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W. Brett Wilson

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

W. Brett Wilson is one of Calgary’s best-known businessmen and innovative philanthropists. Combining an entrepreneurial spirit with compassion for community, Brett has sought to inspire, engage, and lead the business community into seeing corporate social responsibility not as an obligation, but an opportunity. He has organized dozens of highly popular – and extremely successful – fundraising events that have not only raised awareness but also tens of millions for Canadian charities. Respected for his principles and passion, Brett has received wide recognition for his business and philanthropic leadership. He has been singled out as Alberta’s Business Person of the Year, named Calgary’s Person of the Year, and recognized as a Nation Builder for his role in encouraging entrepreneurship, particularly among youth. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University. He has received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Why "Own the Podium" Sets Canada Up for Failure

I have struggled with Own the Podium since it was first introduced. Nobody wants our athletes to succeed more than I do. But I would caution that the single-minded pursuit of medals is a recipe for ultimate failure. Why? Because the goal is both artificial and superficial.
02/08/2014 11:45 EST
Trudeau's Speaking Fees Did Charities a

Trudeau's Speaking Fees Did Charities a Service

I have been watching, with increasing irritation, the flurry of criticism over Justin Trudeau's decision to accept a $20,000 speaking engagement for a charitable organization while he was a sitting MP. I would like to address the suggestion that it was somehow wrong for Mr. Trudeau to accept a reasonable fee to attempt to help a charity raise awareness and support for its cause. This notion is misguided. Indeed, it is precisely the kind of limited thinking that is hurting our philanthropic sector.
06/21/2013 01:01 EDT