Happening January 22nd, 2020, from 6-8:30pm, Location TBD
The Macgregor Smith Public Speaking Competition was founded by Professor Jack Macgregor Smith who was the first professor of agricultural engineering and was a polished and entertaining speaker. Hosted by the Agriculture Club, this annual competition is a long-standing tradition within the Faculty, having begun in 1931.
2020 Competition Theme
Since the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences draws on science, the social sciences, business, the arts and humanities to help solve some of the most pressing global issues we face today and will continue to face in years to come, for this year’s competition we invite competitors to think about “Climate Change.”
Speeches should relate to the following statement:
Please discuss climate change as you relate it to any aspect of your chosen field. (Examples: wildfires, climate refugees, resource availability, technology, fast fashion, circular economy, etc.)
Drawing on this theme, students may choose their own focused topic relating to their ALES degree program or to their personal experiences. Speeches will be judged by a panel including staff, faculty, alumni, and students within the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
All current ALES undergraduate students are eligible to enter to compete. There will be a maximum of 12 participants selected on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The deadline to register is Sunday, January 13th, 2020 by 11:59pm *** REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE EARLY IF/WHEN THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (12) HAVE REGISTERED. DON’T DELAY IN SUBMITTING YOUR REGISTRATION FORM!
The top 3 speeches will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes ($800, $500, $300). And, all students in attendance (speakers and audience members) can enter a draw to win a great door prize (an amazing portable and waterproof bluetooth speaker, valued at $140)!
Show up hungry! We’ll have delicious catering available for all guests to enjoy – free of charge. You do not need to know any of the presenters to attend and enjoy this evening.