The Coach

Shakir Rahim coached debate at top Ontario schools for over a decade. He is now a practicing lawyer and has appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. His debate coaching clients included the University of Toronto Schools, Branksome Hall, and St. Andrew’s College. Shakir also privately coached Canadian and American students for debate competitions from the local to global level. In 2013, he completed a six-month project teaching debate in Queenstown, South Africa.

In his own debate career, Shakir won the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships twice. His debate career also included winning the BC Provincial Debate Championships five years consecutively in his category, the Junior National Debate Championships, and the National Public Speaking Championships. In law school, Shakir received several awards for oral advocacy, including a Dickson Medal for Exceptional Performance at the Gale Cup, the premier criminal-constitutional legal advocacy competition in Canada.

For students or adults looking to strengthen their public speaking or debate skills, Shakir offers private coaching remotely or in person. Private coaching provides an opportunity for development at all skill levels. Shakir has worked with students whose goals range from winning international tournaments, attending their first competition, or overall development. He also has worked with adults across a range of careers who are looking to improve their personal or professional public speaking abilities. For more information, please click here to send an inquiry.


Private Coaching

Students Saad Siddiqui and Jadyn Dragasevich 
Fulford League Debate Champions

"It would be hard to overstate Shakir's contribution to Trafalgar's debate team this year. With his guidance, we succeeded in making it to Provincials. Our two teams ranked first and second in the qualifier, with two of our girls winning the gold and silver individual medals. To put this in perspective, last year at the same tournament we finished in the bottom two. His help has been invaluable."


Theresa Fuller, Head of Debate - Trafalgar Castle School


Have a question? Please e-mail us at