Where the purpose of disagreement is PROGRESS

President's Message

Our Mission

Are you interested in the power of persuasion, critical thinking and a good debate?

Improve your public speaking, develop leadership skills and build the confidence to pipe up in a meeting by practicing with like-minded peers. 

Honing your skills at the podium in a non-partisan forum is a great way to establish your voice, sharpen your critical thinking & develop your style.

You don't have to get elected to debate in this House. 


DEBATE a wide range of topics with different styles and formats.

EMPOWER members to communicate openly and effectively.

BENEFIT the community through outreach programs.

ACCLAIM speakers of opposing arguments.

TREAT members and guests with respect and consideration.

EXPRESS the majority interests of club members through good governance.

Ottawa's Only Public Debating Club

  • Support parliamentary democracy.
  • Promote freedom of expression.
  • Respectfully agree to disagree.

Everyone is entitled to YOUR opinion

  • Expand your critical thinking skills.
  • Identify fact from fiction.
  • Turn the art of discussion into a sport.

What you need to know


Styles of Debate

The Ottawa Debating Society uses the same protocols and procedures as our affiliate club, the Toronto Debating Society


This is how your role applies to the debate.


These guidelines show you how long you have to speak.


This is how you present your resolution.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Join the club

Ottawa Debating Society is the only public debate club in Canada's capital. It is a non-partisan non-profit community organization.

Our affiliate club is the Toronto Debating Society.

We plan to launch in the fall of 2018.

Constructive input is appreciated. We're open to debate!

Everyone of voting age is welcome.

Ottawa Debating Society

99 Bank St. Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 6B9 Canada