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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

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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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