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EDMONTON’S JOSHUA WILLIAMS ADVANCES TO THE FINALE OF CBC’S CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON SEASON 3

November 21st, 2016

Six new competitors battle it out Sunday, Nov. 27 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

World-renowned film producer Ivan Reitman to appear as celebrity guest

Following an evening of mind-bending challenges, Edmonton youth program director Joshua Williams became the second competitor to advance on CBC’s hit series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. He will join Stephanie Harvey of Québec City in the finale, where he will continue to battle 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 continues next week with six new competitors going head-to-head Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC for the third coveted spot in the season finale, with the help of celebrity guest judge, world-renowned film producer Ivan Reitman (Animal House, Stripes, Ghostbusters).

The third episode’s six new competitors, representing regions from across Canada, are: Rebecca Bromwich, 39, a lawyer from Calgary, AB; Frankie Cena, 24, an international speech and debate coach from Vancouver, BC; Ryan Coelho, 30, a millennial consultant from Toronto, ON; Gwyneth Foster, 16, a high school student from Uxbridge, ON; Maria Samson, 33, a national team rugby player from Calgary, AB; and Vanessa Vakharia, 35, a math tutor and entrepreneur from Toronto, ON.

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 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.

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

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