Feeding the Future: Food, Fuels and Fibers with Wilson Acton

Wilson Acton on Feeding the Future: Food, Fuels and Fibers


In this episode of TEC Canada’s The Leadership Standard podcast, host Gair Maxwell sits down with Wilson Acton, a serial entrepreneur and 4x tech start-up founder.

With extensive experience in M&A, capital markets, venture building, and agriculture, Wilson has built and assisted a wide range of businesses across various stages, including strategic acquisitions and complex M&A transactions totalling over $160 billion. He has also built corporate development, sales and marketing teams, and advisory boards, taking companies from the back-of-the-napkin stage to successful exits.

Wilson is also a director of KidSport Calgary and a member of the board of advisors for Alberta IoT, where he is working to grow the Province of Alberta into a global center of excellence for emerging technologies. The episode also features a discussion on Tall Grass Ventures, Canada’s newest Ag-tech VC fund focusing on pre-Series A financing for startups focused on globally applicable Ag-tech innovation, where Wilson serves as Managing Partner.

Tune in to learn more about Wilson’s experience in entrepreneurship and his plans to help the next generation of Western Canadian Ag-tech companies scale quickly.

  • [6:15] The single biggest challenge in his career
  • [12:10] Prospects ahead of agriculture and food
  • [15:22] His considerations before making an investment decision
  • [20:10] Wilson Acton’s experience as a TEC Canada member
  • [25:09] What is “leadership?” Wilson Acton shares his definition
  • [31:33] His involvement with Kids Sport Calgary
  • [33:30] Biggest realization about entrepreneurship

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The Leadership Standard, hosted by TEC Canada speaker and branding expert, Gair Maxwell, features in-depth conversations with subject matter experts all across the business spectrum.

Featuring thought leadership and actionable insights to challenge your assumptions – and inspiring stories of business triumphs, struggles, and perseverance that provide a motivational push – every episode of The Leadership Standard is a revealing discussion about the life of business and the business of life.

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