New Dragon Wes Hall, and departing Dragons Jim Treliving and Lane Merrifield.

Your first look at the Dragons for Season 16

The news is out: a new Dragon will enter the Den for Season 16 of Dragons' Den!

Wes Hall, founder and executive chairman of Kingsdale Advisors and founder and chairman of The BlackNorth Initiative, brings a diverse range of expertise to the Den. Recently named to Maclean’s Power List ranking of the 50 most powerful people in Canada, Hall is an innovator and entrepreneur who is revered as one of Canada’s preeminent power brokers.

Wes joins Arlene Dickinson, Michele Romanow, Manjit Minhas and Vincenzo Guzzo, as beloved longtime Dragon Jim Treliving and virtual game changer Lane Merrifield depart the Den. After 15 seasons and an incredible history of betting on winners, Jim 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.

"I have so much gratitude for the production team at CBC. As the first Dragon signed to the show, I have been so fortunate to have developed great friendships with my fellow Dragons and CBC staff,” said Jim. “To the viewers of the show, I can’t thank you enough for your support and kindness over the years.”

Having recently sold his latest venture FreshGrade to the California company behind the world’s largest network of Montessori schools, Lane has decided to take a sabbatical and enjoy some time and travel adventures with his family.

“From building a safe digital world in Club Penguin to capturing their learning with FreshGrade, my ventures have always been inspired by my kids,” said Lane. “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.”

Once a Dragon, always a Dragon — and while we will miss them in the Den, we look forward to seeing what they do next.