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FDT Academy

1916 W Broadway #200
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 1Z2
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FDT Academy   

1916 W Broadway #200, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 1Z2

  • Type:
    Day camp, After-school / weekend classes
  • Focus:
  • Cost:
    $100 to $350/week
  • Ages:
    5 to 18
  • Gender:
  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
    1 to 25
  • Programs:
  • Summary Profile

    About FDT Academy

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

    • 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 2022/2023 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 3 programs available; 2 TBD.

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    Ages: 5 - 18
    Debate, Public Speaking
    $100 to $8,000
    Virtual Program,
    1916 W Broadway #200
    Sep 04, 2022-Jun 03, 2023$100 - $8,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing
    Ages: 5 - 17
    Public Speaking
    $100 to $8,000
    Vancouver, BC
    1916 West Broadway
    Jan 28-Jun 04$100 - $8,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing|Debate|Empowerment|Journalism
    Overnight Camp
    Ages: 12 - 17
    $2,000 to $2,500
    Vancouver, BC
    1916 West Broadway
    Jul 16-21 $2,000 - $2,500
    Debate|Public Speaking
    Day Camp
    Ages: 5 - 17
    $800 to $4,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing|Debate|Empowerment|Journalism
    Virtual Program
    Ages: 5 - 17
    $150 to $600
    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

    • [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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    Insider's Perspective: Parent

    • 00:37 - What's unique about the program at FDT Academy that made you want to enroll your child there?
    • 01:55 - How was your child's experience with the program?
    • 03:00 - Was there any changes or noticeable personal growth you saw in your child after their time at the program?
    • 05:05 - If you hadn't sent your child to this camp, what's the most important personal growth that they would've missed out on?
    • 06:25 - How can a parent support their child to get the most out of this program?
    • 07:46 - What does your child say about the camp, either to you, or that you may have heard them say to friends or others?
    • 09:02 - Final thoughts?
    • show more

    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


    1916 W Broadway #200, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


    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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does FDT Academy have good reviews?
    We interviewed families about their experience with FDT Academy . Watch the video here. You can also read 4 reviews of FDT Academy from past attendees.

    What types of programs does FDT Academy offer?
    FDT Academy runs: year-round programs, overnight camps, day camps, virtual programs. Programming specializes in: Debate, Public Speaking. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does FDT Academy start?
    FDT Academy has programs for children aged 5 to 18.

    How much does is cost to attend FDT Academy ?
    Fees to attend FDT Academy range from $100 to $350/week.

    Does FDT Academy offer support for children with special needs?
    FDT Academy does not offer support for children with special needs.

    Does FDT Academy offer busing?
    No, FDT Academy does not offer transportation.

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