March 19, 2012

Dyakowski crowned Canada’s smartest person Staff

HAMILTON, Ont. — Peter Dyakowski has earned the title of Canada’s smartest person after dominating a demanding gauntlet of intelligence tests on CBC’s two-hour special, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

Dyakowski’s competition on CBC’s innovative television special included high school science teacher, Dr. Marshall Carroll; 23-year-old student and gamer, Laura Suen; and spoken word poet, Greg Frankson.

Each participant completed a series of fun and spectacular challenges aimed at testing six areas of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences: linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, musical and interpersonal.

Highlights of Dyakowski’s appearance included a remarkable impromptu valedictorian speech that earned him the top score from guest judge Sean Cullen, the highest scoring performance in the show’s mathematical challenge and a dramatic come-from-behind win during the show’s final challenge.

In 2011, Canadians had the opportunity to nominate themselves, or someone they know, to participate in the show. 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. 

After being nominated by the team, Dyakowski took part in a thorough application process to qualify for the show

Dyakowski will suit up for his sixth season with the Ticats in 2012 after being named the team’s Most Outstanding Lineman last year.  He is the first Canadian-born athlete to sign a scholarship with Louisiana State University.