Dragon coming to Mount Allison Thursday

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SACKVILLE, NB — On Thursday, February 13, Mount Allison University will welcome Dianne Buckner, host of CBC’s Dragon’s Den and CBC News business correspondent to campus as part of the Ron Joyce Centre Presents Speaker Series.

Dianne Buckner, host of CBC’s Dragon’s Den

Buckner’s talk “The Art of the Pitch” will take place in Brunton Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

 “We are delighted to welcome Dianne Buckner to campus for the Ron Joyce Centre Presents Speaker Series,” says dean of social sciences and commerce professor Paul Berry. “The Art of the Pitch will have something for everyone, particularly our students as they prepare for their next step into the job market, graduate schools, or other paths.”

Dianne Buckner is an expert in pitches and noted individual in both the media and business realms. Prior to becoming host of the Dragon’s Den in 2006, Buckner hosted the current affairs program Venture on CBC, eventually becoming the show’s executive producer as well. From there, Buckner went on to co-create Fortune Hunters, a magazine show on CBC Newsworld that focused on entrepreneurship. Buckner also spent five years at CTV, where she co-hosted the consumer affairs program Live It Up!, and was backup host for Canada AM

Her work has taken her to Australia, the Netherlands, Japan and Iceland; she’s interviewed prime ministers, as well as celebrity CEOs, such as Jack Welch and super-investor Warren Buffett. 

The Ron Joyce Centre Presents Speakers series was established in 2012 and aims to bring nationally and internationally renowned speakers to campus each year to address important issues impacting the world of business. It is part of the enhanced programming for Mount Allison’s Commerce program made possible through a $5-million gift from Tim Hortons’ co-founder Ron Joyce, which resulted in the creation of the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies in 2008. Past speakers include Amanda Lang, senior business correspondent for CBC News and co-anchor of The Lang & O’Leary Exchange on CBC News Network, Mark Cohon, commissioner of the Canadian Football League, and John Murray, Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada.

Organizations: CBC News, Ron Joyce Centre Presents Speaker Series, Fortune Hunters CTV Canada AM Tim Hortons Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies Lang O’Leary Exchangeon CBC News Network Canadian Football League Bank of Canada

Geographic location: Brunton Auditorium, Australia, Netherlands Japan Iceland

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