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Dianne Buckner

Host of the hit business reality TV show, 'Dragons' Den'

Articulate, straightforward and funny, Dianne Buckner is best-known to Canadians as the host of CBC Television’s hit reality program “Dragons’ Den” where eager entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a group of self-made Canadian millionaire investors.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Seven Powerful Trends: How They’re Affecting Business
In this fascinating keynote presentation, Dianne uses video excerpts from Dragons’ Den, and draws on her extensive experience in covering business for CBC News, to show how companies are exploiting trends to gain new revenue.  She also uses examples of those who are rising to the challenge of adapting to new ways of doing business, to avoid being left by the way-side.

Dianne’s Top Ten Business Tips
From finance, to human resource issues; from marketing to common mistakes, Dianne takes the audience through a wide range of challenges, pointing out what factors make the biggest impact on success

Business and the Media: A User’s Guide
With humour and insight, Dianne shares the view from inside the media.  Business people will learn how story meetings work, strategies for pitching a story, how to choose an angle, and the various priorities of different types of media

The Art of the Pitch
In this entertaining presentation Dianne shares what she’s observed about those who are successful, and those who aren’t.  Featuring video excerpts from her television programs, participants will come away with new skills for getting their way – at work and at home

  • We received excellent feedback from the attendees. I asked one of our leaders what his reaction was and he summed it up with a succinct "Fabulous!". … your keynote on "The Art of the Pitch" was spot on. We're really excited about the progress we are making in growing our business.

    - Grant Thornton LLP
  • "Dianne was an absolute delight to work with prior to the event, during, and even after the evening's formal agenda was complete. She was keen to understand our group's mandate and modified her remarks to make them as relevant to our crowd of 400 as possible. Dianne was supremely confident onstage, made several on-the-fly adjustments to her comments based on speaker content and drew things to a close right on cue. Dianne is an excellent speaker whom I would recommend without hesitation."

    - Co-Founder and CEO, RealityClick.com
  • "Dianne was very well received. We have some great feedback on how relevant she was. She has a lot of presence!"

    - Siemens

Summary Profile

Articulate, straightforward and funny, Dianne Buckner is a respected journalist and television producer. She has hosted programs on both of Canada’s major networks, from national newscasts to quirky magazine shows.

Dianne Buckner is best-known to Canadians as the host of CBC Television’s hit reality program Dragons’ Den, where eager entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a group of self-made Canadian millionaire investors. Other viewers may remember her 10 years as the host of Venture, the successful and long-running series that chronicled the adventures of entrepreneurs.

When Venture retired from the airwaves in 2007, Buckner co-created a new show, Fortune Hunters for CBC’s news network. It ran for two seasons, focusing on the social and consumer trends that create opportunities for entrepreneurs.

In addition to her role on Dragons’ Den, Buckner is a member of the Business Team at CBC News. She writes a weekly column about small business for cbc.ca – the number one site for news in Canada. She also appears regularly on CBC’s local supper-hour newscasts across the country, reporting on the top business stories of the day.

In the course of her work, Buckner has spoken with prime ministers, celebrity CEOs such as Jack Welch and super investor Warren Buffet, and has traveled extensively to countries such as Japan, Australia, the Netherlands and Iceland in pursuit of stories for CBC viewers. Her perspective on the world, and on the world of business, is unique.

Buckner is an incredibly versatile presenter with an appealing, self-effacing manner and endearing charm. She has a talent for synthesizing information and making it accessible to a broad audience – the talent that has made her one of Canada’s most popular speakers.