Live tournament information at the Nats Hub including the draw and reference materials:


Registration begins at 2:30pm on Friday April 20, at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in the Admiral Suite on the 7th floor, to your right as you exit the elevator.



Emily Bonia, Tournament Director | 709-771-4001

Julia Abundo, Volunteer Coordinator | 1-709-690-7755

Other Inquiries/General Inquiries:


Dear debating colleagues,

The Newfoundland and Labrador Speech and Debating Union (NLSDU) is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Canadian National Debating Championships (CNDC). The event will take place in St. John’s, Newfoundland, from April 20 to 22, 2018.


Each provincial or territorial debating organization may send a delegation of up to six English teams and two French teams (of two debaters per team). All delegations must be accompanied by an official chaperone who will be responsible for all members of their delegation.


THBT the battle of Beaumont Hamel was crucial in the formation of the nation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

*Grammatical update: from on to in.


Registration will be open from March 2 through March 20, 2018. During that period, an online registration form will be posted at Team spots that have been allocated but not registered by the closing date will be reallocated to other provincial/territorial delegations.


The registration fee is $275 per student debater and adult delegate. There will be no registration fee for the official chaperone of each provincial/territorial delegation. Each additional accompanying adult must pay a registration fee of $275 and should be sent to with newfoundlandandlabrador18 as the password. Registration includes all meals.

Registration can also be accepted through cheque mailed to:

NLSDU c/o Emily Bonia, 38 Scott Street, St. John's, NL, A1C2P9.

To register, please fill out the form located here:

Chaperones and Adult Delegates should fill out this form:


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Newfoundland Hotel at 155 Cavendish Square, St. John’s NL, A1C 3K2 (709-726-4980). When booking, identify that your reservation is with “Senior National Debates” or “NLSDU” to get the reduced rate of $163 per night.


To arrive at the correction destination of St. John's, please fly to YYT (we have multiple airports that could wind you up 800km away). To use our discount code with Air Canada: AHRCBFR1

Busing will be provided from the hotel to the school and to various locations for our events like the banquet, however, NO busing will be provided to and from the airport.

Host School

We're very excited to announce that the host school this year is Holy Heart of Mary High School in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Holy Heart is a public school, operating since the days of denominational and gender segregated schooling.

55 Bonaventure Avenue

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador


A1C 3Z3


Debates will be held in the Canadian National Debate Format (CNDF) style. The first two rounds of debate will use a prepared resolution, which will be posted online at three weeks before the tournament.

Following the prepared rounds on Friday evening, there will be four rounds of impromptu debate on Saturday (two in the morning and two in then afternoon), with pairings determined by bracketing. Participants will be free on Saturday night.

Elimination rounds will take place on Sunday at the host school, which will also be the venue for the championship final round and the awards ceremony.


The schedule is available above. We recommend that you book return flights with a departure time no earlier than 4:00pm.


Emily Bonia

Tournament Director, CNDC 2018

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