Public Speaking Contest

What Does This Year’s Canada Youth Public Speaking Contest Involve?

In year 2020, due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be a turning point in the way we perceive challenges and the way we can equip ourselves to use them to grow as responsible individuals. A small virus seems to have changed our entire outlook and the world around us.
However, one thing is certain, and that is the impact of challenges, whether great or small, such as climate change, pandemics, or even choosing a career path can be turned into opportunities for growth, through making small changes in our attitudes and the way we influence others.

We firmly believe that it is important that students are provided a platform to express what they are passionate about. Therefore, this year’s competition aims to give that opportunity to youth from all over the world to present their thoughts on the following:

Small Changes, Big Impact

By doing so, students will be able to articulate their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions about some of the challenges facing us these days and how we can navigate them and grow as a result. They will present us with new ways of thinking and promote leadership and taking initiatives.

This year’s contest involves junior, middle, and senior age categories and will submit their presentations via our online.

Who Can Enter the Contest?

We welcome the youth in age 8-17 from the world:

Junior Group: Ages 8-10, 4-6 minute speech

Middle Group: Ages 11-13, 6-8 minute speech

Senior Group: Ages 14-17, 8-10 minute speech

Important Dates

Registration Deadline: June 30th, 2020

Semi Final Video Submission Deadline: August 1st, 2020

Final: August 30th, 2020

How to Register for the Contest?

You must submit a short video presentation between 1 to 2 minutes. Please note that our previous years’ finalists are exempted and can indicate that in the Registration Form.

Presentation Guidelines:

** Please set your device at a proper distance and height so that your facial expressions and your upper body gestures can be seen and perceived clearly.

** When you speak, look directly at the camera.

** If you think that you may need to refer to any notes, you can place them close to the camera instead of looking away from the screen. This allows you to read from your notes without distracting the audience.

How to submit the vidoe clip?

The short video presentations can be submitted to info@canadayouth.org using one of the following formats.

  • Youtube
  • Google Drive

The registration for 2020 is closed now.

2020 Winners

Junior Group

First Place

Iris Shi, Maple Grove Elementary School,Vancouver Canada

Second Place

Kevin Li, Aspengrove school, Nanaimo Canada

Supicha Assavaniwej, Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, Thailand

Third Place

Titus Fu, Ridgeview Elementary School, West Vancouver, Canada

Kevin Zhang, Immaculate Conception School, Vancouver , Canada

Napat Vorathanatchakul , Harrow International School, Bangkok, Thailand

Middle Group

First place

Gabrielle Shine, Lower Canada College, Montreal, Canada

Second Place

Ishika Linoj Kumar, Coyote Creek Elementary School, Surrey, Canada

Sarah Gerrie, Richmond Christian School, Richmond, Canada

Third Place

Darien Yang, Norma Rose Point School, Vancouver

William Lu, Shaughnessy Elementary, Vancouver, Canada

Shine Wu, Sir William Osler Elementary School, Vancouver, Canada

Senior Group

First Place

Fiona Li,  Mulgrave School, West Vancouver, Canada

Second Place

Maxwell Holmes, Langley Arts School, Langley Canada

Luke Montalbano, Collingwood School, West Vancouver, Canada

Third Place

Hailey Chen, Crofton House School, Vancouver, Canada

Holly Li, Burnaby Mountain Secondary School, Coquitlam, Canada

Aaliya Saquib, John Fraser Secondary School, Mississauga, Canada 

Most Influential Award

Sean Yan, Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver, Canada

Best of the Content Award

Ariel Wang, Samuel Brighouse Elementary School, Richmond, Canada

Most Potential Award

Sharon Zhang, Lord Kitchener elementary School, Vancouver Canada

Most Polular Award

Darien Yang, Norma Rose Point School, Vancouver


See you in 2021!