Junior Nationals

The Junior National Championships is the recognized national tournament for Junior high school debaters. It is held annually and its host rotates around the country. Competitors are selected by their provincial organizations, usually at the Provincial championships. The top speaker at the tournament is the recipient of the John Robinson Award. John Robinson has been instrumental in growing debate in Canada. 

The Linda Martin Award is presented each year to the top province at the Junior High Nationals.  This year Alberta was the recipient of that award.

Tournament History

Each year, the John Robinson Award is awarded to the top individual speaker at the Junior Nationals tournament.

 HostJohn Robinson Award
2022DSABC – OnlineOnline, BCEmily ZhaoBC
2021MSDA – OnlineOnline, MBNeil HeAB
2020Halifax GrammarOnline, NSRandy ChangON
2019Lower Canada CollegeMontreal, QCAngei LeiON
2018Calgary French and International SchoolCalgary, ABKathryn PoziosON
2017West Point Grey AcademyVancouver, BCDieter FrehlichAB
2016Halifax GrammarHalifax, NSGautum ManoharON
2015Saint John’s RavenscourtWinnipeg, MBAlykhan JethaON
2014University Toronto Schools & De La SalleToronto, ONDasha MetropolitanskyON
2013West Point Grey AcademyVancouver, BCRory FlynnNS
2012Lower Canada CollegeMontreal, QCRory FlynnNS
2011Estevan ComprehensiveEstevan, SKNasra MouminSK
2010Calgary ScienceCalgary, ABJessica DorfmannBC
2009Halifax GrammarHalifax, NSNic MartinMB
2008Memorial UniversitySt. John’s, NLElizabeth StrattonON
2007LCC & Selwyn HouseMontreal, QCHoward CohenQC
2006Branksome HallToronto, ONAiden FishmanMB


You can read the Junior Nationals Constitution (pdf, revised 2014) or minutes from previous Junior Nationals AGMs: (pdf)