Team Canada 2022

Team Canada 2022 development squad was selected following an online qualifying tournament in May 2021.  Participants debated in all six speaker places and were ranked based on tournament performance, past competition success, and an interview. The team’s season started with a virtual training camp in August 2021.

The first international event was EurOpens where we split the 12 up into 3 teams attending.  The team did very well all and the final decisions were then made for the 2022 Team.  Thanks to Brent Schmidt and Arsalan Ghaemi for their continued hard work with our youth.

The 5 who will represent us at WSDC 2022:

  • Annushka Agarwall (BC)
  • Max Williams (AB)
  • Randy Chang (ON)
  • Stellar Zhang (ON)
  • Vincent Gao (BC)


Our Alternates:

  • Alex Logan (BC)
  • Alice Xu (BC)
  • Angela Lu (BC)
  • Michael Chen (ON)


Remaining Development Team Members:

  • Jena Yue (BC)
  • Maria Xu (ON)
  • Sean Oh (BC)

Team Co-Coaches – Brent Schmidt and Arsalan Ghaemi

From the small lakeside town of Goderich Ontario, Brent is a history graduate from the University of Toronto/Western, and has been coaching debate of all levels for nearly 10 years. As a debater, Brent was a national top speaker, and champion of numerous university tournaments.

Brent’s main interests outside of debating surround history of all kinds (though a particular focus on the Cold War), as well as fealty to almost exclusively terrible sports franchises.


An Iranian immigrant, raised in Coquitlam British Columbia, Arsalan is an alumnus of the University of British Columbia, where he studied Political Science.

Arsalan has been involved in the Canadian debate circuit for nearly 11 years, and as a coach for more than 6 years.

He is an often disappointed fan of the Vancouver Canucks, while probably not as much a fan of the Maple Leafs.   Arsalan’s excited to work with, teach, and learn from some of the brightest young minds on the planet.



Team Canada would not be able to represent Canada without the generous support of the community. We would like to thank our generous sponsors, who help make it possible for the Team to compete around the world.

Team Payments

If you are a team member, you can make payments by E-transfer or by cheque. Contact to set up an E-Transfer payment, or, please make cheques out to “CSDF” and send them to:

Canadian Student Debating Federation

PO Box 74158 – 148 – 555 Strathcona Blvd SW – Calgary, Alberta – T3H 3B6