Cassandra Shahinfar was a houseguest on Big Brother Canada 4 and Big Brother Canada 5.

Throughout Big Brother Canada 4, Cassandra played a deceitful and cunning game by floating in the middle. She had connections with everybody in the house and was able to talk to and convince anyone and everyone to make moves that bettered her own game. She was feared for her abilities as a convincing campaigner and her ability to sway people's votes from week to week.

Cassandra played a clean game until Week 9 when she was crowned HoH and decided to make a big move in the game by targeting and evicting Jared. The next week, she struggled and fought much harder to remain in the game by manipulating her fellow houseguests. In Week 10, she managed to defy the odds and survive eviction against Joel, however, she was evicted the following week by the sole vote from Kelsey, placing 4th and becoming the eighth member of the jury.

She returned in Big Brother Canada 5 and formed a not-so-secret alliance with her former nemesis Dallas, as well as a new ally in Gary. After the house almost flipped to evict Demetres solely to detriment her game in the first week, she knew she was in severe trouble, and that the other veterans were targeting her. Since Demetres did not want to backdoor her in the second week, she was spared, though lost her ally Dallas. When Neda won HOH in the third week, Cassandra was nominated and targeted, despite trying to make amends with her, and with the assistance of Ika. After a week of tough campaigning, she was unanimously voted out on an 11-0 vote, placing 14th.

Because of her ability to manipulate, her social game, and strategic gameplay, she is regarded as one of the greatest Big Brother Canada houseguests.


Big Brother Canada 4

Name: Cassandra Shahinfar
Age: 22
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Occup: Social Media Strategist

Big Brother Canada 5

Cassandra Shahinfar Biography

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A deceitful and cunning player in BBCAN4, Cassandra has no intentions of switching up her strategy, but will try and make her fellow houseguests believe otherwise.
Age: 23
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Occupation: Marketing Manager

Describe yourself in three words:
Smart, funny, and outgoing

What have you been up to since being on your season of Big Brother Canada?
My life has changed a lot. I have a big girl job now, and a serious relationship. I’ve just been working and back in my life with my friends and family, but the job and boyfriend are big differences from last year.

Is your strategy to win Big Brother Canada different going in for a second time?
No, but I want to convince the other houseguests it is. I still want to ride the middle, and analyze everyone in the house. I still want to say what I need to say to get through each week, and play to each person. But I want them to think I’m this new, different, settled person. Everyone knows how I do things, so that will be my biggest challenge.

If you could call one former houseguest from your season for advice, who would it be and why?
Tim (BBCAN4)! He was my number one alliance member. We played together throughout – he saw me at my best and worst. He would give me good advice. Like, “Hey, be social. Don’t just hide in a corner because you hate everyone.” There are so many things I’m sure he would tell me.

What element of Big Brother Canada did you not have a chance to try before, that you’d like to experience this time around?
Maybe winning competitions? Last season was so bad, and I was really trying to win. This year I’m going to have to sort that out especially at the end when you really need to win.

What perk within the game means the most to you: a letter from home, a luxury party, a season’s slop pass, or a vote from Canada?
A vote from Canada would mean the most. Last year I was 100% myself. When I came out I got so much positive feedback and it really meant the world. That’s really why I wanted to come back. Those are the people I want to impress.

Which Big Brother Canada past competitor would you like to channel this season and why?
Honestly, still Tim. He got to have so much fun and I was always the little bulldog for him. He was always making fun for himself and being everyone’s friend, and that’s the way I want to approach it this time. That way you never seem like you’re really strategizing.

If you could travel into the future or the past which would you choose and why?
I’d travel to the future. Everything in the past has gotten me to this point and I don’t want to change any of it – I love how it has turned out so I’d want to go and see the future. Get the dirty gossip before it even happens.

What do people from Winnipeg have that gives them an edge to win Big Brother Canada?
I love Winnipeg. On our license plates it says “Friendly Manitoba” so that might be what sets us apart. We’re very down to earth and can make friends easily and that could only help me in the house.

Player History - Big Brother Canada 4

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have-Not
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Loss
Reward Win
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Loss
Reward Loss
Week 8 HOH Illegible
Reward Win
Have/Have-Not Have-Not
POV Not Picked
Week 9 HOH Win
POV Loss
HOH Previous HOH
Week 10 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 11 HOH Loss
POV Loss

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have
Week 2 Have-Not
Week 3 Have-Not
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have
Week 8 Have-Not
Week 9 Have/Have-Not Phase Over
Week 10
Week 11

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Paige Distranski Yes
2 Sharry Ash Yes
3 Nominated
4 Raul Manriquez No
Loveita Adams Yes
5 Maddy Pavel No
6 Loveita Adams Yes
Mitchell Moffit Yes
7 Raul Manriquez Yes
8 No Voting
Maddy Pavel Yes
POV Holder Nikki Grahame Yes
10 Nominated
11 Nominated
Finale Jury Member Nick & Phil Paquette Yes

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 9

Player History - Big Brother Canada 5

Competition History

Week 1 HOH/Immunity Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have-Not
POV Advantage Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Luxury Win
Week 3 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have-Not
POV Loss

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have
Week 2 Have-Not
Week 3 Have-Not

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Mark Chrysler Yes
2 Dallas Cormier Yes
3 Nominated

Post Big Brother


  • Cassandra and Jared knew each other outside of the house, with Jared stating on multiple occasions that he knew her mother and has been to Cassandra's home.
  • Cassandra is the only female in Big Brother Canada 4 to win an HOH and a POV
  • She is tied with Loveita, Maddy and Kelsey for the most competitions won by a female in Big Brother Canada 4, with 2 each.
  • Cassandra and Christine are the only females to win the Power of Veto on Big Brother Canada 4.
  • Cassandra and fellow houseguest Dallas Cormier are the first Canadian houseguests to compete in back-to-back Big Brother seasons.
  • In both of Cassandra's seasons, she was on the block week 3 against a female and was nominated by a female.
  • In Big Brother Canada 5, Cassandra was the only female veteran to be evicted pre-jury.
  • Both times Cassandra played, she was a Have week 1 and a Have-Not week 2 & 3.


Big Brother Canada 4 House Guests
BBCAN4 Nick&Phil Small
BBCAN4 Kelsey Small
BBCAN4 Tim Small
BBCAN4 Cassandra Small
BBCAN4 Joel Small
BBCAN4 Nikki Small
BBCAN4 Jared Small
BBCAN4 Maddy Small
BBCAN4 Ramsey Small
BBCAN4 Raul Small
BBCAN4 Mitch Small
BBCAN4 Loveita Small
BBCAN4 Dallas Small
BBCAN4 Christine Small
BBCAN4 Sharry Small
BBCAN4 Paige Small
Big Brother Canada 5 House Guests
BBCAN5 Small Kevin
BBCAN5 Small Karen
BBCAN5 Small Demetres
BBCAN5 Small Ika
BBCAN5 Small Dillon
BBCAN5 Small Dre
BBCAN5 Small William
BBCAN5 Small Jackie
BBCAN5 Small Bruno
BBCAN5 Small Sindy
BBCAN5 Small Neda
BBCAN5 Small Emily
BBCAN5 Small Gary
BBCAN5 Small Cassandra
BBCAN5 Small Dallas
BBCAN5 Small Mark
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