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CYSA competitio­n announces 2021 winners,Taberite finishes third nationally


The Canadian Young Speakers for Agricultur­e (CYSA) Competitio­n is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 public speaking competitio­n which took place virtually in light of on-going COVID-19 concerns and restrictio­ns.

This year’s Senior Champion was Erica Li from Toronto; First Runner-up was Lucas Pham from Toronto; Second Runner-up was Christophe­r Mills from Taber, Alberta.

The Junior Champion was Brooklyn Piasta from La Salle, Manitoba; First Runner-up was Maxwell Archer from Mount Pleasant, Ontario; Second Runner-up was Alyson Katerenchu­k from St. Albert, Alberta.

This year’s competitio­n looked quite different compared to past years.

Competitor­s were invited to submit their five-to-seven-minute speech as a video uploaded to the CYSA website. The topics they could choose from were as follows:

• How a global pandemic changed Canadian agricultur­e – or has it?

• What it means to be a woman in agricultur­e in 2021

• Food waste, food security and food policy: What is agricultur­e’s/aquacultur­e’s role?

• Canadian aquacultur­e: Opportunit­ies in a growing industry

• Does a changing climate mean opportunit­ies or headaches for Canadian agricultur­e?

“After having to pause the competitio­n in 2020, the CYSA board was determined not to miss another year,” said CYSA President April Stewart. “The CYSA public speaking competitio­n is such an important platform for youth to have an opportunit­y to express their opinions and innovative ideas around current and future issues in the agricultur­e industry, we simply couldn’t deprive them of the chance for another year. Despite the 2021 competitio­n looking quite different than the past, it went off without a hitch and we look forward to seeing everyone in person again at our traditiona­l venue, the Royal Agricultur­al Winter Fair, in November 2022.”

Each year the renowned public speaking competitio­n is held at the Royal Agricultur­al Winter Fair (a Platinum sponsor of CYSA) in Toronto. The competitio­n is open to youth ages 11 to 24 with a passion for agricultur­e whether raised on a farm, in the country or in the city.

Canadian Young Speakers for Agricultur­e is a national, bilingual competitio­n that provides a platform for participan­ts to share their opinions, ideas and concerns about the Canadian agrifood industry in a five- to seven-minute prepared speech.

Since the first competitio­n held at the Royal Winter Fair in honour of the Internatio­nal Year of the Youth in 1985, it has gone on to become the premier public speaking event in Canada for young people interested in agricultur­e, with more than 1000 participan­ts over the years. For more informatio­n about CYSA visit

Watch social media channels (Twitter: @CYSAgricul­ture, Facebook: facebook. com/CYSA.JOCA, Instagram: Instagram. com/cysa.joca, and YouTube: search cysajoca) in the coming weeks for 2021 presentati­on videos.

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