1. I enjoyed the balance between fun activities and awesome seminars and debates
    Camper 2015 -  Calgary, Alberta
  2. I loved that they had so many learning opportunities...
     
    Parent 2015 -  Halifax,  Nova Scotia
  3. The variety of resolutions helped me get better at thinking outside of the box and thinking on my feet...
     
    Camper 2015 -  Toronto, Ontario
  4. I truly enjoyed working with new people and devloping my debate and public speaking skills - all in the same place.
     
    Camper 2015 -  Calgary, Alberta
  5. I learned a lot, not just from the instructors, but from the other kids who were there...
    Camper 2015 -  Vancouver, BC
  6. I'd say that this is the best camp I have ever attended
     
    Camper 2015 -  Toronto, Ontario
  7. The counsellors were amazing!
     
    Camper 2015 -  Vancouver, BC
  8. This camp was both fun and super educational!
     
    Camper 2015 - Calgary, Alberta
  1. I truly enjoyed working with new people and devloping my debate and public speaking skills - all in the same place.
     
    Camper 2015 -  Calgary, Alberta
  2. I enjoyed the balance between fun activities and awesome seminars and debates
    Camper 2015 -  Calgary, Alberta
  3. This camp was both fun and super educational!
     
    Camper 2015 - Calgary, Alberta
  4. The variety of resolutions helped me get better at thinking outside of the box and thinking on my feet...
     
    Camper 2015 -  Toronto, Ontario
  5. I'd say that this is the best camp I have ever attended
     
    Camper 2015 -  Toronto, Ontario
  6. I loved that they had so many learning opportunities...
     
    Parent 2015 -  Halifax,  Nova Scotia
  7. I learned a lot, not just from the instructors, but from the other kids who were there...
    Camper 2015 -  Vancouver, BC
  8. The counsellors were amazing!
     
    Camper 2015 -  Vancouver, BC
 
 ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT CAMPS in PUBLIC SPEAKING AND DEBATE
 
 
 OUR PEOPLE
 
 CAREER EDUCATORS and some of CANADA's BEST SPEAKERS
 
 
Camp Director:  Nick Szymanis,  MA, BA, B Ed, OCT
 
Nick is the founder and has been principle director of Debate Camp Canada since 2002.   He has been a career educator for 18 years, inclusive of academic leadership positions at Havergal College in Toronto (2005 - 2010), Crofton House School in Vancouver (2000 - 2005) and most recently as  Director of Academics at the Sterling Hall School in Toronto (2010 - 2015).  He is past President of the International Independent Schools Public Speaking League.  He has coached debating and hosted annual tournaments for the past 15 years. He has trained students towards worlds-level debate in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2011.  Nick, his wife Oona and sons Noah and Aaron live in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he currently coaches debating at Armbrae Academy.
 
 
Assistant Director - Paul  O' Rourke BA, B Ed, OCT
 
Paul is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) Coordinator at Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario. He is the Past President of the International Independent Schools Public Speaking League, and Past President of the Fulford League of Debating, a 20 member Independent School league in Ontario. As a long-time coach at Ridley College he has trained students to qualify for the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships in 2005, 2006, 2007.  Paul is an Ontario certified Principal



Assistant Director - Rachel McCabe, MA, B Ed.
 
Rachel has worked in the field of education for over 15 years.   In 2005,  Rachel was recognized with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  She has also served on the executive of the Quebec Student Debating Association (2001 – 2007). During this time, Rachel was awarded with the Willis S. McLeese Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Debating.  After living abroad for several years, and then teaching at Havergal College in Toronto for 4 years, Rachel has returned to Montreal with her husband, Mallar, and son, Pinaki. She currently teaches at Trafalgar School for Girls and Dawson College. 

 
 
Program Leadership Team  for 2016:
 
 
Mars He - Harvard University
 
Mars is currently a second year student at Harvard University, majoring in Philosophy.  In 2015 he won both the Brandeis University and Brown University Debate Championships and was a Quarter Finalist at Princeton University Championship. This will be the third summer with Mars joining our Debate Camp Canada Leadership Team.
Liam Mather  - McGill University
 
In December 2015, Liam had the honour of being a judge at 2015 World University Debating Championship in Thessalokini, Greece.  He has also been a  2015 Colgate Open semifinalist and a 2014 Father Roger Guindon semifinalist.  Liam is in his 3rd year at McGill University, studying History and Political Science.  This will be Liam’s third summer with Debate Camp Canada’s leadership team.
Geethika Nair - University of Toronto
 
Geethika is currently in her second year at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is the External Tournament Director with the Hart House Debating Club.  She has been a Seagrams Cup champion, a Chancellor’s Cup semifinalist, a finalist at the Yale British Parliamentary Tournament and a breaking judge at the Hart House Intervarsity Championship.  This will be Geethika’s second summer with Debate Camp Canada’s leadership team.

Ksenia Podvoskia - Queen's University
 
Ksenia has been a finalist at the 2015 North American Womens Debate Championships, a quarterfinalist at the Dorchester Cup and a quarterfinalist at the Father Roger Guidon Cup in 2015.  Ksenia is a second year Concurrent Education Program at Queen’s University.  This will be Ksenia’s second summer with Debate Camp Canada’s leadership team.

Chris Puskas - University of Toronto
 
Chris is the current President for the University of Toronto, Hart House Debating Society. He has been a Chancellors Cup semifinalist, Seagram's Cup finalist, a Canadian National Championship breaking judge, and a 3 time breaking judge at the Hart House Intervarsity Tournament.  Chris is a former Debate Camp Canada camper and this will be his second summer on the Debate Camp Canada leadership team.  Chris is currently completing his 4th year in Political Science at U of T and will be attending U of T Law starting in August 2016.

Mohamed Sarraj - McMaster University
 
Mohamed is in his 4th and final year in Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University.  He is former president of McMaster Debating Society a finalist of McGill's 2015 Winter Carnival tournament, a  quarterfinalist at Leger Central Canadian Championships and finalist at the Leubke Cup.  This will be Mohamed's  third summer with Debate Camp Canada's leadership team


Mimi Scowen - McGill University
 
Mimi is in her fourth and final year at McGill University doing a double major in History and North American Studies. Mimi is also the current Vice President of the McGill Debating Union.  She has been a quarter-finalist at the Central Novice Championship in 2013 and a novice finalist at the North American Women's Debating Championship 2014. She has also staffed and organized 8 Model UN Conferences at McGill University.  This will be Mimi’s third summer with Debate Camp Canada’s leadership team.

Program Team
 
Each year we strive to hire some of the world's best university-level debaters, particularly those we feel will inspire young people. The success of camp over the past six summers would not have been possible without the contributions of  many legendary staff members, all of whom have assisted in morphing together one of the best training programs of its kind.  Additional team-members Summer 2016 will be indicated below once hiring is complete in April.
 
 
 PROGRAM STAFF since 2002
 
 
 CANADA'S MOST INSPRING and ACCOMPLISHED SPEAKERS
[*] Indicates past camper [**] Indicates worlds level finalists
Greg Allen, University of Victoria, Program Coordinator - 2002 - 2004
Meghan Ackland, Carleton University, Program Staff 2014, Coordinator - 2015
Sarah Balkrishnan* McGill University  Program Staff – 2011
Jaqueline Bell, University of British Columbia, Program Staff – 2006
Jen Bond, Dalhousie University, Program Staff - 2005, 2008
Cole Bricker*, McGill University, Program Staff - 2012 – 2014, Coordinator 2015
Alex Campbell, Oxford University, Program Staff - 2005
Diedre Casey, University of Toronto, Program Staff – 2012
Nicholas Caverhill, Yale University, Program Staff - 2014
Kasha Chang, University of British Columbia, Program Staff - 2007
Isabel Chen*, Yale University, Program Staff - 2007
Morris Choi*, Cornell University, Program Staff - 2011
Andrew Cormier, Carleton University, Program Staff, 2015
Adam Coombs, Carleton University, Program Staff - 2008 - 2010
James Crossman, University of Alberta, Program Staff - 2006
Alan Cliff, Harvard University, Program Coordinator - 2008, 2010
Natasha Dhingra*, MacMaster University, Program Staff - 2013 – 2015
Elspeth Easton, University of Victoria, Program Staff, 2015
Kathleen Elhattan-Lake*, University of Toronto, Program Staff, 2015
Emma Ellison*, University of British Columbia, Program Staff - 2006
Kaya Ellis, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2013
Lewis Fainer, McGill University, Program Coordinator 2010 - 2015
Monica Ferris, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2003
Aislin Flynn, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2013, 2014
Ethan Fortes, University of British Columbia, Program Staff, 2015
Riva Gold, Columbia University, Program Staff - 2008 - 2012
Leon Grek, Oxford Univeristy, Program Staff - 2008
Veenu Goswami, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2012, 2014, 2015
Mars He, Harvard University, Program Intern 2014, Staff 2015
Shaughnessy Hawkins, Cambridge University, Program Staff - 2008, 2009
Teddy Harrison, Oxford Univeristy , Program Coordinator - 2005 - 2007
Adam Heatherington, Queen's University, Program Staff 2010
Alex Heatherington, University of Western Ontario, Program Staff 2010
Sarah Ingimundson*, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2004
Maria Jogova*, University of British Columbia, Program Staff - 2007
Elliot Kaufman*, Stanford University, Program Intern 2013, Staff 2014
Spencer Keys. University of British Columbia, Program Staff - 2002 - 2004
Michael Kotrly** University of Toronto , Program Staff - 2002 - 2006
Nick Krause*, University of British Columbia, Program Staff - 2004, 2005

Fatimah Khan, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2012 - 2015
Zephi Kramer, University of Britsh Columbia, Program Staff, 2015

 
Joanna Langille, Oxford University, Program Staff - 2003, 2004
Nicola Langille, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2004 - 2007, 2009
Katherine LeBlanc, University of Ottawa, Program Staff, 2015
Tracey Lee, University of British Columbia, Assistant Camp Director - 2003 - 2007
Adrienne Lipsey. University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2006
Madeline Lisus, University of Toronto., Program Staff – 2012
Valentin Litvin*, McGill University, Program Staff - 2014

Keenan MacNeal, McGill University, Program Staff, 2015
Liam Mather, McGill University, Program Staff, 2014, 2015
Helen McGraw, University of Pennsylvania, Program Staff - 2004
Sophie McIntyre, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2008 - 2010
Caroline Mei*, McGill University, Program Staff - 2012 – 2014, Coordinator 2015
Tinley Melvin*, University of Chicago, Program Staff - 2012
Daniel Milton, McGill University, Program Staff, 2014, 2015
Amir Mohareb, York University, Program Staff - 2008
Cody Moskovitz, York University, University of London, Program Staff, 2015
Joanna Nairn**, Harvard University, Program Staff - 2005 - 2007
Murphy O'Connor*, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2011 - 2012
Jesse Ouyang, McGill University, Program Staff, 2015
Ksenia Podvoiskaia, Queen's University, Program Staff, 2015
Chris Puskas*, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2015
Jess Prince **, Oxford University, Program Staff - 2002 - 2006
Geethika Radhakrishnan, University of Toronto, Program Staff, 2015
Ben Reedjik, McGill University, Program Staff, 2015
James Renihan, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2003, 2004
Calvin Rosemond*, McGill University, Program Staff - 2012 - 2014
Emma Robiard-Cole, Carlton University, Program Staff - 2010
Jason Rogers **, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2003 - 2007
Padraic Ryan, Carleton University, Program Staff - 2007
Joudy Sarraj, University of Toronto, Program Staff, 2015
Mohammed Saraj, MacMaster University, Program Staff – 2014, 2015
Lindsay Spencer* University of British Columbia, Assistant Director, 2014, 2015
Mimi Scowen, McGill University, Program Staff - 2014
Josh Stark, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2008 - 2010
Taylor Steele*, Columbia University, Program Staff - 2008 - 2010
Sacha Saunders, McGill University, Lifeguard - 2005 - 2009
Sean Stefanik, New York University, Program Coordinator 2008 - 2010
Ashish Sinnah, University of British Columbia, Program Staff - 2006
Blair Stein, Carleton University, Program Staff – 2007
Alexa Sulzenko, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2005, 2008
Mwanza Tshimbalanga*, McGill University, Program Staff, 2014, 2015
Christine Wadsworth, University of Toronto, Program Staff - 2010