National Seminar 2017

The 2017 National Seminar took place in Port Hope and Cobourg, Ontario from October 10th – 15th, 2017. The CSDF was proud to celebrate its 51st Seminar this year! The theme for this Seminar was “Electoral Reform in Canada.”

The first National Seminar took place at Trinity College School in Port Hope in 1967. We were excited to return to Port Hope to celebrate 50 years of the CSDF, which also coincided with the 150th anniversary of Canada. We were extremely grateful for the support that Trinity College School showed us in hosting this very important event. During our stay there,  we experienced the hospitality of this beautiful school and explored the natural beauty of the Gananaska region.

Prepared Motion – This House Supports a National Referendum on Electoral Reform in Canada.

2017 – Seminar Award Winners

Tom Lawson Awards: Awarded to the students who best embody the spirit of the Seminar.
Camilo Andres Cortes (AB) & Nathalie Harb (ON)

Speaker’s Citation: Awarded to the top Parliamentarians.
Camilo Andres Cortes, En. (AB) & Cecilia White, Fr. (NS)

Top Speakers for each Linguistic Category:
Weedon Trophy (English) – Andrei Comlosan-Pop (ON)
Governor-General’s Award (French) – Camille Pelet (SK)
Chief Justice Award (Bilingual) – Cecilia White (NS)

Founder’s Cup: Awarded to the top speaker from each Provincial Member.
Yukon – Gunther Stewart
NWT – Tamara Chisholm
BC – Cole Diepold
Alberta – Camilo Andres Cortes
Saskatchewan – Camille Pelet
Manitoba – Lise Conner
Ontario – Andrei Comlosan – Pop
Quebec – QSDA – Max Schiller
Quebec – ADDEQ – Mathis Malenfant
New Brunswick – Kennedy McGeachy
Nova Scotia -Cecilia White
Prince Edward Island – Katylyn Bryenton
Newfoundland – Peter Noel

The CSDF could not have hosted a Seminar of this caliber without the generous support of these Major Sponsors!



As for previous Seminars, the CSDF secured a grant from the Government of Canada’s Exchanges Canada program which was able to subsidize flight up to 80% for all student delegates, as well as 100 % for one adult per province or territory. This generous contribution allowed many students who could otherwise attend for financial reasons to participate in the Seminar.