November 27th, 2016

Six new competitors face off Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for their chance to win the “Canada’s Smartest Person” title and new this season, a $20,000 donation will be made in the winner’s name to a charity of their choice

Susan Kent of This Hour Has 22 Minutes to appear as celebrity guest

After another exciting evening of challenges, former women’s national rugby team player Maria Samson of Calgary became the third competitor to advance on CBC’s hit series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. She will join Edmonton’s Joshua Williams and Stephanie Harvey of Québec City in the finale, where she will continue to strive for the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person” and, new this season, a $20,000 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice. The search will continue next week with six new competitors going head-to-head Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for the fourth coveted spot in the season finale, with the help of celebrity guest, comedian and Canadian Screen Award-winner Susan Kent of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Next week’s episode will feature six new competitors, representing regions from across Canada, including: Devon Jones, 37, a personal trainer from Winnipeg, MB; Brittain Bancroft, 30, a mechanic from Minto, NB;  Bruce Tsuji, 62, a university professor from Ottawa, ON; Michelle Zakrison, 33, a lawyer from Iqaluit, NU; Siera Bearchell, 23, a law student and reigning Miss Universe Canada from Moose Jaw, SK; and Darryl Gidyk, 42, a neuroscientist from Lethbridge, AB.

Each week on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guest judges, guides the competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which illuminates how Canadians are smart based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors will go head-to-head in a series of fun 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, five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON and a $20,000 donation made in their name to the charity of their choice.

New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers can join in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time during the broadcast, and CSP LIVE, an exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive show, hosted by Joe Motiki and streamed live Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET – both accessible via the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.

Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson
Instagram: @CanadasSmartest


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