P.J. Gardiner 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year Award


Wade K. Dawe
Brigus Capital Inc.
B.Comm.(Co-op.) ‘92

Wade K. Dawe is an Atlantic Canadian venture capitalist, entrepreneur and skilled investor. Fiercely independent throughout the entirety of his career, he achieved early success internationally in the resource sector and went on play a pivotal role in a number of companies as a financier and company founder. 

Mr. Dawe has transformed and sold public and private companies across technology, medical services, mining, and oil and gas, completing transactions in excess of $2 billion. Most recently, Torrent Capital, a fund he established, formed a partnership with the Port of Argentia, which is destined to become a landmark national hub for green energy initiatives.

Born and raised in Kelligrews, a community in eastern Newfoundland, Mr. Dawe is a strong believer in the potential of the Atlantic region to harbour success. He’s an ongoing donor to the Faculty of Business Administration at his alma mater, Memorial University, also serving on the president’s advisory committee.  

Mr. Dawe is a fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab, where he mentors young entrepreneurs, and has committed to establishing a scholarship program for Black students in honour of his close friend, Senator Don Oliver.  Wade feels that investing in the next generation is the key to ensuring that the region reaches its full potential.