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CBC CROWNS BRADEN LAUER OF VANCOUVER, BC AS CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON

November 23rd, 2014

Braden Lauer comes out on top in the season finale against seven other finalists for the coveted title of Canada’s Smartest Person

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

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November 23, 2014 – CBC’s CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, the number one new Canadian series this fall, has crowned Braden Lauer of Vancouver, BC with the coveted title of ‘Canada’s Smartest Person.’ Lauer emerged victorious in tonight’s two-hour season finale, beating out the seven remaining finalists in a series of all-new intelligence tests. The 22 year-old is in his second year of law school at the University of British Columbia.

Lauer has never paid a cent for his education, having received five different academic scholarships. He is on the board of the UBC Law Student’s Society and volunteers at Pro Bono Students Canada, an organization that provides free legal advice to those in need. In his free time, Lauer is an avid tarot card reader, a gift he sees as a marker of strong intuition.

“Being on Canada’s Smartest Person has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” says Lauer. “I hope winning the title inspires students and young people in the country to pursue their goals with passion and determination.”

Over the past nine weeks, Canadians across the country have been able to engage in real-time with the series’ unique intelligence tests and develop their own personal intelligence profile using the ground-breaking Canada’s Smartest Person app, brought to you in part by SUBWAY® Restaurants. The interactive experience has been a momentous success, with over 180,000 downloads it is CBC’s most downloaded interactive television app.  It also boasts over one million individual completed intelligence tests and over 6.6 million page views.

Based on nine weeks of competition on the app, Waterloo, ON has emerged as the country’s smartest city, and P.E.I. takes the title of the Canada’s smartest province.

The digital app generated compelling findings about Canada’s intelligence that were revealed in the finale, including:

• On the app and online, men outperformed women in the linguistic intelligence tests, which contrasts with scientific studies that suggest women have superior language and communication skills.

• Women excelled in social intelligence tests, scoring 6 percentage points higher than men overall with an average score of 62 points versus 56 points for men. Scientific literature has shown women display greater emotional awareness and this may factor into the point difference.

• In musical intelligence, Alberta emerged with the highest musical strength averaging 76 points across all music intelligence tests, while P.E.I. scored the lowest in this category with an average of 65 points.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Canada’s Smartest Person, produced by production company Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. This original Canadian series, developed by Media Headquarters and CBC, is an international as well as domestic success, with the format being acquired to date in five different countries.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About Konrad Group

Konrad Group is a global leader in the enterprise and consumer technology space. We provide consulting, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 20 million people in 50 countries around the globe. For more information visit  www.konradgroup.com

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, THE NUMBER ONE NEW CANADIAN SERIES THIS FALL, WRAPS WITH HIGHLY ANTICIPATED TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE

November 18th, 2014

Featuring special guest appearances by Canadian opera singer Measha Brueggergosman

and The Honourable Bob Rae

Canadians can participate in the epic season finale, using the Canada’s Smartest Person app

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

November 18, 2014 – CBC’s CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON takes the title of Canada’s number one new Canadian series this fall, with almost one in four Canadians tuning into the exciting competition series.

Don’t miss out on the action, as the series wraps its successful season with an action packed two-hour finale on Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).

Over the last eight weeks, 32 remarkable Canadians have gone head-to-head in unique challenges based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences that prove there’s more to being smart than having a high IQ or being a trivia buff. In the season finale, eight finalists return to put their smarts on the line in a series of all-new spectacular intelligence challenges. Only one will walk away with the coveted title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

The finalists represent the many ways you can be smart and represent a diverse cross-section of Canadians. They are:

Albert Tam, an MBA Candidate, from of Woodbridge, ON

Chris Tessaro, a Firefighter from Mississauga, ON

Mith Das, a Copywriter from Toronto, ON

Victoria Leenders-Cheng, a Magazine Editor from Montreal, QC

Max Cameron, a Fighter Pilot from Calgary, AB

Daryl Dillman, an Orthopedic Surgery Resident from Cole Harbour, NS

Johnny MacRae, a Poet from of North Vancouver, BC

Braden Lauer, a Law Student from Vancouver, BC

Viewers will once again be able to participate in the intelligence tests in real time, using the ground-breaking Canada’s Smartest Person app brought to you in part by SUBWAY® Restaurants. With over 180,000 downloads to date, and nearly one million individual intelligence tests taken, the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app has been a momentous success engaging with viewers across the country.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Canada’s Smartest Person, produced by Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. The made-in-Canada original competitive reality format is a global success that has been acquired to date in five territories for international versions.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON digital companion app:
Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON interactive app, available now for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson. Tune in to the broadcast and play along in real time with each of the challenges. Compare personal results to the series’ competitors and other at-home players across the country. During the week, users can sharpen their skills with special bonus challenges.  Share results on Facebook and Twitter @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About Konrad Group

Konrad Group is a global leader in the enterprise and consumer technology space. We provide consulting, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 20 million people in 50 countries around the globe. For more information visit  www.konradgroup.com

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON ANNOUNCES BRADEN LAUER OF VANCOUVER, BC AS THIS WEEK’S WINNER

November 16th, 2014

Tune-in next week for the ultimate intelligence showdown as the eight weekly winners compete in a special two-hour season finale to see who will be crowned CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON

Featuring special guest appearances by Canadian soprano artist Measha Brueggergosman and The Honourable Bob Rae

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

Tweet this release: http://tiny.cc/sk6fpx

November 16, 2014 – This week’s winner on CBC’s competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is 22-year-old law student Braden Lauer of Vancouver, BC. He is the final participant who will go onto compete in the epic two-hour season finale on Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), where one competitor will be crowned CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

Lauer, is a second year law student at the University of British Columbia. He describes himself as “Einstein meets Sherlock Holmes” and is determined to leave a mark on society equal to the contributions of his idols. He is a stand-out scholar, being the recipient of five different scholarships and has yet to finance a penny towards his education. Currently, he acts as the director of finance for the UBC Law Student’s Society and volunteers at Pro Bono Students Canada, an organization that provides free legal advice to those who aren’t able to afford an attorney. In his free time, he is an avid tarot card reader and attributes his strong intuition to helping guide his readings.

Lauer will join poet Johnny MacRae of North Vancouver, orthopedic surgery resident Daryl Dillman of Cole Harbour, NS, fighter-pilot Max Cameron of Calgary, AB, magazine editor Victoria Leenders-Cheng of Montreal, QC, copywriter Mith Das of Toronto, ON, firefighter Chris Tessaro of Mississauga, ON and Albert Tam of Woodbridge, ON in the final face-off as they battle it out in the season finale to take home the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

At the time of issuing, Canadians engaging with the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, brought to you in part by SUBWAY® Restaurants, live with the show revealed:

The top cities are Waterloo, ON with average score of 77.6 points, Georgetown, ON with 73.4 points and Tignish, PEI with 72.5 points.

In the battle of the ages youths 2 to 17 years-old are tied with 18 to 49 years-old averaging 57.6 points across the evening challenges with 50 years and over close behind with 46.5 points.

Between the genders, males come out on top tonight with an average of 57.2 points and females follow with an average 55.8 points.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, keep interacting live with the show as you can determine the final leader board standings while also potentially seeing your name on the broadcast as you show us how you are smart.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Canada’s Smartest Person, produced by Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. Whether it’s using social smarts to detect if a person is telling the truth; musical smarts to play a one-of-a-kind instrument; or logical smarts to work your way through a maze of laser beams, the challenges are fun, mind-bending and ever-changing over all nine episodes.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON digital companion app:
Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON interactive app, available now for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson. Tune in to the broadcast and play along in real time with each of the challenges. Compare personal results to the series’ competitors and other at-home players across the country. During the week, users can sharpen their skills with special bonus challenges.  Share results on Facebook and Twitter @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About Konrad Group

Konrad Group is a global leader in the enterprise and consumer technology space. We provide consulting, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 20 million people in 50 countries around the globe. For more information visit  www.konradgroup.com

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON ANNOUNCES JOHNNY MACRAE OF NORTH VANCOUVER, BC AS THIS WEEK’S WINNER

November 9th, 2014

Next week’s PARTICIPANTS REVEALED alongside special guest appearance by Canadian actor Jason Priestley

Canadians can test their intelligence with CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person app, available for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

Tweet this release: http://cbc.sh/EMHtOWE

November 9, 2014 – This week’s winner on CBC’s competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is 27-year-old poet Johnny MacRae, of North Vancouver, BC.

MacRae is one of the top spoken word poets in the country. He tours Canada as part of the storytelling duo, 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, performing their hit psychedelic talk opera, The Anthropocalypse. A natural performer and competitor, MacRae has taken home top honours at both the Canadian Improv Games and the Canadian Underground Poetry Slam (or ‘Undies’) and holds an English Honours degree from the University of British Columbia. MacRae believes in doing what you’re passionate about and embracing the unconventional, he brings his skills to the school system as a coach and workshop facilitator in the arts, working with students to explore writing and poetry in unique ways.

MacRae will join, orthopedic surgery resident Darryl Dillman of Cole Harbour, NS, fighter-pilot Max Cameron of Calgary, AB, magazine editor Victoria Leenders-Cheng of Montreal, QC, copywriter Mith Das of Toronto, ON, firefighter Chris Tessaro of Mississauga, ON and Albert Tam of Woodbridge, ON in the series finale later this fall as they battle it out to take home the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

Tune in on Sunday, November 16, as the final finalist is crowned when a law student, psychiatric nursing student, audio-visual artists and a bronze medal Olympian compete in six revealing intelligence challenges that go beyond your average IQ test or trivia quiz to earn the title of  “Canada’s Smartest Person”.

Meet the participants:

Braden Lauer, a 22-year-old law student from Vancouver, BC

Alea Ciecko, a 23-year-old psychiatric nursing student from Winnipeg, MB

Dipna Horra, a 39-year-old audio-visual artist from Ottawa, ON

Brent Hayden, a 30-year-old Olympian, private swim coach and photographer from Vancouver, BC

Each week, hosts Jessi Cruickshank (@jessi) and Jeff Douglas (@IAmJeffDouglas) guide viewers through the hour-long competition series, as four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience. Each participant must demonstrate their competency in the categories of linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical intelligence in order the claim the title of Canada’s Smartest Person.

At the time of issuing, Canadians engaging with the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, brought to you in part by SUBWAY® Restaurants, live with the show revealed:

This week, the cities with the top average scores are Waterloo, ON with 54 points, Miramichi, NB with 49 points and Keswick, ON with 47 points.

In the gender split men scored an average of 36.4 points across all challenges and scored highest in visual and physical intelligence. Females averaged 29.2 points across all challenges and scored highest in linguistic and social intelligence this week.

Youths take the lead with under 18 years-old scoring an average of 34.8 points over the evening challenges, 18 years-old and over followed close behind with an average of 32.2 points and those fifty years –old and over averaged 26 points across the evening challenges.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, keep interacting live with the show as you can determine the final leader board standings while also potentially seeing your name on the broadcast as you show us how you are smart.

In between broadcast dates, Canadians can challenge their friends, family and co-workers to new challenges daily through the Canada’s Smartest Person App.  Keep challenging yourself and watch as your intelligence profile develops.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Canada’s Smartest Person, produced by Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. Whether it’s using social smarts to detect if a person is telling the truth; musical smarts to play a one-of-a-kind instrument; or logical smarts to work your way through a maze of laser beams, the challenges are fun, mind-bending and ever-changing over all nine episodes.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON digital companion app:
Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON interactive app, available now for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson. Tune in to the broadcast and play along in real time with each of the challenges. Compare personal results to the series’ competitors and other at-home players across the country. During the week, users can sharpen their skills with special bonus challenges.  Share results on Facebook and Twitter @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About Konrad Group

Konrad Group is a global leader in the enterprise and consumer technology space. We provide consulting, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 20 million people in 50 countries around the globe. For more information visit  www.konradgroup.com

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON ANNOUNCES DARYL DILLMAN OF COLE HARBOUR, NS AS THIS WEEK’S WINNER

November 2nd, 2014

Next week’s PARTICIPANTS REVEALED alongside special guest appearance by Canadian rapper, record producer and actor Wes Williams

Canadians can test their intelligence with CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person app, available for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson.

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

Tweet this release: http://cbc.sh/YUM0JYC

November 2, 2014 – This week’s winner on CBC’s competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is 24-year-old orthopedic surgery resident Daryl Dillman, of Cole Harbour, NS.

Dillman is only 24 years-old, but already has an extraordinary list of achievements to his name. He completed medical school at 23 years-old and now is Atlantic Canada’s youngest surgeon. In his spare time he is a competitive power-lifter and his athletic prowess also allowed him to play hockey in the Canada Games. Dillman has a competitive spirit and views learning as a sport. He is grateful to his mother, for giving up her career to homeschool him and credits his family for providing the solid foundation needed to help him become the accomplished person he is today.

Dillman will join fighter-pilot Max Cameron of Calgary, AB, magazine editor Victoria Leenders-Cheng of Montreal, QC, copywriter Mith Das of Toronto, ON, firefighter Chris Tessaro of Mississauga, ON and Albert Tam of Woodbridge, ON in the series finale later this fall as they battle it out to take home the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

Tune in on Sunday, November 9, as a poet, executive director, master electrician and a high school student compete in six revealing intelligence challenges that go beyond your average IQ test or trivia quiz to earn the title of  “Canada’s Smartest Person.”

Meet the participants:

•                Johnny MacRae, a 27-year-old poet from Vancover, BC

•                Ellen Snider, a 48-year-old executive director from Quispamsis, NB

•                Chris Sensenig, a 37-year-old master electrician from Welland, ON

•                Nader Nadernejad, a 16-year-old student from Peterborough, ON

Each week, hosts Jessi Cruickshank (@jessi) and Jeff Douglas (@IAmJeffDouglas) guide viewers through the hour-long competition series, as four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience. Each participant must demonstrate their competency in the categories of linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical intelligence in order the claim the title of Canada’s Smartest Person.

At the time of issuing, Canadians engaging with the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, brought to you in part by SUBWAY® Restaurants, live with the show revealed:

This week, topping the national leaderboard is Alex Manea from Waterloo, ON, Randy Oram from Glovertown, NFLD and Thomás Shea from St. John’s, NFLD.

The top cities include St. Catharines, ON, Florenceville, NB, Ancaster, ON, Brockville, ON and Oakville, ON.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, keep interacting live with the show as you can determine the final leader board standings while also potentially seeing your name on the broadcast as you show us how you are smart.

In between broadcast dates, Canadians can challenge their friends, family and co-workers to new challenges daily through the Canada’s Smartest Person App.  Keep challenging yourself and watch as your intelligence profile develops.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Canada’s Smartest Person, produced by Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. Whether it’s using social smarts to detect if a person is telling the truth; musical smarts to play a one-of-a-kind instrument; or logical smarts to work your way through a maze of laser beams, the challenges are fun, mind-bending and ever-changing over all nine episodes.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON digital companion app:
Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON interactive app, available now for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson. Tune in to the broadcast and play along in real time with each of the challenges. Compare personal results to the series’ competitors and other at-home players across the country. During the week, users can sharpen their skills with special bonus challenges.  Share results on Facebook and Twitter @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About Konrad Group

Konrad Group is a global leader in the enterprise and consumer technology space. We provide consulting, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 20 million people in 50 countries around the globe. For more information visit  www.konradgroup.com

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON ANNOUNCES MAX CAMERON OF CALGARY, AB AS THIS WEEK’S WINNER

October 26th, 2014

Next week’s PARTICIPANTS REVEALED alongside special guest appearance model and actress Shannon Tweed

Canadians can test their intelligence with CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person app, available for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson.

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

Tweet this release: http://cbc.sh/qnb653V

October 26, 2014 – This week’s winner on CBC’s competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is 31-year-old fighter pilot Max Cameron, of Calgary, AB.

Cameron wanted to be a fighter pilot since he was a child. To bring his dream to life, he studied Aviation Technology at Selkirk College, received a Bachelor Degree at the University of Fraser Valley, and a Masters of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He now works as an F-18 pilot, one of the nation’s deadliest aircrafts. Cameron loves living on the edge with his high-adrenaline career, and often describes having an office at 30, 000 ft as “Awesome.” His exciting career and strong education provided him with a playground to practice all of the intelligences and helped give him the confidence to win tonight’s episode.

Cameron will join magazine editor Victoria Leenders-Cheng of Montreal, QC, copywriter Mith Das of Toronto, ON, firefighter Chris Tessaro of Mississauga, ON and Albert Tam of Woodbridge, ON in the series finale later this fall as they battle it out to take home the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

Tune in on Sunday, November 2, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) as a drag artist/screenwriter, orthopedic surgery resident, teacher and a retired navy communicator compete in six revealing intelligence challenges that go beyond your average IQ test or trivia quiz to earn the title of  “Canada’s Smartest Person”. Plus,  actress and model Shannon Tweed makes a special guest appearance.

Meet the participants:

Brian Charbonneau, a 33-year-old drag artist and screenwriter from Sainte-Geneviève, QC

Daryl Dillman, a 24-year-old orthopedic surgery resident from Cole Harbour, NS

Kate LaFrance, a 28-year-old teacher from Fredericton, NB

Nick Nickerson, a 49-year-old retired navy communicator and cryptographer from Merrickville, ON

Each week, hosts Jessi Cruickshank (@jessi) and Jeff Douglas (@IAmJeffDouglas) guide viewers through the hour-long competition series, as four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience. Each participant must demonstrate their competency in the categories of linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical intelligence in order the claim the title of Canada’s Smartest Person.

At the time of issuing, Canadians engaging with the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, brought to you in part by SUBWAY® Restaurants, live with the show revealed:

Tonight’s leading cities are Cambridge, ON, Owen Sound, ON and Saint John, NB.

In the battle of the ages, 18 to 49 years-old take the lead scoring an average of 60 points over the evening’s challenges, followed closely by those under 18 years-old who averaged 59 points and those 50 years-old and over averaging 50 points across tonight’s challenges.

This week, Canadians excel in physical intelligence with visual intelligence coming in as a close second.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, keep interacting live with the show as you can determine the final leader board standings while also potentially seeing your name on the broadcast as you show us how you are smart.

In between broadcast dates, Canadians can challenge their friends, family and co-workers to new challenges daily through the Canada’s Smartest Person App.  Keep challenging yourself and watch as your intelligence profile develops.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Canada’s Smartest Person, produced by Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. Whether it’s using social smarts to detect if a person is telling the truth; musical smarts to play a one-of-a-kind instrument; or logical smarts to work your way through a maze of laser beams, the challenges are fun, mind-bending and ever-changing over all nine episodes.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON digital companion app:
Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON interactive app, available now for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson. Tune in to the broadcast and play along in real time with each of the challenges. Compare personal results to the series’ competitors and other at-home players across the country. During the week, users can sharpen their skills with special bonus challenges.  Share results on Facebook and Twitter @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About Konrad Group

Konrad Group is a global leader in the enterprise and consumer technology space. We provide consulting, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 20 million people in 50 countries around the globe. For more information visit  www.konradgroup.com

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON ANNOUNCES VICTORIA LEENDERS-CHENG OF MONTREAL, QC AS THIS WEEK’S WINNER

October 19th, 2014

Next week’s PARTICIPANTS REVEALED alongside special guest appearance by Bonnie Brooks, vice chairman of Hudson’s Bay Company

Canadians can test their intelligence with CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person app, available for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson.

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

Tweet this release: http://cbc.sh/mP8PZEE

October 19, 2014 – This week’s winner on CBC’s competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is 33-year-old magazine editor Victoria Leenders-Cheng, of Montreal, QC.

Leenders-Cheng is a ‘jill of all trades’ as a busy mother of two, a full-time editor of McGill Law School’s Alumni magazine, a classically trained musician, and an accomplished athlete.  Her wide range of abilities is what made her a top threat this week as she wins a spot in the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON season finale.

Leenders-Cheng will join copywriter Mith Das of Toronto, ON, firefighter Chris Tessaro of Mississauga, ON and Albert Tam of Woodbridge, ON in the series finale later this fall as they battle it out to take home the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

Tune in on Sunday, October 26 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) as a fighter pilot, a musician, a doctor and a PhD student compete in six revealing intelligence challenges that go beyond the average IQ test or trivia quiz. Plus, there will be a special guest appearance by Bonnie Brooks, vice chairman of Hudson’s Bay Company.


Meet next week’s participants:

  • Max Cameron, a 31-year-old fighter pilot from Calgary, AB
  • Cat Jahnke, a 33-year-old musician from Winnipeg, MB
  • Kaveh Kavoosi, a 27-year-old doctor from Aurora, ON
  • Jennifer Hurd, a 21-year-old doctorate student from Ottawa, ON

Each week, hosts Jessi Cruickshank (@jessi) and Jeff Douglas (@IAmJeffDouglas) guide viewers through the hour-long competition series, as four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience. Each participant must demonstrate their competency in the categories of linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical intelligence in order the claim the title of Canada’s Smartest Person.

At the time of issuing, Canadians engaging with the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, brought to you in part by SUBWAY® Restaurants, live with the show revealed:

This week, St. John’s, NFLD comes out on top with the highest average score across the evening challenges averaging 78 overall, followed by Elmira and Alliston, ON who tied for second place with an average score of 77 and Carleton, ON and Hammonds Plains, NS in third with an average of 74.

Taking the lead for average score across the ages are 18 to 49 year olds with an average of 55, followed by youth (18 and under) at 48 and 50 and over close behind averaging 49 for tonight’s challenges.

This week’s data shows that 18 years old and younger are more visually intelligent; whereas 18 to 49 years old are stronger in physical intelligence and those fifty and over dominant in logically intelligence.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, keep interacting live with the show as you can determine the final leader board standings while also potentially seeing your name on the broadcast as you show us how you are smart.

In between broadcast dates, Canadians can challenge their friends, family and co-workers to new challenges daily through the Canada’s Smartest Person App.  Keep challenging yourself and watch as your intelligence profile develops.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Canada’s Smartest Person, produced by Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. Whether it’s using social smarts to detect if a person is telling the truth; musical smarts to play a one-of-a-kind instrument; or logical smarts to work your way through a maze of laser beams, the challenges are fun, mind-bending and ever-changing over all nine episodes.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON digital companion app:
Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON interactive app, available now for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson. Tune in to the broadcast and play along in real time with each of the challenges. Compare personal results to the series’ competitors and other at-home players across the country. During the week, users can sharpen their skills with special bonus challenges.  Share results on Facebook and Twitter @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About Konrad Group

Konrad Group is a global leader in the enterprise and consumer technology space. We provide consulting, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 20 million people in 50 countries around the globe. For more information visit  www.konradgroup.com

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON ANNOUNCES COPYWRITER MITH DAS OF TORONTO, ON AS THIS WEEK’S WINNER

October 12th, 2014

Next week’s PARTICIPANTS REVEALED alongside special guest appearance by renowned choreographer Sean Cheesman

Canadians can test their intelligence with CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person app, available for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson.

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

Tweet this release: http://cbc.sh/QOxwHVf

October 12, 2014 – This week’s winner on CBC’s ground-breaking competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is 29-year-old copywriter Mith Das (@TheManTheMith), of Toronto, ON.

Mith Das describes himself as a “geeky guy with a creative side”, which is evident from his diverse background of interests. The former competitive figure skater, grew up thinking he would pursue a career in the sciences, but his creative side took over when he decided to leave his research job in a neurophysiology lab and try a more creative career in advertising, where he currently works today.

Das will join firefighter Chris Tessaro of Mississauga, ON and Albert Tam of Woodbridge, ON in the series finale later this fall as they battle it out to take home the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

Tune in on Sunday, October 19 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) as an entrepreneur, teacher, ayurvedic cleaner and a magazine editor compete in six revealing intelligence challenges that go beyond the average IQ test or trivia quiz. Plus, there will be a special guest appearance by world-renowned choreographer to the stars Sean Cheesman.

Meet next week’s participants:

  • Yahaya Baruwa, a 26-year-old author and entrepreneur from Toronto, ON
  • George Millar, a 71-year-old teacher from Edmonton, AB
  • Mary Rose, a 39-year-old ayurvedic cleaner from Victoria, BC
  • Victoria Leenders-Cheng, a 33-year-old magazine editor from Montreal, QC

Each week, hosts Jessi Cruickshank (@jessi) and Jeff Douglas (@IAmJeffDouglas) guide viewers through the hour-long competition series, as four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience. Each participant must demonstrate their competency in the categories of linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical intelligence in order the claim the title of Canada’s Smartest Person.

At the time of issuing, Canadians engaging with the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, brought to you in part by SUBWAY® Restaurants, live with the show revealed:

Tonight, Midland, ON was the highest scoring city during the Atlantic and Eastern broadcasts, with an average score of 78 percent over tonight’s challenges. Following close behind is Ancaster, ON with 76 percent and Summerside, P.E.I. with 70 percent.

Men hold the leading with an average score of 38 for tonight’s challenge with women just a few points behind averaging 34.

When it comes to the battle of the ages, it’s a tie between youths (under 18 years old) and adults (18 years and over) averaging 38 while those over 50 followed with 21.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, keep interacting live with the show as you can determine the final leader board standings while also potentially seeing your name on the broadcast as you show us how you are smart.

In between broadcast dates, Canadians can challenge their friends, family and co-workers to new challenges daily through the Canada’s Smartest Person App.  Keep challenging yourself and watch as your intelligence profile develops.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Canada’s Smartest Person, produced by Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. Whether it’s using social smarts to detect if a person is telling the truth; musical smarts to play a one-of-a-kind instrument; or logical smarts to work your way through a maze of laser beams, the challenges are fun, mind-bending and ever-changing over all nine episodes.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON digital companion app:
Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON interactive app, available now for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson. Tune in to the broadcast and play along in real time with each of the challenges. Compare personal results to the series’ competitors and other at-home players across the country. During the week, users can sharpen their skills with special bonus challenges.  Share results on Facebook and Twitter @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About Konrad Group

Konrad Group is a global leader in the enterprise and consumer technology space. We provide consulting, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 20 million people in 50 countries around the globe. For more information visit  www.konradgroup.com

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON ANNOUNCES FIREFIGHTER CHRIS TESSARO OF MISSISSAUGA, ON AS THIS WEEK’S WINNER

October 5th, 2014

Next week’s PARTICIPANTS REVEALED alongside head coach of the Canadian women’s soccer team John Herdman, who makes a special guest appearance

Canadians can test their intelligence with CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person app, available for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson.

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

Tweet this release: http://cbc.sh/WZfWzwc

October 5 2014 – CBC’s new ground-breaking competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON has crowned its second finalist of the season tonight– 51-year-old firefighter Chris Tessaro (@ChrisTessaro) from Mississauga, ON.

Tessaro is a father of two and member of the Toronto fire department’s Heavy Rescue Squad, a specialized unit that handles high-risk situations. In his free time, he is an accomplished poker player and aficionado, who is considered Canada’s leading poker journalist and wrote the country’s’ only syndicated newspaper column on the subject.

Tessaro will join Woodbridge, ON’s Albert Tam, winner of last week’s episode, in the series finale later this fall as they battle it out to take home the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

Tune in Sunday, October 12 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) for more exciting action as a copywriter, a director general from Algonquin Nation Tribal Council, an associate professor of physics and radiology, and a radio host compete in six new revealing intelligence challenges that go beyond the traditional IQ test or trivia challenge.  Special guest John Herdman, head coach of the Canadian women’s soccer team, will make a special guest appearance.

Meet next week’s participants:

  • Mith Das, a 29-year-old copywriter from Toronto, ON
  • Norm Odjick, 42-year-old director general, Algonquin National Tribal Council from Kitigan Zibi, QC
  • Melanie Martin, a 40-year-old physicist and associate professor of physics and radiology from Winnipeg, MB
  • Lisa Preston, a 39-year-old radio host from Mississauga, ON

Each week, hosts Jessi Cruickshank (@jessi) and Jeff Douglas (@IAmJeffDouglas) guide viewers through the hour-long competition series, as four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience. Each participant must demonstrate their competency in the categories of linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical intelligence in order the claim the title of Canada’s Smartest Person.

At the time of issuing, Canadians engaging with the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, brought to you in part by SUBWAY® Restaurants, live with the show revealed:

  • This week there is a role reversal on the gender split with males taking the lead averaging  61 per cent and females following close behind  with an average of 59 per cent over this week’s  challenges
  • When  looking at the age range, adults (18 to 49 years-old) hold their first place win from last week, with an average score of 62 per cent, however it was a close race, with youths ( 18 years and under) averaging 57 per cent and seniors (50 years and older) 51 per cent across the challenges

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, keep interacting live with the show as you can determine the final leader board standings while also potentially seeing your name on the broadcast as you show us how you are smart.

In between broadcast dates, Canadians can challenge their friends, family and co-workers to new challenges daily through the Canada’s Smartest Person App.  Keep challenging yourself and watch as your intelligence profile develops.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Canada’s Smartest Person, produced by Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. Whether it’s using social smarts to detect if a person is telling the truth; musical smarts to play a one-of-a-kind instrument; or logical smarts to work your way through a maze of laser beams, the challenges are fun, mind-bending and ever-changing over all nine episodes.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON digital companion app:
Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON interactive app, available now for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson. Tune in to the broadcast and play along in real time with each of the challenges. Compare personal results to the series’ competitors and other at-home players across the country. During the week, users can sharpen their skills with special bonus challenges.  Share results on Facebook and Twitter @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About Konrad Group

Konrad Group is a global leader in the enterprise and consumer technology space. We provide consulting, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 20 million people in 50 countries around the globe. For more information visit  www.konradgroup.com

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON ANNOUNCES ALBERT TAM OF WOODBRIDGE, ON AS THIS WEEK’S WINNER

September 29th, 2014

Next week’s PARTICIPANTS REVEALED alongside Canadian rock star Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace who makes a special guest appearance

Test your intelligence with CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person app, available for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson.

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

Tweet this release: http://cbc.sh/2ZDuBqV

CBC’s new ground-breaking competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON has crowned its first finalist of the season – Albert Tam from Woodbridge, ON (@albeequirky) Tam is a 25-year-old strategic initiatives coordinator at Canada’s National Ballet School and current MBA candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University. Tam is the first CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON competitor to move into the final round.

Tune in next Sunday, October 5 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) for more exciting action as a cheese salesman, a novelist, a stay-at-home mom and a firefighter compete in six new revealing intelligence challenges that go beyond the traditional IQ test or trivia challenge. Plus, catch a special guest appearance by Canadian rock star Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace).

Meet next week’s participants:

  • JP Doiron, a 30-year-old cheese salesman from North Rustico, PEI
  • Alisia Bonnick, a 20-year-old novelist and psychology student from Stouville, ON
  • Rhiannon Jones, a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom from Chilliwack, BC
  • Chris Tessaro, a 51-year-old firefighter from Mississauga, ON

Each week, hosts Jessi Cruickshank (@jessi) and Jeff Douglas (@IAmJeffDouglas) guide viewers through the hour-long competition series, as four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience. Each participant must demonstrate their competency in the categories of linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical intelligence in order the claim the title of Canada’s Smartest Person.

At the time of issuing, Canadians engaging with the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, brought to you in part by SUBWAY® Restaurants, live with the show revealed:

  • When it comes to the gender split it’s a close one Canada, with women averaging 60% and men close behind with 59% over all the challenges for the night
  • Looking at the age range of our players, adults came out on top with 62% of our at-home players being 18 years or older, but kids were a close second with 56% being under 18
  • As for where Canadian strengths lie, it seems that Canada is full of illogical musicians with the top intelligence being Musical at 64% and Logical at the bottom with 30%

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, keep interacting live with the show as you can determine the final leader board standings while also potentially seeing your name on the broadcast as you show us how you are smart.

In between broadcast dates, Canadians can challenge their friends, family, co-workers and others to new challenges daily through the Canada’s Smartest Person App.  Keep challenging yourself and watch as your intelligence profile changes.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Canada’s Smartest Person, produced by Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. Whether it’s using social smarts to detect if a person is telling the truth; musical smarts to play a one-of-a-kind instrument; or logical smarts to work your way through a maze of laser beams, the challenges are fun, mind-bending and ever-changing over all nine episodes.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON digital companion app:
Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON interactive app, available now for iOS and Android devices or online at cbc.ca/smartestperson. Tune in to the broadcast and play along in real time with each of the challenges. Compare personal results to the series’ competitors and other at-home players across the country. During the week, users can sharpen their skills with special bonus challenges.  Share results on Facebook and Twitter @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson.

Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/
Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Facebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre. Follow CBC’s publicity team on Twitter @CBC_Publicity.

About Media Headquarters

Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded in 1999 by Executive Producer Robert Cohen. The company is widely recognized for producing popular series and original formats for worldwide markets. Media Headquarters has won numerous Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters’ slate includes factual entertainment, documentary, dramatic and children’s programing. For more information visit www.mediahqs.net.

About Konrad Group

Konrad Group is a global leader in the enterprise and consumer technology space. We provide consulting, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 20 million people in 50 countries around the globe. For more information visit  www.konradgroup.com

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:

Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist
Cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416.205.7976


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