National Seminar 2016

The 2016 National Seminar took place in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia from October 26th – 31st, 2016. The CSDF was proud to be celebrating its 50th Seminar this year!

The theme for the Seminar was Immigration & Emigration: Then & Now. Nova Scotia has long been the point of entry for immigrants to Canada. They also have a long history of emigration both forced, as with the expulsion of the Acadians and economic, as is the case with young people leaving the province for financial reasons. At this year’s Seminar, we explored issues such as refugees, the impact of colonialism on our Native peoples, migrant workers and international students.

Seminar Award Winners

Tom Lawson Awards: Awarded to the students who best embody the spirit of the Seminar.
Faris Kapra, NS
Morganne LaSalle, ON

Speaker’s Citation: Awarded to the top Parliamentarians.
Marc-Oliver Neveu, QC
Muhammad Ahmed, SK

Top Speakers:
Weedon Trophy (English) – Anna Mouland, AB
Governor-General’s Award (French) – Woojin Lim, BC
Chief Justice Award (Bilingual) – Chan-Min Roh, SK

Founder’s Cup: awarded to the top speaker from each provincial member.
Anna Mouland, AB
Woojin Lim, BC
Ellie Thorlakson, MB
Nicholas Jeffrey, NB
Benjamin Pollard, NL
Skylah Van Wagooner, NS
Evan Kanter, ON
Andrew Vandenbussche, QSDA
Marc-Oliver Neveu, ADDEQ
Chan-Min Roh, SK


The National Seminar is able to provide travel funding for its delegates through a grant from the Government of Canada. The CSDF also thanks the Seminar’s ongoing sponsors, McLeese Debate and Your Canada, Your Constitution.

The Seminar is made possible in part by the Government of Canada. wordmark-cmyk