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

Strategy Director, Partner



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.

People Strategies Director



zu’s employees have been Deidre’s clients for the past seven years. She ensures that everyone has the tools they need to succeed, that our teams are filled with incredible talent, and that our projects and clients are supported by the right people at the right time.

Finance Director



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.

Account Director



Laurence builds relationships. Working with a committed team on the numbers end of zu, he oversees all of zu’s accounts and business development activities. Laurence supports our clients’ digital direction by bridging the gaps between production and long-term success.

zu crew

Product Owner



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. 




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.

Tech Lead & Student Ambassador



Brady is the primary developer for both Android and Symfony, tech lead as well as zu's student ambassador. Brady co-built and trained people on the Selenium VM grid and corresponding testing strategies. He does back-end work, writes PHP, Java and JavaScript, developing for the Government of Saskatchewan and Directwest.

Account Strategist



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.




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. 




Britt's talent and expertise shine through her immaculate branding and UX design projects, supported by her visual design education, UX certification and human-centred design studies. Her work takes her abroad, as she was personally invited to a Google Design Sprint in San Fran.

Product Owner



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.




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 Lead



Chelsey’s our professional problem-solver with a keen eye for detail, bringing 18+ years of experience in the digital industry to zu and our clients. She has certifications in user experience, design thinking, and design sprint facilitation from Nielsen Norman Group,, Human Factors International and AJ&Smart.

IT Manager



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.




Dan is an Acquia Drupal 8 Certified Developer and does backend development working in PHP. Dan's expertise lies in Drupal and Symfony. Since joining zu in 2014 he’s developing on projects for Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, Great Plains College, AltaGas, and Canpotex.




Emma makes our team look good on-screen, all while balancing student life at Ryerson University, taking Film Studies and gigging with CBC. Working closely (and remotely) with our design and marketing crew, Emma flexes her video production skills in telling the zu story.

Design Coordinator



Gillian tends to wear a few hats and toques at a time, something her varied professional experience has prepped her for. You can find her juggling tasks and timelines for the design team, writing content for both zu and clients or coordinating zu Academy courses and events. 

Account Coordinator



Haley has known since early in her Bachelor of Commerce education that the digital world is where she belongs. With her Google Analytics Certification and breadth of experience in digital advertising and strategy, Haley draws a map between her clients’ real-world problems and their custom digital solutions.




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.

Product Owner



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



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.




Kale thrives in a team environment and believes in the power of collaboration. Having graduated from the Computer Systems Technology program, he has an interest in digital security, app and web development and 2000s punk music.

Executive Assistant



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 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



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.

Business Development Manager



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.

Account Strategist



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



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. 




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.

HR Administrator



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.




Mellary specializes in wireframing and interaction design, visual design, user experience design, illustration, and lettering. She works on projects for Saskatchewan Blue Cross, Government of Saskatchewan, AltaGas and Great Plains College.




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.




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. 




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



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.




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



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. 




Sadie has been a developer since 2008, and joined zu in 2015. Her specialties include Drupal and similar CMS development. Sadie is involved in projects with AltaGas, Great Plains College, Canpotex,, and the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation.

IT Specialist



Shane has been providing desktop support and administration for OS X, Linux, and Windows clients since 2011. In addition he develops and maintains server solutions for web hosting, file serving, ftp, VPN, and other infrastructure.

UX Lead



Zach has over 16 years of experience and education in digital design and is an expert in human-centered design and strategy, user research, interaction design, and information architecture. He uses his depth of knowledge to take the lead on projects, solving complex digital challenges for zu clients.