The Canadian High Schools Model United Nation (CAHSMUN) Conference was launched in 2005 by a group of students who sought to extend the experience of Model United Nations (MUN) to every motivated student. They were determined to provide students with an opportunity to acquire greater knowledge beyond classrooms and to foster the growth of the leaders of tomorrow. By providing an opportunity for students to improve researching skills and exercise social interaction, CAHSMUN has continued its annual tradition to this very day.
On the weekend of April 5-7, the ninth annual conference of CAHSMUN will be hosted at the Sheraton Wall Center in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Like every year, CAHSMUN will deliver its conference in accordance to its primary goals: to unite the minds of youth, and acquaint young people with the complexities of reality. By inviting hundreds of students from all over North America, CAHSMUN 2013 will exemplify the pinnacle of the congregation of intellectually motivated students.
This year, we are very excited to introduce an array of diverse committees to simulate almost every perspective of different regions around the world. CAHSMUN 2013 will provide 12 committees of all sizes and themes to cater to delegates’ personal interests and experience level. Furthermore, with a line-up of inspiring and knowledgeable speakers to spark the determination of delegates, and an unforgettable delegate dance social, the secretariat of CAHSMUN will deliver a memorable experience bursting with educational value and fun memories like none other.
CAHSMUN 2013 Marketing Package
Ms. Wenyan Yang is the Senior Social Affairs Officer in the Division of Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social affairs in the United Nations. She works with the Commission for Social Development and leads the preparation of the publication Report on World Social Situation and has been a major contributor to major United Nations publications, such as the World Economic and Social Survey. She started her UN career as an economic affairs officer in the Macroeconomic and Development Policy Analysis Division, contributing to the major departmental publication World Economic and Social Survey. Previously, as Acting Chief of the Coordination and Outreach Unit, she was responsible for overall outreach and communications activity in the UN Division for the Advancement of Women and for facilitating the Non-Governmental Organization participation in the UN intergovernmental processes. She is also among the first group of post-cultural revolution university graduates in China and won a Fulbright scholarship to study in the U.S.
Dr. Shafik Dharamsi
Dr. Shafik Dharamsi is the UBC Faculty of Medicine CanMEDS Health Advocate Role Train-the-Trainer; and Faculty Mentor for the Doctor, Patient & Society (DPAS) Community and International Service Learning Option. Dr. Dharamsi also serves as the Associate Director of the UBC Centre for International Health. As the Associate Director, he contributes to the facilitation of leadership, research, education, community engagement, developing and implementing creative, progressive, rigorous and sustainable solutions to the problems of global health in essence to the social detriments of health. He implemented an innovative health promotion and early-childhood development initiative in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda through the Aga Khan Development Network. His work has been featured on a Canadian television documentary series, The Global Villagers, which follows Canadians who work to promote peace and meet the basic needs of developing countries. The focal point of his teachings delve deeply into issues affecting social justice and equity, fostering a commitment to civic engagement, ethical leadership, and global social responsibility towards pressing social, economic and moral problems.
Please take note of the important dates for CAHSMUN 2013 listed below.
Registration Begins: November 22
Priority Registration: November 22-December 21
Regular Registration: December 22-March 12
Final Registration: March 13-March 22
Hotel Rooming List Deadline: March 10
All Outstanding Fees: March 24
CAHSMUN 2013 Conference: April 5-7
Registrations for CAHSMUN 2013 will open on November 22, 2013. From this date onwards, CAHSMUN will implement three phases of registration: priority registration, regular registration, and final registration. Registrations made during the priority registration will have high likelihoods of receiving the chosen country and committee; in addition, students will pay reduced fees if they register during this period. Regardless of the registration phase, students will be able to register independently online or through their school's head delegate.
Friday April 5, 2013
Conference Registration / Room Check In: 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Rules Briefing: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Opening Ceremonies: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Dinner Break: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Committee Session I: 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Faculty Advisor / Head Delegate Meeting: 10:30pm to 11:00pm
Curfew Enforcement Begins: 11:59pm
Saturday April 6, 2013
Committee Session II: 8:30am to 12:00pm
Lunch Break: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Committee Session III: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Break: 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Committee Session IV: 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Dinner Break: 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Faculty Advisor/Head Delegate Meeting: 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Committee Session V: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Social Event: 8:45pm to 11:30pm
Curfew Enforcement Begins: 11:59pm
Sunday April 7, 2013
Committee Session VI: 9:00am to 11:30am
Room Check Out: 9:30am to 11:30am
Lunch: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Closing Ceremonies: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
CAHSMUN 2013 is proud to be hosted at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. An icon of the downtown Vancouver skyline, the Wall Centre is conveniently located with numerous amenities provided on-site or nearby. We are certain that the Wall Centre will provide a cosmopolitan environment for CAHSMUN 2013 and that faculty advisors and delegates will have an enjoyable stay.
Address: 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9, Canada
The registration fee will include the following:
1. Two nights' accommodation at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel (CAHSMUN is not held liable for additional charges to you or your guestroom)
2. Delegate handbook
3. Name badge*
5. Entrance to the social event on Saturday night.
* Replacements for name badges and placards will be at a cost of $10.
We will send you a confirmation when we receive your payment. Please note that we will not assign you a country until we receive your payment as well.
Refunds will only be entertained for medical conditions. A medical note is required as proof of illness.
Triple / Quadruple Rooms
Priority Registration: $179
Regular Registration: $195
Final Registration: $209
Single / Double Rooms
Priority Registration: $239
Regular Registration: $255
Final Registration: $269
The Faculty Advisor Fee is to cover solely a single room for two nights at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel during the conference.
Preparation is vital in order to succeed in Model United Nations. It is very imperative that delegates prepare sufficiently before the conference and be well-versed in whatever topic they are assigned. Regardless of whether or not the delegate seeks personal success, it is strongly advised that all delegates research to be able to adequately participate in the committee sessions to take away as much as possible from his or her experience at CAHSMUN.
Please take the time to read the backgrounders (will be uploaded to the website closer to the conference date) of your respective committees to prepare for your committee sessions. Furthermore, please refer to the following documents to learn more about the procedures of MUN, how to write a position paper, and how to create resolutions.
Rules of Procedure
(Note: CAHSMUN Rules of Procedure are now based on that used at NHSMUN, with slight modifications. Delegates and faculty advisors are advised to go through the Rules of Procedure. Each committee may also have special provisions, which are outlined in the committee's background guide.)
- All CAHSMUN officers, faculty advisors, delegates, and others present at the Conference shall abide by the Policies on Conduct.
- Faculty advisors are encouraged to assist CAHSMUN officers in enforcing the Policies on Conduct.
- Please report any infringement of the Policies on Conduct or the suspicion thereof to your Committee Dais, the Secretariat, or the Board of Directors.
- Should a delegate be suspected of violating any of the Policies on Conduct, the faculty advisor present shall be consulted to determine any disciplinary action.
- Should a CAHSMUN officer be suspected of violating any of the Policies on Conduct, the Board of Directors and the Secretary-General shall be consulted to determine any disciplinary action.
- All violations of the Policies on Conduct are resolved on a case-by-case basis. CAHSMUN reserves the right to suspend the individual from his or her role for a specific duration of time, or to remove the individual from the premises if deemed appropriate.
- CAHSMUN reserves the right to include any federal, provincial, or municipal authorities as part of the enforcement of the Policies on Conduct.
- Delegates are expected to attend all committee sessions and remain productive during the conference.
- CAHSMUN requires all delegates to dress in Western business attire. School uniforms may be worn in lieu of Western business attire.
- The proper attire for men is a suit jacket, slacks, dress shirt, and tie. Jeans and running shoes are not part of proper attire. Men must wear their suit jackets in order to be recognized on the committee floor.
- The proper attire for women is a suit jacket, pants or a skirt of appropriate length, and dress shirt. A cardigan may be worn in lieu of the suit jacket. Women must conceal shoulders as part of proper decorum.
- All individuals at CAHSMUN are required to wear conference-issued name badges in order to participate in committee sessions.
- All actions, objects, materials, and substances that are deemed to be illegal, especially in the presence of minors, by federal, provincial, and municipal authorities are strictly prohibited at CAHSMUN.
- Vandals assume all responsibility of structural damages done to the conference venue.
- An individual who, intentionally or unintentionally, causes bodily harm to others at the conference will be handed over to federal, provincial, or municipal authorities, whichever one is appropriate.
- All individuals at CAHSMUN shall respect each other in and out of committee sessions. CAHSMUN does not tolerate discrimination based on race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, age, or handicapping condition.
- Curfew at CAHSMUN shall be 11:59 pm each night. All delegates must return to their own rooms by this time. Failure to abide by curfew may result in disciplinary actions. There will be no co-ed rooming.
What is the role of the head delegate and faculty advisor?
The relationship between the faculty advisor and the head delegate will differ with each team, but generally they share the responsibility for registration, hotel room assignments, payments, liaison between the Secretariat and the team, and the enforcement of all conference policies.
The faculty advisor will act as the legal chaperone for the team at CAHSMUN and assists the Conference in enforcing all applicable rules, regulations, and laws.
What do I do if there is no Model UN or debate club at my high school?
If this is the case, you have a variety of options. You may formally create your school's Model UN or debate club with the help and support of a teacher or you may organize a group of students, again with the involvement of a teacher, just to attend CAHSMUN. Of course, we recommend the former option as it creates longevity for MUN at your school and facilitates preparation. If neither option is suitable for your school, please contact the Secretariat to facilitate your participation at CAHSMUN.
What are the advantages of priority registration?
Priority registration offers the best rates available to attend the conference; as well, by registering early your school has a higher chance of receiving preferable country and committee assignments.
Are laptops required at the conference?
Laptops are not required in order for delegates to actively participate in the conference. However, delegates are encouraged to bring laptops in order to facilitate their experience, as well as to assist in writing draft resolutions and working papers throughout the course of the conference. If delegates choose to bring a laptop, please note that it is the delegates’ responsibility to ensure that the laptop is securely in their possession at all times. CAHSMUN is not responsible for any damage or theft involving laptops. Furthermore, laptops are not to be used in committee rooms as a sign of respect to any delegate speaking.
Is staying at the hotel mandatory for all delegates?
Yes, staying at the hotel is mandatory. Delegations often develop a sense of camaraderie by staying at the hotel, and students from different schools often make lifelong friendships. All delegate fees currently include two nights’ stay at the hotel.
What awards will be given out and who makes the decision?
The awards that will be given out during the Closing Ceremony at CAHSMUN include: Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, Honorable Mention and Best Position Paper. The recipients of these awards are determined by the committee staff. During the committee sessions, the committee staff takes note of delegates who have not only actively participated in debate, but also those who create viable solutions in response to the topics at hand, as well as those who exercise tact and diplomacy throughout the conference.
How are the hotel rooms assigned?
The process of hotel room assignments is the responsibility of the head delegate and/or the faculty advisor of each school. Prior to the conference, the Secretariat will be sending a hotel room assignment sheet to the individual in charge. There is a maximum of 4 delegates per room.. The Secretariat, once they receive the sheet, will make arrangements for the rooming assignments requested.
How should I make my country/committee preferences on the delegate registration?
One should thoroughly browse the Committees section of the website in order to determine which committees and their topics that you would be most interested in discussing over the course of the conference. In choosing the country that most appeals to each delegate, one should not only apply for countries that they find interesting and powerful, but take into consideration past MUN experience. Typically, demanding and stressful countries such as the United States are given to more experienced delegates who are able to handle the many demands and crises thrust upon them during the conference. Please refer to the country matrix under the registration section of the website to see which countries are available in each committee.
What is the Foundations Program?
The Foundations Program is a program unique to CAHSMUN, as we are the only conference that offers the MUN Workshop, whose goal is to better prepare and familiarize delegates, especially those new to MUN, to the Rules and Procedures of a typical MUN conference. Please see the Foundations section of the website for further details.