Team
Diverse. Talented. Driven. Meet our people.

Our team is tight-knit, linked by zu’s values. There’s a strong sense of accountability as each of our team members focus on personal development but take the time to mentor one another. These are the soccer moms, camp counselors and dungeon masters that make up the soul of our team.


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

Jame

Albert is zu’s resident storyteller, DJ, and camp counsellor. A regarded thought leader on Design Thinking and Digital Strategy, Albert regularly facilitates workshops and kicks off project strategy sessions. An equally passionate speaker, Albert is committed to proving that your brand is only as good as your experience.

HR Director

Deidre

Larmour

Deidre brings a real world perspective to HR. zu employees are her clients and she values each employee’s development and growth. Using modern methods to monitor and assess personal goals, Deidre works with everyone to better themselves and the team as a whole.

Finance Director

Melissa

Arnott

Melissa is zu’s accounting extraordinaire. She’s been at zu since 2009, working closely with all clients through accounts receivable.

Account Director

Laurence

Nixon

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.

Technical Lead

Cam

McHugh

Cam’s 15 years as a journeyman in web technology offers a steady hand in planning with all of zu’s clients. He has expertise is PHP & MySQL, Microsoft C# for ASP.NET, and building iOS apps in Swift.

zu crew

Account Manager

Amy

Prokop

Amy holds two degrees from the University of Saskatchewan where she played five years with the Huskie Women’s Basketball Team. In her years at zu, she has managed projects for Canpotex, Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, Lentils.org, and Great Plains College.

Developer

Brady

Smith

Brady is the primary developer for both Android and Symphony. 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.

Designer

Brittany

Lloy

In her years at zu, Brittany has continually expanded her skill set. She participated in an IDEO course for human centred design and in a Google Design Sprint in San Francisco. She works with Cameco, Sask Pulse Growers, DirectWest, Government of Saskatchewan, Canpotex, and AltaGas.

UX Lead

Chelsey

Schaffel

Chelsey is a UX Lead at zu. She is a Certified Usability Analyst through Human Factors International and participated in the Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design through IDEO.

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.

Developer

Dan

Surkan

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.

Developer

Devon

Rathie-Wright

With several years already in the industry, Devon started with zu in 2008. He brings experience in front-end development, accessibility, progressive web apps, and web performance. Devon currently works with Saskatchewan Blue Cross, Cameco, and Morris Industries.

Business Development Manager

Himanshu

Singh

Himanshu is a problem solver with the ability to see unique opportunities to apply new technology effectively. He has consulted with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, 9Mile Legacy, SAMA, and SaskInteractive.

Executive Assistant

Jaime

Boyer

Jaime brings a multi-faceted background to the team. An Olympian and Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, she holds an Electronic Media Design Certification. She considers the Executive Team to be her clients, supporting them so they can do their jobs well.

Product Owner

Jennifer

Korney

Jen brings optimism and great customer service to zu. Joining the team in 2014, she is hard working and passionate about doing something she loves (this job!). Jen works with Cameco, Saskatchewan Blue Cross, Morris Industries, and Sask Pulse Growers.

Business Development Manager

Kelly

Martin

Kelly builds strong relationships with prospective clients and puts them on the path to digital readiness. Kelly is a strategic thinker, holding an MBA and Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Senior Developer

Kevin

Warrington

Kevin is a frontend developer, but he also works with Javascript, CSS and PHP. He is a Zend Certified PHP Engineer. Kevin joined zu in 2006 and is currently working on various projects with the Government of Saskatchewan.

Product Owner

Lavinia

Lee

Lavinia has a diverse background in technology and retail. Her two degrees from the University of Toronto and Queen’s University bring a wealth of knowledge to the office. She leads projects for the Government of Saskatchewan and DirectWest.

Developer

Matt

Horning

Matt specializes in unique frontend perspectives, focusing on animation and visual polish. He’s well versed in JavaScript, and various frontend tools such as Gulp, and Webpack. Matt works on projects for Canadian Lentils.org, AltaGas, Canpotex, and Great Plains College.

Designer

Mellary

Bitner

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.

Developer

Michael

Hébert

Michael’s specialities include front-end development, French language, and a keen eye for detail. With 20 years of experience and 8 of those with zu, Michael works with clients such as Cameco, Saskatchewan Blue Cross, Morris, and Sask Pulse Growers.

Developer

Nhi

Phuong

Joining zu in 2017 as a Developer Intern, Nhi is eager to learn everything about being a developer. Nhi is working on projects for the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation, Great Plains College, AltaGas, Canpotex, Lentils.org, and the Government of Saskatchewan.

Designer

Roberta

Barrington

Roberta is a creative problem-solver and critical thinker with aesthetic craftsmanship, advanced typographic and layout skills. She holds a Bachelor of Design and is a Certified Graphic Designer. Her projects include the Ministry of Education, DirectWest and Canpotex.

Developer

Sadie

Swanson

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, Lentils.org, and the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation.

IT Specialist

Shane

Doucette

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.

Product Owner

Stephen

Yee

Stephen holds a B. Comm. from the University of Saskatchewan. He has a corporate communications and graphic design background and works with AltaGas, Lentils.org, Canpotex, Great Plains College and the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation.

Designer

Valerie

Baier

Valerie has exceptional Photoshop and DIY Pinterest skills. She brings visual design experience to the table. Valerie’s design work includes Morris Industries, Cameco, Canpotex, the City of Saskatoon, Direct West, Great Plains College, and Workers' Compensation Board.