Executive Board

The Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Executive Board works to maintain strong ties between alumni and Skule™. Learn more about our members below.

Teo Dechev | President

GeoE 9T6

TEO DECHEV

Teo has extensive experience in the capital markets through positions held at investment banks in Canada. Her career has covered institutional equity research, corporate finance and merger and acquisitions focused primarily on the mineral resources sector and technology sector. Prior to joining Mundoro Capital, Teo worked in investment banking advising primarily resource companies for financings, IPOs and mergers and acquisitions mandates. Throughout her investment banking career she has participated in financings for over half a billion dollars to fund companies at various stages.

Teo earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, a Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering in Geological & Mineral Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed Professional Engineer in both British Columbia and Ontario. As a U of T student, she was involved in the Hart House Debating Club and worked with Cominco (now Teck) to complete a research report on the consumption of zinc as an indicator for industrial production for her undergrad thesis.

She believes it’s important for alumni to contribute to the institutions and community that were the basis for their success in order to provide direct feedback between industry and the education community to ensure future graduates are meeting the demands of their chosen fields. Her advice to students is to be creative and collaborative and remember that what you create or innovate needs economic viability and sustainability.

Elias Kyriacou | Ex Officio

ChemE 7T6

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Elias is an auditor in the nuclear business of Ontario Power Generation. He previously held a number of engineering and operations positions in Ontario’s chemical industry, and has also done financial work for the then Ontario Hydro. He is a previous vice-president of the University of Toronto’s Engineering Alumni Network (EAN), during which time he was a member of the nominations committee and student club funding committee and oversaw the student portfolio. He is past president of the Engineering Alumni Network Executive Board.

In 2011, he received a University of Toronto Arbor Award for working to build stronger relationships between alumni and the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. In addition to volunteering for the EAN, he has been involved for many years in the education field with the Toronto District School Board and with a private school system.

Elias encourages alumni to stay involved in Skule because they have expertise that can help departments or the Faculty maintain or improve their reputation as an exceptional institution. He gains fulfillment from supporting future engineers and helping them succeed as students, as well as after they graduate and enter the real world. As networking is becoming more and more important in career enhancement, Elias believes that the extent and strength of the network depends a great deal on alumni.

Isi Caulder

EngSci 8T9, ElecE MASc 9T1

Portrait of alumna Isi CaulderIsi is a partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP, one of Canada’s leading intellectual property law firms. She practices in all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on helping high technology clients secure and license patent rights for a wide variety of electrical, computer, and mechanical related inventions. While in law school, Isi was awarded the McCarthy, Tétrault Prize for academic excellence and the Bereskin & Parr Prize in Intellectual Property. Prior to attending law school at the University of Toronto, Isi graduated with honours from U of T’s Engineering Science (EngSci) program (electrical option), obtained a master’s degree in the field of algebraic control systems with Professor Murray Wonham (ECE) and worked briefly in the power engineering and telecommunications fields.

In addition to being a member of the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association Executive Board, Isi is a member of the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Honours and Awards Committee representing the EngSci and a recipient of the University of Toronto Arbor Award. She also mentors student startups at The Entrepreneurship Hatchery, assists companies at the IMPACT Centre, speaks at Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Girl’s Leadership in Engineering Experience (GLEE) events. She also coordinates regular EngSci Alumni Drinks events in Toronto.

As an undergraduate and graduate student at U of T Engineering, Isi fully enjoyed Skule™ life, including contributing to the Toike Oike, playing endless euchre at SUDS, writing for The Varsity newspaper, volunteering at U of T’s radio station CIUT and representing U of T Engineering on the University of Toronto Students’ Union (SAC). She enjoys encouraging alumni to connect with each other and to get involved in the many stimulating and engaging activities at the University of Toronto.

David Cheung

CivE 1T1 + PEY

David is passionate about making improvements to processes and organizations as a business-oriented engineer. He is currently a supply chain manager at Procter & Gamble (P&G) and has experience working on a number of P&G’s billion dollar brands and with top Canadian customers.

David believes there is a lot of value and opportunity for alumni to help improve the Skule™ community and experience for students. He was the chair of the Alumni Mentorship Program for three years. In the role, David tripled the size of the program and turned the focus of the program on growing the mentorship culture at Skule™.

While at U of T Engineering, David held a number of leadership roles within the Engineering Society including president, vice-president academic and Hi-Skule™ director. In addition to this, he was also involved in Orientation Week, University of Toronto Emergency First Responders and the Ontario Engineering Competition Advisory Board.

In his spare time, David likes to travel, eat, and play hockey and ultimate Frisbee.

Vesna Gmazel

ChemE 8T9, MEng 9T6

Vesna is a risk management professional, with extensive experience across various industries, including financial services, manufacturing and utilities. Currently with TD, she has worked in both large and small financial institutions, where she has focused primarily on credit risk within consumer banking to deliver innovative business solutions that optimize portfolio risk-return, align with regulatory requirements and contribute to a great customer experience. Prior to financial services, Vesna spent a work-term at a Canadian diplomatic mission, following an earlier career in environmental engineering and risk management.

A triple alumna of the University of Toronto, Vesna has a Rotman MBA, a graduate degree in environmental engineering and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. In addition to participating on the U of T Engineering Alumni Network Executive Board, she currently sits on another alumni board, is actively involved in several industry and community organizations, and has recently taken up folk dancing.

Vesna believes in the value of remaining connected to the people, communities and institutions that have been instrumental and formative in our life, not only to acknowledge their impact and to bring back the benefit of experience, but also to enrich and strengthen the future experiences and relevance for all.

Paul Graham

MechE 0T2 + PEY

Paul Graham

Paul works in the supply chain group within the Base Metals Marketing Department at Vale‘s corporate office in Toronto. He began his career with Vale (previously Inco) in Sudbury as a fourth-year U of T Engineering student, where he earned his P.Eng designation. He then transferred to a Vale refinery in Port Colborne, where he held various roles including supervising the engineering department and overseeing capital projects while earning an MBS from Brock University in 2012.

Paul enjoyed full immersion in the engineering culture at U of T, serving in the Engineering Society (EngSoc) as first-year chair, F!rosh handbook co-editor, VP-external, VP-activities (orientation chair), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) club co-chair, Students’ Administrative Council (SAC) engineering rep, Engineering Archivist, Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario (ESSCO) president, EAN web admin, chief of BFC, Skule™ Nite master carpenter and stage crew member. He was also involved in the Lady Godiva Memorial Bnad, the Blue & Gold Committee, the Cannon Guard, the U of T Concrete Canoe club and the Skule™ rugby team, among other sports teams. He received numerous U of T awards, including the Gordon Cressy Leadership Award and the Engineering Society Skule™ Cannon Award for extra-curricular involvement in 2003, the Engineering Society Centennial Award in 2000, and the Engineering Class of 5T6 Merit Award in 1999.

He believes alumni involvement is important to help build on the traditions and experiences for students. As a member of the EAN Executive Board, he hopes to contribute in ways that improve the undergraduate experience and transition to alumni that will lead to success in all aspects of life. His advice to students is to remember that formal education is only beginning, and encourages them to find things they are passionate about and pursue them.

Safdar Mahmood

ElecE 0T3

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Safdar “Saf” Mahmood is a partner and managing director in Accenture’s Communications, Media and Technology (CMT) practice. He advises clients and leads transformational programs around product development, operational efficiency, business strategy, process redesign and digital enablement.

Throughout his 13 year career at Accenture, he has lived and worked across North America, Europe and Australia, and has consulted with leading wireline, wireless and cable operators, helping them solve some of their toughest business and technology problems. He now lives in Toronto, and is part of the Canadian CMT leadership team, managing several key accounts and client relationships.

Safdar has also been the executive sponsor for Accenture Consulting, recruiting at the University of Toronto for several years, sponsoring recruiting events, running case competitions and presenting to students. He especially enjoys reconnecting with U of T Engineering students and alumni. He is also active in the startup community in Toronto, having advised several ventures.

Safdar is a proud ECE grad, and spends his spare time chasing after his three young children. He also enjoys travelling, running and keeping fit.

Andrew Wong

CivE 9T0

Andrew Wong portrait

Andrew is a lawyer with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt whose practice includes work in international and Canadian construction law and infrastructure matters including project planning and related corporate advice, risk assessment and procurement issues. His project experience includes advising on public-private partnerships and alternative financing and procurement.

His work includes reviewing, negotiating and drafting project agreements, EPC contracts, design-build agreements, construction agreements, tender and request for proposal documents, architectural service agreements, engineering service and consulting agreements, construction management agreements, and other related corporate/commercial and technical agreements including joint venture agreements, development agreements, purchase orders, operation and maintenance agreements and supply agreements. Andrew also provides construction lien advice.