CanSpell National Spelling Bee

"Canadian Spelling Bee" redirects here. The Spelling Bee of Canada, founded 1987, is a separate competition.
The CanWest CanSpell National Spelling Bee is a spelling bee held annually in Canada since 2005. The bee is affiliated with the United States-based Scripps National Spelling Bee and uses similar rules and word lists. It is organized by CanWest Global Communications, parent company of 10 of the regional newspaper sponsors.


As of 2008, regional finals are held in 22 Canadian cities from Victoria to St. John's.

The winner in each regional final participate in the national final in Ottawa each April. The 22 regional winners also qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Media and the Bee

The CanSpell finals enjoy significant coverage from CanWest-owned media outlets. A documentary on the event was produced in 2005, a live broadcast was aired in 2007, and edited versions of the finals were broadcasted in 2006 and 2008. These broadcasts were all aired on Global Television. Live webcasts are also featured each year.

All CanWest dailies except The Province participate in the spelling bee. Other newspaper sponsors include the Winnipeg Free Press, The Telegram in St. John's, The Daily News in Halifax, The Chronicle-Journal in Thunder Bay, and The Guardian in Charlottetown.

The Saturn brand of General Motors has been the presenting sponsor for 2005 and 2006. Saturn dropped in 2007 and was replaced with Canada Post. Other national sponsors include Air Canada, AIC Limited, Oxford University Press, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Lord Elgin Hotel.

Competition Statistics

National champions

Year Champion Scripps Placement
2005 Finola Hackett 11th place (tied)
2006 Finola Hackett 2nd place
2007 Soohyun Park 16th place (tied)
2008 Emma Brownlie 46th place (tied)


The runner up is the person that places second in a spelling bee. This lists the national runners-up.

Year Person
2005 Edwin Ho
2006 Jennifer Hurd
2007 Amrit Sampalli
2008 Cody Wang

Winning Words and Word Runner-Up Misspelled

Year Winning Word Runner-Up Misspelled Word
2005 otiosity brucellosis
2006 dghaisa sacaton
2007 hypobulia moiety
2008 hamadryad Croesus


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