History of the Wilson Centre


Mr. W. Brett Wilson

The W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence was established in 2007 with a $1 million gift from entrepreneur, W. Brett Wilson, as a partnership with the University of Saskatchewan. Brett founded the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence to promote entrepreneurship among all disciplines, with a vision for becoming one of Canada’s pre-eminent centres for entrepreneurship.

W. Brett Wilson is one of Canada’s best-known businessmen and most respected philanthropists. His innovative approaches to philanthropy have generated tens of millions of dollars for many charitable initiatives. His celebration of entrepreneurship has helped inspire our nation to creatively explore and identify new business opportunities. Brett is chairman of both Canoe Financial and his Prairie Merchant Corporation. Even in reruns, he remains the hugely popular co-star of CBC’s award-winning Dragons’ Den and Slice’s Risky Business. Brett is also a member of the Order of Canada

In 2010, W. Brett Wilson pledged another $1 million towards the continuation of Wilson Centre activities, with the new gift commencing in September 2011.

Over the past five years, the Wilson Centre has established itself as a leading centre for entrepreneurial resources, programs and networks. We’ve strived to be one of the pre-eminent university based entrepreneurship centres in Canada to acknowledge, promote, and inspire the start-up spirit to future entrepreneurs.