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The guest lineup for Season FIVE is as follows:

EPISODE ONE: Michael Bublé

One of Canada’s most beloved singers, Michael Bublé is also a global phenomenon having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. He is credited with reviving our appreciation for the Great American Songbook and has won 5 Grammys and 15 Juno awards.

EPISODE TWO: Hayley Wickenheiser

Four-time Olympic gold medalist, the first female assistant manager in the NHL, and now an Emergency Room physician, Hayley Wickenheiser is a trail-blazer who knows a thing or two about performing under pressure. She has paved the way for female hockey players around the world.

EPISODE THREE: Rosalie Abella

Former Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella was the first Jewish woman on the highest court in Canada. She created the term “employment equity” and has spent her career as an esteemed jurist fighting for equality for women, Indigenous people, those with disabilities, and gay rights.

EPISODE FOUR: Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is a cognitive psychologist and best-selling author of more than a dozen books on why we behave the way we do. A much revered professor at Harvard, he has an uncanny ability to deconstruct human behaviour from multiple angles – from language to logic, to our beliefs and morality.


Known as the Man in Motion, Rick Hansen took a tragic accident as a teenager and transformed his disability into a lifelong mission, advocating for accessibility. His world tour in 1985 spanned more than 34 countries and 40,000 kilometres and raised more than $26 million for spinal cord research.


Dr. Mak is one of the most cited Canadian scientists in the world. His discovery of the T-cell receptor was called the Holy Grail of Immunology and has revolutionized cancer research. Still at work in his lab at age 77, and motivated by the loss of his own wife to breast cancer, he is an active expert in the field of cancer metabolism.

EPISODE SEVEN: Katharine Hayhoe

Prof. Katharine Hayhoe is a respected climate scientist, having advised both Canadian and American governments on the affects of climate change on everything from agriculture to water resources, public health and infrastructure. She is chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy and an Evangelical Christian, melding her scientific expertise with her faith in restoring the planet.

EPISODE EIGHT: Angela Hewitt

Angela Hewitt is one of the most beloved concert pianists in the world and a famed interpreter of Bach. She first played for an audience at age 4 and has maintained a packed schedule ever since perforing 80 concerts a year. The New York Times wrote “Ms. Hewitt is one of those rare musicians who seem to get something into their heads and hearts and find it at their fingertips instantaneously.”


Wab Kinew, Premier of Manitoba, is the first First Nations Premier in Canada. An author, musician and journalist, he is also the son of an Anishinaabe chief and wrote movingly about their relationship in his book The Reason You Walk. He holds a Masters degree in Indigenous governance.


From poverty in Jamaica to the #kingofbayst. Wes Hall’s life is a rags to riches story. He founded one of Canada’s most successful shareholder advisory firms and is one of the Dragons on the reality series Dragon’s Den. He is also the founder of the BlackNorth Initiative to combat racism in corporate Canada.


A physician and humanitarian,  Dr. Samantha Nutt founded War Child Canada after witnessing the horrors of war and its effects on the most vulnerable.  She has been on the front lines of war around the world and is author of Damned Nations, a powerful treatise on war and her experiences helping its victims.  Time Magazine called her one of Canada’s five leading activists.


As the 20th Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien led his Liberal Party to three consecutive majority governments, from 1993 – 2003.  From a constitutional crisis and Quebec referendum, the fallout from 9/11 – and his refusal to enter the war in Iraq – Jean Chrétien led Canada through tumultuous times.  And after more than 40 years in public office, he is only the 4th Canadian ever to win the highest honour from the Queen, the Award of Merit.


A groundbreaking director in his use of technology and sheer scale, no one matches James Cameron’s record:  from Aliens to The Terminator, Titanic and the Avatar films. 3 of the 4 top grossing films ever are his.  He is also a renowned deepsea explorer with hundreds of dives including the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on the planet.


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