2020 JABC Award for Oratory and Presentation Skills

APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 11, 2020 (11:59pm Pacific Time)

Oratory and presentation skills are keys to success in business and community leadership. This award recognizes achievement in the development of speaking and presentation skills. 

This year, four (4) students will be awarded $2,500 each to further their post-secondary education. Award winners will present their speeches at the annual Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies on May 5, 2020 in Vancouver, BC.

Eligibility & Requirements
To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Have participated in a JA Company Program, JA's Titan or Be Entrepreneurial within the last 5 years
  • Reside in Metro Vancouver or the Fraser Valley and provide your own transportation to the gala on May 5, 2020 in downtown Vancouver
  • Not have received this award previously
  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Provide a signed statement indicating how the funds will be used before they are released by JABC


You must submit the following:

  • Completed online application
  • 90 second video 
  • Transcript of your speech
  • An updated resume 

If selected as a winner, you are expected to commit to the following activities:

  • Participate in all activities related to the 2020 Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremonies to take place on May 5, 2020 in Vancouver
  • Deliver your speech to approximately 700 guests at at the gala dinner. Winners will receive coaching from a JA sponsor prior to the event 
  • Provide a current head shot and brief biography (100 words max.) outlining your education background and involvement with JA

Judging Criteria

Your video submission will be evaluated based on the following: 

  • Communication (voice level and tone; pace; flow and organization of thoughts)
  • Content (addressing the award topic, authentic level of interest demonstrated; personal opinion incorporated)
  • Presentation (eye contact; posture and gestures; appropriate attire; authenticity)
  • Quality of video (lighting and sound; neutral background; video resolution)
Resources for public speaking and speech writing can be found at toastmasters.org

Notification and Recognition

Winners will receive a certificate and a bursary cheque in the amount of $2,500 to further their post-secondary education. The awards will be presented at local JA student celebration events. Winners will be notified in mid-to-late April.  

Application Form

Your Information

Date of Birth:

Application Materials

Topic for Video Application: 

Tell us a story about your JA experience by answering one of the following questions. Make sure you explain the impact on your life and/or career plans. 
  • What did you enjoy the most about participating in JA?
  • What was your biggest surprise while participating in JA?
  • What was your most memorable JA moment?
  • How did participating in JA help you to develop your skills and prepare you for your future career?

Additional Information

Submit your Application

When you are ready to submit your application, please click "Submit" below.

If you require further assistance, please contact kari.buchanan@jabc.org