Executive Board

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

Safdar Mahmood | President
ElecE 0T3 Safdar Mahmood headshotSafdar (Saf) Mahmood is the Managing Vice President for Pariveda, a leading management and technology consultancy, that expanded into Canada in 2019.  Saf leads Pariveda in the Toronto market with responsibilities including building their consulting capability, business development, client delivery and service, and generally expanding the Pariveda brand.  Prior to ParivedaSaf spent 17 years at Accenture, with his most recent role being a Partner in their Communications, Media and Technology (CMT) practice. He advised clients and led transformational programs around product development, operational efficiency, business strategy, process redesign and digital enablement.  He has lived and worked across North America, Europe and Australia, and has consulted with leading wireline, wireless, cable, and media companies through his career helping them solve some of their toughest business and technology problems.  Saf was also the executive sponsor for Accenture’s 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.  Saf is a proud ECE grad, and spends his spare time chasing after his three young children. He also enjoys travelling, keeping fit, and is also a voracious reader.   
Elias Kyriacou | Ex Officio

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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 | Co-Chair, EAN Awards Committee

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Isi 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.

Andrew Wong | Chair, EAN Nominations & Governance Committee

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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.

Liane Catalfo | Chair, EAN Student Engagement Committee

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Liane Catalfo head shotLiane is a life sciences and healthcare analytics expert at Deloitte, focused on supporting clients improve patient outcomes while increasing financial return and operational efficiency.  Sitting within Omnia AI, Deloitte’s Artificial Intelligence practice, Liane is recognized for her work in designing and implementing data analytics strategies, supporting pandemic response and recovery efforts through data modelling, and managing complex multi-stakeholder projects.  Prior to joining Deloitte, Liane worked within the pharmaceutical industry, focused on growing business unit revenue and driving an enterprise wide transformation towards becoming an insights driven organization.

While obtaining her Master of Engineering and Bachelors of Applied Science degrees from the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical Engineering, Liane fully embraced Skule™ life.  She was on the Executive Committee for ChemClub, was actively involved in competing and organizing engineering competitions (UTEK, OEC, CEC), and participated in many intramural sports, with innertube waterpolo being her favourite.  She remains a member of University of Toronto’s Masters swim team.

Grateful for the impact that the University of Toronto community has had on her professional and personal life, Liane provides mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students, has facilitated seminars for first year undergraduate courses, and led the BizSkule Career Series, a series showcasing engineering leadership in business for students and young engineering alumni.  She enjoys engaging with, and bringing together, students and alumni within the University of Toronto Engineering community.

Mehran Hydary | Chair, EAN Alumni Engagement Committee

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Mehran Hydary head shotMehran is a Canadian electrical engineering graduate from the University of Toronto.

He has spent the last few years specializing in blockchain and web development. During his time at Deloitte as an engagement manager, he worked closely with clients, developers, and designers to ship production-grade web products. In addition to delivering product, Mehran was responsible for scaling the blockchain practice at Deloitte.

Currently, Mehran is a product lead at UNICEF Innovation. In his role as product lead, he is creating cutting-edge products on the Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains so that UN agencies around the world can utilize blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies effectively and seamlessly. Some of his projects include: Crypto Fund and The Atrium.

In his free time Mehran enjoys diving into fitness (running and olympic lifting), fashion, and music (hip-hop and r&b). He recently picked up painting and is hoping to get one of his paintings in a museum in the near future.

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