The UBC Debate Society has a long and esteemed history, with its origin dating back prior to UBC itself – we were formally established in 1906 as part of the McGill University College of B.C. In the past century, the UBCDS has evolved into a respected institution with a large and vibrant community. UBCDS’ goal is twofold: to compete in national and global competitions so as to bring recognition and prestige to our school, while also spreading our love and knowledge of debate to the community.

UBCDS and Competition

The UBCDS competes across Canada as well as internationally. While we subsidize our members’ flights to select tournaments, they are always welcome to represent us to any competition they chose to self-fund to.  We belong to a Canadian debate circuit known as CUSID (Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate), but also attend tournaments in US circuits.  Although most of our travels are to North American cities, the Society does fund our top debaters to the World University Debate Championships (WUDC), which is held in a different country each year, most recently: India, Singapore, and this year, Greece.

Funding to more competitive tournaments is allocated based on our Points system. The Points system ranks your past tournament performance, and based on applications and rankings we give funding. For more information about tournament selection, our Points system, and attending tournaments, click here. To apply for a tournament, click here.

UBCDS and Community

We strive to create an impact in the community around us through open training sessions, free debate workshops, and volunteer coaching in local high schools.  The Society hopes to make accessible the unique combination of public speaking, quick thinking, and teamwork that our sport develops to anyone who wants to tap into it.  This year we are hosting more events to showcase our debaters and draw new people into the exciting world of debate.

To learn more about our work with those around us, please visit our Outreach page.

To look at dates regarding upcoming events, please visit our Calendar.