Dianne Buckner

Host of CBC's Dragons' Den

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Do you have what it takes to be successful in today's competitive marketplace? Who better to advise eager entrepreneurs than Dianne Buckner, the host of CBC TV's wildly popular Dragons' Den.  She takes audiences through the "entrepreneur's journey," from identifying niche markets to the art of the pitch to taking advantage of business trends—while sharing entertaining backstage peaks into life in "The Den."

Prior to joining Dragons' Den, Buckner was the host of CBC TV's Venture. For 10 years, she chronicled the adventures of entrepreneurs as they set about getting their new businesses off the ground. Buckner was also the co-creator of Fortune Hunters, on the CBC News Network, which ran for two seasons, and focused on those social and consumer trends that created opportunities for entrepreneurs.

In addition to her role on Dragons' Den, Buckner is a member of the Business Team at CBC News. She writes a weekly column about small business for cbc.ca, and she appears regularly on CBC's local dinner-hour newscasts across Canada, reporting on the day's top business stories.

In the course of her work, Dianne has spoken with prime ministers and celebrity CEOs, and has traveled extensively - to countries such as Japan, Australia, the Netherlands and Iceland - in pursuit of great stories.

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Seven Powerful Trends: How They're Affecting Business Going Forward

In this fascinating keynote presentation, Dianne uses video excerpts from Dragons' Den, and draws on her extensive experience in covering business for CBC News, to show how companies are exploiting trends to gain new revenue.She also uses examples of those who are rising to the challenge of adapting to new ways of doing business, to avoid being left by the way-side.


Dianne's Top Ten Business Tips

From finance, to human resource issues; from marketing to common mistakes, Dianne takes the audience through a wide range of challenges, pointing out what factors make the biggest impact on success.

 

Business and the Media: A User's Guide

With humour and insight, Dianne shares the view from inside the media. Business people will learn how story meetings work, strategies for pitching a story, how to choose an angle, and the various priorities of different types of media.

 

The Art of the Pitch

In this entertaining presentation Dianne shares what she's observed about those who are successful, and those who aren't. Featuring video excerpts from her television programs, participants will come away with new skills for getting their way - at work and at home.

 

"Dianne was a pleasure to have in our midst, graciously handled many questions from the audience and truly projects a solid understanding entrepreneur's attributes and challenges. Dianne was the perfect choice of speakers for our audience of small business owners and entrepreneur." Planning & Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton

"Dianne was an absolute delight to work with prior to the event, during, and even after the evening's formal agenda was complete. She was keen to understand our group's mandate and modified her remarks to make them as relevant to our crowd of 400 as possible. Dianne was supremely confident onstage, made several on-the-fly adjustments to her comments based on speaker content and drew things to a close right on cue. Dianne is an excellent speaker whom I would recommend without hesitation." Co-Founder and CEO, RealityClick.com

"Dianne Buckner delivered a fantastic presentation. Her take on current marketing trends is spot on and provided a wealth of information for our guests. The audience enjoyed her down to earth conversational style of presentation." Canadian Home Builders' Association Central Interior