About Us

LeapGrad is a student professional networking platform uniquely designed to transform the job market industry.

The main purpose of LeapGrad is to disrupt the job market industry by introducing the first ever two-sided platform that is targeted to students and employers.

LeapGrad implements a wide range of unique and compelling features that enhance both the job seeking process for students and the hiring process for employers.

Work at LeapGrad

Our Team

Adam Balwant
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Adam has an extensive background in entrepreneurship, information systems, and mobile technology. He has an MSc degree in Management Information Systems and Digital Innovation from the London School of Economics. In 2018, Adam sold his first start-up “RatherME” (mobile dating app) to a team of investors in Canada. Most recently, Adam had his start-up “Skip D Pot” (food delivery app) acquired by a larger company in Trinidad & Tobago.

Gerard Salleras
Chief Creative Officer (CCO)

Gerard serves as the creative lead of LeapGrad and is closely involved in the UI and UX design of the application. After studying Business Management at the University of Toronto for two years, Gerard moved to London, England where he completed a degree in Marketing Communications. He has an extensive background in the advertising industry, where he has worked as a freelance copywriter for various British & Irish agencies.

Justin Parhar
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Justin is responsible for the compliance matters of LeapGrad. He ensures that the development meets all the required legal codes, and that LeapGrad secures its intellectual property. He is an accredited lawyer in the state of Queensland, Australia after having completed his Juris Doctorate and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at Bond University in the Gold Coast.

Mathew Mozaffari
Chief Technology Officer

Mathew graduated from Ryerson University (Software Engineering) in 2017. He has a strong passion for building tools and working with the latest technologies to develop applications that can push our society forward. His passion is for developing branches across the entire STEM industry. Mathew has done honorary work to push impactful products forward, managed offshore teams, and have won international competitions for his work. His technical skills combined with his communication and positive attitude allows him to build scalable products.

Rafay Salahuddin
Lead Front End Developer

Rafay graduated from McGill University (Chemical Engineering) in 2019. During his time at McGill he discovered his passion for software development and honed his skills by creating multiple applications and taking various coding courses. Previous to finding his home at LeapGrad, Rafay created a large-scale application for Drexel University’s Digital Media department.

Noah Nichols
Lead Back-End Developer

Noah graduated with a Computer Science degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. He is an experienced software developer with a drive towards creating the next big thing. Well-versed in tech and creating systems that are reliable and user-friendly. He’s an innovative creator who's able to define and develop scalable and well-thought out applications designed for long-term growth. He’s worked on a wide range of projects including content streaming services, cloud storage, digital image processing, and more.

Sumaiya Saleem
UX/UI Designer

Sumaiya is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto with a specialist in Digital Enterprise Management. She is passionate about how good design can be used to positively impact different communities, and has experience working on student focused digital products. As the UX researcher at LeapGrad she aims to understand the needs and frustrations of students to improve their job search and networking experience.

Ryan Ruan
Operations Lead

Ryan graduated from the University of Toronto and now serves as the Operations Lead at LeapGrad. Alongside employer acquisition and relations, he also encourages teamwork to promote a healthy work culture that fosters high team morale and maximum productivity. Ryan has a strong portfolio of event organization, team coordination, and talent acquisition, previously working as the Human Resources Manager of RatherMe Inc before selling the start-up to a team of Canadian investors.

Join our team in changing the future of work.