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Kelowna's Lane Merrifield leaves the 'Dragons' Den'

Club Penguin co-creator Lane Merrifield of Kelowna is leaving the CBC TV show "Dragons' Den" after joining the show in 2018.
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April 22, 2021 - 3:49 PM

Two dragons are leaving the "Dragons' Den" including Club Penguin co-creator Lane Merrifield of Kelowna.

The co-creator of the online social network for kids is leaving the CBC television show to take a sabbatical and enjoy some time and travel adventures with his family, according to an announcement from CBC. Merrifield originally joined the dragons in 2018.

The announcement came shortly after he sold FreshGrade, a digital portfolio and assessment platform used by teachers across Canada, for $30 million USD to a California company

READ MORE: Kelowna's Club Penguin co-founder Lane Merrifield new Dragon on Dragons’ Den

“From building a safe digital world in Club Penguin to capturing their learning with FreshGrade, my ventures have always been inspired by my kids,” Lane said in the announcement. “Now as I exit my latest company and both my kids prepare to leave home for school in the fall, it’s time to enjoy this season with them. I’m thankful for my experience on the show and excited for the many adventures to come.”

New dragon Wes Hall, founder and executive chairman of Kingsdale Advisors and founder and chairman of The BlackNorth Initiative, comes onboard for show's 16th season.

Hall joins Arlene Dickinson, Michele Romanow, Manjit Minhas and Vincenzo Guzzo, as longtime dragons Jim Treliving and Merrifield depart.

After 15 seasons, Treliving plans to focus on his role as chairman of Boston Pizza International, in addition to remaining active with his other commitments as a business advisor, investor, entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist.


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