Arlene Announces She is Leaving the Den

Arlene Announces She is Leaving the Den

From Arlene | Posted by - February 13, 2015 at 1:30 am

After eight incredible seasons, listening to thousands(!) of pitches, and building a portfolio of successful investments, I've decided it's time to give up my chair on Dragons' Den. It's not an easy decision to leave this show, which is about so much more than entertainment. It's about dreams, and having the courage to chase them. It's about what entrepreneurs need to succeed--and what they contribute to the Canadian economy. The impossible dream that starts in someone's basement can grow into a business that feeds families, drives growth and innovation, and makes our country a better place. We've seen it time and again on Dragons' Den.

It's been an incredible privilege to meet entrepreneurs from all over Canada, ranging in age from 6 to 86. They've brought comedy acts, drama, animals, food, props and crazy gimmicks to the Den, which makes for great television; but above all else they've bared their hearts and souls, their passion for and commitment to their own business ideas. Week after week, they've reminded me that success isn't really about achieving your dreams--it's about having the courage to pursue them in the first place. (Though I'm not going to lie: achieving them is pretty great, too.)

I know all about dreams. The opportunity to be a Dragon has made some of mine come true. But I still have some big dreams, ones I want and need to chase. Soon, I'll be ready to spell out more about what's next for me, but now is not the time. It's the time to express my heartfelt gratitude. To the CBC, for giving me this amazing opportunity, and to our crew, which is the best anywhere. To all (yes, all!) my fellow Dragons, past and present, for their hard work and for challenging me to be my best. To all the entrepreneurs who braved the Den, for the inspiration. And to our viewers, whose loyalty and encouragement meant and still mean the world to me.

I know CBC will find a great new Dragon to fill my chair. I'll be watching, and I hope you will, too.​

Tags: blog, arlene dickinson, entertainment, entrepreneurs, dragons den, den

Michael W Palmer
February 14, 2015 at 9:22 am
Great run Arlene - sad to see you leave the show but I know the time demand and commitment is huge.. Hope to catch-up in Calgary soon.. Best regards, Michael Palmer - Pace Wellness - Solves Strips - beyond the pill
Sister Catherine Yaskiw
February 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm
great privelge and honor to have brief encounter with you, i need to see you and so prayer and hope are big time for help to do that. Sister Catherine 416-462-3374. Please see me.
February 28, 2015 at 10:32 am
Best wishes on your new ventures! It's been a pleasure watching you and meeting you. You brought a sense to the show that 'heart' was as important to success as the numbers. We've learned a lot. Thanks!
Vicki ChamberlainPolson
March 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm
I have LOVED watching you Arlene and I will miss you! All the best to you in the future!
Joe Wasylyk
April 25, 2015 at 11:17 pm
Congrats Arlene for having the right stuff to help all Canadian entrepreneurs from 6-86 years old. As a Seniorpreneur I was amazed for example when you personally helped the 80+ entrepreneur who invented the ajustable wooden saw horse. As you know many 'older entrepreneurs' usually need some 'hands-on' help to get their invention idea properly designed, packaged and distributed in this very competitive marketplace. Let's hope that your efforts on Dragon's Den motivate more Seniorpreneus in Canada to take a risk and participate in the current 50+ entrepreneur movement that's happening around the World.
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