W. Brett Wilson

W. Brett Wilson’s Garden Parties are legendary and not just because of the guest list and glamour of it, but what he helps do in Calgary!

brett wilson and dog

Most of us know W. Brett Wilson as one of the stars of Dragon’s Den, but he is more than a successful investment banker: he is also a highly regarded Philanthropist.  Yes he primarily invests in the energy, agriculture, real estate primary through his holding company, Prairie Merchant Corporation.  But he’s seen in the media for supporting many different causes and charities through the year.  Brett hosts his own, dear to his heart, almost famous Annual Garden Party attended by more than 1,000 of his family, friends, staff, clients and partners in late June in Calgary.  His outside catered charity event is legendary for having the finest people attend with live rocking entertainment that has everyone dancing.  There is an overwhelming amount of people each year that try to attend and support. Brett being just who he is, has many fans and supporters who believe in his event which helps raise thousands of dollars each year for a growing cause. Is there anything he can’t do?!

Last year his Garden Party raised over $400K for Adolescent Mental Health. Funds raised were divided between the Canadian Mental Health Association (Calgary), Juno Foundation (Eating Disorders), Calgary Counseling Centre (Adolescent Mental Health) and Wood’s Homes (Eagle Moon Lodge for Aboriginal Youth).  In 2014, he helped raise $350K in support of three groups addressing mental health.

This year Brett is again focusing directly on mental health (or mental wellness as he calls it sometimes) in all its forms. He has chosen a total of eight causes with more info and links below – all of which are changing the lives of people who suffer with mental illness. The programs being supported: The Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary (CMHA), Juno Foundation (Eating Disorders), Calgary Counseling Centre (Adolescent Mental Health), Wood’s Homes (Eagle Moon Lodge for Aboriginal Youth ), Silver Linings Foundation Calgary (Eating Disorders), Dare to Care (Adolescent Mental Health), EDSNA (Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta) and The Children’s Hospital Foundation (Mental Health Literacy).

This year’s entertainment lineup looks like it would be fun to dance at.  And Brett Kissel is back!  The likes of John & Jacob, Sara Staples, Christian Hudson, Sam Lundell, Jaxon Smith, Sykamore Jordan, and Oscar Lopez are also playing!

A video of the 2015 event looks amazing!