December 2012

Beth Furlong, age 27, from Pickering, Ontario

Beth Furlong is an adrenaline junkie who has a passion for extreme activities, competition, and feeding her insatiable hunger for knowledge. A straight-A student, Furlong studied genetics and telecommunications at university before becoming a commissioned officer, aircraft mechanic, and a pilot for the U.S. Air Force. Born in the U.S. and now married to a Canadian, she’s fiercely independent and loyal. She has flown in hostile territory and survived – so she can certainly survive this!

Doug Hicton, age 52, Toronto, Ontario

Doug Hicton is a JEOPARDY! Grand Master Champion…with an edge. He’s beat Watson (the IBM supercomputer), and revels in his broad base of trivia knowledge. But Hicton’s a “theoretical guy” and isn’t big on getting his hands dirty – can he overcome that obstacle to take the competition?

Laura Suen, age 23, from Mississauga, Ontario

Laura Suen’s just 23, but has done more in her short life than many do in a lifetime. A super high-achiever and gifted student, Suen is currently completing her Master’s Degree in physics. She’s built lasers, worked in biophysics and, despite her mild demeanor, she has a wildly competitive streak that dominates the online gaming world. A strategist by nature, Suen has the brains but must battle her lack of life experience to win.

Andrew Rader, age 32, from Cambridge, Ontario

When Andrew Rader isn’t busy working on designing innovative spacecraft systems, this MIT Aerospace Engineering PhD graduate is hosting Star Wars dinner parties and creating complicated board games. Rader was a finalist in the Canadian Astronaut Selection in 2009 and fiercely clings to his lifelong goal – to help establish a human base on Mars – and go there himself.

Abraham (Abe) Qamminiq, age 51, from Hall Beach, Nunavut

Born and raised in a Nunavut town of less than 700 people in a traditional Inuit (Inuktitut) culture, Abe Qamminiq possesses truly unique skills that set him apart from anyone else. Fix a car at -45 degrees? Check. Hunt, butcher, and prepare a polar bear? Check. He’s also worked as a Canadian Ranger and is a government liaison/translator. Unlike other competitors, Qamminiq relies on his knowledge and a unique skillset for daily survival – but can he survive among nine other Know-It-Alls?

 

Scott Gravelle, age 40, from Calgary, Alberta

Scott Gravelle’s middle name is “competitive.” He never backs down and is confident that his ideas are consistently the best ones…and often they are. A champion hang glider, a long-board racer, and machine designer, Gravelle faces down his fears by taking them on. Outspoken, opinionated, talented, and driven, Gravelle claims his only competition is himself.

Ben Eadie, age 40, from Calgary, Alberta

Ben Eadie is a an inventor-at-heart, a tinkerer at his core, and a guy who always thinks he has the answer to most problems. He’s a Guinness World Record holder for human-powered transportation engineering. He has also been hit by lightning – twice. Wildly enthusiastic, always ready with an answer, Eadie loves to give input – even when no one’s asked.

Carla Davidson, age 36, from Calgary, Alberta

A PhD biologist who specializes in flu vaccine development, Carla Davidson knows she can handle any challenge, no matter how dirty or infectious it is. She is super-competitive and fully expects to win.

Bill Robinson, age 65, from Madeira Park, British Columbia

A technological expert, Bill Robinson was one of Canada’s earliest computer programmers, and claims to be the creator of client servers – the precursor to online banking. A retired Renaissance man, he spends most of his time travelling and exploring the open seas on his sailboat. He’s searched for the remnants of the Fraser Expedition in the Arctic, and traversed waters just as far south.

A TV series based on the early years of Justin Bieber’s life is reportedly in the works at ABC.

TV Guide has reported that the US network is brewing up a comedy project that would focus in a young Bieber and his family.

The Canadian singer will reportedly serve as an executive producer on the series alongside his manager Scooter Braun.

The single camera comedy was first conceived last year at ABC but has since been revived for consideration next season. Continue reading »