Meet the Team

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, Corporate & Foundation 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 | 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.

Emily Kakouris | Data and Reports Coordinator | 416-978-3788

Emily Kakouris head shotEmily works closely with the Advancement team to provide general administrative support in addition to compiling and organizing data on alumni engagement, volunteering, Graditude donations and events. Emily prides herself on her ability to accurately identify pinky ring sizes by sight (within half a size!) of engineering alumni who come into the office to replace their iron rings.

Prior to her current role, Emily worked as the lead receptionist and public programs assistant at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University. She has her BA (honours) in art history and an MA in art history from Queen’s University.

Adria Miller | Associate Director, Development | 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.

Stephanie Ordon | Senior Development Officer | 416-946-0204

Stephanie Ordon portraitStephanie supports the Faculty’s annual giving programs as well as major gift fundraising activities across the Faculty, with a focus on the Division of Engineering Science. Previously, Stephanie managed the Faculty’s signature alumni programs and events including Spring Reunion, Convocation, the Engineering Alumni Network’s Awards Dinner and the Alumni Mentorship Program.

Before coming to U of T, she led Habitat for Humanity GTA’s peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns as well as developed long-term engagement strategies for senior volunteers, donors and corporate partners. She holds degrees in history and political science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a master’s degree in international relations from York University.

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.

Steve Radbourn | Alumni Development 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.

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.

Sarah Steed | Online Alumni Engagement and Marketing Strategist | 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.

Adriano Vissa | Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships | 416-946-5004

Adriano Vissa

Adriano works with the Engineering partnerships team to identify and build high-value partnerships between the private sector and innovative research groups in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

As the newest member of the team, Adriano recently completed his PhD in biomedical engineering and biochemistry at the University of Toronto. He also served two years as co-president of Life Sciences Career Development Society, a graduate student-run initiative to bridge the gap between industry and academia. Prior to his scientific journey, Adriano held roles in two digital marketing firms, specializing in project management, marketing strategy and communications. His first non-academic role was an internship in the Italian Chamber of Commerce where he provided research and support for direct investment and distribution deals in the EU.

In addition to his PhD, Adriano also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an Honours Bachelor of Science from Concordia University.