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.

Indi Gopinathan

CivE 9T6

Indi Gopinathan is a mining business analyst and strategist, with expertise in project economics and corporate marketing. She has unique experience across the mining industry life-cycle: through the exploration, project development and operating stages, and from the perspectives of engineering, logistics, information technology, finance and capital markets.

As a Consultant to the industry, Indi leads multi-disciplinary teams in project development and valuation. She works with clients on global mining project studies, development strategies and due diligence. In addition, she provides strategic investor relations and corporate development counsel to select clients.

Each fall, Indi teaches Mineral Economics as Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Outside of her professional capacity, she provides mentorship to undergraduate and alumni women in engineering, and ongoing career guidance to all of her students. Indi is a member of the Engineering Alumni Network Board and committee member of the BizSkule alumni program at the UofT, which brings together experts in topical and lively panel events.

Indi believes alumni play a critical role in enhancing the student academic experience by bringing their industry insights and networks to the curriculum.  In turn, engaged alumni have opportunities to learn about the latest in research and education programming at the Faculty, celebrate Skule accomplishments as a community, and make an impact on the next generation of engineers.

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

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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.