Jean-Pierre Michaud and Christopher Dye
respectively received the Prix de L’Orateur Air Canada (section
francophone) and the Air Canada Oratory Competition Prize (English
section) for their rhetorical skills.
Jean-Pierre distinguished himself by answering in the
affirmative the question "Montréal est-elle fiévreuse?", while
Christopher had to defend the idea of "having your cake and eating
Organized by the Young Bar Association of Montreal (YBAM) and
inspired by European tradition, these oratory contests aim to
showcase the general culture, eloquence and rhetorical skills of
their participants. Word play, humour and all manners of rhetorical
effects are encouraged.
Jean-Pierre Michaud will represent the YBAM during the 2008
Paris-Montreal contest that will be held this September during the
Opening of the Montreal tribunals, and he will represent Quebec in
the oratory competitions held during the "Conférence des Barreaux
de tradition juridique commune" (CIB) in Brussels later this
In turn, Christopher Dye will be flying to France with members
of the Board of Directors of the YBAM to the official ceremonies of
the Opening of the Courts of Paris in November 2008.