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2019 Canadian British Parliamentary Debate Championships

Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association

The Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association is a non-profit organization that helps children and youth be effective communicators, deep thinkers, and engaged community members.

Canadian British Parliamentary Debate Championships

SEDA was proud to host the 2019 Canadian British Parliamentary Debate Championship from December 6th to 8th. Saskatoon saw 152 debaters from all over the country compete over the course of 3 days.

Saskatchewan Proud

Congratulations to all 26 Saskatchewan students who competed at the BP Championship. We are proud to have such hardworking and dedicated youth representing our province.


  • Bridget Salamon & Kaia Bater - 14th senior team
  • Carrick Peak & Victor Wu - 20th senior team
  • Dishita Emayavaramban & R.A. - 11th junior team
  • Mueez Rafiquie - 2nd Senior speaker & Top Senior Saskatchewan speaker
  • Nathan Goat - 12th Senior Speaker
  • Kaia Bater - 14th Senior Speaker
  • Josh Soifer - 21st Senior Speaker
  • Jasnoor Guliani - 32nd Senior Speaker
  • Bridget Salamon - 33rd Senior Speaker
  • R.A. - 14th junior speaker & Top Junior Saskatchewan Speaker
  • Dishita Emayavaramban - 24th Junior Speaker

  • Mueez Rafiquie & Nathan Goat - Finalist, 4th senior team
  • Josh Soifer & Jasnoor Guliani - Semi-Finalist, 7th senior team
Both Teams have been invited to participate in the British Parliamentary Debates in Cambridge or Oxford in March 2020!

Thank you to our dedicated staff and volunteers

We are incredibly grateful for the hard work of our staff and volunteers. We can not express enough thanks for your efforts. This tournament would not have been possible without the following people.


  • Gideon Weisman - Tournament Host & School Coordinator
  • Wendy James - Chief Adjudicator
  • Jenn Peak - Food Coordinator
  • Farah Jabeen, Kiran Ahmed, Wendy Costa, and Dennis Ong - Food Coordinator Assistants
  • Nicole Ratti - Head of Tabs
  • Elyn Achtymichuk-Hardy - Team Saskatchewan Coach
  • Melissa Ong - SEDA Executive Director
  • Lindsay Kiesman - SEDA Administrative Assistant
  • Leora Diakuw and Wardah Mahmood - SEDA Program Coordinators
  • January Diakuw and Eric James - Tab Assistants
  • The students and volunteers who moderated the debates

Thank you volunteer judges

Our volunteer judges included university debaters, provincial chaperones and coaches, parents, teachers, long-time coaches, former coaches, SEDA alumni, and long-time community volunteers. Thank you for taking time out of your weekend to make this event happen. We are incredibly appreciative of this dedicated pool of judges that helped make this an incredible experience for the many youth who competed. Your willingness to give back to the debate community does not go unnoticed. Thank you.

Winners of the 2019 Canadian British Parliamentary Debate Championship

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Congratulations to the Senior BP champions, Nick Abernathy and Matthew Farrell from Nova Scotia, who were awarded the Steven Penner Shield. Steven Penner was a brilliant debater, superb coach, and and outstanding organizer who was always willing to give of himself to help others.

Thank you partners and sponsors.

Before you get swept up in holiday festivities, think ahead to our January & February debates!


  1. January 10th: Tournament 8, High School, hosted by Carlton in Prince Albert
  2. January 24th: Tournament 9, Elementary, hosted by Greystone Heights in Saskatoon
  3. January 24th: Tournament 10, Elementary, Hosted by Regina Huda School in Regina
  4. February 8th: Tournament 11, All divisions, hosted by the USDS in Saskatoon.


Have you decided which ones you will attend? Registration for all January tournaments to now open! Register on our events page HERE!

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