About us

Welcome to DebateGo

At DebateGo, we believe with practice everyone can:
  • Develop their critical thinking and learn to quickly understand complex issues
  • Speak confidently, clearly and concisely
  • Think about issues from different perspectives
  • Experience positive peer group experiences
  • Learn debate with the best debate coaches and debaters from all over the world
About
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Why Choose us

Our visionary and award-winning coaches
Our highly effective curriculum
Our supportive learning community

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Our Mission

Building a caring online learning community to support students’ critical reading, persuasive speaking , and leadership skills development

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Our visions

Empower students to think critically and act in socially responsible manner

Meet Our Instructors


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Adrian Lask
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Alexandra Sundarsingh
Alexandra has a BA in Political Science and an MA in History from the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing a PhD in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is a World University Debate Championships (WUDC) quarterfinalist, the champion of the Yale IV, a 2 time finalist at the Cambridge IV and a 2 time quarterfinalist at the Oxford IV as well as reaching elimination rounds in over a dozen other tournaments. She has also been the Chief Adjudicator at the North American Debate Championships and North American Women’s Debate Championships in addition to judging numerous elimination rounds at other events.
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Alice Jones
Alice Jones is a current Master of Public Policy student at the University of Auckland, having completed a Bachelor of Arts (Politics & International Relations and Psychology) and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Commercial Law) in 2019. Alice has been active in the debate and speech community for more than ten years, with significant experience as a participant, organizer, and coach. During her undergrad, Alice was ranked among the top 200 speakers at the World University Debating Championship in Thailand, and Champion of Pacific Cup in 2018. Alice has been a Chief Adjudicator of several tournaments in Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, with judge and speaker breaks at the United States Universities Western Regional Championship, Hugill Cup, Seattle Intervarsity, UBC Womxn’s, and Harvard’s World Schools and Forensics tournaments. Alice coaches British Parliamentary, Canadian Nationals, Australs/World Schools style, Public Forum, and public speaking.
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Allan Cocunato
Allan is an accomplished debater who finished in the top ten at the 2011 and 2012 Provincial High School Debating Championships, and finished 12th at the 2011 National High School Debating Championships. He was a semifinalist at the University of Western Ontario Debating Championship and the York University Debating Tournament, and was a top ten speaker at the Queen’s University Debating Championship and the Osgoode Hall Invitational Debate Tournament. Allan is graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School.
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Alykhan Jetha
Alykhan is a fourth-year student of Economics and International Relations at the University of Toronto. As a member of the Canadian National Debate Team he represented Canada at tournaments across 4 continents, including the World Competition and the Pan-Americans. He also succeeded in national competitions, winning the Canadian National Championship and the prestigious Hart House High School Competition in 2018. He has been debating for 8 years and is also a former TDA student.
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Amin Mosam
Amin holds a BA from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Philosophy. Amin has debated at dozens of tournaments at the high school and university level, notably winning a speaker award at 2017 Chancellor’s Cup, Seagrams Cup 2019. Amin also is an experienced adjudicator, notably breaking at the 2019 Hart House Inter-Varsity. In the past Amin was executive of the University of Toronto’s Hart House Debate Society, where he organized and delivered a wide array of training seminars to university debaters.
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Archie Stapleton
Archie Stapleton will begin Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard University in September 2021, and graduated with an Honours degree in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in 2020. He was the Captain of the Western Australian Debating Team in 2015, coming in the top 10 speakers at the Australian National Debating Tournament in 2014 and 2015. At university, Archie won the Hugill Cup 2016, broke at Brandeis, broke at the Novice Championships at UBC, and was elected the training director of the University of British Columbia debating society in 2016. Archie has coached debate for over 5 years, taking students to the break rounds at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, Western Australian Debating League, BC Provincial championships, NSDL China, as well as having one student make Team Canada in 2020. He is an expert in Public Forum, British & Canadian Parliamentary, Mock Trial, Public Speaking, and Australs/World School styles. Currently he prepares students in TDA’s competitive Public Forum program, which most recently has won both Chinese and American tournaments.
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Ashley Pinheiro
Ashley is a Comms & Political Science student at Carleton University. They have broken as a speaker at tournaments such as Hart House IV, Leger Central Canadian Championship & NAU*WDC. In addition to debating, Ashley has been a part of six Adj-Cores & has chaired outrounds such as the CP National Semi-Final, Lord Dorchester Cup Final & HHIV Novice Final. They are the former President of Carleton Debate and Speech.
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Calvin Xu
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Darius Jokubauskas
Darius holds a BSc degree in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE). Currently, he is finishing his Masters in Communication Science with a research focus on rhetorical persuasion at the University of Amsterdam. In high school, Darius became a national public speaking champion and successfully represented Lithuania in the International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC ‘16) where he reached the semi-finals. Darius has over 5 years of experience in teaching World Schools Debating (WSDC) and public speaking. Throughout these years working with the Debate Centre of Lithuania he has hosted multiple lectures and worked with kids of various ages. Darius hopes to utilize his academic and practical knowledge of public speaking to help students develop their skills of persuasion.
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Emily Xie
Emily is a student at UWO and has broken at the North American Debate Championships, the North American Women and Gender minorities Debate Championship (finalist), Hart House IV (novice champion), Centennial Cup (finalist), and the Central Novice Debating Championship (semi-finalist). She has also judged at several university tournaments.
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Isaac Hordiyuk
Isaac has a BA in Political Science with minors in History and Geography from the University of Toronto. He has reached elimination rounds at over a dozen university tournaments, including the Yale IV, Canadian Parliamentary Nationals, and North American Championships, and has won or received a top speaker prize from more than half a dozen other tournaments. He has more than five years of coaching experience, working with various private and school-run programs in Canada and internationally. As a high school debater, he won or received top speaker prizes at more than a dozen tournaments.
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Joanna Nairn
Joanna has 10 years experience as a practicing lawyer at firms in Washington, D.C. and Toronto. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for Mr. Justice Morris Fish at the Supreme Court of Canada. She was a competitive debater for many years, winning the World Universities Debating Championships, the North American Debating Championships, and many other tournaments in Canada and around the world. She has also served on numerous adjudication teams, including as a Deputy Chief Adjudicator at the World Universities Debating Championships.
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Judah Purwanto
Judah is an undergraduate student at UCL, studying Politics & International Relations. He was part of team Indonesia for the World Schools Debating Championships in 2020, where he ranked as a top 10 speaker. Internationally, he’s the best speaker of the Borneo Championships, New York University Abu Dhabi IV, Sumatra Open, and was the ESL best speaker of the University of Southern California IV. Judah is a highly experienced adjudicator, having judged elimination rounds at UADC, WSDC, and 30 other international tournaments. He has also been part of the chief adjudication team for the Asian Schools Debating Championships & the Indonesian National Championships.
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Karl Joyner
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Ksenia Podvoiskasia
Ksenia holds a BEd and is completing her MA in History at Queens University. She is a Canadian National Debating Champion, a breaking WUDC debater, finalist in the North American Women and Gender Minorities Tournament, former President of the Queen’s Debating Union and an experienced adjudicator.
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Mars He
Mars is a Harvard graduate and is a HWS Round Robin Finalist, WUDC top 10 speaker and United States Universities Debate champion. He’s been the President of the American Parliamentary Debate Association, Chief Adjudicator for Harvard and Stanford debate tournaments and is currently coaching the Harvard College Debating Union.
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Monica Ferris
Monica has over 15 years of teaching public speaking and debating experience to both English and French students. A Canadian National Debating Champion (’08), 3-time Canadian BP Champs & US BP Nats Finalist, Monica has a long list of debating accomplishments. She's also a four-time break judge at the World Debating Championships, including judging the EFL Grand Final.
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Nicholas DeVito
Nicholas DeVito is a current senior at Tufts University, where he majors in both quantitative economics and political science, concentrating in East Asia, along with a minor in finance. He has been involved in competitive debating for 7 years, both as a participant and coach. In high school, Nick championed the Harvard Invitational, the Tournament of Champions, and the National Speech and Debate Championship. Along with this, he was ranked as number one in the nation in Congressional Debate. In college, Nick finished his last competitive season as 3rd Speaker of the Year and 2nd Team of the Year as a member of the Tufts Debate Society. He also broke top 10 at several large BP tournaments such as the Brandeis Invitational and the US Universities Debating Championship. Outside of competition, Nick has coached students over a wide range of skills and debate formats too; his students have reached elimination rounds at nearly every major national tournament in US debate, and topped national rankings.
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Ray Smith
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Rudi Lof
Rudi is the founder of the Toronto Debate Academy. As a debate coach, Rudi led his students to success at both the provincial and national levels. His student’s success includes becoming finalists at World Schools Debate Championships and winning the Jr. National Championships.
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Steven Murray
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Zachary Bloom
Zachary is in his final year of an Honours Philosophy Major at the University of British Columbia. He has been involved in competitive debate for almost a decade. In high school, he was the captain of his school’s debate team and regularly broke at DANEIS debate tournaments throughout New England. As a University Student, he has competed in British Parliamentary debate, notably earning the 4th speaker award at the WCNC at UBC. Zach has four years of experience working with middle and high school aged children. As a debate coach, Zach has had a number of his students break and win tournaments, recently at St. Johns in Vancouver.