Meet the Team

Gillian Sneddon | Executive Director of Advancement | 416-946-3449

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Gillian works closely with Dean Cristina Amon, senior stakeholders and the Engineering Campaign Executive on alumni engagement, faculty relations and the generation of philanthropic investment for U of T Engineering.

Prior to U of T, she spent seven years as the director of development for the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London, Ont. She has also spent many years working in healthcare philanthropy. Gillian is a graduate in history from Western University, as well as a certified communications and public relations professional from Humber College.

Sonia De Buglio | Director of Alumni Relations | 416-946-8143

Sonia provides leadership and vision to a team of alumni relations professionals, the Engineering Alumni Association and all regional alumni chapters. Sonia also leads the Faculty’s annual fund efforts.

She has been working in the Faculty for 18 years and received both her BASc and MASc from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry.

Allison Brown | Director, Foundation and Corporate Partnerships | 416-978-7890

Allison Brown portraitAllison connects industry leaders and foundations with academic expertise within U of T Engineering to build collaborative and innovative research initiatives.

Prior to her current role, Allison was a senior consultant at Decision Resources Group, a global management consulting firm. She has also held several leadership positions in commercialization and strategic partnerships at the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, a national Centre of Excellence in technology commercialization and advanced manufacturing solutions for the cell therapy industry. Allison began her career at a medical device startup spun out of her alma mater, U of T.

She holds a BASc (Honours) in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Institute for Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering.

Anne Marie Burlon | Administrative Officer – Camp 1 Iron Ring | 416-946-3281

Anne Marie manages all inquiries related to the Senior Iron Ring Ceremony, which is held in the spring of each year for individuals who have completed their undergraduate engineering degree outside of Canada and wish to obtain their iron ring.

In addition to the administration of online ring orders, Anne Marie is responsible for handling general inquiries regarding the replacement of iron rings through the Camp One Iron ring website at

Katherine Danks – Administrative Officer, Advancement | 416-978-8437

Katherine Danks portraitKatherine works closely with the Advancement team on donation submissions and development support.

Prior to joining U of T Engineering, she ran her own business as a consultant in learning and development, and before that was an account executive and new business supervisor for a large multinational advertising agency.

Katherine has a B.F.A. from York University and a certificate in Adult Training and Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Deirdre R. Gomes (On Leave) | Development Officer, Stewardship & Donor Relations | 416-978-0380

Deirdre provides strategic direction of stewardship and donor relations activities for senior leadership in the Engineering Advancement Office.

Prior to joining U of T, she worked at Pathways to Education where she created programs to engage donors and promote philanthropy. Deirdre has over seven years of experience in communications, donor relations and project management in the public and private sectors.

She holds a degree in journalism from Ryerson University and is currently wrapping up a master’s degree in education at the University of Toronto.

Illan Kramer | Director of Corporate, Government & International Partnerships | 416-978-6990

Illan KramerIllan seeks out commonalities between corporate strategic priorities and the academic expertise of U of T Engineering professors to spur collaborative research.

He holds a BASc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo and a MEng in electronics from McGill University. He worked for Teradyne designing high-frequency electronic circuits before joining Professor Edward H. Sargent’s group at U of T to pursue a PhD in electrical engineering, focusing on developing and optimizing architectures for colloidal quantum dot photovoltaic devices.

Before taking on his current role in 2015, he held a postdoctoral fellowship through the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) at IBM Canada’s Research and Development Centre, where he worked on translating lab-scale photovoltaic discoveries into manufacturable solutions.

Jennifer Lancaster | Director of Development | 416-978-7210

Jennifer provides leadership, strategy and management for the Faculty’s fundraising and donor stewardship team as part of the senior management team. She leads major gift fundraising activities for the Faculty in Asia-Pacific, the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) and the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead). Additionally, Jennifer manages campaign committees in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, as well as the MIE Board of Advisors, working closely with senior volunteers to support fundraising priorities.

Prior to joining U of T, she worked at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and Evergreen. Jennifer has over 13 years of experience working on philanthropic initiatives.

Stephanie Ordon | Alumni Relations Officer | 416-978-4941

Stephanie Ordon portraitStephanie manages a variety of programs and events including Spring Reunion, Convocation, the Engineering Alumni Association Awards Dinner, Iron Ring Ceremony and the Alumni Mentorship Program. She also provides ongoing support to volunteers of boards and committees, including Engineering Alumni Association’s Honours and Awards, Alumni Mentorship Program and Skule™ Ambassadors.

Prior to joining U of T, Stephanie worked at Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area where she planned and executed signature fundraising events as well as developed long-term cultivation and stewardship strategies for key leadership volunteers, donors and sponsors.

She holds degrees in history and political science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a master’s degree in international relations from York University.

Shannon Osborne | Development Officer, Stewardship & Donor Relations | 416-978-0380

Shannon Osborne portrait photoShannon provides strategic direction of stewardship and donor relations activities for senior leadership in the Engineering Advancement Office. She is on secondment to the Advancement team from her role as the External Relations and Student Life Liaison in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering.

Shannon has worked at U of T Engineering for 10 years with experience in advancement, recruitment, admissions and student life.

She holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s of Education from the University of Toronto.

Steve Radbourn | Alumni Engagement & Programs Officer | 416-978-4274

Steve_RadbournSteve provides support in managing the various engaged alumni boards and committees within the Faculty. This includes providing support to the Engineering Alumni Association (EAA), BizSkule Committee, Skule™ Lunch & Learn Committee, and regional chapters of the EAA. He also manages various engagement events to support alumni initiatives, as well as sitting on committees to provide funding and awards to students and clubs.

Steve has eight years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, including at George Brown College and the Canadian Opera Company.

He holds degrees in communications and English from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a post-graduate certificate in event management from Conestoga College.

Kristin Philpot | Senior Development Officer – Leadership Giving | 416-946-7827

Kristin raises funds for the Faculty through the Skule™ Society ($1,000 to $25,000) and annual giving. She also leads special fundraising initiatives, such as reunion drives, class giving and other group philanthropy campaigns.

She has more than 15 years of experience working in the charitable not-for-profit sector including Habitat for Humanity GTA, Canadian Feed the Children, Plan Canada and more.

Jusep Sim | Senior Development Officer – Major Gifts | 416-946-0204

Jusep fundraises for the Division of Engineering Science and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), and supports the Young Alumni Board at the University of Toronto.

He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and has worked in fundraising for several years after a successful career in the financial services industry.

Caitie Spears | Associate Director, Development | 416-946-0372

Caitie Spears portraitCaitie is a senior member of the major gifts team and provides strategic advice on Faculty-wide initiatives. She works with academic leadership on fundraising initiatives in support of key priorities for The Edward S Rogers Sr Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Institute for Biomedical & Biomaterials Engineering (IBBME). Additionally, she leads major gift activities in California on behalf of the Faculty.

Caitie has spent most of her fundraising career in health care, working with major gift donors and volunteers at Trillium Health Partners Foundation and the Oakville Hospital Foundation. Prior to beginning her fundraising career, Caitie worked in project management in the financial services industry.

Tom Vosper | Senior Development Officer – Major Gifts | 416-946-0566

Tom leads fundraising initiatives in support of key priorities for the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and the Faculty’s Entrepreneurship Hatchery.

He has over 15 years of experience working in the charitable not-for-profit sector.