McLeese Debate encourages young people across Canada to debate by finding opportunities to teach and engage youth in the art of argument.
The Founder’s Cup and Awards of Excellence
The top debater from each province and territory, whether participating in French, English, or Bilingual competition, is recognized through this awards. The Federation acknowledges its continuing commitment to excellence in debating at National Seminar.
The Speaker’s Citation was named with permission from the Speaker of the House of Commons. The trophy consists of a soapstone carving donated by the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker Centre in Saskatoon, to commemorate that famous parliamentarian. The award is presented to the student who makes the greatest contribution to the Model Parliament.
The Weedon Award
The Weedon Award, first presented in 1970, was named after Basil Weedon, one of several parents at Trinity College School who was responsible for the creation of the National Seminar. The trophy is unique and consists of miniature metal figures mounted on a base of petrified wood. It is awarded annually to the top English language debater.