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The Toronto Debate Toastmasters Club is a non-profit specialty club. We are Canada’s only Toastmasters International club that follows Toastmasters’ programme of communication and leadership, plus we work on debate in every meeting.

We are a dynamic group of members who meet twice monthly. Our goal is to become confident, effective communicators, debaters and leaders, within the self-paced Toastmasters International programme.

Our membership is comprised of graduate and post-graduate University of Toronto students, and similarly-credentialed, employed business executives, entrepreneurs and professionals in the private and public sectors.

Members range in age from 20-something and up and are from all over the world. The magic is in the mix!

While we work together to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment, we also have a great deal of fun!

The bar is set high at our club, as members strive for high quality meetings, speeches, debates and evaluations, which help them succeed inside and outside our club. We also hold special events periodically.

Club Executive

  • Club Mentor Emeritus: John Sooran, DTM
  • President: Teresa Lee, CC, CL
  • VP Education: Laura Mitchell, DTM
  • VP Membership: Peter Shewchenko, DTM
  • VP Public Relations: Anthony Berry, CC, ALB
  • Secretary: Karen Coleman, CL
  • Treasurer: David Grey
  • Sergeant-At-Arms: Daniel West, CC, CL
  • Immediate Past President: David Callum
  • Webmaster: Abayomi King

Past Debate Topics

  • The weaponisation of free speech can be tempered
  • Brexit was preventable
  • Post-secondary education should be free
  • History is the academic branch of propaganda
  • The U.N. is effective on the world scene
  • Environmentalists have gone too far
  • Political correctness has gone too far
  • World emergency response is adequate
  • Canada needs more statutory holidays
  • There should be free speech in cyberspace
  • The state is justified to impose taxes
  • Citizens should be required to vote by law
  • Chocolate is good for you