Meet the Team

Georgette Zinaty | Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations

georgette.zinaty@utoronto.ca |416-946-3449

Georgette leads the integration of the master, academic and strategic planning for the University as well as develops innovative strategies that inspire and engage our alumni and donor communities.

She leads and mentors a large senior staff team while supporting the needs and priorities of Chairs, Vice Deans and the Dean.

Prior to her current role, Georgette has served as the Executive Director of Alumni Relations for the Scarborough campus for eight years, the Director of University Awards and Honours from 2008 to 2010 and the Director of Advancement and Research from 2004 to 2008.

During her decades of experience with the University, Georgette has rejuvenated and refocused campaigns such as Planned Giving leading to better efficiency and higher results. Her work on the Boundless campaign has resulted in record-breaking levels of donor support and participation.

She holds a MASc from Henley Business School and an MBA in Marketing and Strategic HR from the University of Liverpool.

Sonia De Buglio | Director of Alumni Relations

sonia.debuglio@utoronto.ca | 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.

Katherine Danks | Administrative Officer, Advancement

katherine.danks@utoronto.ca | 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.

Meysam Delavari | Interim Advancement Events Officer

meysam.delavari@utoronto.ca | 416-978-4941

Meysam is an Event Planner and Operations Specialist with over ten years of experience. He has held positions in higher education, conference planning and student travel-tourism industries. Meysam comes to us from a recent role as Planner of Alumni Events in the Division of Advancement at York University. Previously Meysam worked as an Event Coordinator on the Events and Ceremonials team and the President’s Office within York University.

Throughout his roles, Meysam has been critical in helping in the execution of university events and worldwide student-travel tour programs while improving stakeholder experience and satisfaction. Meysam brings extensive experience with pre-event planning, on-site event management and post-event reporting.

Adria Miller | Associate Director, Development

adria.miller@utoronto.ca | 416-946-0566

Adria is an experienced fundraiser with over a decade of experience in strategic planning, leadership and aligning donors personal philanthropic goals with institutional priorities. She is a senior member of the major gifts team and works closely on key Faculty-wide initiatives as well as focused support for the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) and the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering (CivMin).

Adria has spent her fundraising career serving the arts/culture and social service sectors, and most recently working with major gift donors and senior volunteers at United Way Greater Toronto. She is happiest when collaborating with board members, advancement peers, academic leadership and donors to deliver transformational impact that advances the organization.

Tina Ni | Donor Relations Officer

tina.ni@utoronto.ca | 416-978-0204

Tina’ role is to focus on supporting donor recognition and stewardship with a focus on the $25K-$1M including supporting plans and events, ensuring financial accountability as well as providing support related to reporting and data management.

Tina has over ten years’ experience on planning and managing events, programs, business workshops, presentations, conferences, international trade missions, banquets and meetings for business executives, academics and government leaders.

Prior to join Engineering, Tina worked as Alumni Development Coordinator at UTSC, and Program Coordinator at Rotman Executive Program. She also held several positions with the Canada China Business Council, where she was a key member for events and missions such as the Canadian Prime Minister visit to China, Canada China Economic Forum, and Canada Pavilion at 2010 Shanghai Expo.

Kristin Philpot | Senior Development Officer – Leadership Giving

kristin.philpot@utoronto.ca | 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.

Steve Radbourn | Alumni Development Officer

steve.radbourn@utoronto.ca | 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 ten 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.

Sarah Steed | Online Alumni Engagement and Marketing Strategist

sarah.steed@utoronto.ca | 416-978-1226

Sarah manages the online alumni community U of T Engineering CONNECT, uniting graduates with each other, current news and research, students, faculty, industry partners and staff. She began her work at U of T Engineering in 2008. Her prior role was as the external relations officer for the Division of Engineering Science.

Sarah has been in post-secondary service for 17 years beginning her career at York University in 2000 in student finance, followed by six years directing alumni relations, admissions, finance and student service management at Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She holds a bachelor of arts in fine arts cultural studies and has a post-graduate certificate in marketing from York University.

Rekha Wijayaratna | Senior Development Officer

rekha.wijayaratna@utoronto.ca | 416-946-0372

Rekha is an accomplished development professional with over 7 years of experience in the cultural and healthcare sectors, including previous positions held at Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation Royal Ontario Museum and the Canadian Cancer Society . She is a well-rounded fundraiser with specialized experience in major gifts, events and corporate sponsorships with a genuine interest in building and advancing relationships that are beneficial to large and complex institutions. As a Senior Development Officer, she is responsible for building strategic relationships, growing industry partnerships and securing inspired support for the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto.

As an alum, Rekha is passionate about the University and the immense potential of philanthropy to transform learning outcomes for students and the Faculty.