Our Team

The TAS Team

Behind the TAS name is a group of people who love this city. Collectively, we represent a diverse range of interests, backgrounds, and approaches to life.

Azim Tavakali

Construction Co-ordinator & Site Supervisor

Azim’s role at TAS is to oversee all construction work that his team is allotted. He ensures that materials are ordered and construction work is completed in a timely manner. Azim was born in Kabul Afghanistan, left home when he was 14, and lived in India for over 10 years. He arrived at his new home in Canada in 2000 at which time TAS open heartedly accepted him into their family. He has worked at TAS ever since. Azim holds his personal values of family, faith, trust, respect and commitment in high regard.

Favourite Neighbourhood: The Entertainment District

Why? Relaxing. Atmosphere. People.

Babak Mortazavi, M. Arch

Chairman

Babak co-founded TAS DesignBuild in 1983. He holds three Masters Degrees in architecture from the National University of Iran, University of Toronto and the Beaux Arts in Paris. Babak has over 35 years of real estate experience ranging from design and construction to development. Babak feels that being a part of a community and establishing strong connections to the specific nuances of a place creates a more rich and vibrant urban experience.

Favourite Neighbourhood: The Beaches

Why? Connections. Community. Motion.

Chunrong Huang, BA, MBA, CMA

Controller

Graduated from Schulich School of Business with concentration in Accounting. Chunrong has been working in the Property Management industry and the Real Estate Development industry for five years with proven records in financial reporting and accounting systems control. In her leisure, Chunrong loves doing meditation and yoga which gives relaxation and concentration to the mind.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Chinatown

Why? Food. Architecture. Culture.

Cristina Salas-Santos

Property Administrator

Cristina has been in a property management field for almost 6 years now. In 2010, when she came to Canada, she started as a Jr. Property Administrator and as the years went by, she gained experiences being a full time Property Administrator.

Cristina is enjoying being in this field and soon will be a Business Administration student of Ryerson University for distance education courses.

In her free time, Cristina loves cooking and trying out different restaurants around GTA with her husband. She also makes sure that she spends time with family, friends and church on weekends.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Toronto Center Island

Why? Fun. Relaxing. Adventurous.

Dino DiVito

Executive Vice President & CFO

Dino has over 25 years of real estate experience in development, acquisition, asset management, investor relations and capital raise. Prior to joining TAS, Dino held senior executive positions with various real estate organizations. He has managed real estate for both his own account as well as institutional investors.

Dino is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics Degree from the University of Toronto, and Diplomas in Project Management and Project Estimating from Algonquin College.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Sherwood Park

Why? Lively. Walkable. Spacious.

Faheem Aziz

Project Accountant

Faheem graduated in Accounting and holds professional qualifications of ACMA/CGMA, UK. Early in his career, Faheem worked in internal audit and compliance, later shifting gears and joined the Real Estate industry. He has over 6 years of experience in Real Estate in both Canada and the UAE. Faheem is an enthusiastic, hard working individual, who enjoys taking up new challenges. His presence helps promote a positive work environment.

Outside of TAS, Faheem enjoys spending quality time with his family, playing cricket, canoeing and jet skiing.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Beaches

Why? Close to Nature. Peaceful. Waterfront.

Kenneth Wilcox

Project Manager, Development

With a degree in architectural design and a broad range of professional experience which spans development, design, strategy, and communications, Ken brings a progressive and collaborative ethic to the TAS development team. Prior to joining TAS in 2014, Ken worked as a designer for award-winning architecture studios in Toronto and Montreal. He is an advocate for thoughtful, ambitious design, and a passionate believer in its ability to create exceptional value for stakeholders and the community alike.

In work as in life, Ken values optimism, responsibility, commitment, and humour.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Roncey

Why? Friendly. Independent. Authentic.

Larry Gayne

Vice President, Construction

Larry is a graduate of University of Toronto and Ryerson in Arts and Engineering. He has spent all of his adult life involved in business and construction with a vast amount of experience in high-rise projects. He specializes in residential buildings but adds numerous high-rise commercial and hotels to his accomplishments. Characteristic of a genuine directness, he approaches work with hint of humour. During leisure time, Larry can be found boating and or waterskiing.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Downtown

Why? Why? It's Alive!

Mazyar Mortazavi

President and CEO

Mazyar is President and CEO of TAS. He received his Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Studies and his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Waterloo.

Mazyar is a city builder. His passion for cities has charted TAS’s Four Pillars of Sustainability™ and the companies continued pursuit in empowering communities through the projects and initiatives that TAS undertakes.

Mazyar’s passion for community-based initiatives and his understanding of the socio-cultural underpinnings of design and development have played a guiding role in his work. He is actively involved with a variety of different not-for-profit and community groups.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Baby Point

Why? City. Connections. Nature.

Melissa Debertin, BA

Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Melissa’s role at TAS is to ensure daily office operations move smoothly and seamlessly, as well as, assisting team members in any way she can. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in Communication, Cum Laude in 2014. Currently, she is working towards obtaining her Social Media Marketing Certificate from George Brown College. Melissa has a keen interest in marketing and is passionate towards the arts.

In her free time, she enjoys exploring all the nooks and crannies of Toronto, going out to dinner with friends and curling up with a good book.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Downtown.

Why? Busy. Energenic. Action.

Michael Siklos

Leasing Manager

Michael is a graduate of Dalhousie University, a current student at the University of Fredericton in their Executive MBA Real Estate Leadership program and a Licensed Salesperson under OREA. Michael handles the leasing for TAS’s Leasing Portfolio. Prior to joining TAS, he has held a variety of positions in the commercial real estate industry. Michael is passionate about community building and the role of real estate in creating social and economic benefits for communities.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Bloordale

Why? Dynamic. Exciting. Changing.

Nafiz Shabab

Property Accountant

Nafiz is a graduate from York University with a Bachelor’s degree concentrating in Accounting. He is known to his friends as the ultimate multi-tasking guy who has exceptional organizational skills. With a combined passion for accounting and giving back to the community, Nafiz joined TAS to oversee accounting issues related to TAS properties. Nafiz comes from Bangladesh where he lived for 19 years and studied half of his university in Malaysia before finally moving to Canada.

In his free time, he loves to travel, drive, listen to music and spend time with friends and families.

Favourite Neighbourhood: King City

Why? Scenic drive. Local food. Peaceful.

Richard A. Gustin

Property Manager

Richard brings over 21 years of experience encompassing administration, leasing, realty tax, building operations and facilities management.  With a well rounded approach to Property Management and all its facets, he has successfully managed mixed portfolios of commercial retail, office and industrial properties.  He believes communication, organization, respect, diplomacy and a strong work ethic are vital components to providing quality real estate services.  In Richard’s leisure time, he enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, camping, creating music and travel.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Cabbagetown

Why? Historic. Peaceful. Community.

Salar Maghzi, M.ASc., PMP

Assistant Project Manager

Salar graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2008.  He got involved in the construction industry after graduating, and the experience he has gained from 4 years of working in residential and infrastructure projects persuaded him to complete his Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering and Management in 2014.  He utilized his knowledge and experience to receive a Project Management Professional designation from PM, a valuable asset in his career.

In his free time, Salar enjoys photography, walking, playing soccer and spending time with family and friends.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Downtown

Why? Crowded. Vibrant. Building.

Tooran Mortazavi, M. Arch

Vice Chair

Tooran co-founded TAS in 1983. She holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and is instrumental in establishing ‘home’ culture to the many TAS projects. Her insight into the relationship of the domestic sphere, its artifacts, spaces and material culture allowed TAS to create a new understanding of how we envision the house and home.

Favourite Neighbourhood: High Park

Why? Community. Welcoming. Accessible.

Trish MacKenzie

Sales and Marketing Manager

A University of Western Ontario graduate, Trish handles brand development, advertising, and communications for TAS, encouraging and supporting TAS’s commitment to shaping beautiful cities.  Her passion for city building is paired well with TAS’s commitment to shaping communities through the Four Pillars of Sustainability, supporting the growth and success of local businesses in each of the TAS communities.

Her passions for the arts, architecture and design play a vital role in both her personal and professional lives.  A born and bred Torontonian, Trish enjoys exploring the city, it’s many neighbourhoods, and discovering hiddens gems scattered around the GTA.

Favourite Neighbourhood: The Beaches

Why? Community. Waterfront. Small Town Feel.

Tyler J. Diamond, CPA, CA

Director of Finance

Tyler is a team player that helps enterprises prosper. His varied background includes roles as a turnaround consultant with KPMG, a manager at one of Canada’s largest technology companies, interim controller at a Public REIT, active member of Toastmasters, and an audit committee member at one of Ontario’s largest non-profits. In his off time, Tyler enjoys walking, cycling, tennis and most all playing in Toronto’s many parks and ravines with family and friends.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Annex

Why? Diverse. Energetic. Restaurants on the Bloor strip.

Veljko Tolj, SMT

Building Operator

Veljko brings 16 years of experience as a Commercial Building Operator working in Property Management industry. Industry certifications include SMT designation received from BOMI Canada and BES Operator Class 1&2 at Seneca College. Currently he is enrolled in the Building Environmental Systems Facility Management program at Seneca.

Veljko focuses on strong customer service, routine building maintenance / life safety and assisting property manager in day to day operations.

During his free time Veljko enjoys walking, cycling, skiing and spending time with his family and friends.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Don Mills

Why? Friendly. Restaurants. Culture.