College fundraiser features dragon Kevin O’Leary

Ryan Ross
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Kevin O'Leary

A man who says he loves money is going to help get a little bit of it for Holland College students in need.

Kevin O’Leary, one of the investors on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, is speaking at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Wednesday night as a fundraiser for the Holland College Student Union Financial Assistance Fund.

Josh Vessey, events and activities co-ordinator at the college, said the school was originally thinking of starting a speakers’ series but decided against it for this year.

The inquiries for the series did lead to the college making a connection with O’Leary’s representation, he said.

“They said that he was available and we thought, you know, that’s an awesome character to come in and speak to our students.”

During O’Leary’s talk, he plans to discuss some of the TV shows he’s a part of, including Dragons’ Den and the Lang and O’Leary Exchange. O’Leary will also be talking about the economy and entrepreneurship.

All proceeds from the event go to the student union’s financial assistance fund, which provides help for students who need a little extra money to get by during the school year.

Vessey said the student union sets aside a portion of the fees it collects so it can put money into the fund, but a lot of students have had to use it this year.

“We’re pretty much tapped out right now,” he said.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $65, although several packages are also available and include admission for one or two Holland College students, depending on the package.

Tickets can be purchased at the Confederation Centre box office or at

Organizations: Holland College, Holland College Student Union Financial Assistance Fund.Josh Vessey, Confederation Centre CBC

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Recent comments

  • Ironic
    March 06, 2013 - 10:07

    Guardian commentators calling someone “rude” and “outrageous”- “Hello Pot you’re looking awfully black today” said the Kettle. Great job Holland College and their Student Union, it’s great to see a new fundraising method that offers to different demographics!

  • bye the way
    March 06, 2013 - 07:39

    This is an oxymoron....Kevin O'leary and Union of any sort.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    March 05, 2013 - 16:40

    What do you expect from a man who openly states that he has a love of money? So I guess greed has won the fight. I guess we should just teach all our children to love money like Kevin does? Are rich people necessarily a good role model? Should we really teach that "he who has the most money wins"? I believe that there are many other more important lessons to teach our children.

  • an opinion
    March 05, 2013 - 15:41

    I agree with, FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Maybe if it was a seminar on being rude he would be perfect.imo

  • No Way
    March 05, 2013 - 15:12

    You couldn't pay me to see this guy. He's the icon of greed and represents everything that's wrong with society.

      March 05, 2013 - 20:50

      I think you got your priorities a bit backward. What is needed is more people like Kevin O'Leary. He has gone out and made himself a fortune. No one gave it to him. He doesn't sit idle all winter drawing pogey. That's what's wrong with Islanders.They all want the gov't to look after them. You should go listen to O'Leary, maybe he will inspire you to do something with yourself, instead of complaining that someone is successful.

  • K
    March 05, 2013 - 14:20

    $65! That's outrageous!

  • ss
    March 05, 2013 - 13:10

    Arelene was free a few years ago at UPEI

    March 05, 2013 - 12:09

    Re:GOOD CAUSE ... then donate the money & stay home.

  • For a good cause
    March 05, 2013 - 11:31

    I would pay 65$ to hear Arlene Dickenson....but Kevin O'Leary...not so much.