Since 1990, Paul Paquet has been active in the world of trivia
- Online Trivia: The games on this site
attract champions from both Jeopardy and Millionaire, as well as players
from every continent.
- Trivia Clients: Whether writing custom questions or mining a database of 100,000+ questions, Paul has written for
Trivial Pursuit, Microsoft Encarta and Bing, MTV Europe, Qrank, iGoogle's trivia widget, a Canadian game show called Instant Cash,
Hershey and others. He has provided content for official "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" merchandising
and for the online version of "1v100" on nbc.com. He provided about a third of the questions QuizUp used when it launched.
- Trivia Columns and Books: Paul wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column called Trivia Bits for seven years, and is now writing a trivia column that appears internationally in Reader’s Digest. He has also provided material for Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader (including one item that was too hot for them to print. In the 2000s, he wrote a book
trivia column for the Ottawa Citizen and
self-syndicated a column to Ontario weekly newspapers.
- Weekly Pub Nights: Since 1998, Paul has run weekly pub nights throughout Ottawa,
which are often standing-room only. There are also had venues in Toronto, Guelph, Kitchener, Cornwall and Brockville.
- Trivia Parties and Teambuilding Events: Paul
is available for private trivia events, including year-end parties, birthday parties, retreats and team-builders.
He can even run bilingually. He has done dozens of events
around Ottawa and as far afield as Chateau Montebello and Strathmere.
In 2016, he used a buzzer system for an event at the Museum of Nature.
- Charity Events: Since 2000, Paul has provided
questions for, and acted as chief judge for, North America's largest annual
trivia event, which has raised more than $50,000 a
the local children's aid charity. He does this pro bono
and, over the years, he has played a greater role behind
the scenes, handling public relations and other work.
- Reach for the Top: Paul has been
interested in trivia since he appeared on Reach for the
Top, a high school quiz program, in 1982. In 2000, the Reach team he coached at Lisgar Collegiate won the
city championship, and in 2002, he judged the Ontario Reach championship, which was televised on TVO.
- Game Show Appearances: Paul has passed the Jeopardy qualifying test
several times (and his wife was on the show in 2004). He appeared
on Time Chase, a quiz show that ran on the History
Channel. He produced a trivia-themed podcast game show called Quizcaster.
- TCONA and WQC: Paul was the honorary "vice-president of trivia" for
the Game Show
Congress and now runs several events at the Trivia Championships of North America, notably SmartyPants, which pits
against each other all-stars from Jeopardy,
Millionaire, Twenty-One, Greed and Win Ben Stein's
Money. He has also won the North American leg of the World Quizzing Championship and now is part of the group that writes the questions. In 2016, he was part of Team Canada at the first Quiz Olympiad.
- Media Appearances and Interviews: He has been
interviewed about the trivia business by Ron Charles on
CBC National News, as well as by CBC Radio in
Ottawa, by Ben Mulroney on Talk TV's Chat Room and
by Global National News (TV), as well as by numerous radio
shows across Canada and several of Ottawa's TV media. In
2004, he hosted a three-hour trivia show on CFRA, an
Ottawa radio station. CJOH (Ottawa's
#1 radio station) has also used his content for on-air
trivia contests. In 2006, his pub game was featured in a segment on TVO's Studio 2. He also is mentioned in books by Jeopardy champs Ken Jennings and Bob Harris, who refer to Paul's status as one of North America's pre-eminent quizmasters.
- Prime Minister Paul Martin: He provided trivia
for Paul Martin's campaign Web site when he was running
for party leader. And he became prime minister. Not that
we're taking the credit. We're just saying ...
- Paul the Player: As part of the dreaded trivia
team known as the Plush Toy of Darkness, Paul has won more than $1000 in
cash and prizes since 2002 at local trivia events. Paul used to play NTN as WLDCAT and participates in both Learned League and 2020.