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

@CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

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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 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.

Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest


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.

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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

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