National Seminar 2019 Applications Now Open

Hello Coaches and Registered OSDU Member Schools,

OSDU is now opening applications for students wishing to attend the 2019 National Seminar, which will be held this year from Wednesday September 25 to Monday September 30th, 2019 in Morden, Manitoba. Please note the Wednesday and Monday are travel days.

For those who are not familiar with it, the National Seminar is a non-competitive debate seminar which includes a debate tournament, model parliament event, cultural experiences in the host City, and debate workshops. This is an event tailored to newer debaters, or those wishing to hone their skills – it is not an event recommended for advanced or highly competitive debaters. The registration fee for the tournament has not yet been released, however for reference, in previous years the fee has been approximately $650, which includes 5 nights in a hotel, and food/transportation costs.

If a student wishes to attend, they must follow the process outlined below – please note this is an individual event, and your application does not guarantee you a spot in the event, the OSDU Board will be selecting its delegation based on strict criteria established by the host event:

  1. Fill out the attached application, and send it to by 9:00 pm on April 20th, 2019. Please select in which language category you are most interested in attending.
  2. The selection committee will review all applications, and will select a limited number of students divided amongst the english, french, and bilingual categories. We will inform you of our decisions by April 28th, 2019.

Students interested in applying must be in Grades 9-12 as of September, 2019, and may not have attended a National Championship event, or the National Seminar in previous years.

Please note that at this time, only one student per school will be selected. Chaperoning of Ontario Delegates at the event has not yet been decided. The OSDU board MAY decide to send 1-2 chaperones for the attending delegates, and is investigating the feasibility of this, however this has not been determined. As in past years, you may be asked to bring a chaperone. We will be confirming this prior to the registration deadline.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know. Additional information about the event can be found on the Canadian Student Debating Federation Website.

Regards, and best of luck in your applications!

Nicole Ratti
OSDU President

Application Form