Bryan WeberDebate Program Director
  • Award-winning speech and debate coach with over 25 years of experience coaching elementary, secondary, and university students
  • Recipient of the National Speech and Debate Association's Donus D. Roberts Coaching Excellence Award and recognized as Teacher of the Year in Houston, Texas
  • Coached teams to multiple championships and speaker awards at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Georgetown, and numerous other accolades.
  • Former director of the Houston and Minnesota Urban Debate Leagues, which produced both state and national champions.
Connor Stewart HunterCo-Founder of VDA
  • Co-Founder of VDA
  • 6+ years of competitive debate experience
  • Coached the 2019 Stanford champions as well as countless other awards
  • 2015-2016 Training Director of the UBCDS
  • Represented UBC at World  universities Debating Championship (2016)

Our Talented Team

Jackie Massey
Experience : Highly decorated debate coach with almost four decades of experience
Description :
  • Founder and former director of the University of Oklahoma debate program, where his teams won four national championships, multiple top speaker awards, and numerous other top finishes.
  • Coached at the University of Vermont and Eastern New Mexico University, where his team won the national championship.
  • Experienced in a wide variety of debate formats, including Public Forum, British Parliamentary, Lincoln Douglas, and Cross-Examination.
  • Author of the critical debaters handbook.
Adrian Lask
Experience : 7+ years of competitive debate experience & 5+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • Former UBC Debate Society President
  • 2019 Coach for Team Mexico for the World Schools Debating Championship
  • 2019 Coach for Team Mexico for the World Universities Debating Championship
  • Semifinalist at West Coast Novice Championship
  • 2019 Semifinalists at the Seattle IV Tournament
  • 2016 Champion & 6th Best Speaker at Pan-American  (Spanish stream)
  • 2015 Finalist & 2nd Best Speaker at US Nationals 2015
Alex Gagne
Education : UBC Bachelor of Arts in International Economics
Experience : 5+ years of competitive debate experience & 3+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2019 Semi-Finalists at the Seattle IV tournament
  • 2018 Quarterfinalist at US Nationals
  • 2018 Semifinalist at Seattle Intervarsity
  • 2016 Quarterfinalist at Texas State Championship
  • 2016 Octafinalist at Harvard Forensics
Coaching Style : Topic-Oriented, Competitive, Engaging Lecturer
Ash Hulewicz
Education : University of Alberta - Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
Experience : 5+ years of competitive debate experience & 3+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2020 Finalist & 1st speaker at PAC Cup
  • 2020 1st speaker at Calgary Proam
  • 2019 Finalist & 1st speaker at Hugill Cup
  • 2018 Finalist & 1st speaker at Seattle IV
  • 2019 Chief Adjudicator for Pacific Cup
  • 2018 Finalist & 1st Place Speaker W Regional Championship for Women & Gender Minorities
  • 2018 Finalist & 1st Place Speaker Debate Death Trudge
Coaching Style : Information Oriented, Building Knowledge Base and Analytical Capacity
Bishal Podder
Experience : 7+ years of competitive debate experience & 7+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2020 National Team Coach for World Schools Debate Championships Team Bangladesh
  • 2020 Novice Champion at USC IV
  • 2020 Finalist at Lord Discord Cup
  • 2019 Finalist & 2nd Best Speaker at West Coast Novice Championship: Finalist & 2nd top Speaker
  • 2019 2nd Top Speaker at Hugill Cup
  • 2018 Quarterfinalist at World Schools Debate Championships
  • 2018 Finalist & 3rd Top Speaker at Asian-British Parliamentary
  • 2018 Quarterfinalist at Kolkata NAT University of Juridical Sciences
Coaching Style : Communicative, Trusting, Strict When Needed
Blake Meyer
Education : University of Florida: Bachelor of Art in Political Science; Attending Georgetown University for a Master's Degree
Experience : 7+ years of competitive debate experience & 3+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • Coached teams to winning prestigious state and national tournaments
  • 2016 Champion at the Flying L Invitational
  • 2015 & 2016, 1st Place at the Braddock Invitational
  • 2014 2nd place at University of California Berkeley 
  • 10th Best Speaker at the University of Florida’s Debate Tournament
Bobo Wong
Education : UBC: Bachelor + Master of Management Dual Degree
Experience : 4+ years of competitive debate experience & 2+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • Co-Captain & Coach of Sir Winston Churchill Debate Club (2018-2019)
  • UBC Debate Society: Vice President External (2020-2021)
  • 2020 University of Calgary CP ProAms: Champion team, top Novice speaker + 3rd Open speaker
  • 2020 USC IV: Novice Champion team 
  • 2020 Lord Discord Cup: Novice Finalist
  • 2020 UBC Fundraiser Open: 2nd Novice speaker, 10th Open speaker
  • 2020 Doxbridge IV: 20th breaking team & Open Octofinalist
  • 2019 West Coast Novice Championship: Finalist & 3rd speaker
  • 2019 Hart House IV: Novice Finalist team and 6th Novice speaker
  • 2019 Hugill Cup: 3rd Novice speaker
Coaching Style : Adaptable, Detail-oriented, Drills>Lectures
Brooks Howell
Education : New York University-Political Science
Experience : 4+ years of competitive debate experience & 1+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • Qualified to NCFL Nationals, NSDA Nationals, and the Gold TOC
  • Varsity Public Forum Semifinalist at Princeton University
  • Varsity Public Forum Semifinalist at Lexington Invitational
  • Varsity Public Forum Octofinalist at Yale University
  • Varsity Public Forum 3rd Best Speaker Award at Emory
Coaching Style : Fun, Engaging, Focused
Diggory Waddle
Education : Simon Fraser University: Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
Experience : 3+ years of competitive debate experience & 2+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2020 Deputy Chief Adjudicator of PAC Cup
  • 2020 Deputy Chief Adjudicator of SFU Worlds Tournament
  • 2020 Champion at Monash University Open
  • 2019 Champion at SFU IV
  • 2019 Finalist at Gary Gillespie Cup
  • 2019 Semifinalist and 3rd Top Speaker at Hugill Cup
  • 2019 Finalist at Seattle IV
Coaching Style : Relaxed, Forgiving, Demanding
Eliz Zhou
Experience : 3+ years of competitive debate experience & 1+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2020 Puget Sound Invitational Quarterfinalist & 6th top speaker
  • 2019 Vice President and Coach of Richmond Christian Secondary Debate Team
  • 2019 Champion & 4th Top Speaker at Stanford Invitational Debate Tournament
  • 2019 Lower Mainland West Regionals Tournament 10th Top Speaker
  • 2018 6th Top Speaker at NSDA Nationals in Wuxi
  • 2018 Champion & Best Speaker at SFU PF
Coaching Style : Detail-Oriented, Encouraging, Collaborative
Gia-An Trin
Education : University of British Columbia: Bachelor of Arts in Business
Experience : 2+ years of competitive debate experience & 1+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2018-2019 Co-Captain and Head Coach of Richmond Secondary School Debate Team
  • 2019 Finalist at West Coast Novice Championship
Coaching Style : Supportive, Supplementary, Relaxed
Jade Zhong
Education : UBC Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Computational Neuroimmunology
Experience : 3+ years of competitive debate experience & 2+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2019 Semifinalist & 7th Best Speaker at Pacific Cup
  • 2019 Champion & 1st Place Speaker at Seattle IV Tournament
  • 2017 Quarterfinalist & 1st Place Novice Speaker at Seattle Intervarsity
  • 2017 President & coach of the Gleneagle Debate Team
Coaching Style : Personalized, Fun, Encourages Independence
Judy Jiang
Education : Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree at the University of Southern California
Experience : 5+ years of competitive debate experience & 3+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2019 8th Top Speaker at Lower Mainland North Regionals
  • 2018 Semi-Finalist & 5th Top Speaker at UBC Summer
  • 2018 7th Top Speaker at SFU PF Tournament
  • 2018 8th Place Team at British Columbia Provincials
  • 2018 4th Place Team at Lower Mainland West Regionals
  • 2017 Best Diplomat Award at the University of Alberta High School Model United Nations
  • 2016 Gold Medalist for Poetry in the Provincial Speech Competition
  • 2015 Bronze Medalist at the United Nations Pilgrimage Speech and Debate Competition
Coaching Style : Communicative, Efficient, Friendly
Justin Whyte
Experience : 7+ years of competitive debate experience & 20+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • Coached novice, varsity, and collegiate students across the US including both the Houston Urban Debate League and Debate Kansas City programs.
  • 7+ years of experience as a competitive cross-examination debater and public speaker
  • In university, qualified for US national debate tournament and the cross-examination debate association national tournament
Nathan Schwarz-Lee
Education : University of British Columbia: Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
Experience : 5+ years of competitive debate experience & 3+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2018-2019 President of the UBC Debate Society
  • 2018 Semi-Finalist at Seattle Intervarsity
  • 2018 Semi-Finalist at UBC Intervarsity
  • 2017 Semi-Finalist at Pacific Cup
Coaching Style : Calm, Collective, Creative
Olin Becker
Education : University of British Columbia Bachelor of Commerce
Experience : 5+ years of competitive debate experience & 3+ years of coaching experience
Description : Leadership Roles:
  • UBCDS VP External (2021)
  • UBC High School Tournament Equity Officer (2020)
  • William Aberhart High School Debate Team Founder and Coach (2019)
Debate Awards:
  • Novice Finalist at Pacific Cup (2021)
  • Cambridge Intervarsity Top 10 Novice Speaker (2020)
  • Hugill Cup Top 5 Novice Speaker (2020)
  • Fall Open Western Novice Championship Champion and Top 3 Speaker (2020)
  • Represented UBC at the North American University Debating Championship (2020)
  • Alberta Debate Provincials Second Place Team and Top 5 Speaker (2019)
Coaching Style : Flexible, Drill-Oriented, Encouraging
Osezele Okoruwa
Education : Dartmouth College: Biomedical Engineering
Experience : 5+ years of competitive debate experience & 2+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2017 Champion at North Mecklenburg Jimmy K. Poole Viking Classic
  • 2017 Point Race Winner at Dogwood Debate League (Top performer in local debate league)
  • 2017 Semifinalist at Harvard Congressional Debate
  • 2017 Harvard Congressional Debate Leadership Award
  • 2016 Champion at Pinecrest Open
  • 2016 Champion at Cumberland Polytechnical High School Forensics
  • 2016 Semifinalist at Yale University
  • 2016 Semifinalist at NSDA National House
  • 2016 NSDA National Preliminary House Best Presiding Officer
  • 2016 NSDA National Semifinals House Best Presiding Officer
  • 2015 Semifinalist at Glenbrooks
Reid Marcus
Education : University of Cambridge: Master of Philosophy in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
Experience : 10+ years of competitive debate experience & 8+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • Twice represented UBC at the World Universities Debating Championship (Berlin 2013, Kuala Lumpur 2015)
  • 2015 Semi-Finalist at the Canadian National British Parliamentary Debating Championship
  • 2015 Chief Adjudicator of the UBC Spring High School Tournament
  • 2014-2015 Training Director of the UBCDS (2014-2015)
  • 2012-2013 Vice President External of the UBCDS
  • 2012, 2014 Co-Director of the UBC Fall High School Tournament
Vancouver Debate Academy private debate coach Stormee Massey
Stormee Massey
Vancouver Debate Academy private debate coach Stormee Massey
Experience : 9 Years of Competitive Debate Experience
Description :
  • NSDA Lone Star District New Coach of the Year Recipient 2020
  • NSDA Lone Star Committee Member 2019-2021
  • Recipient of the HEB ISD Education Foundation Award of Excellence 2018 & 2020
  • Coached Speech & Debate at Grapevine High School and Trinity High School in a variety of formats: Lincoln Douglas, Policy Debate, World Schools Debate, Public Forum Debate, Student Congress, Extemporaneous Speaking, & Original Oratory.
Tina Yong
Education : University of British Columbia: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Experience : 3+ years of competitive debate experience & 2+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • Fleetwood Park辩论/模拟联合国俱乐部主席和教练
  • 斯坦福辩论赛16强(2018)
  • UBC秋季高中比赛冠军(2018)
  • FPSS Senior Speech Meet冠军(2018)
Yashwant Parmar
Education : University of British Columbia: Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy
Experience : 7+ years of competitive debate experience & 5+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2016-2017 Operations Director of the UBC Debate Society
  • 2015 Top Novice Team at Edmonton Open
  • 2014 Semi-Finalist at Santa Clara University
  • 2013 Finalist at California Lutheran University Invitational (2013)
  • Twice qualified to compete at the California High School Speech Association State Tournament (2012, 2013)
  • Tournament Director of
    • 2017 UBC HST Fall
    • 2017 UBC HST Summer
    • 2017 Fraser Heights’ Pacific Championships
    • 2016 Tabulations Director for Pacific Cup
    • 2016 UBC High School Tournament (HST) Spring
    • 2015 UBC Intervarsity
vancouver debate academy debate coach Vidit Desai headshot
Vidit Desai
vancouver debate academy debate coach Vidit Desai headshot
Education : Fourth Year Honours Political Science and Spanish Student at Western University
Experience : 8+ years of competitive debate experience & 4+ years of coaching experience
Description :

Leadership:

  • Vice President of Training at UWO Debate Society
  • Former Vice President of the White Oaks Debate Team
  • Three years as a competitive coach and eight years as a competitive debater

Achievements as a Debater: 

  • Semi-Finalist and 6th Ranked Speaker at the North American Championships
  • Champion of the New York University - AD Tournament
  • Champion at the Hart House Novice Final
  • Champion at the Canadian National Novice Final
  • Grand Finalist at the Zimbabwe Debating League
  • Grand Finalist and Top 10 Speaker at the Colgate Open
  • Grand Finalist at the Chancellor’s Cup
  • Grand Finalist (two times) and 3rd Speaker at the Centennial Cup
  • Semi Finalist at the Central Novice Debate Championship and 3rd Speaker
  • Quarter Finalist at the Alberta Australs Tournament
  • Top 10 Teams at the King's College London Open

Achievements as a Judge:

  • Breaking Adjudicator at the Harvard Worlds Invitational
  • Breaking Adjudicator at the Yale Public Forum JV Competition
  • Chief Adjudicator of the Central Canadian Championship
  • Chief Adjudicator of the Western IV
  • Chief Adjudicator at numerous Western High Schools Tournaments
Coaching Style : Innovative, Passionate, Encouraging
Yuki Zhao
Education : Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree at the University of Western Ontario
Experience : 3+ years of competitive debate experience & 2+ years of coaching experience
Description :
  • 2017-2020Captain and Coach of Burnaby North Secondary Debate Club. Has coached:
    • 1st & 2nd Place Team at LME Regionals (2019)
    • 2nd Place Team at Law Foundation Cup Provincials (2019)
    • Finalist Team at British Columbia Nationals Qualifier (2018)
  • 2019 Champion at 33rd Stanford Invitational Debate Tournament
  • 2019 Champion & 2nd Top Speaker at SFU PF
  • 2018 Champion at UBC HST Spring
  • 2018 Double Octafinalist at 32nd Stanford Invitational Debate Tournament
Coaching Style : Strict, Fun, Passionate

Join Our Coach Team!

Current Openings

RESPONSIBILITIES
You are a strong educator with a competitive spirit who strives to make the Academy’s instruction the best in Canada. Responsibilities include:

  • Part-time speech classes for Grade 5 and under
  • Developing and implementing speech curricula

QUALIFICATIONS
The Coach will work closely with the Director of Academy to develop curricula, and communicate with both students and families to serve our community.

The Coach:

  • Demonstrates a proven record of coaching particularly with children under Grade 5;
  • Holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree;
  • Has a minimum of three years experience;
  • Has classroom experience teaching and developing curricula;
  • Is comfortable with a flexible schedule that includes the ability to work weekends;
  • Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal, listening, and presentation);
  • Is driven, self-motivated, and results-oriented.

BENEFITS & COMPENSATION
The hourly rate will be negotiable depending on experience and accomplishments starting with part-time hours which may lead to full-time employment.

LOCATIONS & START DATE
The successful candidate will work at our Vancouver offices at 2441 West 41 Avenue Vancouver BC V6M 2A5.

Desired start date: December 2021

TO APPLY

If you want to join a growing educational organization with a mission to create a thriving community of debaters and speakers in BC, apply by emailing us at info@vancouverdebate.ca

Curriculum Vitae
Any additional information, from a personal statement to videos of your speaking abilities – anything to help us learn more about you!