World Debate

Each year, the CSDF sends a team to represent Canada at the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC). This tournament is hosted by a competing nation and is the highest level of high school debate in the world. Canada is one of the only nations to attend every WSDC since its inception and has traditionally performed very well in the tournament, last winning the Championships in 2020.

Team Canada is managed within the CSDF by a committee of experienced debate coaches, organizers and judges. The 2020-21 committee is chaired by Tracey Lee (BC), ( and consists of Joshua Judah (NS), Graeme Berrington (MB), Frankie Cena (ON), Jason Hong (AB) and Kent Avery (PE) is the board liaison.  Team Co-Coaches (2), Jason Xiao and Brent Schmidt, both serve as ex officio-members.

If you are interested in being a part of Team Canada or looking for information on the selection process, visit our Selection Process page or email us at

Team Canada Policies and Other Documents, as of October 2017:

Upcoming Debates

Canadian Student Debating Federation National Seminar 2021