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.
Doris Z.Coach, DECA
Sam B.Instructor, DECA
James Y.Coach, Debate
Melissa GCoach, Debate
Isabella L.Instructor, DECA, Diamond Challenge
Rothan A.Instructor, 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.
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.
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 pursuing 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:)