Hamilton Regionals

McMaster University 2024 Regional Event

McMaster University made history on Friday, February 3 as they hosted their first regional ethics bowl. In addition to making history, McMaster also set the record for the largest 2024 regional event, welcoming 22 teams their inaguaral bowl. Incredible!

Featherless Bipeds (St. Thomas Aquinas, Oakville), Geremy Bearimy (Dr. G.W. Williams, Newmarket), Socratic Sisters (Humberside Collegiate Institute Toronto), and Black Pine (White Oaks, Oakville) emerged as the event’s top four teams and will attend the Ontario Championship on March 2-3 at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

Dr. Allauren Forbes, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, served as the McMaster Regional’s faculty co-coordiantor, working tirelessly to make this record-setting event a reality.

Congratulations to all the teams and a heartfelt “thank you!” to all the volunteers, without whom events of this nature would not be possible.

McMaster looks forward to welcoming everyone back next year.

The Victors

As the largest regional qualifier, the McMaster bowl is sending four teams to the Ontario Championship. Pictured above are your McMaster four-co champions: Socratic Sisters (Humberside Collegiate), Geremy Bearimy (Dr G.W. Williams), Featherless Bipeds (St. Thomas Aquinas), and Black Pine (White Oaks)

Tournament Details

Let’s face it, every ethics bowler’s dream is to qualify for the national competition. In Ontario, the path to nationals is a winding journey. Every registered team automatically qualifies for a regional event. Regional qualifiers take place at OEB partner universities: Western, Guelph, McMaster, University of Toronto, Toronto Metropolitan, Queens, and Carleton. A virtual qualifier is available to teams who cannot attend an in-person event.

The top 16 teams from the qualifiers will attend the Ontario Championship (OC), from which the top team will advance to the national finals.

Team Size

3-7 Students


Grades 9-12


1-2 Hours/Week

The ethics bowl gives 100% when it comes to teacher and team support. At any point in during the season teachers/teams may schedule a one-on-one training session with an ethics bowl advisor who will answer their questions and help the group feel prepared for competition day. Teams may submit their arguments in advance of the competition to an ethics bowl professional to receive feedback and guidance. Lastly, and this is a doozy, teams may schedule practice matches with other schools to get the full ethics bowl experience before the actual competition. The ethics bowl will provide a moderator and tech support for practice every match.

All of the above is included in the price of registration.



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Argument Building
Team Spirit


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Exhibition Matches
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Exhibition Matches


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Regional Qualifiers



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Ontario Championships



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National Championships


The winning team qualifies for the Ontario Championship!

Deciding The Winners

The top team (maybe more) from the Hamilton regional automatically qualifies for the  Ontario Championship, the premier ethics bowl competition in Ontario hosted this year at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.


Key Contact:

Jeffrey Senese

General Manager

University of Toronto, Mississauga

Email: jeffrey.senese@utoronto.ca


 The ethics bowl isn’t simply about helping students think abstractly about moral dilemmas, though that’s important. At its best, the bowl is really about enacting moments of personal and social transformation in the lives of actual, young people. 

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Jeffrey Senese



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