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Dillon Hall

Talent will follow you anywhere


l-r  Michael Valente, Arlene Dickinson, Moneek Ashat

Business and Law students came together in the Moot Court Room at the University of Windsor to listen to an esteemed panel of individuals recently. The panel featured John Savage, Executive Director and Founding Partner of Cypher Systems Group Inc. He is also a founder and president of Canada’s leading P&C rating and underwriting systems developer Compu-Quote Inc. Compu-Quote Inc., a Windsor based company began with four employees and has grown to two hundred and twenty five Group and co-owner of the Windsor Spitfires, John Bitove, founder of the Toronto Raptors and sole shareholder of Obelysk, which has major investments in both Mobilicity and Sirius XM Radio Canada, and Arlene Dickinson, is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs as CEO of Venture Communications. Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series Dragons’ Den. She is the author of two books, the number one bestselling book, Persuasion and her most recent best-selling release, All In, and is currently authoring her third book.

After discussing their various experiences throughout their lives, the MC, Bruce Bowser, President and CEO of AMJ Campbell Van Lines, moderated a question and answer period, accepting questions from students of both faculties of Business and Law.

When asked, “Is leaving Windsor is the only way to be successful?”, Dickinson completely disagreed.  She passionately emphasized that, “Talent will follow you anywhere”. She spoke about how location simply is not the key to success, but working hard and talent will lead to great opportunities anywhere for anyone who will put in the effort.

Savage, Odette B.Comm ’83, MBA ’86 discussed about how much he wanted to leave Windsor after coming here for school. He wanted to move back home to the GTA and work there. 33 years later Savage proudly continues to call Windsor home.


Overall, the Business Law Panel was a valuable tool in showing the cross over and compatibility between industries and concentrations available at University of Windsor. Despite many thinking that they cannot find success in Windsor, we all noted that success is about our own determination, no matter where we find ourselves.