North American Debating Championship

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The North American Debating Championship is the official university debate championship of North America. It is sanctioned by the national university debating associations in the United States and Canada, the American Parliamentary Debate Association and the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate. It has been held on an alternating basis between the United States and Canada since 1992. The host university arranges all judging and is not allowed in the competition. The most frequent hosts have been the University of Toronto and McGill University, which have each hosted the championship three times. Bates College, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, and Queen's University have each hosted twice.

The most recent iteration was held by Middlebury College in 2017. The current North American champions are from Yale University.


Since 1992, the most successful university overall has been the University of Toronto, with six championship victories. It is followed by Yale University, with five victories. After that, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and McGill University have two championships each, and no other university has won more than once.

No team has ever repeated as the top team at the championship. Three individuals have won the top team award twice: Matthew Wansley of Yale University won back-to-back championships from 2005 to 2007. Prior to that, Nathan MacDonald and Robert Silver won first together for the University of Western Ontario in 1997–1998, then MacDonald for the University of Guelph in 1998–1999, and Silver for the University of Ottawa in 1999–2000. Three people have won the top individual debater award twice: Casey Halladay of the University of Ottawa in 1997–1998 and 1999–2000, Rory Gillis of Yale University in two consecutive years from 2004 to 2006, and Kate Falkenstien of Yale in two consecutive years from 2010 to 2012.

Year Host Top Team College Top Debater College
2017 United States Middlebury Megan Wilson & Kyle Hietala United States Yale Nathan Raab United States Princeton
2016 Canada Queen's Anirudh Dasarathy & Brian Litchfield United States Princeton Denizhan Uykur Canada McGill
2015 United States NYU Juliana Vigorito & David Israel United States Hopkins Shomik Ghosh United States Michigan
2014 Canada Ottawa & Carleton Kaya Ellis & Louis Tsilivis Canada Toronto Michael Barton and Veenu Goswami United States Yale and Canada Toronto
2013 United States Syracuse Coulter King & Josh Zoffer United States Harvard Coulter King United States Harvard
2012 Canada Toronto Simon Cameron & Romeo Maione Canada Carleton Kate Falkenstien United States Yale
2011 United States Fordham Nate Blevins & Pam Brown United States Yale[1] Kate Falkenstien United States Yale
2010 Canada York Adam Goldstein & Bill Magnuson United States MIT[2][3] Richard Lizius Canada Toronto
2009 United States Amherst Grant May & Andrew Rohrbach United States Yale Mark Samburg United States Harvard
2008 Canada Carleton Jon Laxer & Jason Rogers Canada Toronto Josh Bone United States Yale
2007 United States Bates Dylan Gadek & Matthew Wansley United States Yale Ian Freeman Canada Carleton
2006 Canada Toronto Ben Eidelson & Matthew Wansley United States Yale Rory Gillis United States Yale
2005 United States Cornell Joanna Nairn & Melanie Tharamangalam Canada Toronto[4] Rory Gillis United States Yale
2004 Canada Queen's James Renihan & Gordon Shotwell Canada McGill Greg Allen Canada UBC
2003 United States Hopkins Phil Larochelle & Patrick Nichols United States MIT [5] Emily Schleicher United States NYU
2002 Canada McGill Rory McKeown & Aaron Rousseau Canada Toronto[6] Ranjan Agarwal[7][8] Canada Ottawa
2001 United States Cornell Storey Clayton & Adam Zirkin United States Brandeis David Silverman United States Princeton
2000 Canada Queen's Casey Halladay & Robert Silver Canada Ottawa Casey Halladay[8] Canada Ottawa
1999 United States Smith Nathan MacDonald & Averill Pessin Canada Guelph Jason Goldman United States Princeton
1998 Canada McGill Nathan MacDonald & Robert Silver Canada Western Casey Halladay[8] Canada Ottawa
1997 United States Hopkins John Oleske & Niall O'Murchada United States Princeton John Oleske United States Princeton
1996 Canada Toronto Matt Cohen & Jamie Springer Canada McGill Ron Guirguis Canada Guelph
1995 United States Penn Jeremy Mallory & Neal Potishman United States Swarthmore Michael D'Abramo Canada Toronto
1994 Canada Dalhousie Randy Cass & Avery Plaw Canada Toronto Avery Plaw Canada Toronto
1993 United States Bates Jason Brent & Thomas Meehan Canada Toronto Marc Givens Canada Queen's
1992 Canada McGill Marc Givens & Elicia Maine Canada Queen's Ted Cruz United States Princeton

North American Public Speaking Championship[edit]

Every year from 1992 to 2001, and biannually from 2003 to 2007, individual public speaking was also an event at the championship. It was run as a parallel tournament, with a grand public speaking final before the final round of debate. After 2007, it was discontinued as APDA had shortened debating tournaments and discontinued public speaking as a regular event at US tournaments. No individual ever repeated as North American Public Speaking Champion. McGill University and the University of Ottawa each had three public speaking champions, the most of any university.

Year Winner College
2007 Vinay Kumar Mysore Canada McGill University
2005 Jason Rogers Canada McGill University
2004 Stuart Savelkoul[9][10] United States Dickinson State University
2001 Aidan Johnson Canada University of Toronto
2000 Jeremy Holiday United States Middlebury College
1999 Mark Bigney Canada McGill University
1998 Michael Podgorski Canada Queen's University
1997 Jordan Mills United States University of New Mexico
1996 Shuman Ghosemajumder Canada University of Western Ontario
1995 Marika Giles Canada Concordia University
1994 Jake Irving Canada University of Ottawa
1993 Michael McKneely United States Colgate University
1992 Awanish Sinha Canada University of Ottawa


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