UBC Sauder Public Speaking Competition 2015W

Each year, UBC Sauder's best undergraduate orators compete for $2,500 in scholarships and the title of Public Speaking Champion.

The UBC Sauder Public Speaking Competition is an annual invitational event for which COMM 395 Business Communications instructors nominate their most capable students from the past 12 months. Selected participants compete in a preliminary knockout round by recording and submitting speeches for the judging committee. Short-listed finalists are then invited to compete in front of an audience, delivering both prepared and impromptu presentations. 

The 2015 competition

In the 2015 competition, each finalist was asked to prepare a six minute presentation on the topic What's the best piece of advice you've ever received? They were then tasked with giving a two to three minute impromptu address in response to the question In the 2011 federal election, 40% of Canadians did not vote. How can we change voter apathy? The 2015 finalists included BComs Ameera Ladak, Ben Gardiner, Kimberly Chang, Zach Short, Cherihan Hassun, and Mingchi Choo.

Ameera Ladak

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What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Embedded thumbnail for Ameera Ladak - impromptu video

In the 2011 federal election, 40% of Canadians did not vote. How can we change voter apathy?

Ben Gardiner

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What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Embedded thumbnail for Ben Gardiner - impromptu video

In the 2011 federal election, 40% of Canadians did not vote. How can we change voter apathy?

Kimberly Chang

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What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Embedded thumbnail for Kimberly Chang - impromptu video

In the 2011 federal election, 40% of Canadians did not vote. How can we change voter apathy?

Zach Short

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What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Embedded thumbnail for Zach Short - impromptu video

In the 2011 federal election, 40% of Canadians did not vote. How can we change voter apathy?

Cherihan Hassun

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What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Embedded thumbnail for Cherihan Hassun - impromptu video

In the 2011 federal election, 40% of Canadians did not vote. How can we change voter apathy?

Mingchi Choo

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In the 2011 federal election, 40% of Canadians did not vote. How can we change voter apathy?

Note: Due to audio difficulties, Mingchi's prepared presentation could not be rebroadcast. 

Most recent competition

Watch our 2018 competitors deliver talks on what university has and hasn't taught them and which foods remind them of home and which they could do without.

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And the 2015 Public Speaking Champion...

Ameera Ladak took top honours and a $1,500 scholarship, followed by runner-up Cherihan Hassun who was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. It was an impressive showing by all finalists! Think you have what it takes to be the next Public Speaking Champion? Ask your COMM 395 instructor about the next competition!


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