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. It is open to any senior-secondary or post-secondary student who has participated in a JA program within the past five years.
This year, up to four (4) students will be awarded $2,500 each, to further their post-secondary education. Award winners will be invited to make a one-minute speech at the annual Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies to be held on May 30, 2023.
To be eligible for this award, you must:
- Have participated in JA Company Program or JA Titan (prior to 2020) or Discover Your Pitch or JA Investment Strategies Program or JA Be Entrepreneurial in the last five years
- Reside in B.C.
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Have not received this award previously
You must submit the following:
- Completed online application
- 90 second video
- Transcript of your speech
- media consent form
- An updated resume
If selected as a winner, you are expected to commit to the following activities:
- Participate in a presentation coaching session with a JA sponsor
- Present your speech at the 2023 Business Laureates of B.C. Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremonies to be held on May 30, 2023
- Provide a current headshot and brief biography (100 words max.) outlining your educational background and involvement with JA
Application & Judging Criteria
Applicants are asked to submit 90-second video to showcase their presentation skills and a transcript of their speech.
Applicants are asked to answer one of the following questions in their speech:
- 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?
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.
JA British Columbia is an inclusive organization and we welcome submissions from all qualified applicants. JABC will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other grounds prohibited by the B.C. Human Rights Code.