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Dragons' Den celebrity judge visits Quesnel, BC!

Dragons' Den celebrity judge visits Quesnel, BC!

January 31, 2024
Local News

Community Futures North Cariboo was excited to host Dragons' Den celebrity judge Manjit Minhas at the 'Lessons from the Den’ Event on January 25, 2024.  

Minhas captivated the audience of over 200 people, sharing what has led her to success, and offering some insightful ways on how to turn your business dreams into reality. Starting as a Calgary teenager with just $10,000 and evolving into the architect of a worldwide empire selling beer, wine, and spirits, now valued at over $200 million, is truly remarkable!  

During her keynote speech, she discussed the crucial role of having mentors and emphasized the importance of trust in business. She also shared insights on the "art of the pitch" and conveyed lessons learned as one of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs. Her key messages included the necessity of embracing change, promoting innovation, and encouraging disruption at every stage of business. Afterward, she took part in a comprehensive Q&A session with Frank Peebles, addressing questions from the audience that were collected prior to the event.  

Community Futures Special Events Coordinator, Angela Zieske and General Manager Greg Lawrence highlighted that this marked the beginning of a Business Speaker Series by Community Futures, featuring upcoming guests ready to share their knowledge. The Team at Community Futures is eager to hear your business 'pitch' and is excited to help guide you to business success with their specialized planning, advisory and lending services    

  From left to right: Greg Lawrence, Frank Peebles, Ash Srivastava, Shaneen Smith, Angela Zieske, Manjit Minhas, Siggi Stoldt, Tammie Wilson and Paola Valoroso.



Community Futures would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the 'Lessons from the Den' Business Speaker Series Event! Your professionalism, enthusiasm, and dedication played a crucial role in making this event a success!  

Thank you to: 

Cariboo Country, The Goat, Vista Radio, the Quesnel Observer, Visual Media, and CJ Directory for the promotional support.

City Furniture Quesnel for supplying the furniture and staging the event.

The Quesnel Chamber of Commerce for your support. 

Frank Peebles, for an engaging Q&A session with Manjit.

Big Country Printers for printing our marketing materials.

Cariboo Security for ensuring the safety of everyone during the event.

The Lunch Ladies for providing our guests treats and beverages for the evening.

Michelle Taylor Photography for capturing photos of the event.

PacifiCan for funding this event.  


Government of Canada
Pacific Economic Diversification Canada
Societe de developpement economique
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