Adrian Lask
Adrian Lask

Adrian Lask

Head Debate Coach

  • 7+ years competitive debate and coach experience
  • Former UBC Debate Society President
  • Coach for Team Mexico at the 2019 World Schools Debating Championship
  • Champion at Pan-American 2016 (Spanish stream); 6th best speaker
  • FINALIST at US Nationals 2015; 2nd best speaker
  •  Coach for Team Mexico for 2019 World Universities Debating Championship
  • Semi Finalist at West Coast Novice Championship

Our Talented Team

Connor Stewart Hunter
Connor Stewart Hunter
Charlotte Gilby
Stephanie Chang
Nathan Schwarz-Lee
Nathan Schwarz-Lee
Alex Gagne
Alex Gagne
Judy Jiang
Jade Zhong
Bobo Wong
Bobo Wong
Eliz Zhou
Ash Hulewicz
Tina Yong
Reid Marcus
Katy Exton
Katy Exton
Yuki Zhao
Pia Lim
Connor Stewart Hunter

Connor Stewart Hunter

  • Co-Founder of VDA
  • 6+ years of competitive debate experience
  • Represented UBC at World  universities Debating Championship (2016)
  • Training Director of the UBCDS (2015-2016)
  • coached the 2019 stanford champions as well as countless other awards
Nathan Schwarz-Lee

Nathan Schwarz-Lee

  • 5 years of competitive debate and coaching experience
  • 2018-19 President of the UBC Debate society
  • Semi-Finalist at Seattle Intervarsity 2018
  • Semi-Finalist at UBC Intervarsity 2018
  • Semi-Finalist at Pacific Cup 2017

Jade Zhong

  • 3+ years of competitive debate and coaching experience
  • Semi-Finalist at Pacific Cup 2019; 7th Top Speaker
  • Quarter-Finalist at Seattle Intervarsity 2017; 1st place novice speaker
  • President & coach of the Gleneagle Debate Team (2017)

Ash Hulewicz

  • 5+ years of competitive debate & coaching experience
  • CA for Pacific Cup 2019
  • Finalist & 1st Place Speaker at Western Regional Championship for Women & Gender Minorities 2018
  • Finalist & 1st Place Speaker at Debate Death Trudge 2018
  • Champion Team & 1st Place Speaker at Calgary Pro-Am 2015
Katy Exton

Katy Exton

  • 6+ years competitive debate and public speech experience
  • 4+ years debate coaching experience
  • Former UBC Debate Society Member
  • semi-Finalist at Pan American Championships (2017)(2017)

Charlotte Gilby

  • 7 years competitive debate & public speaking experience
  • 3+ years of coaching experience
  • UBC Debate Society diversity officer (2019-2020)
  • FORMER UBCDS VP Internal
  • Winner of Euroscala UK (2014)
  • finalist of European Youth Parliament (2014)
Alex Gagne

Alex Gagne

  • 5+ years of debate experience

  • Quarter-Finalist at US Nationals 2018

  • Semi-Finalist at Seattle Intervarsity 2018

  • Quarter-Finalist at Texas State Championship 2016

  • Octa-Finalist at Harvard Forensics 2016

Bobo Wong

Bobo Wong

  • 4+ years debate experience
  • 2+ years of coaching experience
  • Co-Captain & Coach of Sir Winston Churchill Debate Club (2018-2019)
  • LMW REGIONALs:
    5th PLACE SENIOR TEAM (2019)
    6th PLACE SENIOR TEAM (2018)
  • semi finalist at UBC spring (2019)
  • HARVARD WORLD SCHOOL INVITATIONALS (2018)

Tina Yong

  • 3+ years of debate and public speaking experience
  • 2+ years of debate coaching experience
  • President and coach of Fleetwood Park Debate/Model UN Club
  • Double octafinalist at Stanford Invitational 2018
  • Champion of UBC Falls HST 2018
  • Champion of FPSS Senior Speech Meet 2018

Yuki Zhao

  • 3+ years of debate and public speaking experiences at the high school level
  • 2+ years of debate coaching experience
  • Captain and Coach of Burnaby North Secondary Debate Club (2017-Present). 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)
  • Awards won:
    • Champion at 33rd Stanford Invitational Debate Tournament (2019)
    • Champion & 2nd Top Speaker at SFU PF (2019)
    • Champion at UBC HST Spring (2018)
    • Double Octa Finalist at 32nd Stanford Invitational Debate Tournament (2018)

Stephanie Chang

  • 3+ years of debate experience
  • 2+ years of debate coaching experience
  • Captain of the Richmond Christian Secondary Debate Team
  • International Octa Finalist at 44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament in PF (2018)
  • Champion at UBC Fall (2018)
  • 14th Top Speaker at UBC Summer (2018)
  • Best Speaker at Fraser Heights Invitational (2018)
  • Semi Finalist at UBC Summer (2017)

Judy Jiang

  • 5+ years of debate, speech, and model UN experience
  • 3+ years of coaching experience
  • Awards won:
    • 8th Top Speaker at LMN Regionals (2019)
    • Semi-Finalist & 5th Top Speaker at UBC Summer (2018)
    • 7th Top Speaker at SFU PF Tournament (2018)
    • 8th Place Team at Provincials (2018)
    • 4th Place Team at LMW Regionals (2018)
    • Best Diplomat Award at the University of Alberta High School Model United Nations (2017)
    • Gold Medalist for Poetry in the Provincial Speech Competition (2016)
    • Bronze Medalist at the United Nations Pilgrimage Speech and Debate Competition (2015)

Eliz Zhou

  • 2+ years of competitive debate experience
  • 1+ years of debate coaching experience
  • Executive and Coach of Richmond Christian Secondary Debate Team
  • Champion & 4th Top Speaker at Stanford Invitational Debate Tournament (2019)
  • 10th Top Speaker at LMW Regionals (2019)
  • Champion & Best Speaker at SFU PF (2018)
  • Double Octa Finalist at Stanford Invitational Debate Tournament (2018)
  • International Octa Finalist at Harvard National Forensics Debate Tournament (2018)

Reid Marcus

  • I’ve competed at numerous debate tournaments representing the UBC Debate Society (UBCDS):
    • Twice represented UBC at the World Universities Debating Championship (Berlin 2013, Kuala Lumpur 2015)
    • Semi-Finalist at the Canadian National British Parliamentary Debating Championship (University of Victoria 2015)
  • Vice President External of the UBCDS (2012-2013)
  • Training Director of the UBCDS (2014-2015)
  • Co-Director of the UBC Fall High School Tournament (2012, 2014)
  • Chief Adjudicator of the UBC Spring High School Tournament (2015)

Pia Lim

  • 5 years of debate, speech, and model UN experience:
    • Bronze Medalist at the United Nations Pilgrimage Speech and Debate Competition (2015), Gold Medalist for Poetry in the Provincial Speech Competition (2016), Best Diplomat Award at the University of Alberta High School Model United Nations (2017)
    • Since joining the UBC Debate Society I have also competed at the West Coast Novice Championship (2016), BP Championships (2016), and the North America Women and Gender Minorities Debate Championship (2016).
  • 3 years of coaching debate and speech:
  • Deputy Chief Adjudicator of the UBC Spring High School Tournament (2017)