A former panellist for CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den will make a speaking appearance at Okanagan College on Tuesday, 2 p.m.
W. Brett Wilson, a successful entrepreneur, philanthrophist and best-selling author, will give a free lecture to Okanagan College students, staff and the general public at the Kelowna campus Centre For Learning.
Wilson, who has business interests in Kelowna, is the author of “Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes,” which was a Canadian bestseller.
Wilson’s first foray into the business world was to co-found an investment banking advisory firm, Wilson Mackie & Co., in 1991 and two years later started up FirstEnergy Capital Corp., which he retired from as chairman in 2008 and began pursuing his own entrepreneurial interests in the agriculture, sports, real estate and entertainment industries through his primary investment company, Prairie Merchant Corporation.
Wilson believes corporate social responsibility should not be an obligation, but rather an opportunity as strategic philanthropy efforts can create major social and economic benefits.