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2016 UTS British Parliamentary Debate Style Workshop

  • University of Toronto Schools 371 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 2R7 Canada (map)
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Dear OSDU Members, Coaches and Students, 

We have been alerted to the following debating skills-building opportunity and wish to share it with all interested debaters: 

"Dear Debate Coaches and Debaters, 

It is our pleasure to invite you to our British Parliamentary Debate Style Workshop at UTS on Monday, October 17, 2016. Our workshop is designed to develop the debate skills required in the increasingly large number of debate tournaments conducted in British Parliamentary Style: The McGill High School tournament, the Ontario Oxford Cup Qualifying tournament, the Canadian Oxford Cup Championship, the Hart House tournament and the International Championship for Young Debaters at Oxford later in the year. We hope that participation in our workshop will foster confidence and skill development in the BP debate style among debaters and their coaches. 

DATE: Monday, October 17, 2016 

TIME: 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

LOCATION: University of Toronto Schools, 371 Bloor Street West, Toronto 

WORKSHOP LEADERS: Our workshop leaders will be four outstanding debaters, assisted by 10 Hart House judges who will provide feedback during the single round of impromptu BP style debate: 


As a former member of Canada's national debate team, Swish Goswami was respectively a Semi-Finalist and Grand-Finalist at the 2014 & 2015 World Schools Debating Championships. In high school, he was named the second best speaker in the Americas twice consecutively. In university and as a member of the University of Toronto's debating club (Hart House) Swish was a Novice Champion of several tournaments including the Canadian BP Championships, an Open Octofinalist at the North American University Championships and a HWS Fall Classic Champion. 


Benjamin Levy began his debating career at UTS and has since gone on to debate for the Hart House Debating Club at the University of Toronto. In his first year on the university debating circuit, Ben was a semifinalist and novice champion at the Canadian Parliamentary Nationals in Edmonton, finalist at the Seagram’s tournament at Waterloo University, Novice Champion at the North American Debating Championships, and Novice finalist at the Yale IV tournament. Ben is also the Co-Tournament Director for this year's Hart House IV tournament. 


Martine Duffy is a grade 12 student at UTS. She is thrilled to be a member of Team Canada and has been selected to compete at the WSDC in Bali, Indonesia in July 2017. Martine has competed in many styles of debate, locally, nationally, and internationally. Notable achievements include ranking third at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships in Hong Kong, and first at the Heart of Europe Debate Tournament in the

Czech Republic. In the BP style, she and her partner placed first overall at the International Competition for Young Debaters, in Cambridge, England. When she is not debating, Martine can be found playing guitar, or playing with one of her five pets! 


Armin is a grade 12 student at UTS. He is currently on Team Canada and is set to compete in Bali for WSDC 2017. He won the Hart House BP Championship in 2015 and the Osgoode Hall BP Championship in 2013. Armin was in the finals of the Queen's University Championship in 2015 and ranked fifth at the 2016 World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships. Outside of debate, he plays guitar and piano and recently failed his G2 driving test for not signaling enough (ever). He loves Mexican food and will accept tips in the form of Nachos. 

TEAMS: Each school is invited to send as many two-person teams as it wishes; the debaters should have some debate experience and should be ready to take part in one round of impromptu BP debate. Registration will be accepted on a “first come, first served basis.” 

COACHES: Each school’s delegation must be accompanied by an adult who will not be asked to judge. 

REGISTRATION FEE: The registration fee is $35 per student ($70 per team), payable to “University of Toronto Schools” at the registration desk on October 17. This fee will cover a supper meal and instructional materials. 

PARKING: There is very little parking available at the University of Toronto Schools. We recommend that most participating teams travel by taxi or by public transit. 

REPLIES: Please return the enclosed registration form by Monday, October 10, 2016, to Aija Zommers – 

Looking forward to welcoming you to UTS on October 17, 

UTS Speech & Debate Co-Heads: Rachel Sava and Kieran Kreidie-Akazaki
UTS Debate Coaches: Sarah Harrison and Aija Zommers"

FILE: 2016 UTS British Parliamentary Debate Style Workshop Registration Form