About Us

Our Mission

Schulich Ignite is a club at the University of Calgary with a mission to inspire the next generation of programmers and make learning to code fun and accessible for all students! We offer free introductory and advanced Python workshops to high school students across Canada through virtual and in-person sessions. All students are connected with mentors who are able to offer one-on-one support as well as insight in to their experience as students in technology themselves!

Promoting Diversity in Tech

Although it is a fast growing industry, software engineering and computer science fields still struggle with a lack of diversity. In Canada, 20% of the tech workforce identify as women, 31.9% identify as a visible minority and only 1.2% identify as Indigenous.

Diversity is important to promote in all industries, but especially in tech since this field is based on innovation and aims to solve the world’s challenging problems. A diverse set of minds is necessary to look beyond conventional means to find unique and innovative solutions to these problems.

Schulich Ignite aims to connect with underrepresented groups in STEM to welcome them into this field and to invite them to explore their passion for technology. We aim to provide every student with the opportunity to learn to code and more importantly, we aim to provide students with the feeling that they always have a place in STEM.

Meet our Team

Schulich Ignite is a student-run organization led by passionate and motivated volunteers. Our team strongly believes in our mission and puts in hard work year-round to ensure high quality programs. The team consists of students currently pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in various programs including software engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and more. Many of our mentors also have industry experience and can offer valuable insight to students that are interested in pursuing tech-related careers.

Schulich Ignite would not be possible without the efforts of our highly dedicated mentors and executive team. We wish that our hard work helps inspire you and we hope to meet you at our next workshop!

Executive Team

Rajpreet Gill

President


My name is Rajpreet Gill and I am the President at Schulich Ignite. I am responsible for managing and monitoring the club, alongside being a mentor. I am in my third year of Software Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. A fun fact about me is that I enjoy bike riding and I love meeting new people, so feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Ajay Arumugan

VP Events


Hello! My name is Ajay Arumugam and I am the VP Events of Schulich Ignite. I am responsible for brainstorming, planning and coordinating events, including our end of the season Ignite Gala. I am currently in my second year of Software Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development. In my free time, I love learning about personal finance and stock trading.

Dimitar Janevski

VP Content Development


My name is Dimitar Janevski and I am the VP of Content Development at Ignite. I am responsible for overseeing the development of any tools our students use, as well as all the lecture content and exercises for our students. I am currently in my second year of Software Engineering. In my free time, I love to play and watch soccer, and watch movies!

Maheen Hossain

VP Logistics


Hello! My name is Maheen Hossain and I am the VP Logistics at Schulich Ignite. I am currently in my third year of software engineering. I am responsible for everything related to logistics, which includes coordinating interviews for potential mentors, creating feedback forms to help the club grow, and organizing all mentees and mentors into their respective groups at the start of sessions. In my free time, I enjoy learning about computers.

Pooja Veedu

VP Communications


Hello! My name is Pooja Veedu and I am the VP Communications for Schulich Ignite. I am responsible for managing the club’s media platforms, facilitating communication between mentors and mentees as well as conducting overall outreach initiatives to grow the club’s membership. I am currently in my third year of Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Digital Engineering. In my free time I like to craft!

Tony Vo

VP Finance


Hello! My name is Tony Vo and I am the VP Finance for Schulich Ignite. I am in my third year of Software Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. In addition to being a mentor, I am responsible for managing the club’s finances, finding and working with stakeholders to support the club, and purchasing food and supplies for the club. Fun fact about me: outside of school, I love learning about history.

Other Contributors

Chris Kwiatkowski

Lecture Lead

Hannah Mudge

Website Design

Jackie Kan

Lecture Lead

Kieran Wood

Website Management

Richard Lee

Advisor / Lecture Lead