The QDU Executive "And the Queen's family is the best family/ That ever debated from sea to sea"

Executive Meetings

The executive of the Queen’s Debating Union meets regularly once a week prior to Wednesday meetings in the QDU office (MacGillivray-Brown Hall, rm. B12). All executive meetings are open for member observation. Guests at executive meetings must pay in mind the following rules:

– If you would like to present an issue to the executive for discussion, you must submit an email to well in advance of the meeting so we may set the agenda accordingly

– Visiting members will be given the opportunity to express any concerns or questions they may have at the end of the meeting, if time permits

– Visiting members may not participate in executive discussions unless they have requested to present on an issue in advance of the meeting, or are doing so during the designated roundtable period at the end of the meeting, as outlined above

– The executive reserves the right to ask that visitors leave the room should sensitive or confidential material need to be discussed

All meeting minutes will be available online within the following week, and a link will be distributed in the next Weekly Update. You may read minutes here.

2015-2016 Executive Roles and Responsibilities:



The club’s President is Betsy Studholme. She is ultimately responsible for the executive and the club as a whole. She represents the QDU to the broader Queen’s and debating communities.





The Critic is Ksenia Podvoiskaia. She acts as vice-president, keeping a check on the President and the rest of the executive. She is also responsible for training the team and for administering the QDU’s High School Outreach program.





The club’s Treasurer is Sam Hargreaves. She is responsible for collecting membership dues, paying for all club expenses and coordinating sponsorship.





Our Secretary is Danyal Manji. He leads communication efforts with our members, taking meeting minutes and writing the Weekly Update. He also manages the club’s email account, and assists the President with representing the club to the broader Queen’s community.




Our Chancellor’s Cup Tournament Director is Megan van Kessel. She is responsible for organizing our club’s annual university-level tournament.






Our National High School Debating Championship Tournament Director is Michael Didow. He will serve as the main point of contact between our club and representatives from interested secondary schools.






The club’s In-House Activities Director is Addy Rawat.  He is responsible for organizing all tournaments and socials which the club runs at Queen’s for our members.





The club’s Online Outreach Director is Evan Goldman. He is responsible for maintaining the QDU website, Twitter page, Facebook page, and all other social media platforms.





The Sergeant-at-Arms, Mark Sinclair, is responsible for preserving and protecting the Union. He is responsible for keeping the President safe from harm, and caring for the club’s traditions by maintaining archives and records and acting as the Guardian of the Mace.




The Novice Representative, Reed Smith, is responsible for advocating on behalf of novice members before the Executive.



Our Equity Officers are Julia Milden, Mickey Ci, and Danella Ahlberg. The Equity Officers operate independently from the club executive, and are responsible for ensuring that our club environment is friendly, inclusive, accessible and non-discriminatory. They or an acting Equity Officer will be present at all club events. Please do not hesitate to approach either of them in person, or confidentially by email at to discuss any issue you may be having with the club or its executive. All equity complaints are confidential. A copy of the Queen’s Debating Union Equity Policy may be found here.


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