CBC Dragon's Den set


W. Brett Wilson is one of Canada’s most successful businessmen and respected philanthropists. A high profile Calgarian who proudly wears the label “maverick”, Brett is one of the founding partners of Calgary’s FirstEnergy Capital Corp. He helped turn an intrepid start-up into the energy industry’s leading investment bank, which has brokered thousands of financings and M&A deals worth over $150 billion. Brett’s instincts for investing in the right people have also translated into major holdings in the energy, agriculture, real estate, sports, and entertainment industries, financed through his private investment bank, Prairie Merchant.


His personal charisma and small-town charm have gained him a national audience, a platform he uses to inspire his brand of “prairie ethics” – focused on personal integrity, a commitment to community, and work/life balance. Brett uses his own larger-than-life story to illustrate what he has learned about the real meaning of success.


A self-described “capitalist with a heart”, Brett spends almost as much time giving money away as he does earning it. With an innovative approach to philanthropy, he has given – and engaged others to give – tens of millions to non-profit initiatives.


According to Alberta Venture Magazine, who named Brett Business Person of the Year in 2009, “he is single-handedly redefining the meaning of success in work-and wealth-obsessed Calgary.” His commitment to excellence and innovation has not only revolutionized the business sector in which he operates, but the community in which he lives, inspiring others to see how they can leave an equally unique mark on the world.


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5 Responses to “Bio”

  1. Jacquie Verenka Says:

    Hi Brett, just wanted to say hello and Congratulate you on all your success! I was in Banff at the Television Festival last week pitching show ideas, and was hoping for an opportunity to meet you, however you were very busy and usually surrounded by a large group, so unfortunately I didn’t have the pleasure. I live in Edmonton and have read many flattering articles about you and your philanthropy over the years and I just want to commend you for caring so much about giving back and helping others. I’ve joined your Twitter page and enjoy reading your updates. Take care,,don’t work too hard, sounds like that’s almost impossible for you, and maybe one day our paths will hopefully cross again. Cheers! Jacquie 🙂

  2. Hi Brett:
    Enjoy watching Dragon’s Den and I’m a big fan of the show. I know you love the West
    J. Greg Ball -Designer

  3. Jason Letourneau Says:

    Been following you on Twitter. Congrats on a successful party/fundraiser. If you are ever interested in breaking a world record as a fundraising event (or even just for the hell of it) I’ld love to chat (google the Numb Bum Movie Marathon).


    Jason Letourneau

  4. Kathleen Laird Says:

    Brett; Dragon’s Den tonight Aug 19/09- Victoria, Canada. Thank you for believing in a fellow Horticulturalist. I like your style and what you stand for – thank you. I am a Horticultural Therapist specializing in bringing nature and horticulture back to people at the end stages of lfe – seniors and patients at Hospice. I am a small business but doing fine. If you would like to see any of my programs and sites if you come to Victoria – please contact me. I am very proud of my work and little known profession and would love to tell you more about the field. Thank you for standing out among the Dragons! Kathleen

  5. Craig Mace Says:

    Hi Brett,

    I recently joined Twitter with the sole intention of following you, so I’m hoping for more pearls of wisdom, and maybe a few more commandments.

    I just started watching Dragon’s Den in Season 3, and I’m already heavily addicted. Season 4 is already proving to be the fix that I’ve been needing. Keep up the great work!

    You are truly an inspiring businessman, and you continually prove that business and ethics are not mutually exclusive. Your sincerity and passion are truly admirable, and all businesspeople should aspire to come across as honest, intelligent and ‘just plain nice’ as you do.

    I hope that your ‘Prairie Ethics’ continue to inspire others, as they have me, and become ‘Canadian Ethics’.

    Thank You & Good Luck!

    — Craig!

    Graphic Designer
    Toronto, ON

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