March 16th, 2012

Viewers can go head-to-head with some of the country’s top minds, playing online in real time when CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON airs on CBC Television on Sunday, March 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).

Hosted by award-winning comedian and star of CBC Television’s MR. D., Gerry Dee, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is a groundbreaking two-hour television special that will reveal that there is more to intelligence than having a high IQ score or being a whiz at math or trivia.

Want to know how you measure up against the competitors? The CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON App is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Viewers can also experience CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON online at

Drawing on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, this unique play-along experience allows viewers to test their own wits during the broadcast. Viewers can see how they compare to the four participants in studio competing for the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, as well as family members and friends.

Airing on Sunday, March 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will feature Hamilton Tiger Cats offensive linesman, Peter Dyakowski; high school science teacher, Dr. Marshall Carroll; 23-year-old student and gamer, Laura Suen; and spoken word poet, Greg Frankson participating in a series of fun and spectacular challenges aimed at testing six areas of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The person who proves that they have the most versatile smarts will earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will also feature a lineup of special guest appearances by Arlene Dickinson (DRAGONS’ DEN), comedians Naomi Sniekus and Matt Baram, and more!

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON viewers can prepare for the broadcast by taking a “How Are You Smart?” Facebook test designed to identify primary and secondary intelligence strengths. Users can share their “intelligence identity” on social media platforms and invite others to take the test as well. ‘Like’ the show at or follow us on Twitter for more information.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is an original Media Headquarters production produced in association with CBC Television and with the participation of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund. Created by Robert Cohen, executive producers are Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen. Louise Wood is the producer and Jonas Diamond from Smiley Guy Studios is the digital producer.


Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard University, pioneered the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983. The theory proposes all humans have several kinds of intelligence that reflect different ways of interacting with the world and solving problems. Each person has a unique combination or profile of intelligences. Today, the application of multiple intelligence theory is widely embraced around the world and has had a significant impact in the realms of education, work and personal achievement.


Media Headquarters is an internationally award-winning independent production company founded in 1999 by brother-sister team Robert Cohen and Shari Cohen. Recognized for producing high-quality and innovative programming for worldwide markets, the company’s diverse slate includes factual, dramatic, documentary and children’s programming. For more information visit


CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

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