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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ugur is a certified teacher of calculus and finance at Ryerson University. He holds a master’s degree in economics and finance and has many years of teaching experience in GMAT, Economics, SAT and SSAT. Ugur has a distinctly unique teaching method that efficiently ensures students fully understand and integrate the lesson material.
Ugur makes sure to study the latest version of the relevant course materials every year so the teaching content will always be up to date and better reflect the changes in testing content.
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.
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 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.
Tian Zhi is currently a student at the 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.
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.
Ethan has eight years experience of various robotics competitions. He won the second place of robot coding program in the VEX-IQ competition in the world. And he won the champion of robot design in the world FLL competition. Ethan has multiple years’ experiences in creating curriculums and teaching students in different ages for programming and mechanical.
Brian has been participating in robotics competitions for 7 years in FIRST. He was the design lead for 2 years on his high school robotics team and now oversees the entire robot creation process. He has hundreds of hours of 3D printing experience and is professionally certified in Solidworks. Brian also has experience in software development in eye tracking devices, using C#, Java, and JS
Angad is studying Health Sciences 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.
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 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.