About Us

Who We Are

Founded in 1880 by Rev. Louis-Alphonse Nolin, the English Debating Society (EDS) is the oldest student organization at the University of Ottawa.  As the University of Ottawa’s most prominent competitive debating club, the EDS is dedicated to helping students from all backgrounds improve their public speaking, and analytical skills. As well as helping students expand their knowledge over a broad range of topics including politics, ethics, international relations, economics, and much more.

Our Executive

Vasu Kamra

James Ashwell
Vice-President (Internal)

Niah Vardy

Mitchell Dorbyk
Vice President (Training)

Alicia Bialczyk
Chair of Outreach

Matthew Iliut
Chair of Sponsorship

Emily Howe
Co-Chair of Socials