LinkedKey Communication Class Program


Advances in communication have usually come with advances in society; writing, the telephone and the internet have changed how we live. Today it is essential to be able to develop complex ideas yet communicate them in a concise manner. Better communication unlocks opportunities and let's you advance to the next level in your education, career and personal development.

Debate

Think critically, learn about interesting topics and convince an audience through solid arguments.

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DECA

Learn what it takes to succeed in a business environment

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Model UN
The world of diplomacy at your finger tips.

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Public Speaking
Learn to stand up in front of group of people and clearly articulate a point in a number of styles.

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English & Essay

The theoretical meets the practical and offers students a well rounded educational experience.

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French

The theoretical meets the practical and offers students a well rounded educational experience.

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Our Instructors

Brent S.

Brent S.

Head Coach, Debate
Brent's Bio

Brent has been teaching and competing at debate tournaments for more than 7 years. As a debater, Brent competed for Western University and the University of Toronto, achieving multiple speaker awards and tournament victories in different debate styles both in Canada and abroad. Brent has taught and trained debaters of all ages, ranging from students as young as grade 6 to some of the best university debaters in Canada and the United States. As a debater and instructor, Brent has a wide range of experience in debate and is well respected in the high school and university debating circuits throughout North America.

Nirupan S.

Nirupan S.

Head Coach, MUN

Nirupan has won many MUN awards in all different levels of competition in Canada and abroad. As the managing director of the Canada-Japan Research Group, Nirupan is charged with the challenge of coordinating students across Canada and Japan with the collective goal of supporting our rural populations.
Nirupan’s areas of interest are in public policy, politics, and community engagement. He was the campaign director for TDSB Trustee Parthi Kandavel, and has represented Scarborough-Agincourt at the City Youth Council of Toronto.

Sam B.

Sam B.

Instructor, DECA

Sam is a business consultant to various businesses who provides strategic advices to executives, makes high-stake decisions on what and how to drive business objectives, and leads business initiatives to add more values to operations. He spent four years as a member of the Innisdale DECA Chapter, serving as a Chapter Vice-President for two of those. As Vice-President, Sam gained experience teaching business concepts and public speaking skills to high school students. Over the course of his DECA career, Sam won a total of thirteen competitive awards, including two podium finishes and six awards for excellent written scores. Sam received a Certificate of DECA Leadership at the 2013 International Career Development Conference, and attended the 2015 ICDC in Orlando as a competitor representing DECA Ontario.

 

 

Jenny H.

Jenny H.

Coach, Public Speaking

Jenny is currently a student at McMaster University, majoring in the Health Sciences. As a White Oaks Debate Executive, Jenny has coached students of various age groups through summer workshops and year-round team meetings on various formats of debate and public speaking. She has also advanced to many out-rounds in debate including the Harvard World Schools Invitational and the Hart House High School Debate Tournament at University of Toronto.

Angad S.

Angad S.

Teacher, English&Essay

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.

Miranda B.

Miranda B.

Teacher, French

Miranda Brant is deeply passionate about teaching and sharing her enthusiasm for the French Language to all ages and levels.  While earning her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Education from the University of  Toronto and Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (2009-2015), Miranda spent her summers on university credited-exchange programs in either Quebec or France studying French to build confidence in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.

Most notably, Miranda participated on a one-year university exchange program studying Music in French and French Linguistics at Université Lumière Lyon 2 in Lyon, France, the gastronomical capital of France.

Additionally, in July of 2017, Miranda travelled to Annecy, located in the heart of the French Alps, to participate on a French course specifically designed for French Teachers at the Institut Français des Alpes.

Currently, Miranda teaches Grade 2 French Immersion at St. Angela Merici Catholic Elementary School in Brampton. Every class, Miranda strives to create a safe learning environment that facilitates French language acquisition through fun and engaging activities and assignments for all types of learners.  Enchantée et A bientôt!

Doris Z.

Doris Z.

Coach, DECA

Doris has participated in numerous Debate and DECA competitions and has achieved outstanding results; she is the winner of the 2017 International Career Development Conference (ICDC) Franchise Business Plan. She has also accumulated a lot of experience in pre-match training and experience for high school students participating in the DECA competition. Doris is eager to inspire more students to study DECA, and will help students improve their abilities and reach their full potential.

Tian Zhi Y.

Coach, Debate

Tianzhi is currently pursuing her business degree at Schulich School of Business and has been competing in debate tournaments for over 6 years. She was on the White Oak’s Debate executive team and is now the President of York Debate Society. During university, she was the Tournament Director for the 2017 and 2018 York High School Debate Tournament, as well as for the first Canadian High School Women’s Debate Championships.

Dr. Hamada K.

Dr. Hamada K.

Teacher, English&Essay

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.

Matt T.

Matt T.

Teacher, SAT, SSAT, Essay

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.

Sophie W.

Sophie W.

Coach, DECA

Sophie was president of her high school’s DECA chapter and debate team, where she coached and mentored many younger students. In DECA, she qualified for ICDC four times, and taught many students in a variety of categories throughout her executive positions. As a debater, she volunteered as a debate coach for her elementary school as well as the Hong Kong Parliamentary Debate Society summer camp, and competed in many tournaments at a national and international level.

Jessica W.

Jessica W.

Coach, Model UN

She is currently pursuing her Business degree at the University of Toronto, Rotman Commerce. Jessica is specializing in Finance and Economics. As one of Rotman Commerce’s top students, she has had the pleasure of representing Rotman Commerce and the University of Toronto in multiple finance related competitions. In her most recent competition, she led a team of students in representing Rotman Commerce as well as Ontario in the Canada Learning Bond Champions contest, organized by the Employment and Social Development Canada. Additionally,she has had the pleasure of consulting with non-governmental organizations and micro-enterprises in South Africa, sponsored and organized in part by the University of Toronto. She is incredibly passionate about fostering growth and development in the next generation of adult students interested in communication, business and finance.

John W.

John W.

Mock Trial Coach

Juris Doctor candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School;
Competitor on International Mooting circuit;
Coached for 2 years by Cassels Brock & Blackwell;
Awarded 2nd place in the Ontario Access To Justice pitch competition;
Presented before Supreme Court Judges on three occasions

Chris B.

Chris B.

Coach, Debate

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

DJ

Coach, Debate

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 G

Melissa G

Coach, DECA

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.

Sarah

Sarah

Coach, Debate

Sarah is pursuing Contemporary Asian Studies, Diaspora and Near Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto. She began debating in high-school where she broke at tournaments such as Hart House, McGill, York, Western, Oxford Cup, & she was the Cornell World Schools Debate Champion. In university debate, she won McGill BP Novice Champs, Mac Pro-Ams, and Novice BP Champs. Other tournaments she’s placed in were being a semi finalist at Colgate and North American Womxns Debate Championship, and twice quarter-finalist at Winter Carnival including third best speaker. She’s adjudicated at Hart House, NAUDC, Hong Kong Parliamentary Debate Society, Leger, and many high school tournaments as well. She’s been coaching for four years in Canada, Hong Kong, and China. She has taken particular joy in her role at Hart House, helping and mentoring novice debaters. She enjoys watching her students thrive in competitive environments.

Zack H.

Zack H.

Coach, Debate

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.