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Confederations Cup 2017 - Great Lakes & St Lawrence Region

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Invitation to 2017 Confederations Cup -
Great Lakes & St Lawrence Region

Dear OSDU Members, Coaches & Students, 

OSDU is happy to pass on the following invitation to the 2017 Confederations Cup - Great Lakes & St Lawrence Region:

"Dear Coaches & Debaters, 

We are pleased to invite you to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with us at the Confederation Cup, which will give Canada's high school debaters the opportunity to debate the issues that have shaped our country from before Confederation to the present day. The Confederation Cup is generously supported by the Aurea Foundation. 

Four regional events will determine the sixteen (four from each region) English teams that will participate in the English category of the Confederation Cup Finals in Ottawa, April 28-30, 2017. Four French teams will also be selected to compete in Ottawa in a French category, and all French language teams are encouraged to apply for selection, more details to follow. 

The Confederation Cup Finals is an expenses-paid opportunity for Canada’s best young debaters to experience our nation’s capital, hear from some of Canada's most celebrated and opinionated voices, and engage in collegial, competitive debate with the opportunity to win cash prizes. Visit our website at for more information. 

The regional qualifying event for Quebec and Ontario will take place March 31st-April 1st at University of Toronto Schools. 

Registration Process 

The team cap for this tournament is 30 teams. Each school should indicate the number of teams they would like to send in their initial registration, though it is unlikely that any school will get more than two teams, given the size of the event. The number of teams available will be confirmed after the registration deadline. Registration will be regionally representative, should there be sufficient demand. Priority will then go to allowing each registered school to send at least one team in the order in which they have registered; after that, additional teams will be allocated. 

No hybrid teams are permitted. Students must be in senior high, grades 10-12. 

Registration must be done by coaches through the following form: 

Registration information must be submitted by February 24th, 2017. 

Thanks to the support of the Aurea Foundation, there is no registration fee for this event. If a team or school finds the associated travel costs to the tournament prohibitive, please contact the organizing committee for this event at as some bursary funds are available. All bursary requests should be made by coaches, though the requests may be made on behalf of a school contingent, a particular team, or an individual debater. We ask that you kindly make bursary requests by email by March 6th, 2017. 

Tournament Format 

The tournament will consist of five preliminary rounds, with two prepared rounds on Friday evening and three impromptu rounds on Saturday. The prepared motion is:

This house believes that the government should pay reparations to Aboriginal Canadians.

Each team will debate both sides of the prepared motion. The style for this event is a modified version of the Canadian National Debate Format. More information on the tournament format can be found in the style guide


Each school group must be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone in order to participate. One coach/adult chaperone per school group will be asked to judge. 


Rooms have been reserved at Holiday Inn Toronto Bloor Yorkville (280 Bloor St. W.) for those travelling from out of town; the hotel is a short walk from the school. Through the group booking, rooms for double occupancy are $147/night. Rooms can be booked before March 3rd by phone at 1-877-859-5897 or online at the following link. If booking by phone, please mention “UTS” to get the above rate. 

Tentative schedule 


4:00-5:00PM        Registration
5:00PM                 Briefing
6:00PM                 Pairings Round 1
6:45PM                 Dinner
7:30 PM                Pairings Round 2


8:30AM               Debater check-in and briefing for new judges
9:00AM               Check-in of returning judges
9:00AM               Pairings Round 3
10:45AM              Pairings Round 4
12:00PM              Lunch
1:00PM                Pairings Round 5
2:45PM                Load bus to finals location
3:30PM                Announce break
4:00PM               Final Round
5:00PM               Awards"


  1. Confederations Cup 2017 - Great Lakes & St Lawrence Region Invitation
  2. Confederations Cup 2017 - Style Guide