Meet the Team

Leadership Education and Development Centre

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Centre is a unit in the SU Student Services that formed in May 2015. This unit was previously known as Leadership & Recognition. The purpose of the unit is to develop and deliver leadership training on campus and recognize the outstanding student leaders on campus. LEAD Centre is responsible for the Emerging Leaders Program, the Alberta Student Leadership Summit, the Applied Leadership Program, Stride Campaign School, and On-Demand Training.

We also provide customized training to student groups on a range of topics including leadership, conflict resolution, and self-care. To contact us to see how we can work with you, click here!


Nicole De Grano

Program Lead

Nicole is the Program Lead of the LEAD Centre, and she oversees the programming and operations within the unit. To her, leadership must be adaptive, and take into account individual experiences in order to find holistic solutions. Because of this, she thinks leadership can be practiced by anyone! Outside of the LEAD Centre, Nicole loves to watch British comedy shows and often spends a lot of time watching Taskmaster (her favourite season is the one with James Acaster!). As well, when she’s not watching comedy, she’s reading books and makes TikToks! Nicole convocated from the University of Alberta in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies & Political Science and a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership.

Areej Shaikh

Coordinator - Student Development

Areej is a Student Development Coordinator for the LEAD Centre at the Student’s Union. This means that she helps create and deliver programming aimed at developing the leadership skills of students at the University of Alberta. Areej strongly believes that leadership is about service, it is about what you do when you come across a gap in the system or a need that is not being met. She believes that the decision to take initiative and address that gap or need is leadership in itself. For this reason, Areej believes that leadership development tools and support must be accessible to all students, as it is only through leadership that we are able to promote change in our communities and advocate for ideas that are important to us. In her free time, you can find Areej struggling to learn how to play the guitar (the result is often a cacophony of inharmonious sounds), binging Grey’s Anatomy, or trying new food places in Edmonton with friends. Areej is currently in her second year of her Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biological Sciences.

Cordae Hall

Coordinator - Student Development

Cordae is a Student Development Coordinator for the LEAD centre at the Students’ Union. As a Coordinator, he collaborates with colleagues to develop and facilitate numerous programs run by the LEAD centre. To Cordae, leadership requires uplifting people through respectful communication to reach their maximum potential. Good leadership also calls for a person to be willing to do challenging and tedious tasks with a positive attitude. Like his idol, Hall of Fame football star Shannon Sharpe says, “only in the dictionary will success come before work.” Born and raised in Edmonton, Cordae is a Running Back on the University of Alberta Golden Bears football team. Daily, he strives to improve both mentally and physically. When not on the field, he enjoys watching NFL, NBA, and NHL games. He also likes reading DC comic books, watching the original “Law & Order” series, and doing various activities with his diverse group of friends. Cordae is in his third year of pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology, with his sights set on entering law school upon his completion.

Jillian Kidd

Coordinator - Student Development

Jillian a Student Development Coordinator for the LEAD Centre at the Students’ Union. To Jillian, leadership is a constant force that impacts every aspect of life. It guides us through informal and formal relationships, building us up to accomplish any goals we set our minds to. She also believes that everyone has felt and shown the impact of a leader at one point in their lives. In her free time, Jillian loves to spend time watching cheesy movies and tv shows - her favourite movie is definitely 10 Things I Hate About You. Beyond this she also enjoys spending time with her pets; she has three cats, two dogs and two horses! Jillian is currently in her third year studying political sciences and sociology.

Camilla Osman-Manage

Learning & Development Specialist

Camilla is the Learning and Development Specialist at the LEAD Centre. She is responsible for creating, executing, and assessing staff and volunteer training, student development programming, and the development of student leaders in governance positions. To her, leadership is a process and is practiced within community by building strong working relationships with others. She strongly believes that every person has the capacity to practice leadership - what leadership looks like will depend on each unique person. When Camilla doesn’t have her nose in a book, she can be found listening to podcasts, experimenting with recipes (sometimes, with disastrous consequences), or rock climbing at her favourite local gym. Camilla also has an obsession with corgis (she adamantly believes that they are the cutest creatures on the planet), and her day will always be brightened with corgi sightings on walks or on social media. In 2020, Camilla convocated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology.

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University of Alberta
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