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2019 Provincial Champions and records

The New 2020 BC Memory Champion

Joel Hyvarinen

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Invermere, BC- March 2, 2020 – The very talented Joel Hyvarinen just earned the title of 2020 BC Provincial Memory Champion yesterday with a memorization of 39 cards in 5 minutes before his qualified arbiter for the occasion. Joel began training his memory in late November of last year and uses a Person-Action-Object (PAO) system to memorize his cards. He says he practices occassionally on Memory League and has a PAO system for numbers that needs more practice. Congratulations.

Thanks to Terri Hermi for arbitrating the event.


2019 Quebec Memory Championship

June 17, 2019 – Montreal- Congratulations to Tom Awad for winning by default the 2019 Quebec Memory Championship in Montreal.  Despite having no opposition, Tom went ahead and had himself tested with a relative as arbiter, something which our rules do not allow. And so his best reported score of 18 cards will remain unofficial.
  As Quebec’s 2019 Memory Champion, Tom is now eligible to participate in the Pan Provincial Memory Championship this Sept. 1 which will take place in a number of locations across the country. If you can help Tom in anyway with this competition in Montreal, or if you’d like to participate along with him and get a memory rating from the Canadian Memory Championships please do contact us ( and we will put you in touch with Tom. But hurry, anyone who wishes to participate in the memory competition along with Tom needs to inform us before the end of July. This competition will include Words, Names, Numbers and Cards. There will also be the Canadian mental math challenge.

The 2019 Ontario Memory Championship


Toronto– June 30/2019  Toronto (GTA) – Congratulations to Claire Jeong for winning the event and the  2019 Ontario Memory Champion title. Claire, a new memory athltete who just recently learned to used the Person-Action method, dominated the field and made it look easy to memorize a shuffled deck of cards in 5 minutes.  No one else came close to matching her score and she achieved it twice!


In what was most likely a world’s first, all 5 competitors in this event worked out their memorization on a gym mat!

Mathew Lane, being the only Junior participant, becomes the 2019 Ontario Junior Memory Champion. He established the new (and first) Junior Ontario Provincial Record. Congratulations!

Congratulations to all the participants for taking part in this event.

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Congratulations to John Klein, the first ever Memory Champion of Saskatchewan!


Regina, Saskatchewan– April 3, 2019- Congratulations to the 2019 Saskatchewan Memory Champion! John Klein  informs the Canadian Memory Championships that he is happy that no one else registered for this competition and gladly picks up his first provincial memory championship crown  without taking the trouble to set up a new memory record for Saskatchewan. His victory cry is “Woo Hoo!” Thank you John for registering for this competition and for publicizing it on your large Twitter account.


Congratulations to James Gerwing for winning the 2019 Alberta Memory championship!


 Sherwood Park, Alberta — Saturday March 16, 2019, Today, James Gerwing improved the Alberta Memory Record (Speed cards) by about half a minute to 2 minutes and 52 seconds, (his memorization time for a shuffled deck of cards), and kept his crown as the Memory Champion of Alberta. Congratulations!  Thanks to his  arbiters, Lilly Shabada, Terry Shabada, and Charlotte DaCosta for making this event possible.


Update! — Yunsoo Kim wins the 2019 British Columbia Memory Championship- with 34 cards memorized!

On February 21, 2019 -Terry Fox library in Port Coquitlam, Yunsoo was already the confirmed 2019 Memory Champion of British Columbia but then he decided to show that he deserved the title by memorizing 34 cards in 5 minutes right in front of 2 qualified arbiters, Lorena Christie  and Tina Willard ! Congratulations Yunsoo! A big thanks goes to the 2 arbiters for making this event possible.

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Yunsoo Kim wins the 2019 British Columbia Memory Championship!

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Vancouver– February 4, 2019. Congratulations to Yunsoon Kim for winning his first British Columbia Memory Championship.  It is a victory by default as no one challenged him but he certainly was ready to meet any challenger. Kim looks forward to participating in the upcoming 2019 Canadian Memory Championship later this year.




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Here are all the winners of this year’s Provincial Memory Championships. New records were established: In Manitoba, David Russell doubled his previous record of 21 cards and in Alberta, Jim Gerwing shaved 11 seconds from his previous record. Congratulations!


Mike Rodin edges the others to earn himself the 2018 Ontario Memory Champion Title


Toronto- June 30, 2018- On his way to Hamilton to see a show by Shania Twain, Mike Rodin stopped at the Toronto Reference Library to demonstrate his skill at memorizing playing cards. With a perfectly memorized deck of cards in 3 min. 23 sec., he finished ahead of his two rivals, Dilyan Maleshkov who managed to memorize 14 cards and Bo Cheng with 8 cards.
Also at the competition was the Junior Canadian Memory Champion, Sami Rasheed who memorized 22 cards to take 2018 Ontario Junior Memory Champion Title unopposed.
Congratulations to the winners and all the participants. Also a big thank you to CBC Radio Reporter Jess Shane for covering the event and interviewing the contestants.

David Russell sets a new benchmark to earn the 2018 Manitoba Memory Champion Title.

Winnipeg, Manitoba— David Russell doubled his previous memory Manitoba memory record by memorizing 42 cards in 5 minutes on Wednesday. This year, he had an extra motivation as he had a challenger: Paul Lewis. Congratulation to all the participants and a big thank you to the arbiters who make this event possible: Brendan Lobay and Dustin Funk.
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Jim Gerwing dominates in Alberta with his third Alberta Memory Champion Title.


Left to right, Char, Jim, Kevin, Lily and Terry

March 31,2018–Alberta– Jim Gerwing, photographed above, wins the 2018 Alberta Memory Champion Title with a time of 3 min. 22 sec.  to memorize perfectly a full deck of shuffled cards. Congratulations! Kevin was the runner up.

A group of kids also disputed the title of 2018 Alberta Kid Memory Champion and Mackenzie Michalczuk won that event by memorizing the whole deck in 4 min. 38 sec., setting a new Kid Provincial Record in Alberta. Congratulations to her and all the other participants, Sophia Rivard, Haylie Broad, Emma Vicente.

Thanks to all the volunteer arbiters who have made this competition successful, Char, Lily, Terry, Darren.



Braden Adams wins his 3rd British Columbia Memory Championship


Chiliwack, BC-  On February 17, 2018, Braden Adams achieved what no one else in Canada has ever done: he became the first person to hold a provincial memory title for 3 years in a row. Congratulations!! Braden memorized perfectly a deck of 52 shuffled cards in 1 minute 58 seconds, equalling his own Provincial Memory Record for BC which he had set last year. Thanks to his arbiters, Ryan, Pat and Arthur for monitoring his attempt and thanks to all those who came to the Library to show their support.



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First Ever Nova Scotia Memory Champion!

Nov. 7 , 2017 -Halifax We are proud to announce our new 2017 Nova Scotia Memory Champion: Jazzlyn Braddock.  She’s the first woman to win such a title in Canada since they started in 2014. She won by default but still planned an Oct.29/ 2017 Speed Cards memorization attempt to set a benchmark for Nova Scotia. Due to circumstances beyond her control she was not able to complete her memorization attempt but we may allow her to settle this score at a later date.
If you’d like to support our 2017 Nova Scotia Memory Champion, she currently has a trending gofundme page for her sick dog.

Francis Blondin wins the 2017 Quebec Memory Championship

July 22, 2017 Montreal- One minute and 21 second is all it took Francis to memorize a fully shuffled deck of cards, congratulations!

Ezekiel Julian, a very promising young man managed to memorize a deck even faster but failed to recall the deck within the time allowed.

This was Quebec’s first Championships on their own. They had 4 memory disciplines. 4 contestants disputed the title.

The Canadian Champion at Names and Faces, Valérie Grenon easily won Names and Faces.

Congratulations to all the participants!

The 2017 Ontario Memory Championship

Toronto– June 25/2017  Metro Hall- Congratulations to Eric Yucong Li for winning the event and the title of 2017 Ontario Memory Champion. With the favorites unable to make it to the competition, Eric showed that perseverance does pay off.  His time of 2 minutes 19 seconds is more than twice as fast as his former best competitive score achieved in the 2015 CMC.  His victory was not as easy as the scores may suggest, with Jeremy managing a faster time on the first attempt but he was unable to reconstruct the deck perfectly. Howsikan Kugathasan finished in second place with 24 cards at each of his attempts after starting training with memory techniques less than 2 months ago!  Congratulations to all participants.




2017 Ontario Kid’s Section

Mississauga- Six kids competed on Thursday June 8 for the title of 2017 Ontario Kid Memory Champion at Tomken Road Middle School, 3200 Tomken Rd, (Library).

According to Jeremy Valenciuk, the awesome teacher who made this competition possible, all went really well. The students had worked really hard all year and were extremely enthusiastic for the event.

Ryan Shrestha successfully memorized 15 cards at his second attempt to win the title and set the new memory record for the Kid’s Section in Ontario. Congratulations to all the students for their courage in participating in this demanding challenge!

Also a big thank to the many volunteers: Nicole D’Alessandro, John Lam, Katherine Arbuthnot and especially Jeremy Valenciuk who made this event possible.

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Congratulations to David Russell for winning the first ever Manitoba Memory Championship!


Winnipeg– May 30/2017. As of today, we have our first ever memory champion for Manitoba, David Russell.  He established the first memory record of Manitoba by memorizing 21 Cards correctly in 5 minutes! David brings much enthusiasm to our sport and worked hard on his PAO system to succeed in setting this first memory record for Manitoba! He hopes that his participation will encourage others in Manitoba to participate. Congratulation David!

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David’s team of volunteer Arbiters. Thank you!


Congratulations to Jim Gerwing for winning the 2017 Alberta Memory Championship!

Strathcona County Public Library. Birch Room, Alberta- On March 11/ 2017, Jim Gerwing
smashed the Provincial Alberta Memory Championship Speed Cards record (on his second
attempt) to defend his title of Alberta Memory Champion for the second year in a row.
Congratulations. The new official record for Alberta is now  3:33 min. to memorize a deck of
Victorious Jim, and his great team of arbiters
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In the kid section, the 2016 kid champion of Canada, Mackenzie Michalczuk came through with a kid record 29 cards to gain the title of 2017 Kid Memory Champion of Alberta.

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Darren Michalczuk, the silver medal winner at the 2016 Canadian Memory Championships, was in hospital the day of his planned attempt. He didn’t let the fact that his official arbiters couldn’t be present to go ahead with his attempt in front of his wife and daughter. His results? Two perfect decks, 1:46 min. and the second in 1:14 min. Too bad his official arbiters weren’t there. His two attempts cannot be recognized officially by the Canadian Memory Championships. The good news is that his health is getting better.

Congratulations to Braden Adams for Winning the 2017 BC Memory Championship!

Vancouver-  Braden Adams successfully defended his title for the second year in a row against a couple of challengers with a new British Columbia Provincial record at Speed Cards recalling perfectly a shuffled deck of cards memorized in just 1 minute and 58 seconds. Awesome! One of the best time ever in the history of the Provincial Memory Championships. Congratulations to all the participants!



Les Resultats du Championnat provincial du Québec 2016

Merci a Francis Blondin Gravel pour ce rapport du Championnat de mémoire du Québec 2016:


Le samedi 16 Juillet 2016- Montréal – Les résultats de la compétition
– Monsieur Frédéric Leclair a clairement le potentiel de tous nous battre, mais égaler ses records personnels sous pression n’est pas chose facile et il a dû se contenter d’une 4e place.
– Monsieur Micaël Boulet a fait une solide 3e place avec 80 mots en 15 minutes (3 erreurs plus 3 fautes ramènent le score à 47), 80 décimales en 5 minutes (score de 70 à cause d’une erreur) et un jeu de cartes en 3 minutes et 43,77 secondes.
– Monsieur Reuben Hosler a fait 60 mots, 130 décimales et un jeu de cartes en 1 minute et 25,44 secondes. Aucune erreur. Il aurait gagné si on comptait les points de la même façon qu’au “World Memory Championships”.
– Je me suis sauvé in extremis avec la victoire avec 76 mots (116 mots mémorisés avec plusieurs erreurs), 140 décimales et un jeu de cartes en 2 minutes 38.10 secondes.

Thanks to Francis for the above report: Here is a summary:
The winner and the new 2016 Quebec Memory Champion is Francis Blondin Gravel with a Speed Card time of 2 min and 38 seconds. Congratulations. A big thank to Olga Plakhova and Guillaume Boutin for volunteering as arbiters.

New 2016 Ontario Memory Champion!

Toronto– At Metro Hall on Saturday, June 11th Mike Rodin took the title of 2016 Ontario Memory Champion by memorizing perfectly a deck of cards in 2:08 seconds edging the 2015 Canadian Memory Champion Greg Sutherland who had a perfect deck also in 2:37 seconds. Both these results are among the top 5 ever achieved in the the Provincial Memory Championships, nation wide. Alex Chan and Dilyan Maleshkov also participated in this event. Congratulations to all the contestants.

The results for the 2016 Alberta Provincial Memory Championships are now in!

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West Lock, Alberta– In the Kid Section, Elijah Jersh and Victoria Brett tied with 21 cards each and so they will share this year’s title of Kid Memory Champion of Alberta. To earn this title they have equaled the Adult Speed Cards Record for Alberta set out last year by Damien Michaud.
With 17 contestants, this competition was the largest memory competition on record for the Canadian Memory Championships. A big thank goes to teacher Darren Michalczuk for showing this new sport to his students and for introducing them to the memory techniques.
“It was a great experience…” said Darren, who added, “All of the kids tried hard, and I am super proud of how they [his students] progressed.” The venue, a noisy library, along with an announcement made during the memorization period,  ensured that the kids performed somewhat below their current skill level.

Sherwood Park, Alberta– In the Adult Section, Jim Gerwing not only equaled the Alberta Provincial Record at Speed Cards,  he smashed it not once but twice, setting the new Speed Cards Record higher for Alberta at 34 Cards. His claim to the title of 2016 Alberta Provincial Memory Champion is not only well deserved but also unchallenged. Jim made his new Provincial Memory Record at the Strathcona Public Library. Congratulations!

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Results- 2016 British Columbia Memory Championships

The closest results ever in the Provincial Memory Championships. Two contestants now share the new BC Speed Cards Record.

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Braden Adams of Chilliwack, BC, surpassed Erik McNeill-Buettner of Vancouver, BC, by one card with his other memorization attempt to take the 2016 British Columbia Memory Champion title.

Both Erik and Braden now share the Speed Cards record for British Columbia with a time of 4 min 50 seconds. Congratulations to all participants, in this biggest BC memory competition on record, involving two cities.

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The Quebec Memory Championship battle produces impressive results

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Montréal– Le 18 Juillet 2015 – Reuben Hosler a gagné le titre de Champion Mémoire du Québec avec un temps de 3 min. 13 sec., suivi par Micael Boulet, avec 4 min. 34 sec., et Francis Blondin avec 16 cartes. Tous ces exploits de mémoire seront ajoutés aux 10 meilleurs scores des Championnats provinciaux de la mémoire. Félicitations!
Avec 3 athlètes de mémoire et 2 arbitres, ce fut notre 2ème plus gros Championnat provincial de mémoire à ce jour. Un gros merci a tous les participants et en particulier a Micael Boulet pour son initiative à organiser cette rencontre.

Montreal– July 18/2015 – Reuben Hosler earned the Quebec Memory Champion title with a time of 3 min. 13 sec., followed by Micael Boulet, with 4 min. 34 sec., and Francis Blondin with 16 Cards. All these feats of memory will be added to the top 10 Provincial Memory Championships scores. Congratulations!
With 3 memory athletes competing and 2 arbiters, this was our 2nd largest ever Provincial Memory Championships to date.
A big thank to all the participants and especially to Micael Boulet for his initiative in organizing this event.

New Provincial Memory Record at Speed Cards: Matthew Kazakov raises the bar with a time of 1:18 seconds

Ontario Memory Championships 2015

Toronto– June 27 Matthew Kazakov, who finished 3rd earlier this month at the Canadian Memory Championships, memorized flawlessly two decks or cards, one in 1:35 seconds and  the next one in 1:18 seconds. Eric Li was the runner up with 44 cards memorized. Congratulations! With 4 memory athletes competing and 2 arbiters, this was our largest Provincial Memory Championships so far.


Damien Michaud memorized 21 cards to gain the Alberta Memory Championship Title March 14, 2015

2ndplace Cmc2014DSCF0763 Cold Lake– Damien Michaud, who finished 2nd last year at the Canadian Memory Championships, easily earned the title of 2015 Alberta Memory Champion. He set a new memory record at Speed Cards for Alberta. Damien achieved this at the Cold Lake Library before two qualified arbiters. Congratulations!


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Drewe MacIver keeps his title of British Columbia Memory Champion
February 28, 2015

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Vancouver- For a second year in a row, Drewe MacIver earned the title of Provincial Memory Champion of British Columbia. The competition was fierce as both the challenger and the reigning champion smashed last year BC Record of 3 memorized cards! The new BC Record at Speed Cards now stands at 23 cards.


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An account of the competition by the Challenger Joaquin,

“I learned more that day regarding memorizing than in the months
previous in terms of preparation. Unfortunately I had never
practiced this with anyone, much less three people, staring at me, as
it didn’t occur to me that it would make much of a difference. For
whatever reason, lack of sleep, nerves, or being weirded out by the
onlookers, I couldn’t get into “the zone”, what psychologists call
“flow”, the same feeling musicians get sometimes when things are going
well and the instrument disappears. I decided I should play it safe
and just do half a deck. So with my heart racing I plugged away till
26, but I had more images in my head than cards. When it came time
to reorganize the reference deck I felt a bit better, but still
shaken. On checking I made a mistake at the 8th card, 5 of diamonds
instead of 5 of hearts. Idiot! Drewe managed 24 cards before missing
a face card for a 7. I took a break and walked around, trying to calm
down, but my mind was racing; a bad sign, going fast is all about
slowing down and flow. I decided I was going to do the full 52 cards
for the second run and to hell with it. I stomped back into the room
and we started again. I raced through the cards and at the 4 minute
mark only had 4 cards to do. I started at the beginning again to
recheck everything slowly and went through the mind palace to
discover, to my horror, that I had encoded the 10th card wrong. It
was supposed to be a 6 of spades and there looking at me was a 6 of
clubs. Impossible! I must have transposed it, and swapped the 10th
card with the 28th. Or then again perhaps I missed a card entirely,
in which case everything was off by one. Time! No time to change
it. On checking it, it appears my first impression was correct, I
transposed a card when memorizing it. Drewe was curious this time to
see how many more I got after the error. Academic and irrelevant, but
yes, I accurately memorized 50 cards of the 52 and got a score of 9.
What is interesting is that I keep making the same type of error: I
invariable get the number correct, and even the colour (red or black)
but mess up on the shape. I suspect if I can get my emotions in check
I probably won’t have this problem with shape dyslexia: it appears I
am accurately memorizing the wrong card. I need to learn to first see
it accurately while under stress. Like I said, a very valuable
learning experience, and I will now be recruiting my friends and
family to start watching me do practice runs, and start practicing in
bars and near highways to maximize adverse conditions. One thing is
memorizing cards in my office, wearing comfy slippers and sipping tea.
Another is actually doing it in competition.
In terms of publishing the results, I could care less. I would think
it probably best if you keep to your usual practice, as the only
slightly embarrassing detail to this whole enterprise is that there
are only two people turning up for this event in BC. I have talked to
some of my friends and they have a mild curiosity, but not sure if
they will take up the challenge and start training. I suspect they
still see it as a carnival freak show activity and don’t realize the
health benefits associated with it.”


Montreal Resident becomes the first Quebec Memory Champion
July 22, 2014

Dorval- Quebecer Kevin Kwateng earned the title of 2014 Quebec Memory Champion this month. After registering for this event and after being informed that no one else in Quebec wanted to compete for this title, Kevin decided to just accept his new title of Quebec Memory Champion while wondering if he would have to work harder to keep his title next year.

Toronto Resident becomes the first Provincial Memory Champion of Ontario
June 23, 2014

Toronto- Melanie Niu, the current Open Canadian Memory Champion, became the first Provincial Memory Champion of Ontario on June 21 2014 by achieving the top score at Speed Cards of all registered memory competitors in Ontario. Inside a quiet library meeting room and in front of an experienced arbiter and others, Melanie memorized her first pack of cards in 3 minutes and 42 seconds. Congratulations!

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Calgary Resident becomes the first Provincial Memory Champion of Alberta
April 1, 2014

Calgary- Neil Whaley became the first Provincial Memory Champion of Alberta on March 31 by achieving the top score at Speed Cards of all registered memory competitors in Alberta. Neil competed in front of three qualified arbiters in an indoor park in Calgary. Congratulations!

Vancouver Resident becomes the first Provincial Memory Champion of British Columbia
February 25, 2014

Vancouver- Drewe MacIver became the first Provincial Memory Champion of British Columbia last Sunday by achieving the top score at Speed Cards of all memory competitors of British Columbia. Drewe achieved his score while competing in front of three qualified arbiters in the lobby of his apartment building. Congratulations!

The graph below outlines the dates set out for the Provincial Memory Championships. Download the Arbiter’s Check List on the resource page for more details.
Provincial CMC dates

November 27, 2013

Provincial Memory Championships 2014: The Canadian Memory Championships expands across Canada

Toronto— Participate in your own province’s provincial memory Championships! The Canadian Memory Championships has begun organizing Provincial Memory Championships to allow everyone across Canada to participate in a recognized memory competition. The memory competitions will apply uniformed qualifying standards and with contestants able to host nationally recognized championships in their respected Provinces or Territories.
The Provincial Memory Championships consist of one memory test: Speed Cards.
The first Provincial Memory Championship of 2014 will take place this January. Registration for this monthly competition will begin December 1, 2013. In January, this competition is for residents of the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
In order to participate in the Provincial Memory Contest, a contestant needs to qualify 3 persons to act as the contestant’s judges and to hold the event in any publicly accessible venue.
The second Provincial Memory Championship of 2014 will be held in February in British Columbia. This competition is for residents of British Columbia. Registration for this event begins January 1, 2014.
Kids and junior levels are also welcome to participate in any of these competitions!
For more information please consult the arbiter’s guidelines which will be provided upon request. Guidelines will also be posted shortly on the CMC website. [Edit January 20/2014, The Arbiter’s Check List will serve as guidelines for this competition and is now available for downloading in the resource page.]
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