The Amazing Race Canada

Synopsis

Season 5 will see Racers travel across Canada and beyond, tackling non-stop challenges in the country’s favourite summertime adventure. Canadians can also look forward to special tributes to the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation throughout the season. This season’s grand prize is a Next Generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox True North Edition for each of the winners, a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world for two, $250,000 in cash, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA title. Racers will also be competing for special leg prizes, awarded to the first team to cross the mat in each of the episodes leading up to the finale.

Cast Info

Host Jon Montgomery
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Host Jon Montgomery

Hometown: Russell, Man.
Current city: Victoria
Career Highlights:
• Host, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA
• 2010 Olympic Champion – Skeleton
• Canada’s Celebrity Auctioneer

Jon’s historic victory in skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics made him a champion, but it was his now-famous beerswilling walk through Whistler Village, and genuine awe-inspiring joy on the podium receiving his gold medal, that made him a household name across Canada.

As Jon transitions to civilian life after his skeleton career, he is proud to be a part of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. “I’m thrilled to be moving out of one career as an athlete into a new career in TV,” said Jon. “There is not a single program on television that I would rather be a part of.”
Hailing from Russell, Manitoba (population 1669), some 350 kilometers west of Winnipeg on the Saskatchewan border, Jon knows a thing or two about small town Canada. He’s also visited every major Canadian city, and countless international destinations both as a traveler and athlete, and he maintains that Canadians share a connection that no other country on earth can boast. As such, Jon wasn’t all that surprised to see the success of Season 1 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, as he has seen first-hand the
collective enthusiasm Canadians share for this country.
“Once again Canada shines through as the star of the show and reminds us why it’s the greatest place to live on earth,” he said.
Jon is also a trained auctioneer, public speaker and devoted to several charitable causes.

He recently relocated from Calgary to Victoria with his wife Darla and chocolate Labrador retriever Stark.

 

Top 5 Things you didn’t know about Jon Montgomery:

1) I Love to wear my robe around the house.  I have several and they all get used.

2) I have a sweet tooth and find it a problem to cut sugar out of my diet

3) I love all dressed chips more than oxygen

4) My wife converted me into a dog guy… I have given up on cats.

5) I usually moo at cows when I see them… I can’t help myself!

Karen & Bert - MARRIED COUPLE
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Karen & Bert - MARRIED COUPLE

#BrainAndBrawn

Karen Richards
Age: 31
Occupation: Social Worker
Current City: Edmonton, AB
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Strengths: Good advocate, smart, warm
Fears/Phobia: Falling
Favourite Travel Destination: “Greece was beautiful!”
Pet Peeve about Teammate: He farts too much

Bert Richards
Age: 36
Occupation: Small business owner; Musician
Current City: Edmonton AB
Hometown: Edmonton AB
Strengths: Navigation, spatial recognition, grounded
Fears/Phobia: Bugs crawling all over me in a confined space or having to pick up a large insect
Favourite Travel Destination: Jamaica
Pet Peeve about Teammate: when Karen gets into bed with cold feet and tries to warm them up on me

TEAM BIO
Vivacious couple Karen and Bert began dating in 2004 and married since 2013; and together they make a modern family of four with a son and daughter who are their life. Bert is the owner of a moving and delivery company in Edmonton and also a successful musician. As rapper who goes by the name Dirt Gritie, Bert is always quick to come up with a rhyme for any occasion. Karen works as a social worker, which has trained her to get things done under pressure and to deliver when sticky situations arise. In addition to their successful careers, Karen and Bert pride themselves on the community work they do, volunteering for countless non-profits. They both love working with families and youth programs.

The energetic duo are huge fans of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and always believed they could obliterate any competition if put on the start line. Karen says they have the perfect combination of physical and mental abilities, though she may have to reign in Bert from time to time as he’s a big kid with limitless energy. While Bert and Karen are empathetic people, they are out to crush any team that gets in their way without compromising their integrity

FUN FACTS
Motto: “It’s all fun and games till somebody gets hurt”
If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be? The Richards
Walk on Song:
Bert:Humble” by Kendrick Lamar | Karen: You Gotta Be” by Des’ree
Team they most associate with from previous seasons:
Bert: Joel and Ashley (Season Four) | Karen: Hal and Joanne
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Bert: Gray Owl | Karen: Kangaroo

Sam & Paul - DATING COUPLE
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Sam & Paul - DATING COUPLE

#SamandPaul

Sam Lambert
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Current City: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Strengths: Memory, physical fitness and problem-solving skills
Fears/Phobia: Eating gross things
Favourite Travel Destination: Portugal
Pet Peeve about Teammate: When he picks his nails

Paul Mitskopoulos
Age: 24
Occupation: Account Manager, LinkedIn Canada
Current City: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Strengths: Work ethic, public speaking, physical activities
Fears/Phobia: Tarantulas
Favourite Travel Destination: Greece
Pet Peeve about Teammate: His temper

TEAM BIO 
Boyfriends Sam and Paul are outgoing, fun-loving guys who met at a concert in late 2015. At the time, Paul had not yet come out but falling for Sam led him to open up to his family and friends. Today they’re madly in love, happier than ever, and ready to take on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA together.

Both Sam and Paul are highly competitive, athletic, ambitious, and care deeply for one another. Although similar in their values, Sam and Paul are different in a number of ways. Sam, who is pursuing a career as a doctor, is very intelligent and sensitive, while Paul tends to be more reactive. Sam has an almost photographic memory and an uncanny ability to read people, whereas Paul, the more reserved of the two, admits to having a terrible memory but believes his physical stamina more than makes up for it.

Although their differences do cause tension, it could also be the key to their success. Where one is weak, the other is strong. Paul, the more physical of the two – he loves to play volleyball, soccer, and tennis – is very determined. Sam, whose strength will be mental challenges, logic, and memory, can be very impatient. He hates repetition and is quick to get frustrated when something isn’t working. Together, they are sure to bring humor and heart to the competition.

FUN FACTS
Motto:
Sam: “Detail, Detail, Detail” | Paul: “Let’s Go!”
If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be?
Sam: The Pups | Paul: S&P
Walk on Song:
Sam:This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna | Paul: Good Life” by Kanye West
Team they most associate with from previous seasons:
Sam: Steph and Kristen | Paul: A mix of Steph and Kristen and Ryan and Rob
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Sam: Lion | Paul: Dog – probably a Chocolate Lab

Andrea & Ebonie - BUSINESS PARTNERS
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Andrea & Ebonie - BUSINESS PARTNERS

#FriendshipGoals

Andrea Croxen
Age: 29
Occupation: Yoga teacher and Co-Founder of I Breathe Fitness
Current City: Montréal, QC
Hometown: Montréal, QC
Strengths: Problem solver, creative, positive attitude
Fear/phobia: Insects
Favourite travel destination: Costa Rica and Italy
Pet peeve about your teammate: She can’t let things go sometimes and move on easily

Ebonie Roberge
Age: 29
Occupation: Marketing Consultant and Co-Founder of I Breathe Fitness
Current City: Montréal, QC
Hometown: Montréal, QC
Strengths: Organization, endurance, long-term memory
Fear/phobia: Heights and insects
Favourite travel destination: Costa Rica
Pet peeve about your teammate: Procrastinator

TEAM BIO 
This energetic duo of best friends turned business partners met when they were 16 years old during a bridal fashion show. Both girls have BIG personalities – they are loud, strong-headed dreamers, and always live life to the fullest.

Growing tired of the industry pressures and standards of beauty, Andrea and Ebonie realized that modelling wasn’t for them and decided to embark on new opportunities. About a year ago, these entrepreneurial women decided to get together and start their own business – I Breathe Fitness. Looking for something that was more in tune with their values and principles, these friends decided to create their own opportunity that would add value to their lives and could also impact the lives of others. Andrea and Ebonie have always been very active and share a love for fitness and travel. Together, they decided to build a business around their passions that promoted healthy lifestyles and could help people along the way.

Approaching their 30th birthdays, the girls are determined to take a leap of faith and push themselves out of their comfort zone. Their drive and positive energy is what they think will help them edge out the competition on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

FUN FACTS
Motto: “We get it done!”
If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be? Pop & Ice
Walk on Song: Wild Things” by Alessia Cara
Team they most associate with from previous seasons:
Andrea: Mix of Kelly and Kate and Rita and Yvette | Ebonie: Rita and Yvette
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Andrea: Panda or Ginger Monkey | Ebonie: Elephant

Kenneth & Ryan - BEST FRIENDS
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Kenneth & Ryan - BEST FRIENDS

#TeamGIVER

Kenneth McAlpine
Age: 25
Occupation: Chef
Current City: Rossland, BC
Hometown: Collingwood, ON
Strengths: Putting others first, inspiring, chefin it up!
Fears/Phobia: Regrets
Favourite Travel Destination: Lombok, Indonesia
Pet Peeve about Teammate: Ryan doesn’t know how to slow down or stop

Ryan Lachapelle
Age: 25
Occupation: Events Coordinator at Red Mountain Resort
Current City: Rossland, BC
Hometown: Collingwood, ON
Strengths: Communication, motivating people, and defining the word GIVE’R
Fears/Phobia: Regrets
Favourite Travel destination: Anywhere with good surf, warm water, good people and good food.
Pet Peeve about Teammate: “He can’t say NO.”

TEAM BIO
Kenneth and Ryan are best friends who can come across as goofballs – which they are – but they have a surprising depth and perspective on the way they approach life. Kenneth and Ryan live their lives by one word – GIVE’R. Their personal motto, this pairs gives everything 100% passion and commitment. They live life to the fullest with no regrets.

Growing up in Collingwood, ON, the pair often crossed paths in town and became fast friends as teenagers, sharing a passion for skiing. The defining moment in their relationship came when they decided to pack up and move to Australia out of the blue. It was in Australia that they discovered another passion to share – surfing. Their lives now revolve around chasing adventure across the globe every chance they get.

When it comes to THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, Kenneth and Ryan know that individually they are awesome, but together they believe they are unstoppable. Where Kenneth is calm and collected, Ryan is hyper and always on the go. While they’re both a little worried about any mental and memory challenges that they might encounter, they know their energy and motivation will help them through anything.

FUN FACTS
Motto: “GIVE’R”
If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be? THE GIVE’Rs
Walk on Song: Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
Team they most associate with from previous seasons: Mikey and Pete (Season Two)
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Ryan: “A crazy Monkey that wears a cheetah thong!” | Kenneth: Orca

Aaron & Deb - MOTHER/SON
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Aaron & Deb - MOTHER/SON

#TheSuits

Aaron Baker
Age: 30
Occupation: Funeral Director
Current City: Grand Forks, BC
Hometown: Burnaby, BC
Strengths: Heart, work ethic and determination
Fears/Phobia: Dying alone
Favourite Travel Destination: Australia and Disneyland
Pet Peeve about Teammate: Her tantrums
 

Deb Baker
Age: 55
Occupation: Funeral Director
Current City: Grand Forks, BC
Hometown: Nanaimo, BC
Strengths: Organization, determination and enjoyment of life
Fears/Phobia: Snakes and rats
Favourite Travel Destination: Disneyland
Pet Peeve about Teammate:
He is too willing to help others

TEAM BIO
Aaron and Deb, a wacky mother/son duo, work together as funeral directors at their family run funeral home. Through their work they want to prove that death isn’t as scary as people may think. They feel that their careers have set them up to succeed in THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – great under pressure and quick on their feet, in their line of work they often help people who are in shock. They are also very strong physically as carrying caskets is a regular part of the job. Despite the intensity of their day-to-day work, they prefer to focus on the positive impact they can have on people during very difficult times.

Aaron is full of heart and charm, and is always willing to help someone out – a trait his mom feels can come with a bit of a downside. While Deb is full of charisma and fully embraces who she is, Aaron feels she needs to believe in herself more. Plus, she has a bit of a temper that could potentially set them back.

In their jobs as funeral directors, Aaron and Deb often face the unknown and feel that aspect of their jobs has trained them to be ready for anything – including THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

FUN FACTS
Motto: “We’re going to bury the competition”
If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be? Urn It
Walk on Song: Staying Alive” by Bee Gees
Team they most associate with from previous seasons: Simi and Ope
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Aaron: Elephant | Deb: Lion

Korey & Ivana - BEST FRIENDS
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Korey & Ivana - BEST FRIENDS

#TeamPanda

Korey Sam
Age: 31
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Current City: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Strengths: Listening, fitness, motivating
Fear/Phobia: Vomit
Favourite Travel Destination: Caribbean
Pet Peeve about Teammate: Fiery

Ivana Krunic
Age: 31
Occupation: Personal Trainer/Substitute Teacher
Current City: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Sarajevo, Bosnia
Strengths: Resilient, adaptable, leader
Fears/Phobia: Spiders
Favourite travel destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda
Pet Peeve about Teammate: Tardiness. “See you in one hour means ‘see you in three hours’ to Korey.”

TEAM BIO 
Ivana and Korey are co-workers and best friends who met 10 years ago at the gym. They share a lot of traits with one another, which is something that makes their friendship so strong. While Korey and Ivana are fun, loving and positive, they are both passionate and determined, sharing a similar work ethic focus. Working as personal trainers at the gym together, where they are some of the most popular trainers, they feel that their physical ability could be one of their greatest strengths during THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

Ivana is a livewire who wears her heart on her sleeve. Born in Bosnia, she escaped Sarajevo with her family at the age of six and has grown up to be a strong-willed and determined woman. She’s loud, extroverted, and prides herself in being a role model to her clients, family, and friends.

Korey is the calm to Ivana’s storm. Rarely aggressive and a teddy bear at heart, Korey is kind, thoughtful, and says that his strength lies in his ability to perform well under pressure. They’re an odd couple – but with Ivana’s energy and Korey’s charm they will surely be fun to watch.

FUN FACTS
Motto: “Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali
If you and your teammate we a pop duo, what would your name be? Pandaaaaaa
Walk on Song: Panda” by Desiigner
Team they most associate with from previous seasons: Gino and Jesse Montani
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Ivana: Elephant | Korey: T-Rex

Megan & Courtney – COUSINS
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Megan & Courtney – COUSINS

#GirlsFromTheBay

Megan Burden
Age: 23
Occupation: Biomedical Engineering Technology Student
Current City: St. John’s, NL
Hometown: St. Lunaire-Griquet, NL
Strengths: Quick learner, nice
Fears/Phobia: Birds
Favourite Travel Destination: Florida, Disney
Pet Peeve about Teammate: She’s always late

Courtney Roberts
Age: 21
Occupation: Social Work Student
Current City: St. John’s, NL
Hometown: Corner Brook, NL
Strengths: Positive, determined, sense of honour
Fears/Phobia: Claustrophobia and birds
Favourite Travel Destination: Disneyworld
Pet Peeve about Teammate: Does not put tops back on things

TEAM BIO 
Megan and Courtney are cousins with absolutely no filter. The girls are complete opposites but they click in every way – Megan is a sweet perfectionist, Courtney a determined loudmouth; Megan is book smart while Courtney is more hands-on; Megan is a Leafs fan and Courtney, a Habs fan. The one thing they do have in common is their natural charm and humor. Their family is infamous for their quirkiness and has been nicknamed “The Bundy’s” of St. Anthony.

While Megan and Courtney believe everyone will think they are goofy and gullible, these Newfoundlanders are out to prove otherwise while competing on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. With afisherman father working rotations for much of her life, Megan has been fiercely independent since a young age. When Courtney’s father was diagnosed with cancer when she was 16, she took on a lot of family responsibility while her mom travelled with her dad to treatment seven hours away.

These cousins come from small-town Newfoundland and even think St. John’s is too large for their liking. While both girls were accepted into school in the same city for what they are passionate about – biomedical engineering technology and social work – they both plan to settle back in Corner Brook once they finish.

FUN FACTS
Motto:
Megan: “Girls from the bay, trying to win our own way” | Courtney “Can’t be poutin if you wants da touton”
If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be?
Megan: The Stunners | Courtney: Goofy Newfies
Walk on Song: Me Too” by Meghan Trainor
Team they most associate with from previous seasons: No one! We’re unique
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Megan: Dog | Courtney: Possum

Zed & Shabbir – FATHER/SON
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Zed & Shabbir – FATHER/SON

Zed Dhalla
Age: 27
Occupation: Vice President Sales – Healthcare
Current City: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Squamish, BC
Strengths: Drive, quick learner, leadership
Fears/Phobia: Fish
Favourite Travel Destination: Thailand
Pet Peeve about Teammate: Gets frustrated and irritated easily.

Shabbir Dhalla
Age: 57
Occupation: Self-employed
Current City: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Katwa, Congo
Strengths: Kindness, Leadership, Organization
Fears/Phobia: Heights, snakes, and letting his son down
Favourite Travel Destination: Zanzibar
Pet Peeve about Teammate: Stubborn, he thinks he knows it all.

TEAM BIO 
Zed and Shabbir are a fiercely competitive father/son duo that love to bicker and tease each other. They have a deep respect and love for each other, but are both stubborn, which can create conflict between them. However, what bonds them together is their drive and motivation to succeed in life.
Shabbir had a challenging upbringing, living in Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, and Ghana, while his mom worked for the UN. Eventually his parents immigrated to Canada, a country that he loves with all his heart. In 2009, Shabbir was diagnosed with stage 3 Colon cancer and given a 50/50 chance to live. By focusing on the positive, and making healthy choices and changes to his lifestyle, Shabbir overcame cancer and has since been in remission. While it was a hard experience for their family, it has brought them all closer together. Shabbir, thankful to be alive and with a new lease of life, looks forward to tackling THE AMAZING RACE CANADA with his son.
Zed is a very driven individual with a successful career in medical device sales. Shabbir says that when Zed sets his mind on something, he goes for it 100%. Zed’s approach is tackling problems head-on while Shabbir prefers to take the time to asses situations. Together they think they are the perfect combination of wisdom and strength and are ready to give THE AMAZING RACE CANADA their best shot.

FUN FACTS
Motto:
Zed: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” (Babe Ruth) | Shabbir: “Fear is a natural reaction, courage is a choice”
If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be?
Painfully Average
Walk on Song:
Zed:Bring ‘Em Out” by T.I. | Shabbir:Are you Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz
Team they most associate with from previous seasons: Simi and Ope
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Zed: Cheetah | Shabbir: Lion

Adam & Andrea - SIBLINGS
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Adam & Andrea - SIBLINGS

Adam Cavaleri
Age: 29
Occupation: Bartender
Hometown: Montréal, QC
Current city: Montréal, QC
Strengths: Ambitious, tenacious and good with directions
Fears/Phobia: Heights
Favourite Travel Destination: Australia
Pet peeve about Teammate: “She is ALWAYS late”

Andrea Cavaleri
Age: 28
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Hometown: Montréal, QC
Current city: Montréal, QC
Strengths: Determined, creative and detail oriented
Fears/Phobia: Heights
Favourite Travel Destination: Croatia
Pet Peeve about Teammate: “Impatient. SO IMPATIENT”

TEAM BIO
Adam and Andrea are outgoing, competitive siblings who want to tackle the adventure of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA together. Their family is Italian from Montréal, so when they bicker it can get intense, but there’s no doubting the sibling bond they share. Adam, the ambitious older brother, lacks patience and expects everything to be done right away. Andrea can be quick to overthink situations, and lets her nerves get the best of her, which can frustrate Adam a little.

Last spring Andrea tore her ACL, MCL, and meniscus in her right knee playing basketball. While the recovery process from this significant injury has been extremely difficult, the situation has helped her gain a huge appreciation for life’s possibilities. Prior to her injury Andrea was very cautious, but she is now ready to take on new challenges. She credits Adam for pushing her out of her comfort zone and on to THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

FUN FACTS
Motto:
Adam: “Refuse to Lose!” | Andrea: “Let’s Do It!”
If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be?
Adam: Double A | Andrea: The Cavs
Walk on Song:
Adam:Enter Sandman” by Metallica | Andrea:7/11” by Beyoncé
Team they most associate with from previous seasons: None! We’re one of a kind
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Adam: Dolphin | Andrea: Sea Turtle

Dan & Riya - YOUTUBE CREATORS
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Dan & Riya - YOUTUBE CREATORS

Dan Kipnis
Age: 23
Occupation: YouTube Creator
Current City: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON
Strengths: Creating strategy, giving advice, showing love
Fear/Phobia: Snakes and clowns
Favourite Travel Destination: Vienna
Pet Peeve about Teammate: She doesn’t listen to my ideas

Riya Malik
Age: 23
Occupation: YouTube Creator
Current City: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON
Strengths: Perseverance, positive attitude, creating strategy
Fear/Phobia: Claustrophobia
Favourite Travel Destination: Singapore
Pet Peeve about Teammate: He talks too much

TEAM BIO

Dan and Riya have been best friends for 15 years, ever since Dan offered to ride the ski-lift with new-girl Riya on a grade four class trip. Today, they run a successful YouTube channel together, “Dan and Riya,” where they produce and star in weekly short comedy videos about dating, pop culture, and the trials and tribulations of Millennial life. Their most popular video has over 14 million views and counting.

Both Dan and Riya are competitive, have big egos, and fight about who is funnier, smarter, and more attractive. Dan is more emotional, admitting that he’ll be the first to cry or lose his temper, whereas Riya is more controlled. Although they bicker and tease each other constantly, they also trust each other completely.
They have no intention of running THE AMAZING RACE CANADA as naïve “nice Canadians”; they are ruthless competitors who will work hard and have no qualms about lying and hustling their way to the finish line.

FUN FACTS
Motto: “Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons”
If you and your teammate we a pop duo, what would your name be? The Peachy Butts
Walk on Song:I Want It All” from High School Musical 3
Team they most associate with from previous seasons: Kelly and Kate (Season 4)
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Dan: Unicorn | Riya: Unicorn

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