Canada’s Smartest Person

Gerry Dee, the award-winning comedian and star of CBC Television’s MR. D, will host CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, the groundbreaking two-hour television special that will reveal that there is more to intelligence than having a high IQ score or being a whiz at math or trivia.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON airs on CBC Television on Sunday, March 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).

In 2011, Canadians had the opportunity to nominate themselves, or someone they know, as CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. Drawing on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, show producers used interviews and tests to narrow the field to four participants with well-rounded intelligence profiles.

Airing on Sunday, March 18 at 8 p.m., CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will feature Hamilton Tiger Cats offensive linesman, Peter Dyskowski; high school science teacher, Dr. Marshall Carroll; 23-year-old student and gamer, Laura Suen; and spoken word poet, Greg Frankson participating in a series of fun and spectacular challenges aimed at testing six areas of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The person who proves that they have the most versatile smarts will earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will also feature a lineup of special guest appearances by Arlene Dickinson (DRAGONS’ DEN), comedians Naomi Sniekus, Matt Baram and Sean Cullen.


Play along during the broadcast

On the night of the broadcast, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON viewers can put their own wits to the test and play along simultaneously with the challenges online at or with an innovative app (for Apple iOS) created for the show. Available in early March, the play along app will help audiences discover more about their own intelligence and see how they compare to the four TV participants.


Participant info

Vancouver-born Peter Dyskowski is a 27-year-old offensive linesman for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. The first Canadian-born athlete to sign a scholarship with Louisiana State University, Dykowski balances his athleticism with his Mensa qualified intelligence.

At just 23 years old, Laura Suen from Mississauga already has a double major Honours BSc in physics and cellular and molecular biology as well as a minor in mathematics. In her free time, Suen plays video games competitively and has won over $30,000 in gaming competitions.

Dr. Marshall Carroll is a high school science teacher from Winnipeg who is educated as a theoretical quantum chemist. Also a singer-songwriter and a stand-up comedian, Carroll has been inspiring students for over 20 years.

With an ability to create poetry at the drop of a noun, Toronto’s Greg Frankson is a spoken word artist. Following a career in education in Montreal, Frankson moved to Ottawa where he became a policy analyst for the Federal Government before pursuing a full-time career as a performance artist, emcee, mental health advocate and arts educator.

Gemini Award winning and Emmy Award nominated production company, Media Headquarters (The Summit, The Great Polar Bear Adventure, Modern Love, Outlaw In-laws), today announced that it is bringing the search for CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON to CBC Television in March 2012.

An original and groundbreaking new television special, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will redefine what it means to be smart. The two-hour prime-time event will be taped in front of a live studio audience and draw upon the latest research to show that there is more to intelligence than having a high IQ score, or being a whiz at math or trivia.

It’s not about how smart you are, rather how you are smart!

According to the internationally embraced Theory of Multiple Intelligences, there are actually several different kinds of smarts. Six main areas of intelligence are: Logical, Visual, Physical, Linguistic, Musical and Social.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will feature four top participants as they undergo fun and spectacular tests in each category of intelligence. The person who proves that they have the most versatile smarts in the country will earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON while audiences can play along at home. Whether it be uncovering lies in a sea of half-truths, navigating an obstacle course of lasers at break-neck speed, or composing a film score in less than five minutes, every kind of smarts will be challenged.

Play along at home during broadcast event using interactive app

During the telecast, viewers will be able to test themselves alongside the top TV participants from their smartphone or home computer using a new innovative and interactive app. The CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app will feature interactive challenges synchronized with the television event. Homeaudiences will be able to put their own wits to the test, discover more about their personal intelligence and see how they compare to the TV participants and the rest of the country.

Apply to participate on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON – Dec. 5 to Jan. 1

Show us your smarts! We are searching for the smartest person in the country and it could be you or someone you know. Canadians can apply themselves, or nominate someone they know, starting Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. EST to Jan. 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Apply at