Who are the contestants on Are You Smarter Than A Canadian 5th Grader?

Global Television today announced the roster of nine contestants on ‘ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CANADIAN 5TH GRADER?’. Who will rise to the challenge and who will need to confess that it’s not as easy as it looks?

A professor, a lawyer, an air traffic controller and even a nuclear engineer are put to the intellectual and emotional test… as 5 special homegrown editions of the primetime hit debut October 25th @ 9pm ET/PT.

Chosen from all hopefuls who made the first cut at globaltv.com, these nine Canadians represent a highly qualified cross-section of the nation’s top careers – each with the guts to test their grey matter on the CANADIAN 5TH GRADER stage, aided by a panel of seven kid classmates. Though each contestant is learned and accomplished, their degrees and careers take a backseat to the basic schoolhouse questions doled out by quizmaster Host, Colin Mochrie.

“The wide range of professional occupations among our contestants is a huge part of the fun of these shows,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for CanWest MediaWorks. “We know audiences nationwide will tune in to support their favourites as they work towards a million dollar prize, and the official bragging rights of being smarter than a Canadian 5th Grader.”

Contestants Ian Clark (Lawyer) and April Whalen (Marketing Professional) kick off the first of five special 1-hour episodes next week.


Ian Clark – Lawyer, Ottawa, ON

Peter Hazelton – Air Traffic Controller, Oshawa, ON

Michelle Kennedy – Nuclear Engineer, Pembroke, ON

Andrew Oster – Veterinarian, Midland, ON

Alicia Roddy – Occupational Therapist, Ajax, ON

Mark Szliard – Environmental Engineer, Toronto, ON

April Whalen – Marketing Professional, Sudbury, ON

Genevieve Wu – Pharmaceutical Sales Rep, Toronto, ON

Sandra Zicherman – Professor, North York, ON

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  • Paul Franco


    I just wanted to know how could I try out to be a contestant on your show. When is the next season? What is needed to be a contestant?

    I hope you can reply.

    Thanks in advance.

    Paul Franco

  • Natalie Rocheleau

    I would also be interested in finding out how to apply to be a contestant on the show. If anybody has this information, I would greatly appreciate a reply.

    Thanks so much,

  • Gary Sullivan

    I too am wondering how to become a contestant. I think my 55 yr old wife could hold her own against any of the professionals that I’ve seen to date.

    Thanks in advance
    Gary Sullivan

  • Danuja Lokuliyana

    I too am wondering how to become a contestant.

  • Dave Garroway

    I would like to find out how I could become a contestant on Are You Smarter Than a Canadian Fifth Grader. Kindly advise. Thank you.

  • Valkyrie Clark

    I would just like to say that I love this show! I would do anything to become a contestant on this show. I have searched all over the internet for some kind of application form, but my searches have been fruitless. So if you have any information on this, i would greatly appreciate if you would share it with me.
    thank you very much.

  • krista blue

    i would like to know how to become a contestent, if you could e-mail me that would be wonderful thanks