Here’s the team! We’re a motley crew. And when we get together, really cool shit happens — we’re thrilled to share it with you through RUDE.


Emilie Nicolas

Emilie is doing her PhD in anthropology and brings an extra critical edge to our RUDE conversations. Emilie is an anti-racism activist, and the founder of Quebec Inclusif. She’s a Montrealer with the most kick-ass prints in her wardrobe and is also a superb chef!


Daniella Barreto

Daniella is one of RUDE’s co-hosts and our overzealous branding boss. She works in the nonprofit space in digital activism and has a background in epidemiology and public health. She’s a photographer, anti-racist queer activist, and low-key troublemaker who has a really hard time not wearing black.


Michael Lipset

Michael is a RUDE co-host and our phenomenal audio engineer— the person who makes the podcast sound so damn pro. Mike is an ex-rapper and PhD candidate upsetting the setup that upsets students and sets our youth up for failure. Basically, he builds the schools you wish you went to!


Kara Sheppard-Jones

As RUDE’s producer, Kara keeps us on track and gets shit done. She’s also a networking queen! She’s a social innovation geek with type A tendencies who counter-balances things with spontaneous dance parties and lots of laughing (too loud at times).


Nicole Leaver

I’m a feminist researcher with a lowbrow sense of humour and existential tendencies. I am starting my PhD in September which probably won’t help with the latter. I have a lot to say about alternative and post-capitalist economies, radical left politics, and the ethics of AI.


I’m a raccoon.

Here to make things look SYMMETRICAL! And because RACCOONS are kinda rude.