GBTA Announces Arlene Dickinson as Featured Speaker at 15th Annual Toronto Conference

Toronto, Canada (January 24, 2019) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced Arlene Dickinson as a featured keynote speaker for GBTA Conference 2019 – Toronto, taking place April 15-17, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“It will be a true pleasure to welcome yet another iconic Canadian, Arlene Dickinson, to the stage at our 15th annual Toronto conference,” said Nancy Tudorache, GBTA Director of Operations – Canada. “Ms. Dickinson is a household name having been on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, where she was well known for her entrepreneurial spirit. We look forward to the insights she will share with attendees on how to stand out in today’s competitive world.”

Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list. She is also the CEO of District Ventures Capital, a fund investing in Canadian companies in the food and health sectors. Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning series Dragons’ Den, an investor on The Big Decision, and a judge on Recipe to Riches. She is the author of two bestselling books – Persuasion, and her most recent bestselling release, All In.

Attendee registration is open now. Register by our early bird deadline of January 31, 2019 to receive the lowest available rate. More information on programs and speakers will be unveiled in the near future. For the latest developments, please visit

Media registration is complimentary for qualified media. Please contact Marianne Varkiani at [email protected] or Colleen Gallagher at [email protected] for more information on media registration.


About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit

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