Meet the Team

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, and the numerous volunteer boards associated with the Alumni Office.  She is passionate about bringing people together and advancing the Faculty’s priorities.

She has been working in the Faculty for nearly 25 years working in recruitment and admissions, fundraising and alumni relations.  Sonia received both her BASc and MASc from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry.

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.

Corina Gonsalves | Administrative Officer

corina.gonsalves@utoronto.ca| 416-978-8437

Corina is an accomplished and experienced Administrative professional who provides support to the U of T Engineering Advancement team. Corina worked as Executive Assistant supporting the Offices of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean, University of Toronto Scarborough; Executive Director, Enrolments & Registrar, downtown Toronto; President,  Victoria University in the University of Toronto, and many more.  Corina comes to us from a recent role as Office Manager at the Centre for International Experience and has more than 15 years of experience working in the Education, Banking and IT Services sectors.  Previously, Corina worked with the TD Bank Group as Executive Assistant supporting the Offices of Vice-Presidents in Enterprise Risk Management and Global IT Services.  She also worked at IBM Canada Ltd at their Head Office supporting two of their Vice Presidents and the CFO in Global Business Services.

She holds a degree in Commerce and has been trained at the University of Toronto on Administrative Management Systems.

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 | Associate Director of Development

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 strategic communications, digital engagement, and 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 as the external relations officer for the Division of Engineering Science, and has been with the Office of Advancement since 2016.

Sarah has had a diverse career in post-secondary education beginning her career at York University in 2000, specializing in student finance, followed by six years leading alumni relations, development, admissions, finance and student services at The 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.

Alexander Tin | Data & Reports Assistant

alexander.tin@utoronto.ca | 416-978-3788

Alex has over 10 years of experience in retail customer service and the foods sales industry.  He has a certificate in Art Fundamentals and a Diploma in Digital Media Arts from Seneca College.

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.