Leadership Certificate Cohorts

2017 Cohort

Alison Bachand-Lapointe

Alison Bachand-Lapointe
“What motivates me is being able to help others.” This is who Alison Bachand-Lapointe is. A forward-thinking individual who puts others first. She loves being able to assist others in reaching their goals, and this is the reason she decided to be a part of the Leadership Certificate Program. Alison is an International Business Major and keeps herself busy with many extracurricular. When Alison is not working or travelling, she dedicates her time to Canadian Pony Club, a nonprofit organization. Alison is a member of CPC and attends the English riding competitions, lesson and activities with her horse Arik. Not only is she a member of CPC she also volunteers her time on the Regional Board as the Communications Chair and Regional Youth representative as well as the National Board as Active Member Director West and a member on multiple committees. When asked what her dream was she replied with, “to make a positive impact in someone’s life.” She has been able to use the LC Program to “learn about leading,” and has had some impactful lessons from her classes, including leaders are not born but made, and everyone possesses their own leadership style.


Jemima Balbastro

Jemima Balbastro
Jemima is a third-year Management Information Systems major, with a minor in Operations Management. Along with the Leadership Certificate, she is also pursuing the Business Technology Management Certificate through her major. Aside from her academic studies, Jemima has shown interdisciplinary involvement, especially in the Fine Arts, participating in MFA Drama projects and acting in various Directing and Voice class projects through the University of Alberta, teaching visual arts and dramatic skits to elementary schools in the community, singing for the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus, and acting in simulated medical scenarios for the Faculty of Medicine Health Sciences and Research Council. Her strong communication skills built through her Fine Arts involvement has proven an asset in Jemima’s business career, landing her opportunities to compete locally, nationally, and internationally in various case competitions. It also gave her the chance to apply her business skills in non-profit, arts-based organizations such as Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary and the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. After graduating, Jemima plans on working in technology, media, and telecommunication industry for a few years before pursuing a Master’s Degree. Long-term, Jemima wants to work abroad, continue her volunteerism, and ultimately pursue a leadership role wherever she may be.


Alycia Fritze

Alycia Fritze
Alycia is a third-year Strategic Management & Organization major, with a minor in Operations Management. Alycia selected these areas because they serve as an intersection of qualitative and quantitative knowledge. Post-undergrad, Alycia intends to work in consulting and eventually return to school to get her Ph.D. in a management field and become a professor. Throughout her time as a university student, she has been actively involved with student clubs. In her first year in Business, she served on the Business Students’ Association Council as a Cohort Representative and was on the Alberta JDC West Social team. In her second year, Alycia returned to Alberta JDC West on the executive team as VP Social and was on the Not-for-profit case team. She has also volunteered for 5 Days for the Homeless for two consecutive years. Her extra-curricular experience has provided a unique lens in the Leadership Certificate Program. Of all the incredible benefits, Alycia most values her peers in the LCP, as they provide both an invaluable learning opportunity and friendships beyond the classroom. Outside of school, Alycia enjoys spending time with friends and family, and being at her family’s lake cabin in the summertime.


Gabe Gomes

Gabe Gomes
Gabe is a third-year accounting major, with a minor in Strategic Management & Organization minor. Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Gabe plans to pursue the CPA designation and his internship experience has him well on his way. Within the Alberta School of Business, Gabe has been an executive member of the University of Alberta Accounting Club. In his first year as Director Tax, and now President. Gabe believes that performance is best measured by the degree to which it positively affects others, which is why he is proud to be involved with UAAC’s annual tax clinic. The tax clinic provides the Edmonton community the opportunity to have their tax returns filed for free every year. Gabe also looks to be more involved with case competitions to further skills in developing creative solutions while in a team setting. Gabe values learning through peers and experience, which make student clubs and the Leadership Certificate Program opportune. Outside of the school of business, Gabe is passionate about fitness, and exploring diverse music and food scenes.


Sasha Jacob

Sasha Jacob
Sasha is a third-year Finance major with a minor in Strategic Management and Organization. Despite the intensity, she loves finance because of the challenge, rapid pace, and push to constantly learn. She wants to take her first steps upon graduation as an investment banking analyst with hopes of pursuing a career in private equity. Sasha has challenged herself to strive for excellence in all aspects of her life – including her studies, extracurricular activities and physical wellbeing. Within the past two years, her involvement in a multitude of business groups like the BSA, JDC, Enactus, AIESEC, UAMA, and the School of Retailing Consulting Group has helped her develop immensely on both a professional and personal level. In addition to those groups, Sasha has a strong passion for participating in (and winning) case competitions. She has had the opportunity to participate and place in several internal competitions. This past year she was involved with two international cases and won first place at the Asian Business Case Competition in Singapore. While she loves stimulating her brain, Sasha considers physical fitness a necessity of life. She attempts to work out every day and always makes time to play a quick game of squash or basketball with friends and worthy competitors. Her path has been full of surprises thus far and she cannot wait for her life to unfold.


Peter Keith

Peter Keith
Peter came to the Alberta School of Business after an earlier career in the Culinary Arts. As a certified chef, cooking teacher, and mentor, he was looking for business training to prepare for the next step in his career. He is now a member of the Leadership Certificate Program while pursuing his BCom in Entrepreneurship. Peter’s main project outside school is his artisan food business, “Meuwly’s,” with a retail store on 124th St in Edmonton. He is a frequent participant in cooking competitions, having trained the NAIT team for the past five years. He will be competing at the 2020 World Culinary Olympics in Germany with Culinary Team Canada. Peter serves on the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Chef’s Association and the Canadian Culinary Fund and helps organize the annual “Skills Alberta” competition for Trades and Technologies students. In his spare time, you’ll find him backpacking (and eating) his way around the world. His long-term goals include working in the nonprofit sector to improve food security in our society.


Josh Puszka

Josh Puszka
Josh is constantly trying to be disruptive and different, to grow personally and to help others in pursuing their individual endeavours. This is a large reason why he decided to join the Leadership Certificate Program at the Alberta School of Business. After a multitude of involvement opportunities and extracurriculars including: VP Public Relations on 5 Days for the Homeless, Cohort Representative and Internal Relations Director on the Business Students’ Association, VP Marketing on the OM Club, and a competitor on the Marketing Team on Alberta JDC West, he has decided to focus his scope for this coming year. Josh will be using his diverse skillset as an Operations Management major, Marketing minor to write cases for the Alberta International Business Competition as the academic director and compete once again with Alberta JDC West Team as VP Charity. He is excited to apply his vast experiences from the Faculty of Business to his position with ATB Financial this summer. When Josh is not busy, he enjoys running through the river valley and exploring local restaurants within Edmonton. After graduation, he hopes to utilize his experience with case competitions at the regional and international levels to pursue a career path in management consulting.


Emma Ripka

Emma Ripka
Emma chose to pursue a BComm at the Alberta School of Business after spending a gap year in Europe after high school. Throughout her 3 years of university, she has been involved with multiple student groups, including JDC West, AIESEC Edmonton, and the Improv Club, in addition to dabbling in entrepreneurship. Emma became a member of the Leadership Certificate Program this year, which has challenged her in many ways, but has been a highlight of her degree — particularly because of her incredible classmates. After working as the Students’ Union’s Business Promotional Coordinator, Emma successfully ran for the position of Vice President Operations and Finance. She will complete her term in the coming year, before finishing her Finance degree abroad. Emma then hopes to get her Master’s of Industrial & Organizational Psychology, with the goal of opening her own practice while also working with the corporate at not-for-profit sectors. She feels that this path encompasses her passions for people and deep thought, while also providing opportunities for innovation and diversification of her career. Emma has an insatiable thirst for life, and is eager to see what lies ahead.


Darby Walton

Darby Walton
Darby is a Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in Business Economics and Law. In addition to the Leadership Certificate, Darby is completing a certificate in Community Engagement and Service Learning. Throughout this endeavor, 100 hours of community service will be incorporated into her undergraduate degree. She routinely supports her community, previously as a community soccer coach and currently as a Court Worker with the Elizabeth Fry Society. Darby believes in pursuing opportunities that enrich her personal development and learning beyond what is taught in a traditional classroom environment. Darby enhances her education with her involvement in extracurricular activities. This year, she served as Vice President Internal of the Business Students’ Association and was a member of the Alberta JDC West Debate team. These experiences have taught her about the importance of balance, perspective and dedication. In the near future, Darby hopes to serve as an intern for a non-profit board and further align her passion for community involvement with her academic endeavours. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Darby plans to attend law school and practice law before venturing into a career in the not-for-profit sector.


Ali Wicklum

Ali Wicklum
Ali is a marketing major and intends to pursue a career in law, social entrepreneurship, advertising, or all three. This wide array speaks to her passions for cross-cultural understanding, social development, music, and… indecision. She recognizes that her BComm may get her through the door but it is up to her to stay inside. To this end, she is taking a 5-year degree interspersed with varsity rugby in 3 countries (including at the U of A), 5 internships, 9 months in South America, and other activities that allow her to be creative and be on a team. A notable experience of hers was a 9-month trip to Argentina and Peru. There, she worked at the Canadian Embassies in each country, was lead singer in a jazz band, trained with the Peruvian national rugby team, and did a semester of University. She also became fluent in Spanish, her third language. She is counting down to her next adventure but in the meantime, is thrilled to be back to her guitar and her volunteer activities. One such activity is being Head of Business Development for SoCo Consulting, a business consultancy for social enterprise start-ups.


Renée Yu

Renée Yu
Renée is a third-year Operations Management major, currently on a co-op term with the City of Edmonton as a Business Analyst. After graduation, she intends on pursuing a career in strategic or IT consulting. Although Renée does not currently have a full course load, she is often on campus pursuing her extracurricular ventures. Renée is the Vice President Events on the Operations Management Club, the Engagement Director on the Business Students’ Association, and the incoming Vice President Events on the Business Students’ Association. Her ability to plan and facilitate events leaves her colleagues confident that every detail has been taken care of. As someone who is analytical and innovative, Renée is an ideal team member in case competitions. Over the past year, she has been successful in placing in many case competitions held in the School of Business, with such competitions hosted by the UAMA, UAHRMA and the BSA. Renée’s success branches beyond the Alberta School of Business. She embodies leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit in running her own photography business, Reborn Photography. She specializes in portrait and headshot photography, with a clientele base varying from those in need of engagement shoots to providing staff portraits for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).


Kevin Zentner

Kevin Zentner
Kevin is a multifaceted artist and Alberta School of Business BCom student with a major in marketing and minor in business economics. In addition to the leadership certificate, Kevin is completing a certificate in sustainability and co-operative education component to his degree. He has also competed in the Alberta International Case Competition, JDC West, and several internal case competitions at the Alberta School of Business. During his pre-professional year at MacEwan University, Kevin was the winner of the BUS201 challenge which included the creation and operation of a start-up for 6 weeks. After his degree, Kevin hopes to pursue a JD/MBA to support his aspirations in international business. His current work as a human rights advocate with Neighbourhood Bridges sees the advance of Edmontonians' concept of diversity and inclusivity. He attributes much of his drive to three central intentions: seeking innovative solutions, developing meaningful relationships, and constantly re-evaluating his impact. A portfolio of his artwork, design, and culinary expression can be seen at Kevinzentner.com.