Young speaker program at Royal one of the largest ever

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The Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) Competition is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 competition which took at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

This year’s Senior Champion was Ellie Stauffer from Alberta. First Runner-up was Anika O’Neill from New Brunswick. Second Runner-up was Julie French from Ontario.

The Junior Champion was Ryley Mappin from Alberta. First Runner-up was Caitlin Riordon from New Brunswick. Second Runner-up was Xinye Zhu from Ontario.

The 34th edition of CYSA welcomed 39 competitors, aged 11 to 24, from across Canada who offered their insights and solutions in a five to seven minute speech. They had the choice of addressing the role of aquaculture in feeding the world, food fraud, new technologies on the farm, protectionism and globalization, the next generation of farmers, or busting an agricultural myth.

“This year’s competition was one the largest we have hosted,” said CYSA Chair Ted Young.

“We were very pleased to see a marked growth in applications for the Junior competition, which had a total of 24 speakers from across Canada. All speakers share a high-level communications skill set complemented by a passion for agriculture.”

“CYSA is thrilled to provide this opportunity and showcase these leaders of tomorrow by allowing them to tell their story at the world’s largest agricultural exhibition, the Royal Winter Fair,” Young said.

CYSA also announced a new competition to be launched in 2020: a business presentation product. Designed to emulate the real workplace experience of presenting an idea to a group of stakeholders, contestants will be required to research, analyze and summarize an issue and “pitch” their results as a team to a panel of judges. More information will be available in the spring.