2018 Canada International Youth Public Speaking Contest
"Finding My Way"

Congratulations to all contestants! What an inspiring evening!

Group Photo

Collaborating with
LAHOO Lions Club Peace Poster Silent Auction

Canuck Place Children's Hospice




We are honoured to present a message from the Premier of BC, John Horgan, inviting all to attend the Canada International Youth Public Speaking Contest.

message from Premier


We are grateful to receive this kind message from our new Mayor of Vancouver, Kennedy Stewart.

Van Mayor letter

2018 Finalists

Junior Group:
Amy Ren
Katherine Luo
Gary Wang
Jason Yu
Allan Wang
Karina Fung

Middle Group:
Claire Zhong
Yirui Song
Hailey Chen
Emma Wei
Micah Wu
Xinye Zhu

Senior Group:
Alishba Irfan
Netanya Castillo
Sahba Sabour
Naichen Zhao
Kristen Chen

Click to see contestant bios!

Panel of Judges

Stefano Cossalter, The Complete Speaker’s System

Andrew Thompson, District 96 Table Topics Champion

Shawn Gold, District 21 Director for Toastmasters International

Tania Ehman, International award winning speaker and Speakers Coach

Missy Jena, calmversation™

Valerie Lum, District Energizer in Toastmasters District 96

David Ding, no. 1 Chinese-Canadian pundit

Anna Galvin, Lyrebird Academy of Dramatic Arts

Raul Sanchez Inglis, Lyrebird Academy of Dramatic Arts

Click to see judge bios!

2018 Awardees


Junior Group:
1st Place: Jason Yu
2nd Place: Katherine Luo
3rd Place: Gary Wang
Influencer Award: Jason Yu

Middle Group:
1st Place: Emma Wei
2nd Place: Yirui Song
3rd Place: Claire Zhong
Influencer Award: Emma Wei

Senior Group:
1st Place: Netanya Castillo
2nd Place: Naichen Zhao
3rd Place: Alishba Irfan
Influencer Award: Netanya Castillo

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About the Contest

Youths are our future,
and our future needs leaders.


The Canada International Youth Public Speaking Contest emphasizes youth leadership and communication skills, empowering young individuals to achieve greater confidence in future growth.

Started as a platform for Chinese-Canadian youths to express themselves and be heard, our contest has motivated many students to develop skill sets in effective communication and leadership integrity.

This year, we are expanding our contest to all regions of North America, including Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Open to youths aged 8-18 of all nationalities, the 2nd Canada International Youth Public Speaking Contest is here to help every contestant achieve their personal best.

Peace Poster Silent Auction

LAHOO Lions Club International displayed their contestants' Peace Posters for a silent auction.

This year's Peace Poster topic is "Kindness Matters."

All proceeds supported Canuck Place Children's Hospice.

Learn more about Peace Posters

Important Dates

November 18, 2018
Vancouver Semi-Final Contest

November 24, 2018
Toronto and Seattle Semi-Final Contests

December 22, 2018
Vancouver Final Contest