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    Virtual Program, Day camp, After-school / weekend classes
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  • Ages:
    4 to 18
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  • Capacity:
    1 to 25
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  • Summary Profile

    About FDT Academy

    2021/2022 Full Year Programs

    Debate, Speech & Model United Nations Programs

    Fostering Debate Talent (FDT) Academy is Canada’s leading provider of Debate, Speech & Model United Nations coaching. Our world renowned instructors help students master confidence & strengthen their public speaking skills. FDT's group & private lessons in Debate, Speech and Model United Nations are offered to students in grades K-12. Lessons are taught at our Vancouver location, or virtually through Zoom.

    2021 Winter Programs

    1. Online Debate camp/program

    2022 Spring Programs

    1. Online Debate camp/program

    2022 Summer Programs

    1. Online Debate camp/program

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    COVID-19 Response 

    The health and well-being of our students and staff are important to us. FDT Academy's 2021/2022 academic programs are offered online through Zoom, and in-person for Vancouver-based students who wish to take classes at the academy.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from FDT Academy

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; FDT Academy currently has 2 programs available; 1 TBD.

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    Virtual program
    Ages: 4 - 18
    $100 to $8,000
    Virtual Program,
    Sep 28, 2021-Jun 04, 2022$100 - $8,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing
    Virtual program
    Ages: 4 - 18
    Public Speaking
    $100 to $8,000
    Virtual Program,
    Sep 28, 2021-Jun 04, 2022$100 - $8,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing|Debate|Empowerment|Journalism
    Virtual program
    Ages: 5 - 18
    $150 to $500
    Virtual Program,
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing|Debate|Empowerment|Journalism

  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    Editor's Review

    Three Things: FDT Academy

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at FDT Academy

    Questions for the Director

    We interviewed FDT Academy . Here are their answers to:

    • [00:16] - What is unique about your program?
    • [01:00] - What type of participant is successful in this program?
    • [01:50] - Is the program structured or is it more open?
    • [02:36] - How do your staff deal with behavioural issues?
    • [03:41] - What do participants value most about their experience in the program?
    • [04:33] - What advice would you give to a new participant of the program?
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    User reviews of FDT Academy  — Read all 4 reviews

    Mother of Collingwood School student raves about FDT.
    Maggie Y. (Parent)

    There is nothing that compares to the quality and instruction that is offered at FDT. I feel very lucky that I was able to find FDT as a place to enhance my daughter’s debate and speech skills. Before my daughter started learning debate at FDT, she was a shy little girl that was afraid to express her feelings in public. FDT provided her not only with a debate coach, but also a place for her to discover one of her greatest passions. FDT is caring, encouraging and supportive. By far the most professional, organized, effective, and self-confidence boosting environment there can be. The coaches here are exceptional. They are passionate about what they are doing and have the ability to help children improve while making learning fun. If you are eager to explore the debate world, FDT is the place to start. ... Read More

    Champion Debater!
    Amolak Singh Dhillon (Camp alumni)

    FDT Academy transformed me from a public school student with no debate experience to a champion debater. Regardless of whether I am delivering a research presentation to hundreds of people or interviewing for a spot at medical school, I am relying on the skills that I developed through coaching. ... Read More

    Infinitely thankful to have the skill of Debate.
    Grace Hua, University of Pennsylvania (Camp alumni)

    From class presentations, to club applications, to job interviews, debate is the one skill I am infinitely thankful to have. Had it not been for my FDT instructors' encouragement, I would not be the eloquent, well-spoken person I am today. ... Read More

    Former FDT Student, Current Harvard Student!
    Andrew Yun (Camp alumni)

    The great thing about FDT coaching is that it can help you succeed no matter what level you are at in terms of debating. Every aspect of my debating, including listening, argument construction, refutation, and rhetoric have drastically improved thanks to the Academy. ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details


    Vancouver, BC
    1916 W Broadway #200, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 1Z2
    Vancouver, BC
    1916 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 1Z2
    Virtual Program


    Is FDT Academy technology free? Our virtual lessons and camps require a computer or tablet, as they take place via Zoom.

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Frankie Cena, Founding Director
    BC 30 Under 30, Former Debate Coach for the Danish National Team, Senior National Debating Championship Board Member.

    To the newest potential members of the FDT family, hello!

    Debate has been my greatest passion from the moment I competed in my first debate tournament as a grade 8 student, and it has been a passion that has grown ever since. In grade 12, I began volunteering as a debate coach at my high school for five years. In that time, the school became known as a massive player in the debate world, and I was able to see the lives of so many young people change for the better. This is because debate allows students to become confident and well-informed critical thinkers. Debate changes lives. After volunteering as a debate coach, I obtained my first paid coaching job and realized that debate needed to be spread to the masses, eventually resulting in something that I never could have imagined – the founding of FDT Academy.

    Since we opened our doors in 2016, I’ve made it my priority to ensure that all students who enter FDT experience the same benefits that my first students experienced: having fun, learning necessary life skills, traveling the world, becoming champions and so much more! At FDT, our goal is to help young people argue effectively for their beliefs and discover their passion for debate and public speaking. Our dynamic team of instructors, many of whom are my former students, are led under my guidance and will go the extra mile to ensure that you achieve the highest levels of success.

    Thank you so much for considering FDT. If you do join us, I hope that you'll  enjoy your experience with us to the fullest, and that you leave the academy a better, more articulate and well-rounded individual.

    - Frankie Cena, Founding Director

    In the News

    October 6, 2020
    FDT Students Make Team Canada!

    Emily Ni and Alex Logan are chosen to represent Canada on the prestigious National Debate Team. ... Read More

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