Calgary-born distillery owner Manjit Minhas, 34, and Toronto-based Buytopia.ca co-founder Michele Romanow, 29, will join the cast of the hit CBC show for season 10, rounding out the panel of five investors.
Manjit Minhas, Michele Romanow and Joe Mimran join Dragon's Den. Photo: CBC/Getty
Viewers are heralding the fresh, new casting as a step in the right direction, as producers try to appeal to younger audiences. In the show’s history, only two dragons have ever been women and the average age of the panel on the current season is 57.
Joe, Manjit and Michele are replacing three former dragons who had previously publicized their departure.
Communications expert Arlene Dickinson and personal finance guru David Chilton both announced they were leaving the show in February, while Chef Vikram Vij recently confirmed that he would not be returning for another season so he could focus on his frozen foods business.
"The dragons are really critical absolutely to the show, but it's bigger than that,” said Jennifer Dettman, the executive director of unscripted content at CBC. “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."
Fan favourties Jim Treliving and Michael Wekerle will return for the new episodes, which are scheduled to air in Fall 2015.