The QDU Executive

Executive Meetings

The executive of the Queen’s Debating Union meets regularly once a week prior to Thursday meetings via zoom. 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 secretary@queensdebatingunion.org 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.

2021-2022 Executive Roles and Responsibilities

Voting Members

The club’s President is Livi McElrea. 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 Emily Xu. 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 Brandon Gusain. He is responsible for collecting membership dues, paying for all club expenses and coordinating sponsorship.

Our Secretary is Gobind Dhugee. 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. He is responsible for maintaining the QDU website, Instagram page, Facebook page, and all other social media platforms.

Our Varsity Tournament Director is Nimai Koneru. He is responsible for organizing our club’s annual university-level tournaments. The Chancellor’s Cup a British Parliamentary tournament, and the Sutherland IV a Canadian Parliamentary tournament.

Our National High School Debating Championship Tournament Directors are Sougata Majumder and Austin Yao . They will serve as the main point of contact between our club and representatives from interested secondary schools.

Non-Voting Members 

The Sergent of Social Affairs is Myles Fox.  He is responsible for preserving and protecting the Union. He is  also 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 club’s  Fundraising Director is Ritvik Awasthi. He is responsible for securing sponsorship for the club’s events and writing grant applications.

The Novice Representative, Amy Zhu. They will advocate on behalf of novice members before the Executive and will be required to attend all executive meetings.

Our Equity Officers are Erika Gow and Robert Howden. 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 equity@queensdebatingunion.org 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.

Want to contact the executive? Visit the Contact Us page!