Meet the Top 32 Participants

The day has finally arrived!

Below you will find the names of 32 incredibly intelligent individuals participating on Canada's Smartest Person this season. They come from all walks of life: a doctor, a fighter pilot, a stay-at-home mom and even a 16-year-old high school student.

Four of these brilliant brains will battle it out each week with one finalist being decided at the end of the episode. Then in our big season finale, eight will return to finally answer the question: Who is Canada's Smartest Person?
We’ll give you the opportunity to meet these individuals each week before the show so make sure you check back often for news and updates!

Roselyn Kelada-Sedra
Actor, Law Student from Toronto, ON

Albert Tam
MBA Candidate, Arts Administrator from Woodbridge, ON

Tova Sherman
CEO of reachAbility from Bedford, NS

Kiel Lemmen
High School Teacher from Port Coquitlam, BC


Alisia Bonnick
Novelist, Psychology Student from Stouffville, ON

JP Doiron
Cheese Salesman from North Rustico, PEI

Rhiannon Jones
Stay-at-home Mom from Chilliwack, BC

Chris Tessaro
Firefighter, Poker Player from Mississauga, ON


Lisa Preston
Radio Host from Mississauga, ON

Melanie Martin
Physicist, Associate Professor of Physics and Radiology from Winnipeg, MB

Mith Das
Copywriter from Toronto, ON

Norm Odjick
Director General, Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council from Kitigan Zibi, QC


Victoria Leenders-Cheng
Magazine Editor from Montreal, Quebec

George Millar
Teacher from Edmonton, AB

Yahaya Baruwa
Author, Entrepreneur from Toronto, ON

Mary Rose
Ayurvedic Cleaner from Victoria, BC


Cat Jahnke
Musician from Winnipeg, MB

Jennifer Hurd
Doctorate Student from Ottawa, ON

Kaveh Kavoosi
Doctor from Aurora, ON

Max Cameron
Fighter Pilot from Calgary, AB


Nick Nickerson
Retired Naval Communicator, Cryptographer from Merrickville, ON

Kate LaFrance
Middle School Teacher from Fredericton, NB

Daryl Dillman
Orthopedic Surgery Resident from Cole Harbour, NS

Brian Charbonneau
Drag Artist, Screenwriter from Sainte-Geneviève, QC

Chris Sensenig
Master Electrician from Welland, ON

Ellen Snider
Executive Director for the New Brunswick Association of Occupational Therapists from Quispamsis, NB

Johnny MacRae
Poet from North Vancouver, BC

Nader Nadernejad
High School Student from Peterborough, ON

Braden Lauer
Law Student from Vancouver, BC

Alea Ciecko
Psychiatric Nursing Student from Winnipeg, MB

Brent Hayden
Olympian, Private Swim Coach, Photographer from Vancouver, BC

Dipna Horra
Audio-Visual Artist from Ottawa, ON

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