Team

Meet our people.

These are the faces of zu. We're a collective of problem solvers, tackling challenges and creating solutions with the businesses that shape our world. 


Chief Executive Officer,
Founding Partner

Ryan Lejbak

As Co-Founder and CEO, Ryan’s start at zu was a humble one, designing and developing for Saskatoon’s small businesses as he explored the uncharted territory of the Internet in 1995. His role today takes on many forms. Sitting on the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership Board and as a charter member of SaskTech, he promotes our growing industry and all of the innovation taking shape around us. Ryan is the steward of zu culture; he continues to make our office an inspiring place to work.

Chief Financial Officer, President,
Founding Partner

Tony Zuck

Tony founded zu in 1995 with Ryan, right about the time the Internet started to get traction. Tony’s role is multifaceted but he gathers facts and develops strategy, whether financial, communications, usability or to make folks laugh. As an executive sponsor, he has a relationship with many clients, divided with the CEO. But his main focus is on zu's performance as a business, which keeps clients coming in and team members staying long term.

Leadership team

Growth Strategy Director

Kit

Hillis

Kit is always looking for ways that zu’s strategy, design and technical experts can spark or enhance innovation within organizations. He sources inspiration from new trends, companies and markets and harnesses ideas into actionable insights for his colleagues and clients.

Strategy Director, Partner

Albert

Jame

Albert is zu’s resident storyteller. A regarded thought leader on Design Thinking and Digital Strategy, Albert leads our zu Academy team, facilitates workshops and leads project strategy sessions. An equally passionate speaker, Albert is committed to proving that your brand is only as good as your experience.

Finance Director

Melissa

Arnott

Melissa is our go-to pro for all things finance. She works within our executive team to analyze performance and facilitate planning, with our accounts team to ensure contracts and budgets are managed, and with all clients through accounts receivable.

zu crew

Designer

Aigerim

Tashmatova

Aigerim grew up and studied communications in Kyrgyzstan before eventually moving to Saskatchewan. Her experience in UX research and development led to a career in UX design and she hasn’t looked back. She finds gratification in simplifying complex user challenges and advocating for the user.

UX Researcher

Alyssa

Bredohl

Alyssa’s an industry veteran with expertise in a wide array of digital specialties, not to mention she's trilingual. She provides proficient project management to all of her clients and supports the strategy team through sprints, workshops and user interviews. 

Developer

Anja

Gilje

As a graduate of zu’s intern program, Anja completed her Computer Science degree at the University of Saskatchewan and now focuses her time on iOS and front-end web development. She primarily works on projects for Directwest and the Government of Saskatchewan.

Account Strategist

Braeden

George

Braeden is a U of S Huskie Alum with a business background in technology adoption & digital strategy. He loves to help educate our partners on how to navigate their digital transformation. Outside of work Braeden is a music lover and tries to stay active skiing, biking and spending time with his family.

Account Strategist

Brendan

McMahon

After completing his Commerce degree at McMaster University, Brendan received his MBA at Ivey Business School, pivoting toward a career in tech. Brendan brings his deep knowledge of business development and strategy, operations and facilitation to the table as he works alongside his zu partners.

Designer

Brian

Ohlmann

Brian joined zu in early 2019 with 17 years of experience in branding, advertising, marketing and digital design. Though sometimes unconventional, Brian's approach to design challenges everyone in how they think about a brand, product or idea. 

Process Manager

Candace

Walz

Candace and the Strategy team help clients find ways in which technology and digital solutions can solve mature industry challenges. She supports UX research initiatives, manages all strategy projects and is the backbone to zu workshops.

Designer

Cara

Dand

Cara is a visual storyteller. Her duality as a designer and marketer helps her approach design challenges with a focus on business outcomes and key audiences. Having completed her design training in Vancouver, Cara returned to Saskatchewan with a passion for creating emotion through visual communication. 

UX Researcher

Christianne

Rooke

Christianne’s background is in Cognitive Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, and Games User Research. She is excited to apply her knowledge and research skills to explore problems and is thrilled to be part of the transformation of Saskatchewan into a design-forward community.

IT Manager

Dan

Brown

Dan is the IT Manager and jack of all trades when it comes to systems administration. He works with python, shell scripting, PHP, occasionally javascript, along with all of the associated data formats.

Designer

Erin

Bennetto

Erin joins zu with over 12 years of experience as both a studio owner and agency designer. Erin loves the cross-functional dynamic of zu, leveraging design to solve problems alongside ux leads and developers. She knows that the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little extra. 

Product Owner

Haley

Wiberg

Haley knew early in her Bachelor of Commerce education that the digital world is where she belongs. At zu, she leads a team of UX Leads and Designers, ensuring that projects run smoothly, and our client's users and business needs are met.

Developer

Jason

Leibel

Jason joined zu in the summer of 2019 as a graduate of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Computer Systems Technology program. He’s fresh to the industry and works in a team of developers to solve complex problems for clients like the Government of Saskatchewan.

Resource Manager

Jennifer

Korney

Jen brings optimism and great customer service to zu. She is hardworking and passionate about doing something she loves. Jen works closely with the majority of our government and ministry clients as well as Directwest and Mysask411.

Product Owner

Jessica

Forster

Hailing from Germany, Jessi brings extensive project management experience to the team. A spreadsheet maestro, she’s keeping projects on time, on budget and is the liaison between client partners and our production teams.

Executive Assistant

Karen

Scherr

Karen graces our phone line and front desk at our downtown Saskatoon office. She helps our executives in creating and executing new processes, keeps our teams working efficiently and takes the lead in keeping our space organized. 

Tech Lead

Kevin

Warrington

Kevin is both a tech lead and a senior front-end developer who works primarily with JavaScript, CSS, and PHP. He is a Zend Certified PHP Engineer and joined zu in 2006. Kevin spends the majority of his time working on projects with the Government of Saskatchewan and Mysask411.

Product Owner

Kirsti

Hale

Our fast-paced, task-juggling world of tech is a perfect match for Kirsti’s Bachelor of Commerce and experience in event planning. She started at zu in July of 2019 and works with clients such as Cameco, Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, Blue Cross and Great Plains College.

Account Strategist

Lindsie

Scott

Lindsie leads her clients through digital journeys and challenges them to continuously evolve. Her education in commerce, digital and social media mixed with expertise in the agriculture industry has led her to become a relationship management professional - connecting you with digital experts. 

Product Owner

MacKenzie

Petros

With a couple of decades of experience in the hospitality industry, MacKenzie is no stranger to long to-do lists, tight timelines and fast-paced projects. She thrives while facing the challenge of meeting deadlines and facilitating team collaboration all while building trusting relationships with her clients. 

Developer

Maximilian

Gewers

After completing the Computer Systems Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Max joined zu in 2018. He thrives in fast-paced, problem solving situations and focuses on back-end development within his team, while spending most of his time in Symfony.

Human Resource Manager

Meagan

MacLean

Meagan is a true human resource and marketing professional. Whether she’s working the room while recruiting the next addition to the zu crew or scouting out professional development opportunities, she’s always discovering creative ways to support our team and help move the company forward.

Developer

Michael

Hébert

Michael specializes in CMS and front-end development. He has a keen eye for detail and holds 20+ years of industry experience. In his 12 years with zu, Michael has worked with a variety of clients, including Altagas, Cameco, Canpotex, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, and Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation.

Developer

Michael

Sabares

Educated in Computer Systems Technology, Michael is a team player who enjoys the fast pace of agency web development. When he’s not programming or checking out newly released technology, he’s keeping his problem-solving skills sharp through board games in the lunchroom. 

Developer

Nick

Kindrachuk

With a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Interactive Systems Design, Nick blends communications, technical know-how and an eye for design to his development work. He loves keeping up with the latest trends and using them to improve and optimize client projects.

UX Lead

Rebecca

Ready

No two days are the same for Rebecca, which is something she loves about her career. She’s driven by fast-paced projects, complex user needs and the impact change management can have in digital transformations.

Designer

Roberta

Barrington

Roberta is a critical thinker and expert creative with a fascination for how design and user experiences intersect. She joined zu in 2017, has a Bachelor of Design from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and is a Certified Graphic Designer through Graphic Designers of Canada.

Marketing Coordinator

Ryan

Nieman

Former zu Account Strategist, Ryan is now putting his B.Comm in Marketing and years of experience to good use by creating strategies, experiences and content that help our current and future partners navigate the complex world of digital. 

UX Lead

Saad

Shahjahani

Born in Pakistan, with parents from fine art and design backgrounds, Saad grew up watching art everywhere. After completing a bachelors in graphic image-making in the UK, Saad designed for multi-national brands like Coke, Borges, and Second cup, before shifting his career to UX design.