What is Debate Academy?

Registration for Debate Academy is now open for the Fall 2016 Academy!



Debate Academy is a program offered by SEDA in both Regina and Saskatoon. It seeks to empower youth to learn about debating and improve their skills through mentorship, training, and practice with experienced debaters.


Saskatoon Academy begins September 15, 2016

Beginner/Interediate: Thursdays: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Advanced Competitive Debate: Thursdays: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Room 10, Aden Bowman Collegiate,  corner of Clarence Ave. and Taylor St.


Regina Academy to be arranged




This block of Debate Academy will be offered FREE of Charge!

There will be three intake dates, which will take place in Fall, Winter and Spring.

Debate Academy Programs

At the beginner level
we will learn basic debate skills, such as creating argumentation, developing clash, and putting it all in one organized speech. Beginner debaters who attended Block 1 will want to continue in the beginner stream in Block 2, unless instructor suggests otherwise.

At the Intermediate level we
will be devoted to going into further depth with the same concepts, in addition to learning how to make strategic decisions in a debate, how to give (and take!) clear and concise points of information, and more.

In both classes, there will be relatively equal portions of practice debates and topics led by the instructor. In the lead-up to SEDA tournaments, a great deal of focus will be placed on getting ready for the prepared resolutions.

When and Where does Debate Academy take place?



Thursdays, Room 10, Aden Bowman Collegiate


to be arranged

All Debate Academy students will have to register as an indidvual member. To register as an individual member click here. (Debate Academy students will not have to pay membership fees unless they attend a tournament)

Our Sponsors

Saskatchewan Lotteries Sask Culture Canadian Student Debating Federation Law Foundation of Saskatchewan

News & Upcoming Events

  • Changes to the Board


    The October AGM saw a number of changes to the board we'd like to acknowledge. We are pleased with the strong turn-out this year. We had a number of parents and coaches present as well as most clubs represented. With the regular turn-over in board member terms, we would like to welcome Melissa Gerlach and Paula Dvernichuk as new members to the board. Of course these psotions mark the end of terms of other members. So, we'd also like to acknowledge the following retiring board members:


    Kara Helmes - Kara has been a long history with SEDA. A member of the board for over 10 years, she has committed to coaching and supporting SEDA. A former debater, president and past president (two terms), she helped SEDA navigate some turbulent waters in recent years. We thank Kara for her commitment and leadership.


    Sarah Myers - Sarah, a recent addition to the board, has spent her free time supporting elementary debate and coaching. As a highly respected member of the board, her contributions are valued. We are grateful to Sarah for her contributions to SEDA.


    Dylan Hardy - A former debater, Dylan is passionate about debate. He has committed his time to the advancement of debate and debaters in the province as a coach, mentor, judge and board member. Although his long commitment to the board is coming to an end, Dylan's impact on the debate community will remain.


    Matt Schmeisser - Also a former debater, Matt has dedicated hours debating, coaching and actively participating on the board. Matt has volunteered his time and energy and influence many young debaters and many have noted the feedback he provides. Wherever his career takes him, debate will remain an important part of Matt's life. SEDA is grateful to Matt and wishes him the best in his endeavors.

  • Your Canada - Your Constitution

    Thank you YCYC for sponsoring 2016 National Debate!