Henry C. L.Director; Instructor, DECA, Computer
Lily W.Head, Mathematics
Brent S.Head Coach, Debate
Nirupan S.Head Coach, Model UN
Sam B.Instructor, DECA
Doris Z.Coach, DECA
Matt T.Instructor, SAT, SSAT, Essay
Mr. FuInstructor, Mathematics
Ms. ZhangInstructor, Mathematics
KennyInstructor, Physics & Chemistry
Gavin Z.Instructor, Computer
Jenny H.Coach, Public Speaking
Jane L.Instructor, Mathematics
Fan W.Instructor, Mathematics
Tian Zhi Y.Coach, Debate
Jessica W.Coach, Model UN
Angad S.Instructor, English&Essay
Miranda B.Instructor, French
Chris B.Coach, Debate
Melissa GCoach, Debate
Dr. Hamada K.Instructor, English&Essay
Zack H.Coach, Debate
Valentina S.Instructor, English&Essay
Mr. SunInstructor, Mathematics
Deborah W.Coach, Debate
James Y.Coach, Debate
Ivy W.Coach, Mock Trial
Junielle G.Instructor, Eng & Essay
HunterCoach, Model UN
David C.Instructor, Science
Ethan W.Instructor, Mathematics
Cherie W.Instructor, Mathematics
NatashaCoach, Model UN
Isabella L.Instructor, DECA, Diamond Challenge
Rothan A.Instructor, DECA
Ben F.Coach, Debate
Henry C. L.
Henry is a strong believer in Communication and Innovation. He has over 15 years of distinguished career in working with IBM, Canon, Deloitte and American Express. Henry is the founder of LinkedKey and Debate for Excellence.
Henry had served as the vice president at one of the largest IT solution providers in China. He had also founded a number of companies in Canada and China, including an educational video publishing service in China and an O2O service provider in Canada.
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.
Henry is a sports enthusiast. Being a professionally trained swimmer in his early age, he enjoys spending his leisure time in the swimming pool, on the treadmill and road bike. He is also a member of Master Swim Ontario, Ellen’s Degenerates Investment Club, Project Management Institution and Kellogg Innovation Network.
Henry received his B.Eng. in Beijing, China and his Master of Business Administration at Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Mr. Hu holds a PHD degree of physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hu was previously a researcher for the High Energy Physics Institute in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and now he is in Canada working on the design, safety, and maintenance of nuclear reactors, with high attainment in his field of expertise. Dr. Hu loves math, is passionate about teaching, and often tutors students in math and physics outside of work. When teaching, he is good at utilizing many methods to analyze problems and using rigorous logic to attract students’ attention. Students not only become more knowledgeable but they are often influenced and inspired by Dr. Hu’s passion for knowledge and conscientious academic attitude. As such, students learn to calmly and independently think about problems.
Mrs. Liu is a mathematics program graduate from a Normal University in China. She has over 10 years of experience teaching middle and high school math in middle schools. Moreover, she was once a district special researcher, where she participated in the writing and development of new teaching material. After immigration, Mrs. Liu did dedicated research into Canadian elementary math teaching material as well as the various types of questions typically seen in math contests. She is also familiar with the IB and AP curriculums. Mrs. Liu compares focus points between Chinese and Canadian math teaching materials and analyzes learning patterns of students from these two countries. This has helped her devise an effective teaching method which she incorporates into her teaching routine. She is proficient at simplifying complicated problems and seeking in-depth extensions to simple problems, training her students’ critical thinking skills and helping them successfully transition into university. Mrs. Liu is passionate about teaching middle and high school math and is an enthusiastic educator who is popular among parents.
Fan Wang obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, Master’s degree from National University of Singapore and Ph.D. degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, all in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Wang has years of teaching experience in undergraduate and postgraduate studies, as well as profound understanding of mathematical concepts and their application in practical engineering. His fields of teaching interest are mathematics contests. The pedagogic style of Dr. Wang focuses on interactive approaches that can raise students’ interest in learning, by means of demonstrating the beauty of mathematics. Dr. Wang’s knowledge of multiple languages allows him to collect mathematics contest information from various data sources around the world.
Tian Zhi Y.
Tianzhi Yang (pronounced tan-zee) graduated from the Schulich School of Business with a degree in Business Administration and has been debating for over 8 years. She was the former President of York Debate Society and was on the White Oak’s Debate executive team. As a debater, she has broken at numerous university debate competitions at University of Toronto, McGill, Queens, and more. During her time at YDS she has served as the Tournament Director for York’s High School Debate Tournament and the Canadian High School Women’s Debate Championships.
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.
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 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!
Alice obtained her Economic Master’s degree from University in France and worked for top international company in Europe for 4 years. After immigrated to Canada, she began to teach mathematics in Québec. She studied the differences and characteristics between mathematics teaching in Canada and China, and summarized many courses in mathematics enlightenment and fun math. She engaged in helping student to develop good habits in learning and use logical and various way to solve the math question. The explanation is full of fun, logical, rigorous and easy to understand. Alice is a lively, patient and responsible teacher who will provide a good starting to younger student.
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 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, 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.
Dr. Hamada K.
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.
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.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.
Kashaf currently studies Computer Science and Cognitive Science at the University of Toronto. She was co-president of the White Oaks debate team and regularly attended, and broke, at many tournaments. She was 2nd speaker at the Hart House National Debating Championships and also qualified and attended the International Competition for Young Debaters at Cambridge University. She loves public speaking, discussing global issues, and coding.
Valentina S. is a teacher of History and English who has taught in England for the last seven years. She has experience in managing a History department and is passionate about sharing knowledge of the past and present with young people.
Mr. Sun was a master and graduated from the department of mathematics of Jilin University. He has taught advanced mathematics at a university in mainland China for many years. He can teach calculus, linear algebra, and probability and statistical.
He especially emphasizes the conversation and communication in teaching. Through it, students were guided step by step to rational and logical thinking; he can find problems of students and then teach them according to their aptitude; through conversation with students, he cultivate students ‘logical expressions ’.
Deborah W. is a third-year student at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Under a full scholarship, she is pursuing a specialist degree in Political Science with a focus on the political and economic development in the Global South. She is a competitive debater for the Hart House Debating Club and notably one of the currently most successful ones. Some of her achievements include having made an appearance in the grand finals and being crowned the runner-up of the Oxford University Intervarsity Debating Championship in Oxford, England. She was also a part of the top 16 breaking teams at the coveted World Universities Debating Championship in Bangkok, Thailand, making it as a quarterfinalist.
On top of being a full-time student and debater, Deborah spends her limited giving back to the community by coaching a debate team in a local high school here in Toronto. Under her tutelage, a team from The York School successfully broke second at the Cambridge Schools Championship held at Cambridge University, England.
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.
Ivy is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at University of Toronto Faculty of Law (10th best university for law according to Times Higher Education’s 2020 World University Rankings). She graduated with a BBA degree in undergrad and worked for two years in management consulting. Ivy has won the Best Lawyer and Champion at Undergraduate Mock Trials Canada’s 2018 Civil Division. Other than her stunning Mock Trial achievements, Ivy is also a very successfully debater, both in high school and university. She was selected to be on Team China for World Schools Debating Championships. Her most notable university debating achievements include winning Hart House IV, and making semifinals at North American Womxn and Gender Minorities Debate Championships and Cornell IV. She has been teaching, coaching and running training lessons at various levels.
Junielle G. is a graduate of the prestigious University of Toronto and has been writing university level essays for many years. She has extensive experience both in writing and in childhood education, whether tutoring university students or mentoring with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, Junielle is in her element when teaching others to excel. Junielle’s standards are rigorous but fair and she is an expert in getting the most out of her students while maintaining a patient and positive classroom atmosphere.
Hunter is currently persuing his at Sciences Po – Paris, in the second year of a Master in International Public Management. While studying, Hunter represented his fellow students in the Student Association and supported Toronto-based startups on regulatory compliance.
Prior to studying at Sciences Po, Hunter worked in international affairs as an International Program Officer in the International Relations Office of the National Research Council of Canada. His academic interests are in scientific and industrial policy.
Hunter was Director of General Assemblies at the North American Model United Nations in 2016 and 2018, writing staff guides and procedures and training dozens of staff members. He helped develop the procedures behind NAMUN’s signature Integrated Simulation.
Hunter graduated from the University of Toronto in 2018 as a Specialist in International Relations with a Minor in Economics.
David C. is an Ontario Certified Teacher who teaches Chemistry and Physics and Grade 9 / 10 Science and Mathematics. His teaching is influenced by his experience as a Policy and Program Advisor for Environmental Issues for the Ontario Government, Municipalities and Industrial sites as an Environmental Consultant. His focus on “Big Picture” concepts is applied to the course he teaches to ensure students see the importance of course material in the world and their daily lives. Outdoor and local environmental issues are also influenced by his active outdoor life which includes canoeing, kayaking, hiking and cycling.
Meehakk(pronounced meh-hek) is a Political Science major that graduated from the University of Waterloo. She has been involved in debate throughout her time at university. She was the President of the Waterloo debate society for three years, where she was responsible for training new debaters and frequently gave in-depth knowledge seminars. Meehakk has a number of achievements in debate as a speaker and a judge. Most recently, she was one of the key organizers and chief adjudicators of 2020 LinkedKey Open Debate Tournament.
Ethan W. is currently pursuing his mathematics degree at the University of Waterloo, pursuing his passion for the subject. He has extensive experience in teaching, as he has in the past worked as a private tutor and teaching assistant. While teaching, Ethan explains concepts from a variety of perspectives to ensure that his students fully understand the content. Furthermore, Ethan often pulls from his experience in writing math contests by integrating more complex and rigorous techniques into his lessons. In the past he has qualified for the AIME in 3 separate years, invited to write the CMO, and has placed on the honor roll for several CEMC contests including Euclid and CSMC. His unique approach to teaching keeps students interested while also challenging them, preparing them for both school and extracurricular math.
Cherie W. is currently pursuing her double major in Mathematics and Computer Science in Wellesley College, US. Cherie worked as a Mathematics teacher’s assistant for over two years at LinkedKey, was a Student Ambassador in High School, and assisted her fellow peers with approaching Mathematic problems. Furthermore, she worked as a Camp Facilitator for Connect to Canada, planned and hosted activities for international students; volunteered for over 500 hours at a summer camp over 4 years; and in college, volunteered weekly in a Boston after school program with students in the local community to help them with homework and perform team building activities. Cherie is familiar with the life and academic learning process of Canadian students. She loves education, is enthusiastic, patient, and humorous in her lecture; and is excellent at attracting students’ attention and focuses on cultivating their interest in Mathematics. Cherie is a very popular teacher with the students.
As one of the Model United Nations Coaches at LinkedKey, Natasha bring a wealth of knowledge of government relations and social policy. Her knowledge of government relations and social policy have been informed by her extensive research experience at all levels of government.
She is most familiar with the high school Model United Nations circuit and has advanced her expertise through a variety of roles. Natasha has previously served as a delegate, committee chair, conference organizer, and the head delegate of her former Model UN team.
Natasha’s MUN expertise has earned her multiple committee awards and has led her to participate at the United Nations Winter Youth Assembly hosted in New York City.
As a coach, Natasha enjoys helping her students cultivate their public speaking and research capabilities to excel as top-performing delegates.
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:)
Ben F. studied Political Science and Anthropology at the University of Rochester, where he debated for four years in British Parliamentary debate. Before that Ben participated in four years of high school Policy debate as well as on year of Collegiate policy debate. Combining over 20 open breaks across both formats in college, and 6 tournament wins in High School, Ben is passionate about and excited to teach Debate and speech expression in all forms.