Rotman Commerce Alumni Steering Committee

The Rotman Commerce Alumni Steering Committee is a group of engaged and committed graduates who work with the Advancement Office to provide direction and support in the continued growth of the Rotman Commerce alumni network and the development of alumni-specific initiatives for the Rotman Commerce community.

The Committee is comprised of alumni from various industries and graduation years. Membership is by application and members are selected based on their volunteer experience with the program, the current composition of the Alumni Steering Committee, and the types of projects that are underway.

Members of the Committee serve a two-year term, and participate in the community on a regular basis through meetings and events. Terms begin in March and the application period closes on January 31 of each year.

We invite all interested graduates to apply to make an impact on your alumni experience.

The 2019/20 Alumni Steering Committee

Yu Cao, BCom '15, Chair

Yu graduated from Rotman Commerce in 2015 with a Specialist in Accounting and Minor in Economics. He started his career in investment banking at BMO Capital Markets before moving to Barclays as an Associate. He was actively involved in student life including serving on the executive team for RCAS, RCBB and Toastmasters. In his senior year, Yu also worked with Program Office to successfully launch the inaugural Emerging Leaders Program in 2015. Yu was a recipient of the Gordon Cressy Leadership Award and Director’s Award for Innovation at graduation.

Alavy Anam, BCom ’16

Alavy graduated from Rotman Commerce in June 2016 with a Specialist in Accounting and Minor in Economics. Subsequently, he completed the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from the Rotman School of Management and started working for KPMG Canada in Technology Risk Consulting in the same year. He completed his CPA designation in July 2019 and joined RBC a month later as a Manager in Enterprise Hedge Accounting.

He has been actively involved in the RC community – he was a member of the RC First Year Learning Community while in school and later became a Mentor in the RC Alumni Mentorship Program.

In his leisure time, he often watches soccer and basketball games. He also enjoys writing short stories as a hobby and is an avid reader of the fantasy genre.

Rohan Anand, BCom ’12

Rohan Anand is an alumnus of University College at the University of Toronto and graduated from the Rotman Commerce program in 2012 with a specialist in Finance & Economics. Rohan built his career in the financial services industry with various roles at both American Express Bank of Canada and the TD Bank Financial Group. With more than five years in the credit card and payments space, he has recently ventured into Real Estate Secured Lending and is currently Senior Manager, Product where he has ownership and accountability over TD’s RESL products (mortgages, flexlines), their P&Ls, their features, and their end to end customer experience.

Alberto Berumen, BCom ’17

Alberto is a Corporate Banking Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He graduated from Rotman Commerce (Finance & Economics) and Trinity College in 2017. Prior to joining BAML, he was a Rotational Analyst at Manulife Asset Management, based out of Toronto and London, UK. During his time at U of T, he was a mentor with First-Year Learning Communities, Interns Manager with U of T Sports & Business (UTSB), as well as a Teaching Assistant for a 2nd year MBA course.

Joseph Chang, BCom ’15

Joseph is an Investment Banking Analyst at RBC Capital Markets’ Real Estate Group where he focuses on the execution, underwriting and due diligence considerations of asset acquisitions and dispositions in portfolio and M&A transactions; he was previously an Equity Research Associate at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets where he covered Real Estate and REITs. Joseph has completed all three levels of the CFA program. Having served initially as a marketing intern and later as a Vice President of the Rotman Commerce Finance Association and student ambassador in 2014, Joseph was heavily involved in Rotman Commerce’s student life activities during his undergraduate studies. Joseph is also active in the community, currently serving as a director in the Young Taiwanese Merchant’s Association of Toronto.

Christine Chen, BCom ’06

Christine Chen is the Vice President, Rates/Swap Trading at HSBC Global Banking and Markets. She has more than 10 years of trading experience in Interest Rate Derivatives, Fixed Income, MM, and FX. International working experience in Toronto, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei. She is fluent in Mandarin and is an expert in Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters Eikon. Christine has been a mentor in the Rotman Commerce Alumni Mentorship Program for several years and is currently a 2020 Executive MBA candidate from Rotman School of Managemet.

Arjun Deiva, BCom ’16

Arjun graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016 with a specialist in Finance & Economics. He is interested in capital markets, finance and is currently pursuing his CFA Designation. During his time at school, he worked with RC Assistant Professor, Pat Akey, on a research project to better understand shareholder voting and incentives to vote. Additionally, Arjun volunteered in Kenya for four months in 2014 as a micro-finance project coordinator to help develop and implement a self-sustaining community insurance program for low income families. Arjun is currently a Consultant at FactSet Research Systems Inc., in Toronto.

Leslie Fang, BCom ’14

Leslie is working in the real estate investments team at BentallGreenOak (Canada) Limited Partnership, an international real estate private equity firm and a Sun Life Capital Management Company. As a part of the investments team, Leslie is responsible for the acquisition, disposition and development of BentallGreenOak’s Canadian assets. Prior to joining BGO, Leslie worked at TD’s real estate debt team focusing on acquisition and development finance. Leslie is a CFA charterholder and an alumnus of the University of Toronto, Trinity College class of 2014. During his time at the U of T, Leslie held several leadership roles in a number of student organizations such as the Hart House Investment Club and Rotman Dragon Boat Team. Leslie has been working with Rotman students as part of the Alumni Mentorship program for the past few years and was the co-chair for the Admissions & Recruitment committee. Leslie is excited to continue to assume an active role in the Alumni Steering Committee in the 2019-20 year.

Evelyn Foo, BCom ’87

Evelyn launched her own consulting firm specializing in strategic, operation, risk and governance for investment funds in 2019. Her career spans more than 25 years in the investment funds industry with progressive senior leadership roles at both public and private banks and asset management organizations. She received her designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant after graduating from Rotman Commerce. Evelyn has been involved with volunteering with Rotman Commerce through the mentor coffee breaks, Women in Leadership and the Steering Committee for the past three years. She is looking forward to engaging and expanding the Alumni experience at Rotman Commerce.

Michael Francella, BCom ’07

Michael is an Associate Investment Advisor with RBC Wealth Management (RBC Dominion Securities) where he is responsible for investment portfolio and risk management processes. Michael’s efforts to deliver the highest levels of performance and professionalism have earned him various distinctions within the RBC Royal Bank community, including the 2017 RBC National Performance Award.

His time in Rotman Commerce was highlighted by representing Rotman at the Rocky Mountain Business Conference and being the Director of Operations for the 2005 and 2006 orientation weeks. He was also part of the Rotman buddy program and transitioned this experience into becoming a mentor upon graduation. He looks forward to communicating the unique opportunities, values, and character of Rotman Commerce to applicants and the alumni community at large.

Marvin Halili, BCom ‘17

Marvin Halili is an Investment Analyst for Manulife Asset Management’s Value Team. He graduated from Rotman Commerce in 2017 with a specialist in Finance & Economics. Marvin was actively involved in Rotman Commerce and business groups within U of T having spent multiple years in a variety of leadership roles across various student groups, including three years in the Rotman Commerce Marketing Association. Marvin continues to be a part of the Rotman Commerce community, volunteering his time to attend events and mentor students any chance he gets.

Wendy He, BCom ’14

Wendy is currently an Investment Finance Real Estate Analyst at the CPPIB. While in Rotman Commerce, she held positions in student groups such as Rotman Commerce Accounting Society and Rotman Commerce Women in Business. Additionally, she participated and won several business case competitions, including a national case competition at the University of Alberta Rocky Mountain Business Seminar held in Fairmont Jasper Resort. Wendy is very excited to be part of the steering committee and is looking forward to make positive changes in the Rotman Commerce Community.

Mulhim Khan, BCom ’09 – Calgary Regional Rep

Mulhim is a business development professional with SemGroup, a midstream company operating hundreds of kilometers of oil and gas pipelines, almost a dozen processing plants and Houston area terminal facilities. He is currently responsible for developing new midstream infrastructure in the Montney formation in Alberta and British Columbia. This runs the gamut from idea generation, analyzing investment opportunities, fostering relationships with producer management and developing the commercial components of each project to Final Investment Decision. Mulhim is a Chartered Professional Accountant and started his career at Deloitte & Touche.

While a student in the Rotman Commerce program, Mulhim helped re-establish the Rotman Commerce Consulting Association from its predecessor the ODA, as its President in 2008-09. He was also involved in the Rotman Commerce Accounting Society as its Director of Events in 2007-08, and played on a host of intramural sports. While out of the office, He is a non-commissioned officer with the King’s Own Calgary Regiment, training and mentoring new reservists for life in the military. Outside of professional and military pursuits he can be found at the local rink playing hockey or surfing in the Caribbean.

Bryn Knox, BCom ’04

Bryn is currently Head of Finance at BenchSci, a biotech startup using AI to assist scientific researchers, which was founded at the University of Toronto and graduated from the Creative Destruction Lab. While at U of T, Bryn was a member of the University of Toronto Entrepreneurs’ Club participating in organizing an Entrepreneurs’ Speakers Series, helping student entrepreneurs and representing U of T at case competitions. Bryn has been a member of the Rotman Commerce Alumni Steering Committee since 2012 and an active member in the Rotman community through his participation in networking receptions, alumni events and socials.

Shifei Li, BCom ’14 - Vancouver Regional Rep

Shifei is a Corporate Development Analyst at Rocky Mountaineer, working on acquisitions and partnerships with a tourism focus. While at U of T, Shifei was closely involved with the Liquid Assets Dragon Boat Team and the Rotman Commerce Student Association. Shifei is also an alumni mentor and is passionate about growing the Rotman Commerce community.

Alex Livshits, BCom ’08 – Calgary Regional Rep

Alex is a supply chain professional with Royal Dutch Shell, currently responsible for growing supply chain value at Foothills gas assets in Alberta and optimizing maintenance and environmental service categories in Shell’s Unconventionals business in North America and Argentina. He is also a chair of Shell Canada’s Parents Committee and actively volunteers with the Calgary Corporate Challenge. As a student, Alex volunteered in various Commerce-related events and was a Co-President of UofT Russian Speaking Association. He also occasionally wrote for the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy newsletter.

Alex is very excited to support the growth of Commerce Alumni Calgary chapter, a city (recently voted by the Economist as the 4th most livable city on the planet) that is often overlooked by students who are about to make a transition to a workplace. Outside of work, Alex has great passion for the great outdoors which he shares with his wife and 1-year old son.

Ryan Ma, BCom ’08 – Vancouver Regional Rep

Ryan Ma is the Vice President, Corporate Finance at KPMG Canada. In his role, KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. provides mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures services to public and private companies, government entities, pension funds, and private equity investors.

Michael Mangat, BCom ’05

Michael Mangat is a Project Manager with eHealth Ontario working in Account Management, Connecting South-West Ontario Region. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), ITIL Foundations and Lean Green Belt. By working with stakeholders across Ontario, Michael is focused on leveraging technology to implement an integrated electronic health record (EHR), giving health care professionals secure and timely access to patient health information.This enables improved access, improved value and improved safety to deliver better care throughout the health care system.

Mouhib Nourallah, BCom ’17

Mouhib Nourallah is an Analyst in the Corporate Sales & Structuring Group at BMO Capital Markets. He graduated from Rotman Commerce in 2017 with a specialist in Finance & Economics. Mouhib was actively involved in the Rotman Commerce Law Association as Director of Corporate Relations, as a Teaching Assistant for 2nd and 4th year Finance courses, and in the initiation of the Rotman Peer-to-Peer Mentorship program. Currently, Mouhib is a Class Champion representing the class of 2017.

John Power, BCom ’86

John has been CEO of Longview Solutions since 2007. In this role, John is responsible for driving Longview’s product and technology vision, as well as all strategic initiatives focused on accelerating Longview’s growth and profitability.

John joined Longview in 1996 and has held a variety of executive management roles. Prior to joining Longview Solutions, he was the Director of Strategic Technology Planning for Southam Inc., where he was responsible for strategic technology initiatives and for managing corporate technology. John has also held leadership roles with Andersen Consulting (Accenture), where he was responsible for managing large systems integration projects in the Canadian financial services industry.

John graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree. He has been involved as an alumni volunteer providing guidance to Rotman students for the last two years and in 2016 joined the Alumni Steering Committee. He volunteers as a coach in the North Toronto Basketball League and lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

John Shi, BCom ’17

Jingze John Shi is an entrepreneur in the education-tech field. During university, he co-founded Uforse Educaton Group with Zifei Han, a U of T alum with a strong computer science and data analytics background. Uforse Education is dedicated to helping secondary school students with academic transition to university. So far, his team has helped over 2000 students across three offices located in the GTA. In order to motivate students toward leadership and volunteerism, Uforse has set up a scholarship at Rotman Commerce. His team’s mission is to help all secondary students find their true path through tutoring, mentoring, and advising services. John is also an Alumni Mentor at Rotman Commerce who is passionate about sharing his experience and insights.

Christian Stan, BCom '15 - London (UK) Regional Rep

Christian is working in London (UK) as a commercial and M&A analyst at Genius Sports Group, a global leader in sports data technology (APAX Partners Portfolio – Tech & Telco Fund), and is responsible for commercial strategy and execution, as well as M&A valuations and deal process. Prior to joining Genius Sports, Christian worked as a management consultant at Allianz Consulting in Munich (Germany) on global strategy projects.

Christian is a CFA charterholder and alumnus of the University of Toronto – Woodsworth College class of 2015. Christian graduated from the Rotman Commerce program in three years, having  also attended Mannheim Business School on exchange in his last semester. During his time at the University of Toronto, Christian founded and captained the Rotman Commerce intramural soccer team and captained the Woodsworth intramural soccer team. In addition, Christian held leadership roles in a number of student organizations such as the University of Toronto Energy Fair and the Woodsworth College Orientation Week.

Hailey Vasyliw, BCom ’14

Hailey is an alumna at the University of Toronto, Trinity College class of 2014. She graduated from Rotman Commerce with a specialist in Finance & Economics. Hailey held leadership roles with the Rotman Commerce Finance Association, the Rotman Commerce Consulting Association, the Rotman Commerce Students’ Association and was President of Rotman Commerce Woman In Business in her final year. Hailey also worked part-time with the Rotman Commerce Student Life department throughout her time at Rotman. Hailey was the inaugural recipient of HSBC’s Women in Business Leadership Award and is also a recipient of a Gordon Cressy Leadership Award as well as a Rotman Commerce Director’s Award for Leadership. Hailey interned with HSBC as an analyst in Commercial Banking and Debt Capital Markets and started her full-time career at Walmart Canada where she is now an Associate Category Manager.

Be a member of the Rotman Commerce Alumni Steering Committee! The application period is open from December 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.