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03-15-2013, 01:09 AM
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Originally Posted by kypredsfan View Post
Love that guy

I'm pretty sure most people in Canada know who he is, or I thought so anyways. Rich mofo part owns the Preds.
He's a member of the Order of Canada as well, although I'm sure none of us had any idea before tonight. Taken from Wikipedia:

Wilson co-founded an investment banking advisory firm, Wilson Mackie & Co., in 1991 - a firm that enjoyed considerable success brokering oil and gas companies and properties.

In 1993, with Rick Grafton, Jim Davidson and N. Murray Edwards, he co-founded FirstEnergy Capital Corp., now a leading Canadian stock brokerage firm that provides investment-banking services to global participants in the energy sector - via offices in Calgary, AB and London, England. The firm is now (less than) 20% owned by Societe Generale out of France. Wilson retired from active duty at FirstEnergy in July 2007 but retained his role as Chairman of the company until December 2008. His primary holding company, Prairie Merchant Corporation, is the vehicle from which he makes most of his investments in the energy, agriculture, real estate, sports, and entertainment industries.

In October 2008 Wilson became a leading investor in Derby County F.C.. Derby are currently playing in the Championship,[2] the highest division of The Football League and second-highest division overall in the English football league system after the Premier League.

In 2010, Wilson became chairman of Canoe Financial, a privately owned investment management firm with well over $2.0 billion in assets focused on providing investors with unique opportunities to profit from Canada’s increasing prominence on the global "resource" stage.[3]

After announcing his departure from Dragons' Den in early 2011, he participated in his own entrepreneurship-themed series, Risky Business, which aired on Slice in the fall of 2011.[4] He has a regular column in the National Post featuring reports on his Dragons' Den investments and entrepreneurial insights.
In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University for his role as a business leader, dynamic philanthropist, and entrepreneurial mentor. Wilson was appointed to Member of the Order of Canada on June 30, 2011.[1] In 2012, he was one of a select group to receive the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal honouring the achievements and contributions of notable Canadians.
The philanthrophy section is a bit biased in its choice of words, I'd say, although I'm sure he's accomplished things:
A more comprehensive overview of Wilson's philanthropic initiatives can be found on his personal website - but even that list fails to give a complete picture of the breadth of his influence on Canada's philanthropic community.
Selected Awards

Canada’s Top 40 under 40 - Caldwell Partners (1997)
Top 20 Deal Makers in Canada - Globe & Mail (1999)
Top 10 list of M&A specialists in Canada - Globe & Mail - (2000)
Management Alumni Excellence (MAX) Award, University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business (2003)
International Legacy of Honour, Young Presidents Organization - recognizing the global YPO leader who best exemplifies commitment to excellence in business, community orientation and the ideals of YPO (2004)
Spirit of Giving Award - Association of Fundraising Professionals (2005)
University of Calgary Top 40 Alumni (2006–2007)
Calgary’s Person of the Year - Avenue Magazine (2007)
University of Saskatchewan Alumni Award of Achievement (2007)[11]
University of Saskatchewan Top 100 Alumni (2007)[12]
Distinguished Lecturer, CJ Mackenzie Banquet, University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering (2008)
Business Person of the Year - Alberta Venture Magazine (2008)
Nation Builder Award - Canadian Youth Business Foundation (2009)
Honorary Doctor of Laws, Royal Roads University (2010)
One of Calgary's Top 10 New Mavericks (2010)[13]
City of Calgary Signature Aw – for bringing significant recognition to Calgary (2010)[14]
Appointment to the Order of Canada (2011)[15]
Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2012) recognizing contributions to the social, cultural and economic well being of the province and its residents.
The guy's been around.

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