Welcome to the University of Saskatchewan Debate Society!

New members are always welcome – feel free to stop by any of our meetings, find us on Facebook or contact us for more information!

WEEKLY MEETINGS: Wednesdays at 4:30 in Arts 109

Resources for Members

REGISTRATION for Pro-Am Tournament – Jan 30th – Feb2 2nd

If you intend to come as a debater and don’t have a partner, that’s okay! We will find you one from here or from another school. Please note that this is a tournament that requires that teams be composed of one novice debater and one pro debater. The USDS organizes accommodations and carpool!

Volunteer to Judge elementary school debate on January 24th at Greystone Heights School in Saskatoon

Volunteer to judge for elementary or high school debate on February 8th at the U of S from 9 am – 5 pm – lunch included!

Training Materials

Debate Dictionary to look up terms you don’t know


Competative selection – Appendix A shows points rubric of how we select debators to attend tournaments and recieve funding



2019-20 Executive

President – Abby Vadeboncoeur


Abby is in her final year of a History degree with a Philosophy minor at uSask, but don’t be fooled- philosophy motions still strike fear in her heart. When she isn’t debating, she can usually be found teaching swimming lessons, on the 4th floor of the Murray writing an essay, or avoiding doing the dishes. Abby’s dream is to one day debate a motion where her memorization of all 83 One Direction songs will come in handy, but unfortunately that spec has yet to pay off.

VP Internal – Gillian Leach

IMG_5942Gillian has been debating since high school and has travelled across Canada to compete in multiple competitions across multiple circuits. When she isn’t debating, taking Biology classes, or listening to New York Times podcasts, you can usually catch her taking long walks on the beach, drinking piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain.

VP External – Madison Olynyk


Madison is the VP External of the USDS by day, but at debate tournaments she follows her true calling as the director, producer, cinematographer, and founder of the USDS Vlogs © (https://www.youtube.com/user/uofsdebate). When she isn’t debating and vlogging, Madison studies Political Studies at the U of S. She also dresses up as Disney princesses for children’s parties- if you ask nicely, she might even give you Belle, Ariel, or Snow White’s autograph.

VP Finance – Andy Luu


Andy is a 4th year Chemistry Student that is also beginning his 4th year of debate. His illustrious list of university achievements include dissolving his jeans with hydrochloric acid, dropping a professors mug while asking for a higher mark, and nearly oversleeping for multiple exams. When he’s not busy coercing people into joining debate, he is often staying up late playing video games while blaming classes for a chronic lack of sleep. However, he’s always willing to answer any questions, whether it be about debate or the club’s finances.

VP Training – Nohl Purdue


Nohl Purdue has been debating for 6 years, provincially and nationally. When he isn’t tearing up the debate floor, you can find him building an army of unstoppable USDS novices, flexing his folding skills at American Eagle, and spending quality time with his 4 hamsters. He’s always ready to talk about debate, so hit him up with all your training related needs (or if you want to hear how *not* to model THW assassinante Vladimir Putin).



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To get in touch, email us – uofsdebate@gmail.com – or fill out the form below.

Snail mail

Physical mail can be sent care of the U of S Students’ Union:

U of S Debate Society
c/o USSU
#110 – 1 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A3

In person

Feel free to stop by any of our meetings – we’d be happy to chat!