Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 2007 World Universities Debating Championship, hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Since 1980, the World Universities Debating Championship has become an event that hosts about 1000 participants from 150 universities. Worlds has been patronised and supported by several world leaders and sponsored by several global corporations.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to visit UBC and observe all of the preparation and directorial groundwork first-hand. I was very impressed with the incredible foresight and dedication that the Executive Organising Committee steered by Mr. Teddy Harrison and Mr. Kevin Massie. Their tireless devotion to the project is only equaled by their determination to ensure that the 27 th World Championship stands out among the rest.
Joining them in this quest is a team of outstanding staff members and volunteers. With the full support of the University of British Columbia, the whole of Canada will soon share in an event that all would be proud of.
We would be forever grateful and honored if you would join the University of British Columbia in bringing this event to the Western Coast of North America for the very first time in history. Thank you so very much for your continued generosity and support.
Chair, World Debate Council
Speech Communication Professor, University of La Verne