Current Team

Meet the members of the Ryerson University Finance Society for 2021-2022!
Executives | Operations and IT | Finance | Battle on Bay | Events | Corporate Relations | Marketing

Executives

Ali Akbar Alibhai

President

My name is Ali Akbar Alibhai, I am a fourth year student majoring in finance and this is my third year on RUFS. RUFS has been a great place for me to develop myself both personally and professionally, but the group means so much more to me than that. I'm proud to have contributed a lot to TRSM students and the overall culture while helping students learn as much as they can about the world of finance. This year, I look forward to taking the RUFS team further than ever before while emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m also excited to grow closer to the team and collaborate with all of our new members! Outside of school and RUFS, I enjoy going out with my friends, being a foodie, playing sports, and keeping up with fashion. My favourite place to eat in Toronto is Top Gun Burger, so if you're ever in the Kensington area then give it a go!

Czarina Mae Galario

Executive Vice President

Hello! My name is Czarina (pronounced za-ri-na) Galario and I am a third year majoring in Accounting, and this is my third year on RUFS. I joined RUFS during my first year in 2019 as a general associate because I wanted to be more involved in the TRSM community and meet new people. Not only are the RUFS members great teammates, they also took on the role of friends, mentors, and leaders. One of my biggest accomplishments thus far is continuing to be involved around the school while adapting to COVID-19 for the past year and a half. Besides work and student groups, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, trying new restaurants, and visiting new places. My favourite place to eat is Chi Chop!

Ronak Patel

Executive Advisor

Hi! My name is Ronak Patel, and I am a fifth-year Global Management Studies co-op student. This is my fourth year on RUFS, and my time with the organization has been nothing short of spectacular. I joined the team in my second year of undergrad to lead an active life of student-leadership, and give back to the community around me. To no surprise, it has been one of the most professionally and socially progressing decisions I have made during my time at Ryerson University! I look forward to continuing my role as an executive on the team, and helping students of all ages and disciplines grow in any capacity that I can. One of my proudest accomplishments as a TRSM student is having the opportunity to compete and represent the school at several external conferences across Canada. Outside of school, my hobbies and interests include playing sports, watching TV & films, listening to music, and spending time with my family and friends! Oh, and I can out-eat anyone in a spicy ramen challenge…

Operations and IT

Ashraf Teli

Director of Operations

My name is Ashraf Teli and I am a 4th year co-op student majoring in Finance. I currently serve as Director of Operations on RUFS after being the Co-Director of Events and Events Associate in previous years. I decided to rejoin and stay with RUFS during the majority of my undergrad because of my passion and interest with the department I work with. I was exposed to the student group in my first year as a case pool member and haven't looked back since. This student group had introduced me to life long friends and connections to industry professionals that I don't think I would find anywhere else. An accomplishment of mine is that I have successfully never watched The Lion King ever. Outside of RUFS, my favourite Netflix show is Stranger Things and I am an avid sports fan of the winningest team in the world, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Krista Elisha Chavez

Director of IT

My name is Krista Elisha Chavez and I am a fourth year student majoring in Finance. This is my third year on RUFS and I decided to join because of the professional experience and the wonderful people. I look forward to being the best team this student group has had so far! One accomplishment I've achieved is being a part of the President's Circle of Scholars in both my first and second year. Outside of work, I enjoy writing music and playing instruments. I also enjoy riding in the back of a motorcycle and inside the sidecar whenever I'm in the Philippines! My favourite place to eat is Red Lobster.

Connor Boyle

IT Associate

My name is Connor Boyle and I am a 2nd-year Business Technology Management student. This will be my second year on the RUFS team. Last year I joined RUFS as a General Associate and got to see how all the different departments function. This year I decided to join the team as an IT associate because it was one of the departments that aligned with my passions and interests. Being in this student group has given me opportunities to take part in many informative events. These events have provided me plenty of opportunities to make new friends and further expand my network. I have met with many industry professionals which I would never have been able to if I were not part of this team. Outside of work, I enjoy watching shows on Netflix like The Office and also enjoy playing hockey with my friends.

Finance

Michelle Kwan

Director of Finance

My name is Michelle Kwan and I am in my 3rd year of Global Management Studies with a plan to minor in Finance. This will be my 3rd year on RUFS and I will be re-joining as the Director of Finance! Looking forward to personally and professional growing further while working with an amazing team of like minded individuals. One accomplishment I have achieved is making the Dean's List for the 3rd year in a row. Outside of work, I love trying new foods with friends and listening to mystery podcasts. One of my favorite shows on Netflix is the Umbrella Academy.

Sylvia Gehring

Financial Associate

I am a third-year co-op student majoring in Finance. I joined RUFS because I wanted to be more involved in student groups, have a positive impact on the TRSM and Ryerson community, and develop my professional skills. I was very excited to spearhead the news article campaign last year with my RUFS teammates, and am looking forward to having another great year. One of my proudest achievements is being part of the President's Circle of Scholars in my first, second, and third year. In my free time I enjoy gardening, playing basketball, and working on my small business. My favourite place to eat is the Yonge Street Warehouse!

Daniel Gurin

Financial Analyst

My name is Daniel Gurin and I am a second-year Accounting and Finance student majoring in Accounting. I am excited to be a part of the RUFS team for the first time as a Financial Analyst and am stoked to be in a group full of like-minded individuals who are all full of ambition. I joined RUFS this year not only because I wanted to expand my knowledge of the financial world, but also because I wanted to be more involved in the TRSM community. I also wanted experience with meeting and networking with professionals, as well as to be a part of a group filled with people I could connect to about similar values and interests. I look forward to the professional development and growth that this group takes pride in providing, as well as to developing new friendships with the fantastic members of the RUFS team. One accomplishment that I have achieved this year was making the dean's list. Outside of work I am a musician who plays guitar and drums. I also produce sometimes and love writing songs. My favourite show on Netflix at the moment is Peaky Blinders.

Adam Magloire

Financial Analyst

My name is Adam Magloire, I'm a 4th-year business student majoring in Entrepreneurship & Strategy and I’m thrilled to fulfill the role of Financial Analyst this year at RUFS. I aim to provide insightful analysis for the students of Ryerson University by writing engaging articles focused on emerging opportunities and trends in the financial markets. I joined RUFS this year because I was interested in surrounding myself with sharp, ambitious individuals interested in finance. What I was not prepared for was the warmth and sense of family that I was immediately immersed in upon joining and I am quickly discovering that lifelong friends can be made here. Prior to joining RUFS, I spent time curating multi-disciplinary art shows in Toronto in order to facilitate collaboration amongst creatives and I hope to apply the pragmatic and creative outlook used for those shows in this domain as well. Outside of academics, I appreciate good fiction and witty comedy. Books like Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or classics like Harry Potter and shows like Game of Thrones or anything by Tarantino are my go-to’s. I choose to never stop learning, so whether it be through studying novel investing landscapes like cryptocurrency or by expanding my technological literacy by learning how to program, I will always be wiser than the person I was yesterday.

Erica Martinez

Finance Advisor

Hi! My name is Erica Martinez and I am a fourth year accounting co-op student. This is my third year being a part of the RUFS team. I am looking forward to the new initiatives RUFS is implementing this year. When I’m not working, I really enjoy staying active and playing instruments!

Battle on Bay

Amir Kemal

Conference Chair

Hi! My name is Amir Kemal and I am a second year Accounting co-op student and this year is my second as a part of the RUFS team. I joined RUFS in my first year because I wanted to become an active member of the school community and get involved, but it was important for me to choose a group where my values and interests were aligned with that of the groups. I found out about RUFS by attending multiple events, networking with many team members and getting to know them, which helped me understand that this was the team I wanted to be a part of, and thankfully the hiring team agreed. As a general associate last year, I was exposed to many learning opportunities and experiences all which will help me, alongside the Battle on Bay team, to carry out a successful conference this year. Outside of school I enjoy playing and watching soccer; I am a die-hard Arsenal supporter (Come on You Gunner!). I also really enjoy playing poker (Texas Hold ‘em) with my friends and family. One of my favorite places to eat is a small shawarma joint called Chamsine, which is near the Ryerson campus. My favorite shows of all time are Power and Game of Thrones.

Vitaliy Yushvaev

Conference Associate

Hi everyone! My name is Vitaliy Yushvaev and I am a second your Finance co-op student. This will be the second year for me as a member of RUFS. I decided to join as a General Associate in my first year to be a part of team of like-minded individuals who not only share a passion for finance, but also create a family-like atmosphere which was so welcoming to a first-year. This year I returned to RUFS as a Battle on Bay Associate because of how much I enjoyed planning the conference last year. The fast-paced working environment really appealed to me so I decided to apply! RUFS is filled with so many learning opportunities and promotes your growth not only as a professional, but also as student and person. Aside from university, I enjoy writing music and performing. Fun fact, I've had my songs played on radios worldwide in 4 countries! I also love movies, and if I had to pick a favourite (it's a tough choice), I would say A Few Good Men.

Milan Pandurevic

Conference Associate

Hello! My name is Milan Pandurevic, and I’m a second-year student in the Business Management program. I am doing a major in Economics and Management Science with a minor in Finance. This is my first year on RUFS, and I’m excited to show everyone what I’ve got to offer. I joined RUFS because of my passion in Finance and ability to network with driven, like-minded individuals. I am looking forward to continuous growth in this student group throughout my next four years at Ryerson. One of my accomplishments this year was making the deans list! Outside of school and work, I spend a lot of my free time training Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), Cycling, and watching soccer on TV. One of my favourite places to eat is a small Italian restaurant in Etobicoke called Il Paesano, arguably the best slice in Toronto! My all-time favourite show on Netflix is definitely Fargo. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this student group, and It’s going to be a great year for the Battle on Bay Department!

Arun Balakrishnan

Conference Associate

Hi everyone! My name is Arun Balakrishnan and I am fourth-year student in the Accounting and Finance program, majoring in Accounting. This will be my first year for me as a member of RUFS serving the role of Battle on Bay Associate. I was exposed to this student group in my third year where I participated in Battle on Bay as a delegate representing Ryerson University. I pursued this role as an opportunity for myself to develop both personally creating connections within the Ryerson community as well as professionally in the sense of the learning opportunities and personal development. A key component to my interest in this role was planning a conference of this scale for which I have personally taken part of. It was important for myself to become an active member of the Ryerson community but doing so in a manner that aligns with my personal interests and what I would like to accomplish through this student club. This coming year, I look forward to collaborating alongside my peers and developing my network of industry professionals. Outside of my studies and extracurriculars, I enjoy going out with friends, working out, playing sports and of course, I am an avid sports fan of the Leafs and Raptors. One of my favourite places to eat in Toronto is a burger joint called Rudy’s off Queen and University.

Arshmeen Ayub

Conference Associate

My name is Arshmeen Ayub and I am a Third year student in the Retail Management program, and it is my first year on RUFS. I decided to join RUFS to increase my knowledge in the Finance industry because I'm always interested in learning about new and different things. This year, I am looking forward to planning and initiating the battle on bay conference and all the excitement it has to offer as well as meeting new people and making new connections. One accomplishment I have achieved is participating in case conference during my first year at ryerson because it increased my skills, knowledge and was overall a very exceptional experience. Outside of School, I work in retail and love exploring new places/going on drives with my friends. One of my (many) favourite Netflix shows is Friends & How I met your mother. My favourite place to eat near campus is Halal guys.

Events

Mikhal Benderski

Director of Events

Hi! I'm Mikhal (pronounced mi-hal) Benderski and I'm a third-year Accounting student at the School of Accounting and Finance. This is my second year on RUFS, this year as the Director of Events and I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to further develop my professional skills all while advancing my understanding of the Finance profession. Moreover, I want to be able to help provide such opportunities to other students and help bridge the gap between them and the finance industry. I first discovered RUFS in 2020 via Megan Blacklock's "Opportunities and Events" email when multiple student groups were hiring, and I decided to give it a try and apply to be an associate during a very interesting year, giving me a chance to be more involved within TRSM, seeing as many of my peers were already doing so. Luckily, I got in, and here I am, ready more than ever for another incredible, and very interesting year, especially for the Events department! In terms of my biggest and proudest accomplishments, it has got to be being involved more than ever at school in student groups such as RUFS and the Ryerson Sports and Business Association (RSBA), as well as being a first year mentee and later a mentor to incoming first year students as part of the Breakthrough Program, and the Ted Rogers International Exchange Network (TRIEN)! In my free time, I'm an avid swimmer, having competed in various meets, at various levels, and you can often find me swimming across the lake at the cottage during the summer months! I also love to handmake custom greeting cards for friends and relatives, a hobby I recently turned into a business idea and I love working to the sound of George Harrison's guitar! Furthermore, Eating out with great company is my favorite thing to do, especially at Cafe Landwer, the best spot for Mediterranean/Italian food!

Lillianna Hoffbauer

Events Associate

Hello! My name is Lillianna Hoffbauer and I am a second year student in Accounting and Finance. RUFS attracted me in my first year of university when I joined RUFS as a General Associate because of the true enthusiasm coming from all the members and also the vast learning experience that it offered. I am thrilled to be returning as an Events Associate this year and expand my organizational and communication skills as well as further explore the field of Finance. One accomplishment that I am proud of is that I completed my entire high school education on an online platform entirely through self-motivation which taught me the importance of dedication and sacrifice. Outside of work and my second home, the library, I absolutely love to go on walks/runs outdoors in the fall as it is my favourite season. I also enjoy talking to new people, getting lost in a good book, and baking anything to do with chocolate. My favourite place to eat is Playa Cabana Hacienda because the tacos there are absolutely the best ever!!

Lionel D'Souza

Events Associate

My name is Lionel D'Souza and I am a 4th year Finance major with the School of Accounting and Finance. This is my first year on the RUFS team and I am very excited to be part of the team as an Events Associate. I joined RUFS to get involved in the student community and get out of my comfort zone. I am looking forward to building new friendships and lifelong memories as well as gaining some relevant experience during my last year at Ryerson. I am also looking forward to planning events that will help finance students break into the industry to jumpstart their careers. One accomplishments during my time in Ryerson was getting straight A's one semester. I am a car enthusiast and like to work on cars during my free time. I also enjoy sports and going out with friends. My favorite place to eat is home because nothing beats my mom's cooking! I am currently watching Hunter x Hunter and Futurama.

Maria Jovi Rose Nivera

Events Associate

Hello! My name is Maria Jovi Rose Nivera, you can refer to me as Maria or Jovi, and I am a third-year student majoring in Accounting and minoring in Economics. This is my first year as part of RUFS as an Events Associate. I knew when I started university that I wanted to join a student group like I did in high school because I saw a lot of value in forming relationships with others and being part of one makes the whole school experience more enjoyable. But I really had no idea how and my introverted self was uneasy with the transition into university and then the transition into the pandemic and online classes. While declaring my major in March 2021, I promised myself that I would start putting myself out more and become more involved within TRSM. I found out about RUFS through the weekly opportunities emails and decided to give it a shot. Lucky for me I got accepted into the team and I am extremely excited for this next chapter in my life! Since the 2021-2022 school year is considered the transition year for the university, I am most looking forward to hopefully meeting everyone in person and having the chance to go to events once again. In my free time, I enjoy making art, listening to music, and reading. I've always enjoyed art, I think there's truly something magical about creating something that appears to be nothing into something extraordinary. One of my favourite artists is Georgia O'Keeffe and I was fortunate enough to have the chance to see her exhibit when her works were displayed at the AGO in 2017. As for music, I will listen to anything, such as r&b, pop, rock, country, etc. When it comes to books, my favourite genre would have to be Coming of Age and one of my favourite books from this genre is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. However, in terms of book series it would have to be Harry Potter. Though I don't watch a lot of TV, my favourite show of all time would have to be Game of Thrones. My favourite place to eat at would be Pickle Barrel and anywhere I can eat some amazing sushi!

Corporate Relations

Aryan Tabiban

Director of Corporate Relations

My name is Aryan and I am a third year student majoring in finance, and this is my third year on RUFS. Originally joining the group to learn more about finance , I can now say that my time on RUFS has been far more than just that. Not only have I achieved this goal, I have also developed deeper relationships with both the industry as well as the team itself. I am excited to further develop those relationships with our partners this year. Outside of school, I enjoy playing sports and spending time with friends.

Borna Vrajic

Corporate Relations Associate

My name is Borna Vranjic, and I am a third year student majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics. As an international student, I can confidently say that joining RUFS has been the best decision I have made in my time at Ryerson. From meeting tremendous people to developing varios skills, being a part of RUFS has elevated my university experience. I am looking forward to taking on a more pronounced corporate relations role this year and helping RUFS strengthen its reputation. Outside of school and work, I enjoy a good debate, way too much KFC, and re-living the disappointment of watching the final season of Game of Thrones.

Adrian Cako

Corporate Relations Associate

My name is Adrian, and I am a third-year student at the Ted Rogers School of Management, pursuing a major in Real Estate Management and a minor in Finance. I have always had a passion for business and finance, it was my experience meeting the driven members of RUFS in my second year that made him fall in love with the team, the events that we hold, and the opportunities we provide to students! As a Corporate Relations Associate, I strive to develop my interpersonal and communication skills while building long-lasting relationships with industry professionals, and through this role, connect them with the top talent that the Ted Rogers School of Management has to offer. I hope to work in asset management in the future and potentially pursue a CFA certification. Outside of school, I love playing classical piano, reading, soccer, and cooking.

Jessica Vasantharajan

Corporate Relations Associate

Hey! My name is Jessica and I am currently starting my second year in the Accounting and Finance program. This is my first time on RUFS and I mainly joined the team to learn about the different career paths in finance. Being a Corporate Relations Associate, allows me to discover and connect with new businesses and acquire funding to support our terrific events. I am always surprised at the new opportunities that arise from RUFS, especially meeting incredible friends, teammates and mentors, which is has been the highlight of my year! I am most proud of becoming a TedPack Leader for the Fit For Business program because this opened my eyes to RUFS and helped me make lovely friends in my first year virtually, which I don't think I could have done alone. Outside of school, you can usually find me hanging out with friends, going on hikes or gardening my 3 little succulents I have in my apartment, it's really hard work. My favourite show is The Office, which I like to watch while munching on chocolate. I can't wait to make the most out of RUFS this year!

Marketing

Klaidi Shehi

Director of Marketing

Hello! My name is Klaidi Shehi and I am a 3rd year student majoring in marketing management at TRSM. I am also now going into my second year on RUFS after joining the team to gain experience in a marketing role and create some valuable connections. I had heard about how strong the group dynamic was at RUFS while also being leaders in the industry of finance at the University and saw the opportunity to share my skills and experience with them. During my first year on the marketing team we helped RUFS more that double our following count and successfully help launch two new initiatives in Finance Friday and our weekly Newsletter. This year on RUFS, I intend on helping the group grow their online and on campus presence while also helping us cement our role as the premier spot for all things finance at Ryerson! Outside of school I like to play and watch soccer, going for jogs and binging Netflix shows with my favourite being Lupin at the moment!

Harveen Mahar

Marketing Associate

Hi! My name is Harveen Mahar and I am a second year Business Technology Management student, and this is my first year being apart of the RUFS team. I joined RUFS this year as I want to get to know more people and get involved within the school community. I found out about RUFS through a few of my friends that were looking to apply as well and thought it would be a great opportunity to expand my network and develop a better skill set. I am looking forward to attending all the events and watching us grow this year. Outside of school, I am very interested in music and sports and also very much enjoy spending time with my friends and family. One of my favourite shows to watch is Friends! It can make me laugh whenever and is always my go to show.

Muhammad Kitchlew

Marketing Associate

Hi, my name is Muhammad Abubakar Kitchlew and I am currently a third year student in the business management program majoring in economics and management science. This will officially be my first year on RUFS as a marketing associate. As a student who was looking to get involved in the TRSM student group community I found RUFS to be a perfect match to gain professional experience and the ability to connect with such an amazing team. One accomplishment I have achieved throughout my academics is being placed on the dean's list for two years in a row. Aside from academics and work, I am an absolute sucker for classical movies such as The Godfather, Midnight in Paris, and Before Sunrise. If I was to recommend a movie right it would most definitely be Manchester by the Sea!

Soham Kanaya

Marketing Associate

Hello! My name is Soham [so-hum] Kanaya and I am a second year Marketing Management student in the Business Management program. This is my first year on RUFS and I joined as a Marketing Associate because I want to gain professional experience. This year, I look forward to getting involved and making new friends! One accomplishment that I am very proud of is receiving a scholarship to Ryerson University by working hard throughout high school. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family & friends, staying active, shopping and trying new things. I love trying new foods so I don't have a favourite restaurant but one thing about me is that I will almost always have iced coffee or bubble tea in my hand.