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.
Lily W. graduated from Teacher College majoring in Mathematics. Since then, she has been teaching Mathematics for more than 25 years. In Canada alone, Lily has taught more than 200 students, many of them have won awards in various math contests and have been accepted by top colleges such as Ivy League schools.
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.
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.
Nirupan S. is a fourth year student studying International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. As the managing director of Canada-Japan Research Group, Nirupan is charged with the challenge of coordinating students across Canada and Japan with the collective goal to support our rural populations.
Nirupan’s area of interest is 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.
Catherine’s Writing/Language and Debate Achievements:
· 800s in SAT Writing & Reading
· 800 in SAT Literature
· 5’s in AP Language and Literature
· Won Junior Provincial Debating Championships in 2011
· Won championships at Osgoode at York University in 2014
· Won championships at Queen University in 2015
· Won Senior Provincial Debating Championships in 2015
· Winner of Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation Essay Contest
Jonathan G. is a third year Rotman Commerce student at the University of Toronto. He heads the Toronto research team and manages all operations in North America.
Jonathan is an avid social entrepreneur and passionate about politics. He is interested in researching policies that can improve economic prosperity for all. Jonathan also believes that social entrepreneurship has opened a new path for youth to make their impact on the world.