Welcome to LinkedKey
In a fast changing world, developing a debater’s mind, exposing students to the latest trends and networking with like-minded individuals will help young people think more critically about the world around them, and understand how to adapt to upcoming changes and uncertainties. LinkedKey teaches Communication (Debate, Model UN, DECA, Mock Trial, English Literature, Essay Writing and French) , STEM (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer and Robotics Competition), and Standard Test & College Prep (SSAT, SAT, AP and IB ) to make students prepared to impact and lead tomorrow’s world.
Henry C. L.Director; Instructor, DECA, Computer
Lily W.Head, Mathematics
Matt T.Head Coach, Debate
Mr. FuInstructor, Mathematics
Ms. ZhangInstructor, Mathematics
Jun K.Coach, Debate
KennyInstructor, Physics & Chemistry
Gavin Z.Instructor, Computer
Jenny H.Coach, Debate
Jane L.Instructor, Mathematics
Fan W.Instructor, Mathematics
Tian Zhi Y.Coach, Debate
Angad S.Instructor, English&Essay
Michelle T.Instructor, Chemistry
Mike L.Instructor, Mathematics
Chris B.Coach, Debate
Melissa GCoach, Debate
Dr. Hamada K.Instructor, English&Essay
Zack H.Coach, Debate
Valentina S.Instructor, English&Essay
Mr. SunInstructor, Mathematics
Deborah W.Coach, Debate
James Y.Coach, Debate
Ivy W.Coach, Mock Trial
Junielle G.Instructor, Eng & Essay
HunterCoach, Model UN
David C.Instructor, Science
NatashaCoach, Model UN
Silvia X.Instructor, DECA, Diamond Challenge
Ben F.Coach, Debate
Stephine W.Instructor, Mathematics
Yudi W.Instructor, Mathematics
Leo Ch.Instructor, Mathematics
Teresa K.Instructor, Eng & Essay
Stanley X.Instructor, Mathematics
Henry C. L.
Henry is a strong believer in Communication and Innovation. He has over 15 years of distinguished career in working with IBM, Canon, Deloitte and American Express. Henry is the founder of LinkedKey and Debate for Excellence.
Henry had served as the vice president at one of the largest IT solution providers in China. He had also founded a number of companies in Canada and China, including an educational video publishing service in China and an O2O service provider in Canada.
Henry realized there is a gap between the future needs and the current educational system. He recognized that developing a debater’s mind will help individuals think more critically about the world around, and we need to do a better job teaching our children to debate in a logical and civil manner. This is why he started Debate for Excellence program, which later turns into today’s LinkedKey.
Henry is a sports enthusiast. Being a professionally trained swimmer in his early age, he enjoys spending his leisure time in the swimming pool, on the treadmill and road bike. He is also a member of Master Swim Ontario, Ellen’s Degenerates Investment Club, Project Management Institution and Kellogg Innovation Network.
Henry received his B.Eng. in Beijing, China and his Master of Business Administration at Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business.
Lily W. graduated from Teacher College majoring in Mathematics. Since then, she has been teaching Mathematics for more than 25 years. Lily is very engaging and holds the attention of students in all discussions. She has thorough knowledge of the school’s curriculum and other standards and she ensures her teaching meets those standards. Lily also has high expectations of their students and encourages everyone to always work at their best level. In Canada alone, many of students Lily taught have won awards in various math contests and have been accepted by top colleges such as Ivy League schools.
Matt is a product of the University of Toronto’s English, Philosophy, and Sociology programs, he is well versed in multiple writing disciplines and carries a long tradition of high standards and strong results into the classroom. Matt has taught students of all ages and skill levels how to elevate their written work, inspiring a passion for writing that his students carry with them through post secondary education and into their professional lives. His expectations are high but fair, Matt goes to great lengths to adapt his lessons to accommodate the needs of individual students and ensure their success, through patience and persistence he instills in his class not just a love of writing, but also the discipline required to do it well.
Mr. Fu graduated from Nanjing University, and has taught physics and mathematics in various Chinese Universities and high schools. He later obtained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in physics and mathematics in Canada. Since then, Mr. Fu has taught mathematics and physics at Ontario public schools for more than 20 years. His teaching style has been described as rigorous, yet reasonable and methodical. He is a patient, compassionate, open-minded, and wise individual – a rare teacher and true friend.
Ms. Zhang has majors in mathematics and physics in both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She was a physics professor at Zhengzhou University, and after obtaining an Ontario teaching license from Mc Master University in 2004, she has been teaching AP Calculus and high school mathematics in private high schools ever since. Ms. Zhang’s teaching style is rigorous and simple, easygoing and tolerant, and she encourages an open and understanding classroom environment. She treats students with kindness and is a teacher who radiates brilliance.
Jun has been debating for over 8 years, dedicating many hours to competing, coaching, and organizing many tournaments. He has placed in the top 8 in North America after reaching the Semi-Finals of the North American University Debating Championships and was also in the grand finals of the Canadian Parliamentary National Championships. As a coach, Jun has been teaching for more than 3 years teaching students across Canada and has previously served as the President of the University of Western Ontario Debate Society.
Kenny is an accomplished teacher with a high degree in mathematics and teaching. He is a mathematics and physics teacher in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board and the Peel District School Board. Additionally, he was a top researcher for the Canadian Space Society at York University. He is often described by students as “one of the most knowledgeable people”, and is known for his clear and informative lectures.
Gavin graduated with a degree in Software Engineering and has 20 years of professional computer software experience. He has worked as senior engineer, architect, technical lead, and Vice Tech Director in companies such as Tencent, Intel. He has also worked in Chinese universities and colleges and has taught many computer courses, such as C++ programming and computer networking. Gavin is good at conducting computer programming technology interviews, and has served as the main interviewer many times. He is proficient in multiple computer languages including C++, C, Python, Java, C#, and Pascal. He has in-depth knowledge of data structures and algorithms, and has several patents for computer algorithms.
Jenny has been in competitive debate for 8+ years, having broken at numerous national as well as international competitions with various speaker awards and team awards. In university, she was the head of training at McMaster Debate and worked to establish some of Hamilton’s first youth debate programs. As a former White Oaks Debate Executive, Jenny has coached students of various age groups through summer workshops and year-round programs in many different formats of debate and public speaking. Additionally, Jenny has demonstrated high academic achievement, coming in at the top of her class in IB Biology, Geography, and History. Academically, Jenny holds a MSc Global Health and completed her undergraduate at McMaster University in Health Science with interests in knowledge translation, anatomy & physiology, and intersectional health advocacy. She is currently working with global NGOs to support the World Health Organization in research knowledge translation.
Mr. Hu holds a PHD degree of physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hu was previously a researcher for the High Energy Physics Institute in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and now he is in Canada working on the design, safety, and maintenance of nuclear reactors, with high attainment in his field of expertise. Dr. Hu loves math, is passionate about teaching, and often tutors students in math and physics outside of work. When teaching, he is good at utilizing many methods to analyze problems and using rigorous logic to attract students’ attention. Students not only become more knowledgeable but they are often influenced and inspired by Dr. Hu’s passion for knowledge and conscientious academic attitude. As such, students learn to calmly and independently think about problems.
Mrs. Liu is a mathematics program graduate from a Normal University in China. She has over 10 years of experience teaching middle and high school math in middle schools. Moreover, she was once a district special researcher, where she participated in the writing and development of new teaching material. After immigration, Mrs. Liu did dedicated research into Canadian elementary math teaching material as well as the various types of questions typically seen in math contests. She is also familiar with the IB and AP curriculums. Mrs. Liu compares focus points between Chinese and Canadian math teaching materials and analyzes learning patterns of students from these two countries. This has helped her devise an effective teaching method which she incorporates into her teaching routine. She is proficient at simplifying complicated problems and seeking in-depth extensions to simple problems, training her students’ critical thinking skills and helping them successfully transition into university. Mrs. Liu is passionate about teaching middle and high school math and is an enthusiastic educator who is popular among parents.
Fan Wang obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, Master’s degree from National University of Singapore and Ph.D. degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, all in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Wang has years of teaching experience in undergraduate and postgraduate studies, as well as profound understanding of mathematical concepts and their application in practical engineering. His fields of teaching interest are mathematics contests. The pedagogic style of Dr. Wang focuses on interactive approaches that can raise students’ interest in learning, by means of demonstrating the beauty of mathematics. Dr. Wang’s knowledge of multiple languages allows him to collect mathematics contest information from various data sources around the world.
Tian Zhi Y.
Tianzhi Yang (pronounced tan-zee) graduated from the Schulich School of Business with a degree in Business Administration and has been debating for over 8 years. She was the former President of York Debate Society and was on the White Oak’s Debate executive team. As a debater, she has broken at numerous university debate competitions at University of Toronto, McGill, Queens, and more. During her time at YDS she has served as the Tournament Director for York’s High School Debate Tournament and the Canadian High School Women’s Debate Championships.
Angad is currently pursuing his Health Sciences degree at McMaster University. At White Oaks Secondary School, he was an International Baccalaureate student and the Vice President of the White Oaks Debate Team. Outside of school, he has experience in creative writing for screenplays and novels. He’s fond of all types of storytelling and has an appreciation of literary techniques in popular literature and media.
Alice obtained her Economic Master’s degree from University in France and worked for top international company in Europe for 4 years. After immigrated to Canada, she began to teach mathematics in Québec. She studied the differences and characteristics between mathematics teaching in Canada and China, and summarized many courses in mathematics enlightenment and fun math. She engaged in helping student to develop good habits in learning and use logical and various way to solve the math question. The explanation is full of fun, logical, rigorous and easy to understand. Alice is a lively, patient and responsible teacher who will provide a good starting to younger student.
Michelle Tan graduated from the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Business with a specialization in Chemistry. Her extensive industry background spans the fields of applied chemistry and scientific production. She has lots of experience in chemistry and math tutoring and being a summer camp counselor for secondary and elementary students. Michelle’s teaching concept leans towards using the practical application of chemical knowledge in real-life situations and technology, igniting students’ understanding of chemistry and their passion for science. She excels at providing students with targeted exam preparation and academic planning for university. Michelle is a dynamic, patient, dedicated and insightful teacher who cares about the mental health development of students. She hopes that students find the joy of learning in their study of chemistry.
Mike L. holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Physics and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, both from the University of Waterloo. His professional experience spans diverse domains such as AI, Data Science, and Software Engineering. Mike firmly believes that a robust foundation in math and science is pivotal for students’ future development, equipping them with the power to tackle complex problems. In his classes, Mike tends to focus on students’ thought process and provide guidance on how to approach to a problem logically. Mike is also a fan of providing individual feedbacks since he believes that each student thinks differently and needs help from different angles.
Chris Braithwaite is a long-time member and former president of the University of Waterloo Debate Society. He graduated from UW with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Economics. As a debater, he was a Central Canadian Semifinalist and a North American University Debating Championships quarterfinalist. He broke at numerous other competitions as a competitor as well.
As a judge, he has served on the adjudication cores of Seagram, Leger, and Mac Pro-Am. He has also broken as a judge at HHIV, BP Champs, and numerous other majour North American tournaments.
Chris has experience training and giving feedback to high school and university level debaters for more than 6 years.
Dj is coach and former assistant coach of Indian Debate Team. As a debater,he has represented Indian Debate Team to attend multiple Debate Tournement around the world in 2016-2018.
He was the first ever English as a Second Language speaker to be adjudged best speaker in the world in 2018.
In 2019,he leaded Indian Debate Team to win The Champion of 2019 WSDC(World School Debate Championship).
Melissa, Debate Coach at LinkedKey. Having been a competitive debater for 7 years, her accomplishments include having finalled at NAW*DC in 2019 (North American Womxn and Gender Minorities Debating Championship), semifinalling at CP Nationals in 2019 and winning novice NAUDC in 2017 (North American University Debating Championship). She also serves as a debate coach at a private Toronto High School for the past year, helping students to improve in tab rankings by over 100 spots each. Melissa is also very passionate about English, spearheading an English tutoring program at her high school, and winning the award for Writer’s Craft for her creative writing.
Dr. Hamada K.
Dr. Hamada K. has an MA and PhD degrees in literature from the University of Essex, UK. He has recently moved to Canada and joined Linkedkey to teach literature and writing. He previously worked at the American University of Sharjah as an adjunct faculty between 2012 and 2014 and as a visiting assistant professor of English between January 2018 and June 2019. He has taught composition, advanced academic writing, professional communication for engineers, IELTS, business writing, public speaking, and literature. He specialized in nineteenth-century U.S. literature, history and politics, particularly Mark Twain’s career and greatest works. He has participated in international literature and compsition conferences in the USA and UK, and his work has been published in the Mark Twain Annual, Mark Twain Journal, and Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies.
Zack H.is currently pursuing his life science degree at McMaster University. During his high school debating career, Zack is a Western semi-finalist and top 10 speaker, Waterloo semi-finalist, and 14th speaker and part of the 3rd breaking team at Hart House. Additionally, he has breaks at various high school tournaments, including Thornhill and Iroquois Ridge. As a university debater, Zack is a semi-finalist and top 10 speaker at the Central Novice Tournament, and 6th novice team at the Hart House Intervarsity. Zack is also an experienced judge, having judged tournaments including Thornhill, Iroquois Ridge, Appleby Novice, and the McMaster Pro-Am Tournament, where he judged the final. Zack has also spent his years in debate coaching younger debaters at the high school and university levels.
Kashaf currently studies Computer Science and Cognitive Science at the University of Toronto. She was co-president of the White Oaks debate team and regularly attended, and broke, at many tournaments. She was 2nd speaker at the Hart House National Debating Championships and also qualified and attended the International Competition for Young Debaters at Cambridge University. She loves public speaking, discussing global issues, and coding.
Valentina S. is a teacher of History and English who has taught in England for the last seven years. She has experience in managing a History department and is passionate about sharing knowledge of the past and present with young people.
Mr. Sun was a master and graduated from the department of mathematics of Jilin University. He has taught advanced mathematics at a university in mainland China for many years. He can teach calculus, linear algebra, and probability and statistical.
He especially emphasizes the conversation and communication in teaching. Through it, students were guided step by step to rational and logical thinking; he can find problems of students and then teach them according to their aptitude; through conversation with students, he cultivate students ‘logical expressions ’.
Deborah W. is a third-year student at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Under a full scholarship, she is pursuing a specialist degree in Political Science with a focus on the political and economic development in the Global South. She is a competitive debater for the Hart House Debating Club and notably one of the currently most successful ones. Some of her achievements include having made an appearance in the grand finals and being crowned the runner-up of the Oxford University Intervarsity Debating Championship in Oxford, England. She was also a part of the top 16 breaking teams at the coveted World Universities Debating Championship in Bangkok, Thailand, making it as a quarterfinalist.
On top of being a full-time student and debater, Deborah spends her limited giving back to the community by coaching a debate team in a local high school here in Toronto. Under her tutelage, a team from The York School successfully broke second at the Cambridge Schools Championship held at Cambridge University, England.
James Y. is a DECA coach for LinkedKey. He has had 3 cumulative years of experience and has qualified for ICDC (International Career Development Conference) in two of those years. In his Grade 11 year he placed in the Top 10 at ICDC with the highest scores in the preliminary round. He has also taught DECA to novice competitors both as a club executive and as a professional coach.
He will bring his experience as a competitor and as a coach to the classroom.
Ivy is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at University of Toronto Faculty of Law (10th best university for law according to Times Higher Education’s 2020 World University Rankings). She graduated with a BBA degree in undergrad and worked for two years in management consulting. Ivy has won the Best Lawyer and Champion at Undergraduate Mock Trials Canada’s 2018 Civil Division. Other than her stunning Mock Trial achievements, Ivy is also a very successfully debater, both in high school and university. She was selected to be on Team China for World Schools Debating Championships. Her most notable university debating achievements include winning Hart House IV, and making semifinals at North American Womxn and Gender Minorities Debate Championships and Cornell IV. She has been teaching, coaching and running training lessons at various levels.
Junielle G. is a graduate of the prestigious University of Toronto and has been writing university level essays for many years. She has extensive experience both in writing and in childhood education, whether tutoring university students or mentoring with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, Junielle is in her element when teaching others to excel. Junielle’s standards are rigorous but fair and she is an expert in getting the most out of her students while maintaining a patient and positive classroom atmosphere.
Hunter is currently persuing his at Sciences Po – Paris, in the second year of a Master in International Public Management. While studying, Hunter represented his fellow students in the Student Association and supported Toronto-based startups on regulatory compliance.
Prior to studying at Sciences Po, Hunter worked in international affairs as an International Program Officer in the International Relations Office of the National Research Council of Canada. His academic interests are in scientific and industrial policy.
Hunter was Director of General Assemblies at the North American Model United Nations in 2016 and 2018, writing staff guides and procedures and training dozens of staff members. He helped develop the procedures behind NAMUN’s signature Integrated Simulation.
Hunter graduated from the University of Toronto in 2018 as a Specialist in International Relations with a Minor in Economics.
David C. is an Ontario Certified Teacher who teaches Chemistry and Physics and Grade 9 / 10 Science and Mathematics. His teaching is influenced by his experience as a Policy and Program Advisor for Environmental Issues for the Ontario Government, Municipalities and Industrial sites as an Environmental Consultant. His focus on “Big Picture” concepts is applied to the course he teaches to ensure students see the importance of course material in the world and their daily lives. Outdoor and local environmental issues are also influenced by his active outdoor life which includes canoeing, kayaking, hiking and cycling.
Meehakk(pronounced meh-hek) is a Political Science major that graduated from the University of Waterloo. She has been involved in debate throughout her time at university. She was the President of the Waterloo debate society for three years, where she was responsible for training new debaters and frequently gave in-depth knowledge seminars. Meehakk has a number of achievements in debate as a speaker and a judge. Most recently, she was one of the key organizers and chief adjudicators of 2020 LinkedKey Open Debate Tournament.
As one of the Model United Nations Coaches at LinkedKey, Natasha bring a wealth of knowledge of government relations and social policy. Her knowledge of government relations and social policy have been informed by her extensive research experience at all levels of government.
She is most familiar with the high school Model United Nations circuit and has advanced her expertise through a variety of roles. Natasha has previously served as a delegate, committee chair, conference organizer, and the head delegate of her former Model UN team.
Natasha’s MUN expertise has earned her multiple committee awards and has led her to participate at the United Nations Winter Youth Assembly hosted in New York City.
As a coach, Natasha enjoys helping her students cultivate their public speaking and research capabilities to excel as top-performing delegates.
Silvia X. is an incoming Economics major with Ivey AEO status at the University of Western Ontario. She served as the White Oaks DECA President (the largest DECA chapter in Ontario) in 2022-2023 and has competed internationally in DECA’s Business Law and Ethics event, receiving top scores in the Preliminary rounds. She has trained the members of White Oaks DECA for competition and led a team of 30+ Training Executives.
Ben F. studied Political Science and Anthropology at the University of Rochester, where he debated for four years in British Parliamentary debate. Before that Ben participated in four years of high school Policy debate as well as on year of Collegiate policy debate. Combining over 20 open breaks across both formats in college, and 6 tournament wins in High School, Ben is passionate about and excited to teach Debate and speech expression in all forms.
Grace Shao has taught in China for 15 years and in North America for 8 years. And now she teaches mathematics in public high schools in the United States.
She is familiar with the mathematics syllabus of Ontario and New York State public high schools, as well as SAT, IB, math, HL, SL and AP calculations. Most of her students got full marks in the standardized examination.
Grace is good at encouraging students to think creatively, enlightening students to broaden their thinking of solving problems, and cultivating their rigorous and scientific learning methods.
Ms. Stephine graduated from the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, Ms. Wang specializes in teaching high school mathematics. She is devoted in curriculum planning for the IBDP and gifted program. She also regularly marks various math contests for the University of Waterloo. Ms. Wang is a permanent staff at an Ontario public high school, teaching IBDP mathematics. As a member of the new generation of international students, she has gained a strong academic foundation from the elite class of Chinese key school system, and a full experience at Canadian local high school and university. She takes the benefits from both education systems and applies to her own teaching. She focuses on helping students synthesize, consolidate, and make connections among key concepts. She uses classic examples to guide students to develop more problem solving strategies, and consequently to increase their confidence in critical analysis. Ms. Wang is knowledgeable in IB math IA writing, external exam questions and marking criteria. Many students have earned level 7 under her guidance. Her meticulous working ethics are well respected among students and parents.
Mr. Han graduated from the department of Mathematics of Tianjin University in the class of 1978. He won the first place in the Mathematics Competition of Tianjin University in 1978.
He has rich experience in high school mathematics teaching and has been doing mathematics tutoring for more than ten years after immigrating.
For his teaching style, Due to his solid basic skills and teaching foundation, his classes are detail-focused and brief, he can pass the knowledges to students in a systematic and logical way.
Yudi W. is currently pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Toronto. She is a hard-working, academically-rigorous student. She had tutoring experience in both high school and university and volunteered in numerous summer and march break camps. She is passionate about education, responsible, and patient and friendly towards lower-grade students. She emphasizes learning experience, is good at student interactions, and can help invoke student initiative in mathematical thinking. Yudi is an outgoing, friendly, popular teacher among students.
Leo Chai is currently pursuing his Computer Science and Business administration double degree program (CS/BBA) degree at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. He has founded the WOSS FILM CLUB, and leaded a variety of clubs as an executive member. Under Leo’s lead, his students participated in various contests and achieved success. Leo is strong in math and is experienced in tutoring. He is an expert in finding critical points that many students struggle on and emphasize on key focal points of the course. Leo loves teaching, especially in a creative manner, utilizing unique activities to help students focus and understand course content. He enjoys communicating his passion in math with his students, sparking his students’ interest in math.
Teresa K. graduated with High Honours from the University of Toronto, and obtained her degree through the English, History, and Renaissance Studies departments. While completing her studies, she was nominated for a number of essay awards, served as a volunteer note-taker for thirteen separate classes, wrote letters of recommendation for professors, and published six of her poems through The Gargoyle.
Teresa first discovered her passion and proficiency for teaching while working with students though the University of Toronto’s International English Program (IEP). Over the course of five summers, she worked with and mentored students of all ages and skill levels, and ultimately helped them to discover a lifelong enthusiasm for reading, writing, and literary analysis.
Her writing abilities encompass a versatile range of skills including essay writing, academic writing, creative writing, as well as business and corporate writing. In the classroom, Teresa combines her dynamism and kindness with her passion to help students elevate their writing, grammar, and English comprehension. Her teaching style is characterized by adaptability, academic integrity, and her ability to curate a positive and productive learning environment. While her expectations are high, Teresa’s foremost goal is to curb apprehensions about reading and writing for her students.
Dr. Stanley X. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto. Previously he was a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. His primary area of interest is Number Theory. Specific topics that he is interested in include arithmetic geometry, arithmetic statistics, analytic number theory, and algebraic geometry. He obtained his Ph.D in pure mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 2016. He has rich teaching experience at the University of Toronto.