From a tin shack in Jamaica to the TOP of Corporate Canada!
A Jamaican has joined the panel of ‘Dragons’ on the popular reality TV show – Dragon’s Den.
Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors and Founder and Chairman of The BlackNorth Initiative joins the show in its 16th season.
Hall believes the BlackNorth Initiative can end anti-Black systemic racism by using a “business-first mindset” to create more opportunities for Blacks and all of those in the BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) community across Canada.
The 51-year-old is regarded as one of North America’s most influential power brokers. He has orchestrated multi-billion-dollar deals for the likes of Tim Hortons, Air Canada, Citigroup, and Petro Canada. He currently sits at #16 on Maclean’s Power List – a ranking of the 50 most powerful people in Canada.
Dragons’ Den is a Canadian television reality show based on the internationally franchised Dragons’ Den format which began in Japan. The show debuted on October 3, 2006, on CBC Television, and is hosted by Dianne Buckner. The show features aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs who pitch business and investment ideas to a panel of venture capitalists (termed “Dragons”) in the hope of securing business financing and partnerships.
Each episode typically features approximately eight pitches, along with a brief synopsis of a further three pitches which usually were rejected by the Dragons.
A statement on the CBC website quotes Hall as saying:
“I’m excited to join Dragons’ Den and sit alongside some of our country’s biggest and brightest business minds.”
“As a life-long entrepreneur, I know first-hand how much drive and dedication it takes to build a business, especially as a Black person in Canada. I look forward to sharing my challenges and my experiences to help guide other Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) entrepreneurs on a path of success. Not only do I plan to make some incredible deals, I plan to help level the playing field for BIPOC entrepreneurs.”
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