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McGill Debating Union 57th Annual High School Debating Championships

  • McGill University 845 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montréal, QC, H3A 2T5 Canada (map)

Invitation to McGill Debating Union 57th Annual High School Debating Championships

OSDU has received the following event invitation and wishes to share it with its Members, Coaches and Students: 

"Dear Coach,

On behalf of the McGill Debating Union we are pleased to invite you to our upcoming 57th annual High School Debating Championships. The important information regarding this year’s tournament is as follows:

Date: Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22, 2016

Location: McGill’s downtown campus in Montreal

Registration fee: $125 per team

Registration Deadline: October 3rd, 2016

Team Cap: 5 teams per school, 2 debaters per team


The tournament will consist of six rounds of British Parliamentary impromptu debate, two on Friday and four on Saturday, breaking to semi-finals and junior finals. This tournament will not include a prepared round. There will be seminars offered on a variety of topics on Friday and Saturday.


Registration will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to register is October 3rd however based on past experience we recommend that you register as soon as possible as spots fill up very quickly. Schools are permitted to register up to five teams initially, and may submit additional teams who will be placed on the waiting list. Teams from the waiting list may be permitted to attend if the tournament registration cap is not met by October 3rd.

Please inform us of the number of teams you would like to send by the registration deadline. We will try to accommodate as many teams as possible. We would like the names of the debaters as well as any dietary restrictions that they may have by October 6th.

This information can be sent to

A deposit of $60 per team must be paid by the registration deadline in order to reserve space in the tournament. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable: if a registered team drops out, their deposit cannot be refunded or used to subsidize the remaining balance for the other teams from their school. Cheques should be made out to the McGill Debating Union. We ask for your cooperation in only registering as many teams as you intend to send.

Deposit cheques can be mailed to:

McGill Debating Union c/o SSMU Front Desk 3480 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1X9


We are currently in contact with a few hotels in the area and are working on securing a reduced rate for this tournament. We will update you as soon as a group deal is confirmed.


We will provide dinner on Friday October 21, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Saturday October 22. There will also be a reception for coaches on Saturday afternoon at which refreshments will be served. Please provide us with any information relevant to special dietary requirements in advance.

Purchasing Apparel

We will have various McGill Debating Union shirts and sweatshirts for sale at the tournament and will be providing you with a form for your students to order them in advance.

We look forward to seeing you at McGill University!

Deborah Tsao and Jeeventh Kaur
Tournament Co-Directors"

FILES: McGill Debating Union Tournament Invitiation

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