Co-star, Dragons’ Den and Risky Business
W. Brett Wilson, CM, is one of Canada’s best-known businessmen and most respected philanthropists. His innovative approaches to philanthropy have generated tens of millions of dollars for many charitable initiatives. His celebration of entrepreneurship has helped inspire our nation to creatively explore and identify new business opportunities. Wilson is chairman of both Canoe Financial and his Prairie Merchant Corporation. Even in reruns, he remains the hugely popular co-star of CBC’s award-winningDragons’ Den and Slice’s Risky Business. He is a member of the Order of Canada.
But along the path to business success, he tripped over a multitude of misguided priorities. For many years, Wilson pursued business with uncompromising focus, working long hours, seven days a week. In the process, his marriage and his health suffered greatly: he was rarely home as his children were growing up, divorce became inevitable and cancer struck at age forty-three. He truly learned the hard way that one can find financial success and the respect of business peers while almost losing what matters most: health, family and friends.