Simon Lono Invitational Tournament

Simon Lono is the founder of the Newfoundland and Labrador Speech and Debate Union. He was an avid supporter of community development and advocated for orphan disease patient care across Canada. At the age of 49, Simon received a diagnosis of Primary Myelofibrosis, a rare disease with no known cure. On May 24, 2019, Simon passed away, leaving behind not only his lifelong partner and family to mourn but also a large debate community that misses him dearly.

Simon consistently donated his time to developing debate and coaching students at any time of the day. Because of Simon’s hard work and generosity, many disadvantaged students attended tournaments, including nationals, worlds, and many other events. Simon fought for the underprivileged in all facets of his life. His deep-rooted belief in the self-sufficiency of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians guided many of his principles in debate.

Quick Links for the Tournament

General HUB - Find links to everything you may need

Judges HUB - Links to everything judges may need (only accessible through NLSDU accounts)

Schedule - Our Schedule in all six Canadian time zones

GA Stream - Our online GA (Link will be added when stream starts)

Student Numbers and Prep Rooms - What number are you?

Room Release - What is the motion and who's in what room?

Missing something? Email

Dates: May 15 - 17

Who: All Canadian Students from Grade 9 - 12 (80 team maximum)

Format: CNDF Format

Price: Free

Platform: Google Meet (no account needed.)

Prepped Motion: This house would ban medical patents in the creation of new treatments for orphan and rare diseases.

Schedule for Multiple Time Zones

In the spirit of Simon’s legacy of accessibility, this online tournament will be offered entirely free of charge. To ensure that students can compete from coast to coast to coast remotely, the tournament will run on Central Standard Time.

Friday May 15: 5:00pm - 8:00pm CST

Saturday May 16: 11:00am - 4:00pm CST

Sunday May 17: 11:00am - 4:00pm CST

The tournament will take place using Google Meet, and students will need access to a computer, internet connection, microphone, and headphones if possible. Students will have access to a central “HUB” document where they will find links to their debate rooms, a streamed general assembly, as well as motion release and other important announcements. For more information and FAQs about online debate, click here

The tournament will be CNDF format, with five rounds of debate plus a semifinals and finals round. Speaking times will be seven minutes, first and last minute protected time, with three minute fully protected reply speeches at the end. For an introduction to CNDF debate format, click here

Inter-school hybrids are permitted for this tournament, but inter-provincial hybrids are not. Students currently in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete. This tournament will be capped at a maximum of 80 teams, registration is not allocated by province.

As we want to see students from across the country, we would also like judges from across the country. Students are encouraged to ask their coaches to register with them to help fulfill this goal.

To register as a debater, click here

To register as a judge, click here

Registration is due by midnight CST on May 11th. Registration should be submitted using the google forms linked above.

For general questions or concerns please contact our Tournament Director, Luke Battcock, by email at or

For judging inquiries please contact our Chief Adjudicator, Emily Bonia, by email at