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As happened with Trump before and just after announcing his candidacy to be the Republican nominee, O'Leary's early musings about a possible run met with much laughter and derision. After all, how could someone who makes outrageous statements and has never held political office aspire to be the prime minister of Canada? Well, thanks to 63 million Trump voters, fewer Canadians are laughing at the possibility of Kevin O'Leary leading the Conservative Party and even one day becoming prime minister.
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My family and I essentially lived at the Grand River Hospital's ICU the last two weeks. We were there to give comfort to my mom as she fought a valiant but losing battle with cancer. As odd as this may sound, they were two of the most inspiring weeks of our lives.
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On April 29, 2015, I entered the Dragons' Den at the CBC studios in downtown Toronto, armed with my business pitch and my two fellow knights, to fight for a business idea I had invested in for the last eight years, with two million dollars and the dream of making a difference in the lives of desk jockeys everywhere.
When entrepreneurial reality shows first hit the networks, I was totally hooked. Many of the inventions featured are family focused, unique to the market, and solve problems for parents. Here are three companies whose baby gear caught my eye and ended up in my online shopping cart because of reality television.
The den won't quite look the same when season 10 premieres.
Looks like Joe Mimran already has a new project on the horizon! Following his departure from Joe Fresh, the Canadian designer will be joining the upcoming 10th season of "Dragons' Den" on CBC. "I'm t...
Arlene Dickinson has left her chair empty. "The Wealthy Barber" author David Chilton has laid his verbal clippers to rest. Restaurateur Vikram Vij is rumoured to be on his way out the door. With possi...
People would pitch us whatever awesome thing they would do with money. Whoever won, would get the entire pot of cash, no strings attached. Awesome Shit Club was born. I thought that since our beer consumption encouraged the name and concept that the event would die or at least stay underground, but it's had the opposite effect.
Swimming with sharks has never been so entertaining -- or profitable -- like it is on "Shark Tank." The reality series finds aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to a quintet of wealth...
Changing up the cast of "Dragons' Den" is nothing new. The hit CBC series has seen its share of Dragons throughout the years, but with the departure of original cast member Kevin O'Leary, along with t...
On October 15, I make my debut on CBC's Dragons' Den as one of two new members of the Dragons team. I'm very proud to be included in such an incredibly illustrious line-up of respected business people and to take my place alongside them on such a great show.
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One person's economic justice is another's economic catastrophe. The outgoing star of CBC's "Dragon's Den" Kevin O'Leary appeared on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Equal Pay Day last week. Things go...
I took some punches from Mark Cuban on the set of Shark Tank while pitching an app, but it's turned out to be a very positive experience. Here are a few lessons learned from the whole experience.
The general feeling is mean-spirited now. It's sneering and snide. Crass insults from people taking very little risk who now mock people who are risking it all. What was once about dreamers with big ideas looking for a little help in the right direction has just become a parade of bankers, asking what's in it for them and then rolling their eyes at anything that isn't a surefire hit.
Canada just moved one step closer to removing Kevin O'Leary from the airwaves. The man who thinks the massive gulf between rich and poor is "fantastic" is leaving CBC's Dragons Den. O'Leary will con...
"Dragon's Den" has fielded some truly terrible pitches, but none as hilarious (or as Canadian) as this one. Beer-swilling Newfoundlanders Clyde Tobin and Jeff O'Driscoll present their groundbreaking p...
I recently came across Darrell Kopke's article denouncing the Dragons' Den and its American parallel, Shark Tank for their promotion of a "pitch-first" attitude to entrepreneurship. Kopke claims this approach is "killing businesses," however, there are two fundamental problems with this conclusion.
The student episode of "Dragons' Den" is just one of five specials this season (the others being a holiday special, the Second-Chance show, an Update episode and an all-new Canadian-themed hour). But it's the fan-favourite student special that's the one to watch.
What does it take to win over a Dragon? Three Vancouver entrepreneurs just found out. Dustin Sproat, Kyle Hagel, and Kamil Sikorski created a hockey app called Shnarped, and according to a press relea...
Canadian entrepreneurial fans, get set to enter the Den again. "Dragons' Den" returns on Wednesday, October 2 at 8 p.m. ET (8:30 NT) with 20 all-new, exciting episodes. A whole new crop of aspiring Ca...
Unlike the other Canadian networks, CBC doesn't have to wait to hear what the American nets have picked up, so every year the national broadcaster is usually first out of the gate with presenting its...
Anything that has a market should be allowed to remain in business. But that's the problem: Sun News doesn't have a market even though, contrary to the misinformation peddled by the broadcaster, it is literally available to any Canadian who's willing to subscribe to a cable or satellite service that carries the channel
The finale of CBC's hit entrepreneurial show, "Dragons' Den," airs this weekend, and in it, the audience gets to see inside the Dragons' lives for the first time. While most of the other Dragons show...
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The federal government is on the right track when it comes to tapping private companies and non-profits to help run social programs, says a leading Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist. W. Brett...
Culture is merely a reflection of the individuals in a community expressing themselves in groups formed because of creative passion. Without passion and culture, we are simply just passing through. And who wants to live a life that dull and grey? We are shaped by our own choices and made better when our culture allows us to make them freely and with artistic expression and be better as a result.
University students in Canada may soon be able to make a quick buck just by going to class and taking notes. NoteWagon, a Toronto-based startup business launched by a group of University of Waterloo s...
By the time Arlene Dickinson was 30, she was divorced with four kids, had no savings and a high school diploma. Today, she's one of the country's most influential entrepreneurial leaders. Here's how t...
THE CANADIAN PRESS — TORONTO - Ontario's top court has snuffed out lawsuits by a disgruntled contestant filed against the television show Dragons' Den. The Appeal Court says John Turmel appeared on th...
Don't Canadian networks have a duty and an obligation to get us more involved in caring and rooting for other talented (or at least entertaining) Canadians instead of just watching Canadian commercials during American shows?