UPDATE (Wednesday, Mar. 25, 12:28 p.m.): Following this season’s departures of David Chilton and Arlene Dickinson, and the hiring of Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran, more changes have just been announced for the upcoming season of Dragons’ Den.
As announced today by CBC, Vancouver-based Dragon Vikrim Vij will also be leaving the show after just one season, in order to spend more time focusing on his restaurants and line of frozen foods.
To fill the open chairs, the show is bringing on Calgary-born distillery and brewery owner Manjit Minhas and Toronto-born Buytopia.ca co-founder Michele Romanow.
“We change the show year over year,”; said Jennifer Dettman, CBC’s executive director, unscripted content. “The dragons are really critical absolutely to the show, but it’s bigger than that. The core of the show is really about making people’s dreams come true and that’s a story that doesn’t grow old for viewers.”;
Change, she added, is a good thing for Dragons’ Den. “When that happens, it changes the dynamic in the den, you get new personalities, you get new business backgrounds.”;
Following the departure of Arlene Dickinson, CBC’s Dragons’ Den is bringing in a new addition to breath some fresh fire in the hit reality show: Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Joe Mimran to Dragons’ Den,”; said Jennifer Dettman, CBC’s executive director, Unscripted Content, in a statement. “Joe is a giant in fashion retail in this country. As the brains behind some of Canada’s most successful brands, he’s a welcome addition to the Den.”
In addition to founding Joe Fresh, Mimran has also been instrumental in building such brands as Club Monaco and Alfred Sung. He’s also a private investor in various Canadian businesses, ranging from steel to pharmaceuticals, which he says makes Dragons’ Den a perfect fir.
“I’m thrilled to join Dragons’ Den, one of the most entertaining and dynamic shows on television,” added Mimran. “I’ve been starting businesses since I was in university, and this is the perfect opportunity to share that lifelong passion and experience with young entrepreneurs. I look forward to working with the other Dragons, hearing some great pitches and hopefully bringing the next great Canadian business idea to life.”