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 2016 competition

In the 2016 competition, each finalist was asked to prepare a six minute presentation on the topic What would a Donald Trump presidency mean to Canada and the world? They were then tasked with giving a two to three minute impromptu address in response to the topic Being young is overrated. Agree or disagree. The 2016 finalists included BComs Cole Christiansen, Keenan Manhas, Maxwell Tejera, Stephanie Mah, and Tommy Campbell.

Cole Christiansen

What would a Donald Trump presidency mean for Canada and the world?

Being young is overrated. Agree or disagree.

Keenan Manhas

What would a Donald Trump presidency mean for Canada and the world?

Being young is overrated. Agree or disagree.

Maxwell Tejera

What would a Donald Trump presidency mean for Canada and the world?

Being young is overrated. Agree or disagree.

Stephanie Mah

What would a Donald Trump presidency mean for Canada and the world?

Being young is overrated. Agree or disagree.

Tommy Campbell

What would a Donald Trump presidency mean for Canada and the world?

Being young is overrated. Agree or disagree.

And the 2016 Public Speaking Champion...

Keenan Manhas took top honours and a $1,500 scholarship, followed by runner-up Tommy Campbell 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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