Our talented team

The Insight team

Our exceptional staff members are the backbone of our organization. Their incredibly diverse backgrounds and international experience provide us with a profound understanding of each of our destinations and allow us to offer our authentic experiences.

Craig Vandermeer

Founder, CEO

SFU • M.A International Studies

Carleton • B.A Political Science

Craig first travelled to Uganda in 2010 while conducting research for his graduate thesis at Simon Fraser University. After spending 5+ years in sub-Saharan Africa, and having witnessed countless poorly designed education abroad programs, Craig decided to take action. Craig founded Insight in 2013 with the goal to create educational travel programs rooted in experience-based learning. Craig has extensive experience in the international development, education and travel industries, having lived and worked in a handful of countries, and traveled to more than 50.

Clint Omelaniec

Director, Marketing & Sales

SFU • B.A International Development

Clint manages the marketing and creative departments of Insight Global Education. Clint graduated from SFU with a degree in International Studies and participated in the pilot Semester in Development program in 2013. When not working with Insight, Clint can be found filming and editing for organizations, such as TED.

Rudi Ballard

Director, Student Experience

Guelph • B.SC Environmental Management

UBC • M.A

Rudi was first introduced to Insight as a student on our pilot Engage East Africa High School program and went on to participate in our Semester in Development program in Fiji while completing her degree in Environmental Management. After graduating, Rudi joined our team as a Student Advisor and has been helping to connect students who participate in our programs with meaningful experiences like the ones she had.

Rafaella Creus

Marketing Administrative Coordinator

UBC • B.A Anthropology & International Relations

Waterloo • M.A

After finishing her studies at the University of British Columbia, Rafaella joined the Insight team as a Student Advisor to support incoming students. Rafaella participated in our Semester in Development program in Uganda in 2017 where she developed an academic and professional interest in International Development with a focus on political processes in the Global South. Rafaella was born in Ecuador and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Max Omelaniec

Digital Marketing Coordinator

BCIT • B.A Marketing & Communications

Since joining our team, Max has become our resident tech wiz! If you receive a message from our email campaigns or see Insight posting on social media, there is a good chance this guy had a hand in writing it. 

Zulaika Birungi

Program Director – Uganda

UCU • B.A Social Work

Victoria Fruci

Outreach and Marketing Coordinator

Carleton • B.A Global and International Studies

Larissa Trochta

Lead Designer

BCIT • New Media Design and Web Development

Advisory board

Conrad Bellehumeur

Vice President, Government Affairs – Innovative Medicines Canada

Pamela Mbabazi

Executive Chair – National Planning Authority Uganda

Jennifer McCrae

Associate Vice President – CTRS Market Intelligence

Rubika Narula

Senior Customer Support Manager – LaunchTrip

Dana Fallis

Business Analyst – BC Canada, MBA Student – UBC

Haley Grewal

Director, Strategy and Finance – UpStation

Colin Mansell

CEO – SkillsUnion

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