2023 National Championship of the Spelling Bee of Canada

Regional Finalists have been announced for in-person event taking place at the Sheraton Parkway in Richmond Hill, Ontario on Sunday, May 28th

Toronto, Ontario, May 3rd, 2023 – The Spelling Bee of Canada will host its National Championship Competition on Sunday, May 28th at the Sheraton Parkway in Richmond Hill, ON. Following a series of regional chapter spelling bee competitions across the country, 60 finalists (20 per age category) have made it through to the next round and are set to compete at the championship this month. The full list of regional finalists is below.

“Spelling Bee of Canada is proud to be celebrating 36 incredible years!” says Julie Spence, Founder of Spelling Bee of Canada. “We are thankful for the passion and focus of our volunteers and the participants as we continue to strive together on this educational endeavour. In this wonderful world of words, we not only expand our vocabulary; we expand our understanding, and our ability to communicate effectively with others. After a challenging couple of years, we at Spelling Bee of Canada are excited that we are returning to our normal schedule.”

Spelling Bee of Canada’s 36th Annual Championship will take place in-person on Sunday, May 28th at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites in Richmond Hill. The event will be live-streamed on CBCSports.ca, CBC Gem and on the SBOC YouTube channel. “The Spelling Bee of Canada has changed many lives over the past 36 years - many past participants are shining stars in their fields. Some are doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, and some have even created their own start-up companies.” says Nagina Parmar, President of the Spelling Bee of Canada. “Watching participants grow up makes us very proud, and we hope to continue doing this for many more years to come.”

Spelling Bee of Canada organizes a variety of competitions and programming aimed at children between 6-14 years of age. The participants are placed into one of three categories: Primary age 6 to 8, Junior age 9 to 11 or, Intermediate age 12 to 14, to vie for cash, trophies and prizes.




Full list of Regional Winners. Let’s cheer them on as it took a lot to get to this stage!


Ajax Pickering / Oshawa Whitby

Aratrika Roy (Age 8) - Primary

Adit Khandelwal (Age 11) - Junior

Ananya Parthasarathy (Age 12) - Intermediate



Gurnyamat Randhawa (Age 7) - Primary

Sofia Khan (Age 11) - Junior

Anomioghene Medu (Age 12) - Intermediate


British Columbia

Kai Chiang (Age 8) - Primary

Alston Li (Age 9) - Junior

Parnavdeep Singh Kundi (Age 12) - Intermediate


Burlington / Milton / Hamilton

Kiash Das (Age 7) - Primary

Temisan Johnson (Age 11) - Junior

Jaral Nathan C. Lasquite (Age 14) - Intermediate



Aarya Kasbekar (Age 8) - Primary

Jonathan Mandel (Age 11) - Junior

Devam Desai (Age 12) - Intermediate


Central North York / North York East

Arshan Shahriar (Age 8) - Primary

Eve Sandomierski (Age 10) - Junior

Olive Reilly (Age 12) - Intermediate



Evan Valentin Ulashchuk (Age 7) - Primary

Owen Horney (Age 10) - Junior

Chifulumnanya Dike-Nwalusi (Age 13) - Intermediate


Etobicoke / North York West

Charlotte Lee (Age 8) - Primary

Shlok Shah (Age 11) - Junior

Ethan Lin (Age 13) - Intermediate


Kitchener / Waterloo

Advi Rishi (Age 8) - Primary

Aariz Anees (Age 10) - Junior

Jordan Lloyd (Age 14) - Intermediate


KTCEA (Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council Education Authority)

Lanna Okemow (Age 7) - Primary

Emerson Yellowknee (Age 11) - Junior

Leonard Oar (Age 13) - Intermediate


Maple / Markham / Richmond Hill

William Gao (Age 8) - Primary

Kavya Senthil (Age 11) - Junior

Iniyan Manimaran (Age 14) - Intermediate



Dakshita Jegan Saranya (Age 8) - Primary

Karina Swaminath (Age 10) - Junior

Ananthaa Madhavan (Age 13) - Intermediate


Niagara Falls

Ryan George (Age 8) - Primary

Aleeza Masood (Age 11) - Junior

Kino Symonds (Age 12) - Intermediate


Nova Scotia

Paarsh Rathi (Age 6) - Primary

Zaara Kagzi (Age 11) - Junior

Ali Khan (Age 14) - Intermediate


Ottawa / Carleton

Aarick Hiremath (Age 8) - Primary

Yogi Joshi (Age 11) - Junior

Daivya Thaker (Age 13) - Intermediate



Vaidika Khandelwal (Age 7) - Primary

Ethan Nicholas David (Age 10) - Junior

Ariv Narula (Age 13) - Intermediate


Saskatchewan First Nations

Amarys Mitsuing (Age 8) - Primary

Kelry Campbell (Age 10) - Junior

McKenna Fineblanket (Age 14) - Intermediate


Scarborough North / South

Shivam Datta (Age 7) - Primary

Srinika Dogiparthy (Age 9) - Junior

Justin Miranda-Radbord (Age 13) - Intermediate



Sophia Babalola (Age 8) - Primary

Atharv Singh (Age 10) - Junior

Musab Iqbal (Age 12) - Intermediate


Wood Buffalo

Ayaan Ahmad (Age 8) - Primary

Navindu Pathirana (Age 9) - Junior

Hiba Ali (Age 12) - Intermediate



About Spelling Bee of Canada:

 Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC) is a registered not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing youth, parents, teachers, and the Indigenous community across the nation with the opportunity to participate in the education process and celebrate academic achievement. Since 1987, over 70,000 children have participated in SBOC's annual spelling bee competitions across Canada, providing a positive opportunity to improve their English language, spelling, comprehension, and communication skills.

Our Mission:

Our goal is to expand our participants' vocabulary, communication skills, and self-confidence, by providing a foundation for our future generation.

Every child that participates in the spelling bee program is a winner!

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Media Contacts:

Hailey Price

Publicist, The TARO Group