Arlene Dickinson returning to ‘Dragons’ Den’

TORONTO — Arlene Dickinson is heading back to the den.

The Canadian entrepreneur and venture capitalist is rejoining the panel of business moguls on the upcoming season of CBC-TV’s “Dragons’ Den.”

After eight seasons on the show, Dickinson left in 2015 to launch District Ventures Capital, a fund aimed at investing in innovative food and health-based businesses.

Season 12 will mark the first time ”Dragons’ Den” will have a six-person panel with Dickinson joining Jim Treliving, Joe Mimran, Manjit Minhas, Michael Wekerle and Michele Romanow.

The series sees aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs pitching their budding businesses to the “dragons” in the hopes of securing funding and advice to grow their ventures.

The new season is slated to begin shooting this month and will launch in the fall.

“I left the Den to fulfil some big dreams,” said Dickinson in a statement. “Over the last two years, my team and I have fulfilled those dreams by raising a fund and launching two accelerators, the sole purpose of which is to help Canadian entrepreneurs.

“With these organizations, I’m looking forward to playing an even larger role in helping accomplish the show’s goals of inspiring entrepreneurs and building businesses.”

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