Junior National Debate Championships

The Junior National Championships is the recognized national tournament for Junior high school debaters. It is held annually and its host rotates around the country. Competitors are selected by their provincial organizations, usually at the Provincial championships. The top speaker at the tournament is the recipient of the John Robinson Award.  John Robinson has been instrumental in growing debate in Canada.

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Tournament History

Each year, the John Robinson Award is awarded to the top individual speaker at the Junior Nationals tournament.

Host John Robinson Award
Year School City Recipient Prov.
2018 Calgary French and International School Calgary, AB Kathryn Pozios ON
2017 West Point Grey Academy Vancouver, BC Dieter Frehlich AB
2016 Halifax Grammar Halifax, NS Gautum Manohar ON
2015 Saint John’s Ravenscourt Winnipeg, MB Alykhan Jetha ON
2014 University Toronto Schools & De La Salle Toronto, ON Dasha Metropolitansky ON
2013 West Point Grey Academy Vancouver, BC Rory Flynn NS
2012 Lower Canada College Montreal, QC Rory Flynn NS
2011 Estevan Comprehensive Estevan, SK Nasra Moumin SK
2010 Calgary Science Calgary, AB Jessica Dorfmann BC
2009 Halifax Grammar Halifax, NS Nic Martin MB
2008 Memorial University St. John’s, NL Elizabeth Stratton ON
2007 LCC & Selwyn House Montreal, QC Howard Cohen QC
2006 Branksome Hall Toronto, ON Aiden Fishman MB


You can read the Junior Nationals Constitution (pdf, revised 2014) or minutes from previous Junior Nationals AGMs: (pdf)