2019-20 Executive Team
President: Aidan Wilson
As a Political Science and History double major Aidan has always been passionate about fostering open discussion and debate. As President, Aidan wishes to strengthen UBCDS’ prominence both at UBC and in the larger North American debating scene, by broadening the club’s membership and fostering greater debate talent. Aidan is also involved in the greater UBC community as a student member at large of the AMS’ Operations committee.
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VP External: Jade Zhong
Jade is a third year in the Integrated Sciences program, integrating Computer Science and Neuroimmunology. Outside of debate, she is currently working on projects in a microbiology lab, looking for antibiotics and testing antibiotic resistance. She is most looking forward to seeing how last year’s novices will continue to improve and continuing to develop community bonds during our social events.
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VP Internal: Evelyn Kim
Evelyn is a second year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Law & Society. She is also involved in the UBC Mental Health Network, serving as the Symposium Co-Coordinator. Evelyn joined exec to continue facilitating the wonderful community that welcomed her in and made her first year experience so incredible. She is most looking forward to meeting next year’s novices and seeing how the club will continue to flourish and grow!
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Training Director: Noah Macdonald
Noah is a second year planning to study Honours Philosophy and Political Science. His involvements in debate go beyond the UBCDS; he is the current VP West for CUSID (The Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate). When not practicing or coaching debate, Noah tries to spend his time climbing, hiking, or skiing. Noah can't wait to help the UBCDS develop as a team in his role as Training Director.
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VP Finance: Jenaya Copithorne
Jenaya is a fourth-year majoring in International Relations. She currently works as an administrative assistant to the director of fitness programs at UBC Recreation. Jenaya joined the UBCDS exec team in order to give back to the debate community, and to help the club fulfill its potential as a platform for providing the broader UBC community with valuable public speaking and debate skills. She is looking forward to welcoming next year’s novices and continuing to support the club’s pros as they move forward in pursuit of their competitive goals.
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VP Operations: Dylan Sigurdson
Dylan is a fourth year Political Science major. Outside of debate, he enjoys cooking, reading and fitness. Dylan joined exec to give back to a club he has been a part of since first year. He looks forward to ensuring that UBC Debate continues to host great tournaments.
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Events & Marketing: Alex Gagne
Alex is a second year in the Bachelor of International Economics program, and is also involved with the Vancouver School of Economics Undergraduate Society as the Junior Representative. He joined exec to help recruit new debaters to this enriching activity, as well as to expand the role UBCDS plays on campus through exciting events. He is most looking forward to the fun trips and tournaments planned for next year.
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Diversity Officer (female-identifying): Charlotte Gilby
Diversity Officer (non-female identifying): Noam Harris
High School Outreach Coordinator: Jacqueline Belzberg
Novice Representative: To be elected in the fall!
President: Adrian Lask (Emeritus: Nathan Schwarz-Lee); VP External: Alice Jones; VP Internal: Sophie Thornton; VP Finance: Swapna Prakash; VP Operations: Devon Wang; VP Marketing: Madura Katta; Training Director: Akash Uppal; Chair of Debates: Sarah Thomas; Diversity Officer: Olivia Stein; Communications Director: Corina Picui; Novice Representative: Noah Macdonald
President: Lewis Dillman; VP External: Dena Tabyanian; VP Internal: Charlotte Gilby; VP Finance: Gozal Farrokh; VP Operations: Nathan Schwarz-Lee; VP Marketing: Daniel Liu; Training Director: Archie Stapleton; Chair of Debates: Vasu Jalan; Diversity Officer: Lucia Zhang (Emeritus: Zeynep Fattah); Communications Director: Sophie Thornton; Novice Representative: Akash Uppal
President: Garion Hicks; VP External: Dena Tabyanian; VP Internal: Caroline Li; VP Finance: Lewis Dillman; VP Marketing: Linda Huang; Training Director: Grant Bradshaw; Chair of Debates: Zeynep Fattah; Communications Director: Masao Dahlgren; Operations Director: Tariq Vira (Emeritus: Yashwant Parmar); Novice Representative: Matthew Araneta
President: Conor McGurk; VP External: Dena Tabyanian; VP Internal: Fraser McGee; VP Finance: Amrun Rana; VP Marketing: Pia Lim; Training Director: Connor Stewart Hunter; Chair of Debates: Garion Hicks; Communications Director: An-te Chu; Novice Representative: Masao Dahlgren