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 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.
The 2013 Championships were held from April 25 to 29 at several schools in Calgary, Alberta. The tournament was won by the team of Nasra Moumin and Areeb Salim from Campbell Collegiate, SK, and the top individual speaker was Jessica Dorfmann from West Point Grey Academy, BC. For more information about that tournament, visit its website: www.nationals2013.ca.
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 2013) and previous committee memberships (DOC, updated 2014). You can also read minutes from past committee AGMs:
- 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