Senior Nationals

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.

2020 Championships – Online (Zoom), Manitoba

Due to the pandemic of 2020 – COVID19, the Canadian National Debate Championships hosted by Manitoba Speech and Debate Association was held online from June 4th – 7th, 2020. The tournament was won by Max Rosen & Diba Heydary from Ontario. Max Rosen of Ontario won the Harold Kyte Award, as the best individual debater. Ontario also won the John Baty Award for top province.

Tournament History

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.

HostChampions
YearSchoolRecipientProv.
 2020
English
MSDA – OnlineMax Rosen
Diba Heydary
ON
 2020
French
Crofton House School – OnlineEmily Ni
Nikki Wu
BC
 2019
English
Sacred Heart SchoolAmelia Hadfield
Jaylynn Barth
BC
 2019
French
Lower Canada CollegeAlice Chen
Abby Robitaille
ON
 2018
English
Holy Heart of Mary High SchoolAlykhan Jetha
Jonathon Liu
ON
 2018
French
Holy Heart of Mary High SchoolAndrei Comlosan-Pop
Nicole Richmond
ON
 2017
English
West Point Grey AcademyJack Farrell
Ben Gillis
NS
 2017
French
West Point Grey AcademyCorina Picui
Anna Saint
BC
 2016Walter Murray Collegiate InstituteTatiana Kurschner
Lily Kim
BC
 2015University of Toronto SchoolsLloyd Lyall
Samantha Starkey
BC
 2014St. John’s-RavenscourtLloyd Lyall
Samantha Starkey
BC
 2013ADSANasra Moumin
Areeb Salim
SK
 2012Lower Canada CollegeTae-Hu Kim
Anson Kwok
ON
 2011Sacred Heart SchoolElizabeth Stratton
Anisah Mahomed
ON
 2010Glenlyon NorfolkJonathan Carson
Iqbal Kassam
BC
 2009Campbell CollegiateJonathan Carson
Iqbal Kassam
BC
 2008William AberhartHelenaz Hajifattahi
Sean Husband
BC
 2007Upper Canada CollegeMadeleine Ballard
Caroline Wagner
QC
 2006Lower Canada CollegeMadeleine Ballard
Corey Wolman
QC
 2004Newfoundland Student Debate UnionSheldon McCormick
Blair MacDonald
NS
 2003William AberhartAlex Blank
Harry Schiff
ON
 2002St. John’s-RavenscourtRowan Dorin
Sara Robertson
MB
 2001Glenlyon-NorfolkJessica Prince
Scott Murray
BC
 2000Ashbury CollegeElliot Tapper
Ben Wolinsky
ON
 1999Branksome HallRory Gillis
Sarah Pottle
ON
 1998Sydney AcademyAndrew Magnus
Tony Navaneelan
NS

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:

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 2014) and National Championships Board of Governors. You can also read minutes from past committee AGMs:

Sponsors

We appreciate and graciously thank all sponsors for their support of our Senior High National Championships each year!

Upcoming Debates

Canadian Student Debating Federation National Seminar 2021