In just five seasons, the quality of play in the Big Brother Canada house was incredible and helped to make for one amazing television program. Through just five seasons we saw players of the highest quality, some that would even match the legends of the BBUS game. Although there of course were some terrible players, what is certainly more intriguing is discussing who were the best of the best and this is what The Mastermind has come up with.
Honourable Mentions: Sarah Hanlon, Jillian MacLaughlin, Mitch Moffit
Sarah Hanlon was socially one of the best to play, but strategically was a mess. On top of accidentally evicting her best friend, she made the wrong strategic move at every turn and only lucked in to winning the season down to several terrible twists and Godfrey’s misjudgment on the jury and who he could beat in the end. Jillian MacLauglin meanwhile has a lot of people to thank for winning Big Brother Canada 1, most notably Emmett Blois for being her rock and helping her get there, but also Topaz for accidentally voting for her to win the game. Mitch Moffit meanwhile dominated the first half of season four and had everything set up in his favour but a terrible twist took him out of the game far too early for anyone to clearly judge how good of a player he truly was.
10. Cassandra Shahinfar – Season 4 (4th),
Season 5 (14th)
Cassandra dominated BBCAN4 with her silky smooth play, hilarious diary room confessionals and awesome strategic play. She formed amazing bonds with every one of her houseguests and created a solid alliance with two other powerhouses in the game that allowed her to easily navigate her way to the final four while staying shielded in the process. The Persian Princess was also single-handedly responsible for the eliminations of Nikki, Jared and perhaps most crucially, her own alliance-mate Joel Lefevre when she was sitting next to him on the block. If she had made it to the end she easily would have won. Cassandra then came back in Season 5 and overplayed massively, becoming an instant target. Still though her amazing play in BBCAN4 earns herself a place high up on this list.
9. Bruno Ielo – Season 3 (7th), Season 5 (9th)
An under-the-radar strategist in Season 3, Bruno Ielo set himself up perfectly to do well until a massive twist took him out of the game without warning. He was the one that formed the chop-shop and he was the one that was silently running the early stages of the game, no matter how much the edit might try and deny it. One of the most low-key strategists in Big Brother history, Bruno certainly has the ability to do well in any season and was only taken out in Season 5 due to a terrible mistake by Sindy Nguyen.
8. Demetres Giannitsos – Season 5 (3rd)
Demetres made for amazing TV and was an even better player. His relationship with Ika was of course the key factor to his game, but without his competition wins and ability to stay in good faith with many of those that Ika had already burnt down a bridge with, the pair would not have been able to do quite as well. His jury management was better than anyone else in that house and had he made it to the end, it is very possible that he would have been able to beat anyone, even Ika.
7. Tim Dormer – Season 4 (3rd)
Almost Will Kirby-esque at times, Tim Dormer completely played the other houseguests in BBCAN4 for fools and despite being an international player easily would have won had he made it to the finals. Pretending as though he didn’t care and didn’t know how the game worked was the perfect strategy for the man who had previously won BBAustralia back in 2013 and allowed him to fly under the radar the entire time. Even more crucially was his fantastic ability to build social bonds, use Cassandra’s strengths to his benefit and never really be on the bad side of anyone.
6. Ika Wong – Season 2 (12th), Season 5 (4th)
The dominating force and factor of Season 5, Ika Wong made it one hell of a season from both a television and strategic in-game perspective. She was easily able to persuade anyone to do what she wanted and took the game by the scruff of the neck by first backstabbing her own six-person alliance when she realized she and Demetres were on the bottom. Her ability to persuade Sindy to take out Neda was immensely impressive and despite betraying several people, all of her BBCAN5 houseguests were still desperate to work with her given her status and rank in the house.
5. Emmett Blois – Season 1 (3rd)
Solid social game, solid strategic game and best of all a dominating ability in challenges, Emmett Blois is practically the complete player. He made a few key errors in his season but his overall play was the dominating factor behind the first season of the show and he was so unlucky to lose that final challenge and get cut by Gary. He built an alliance around himself and that is what the best players of this game are always able to do. If only that alliance had held more sturdly together and Gary hadn’t come back into the house, Emmett might have ended up as the winner of the first ever season.
4. Kevin Martin – Season 3 (9th), Season 5 (Winner)
Kevin Martin might be the best possible player for the style Big Brother Canada 5. Incredible in challenges, decent socially and fantastic strategically, Kevin will always do what is in his best interest but never burns bridges too far that he can’t repair them. He absolutely beat the system at the end of the Big Brother Canada 5, making sure to go into the house pre-season with the knowledge on the types of every single competition in the show’s history. This allowed him to dominate the challenges at the end of the game and thanks to having all his friends out the door, he just spent the final days studying all day long. As a result, he won those challenges when it mattered most, and was able to take Karen to the end of the game and become only the second unanimous winner in North American Big Brother history. He was solid in Season 3, despite so much going against him and always knew how to position himself, but his play in Season 5 is really what needs to be commended.
3. Jon Pardy – Season 2 (1st)
From drinking tasks with Alison White to his hilarious persona in the diary room, Jon Pardy was one of the stars of Big Brother Canada 2 from start to finish. An alpha male who can manage to perfect the under the radar strategy has to be given an immense amount of credit and even though the East-Coaster for large sections of the game was the one in control, nobody had a clue. The hockey man along with Adele and Neda was even one of the only people that Ika actually felt bad for when she shredded those letters. One-half of the devastating alliance that dominated BBCAN 2, Jon Pardy is not only an amazing player but makes for amazing TV as well. He knew what it took to win Big Brother Canada and sealed the deal when he eliminated his loyal ally Neda Kalantar at the final three and it is a lie for anyone to say that he wouldn’t have been able to do it without her. Incredibly solid in all areas of the game, particularly socially, Jon Pardy will forever be one of the best BBCAN players to ever play.
2. Godfrey Mangwiza – Season 3 (2nd)
One of the greatest players to ever play and also one of the most entertaining. Godfrey Mangwiza is one of the standout characters in Big Brother history and changed the game and how house speeches are done. His “I Want Your Blood On These Hands” speech in Jordan Parhar’s eviction is iconic and absolutely did play a part in saving himself from going home while his under-the-radar game cannot be forgotten about either. He most certainly should have won the season over Sarah for his low-key strategic game, but the jury just couldn’t see his game. But as one of the most entertaining and best strategists the Canadian game has seen, Godfrey really is a Big Brother Canada legend and The Mastermind would still love to see him back some day.
1. Neda Kalantar – Season 2 (3rd), Season 5 (11th)
One of the greatest strategists of all time Big Brother, Neda Kalantar will always be very hard to knock off of this spot, even if she didn’t do her absolute best in BBCAN5. She dominated the entire second half of Big Brother Canada 2 and even though she wasn’t always the most entertaining person on the season, it was absolutely amazing to watch her flip the game and then navigate her way through the final few weeks of the season. Utterly dominant, Neda absolutely did deserve to win but was cut by Jon at the final three. Her play in BBCAN5 was a bit over-the-top and a lot of the things she did were unnecessary but she still set herself up in such an amazing way in such a powerful position. If Sindy hadn’t been such a bonehead, she easily could have made it to the final five. Neda is a BBCAN legend, an amazing strategist and would definitely have to be one of the first names on any list involving Big Brother Canada, including the list of the best players of all time.
So there it is! The best Big Brother Canada players of all time! Who do you think should be higher, lower, off the list or on the list? Let me know below and thanks for reading!