Team Canada Selection Process
Each year, the CSDF holds a Selection Tournament, the event which selects the members of the Canadian team to attend the World Schools Championships. The selection process involves workshops on the Worlds style of debate, at least six debate rounds, submission of a resume and an interview process.
Each province can send three students to the Selection Tournament. The registration fee is $200 per student and travel to the event is entirely the responsibility of the competitors. Competitors must not be in their final year of high school and successful students attend a training camp during the summer following their selection. Those selected for the team are expected to attend a week-long training camp immediately preceding the World Schools Championship, as well as the Championship itself. Members of the Canadian National team should also expect extensive time commitments for researching topics and communication with the rest of the team. Please keep these requirements in mind when making the decision to try out for the team.
Frequently Asked Questions
This list of questions was put together and answered by the Worlds Committee recently tasked with revising the selection process to ensure transparency and accountability while continuing Canada’s pattern of tremendous results. The Worlds committee currently consists of: Tracey-Ann Lee (Chair), Martin Poirier, John Baty, Pardip Chopra, Stephanie Dick, Harold Kyte, John Robinson, and Andrew Rusk. Coaches Josh Judah and Elisa Frank are ex officio members of the committee.