommend him to anyone.”

Dalhousie University

“Very personable, funny, friendly, easy to relate to!”

Watson Wyatt Worldwide

Speech Topics

The Wealthy Barber The Common Sense Guide to Successful Financial Planning

David Chilton’s book The Wealthy Barber has accomplished a “publishing impossible” by selling over two million copies in North America. More than 10 years after it was first published, it still appears regularly on bestseller lists. The reason for its sustained popularity? It provides financial education in an entertaining and understandable format.

Chilton is an economics graduate. Despite that, he’s actually a fun guy. In his talks, he doesn’t share new techniques, complex strategies, or get-rich-quick schemes. Instead, he focuses on the financial planning basics that, over time, have proven to be effective. In our society, common sense isn’t often common knowledge. By using relatable stories and strong doses of humour—including ‘behind the sences’ stories from Dragons’ Den—Chilton has taken the boredom out of the financial-education experience, and opened the personal-finance door to countless Canadians.

Success Strategy Turning Inspiration into Profit
David Chilton’s recipe for success is hard work, a clear vision, and a dose of clever marketing. Whether it’s helping thousands of Canadians achieve personal financial success or investing in low-fat cookbooks, Chilton has always had a knack for recognizing great ventures from the get-go. And as someone who has experienced both success and failure, he humorously illustrates how a healthy perspective can lead to positive results, despite what life throws at you.

In recent years, Chilton has partnered up with the Podleski sisters to take on the multi-national, billion-dollar food industry. As their company president and publisher, Chilton has helped the Podleskis turn their idea of low-fat cookbooks into an award-winning food company. The Podleski cookbook, Looneyspoons, is now one of the fastest selling books in Canadian publishing history. Hear this true David versus Goliath story from the always inspiring, funny, and entertaining David Chilton.