DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, marketing, law, finance and management in high schools.We prepare our students to maximize their performance at regional, provincial and international competitions.
DECA is a business and marketing organization where young professionals compete while learning business concepts and sharpening their communication skills.In the modern economy, it’s more important than ever that students learn to speak effectively, to think outside the box, and to apply a business mindset in their careers and their everyday lives.
DECA combines all of these, helping tomorrow’s leaders grow their skillset while enjoying the time of their lives.
James Y.Coach, Debate
Melissa GCoach, Debate
Isabella L.Instructor, DECA, Diamond Challenge
Rothan A.Instructor, DECA
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.
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.
Isabella L. is currently perusing Political Science Degree at the University of Toronto. She was White Oaks’ DECA President (with 400+) members, and won internationally at DECA’s Entrepreneurship Event. Moreover, she has attended several entrepreneurial case competitions and found success there. Isabella loves teaching and helping students, especially in regards to public speaking and business.
Rohan A. is currently persuing Bachelor degree of Commerce at Queen’s University. In high school he had the pleasure of leading one of the largest DECA chapters as President at Iroquois Ridge High School. Having competed at the provincial and ICDC level, he has seen how far this competition can take you! One fun fact about Rohan is that he lived in Beijing for four years:)