Young speakers for agriculture compete at the Royal

The 34th Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) competition welcomed 39 competitors, aged 11 to 24 to present their speeches at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 2. The junior competition attracted one of the largest turn-outs with 24 speakers from across Canada. 

 

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.

 

They had a choice of topics for a five-to-seven minute speech:  

 

  • - How can aquaculture support the earth’s growing population?
  • - Food fraud: Do you know what you’re eating?
  • - Are GMOs the solution to food security?
  • - The benefits and challenges of adopting new technologies on the farm.
  • - Canada first: Can Canadian agriculture survive in an age of increased protectionism and globalization?
  • - What does the next generation of agriculture bring to the table?
  • - Bust a common myth in Canadian agriculture.

 

CYSA also announced a new competition to be launched in 2020. It will be a business presentation 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 of 2020. 

 

Source:  Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture November 6, 2019 news release

Publish date: 
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Click to leave a comment

CAPTCHA
For security purposes, please confirm you are not a robot!

RELATED NEWS

New Ontario deputy minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs named

John Kelly, the former executive director of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association, becomes the new deputy minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs.   

Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame 2020 inductees named

Jay Bradshaw, former president of Syngenta Canada, is one of the four inductees. The ceremony will be delayed until November 2021. 

United Fresh names best in show virtual exhibit booths

Canadians won two of the six booth awards at the United Fresh LIVE! show. Best Overall Booth was won by greenhouse grower Sunset/Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario. Best FreshMKT Booth was won by Pure Flavor – Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc. Leamington, Ontario. 

Davis Yung champions initiative for frontline workers

Davis Yung, the new chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), has hit the ground running, spearheading a new initiative to deliver produce to frontline workers. 500 shopping bags, brimming with produce, recognize their thankless work throughout the pandemic thus far.

Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada.