November 09, 2022

Belleville, ON, Nov. 9, 2022 – On Dec. 1, Loyalist College invites the Bay of Quinte community to attend a fireside chat with Arlene Dickinson, esteemed entrepreneur and star of the hit TV show, Dragons’ Den. 

“Loyalist College is thrilled to open its doors to the community and host one of the most vibrant minds in Canadian entrepreneurship,” said Mark Kirkpatrick, Acting President of Loyalist College. “Ms. Dickinson’s fireside chat will mark the inaugural installment of the Loyalist College Speaker Series. This is a chance for students, Loyalist College employees and residents of the Bay of Quinte region to come together on campus to be inspired by the leaders, innovators and disruptors who shape our world.”  

Arlene Dickinson is the General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund focused on helping to market, fund, and grow entrepreneurs and their companies in the food and health space. A three-time best-selling author and accomplished public speaker, Dickinson is widely recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist on CBC’s award-winning series, Dragons’ Den. Ms. Dickinson’s leadership has been recognized through countless awards and honours, including the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. She served as an Honorary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy for many years.  

Register and purchase your ticket for $10 starting Monday, Nov. 14. Submit your question for Arlene on the event registration page for the Q-and-A period. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Loyalist College Foundation to support awards, bursaries and student scholarships. 

About Loyalist College

Loyalist College is located on the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, and the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge our shared obligation to respect, honour, and sustain these lands and the natural resources contained within. Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist College offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $396.3 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2021 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit  

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Braden Root-McCaig 
Director of Marketing and Communications