UBC Sauder Public Speaking Competition

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 2018 competition

In the 2017 competition, each finalist was asked to prepare a six minute presentation on the topic What has university taught you so far – and what is missing? They were then tasked with giving a two to three minute impromptu address in response to the questions Which food/s do you wish were banished from the earth? and Which foods remind you of home? The 2018 finalists included BComs Alexis Houze de l'Aulnoit, Samantha Tai MacLeod, Jonathon McKenney, Sharon Shamuyarira, and Amy Yang.

Alexis Houze de l'Aulnoit

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What has university taught you so far — and what is missing?

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Which food/s do you wish were banished from the earth and which foods remind you of home?

Samantha Tai MacLeod

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What has university taught you so far — and what is missing?

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Which food/s do you wish were banished from the earth and which foods remind you of home?

Jonathon McKenney

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What has university taught you so far — and what is missing?

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Which food/s do you wish were banished from the earth? and Which foods remind you of home?

Sharon Shamuyarira

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What has university taught you so far — and what is missing?

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Which food/s do you wish were banished from the earth? and Which foods remind you of home?

Amy Yang

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What has university taught you so far — and what is missing?

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Which food/s do you wish were banished from the earth? and Which foods remind you of home?

Previous competitions

2017W

Watch our 2017 competitors deliver talks on whether smartphones are making us stupid, narcissistic, and destroying our sense of empathy and the most amazing place they've ever visited.

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2016W

Watch our 2016 competitors deliver talks on what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for Canada and the world (the competition was held prior to the outcome of the election) and the world and whether or not being young is overrated.

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2015W

Watch our 2015 competitors deliver talks on the best piece of advice they've ever received and what we can do to change voter apathy in federal elections.

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And the 2018 Public Speaking Champion...

Samantha Tai MacLeod took top honours and a $1,500 scholarship, followed by runner-up Alexis Houze de l'Aulnoit who was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. 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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