Future Leaders Program - The Disruptors

The Royal Alberta College has partnered with The Government of Canada (GOC) to employ youth between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age through the Canada Summer Jobs Program.  The individuals within this team have been selected from more than 170 qualified applicants from across Canada and will be under the leadership of the Office of The Registrar to lead the transformation of our resources to be fully online, these individuals are disrupters and strive to make a positive impact for all Canadians.

Dana Rud was born and raised in Ukraine. After graduating Kyiv National University for Psychology, she has been working in the IT sector. Starting with customer support and becoming a product designer for the Meta business partner app has helped her realize that her true passion is to help people while being able to learn their behaviour and motives. That is why she is currently focused on working with the audiences’ content perception and making it clear, user friendly and easy.

David is a Vancouver-based student. Currently serving on the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, he is passionate about creating a more inclusive & equitable country for all Canadians. As a 19-year-old, David is an incoming first year student at Bates College in the United States.

Michael currently coaches youth soccer with BTB Soccer Academy, one of the top programs in Western Canada. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and relocated to Canada ten years ago. He is currently working as a Night Auditor at WEM and he is very excited to begin his social media journey.

Dalaine was born in Edmonton, AB and then spent her childhood moving from small town to small town in the Northwest Territories and Alberta, where she fell in love with her creative muse – the great outdoors. Finally settling back in the Edmonton area, she earned her Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta in 2016 and her Web Design and Development Certificate from MacEwan University in 2020. Today her passion is to help businesses and non-profits to flourish and thrive with the aid of graphic design.

Gurtaj has lived in Edmonton for 8 years and recently finished his 2nd year in Software Engineering at the University of Alberta. He is passionate about augmented and virtual reality, app development, and machine learning.

Harleen is a 2nd year student in Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, interested in the intersection between biology and engineering. During her free time, she enjoys reading about new technologies and painting.

Nolan grew up in Edmonton, and recently finished his first year of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He is passionate about creating accessible online educational resources and open-source software. In his spare time, he enjoys gymnastics, piano and working on personal programming projects.

Jared is a Marketing & Social Content Specialist focused on engagement, retention, and conversions through short-form and long-form content creation for a variety of clients in BC’s tourism industry, digital ad creation, SEO analysis and implementation, and quantifying growth through analytics. He is the former Vice President of Student Life and managed several projects and advocacy portfolios surrounding mental health, sexual violence, food insecurity, and student homelessness. He developed policies to guide advocacy to the provincial and federal governments and organized major campaigns and events. Jared is a strategic and self-motivated marketing professional who continuously strives for excellence. His creative, yet analytical mindset allows him to quantify marketing efforts while developing strong brands. 

Originally from Colombia, Julian lived in Quebec for 10 years before moving to Edmonton. Currently, he is in his second year of studies at the University of Alberta pursuing a Specialization in Computing Science Bachelor’s Degree. With a passion for Full-Stack Development, Julian hopes to combine his University experience with his self-taught Web skills to pursue a career in the industry. 

Nelly is currently in her last year of studying industrial design and visual communications design at the University of Alberta. Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, she has always had a passion for art and was always creating drawings, paintings, and sculptures throughout her life. Nelly combined her passion for creating with design as she also likes to help others in creative ways. Her latest endeavor is her position as a Junior Graphic Designer on the disrupters team.

The Accounting graduate from MacEwan University, Fahad’s love affair with videography started in university as a way to use up his free time. With time and practice, he ahs honed unique skills that were maintained and improved with consistency. With the combination of self-taught skills and determination, Fahad built invaluable experiences by working for several non-profit organizations, private businesses and events. Fun fact about me I stopped eating chicken nuggets after seeing how they were made.

Logan grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, he trained as a computer software developer in the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Digital Media and IT program, graduating in winter 2021.

Nikita has a love of research and data. She believes everyone should be given a a chance to improve themselves through education. She has a certificate in Data Analytics from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and is hoping to pursue a masters in data science. Nikita is proud of her natural curiosity and believes this has been a pillar of her self-driven learning.