Opportunities beyond the Classroom

Macgregor Smith Speaking Competition

January 24, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm, ECHA Room 1-190

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.

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’d like you to think about “Future Challenges and Opportunities.”


Your speech should relate to the following statement:

______ is a future challenge I’m concerned about and ______ could be an opportunity to address it. 

(Examples of future challenges could relate to technology, population, food security, malnutrition, climate change, 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 of judges including staff, faculty, 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. Registration The deadline to register is Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 4pm *** 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!


Free Food

We will have delicious snacks free of charge and it's no problem if you'd like to simply attend and enjoy the evening!

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