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
  • Semi Finalists at the Seattle IV tournament 2019

Our Talented Team

Connor Stewart Hunter
Charlotte Gilby
Stephanie Chang
Evelyn Kim
Evelyn Kim
Nathan Schwarz-Lee
Alex Gagne
Judy Jiang
Bishal Podder
Jade Zhong
Bobo Wong
Eliz Zhou
Gia-An Trinh
Gia-An Trinh
Ash Hulewicz
Tina Yong
Tina Yong
Reid Marcus
Diggory Waddle
Katy Exton
Yuki Zhao
Pia Lim
Yash Parmar

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

  • 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)
  • Champion and Top speaker at the Seattle IV tournament 2019

Ash Hulewicz

  • 5+ years of competitive debate & coaching experience
  • Finalist and 7th top speaker at the Seattle IV tournament 2019
  • 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

  • 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

  • 5+ years of debate experience

  • Semi Finalists at the Seattle IV tournament 2019

  • 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

  • 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)
  • UBC spring HST : speaker award(2018), semi-finalist(2019)
  • West Coast Novice Championship2019: finalist & 3rd place speaker
  • Hart House IV 2019 : 3rd place Novice team and 6th place Novice speaker
  • Hugill Western BP Championships 2019:3rd place Novice speaker
Tina Yong

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)
Evelyn Kim

Evelyn Kim

  • 2nd year student at UBC; major in Psychology, minor in Law & Society
  • 2019-2020 VP Internal for UBC Debate Society
  • 2019 Seoul Open Quarterfinalist
  • 2019 USU Western Regional Championships 2nd Place Novice Team
  • 2018 Seattle IV 2nd Place Novice Team

Bishal Podder

  • 7+ Years of competitive Debate experience,3+ Years of Coaching Experience
  • Quarter-Finalist, World Schools Debating Championship 2018
  • Team Captain, Team Bangladesh, World Schools Debating Championship 2018
  • Finalist and 3rd Best Speaker, Asian British Parliamentary (High School) 2018
  • Finalist and 2nd Best Speaker, West Coast Novice Championship 2019
  • 2nd Best Novice Speaker, Hugill Cup 2019
  • Breaking Adjudicator, Asia World Schools Debating Championship 2017
  • Quarter-Finalist, National University of Juridical Sciences. Kolkata 2018
  • Semi Finalists and 2nd best novice speaker at UBC IV 2019
Gia-An Trinh

Gia-An Trin

  • 2+ years of debating experience
  • 1+ years of coaching experience
  • Co-Captain and Head Coach of Richmond Secondary School Debate Team (2018-2019)
  • Finalist at West Coast Novice Championship 2019
Diggory Waddle

Diggory Waddle

  • 1+ year of debating experience
  • Has a bachelors in Criminology from SFU and now is doing a diploma in Philosophy
  • Finalist at the Seattle IV tournament 2019
  • Grand Finals Winner, SFUIV 2019
  • Broke to Grand Finals, Gary Gillepsie 2019
  • Broke to Semis, 3rd overall speaker, Hugill Cup 2019

Yashwant Parmar

  • UBC undergraduate planning on obtaining a dual degree with both astronomy and economics.
    • 7 years of competitive debate and have been coaching debate since spring 2016
    • Finalist at California Lutheran University Invitational (2013), Semi-Finalist at Santa Clara University (2014), and twice qualified to compete at the California High School Speech Association State Tournament (2012, 2013)
    • Top Novice Team at Edmonton Open (2015), and competed at Fall Open (2014), University of Victoria Intervarsity (2015)
  • Operations Director of the UBC Debate Society (2016-2017)
  • Tournament Director of UBC Intervarsity (2015), Tabulations Director for Pacific Cup (2016), UBC High School Tournament (HST) Spring (2016), UBC HST Fall (2017), UBC HST Summer (2017), and Fraser Heights’ Pacific Championships (2017)