Meet the 2017 Code for Canada Fellows!

Clockwise from left: Christine Lee, Daniel Tse, Leon Lukashevsky, Sophie Sengmany, Santiago Mendoza and Raluca Ene, the inaugural Code for Canada fellows!

In June, Code for Canada asked the country’s technology and design community to use their skills for the common good. We invited developers, designers and product managers to apply for our inaugural fellowship program, giving them the chance to work in government and on the things that matter to Canadians. Over 300 people answered the call; applications poured in from across Canada, from people with experience in Silicon Valley, and from as far away as Europe and South America. We were overwhelmed by the quantity — and quality — of aspiring fellows, and thrilled to see that so many passionate technology professionals were looking for a way to make an impact.

Today, we’re announcing the 2017 cohort of Code for Canada fellows. These six talented, passionate and innovative individuals will work alongside staff at the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada to design digital public services that make a positive difference in the lives of residents.


Ontario Team

These Code for Canada fellows will be hosted by Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Christine Lee, Product Manager

Christine has a unique background in digital product management, development, and finance. An advocate for lifelong learning, she volunteers at tech community workshops and hackathons in Toronto and has taught product management courses. Outside the office, she also dabbles in art and music.

Christine is excited to partner with government leaders, residents, and the rest of the fellowship team to build solutions that enhance the modern-day relationship between citizens and their government.

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Santiago Mendoza, Developer

Santiago is a software engineer and machine-learning enthusiast who believes in the power of technology to change people’s lives. He has worked for startups and well-established companies in both Canada and Europe

Currently based in France, Santiago is excited to return to Canada and make a positive difference in people’s lives.

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Sophie Sengmany, UX Designer

Originally from France and having lived in London and Singapore, Sophie moved to Toronto four years ago. She has a background in finance but her passion for helping people and a desire to be creative led her to UX Design. She brings a strong focus on human-centred design to her work.

As someone who leveraged digital education for a career change, Sophie is excited to be working with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. She looks forward to helping others navigate their career path and to building, testing, and iterating a service that responds to learners’ needs.

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Federal Team

These three Code for Canada fellows will be hosted by our partners at the new federal Canadian Digital Service.

Daniel Tse, Product Manager

Daniel is a biomedical engineer with experience designing accessibility solutions for people with disabilities. He is a consultant with a data analytics firm, and previously worked with the Government of Manitoba to design and deliver a digital tool to assess healthcare needs in remote communities. In his spare time, he enjoys good food and long runs.

Daniel is excited to be joining Code for Canada and is looking forward to working with like-minded team members to help Canadians better engage with their government, their community, and their neighbours.

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Leon Lukashevsky, Developer

Leon is a Toronto-based developer and has worked on web projects with clients like the University of Toronto, The Globe and Mail, Sustainability Solutions Group and Influitive. He is a mainstay of the local civic tech scene and believes that good government requires the government to be good at the Internet. He actually does enjoy long walks on the beach.

Leon describes the Code for Canada fellowship as an “adventure,” and is excited to use his skills to contribute to the unfolding story of digital government in Canada.

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Raluca Ene, UX Designer

Raluca is a seasoned UX designer. She has worked in digital innovation for over 12 years with clients in a wide range of sectors including finance, education and healthcare. She is passionate about using human-centered design to create digital experiences that empower and delight.

She believes Code for Canada is the perfect opportunity to participate in the evolution of digital government She’s excited to use her skills to design services that will make a positive impact in the lives of Canadians.

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Join us in congratulating the 2017 Code for Canada fellows! They’ll start onboarding in mid-October, and will touch down in government in November. We know they’re going to do amazing things over the next 10 months!

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