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You left your baby, Joe Fresh, in March, and you’ll become a Dragon this fall. Why the switch?
CBC asked me several times over the years, but I never had the time until now. And when you’ve been in the spotlight for as long as I have, there’s a shock effect when it’s over. Dragons’ Den is a great way to keep my profile up.
What’s the filming process like?
Gruelling. It’s 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with one hour for lunch, for four weeks solid.
And you’re required to wear the same outfit throughout. What’s that like?
It’s fashion purgatory! It’s like Jean-Paul Sartre’s world, where there are no mirrors. It’s my personal hell.
How long did it take to settle on the dark suit and blue tie combo?
Not too long. It’s a classic style. I didn’t want to look flamboyant or like a carny.
On the show, Jim Treliving is the veteran, Mike Wekerle is the wild man, newbie Michele Romanow is the techie, and Manjit Minhas, another newbie, is the sweetheart. Where do you fit in?
I’m the velvet fist: even-keeled, high tolerance for nonsense, but when I reach my boiling point, it’s not pretty.
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