CBC’s new competition series “Canada’s Smartest Person” has narrowed down the field to 32 remarkable Canadians who will put themselves to the test, squaring off every episode for their chance to take home the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person.”
Each week, Jessi Cruickshank, along with co-host Jeff Douglas, will guide viewers through the hour-long competition series, which explores how Canadians are smart, based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each episode four competitors go head-to-head in a series of entertaining and revealing challenges that test six areas of intelligence: linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical, with one winner advancing to the championship finale. Then, in the climactic season finale, the eight weekly finalists will battle it out to claim the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person.”
Hailing from the east to the west coast and everywhere in between, this diverse group of Canadians range from 16 to 71 years old and includes an artist, scientist, fire fighter and musician to name a few, each demonstrating that intelligence is about much more than IQ. Here’s the list of this season’s competitors:
· Yahaya Baruwa, 26, author and entrepreneur from Toronto, ON
· Alisia Bonnick, 20, novelist and psychology student from Stouffville,ON
· Max Cameron, 31, fighter pilot from Calgary, AB
· Brian Charbonneau, 33, drag artist and screenwriter from Sainte- Geneviève, QC
· Alea Ciecko, 23, psychiatric nursing student from Winnipeg, MB
· Mith Das, 29, copywriter from Toronto, ON
· Daryl Dillman, 24, orthopedic surgery resident from Cole Harbour, N.S.
· JP Doiron, 30, cheese salesman from North Rustico, P.E.I.
· Brent Hayden, 30, Olympian, private swim coach, and photographer from Vancouver, B.C
· Dipna Horra, 39, audio-visual artist from Ottawa, ON
· Jennifer Hurd, 21, doctorate student from Ottawa, ON
· Cat Jahnke, 33, musician from Winnipeg, MB
· Rhiannon Jones, 30, stay-at-home mom from Chilliwack, B.C.
· Kaveh Kavoosi, 27, doctor from Aurora, ON
· Roselyn Kelada-Sedra, 30, actor and law student from Toronto, ON
· Kate LaFrance, 28, middle school teacher from Fredericton, N.B.
· Braden Lauer, 22, law student from Vancouver, B.C.
· Victoria Leenders-Cheng, 33, magazine editor from Montreal, QC
· Kiel Lemmen, 31, high school teacher from Port Coquitlam, B.C.
· Johnny MacRae, 27, poet from North Vancouver, B.C.
· Melanie Martin, 40, physicist and associate professor of physics and,radiology from Winnipeg, MB
· George Millar, 71, teacher from Edmonton, AB
· Nader Nadernejad, 16, high school student from Peterborough, ON
· Nick Nickerson, 49, retired naval communicator and cryptographer from Merrickville,ON
· Norm Odjick, 42, Algonquin Nation tribal council director general from Anishinabeg, QC
· Lisa Preston, 39, radio host from Mississauga, ON
· Mary Rose, 39, Ayurvedic cleaner from Victoria, B.C.
· Chris Sensenig, 37, master electrician from Welland, ON
· Tova Sherman, 52, CEO from Bedford, N.S.
· Ellen Snider, 48, executive director from Quispamsis, N.B.
· Albert Tam, 25, MBA candidate and arts administrator from Woodbridge, ON
· Chris Tessaro, 51, firefighter and poker player from Mississauga, ON
The special two-hour season premiere of “Canada’s Smartest Person” is on Sunday, September 28th at 8pm.
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