LinkedKey Debate Tournament

The LinkedKey Debate Tournament is an annual high school debate tournament held by LinkedKey for the purpose of promoting debate and LinkedKey among high school debaters. The LinkedKey Debate tournament will grant students an opportunity to practice their public speaking and argumentation skills while receiving top-level feedback from some of the best judges in Canadian high school debating.

The event includes five rounds of debate for junior and senior debaters, with two playoff rounds for those who qualify, including a junior final. On-campus catering is provided, and all food received by the debaters is paid for through their registration fees. We invite middle school and high school debaters from across the country to attend. The tournament will be judged by LinkedKey debate coaches and some excellent guest judges, including the President of York Debate Society and current members of team Canada debating, as well as numerous others we will announce at a later date.


Friday 28th 2019

03:30-04:45 PM       Registration for debater and judges
04:45-05:15 PM        Briefing for judges and debaters/Round One and Two Pairings
05:15-05:30 PM        Resolution/pairings for Round One
05:30-06:45 PM        Round One
06:45-07:45 PM       Dinner
07:45-08:00 PM       Resolution/pairings for Round Two
08:00-09:15 PM       Round Two

Saturday 29th 2019

08:00-09:00 AM     Breakfast
09:00-09:30 AM     Briefing for judges and debaters/Resolution/pairings for Round Three
09:30-09:45 AM      Preparation time for Round Three
09:45-11:00 AM      Round Three
11:00-11:15 AM       Resolution/pairings for Round Four
11:15-11:30 AM       Preparation time for Round Four
11:30-12:45 AM      Round Four
12:45-01:45 PM       Lunch
01:45-02:00 PM      Resolution/pairings for Quarter-Finals
02:00-02:15 PM      Preparation time for Quarter-Finals
02:15-03:30 PM      Quarter-Finals
03:30-03:45 PM      Break for debaters and judges/Announcement of Semi-Finals Pairs
03:45-04:00 PM      Preparation time for Semi-Finals
04:00-05:15 PM      Semi-Finals
05:15-05:30 PM      Announcement of Finals Pairs
05:30-05:45 PM      Preparation time for Finals
06:45-07:00 PM      Finals
07:15-07:45 PM      Awards Ceremony


Gallery of Tournament

Debaters Registration

Registration extended until June 2nd!

Please e-transfer the delegate registration fee, CAD$50, to, after filling out the registration form.

You can also pay at our center in-person at: 3300 Ridgeway Dr, Mississauga, ON L5L 5Y6

If you would like to debate but DO NOT have a partner, please conta·ct

Our Judge

Brent S.

Brent S.

Head Coach, Debate
Brent's Bio

Brent has been teaching and competing at debate tournaments for more than 7 years. As a debater, Brent competed for Western University and the University of Toronto, achieving multiple speaker awards and tournament victories in different debate styles both in Canada and abroad. Brent has taught and trained debaters of all ages, ranging from students as young as grade 6 to some of the best university debaters in Canada and the United States. As a debater and instructor, Brent has a wide range of experience in debate and is well respected in the high school and university debating circuits throughout North America.

Jenny H.

Jenny H.

Coach, Public Speaking

Jenny is currently a student at McMaster University, majoring in the Health Sciences. As a White Oaks Debate Executive, Jenny has coached students of various age groups through summer workshops and year-round team meetings on various formats of debate and public speaking. She has also advanced to many out-rounds in debate including the Harvard World Schools Invitational and the Hart House High School Debate Tournament at University of Toronto.

Tian Zhi Y.

Coach, Debate

Tian Zhi is currently a student at the Schulich School of Business and has been competing in debate tournaments for over 6 years. She was on the White Oak’s Debate executive team and is now the President of York Debate Society. During university, she was the Tournament Director for the 2017 and 2018 York High School Debate Tournament, as well as for the first Canadian High School Women’s Debate Championships.

Sophie W.

Sophie W.

Coach, DECA

Sophie was president of her high school’s DECA chapter and debate team, where she coached and mentored many younger students. In DECA, she qualified for ICDC four times, and taught many students in a variety of categories throughout her executive positions. As a debater, she volunteered as a debate coach for her elementary school as well as the Hong Kong Parliamentary Debate Society summer camp, and competed in many tournaments at a national and international level.

Matt T.

Matt T.

Teacher, English&Essay

Matt is a product of the University of Toronto’s English, Philosophy, and Sociology programs, he is well versed in multiple writing disciplines and carries a long tradition of high standards and strong results into the classroom. Matt has taught students of all ages and skill levels how to elevate their written work, inspiring a passion for writing that his students carry with them through post secondary education and into their professional lives. His expectations are high but fair, Matt goes to great lengths to adapt his lessons to accommodate the needs of individual students and ensure their success, through patience and persistence he instills in his class not just a love of writing, but also the discipline required to do it well.