Senior National Debate Championships
The Senior National Debate Championships is the recognized Canadian championship tournament for senior high school debaters. Competitors are selected by their provincial associations, usually at provincial championships. The tournament host rotates around the country.
The 2015 Championships will be held April 24 – 26, 2015 at the University of Toronto Schools in Toronto. ON. The tournament invitation is available as a Google Doc (link).
The 2014 Championships were held in April 2014 at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, MB. They were won by the team of Samantha Starkey and Lloyd Lyall from West Point Grey Academy in BC.
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The National Championships were started in 1998 by Sydney Academy in partnership with debate associations and schools from Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Since then, the Championships has become recognized as the top competition in the country.
Resources and Contact
The National Championships uses the Canadian National Debate Format (CNDF), which is a blend of the Canadian Parliamentary and World Schools styles. It is described in the following documents:
- Official CNDF Rules
- 2010 Nationals CNDF Ballot
- 2010 Nationals Adjudicators Guide
- 2010 Nationals Judges Briefing (pptx)
- CNDF Moderator Script
The National Championships is governed by a committee independent of the CSDF which is chaired by the current tournament host. You can read the National Championships By-Laws (revised 2014) and National Championships Board of Governors (doc). You can also read minutes from past committee AGMs:
- 2014 – Winnipeg, MB
- 2013 – Calgary, AB
- 2012 – Montreal, QC
- 2011 – Halifax, NS
- 2010 – Victoria, BC
- 2009 – Regina, SK
- 2008 – Calgary, AB
- 2007 – Toronto, ON
- 2006 – Montreal, QC
- 2004 – St. John’s, NL