Past Canadian Memory Championships


Ezequiel Valenzuela is the 2018 Canadian Memory Champion


The 2018 Canadian Memory Championship



Sept. 2/2018 –-Ezequiel Valenzuela, 17 years old,  is the new 2018 Canadian Memory Champion.  He led the pack after the first Memory Discipline and never looked back. He set 2 new Canadian Memory Records: One in Random Numbers (222) and the other at Speed Cards (56 sec.)

In second place came Eric Li, who also managed to finish first in Random Words.

In third place yesterday was Jim Gerwing, the Alberta Memory Champion, who won a tie braker with Jing Shi.

In the Junior Section, Joshua Parungao succeeded in edging one opponent  to become the new Canadian Junior Memory Champion. (Ezequiel had requested to participate in the Adult Section)

In the Kid Section, Max Feng memorized 17 digits to take the title of 2018 Canadian Kid Memory Champion of Canada.

In the Open Section, Grand Master of Memory Johnny Briones won first place and set a new Canadian Open Section record at Random Words, memorizing 153 Words in 15 minutes.

In the end, we had a fun Mental Math Challenge, an addition, and Ten Wang finished first.

Congratulations to all the winners.

The 15 participants in one location that we had on Sept. 1 was also a record for us. Memory Sports are gaining in popularity.

A big thank you for this event must go to The Trireme Academy and especially Allan Hernandez and his team for the venue, a gym, which really helped to help spread the idea that memory is something you can train and get better at just like any other sport discipline.

Also deserving a big thank is the board of the Canadian Memory Championships  made up of dedicated volunteers and other volunteers who calculated the scores, brought refreshments, prepared Rewards, etc. Thanks John Tuyen, Sanja Vukosavljevic, Simon Luisi and Yang Tjew.

Thanks also to all the participants wzho helped make of this event the success that it was.

Interviews with Jim Gerwing, GMM Johnny Briones and Ezequiel Valenzuela:

Interview with Ezequiel

Interview with Johnny Briones

Interviews with Jim Gerwing


The 2018 medals and trophy for September 1


$50 First prize winner for the new Canadian Memory Champion. Books to be given away as well as other prizes.


Two copies of each of these books will be awarded as prizes.

1533080447290_20180731_174543_0001* Beginners, Junior, kids, new people pay $5.

Grand Master of Memory Johnny Briones has informed us of his intention to compete in the Open Section. This will be the first time an American Grand Master of Memory  competes in a memory competition in Canada.


 2017 Canadian Memory Championship Results –East and West Combined

Résultats du Championnat de la mémoire canadien 2017 de l’Est et de l’Ouest ensemble


Montréal (1PM)

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Edmonton (11AM)


Les faits saillants/ The highlights:

Félicitations à Francis Blondin pour avoir réussi à défendre son titre de Champion canadien de la mémoire, suivi de Braden Adams et d’Eric Li.



From Richmond Hill (Toronto area), Sami Rasheed took the Junior Canadian Memory Champion title away from the 2016 winner, Alex McAdam. / De Richmond Hill (Toronto), Sami s’est emparé du titre de Champion Junior du Canada 2017 en devançant le champion de l’an passé.

Once again, Noah and Mackenzie Michalczuk of West Lock, Alberta tied to share the title of Kid Memory Champion of Canada 2017. / Mackenzie et Noha Michalczuk se sont partagés encore une fois le titre de Champion kid canadien.


Overall, in the Open Section, Shaoshi Zhu faced fierce competition and finished ahead of the defending champion Reuben Hosler and Darren Michalczuk to become the 2017 Canadian Open Memory Champion. / Shaoshi Zhu a gagné devant des adversaires très redoutables la section ouverte combinée.

With 16 contestants, this was the biggest Canadian Memory Championships ever./ Avec 16 concurrents, c’était le plus gros championnat de mémoire canadien jusqu’à maintenant.

The level of the competition was also the highest it’s ever been. New Canadian Memory Championships Records were established in all 4 memory disciplines./ Quatre nouveaux records de mémoire nationaux ont été établis; la compétition était forte.

Francis Blondin a établi trois nouveaux records canadiens: 1) aux Mots aléatoires: 123 mots en 15 minutes. 2) Numéros éclair: 180 numéros en 5 minutes (il a battu son ancien record de 120 ) 3) son temps de 1 minute et 12 secondes à Cartes éclair établi aussi une nouvelle marque, battant de 50 secondes l’ancien record établi en 2015 par Greg Sutherland (2 minutes et 12 secondes) / Francis Blondin established 3 new Canadian Memory Championships Records: Random Words: 123 pts, Numbers: 180 pts, and Speed Cards: 1 min. 12 sec.

In Names, Darren Michalczuk established the new Canadian record by memorizing 36 names in 5 minutes. / Un nouveau record national avec la discipline des noms a été établi par Darren Michalczuck.

The Eastern Canadian Memory Championships 2017 Winners / Les gagnants de l’Est.

#1 Francis Blondin

#2 Jean Béland Jr

#3 Valérie Grenon

Open Section/ Section ouverte: #1 Reuben Hosler

2017 Montreal Video Speed Cards

The Western Canadian Memory Championships 2017 Winners/ Les gagnants de l’Ouest

#1 Eric Li


#2 Braden Adams


#3 Jim Gerwing


Open Section / Section Ouverte: #1 Shaoshi Zhu


Thanks to all the volunteers that helped make this event run smoothly. Thanks to Paul and Max in Montreal for helping with the correction. Thanks to our sponsor Brain Magic and the couple of other anonymous sponsors. Thanks to Louis Chan for the photos. The biggest thanks certainly goes to Hua Wei Chan who volunteered to organize just about everything in Edmonton and who did a fantastic job at it.//

Un grand merci à tout les bénévoles qui ont aidé à cet événement. À Montréal, merci à Paul et Max pour leur aide avec la correction. Merci à Brain Magic pour l’aide financière ainsi qu’aux autres donateurs anonymes. Merci à Louis Chan pour les photos. Le plus gros merci doit aller à Hua Wei Chan pour offrir d’organiser la compétition à Edmonton et pour avoir fait un excellent travail.


2017 Montreal Video: Speed Cards

2017 Montreal Video Speed Cards



The poster is a courtesy of / Le poster est un don de

Sponsors: / Commanditaire:

Prizes:/ Prix à gagner:

New Canadian Memory Champion : $100, 2n and 3rd overall, $50 and $50 respectively.

Champion(ne) de mémoire canadien(ne) 2017: 100$. Le 2e et 3e recevront 50$.

Books as prizes/ Livres à gagner: Moonwalking with Einstein, Make it Stick the science of successful learning, Secrets of Mental Maths, A Mind for Numbers, Peak: How to Master Almost Anything, Boostez votre mémoire, The Memory Code.

Venues: / Locations:

Montreal: 200 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, room SH-3620 (The front door may have to be kept locked. If it is locked, please wait and we’ll come down every 5 minutes or so to let people in.)

Edmonton:  Aspen Conf. Centre, #202, 10104 – 103 Avenue (Bell Tower)

Rules of conduct do apply to ensure everyone can enjoy participating in this competition.

Des règles de conduite s’appliquent pour s’assurer que tous puissent participer agréablement à cette competition.

Competition Agendas:

2017 Montreal Agenda for the CMC-1

Edmonton 2017 Agenda for the CMC

 The date of the 2017 Canadian Memory Championships is now set for Saturday September 2, 2017

For your information, we are currently planning a dual Canadian Memory Championships for 2017,  with one competition taking place in Edmonton and the other taking place simultaneously in Montreal.  This simultaneous competition, at these two locations, will feature the same  4 Memory Disciplines that we had in 2016.  In 2017, we will have our first Eastern and Western Canadian Memory Champions along with the overall new 2017 Canadian Memory Champion.

La date pour le Championnat de la mémoire canadien 2017 est maintenant fixée pour le samedi 2 Septembre 2017

Cette année, nous planifions un Championnat de la mémoire Canadien qui se produira à deux locations simultanément: Edmonton et Montréal. Quatre disciplines de mémoire seront offertes: numéros éclair, cartes éclair, 15 minutes mots aléatoires et 5 minutes noms et faces (noir et blanc). Nous allons obtenir nos premiers champions de l’est et de l’ouest et le ou la plus fort(e) obtiendra le titre de Champion de mémoire canadien 2017!


Many books will be given away as prizes at the 2017 Canadian Memory Championships!



Results of the 2016 Canadian Memory Championships

Résultats du Championnat canadien de la mémoire 2016


Montréal – 2 juillet 2016

Félicitations au nouveau Champion de la mémoire du Canada Francis Blondin-Gravel! Félicitations aussi à Valérie Grenon pour sa 2e place après avoir été initiée aux techniques de mémorisation il y a à peine 2 ou 3 mois, à Micael Boulet, Mike Rodin et Darren Michalczuk qui se partagent la 3e place, et à Reuben Hosler qui a remporté la section ouverte en mémorisant un jeu de cartes en 1 minute et 19 secondes! Merci à Darren Michalczuk et sa famille pour leur contribution importante à la tenue de l’événement. Merci aux bénévoles Elise Baril, Marie-Ève Tremblay et Tony St-Pierre. Et merci à tous ceux qui ont aidé à faire de cette compétition la meilleure de notre histoire!

Congratulations to the new 2016 Canadian Memory Champion Francis Blondin-Gravel! Congratulations also to Valérie Grenon for her second place after having learned memory techniques only 2 or 3 months ago, to Micael Boulet, Mike Rodin and Darren Michalczuk who share third place, and to Reuben Hosler who won the open section after memorizing a deck of cards in 1 minute and 19 seconds! Thanks to Darren Michalczuk and his family for their important contribution to the organization of the event. Thanks to the volunteers Elise Baril, Marie-Ève Tremblay et Tony St-Pierre. And thanks to all who have helped make of this competition our best ever!

2016 results

Or Argent Bronze 2016 Mike Rodin

Gold/or: Francis Blondin-Gravel; Silver/Argent: Valérie Grenon; Bronze: Micael Boulet, Darren Michalczuk, Mike Rodin.


In the Open Section, Reuben Hosler and Sanja Vukosavljevic finished 1st and 2nd respectively. Dans la Section ouverte, Reuben Hosler et Sanja Vukosavljevic ont terminé 1er et 2e respectivement.

2016CMC Junior and Kid

Kid Champions2016 Alex

Noha set the new records for the the Kid Section in Names and Faces. Mackenzie’s score at Speed Cards surpassed even the best score achieved at her school during the Alberta Provincial Memory Championships. Congratulations to both of them.

In the Junior Section, Alex McAdam won the title of 2016 Canadian Junior Memory Champion undisputed. Since he was the first junior to participate in the Canadian Memory Championships,  he set and now holds all the new records in the four Memory Disciplines for Juniors in Canada.

Noha et Mackenzie ont établient les nouveaux records canadiens dans la section des enfants.

Dans la section Junior, Alex McAdam a obtenu le titre de Champion canadien junior de la mémoire 2016. Tous les 4 résultats d’Alex forment maintenant les records officiels de mémoire pour les juniors au Canada.

2016 group

Thanks to all the contestants!

Merci à tout les participants!





Official Results

2015 Canadian Memory Championships


June 15, 2015 Toronto- All Canadian Memory Championships Records have been surpassed in yesterday’s competition. In the Canadian Only Section, Greg Sutherland, from small town southern Ontario, lead the charge with first beating the current Speed Cards Canadian Memory Championships Record by more than a minute. Then Greg went on to setting a new Canadian record in Random Words. Finally, he edged by a few seconds his own new Canadian Memory Championships Record at Speed Cards that he had just established during his second Speed Cards attempt. With this superb performance, Greg Sutherland earns the 2015 Canadian Memory Champion Title.

Micael Boulet of Sherbrooke took second place, followed by Matthew Kazakov of Newmarket in third place. Matthew’s Speed Cards attempts clocked at less than 1min 20 seconds each but he was unable to put the packs back in order perfectly. This was the first time that a Canadian Memory Athlete attempted to memorize a deck of cards at such high speed in the history of the Canadian Memory Championships.

In the Open Section, Livan Grijalva had no difficulty cruising to victory with a very impressive Speed Cards time under 50 seconds achieved with speedy pack re-ordering.

Thank you so much to all the volunteer who made this competition possible, Vincent, Sophia, Lei and her boy, Jesprete, AnnaMaria, Dilyan, and He. Thanks to Joel and his cameraman of the French CBC for showing up at this event. Thanks to all the contestants, many of you traveling long distances to participate in this event. Thanks to our sponsor Damien Michaud. Sorry if we forgot to mention you. Let us know and we’ll put your name up here.

2015 Canadian Memory Championships Official Results-Championnat Canadien


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Toronto– The Canadian Memory Championships is excited to announce the participation of a world renown memory athlete, at this year’s competition to be this Sunday, June 14th at Metro Hall.
The Open Competition of the Canadian Memory Championships welcomes competitors from all over the world. Livan Grijalva, the US’s Memory Sportsman of the Year, will be there.
In the Canadian Only section, we’ll be expecting a small contingent of French Memory Athletes from Quebec along with a memory athlete from Vancouver. We will have a larger room this year due to a marked increase in the number of participants. Given the quality of the expected contestants, possibly all current Canadian Memory Championships Memory Records could fall at this event.
Memory Championships have been gaining in popularity since the recent best-selling book, Moonwalking with Einstein.
The competition consists of 2 memory disciplines: Speed Cards and Random Words.
This year’s Canadian Memory Champion will receive a cash prize of $100.00.

Spectators do not need to register.
Please contact: 647-885-2514
Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015
Place: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308-309, Toronto
Time: 2:00—5:00 pm
Admission: FREE
Sections: Canadian, Open, Adults, Juniors, and Kids

There will be five excellent memory books being given away as prizes and door prizes!

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2014 Canadian Memory Championships

Official Results

June 9, 2014 at Metro Hall

Congratulations to Arnov Rahman for winning the 2014 Canadian Memory Championships with 6 points, ahead of 8 other Canadian Memory Athletes. In second place, Albertan Damien Michaud with two points won the tie breaker with an overall better score over John Tuyen who also had two points and finished third. For his victory, Arnov received the cup, 50$ and the 2014 Canadian Memory Champion Certificate!


A big thank to Winnie Wang and her friend for volunteering their help at the event and especially to Helena Chang for her role as official arbiter. Thanks to everyone who showed up, the contestants and the brave souls who decided at the last minute to face this memory challenge. All of you have contributed to the success of this event, the best and biggest memory competition in Canada’s history. Arnov Rahman has set a new Canadian 15 minutes Random Words record with 85 points!

2014 Open Canadian Memory Championships -Official Results

Congratulations to Melanie Niu for winning the 2014 Open Canadian Memory Championships for the second year in a row ahead of two other contestants. For her accomplishments, which include the only perfectly memorized pack of cards of the competition, Melanie received a medal and a certificate as the 2014 Open Canadian Memory Champion.



2013 Canadian Memory Championships

Official Results

June 9, 2013 at Metro Hall

Congratulations to Peter Dornan for winning the 2013 Canadian Memory Championships with 6 points. Tied for second and third place are Arnov Rahman and Carlson Ng. As far as prizes for the winners, Peter Dornan received a trophy, 50$ and the book Mind Performance Hacks: Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain. Arnov Rahman received the book You can Have an Amazing Memory: Learn Life-Changing Techniques and Tips from the Memory Maestro. Carlson Ng received the book Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Thanks to Jean-Charles Vinet for donating these great books.

Contestant’s name 1st attempt Speed Cards number/300 seconds 2nd attempt Speed Cards number/300 seconds Speed Cards Rank Position/points Random Words score Random Words Rank   Position/points Total points
1) Altamash Baig 4 11 Third/1 27 Third/1 2
2) Peter Dornan 30 22 First/3 49 Frist/3 6
3) Arnov Rahman 9 13 Second/2 27 Third/1 3
4) Carlson Ng 1 11 Third/1 31 Second/2 3
5) I. Shen N/A 7 N/A
6) Anonymous 101 N/A N/A 26

3 points for a first place, 2 points for a second place, 1 point for a third place

Open Canadian Memory Championships 2013-Official Results

We also decided to run an unannounced Open Contest for anyone and not just Canadians. This Open Championship had exactly the same memory tests and was taken at the same time as the Canadian Memory Championships 2013. Here are the results of that Open Memory Championship:

Open Canadian Memory Championship 2013 -Official Results

Congratulations to Melanie Niu for winning the Open Canadian Memory Championships 2013.

It was a close race. She won on a tiebreaker due to more Random Words memorized in columns where there were errors.

Contestant’s name 1st attempt Speed Cards number/300 seconds 2nd attempt Speed Cards number/300 seconds Speed Card Rank Position/points Random Words score Random Words Rank   Position/points Total points
1) Melanie Niu 15 19 First/3 48 Second/2 5*
2) Reza M. Hessabi 13 2 Second/2 51 First/3 5

3 points for a first place, 2 points for a second place, 1 point for a third place.

*Melanie Niu wins first place because she memorized more Random Words in columns where there were errors.

2012 Canadian Memory Championships

The 2012 Canadian Memory Champion is Angel Yuen Man Lai. Her time in Speed Cards was 3 minutes 35 seconds 22/100 using a speed stacks timer. in Random Words, she scored 79 points. (79 words memorized with no error)
A young student from Oakville and a man drawn from the audience also competed anonymously in this event.

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