A native of Rockford, Illinois, Fred VanVleet quickly became one of the biggest names to come out of the area becoming the top ranked high school player in the state of Illinois. This was followed by an equally as impressive college career at Wichita State where he led the program to four straight NCAA Tournaments, a Final Four appearance and an undefeated regular season.
Despite unbelievable success on the high school and collegiate levels, Fred went undrafted in the NBA draft. He used that as fuel to set the G-League on fire, win a league championship and earn a spot on the Toronto Raptor’s roster. He made “Bet on yourself” his mantra and has continued to show that he can’t be counted out. Fred has made it his calling card to be a spark off the bench with his scoring, quickly becoming a fan favorite with his game and work ethic. This all resulted in Fred being voted a Sixth Man of the Year finalist and being a core piece of the franchise. Off the court, Fred’s entrepreneurial interests have led him to start his own clothing line that has already produced a great amount of success in the short life time with both an online and retail store as well as pop-up stores getting sold out of his merchandise in various major cities.
Arlene Dickinson, owner and CEO of Venture Communications, a company she grew from a small, local firm to one of the largest independent agencies in Canada, is also the CEO of District Ventures and Youinc.com. Companies all aimed at helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies. She is a bestselling author, accomplished speaker and is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series’ Dragons’ Den.
Arlene’s leadership has been recognized with honours including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners and Marketing Hall of Legends inductee.
She is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and the recipient of honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary’s University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Arlene sits on the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and is the proud recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.