Arlene Dickinson Gives up her Chair on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

After eight seasons on CBC’s Dragons Den, Arlene Dickinson announced today that she’s leaving the show to pursue other business endeavours.

Dickinson announced the news on her blog:

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.

Dickinson goes on to hint at what she may be up to next.

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. Very soon, I’ll be ready to spell out what I’m working on, but now is not the time.

Last week David Chilton announced that he is also leaving the Dragons’ Den. Other former Dragons include entrepreneuer Kevin O’Leary, internet mogul Bruce Croxon, and investment banker W. Brett Wilson.

While the recent departure news is not a mass exodus, the only longstanding Dragon to remain next season will be Boston Pizza’s Jim Treliving who joined the cast in 2006.