2016 - 2017
The Hart House Debates Committee is pleased to present this year’s Alumni Debate, featuring revered alumni of the Hart House debating and UofT community: The Honourable Ian Binnie, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and Andrew Coyne, National Affairs Columnist of The National Post and one of Canada's most widely read polemicists. These two will be joined by two competitive debaters: Joanna Nairn, the 2006 World Universities Debating Champion and Victoria Hale, current U of T Law Student. Introductory remarks will also be made by John Monahan, the Warden of Hart House.
David miller, on green cities
Join former Mayor of Toronto and President and CEO of the World Wildlife Protection Fund-Canada David Miller, for a conversation on sustainability, urban forestry, and policy innovation in Toronto with Director of the U of T Urban Studies Program, Professor Shauna Brail. The event will look at how local-level planning has the ability to impact global, wide-reaching change in environmental sustainaibility while also nurturing the local urban environment.
What is Toronto doing to be more green? How do social policy and enviornmental policy interact in the city? What does the implementation of aspirational environmental agreements look like in the day-to-day municipal operations? These quesitons, and many more will be explored.
4th Annual Foreign Affairs Debate
The Canadian International Council Toronto Branch in partnership with the Hart House Debates Committee present the 4th Annual Student Foreign Policy Debate.
The judging panel features Professor Louis Pauly, the University of Toronto Political Science Department Chair, Professor Robert Teigrob, of the Ryerson University History Department, and Professor John English, Officer of the Order of Canada, former MP, and Director of The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History.
US ELECTIOn: Populism and discontent
The Hart House Debates Committee and International Relations Society were proud to welcome the Honourable John LaFalce, former Congressman for the State of New York to discuss the 2016 Presidential Election.
Candidates and nominees who brand themselves as "political outsiders" have found considerable success in 2016. What are the origins of this populist rhetoric, and reasons for its recent re-emergence? What does it tell us about unresolved political discontent in America? And crucially, how will it impact the final results of the election?
Hart House Iv and lafayette debates 2017
The Committee and Club present the Hart House IV and Lafayette Debates, the largest and most competitive debate tournament in Canada. The Grand Final of the Hart House IV will also serve as the opening to the Lafayette Debates, and the champions of the Hart House IV will also win a study tour to Paris. The Lafayette Debates are an academic series organized by the French Embassy in Canada, in partnership with the French Embassy based in Washington, DC. Representatives from the French Embassy will be present at both the reception and the final round.
Women in consulting
The Committee, the Rotman Commerce Consulting Association, and Rotman Women in Business presents our first-ever Women in Consulting Panel. Female consultants from top consulting firms, such as Accenture, Monitor Deloitte, McKinsey & Company and The Boston Consulting Group, discuss their experiences as leaders within their firms, the challenges they face in a largely-male dominated industry, and the support available to other women interested in consulting.