Eric Lawson

Eric Lawson is the Group Publisher for the Kootenay / Boundary region for Black Press, responsible for a dozen newspapers from Greenwood to Fernie.

He has worked in the newspaper business for 34 years, from Halifax on the East Coast to the Kootenays in the West.  He has worked in all aspects of the business, having held positions in news, advertising, distribution, and as a publisher.

Black Press News Media operates more than 170 titles, associated web sites, and digital media outlets in Canada and the United States.

Garry Angus

Garry Angus has extensive entrepreneurial and management expertise, starting and selling several businesses in the Pacific Rim before returning to Canada in the Early 1990s.

He has extensive experience working in the Education and Healthcare sectors  in British Columbia, and is proud to serve for the past ten years as the Provincial Coordinator for BC’s Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program.  He delights in critiquing both new and old business owners and assisting them in finding new efficiencies.

Mike Martin

Mike Martin was elected to Trail City Council in 2014 and has served as the City’s Mayor since that time. Mike retired from his 5-year leadership role as General Manager and 40 year career at Teck Trail Operations in 2011 and has since then immersed himself in community involvement.  This is Mike’s third year as a Judge of Dragon’s Den, and each year he looks forward to seeing the innovative ideas that the leaders of our future bring forward.