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Meet our team of driven change-makers.

At Illuminate, we foster a culture of collaboration, creativity, and ambition. We're a team of doers.


Alina Huang


Alina Huang founded Illuminate Universe as a high school student. She is passionate about building a more diverse and inclusive Canada through innovation in the education landscape. Before joining Illuminate, she worked as a consultant for Deloitte and a product manager for IBM. In her spare time, you can find her watching Bridgerton and Emily in Paris on Netflix with her two Golden Retrievers while sipping on iced coffee. 


Jessica Zhang

Program Coordinator


Jessica is an open-minded work-taker who loves to communicate and connect with people. She graduated from Sauder Business School, University of British Columbia with a bachelor degree of Commerce. Jessica loves to meet new people, is excited about creating impact and has passion in marketing and business analysis while she loves to travel around the world when time is available.

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Program Coordinator

Netanya Castillo is an Illuminate alumni who participated in the high school leadership and business conference in 2018. Since then, she has gone on to study Journalism at KPU on full scholarship and has travelled to Melbourne, Australia to study Public Relations, Marketing, and Communications. After personally experiencing Illuminate's pivotal mentorship, Netanya hopes to pass the torch to the next generation by investing in individuals who will shape the future. 

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