Joe Mimran joins ‘Dragon’s Den’

Just a few days after announcing his departure from his namesake fashion retail line, Joe Fresh, Canadian design mogul Joe Mimran has a new gig – as the newest member of the CBC’s hit reality show Dragon’s Den.

"I'm thrilled to join Dragons' Den, one of the most entertaining and dynamic shows on television," he said in a statement. "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.”

Joe is joining Dragon's Den after announcing his departure from Joe Fresh. Photo © Getty

"We're thrilled to welcome Joe Mimran to 'Dragons' Den,'" said Jennifer Dettman, who is the executive director of at CBC’s unscripted content. "Joe is a giant in fashion retail in this country. As the brains behind some of Canada's most successful brands, [Joe Fresh, Club Monaco, Alfred Sung and Caban] he's a welcome addition to the Den."

Exclusive: At home with Joe Mimran and Kimberly Newport-Mimran

Joe, 62, surprised fans this week when he announced that he was leaving his post at the helm of his successful Loblaw clothing line to focus on his family.

“I’ve been doing it for 10 years,” he told the Toronto Star, “and I’ve been looking to relax a little bit and enjoy my home in Palm Beach, my wife and kids” - his wife being Pink Tartan designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran.

Joe and his wife, Kimberly Newport-Mimran. Photo © Getty

Now, however, it seems that the designer will have just a few short weeks of repose before filming begins for season 10 next month. The new season is slated to air in the fall.

Earlier this year, longtime Dragon Arelen Dickinson announced she would be giving up her seat on the panel after eight seasons, while finance guru David Chilton also revealed he would not be returning. There's been no word yet on who will fill the last spot.

“I look forward to working with the other Dragons, hearing some great pitches and hopefully bringing the next great Canadian business idea to life,” said Joe.

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