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.

Adam Kaczuga

Senior Project Manager, Construction

As a Senior Project Manager, Adam is currently overseeing the construction of TAS projects. Since earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Ryerson University, Adam has spent the past 16 years working in construction management on both mid- and high-rise buildings. When he isn’t making sure the job gets done on schedule, Adam likes to be out and about cycling, hiking, and travelling.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Aurora.

Why? Nature. Privacy. Green.

Alyssa Trivelli

Development Manager

Alyssa is a Development Manager currently focusing on two of our newest projects: 2 Tecumseth St. and 7 Labatt Ave. She earned a BA Honours Specialization in Urban Development from The University of Western Ontario, a unique program designed to train future developers and city planners. Following her graduation, Alyssa worked as a Development Coordinator and Manager at Monarch Corporation and Dunpar Homes, overseeing approvals for multiple commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects. Not one to be pinned down by just one discipline, Alyssa dabbles in film photography, and is also a collector of vintage clothing, connecting her interest in style to a deep appreciation for design and architecture.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Bloordale.

Why? Eclectic. Unassuming. Inclusive.

Amir Peyman

Project Coordinator, Development

You might not expect to find a connection between the fields of medicine and architecture, but Amir’s path to TAS proves otherwise. After studying and practicing as a physician in Iran, Amir moved to Canada where he specialized in Pathology at Dalhousie University. But he couldn’t shake an enthusiasm for architecture and construction, development and design, so he decided to shift gears and pursue his passion full time. Amir now uses his diagnostic skills to help plan functional, beautiful buildings and community spaces. And, of course, he’s the first person his friends call when they have a medical question.

Favourite Neighbourhood: St. Lawrence Market.

Why? Community. Historic. Vibrant.

Aneesa Alladin

Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Aneesa’s smile is the first thing most people see when they walk through the doors at TAS. Her gracious way and unfailing hospitality are coupled with an enviable ability to mind the minutae and keep the office running smoothly. Born in snowy Canada and raised in sunny Florida, Aneesa holds a diploma in Human Resources Management from George Brown and has a serious soft spot for all creatures great and small. Prior to joining TAS she worked as a veterinary assistant for several years and volunteered at animal shelters. She loves the outdoors and is equally happy hiking through the woods as she is flying down a backroad on a motorcycle (smiling, of course).

Favourite Neighbourhood: Yorkville.

Why? Charming. Diverse. Chic.

Artan Bylykbashi

Building Operator

Artan’s official title is Building Operator, but that doesn’t do justice to the many capabilities of our in-house MacGyver (remember that TV show?). With more than a decade of experience in maintenance and customer service, Artan is the go-to guy for all building maintenance issues. His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the University of Tirana, Albania, a Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT) Certification from BOMI Institute of Canada, and a Gas Technician Certificate from George Brown College. He also holds near encyclopedic knowledge of the Fire Safety Code, Health and Safety Act, and Tenancy Act. Artan prides himself on his communication skills with community members, and is always wearing his smile and his bag of tools. His next personal goal? Watching the world cup in person with his two sons, both equally devoted soccer fans.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Princess-Rosethorn.

Why? Family-friendly. Parks. Quiet.

Azim Tavakali

Construction Coordinator

As our in-house ultra-handyman, Azim oversees construction projects and maintenance at all TAS properties. Calmer than an air traffic controller, he coordinates a dizzying array of material orders and construction schedules with ease. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, he left home when he was just 14, and lived in India for over ten years before coming to Canada in 2000. Quickly welcomed into the TAS fold upon arrival, Azim has been part of the family for more than 17 years. His strong personal values of trust, respect, and commitment are a big part of why we get along so well.

Favourite Neighbourhood: The Entertainment District.

Why? Relaxing. Atmosphere. People.

Babak Mortazavi, M. Arch

Chairman

Babak co-founded TAS with his wife, Tooran, 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. So yes, he knows his way around a floorplan—even with his eyes closed. 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. A wise man, indeed.

Favourite Neighbourhood: The Beaches.

Why? Connections. Community. Motion.

Calvin Tang

Project Coordinator, Construction

80 days wasn’t quite enough for Calvin to get around the world—he took 300 days to cross the globe, visiting 22 countries and 56 cities in his quest to see the best of both ancient and modern architecture. After all that exploration, however, it’s still Toronto he chooses to call home, appreciating the incredible diversity of culture in the city’s many neighbourhoods. In his eight years in real estate development, Calvin has run the gamut of jobs in the construction management industry, including experience in site supervision, accounting, customer care, and office administration. With an education in international development and urban planning, he has the perfect skill set to keep all of TAS’ ongoing projects both literally and figuratively on the up and up.

Favourite Neighbourhood: The Beaches.

Why? Sun. Swimming. Volleyball.

Celia Smith

Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at TAS, Celia is responsible for making the business hum. She loves Toronto and believes that through enlightened development choices we can shape a city that works for everyone. Celia has over 25 years of management experience leading significant community-based organizations, including the role of President at Artscape, a Toronto-based property developer known for its innovative social enterprise model. She is especially proud of the spectacular community hubs and affordable housing she has helped build in communities across the city. Celia holds an MBA from the Univeristy of Ottawa and leadership training from Harvard Business School. As a fully trained yoga teacher, she understands that balance is the secret to success (and happiness).

Favourite Neighbourhood: The Danforth.

Why? Neighbours. Grit. Parks.

Cristina Salas-Santos

Property Administrator

Cristina has worked in various areas of property management since arriving in Canada nearly six years ago. Always ready to meet the needs of TAS tenants, she’s a great communicator with a perpetually sunny disposition. She has recently started a business administration degree at Ryerson University, aiming to build on her existing professional skills. When she isn’t taking great care of all our TAS properties and their residents, she spends her time cooking (or eating what Toronto chefs are cooking) with her husband, and visiting with family and friends.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Toronto Center Island.

Why? Fun. Relaxing. Adventurous.

Emile Crone

Project Coordinator, Construction

Emile comes to us with a fantastic variety of hands-on experience in the day to day work of construction. He has climbed the proverbial building ladder from his time as a door to door sales manager, to work on custom homes and modular systems. His BTECH CM degree (Bachelor of Technology, Construction Management) is unique in the industry, merging theoretical learning with practical experience. With all this experience in his tool belt, he now takes on project management for TAS with a well-rounded understanding of each of the components he oversees.

Favourite Neighbourhood: St. Clair West.

Why? Warm. Charming. Lively.

Helia Daryabeigy, BArchSc, MBA

Associate, Investments

Born in Iran, Helia’s family immigrated to Canada in 2001. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Science from Ryerson University, she moved out to the west coast to earn her MBA in Real Estate from UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. As much as she enjoyed the laid-back Cali lifestyle, Helia missed the diverse, fast-paced big city, and she soon returned to Toronto where she has built her career and her home. Working for TAS as an Investments Associate, Helia draws from her experience in architectural design to understand the importance and influence a real estate project can have on people’s daily lives. Her experience in project and asset management in both the US and the GTA makes her an important part of our investment team.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Leslieville.

Why? Local. Diverse. Character.

Ibrar Malik, CPA, CGA

Senior Project Accountant & Analyst

How many accountants do you know with a decade of financial experience, who are also into skydiving? Ibrar is certainly not your average suit in a cubicle (that’s not how we do things around here). Need cash flows, loan draws, financial statements, operating budgets, and a variance analysis? We have your man. Need a member of your relay team to raise money for The Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a buddy to have your back in the latest extreme sports? Same guy. Calculated risk is his middle name.

Favourite Neighbourhood: The Junction.

Why? Galleries. Design. Bohemian.

John Iwasykiw

VP, Construction

John tells us that he “does what no one else wants to do”. But there’s much more to it than that. As a senior manager, he leads our entire construction team. Prior to joining TAS, he managed major projects including the 79 storey Aura Tower at Yonge and Gerrard, and the Daniels Spectrum Art and Cultural Centre in Regent Park. His 18 years of high rise construction and development experience are indisputable; his claim to have the best BBQ in the city remains to be tested and confirmed by the rest of our staff.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Kingsway.

Why? Eat. Drink. Repeat.

Kelly Rintoul

Senior Director of Property & Asset Management

Kelly oversees all aspects of the administrative, financial, and capital needs of TAS’s asset and property management portfolio. With a deep connection to the Toronto arts scene, she previously worked as the executive director of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, as well as the director of property management at Artscape. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University, and represented Team Canada as an ultra marathoner when she was 18. For the uninitiated, that’s 100 km. So neither hiding nor running is an option if Kelly’s tracking you down.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Junction Triangle.

Why? Engaged Community. Family-friendly. Accessible.

Kenneth Wilcox

Development Manager

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: Roncesvalles.

Why? Friendly. Independent. Authentic.

Kevin Kraliz

IT Manager

Before joining TAS as our guru of all things technical, Kevin earned a joint Honours degree in Geomatics and Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He possesses more than a decade of experience in real estate software, and provides leadership in the development and support of IT and business automation at TAS.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Leslieville.

Why? Proximity. People. Style.

Matthew Pirzadeh, B. Eng.

Manager, Contracts & Estimating

A long time GTA resident, Matthew has more than two decades of construction experience as an engineer. As our Manager of Contracts & Estimating, he prepares initial conceptual budgets, tenders, contracts and works closely with Project Managers to select top notch construction trades and Construction Managers, whom he oversees throughout the construction phase. Matthew previously worked for a major developer and a shoring company, and brings plenty of experience in geotechnical, environmental, and dewatering needs to our table. On his own kitchen table? Home made prosciutto and cured sausages, along with a variety of cooking from different cultures. Toronto’s multicultural nature is one of his favourite parts of living in the city.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Harbourfront.

Why? Heritage. Multiculturalism. Vibrant.

Mazyar Mortazavi

President & CEO

Mazyar is President and CEO of TAS. He received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and his Masters in Architecture from the University of Waterloo. Mazyar is a dedicated and tireless city builder. His passion for cities has charted TAS’s Four Pillars of Sustainability and the company’s 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.

Meagan M. McKenney

Senior Property Manager

As Property Manager, Meagan oversees our growing portfolio of mixed-use properties, finding and increasing value wherever she can, and managing the day-to-day operations and financial reporting for each of them. Meagan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Merrimack College in Massachusetts, where she attended on a volleyball scholariship. She also worked as the Director of Real Estate Operations at Clifton Blake Asset Management before coming to TAS. This American transplant has happily put down roots with us in Canada, and has nearly completed her BOMI: RPA designation. She has a 7-year-old son she calls a “total rockstar” and we all know the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Favourite Neighbourhood: The Annex.

Why? Food. Shopping. Fun.

Michael Siklos

Leasing Manager

Michael believes in the power of real estate to create social and economic benefits for communities. It’s this passion for city building that has led him to a variety of positions in the commercial real estate industry, including his current role handling TAS’s leasing portfolio. With a degree from Dalhousie University already under his belt, Michael is a current student in the University of Fredericton’s Executive MBA Real Estate Leadership program, furthering his commitment to his chosen field.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Bloordale.

Why? Dynamic. Exciting. Evolving.

Nafiz Shabab

Property Accountant

Nafiz is a graduate from York University with a Bachelor’s degree 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. Delicious. Peaceful.

Othmane Lazrak, M. Eng, EIT, CAPM

Project Coordinator, Construction

As Project Coordinator, Construction, Othmane manages development projects in all functional areas of construction. In addition to his previous experience coordinating planning, design, construction, and project close-outs, Othmane also holds quite the collection of certifications. His designations include an M.Eng in Construction Management and Structural Engineering, a B.Eng in Structural Engineering, Registered Engineer in Training (EIT) with Professional Engineer Ontario and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). Born and raised in Morocco, Othmane brought his passion for engineering and design to Canada eight years ago, where he earned his degrees and began his professional life. A man who won’t stand for idleness or boredom, Othmane can be found listening to music, playing soccer, or practicing Muay Thai, when he isn’t laser-focused on his responsibilities at work.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Harbourfront.

Why? Lively. Scenic. Gracious.

Rajpreet Gill

Capital Projects Coordinator

As our Capital Projects Coordinator, Rajpreet (aka ‘Raj’) participates in all project stages, from definition to design, construction to commissioning and close out phases. Raj previously worked for B&V Inc., Design-Spec Building Group, and David Small Designs, on various commercial and residential projects throughout the GTA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, diplomas in Accounting and Architectural Technology, and has a background in construction management. Raj also has a background in music, and regularly frequents festivals and concerts, always seeking out new artists. She is fascinated by anything design or food related, and often spends time exploring urban neighbourhoods, and cooking for friends. Raj dreams of having her own small farm in the future, but for now she satisfies her green thumb by gardening in a small community plot.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Parkdale.

Why? Diverse. Vibrant. Energy.

Sandra Hernandez

Senior Manager, Condominiums Sales & Marketing

As our Senior Manager of Condominium Sales & Marketing, Sandra brings more than a decade of experience in the real estate development industry to the TAS team. She previously earned her education in Economics, Advertising, and Graphic Design, and has worked on a variety of pre-construction developments including high- and low-rise, master plan communities, and resort communities. She has also worked with both real estate developers and listing brokerages. Sandra has a passion for visual communications, along with a strong knowledge and aesthetic and design, which allows her to easily tune into the personas of potential buyers. She is also a keen explorer, equally enjoying walks through both international cities and hidden local hiking trails.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Distillery District.

Why? Historic. Modern. Lively.

Sean Kelly

Senior Programmer

In Sean’s own words, “if it plugs in and/or uses the Internet, I’m usually involved”. He spends his time ensuring that TAS’s hardware, software and network are all functioning without a hitch, which makes him rather near and dear to us. He keeps our online presence up and running, and provides programming assistance and infrastructure management for TAS’s many ongoing projects. When he isn’t saving the day by making that document finally print, he’s been known to tinker with various electronics at home. The ultimate goal is a remote controlled lawn mower, but that may be a little ways off.

Favourite Neighbourhood: East York.

Why? Cozy. Friendly. Historic.

Suveathan Velauther, MAcc

Junior Accountant

Before becoming our Junior Accountant, Suveathan studied at York University’s Schulich School of Business, and completed the Master of Accounting program. Suveathan supports TAS’ entire accounting team with approvals, invoices, and day-to-day financial tasks across all of our many active projects. His previous accounting experience includes a role at BrightPath Kids Corp., a company that oversees Montessori schools and daycare centres. In addition to his work and his ongoing professional certification, Suveathan also volunteers his time at an Autism Awareness Centre every week, working one-on-one with Autistic children to improve their quality of life. In his free time, Suveathan is an avid karaoke singer… although he warns us that his enthusiasm frequently outweighs his talent.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Sandhurst Circle.

Why? Mall. School. Friends.

Tamara Paolatto

Development Coordinator

Tamara has a background in architecture, but it’s certainly not her only love. She’s a huge baseball fan and avid traveller, currently working on visiting every MLB stadium on the continent (she’s already attended games at 15 out of 30). Tamara also grew up singing in musical theatre productions and now takes regular trips to New York to catch as many broadway shows as she can. She credits her love of theatre buildings themselves with her initial interest in architecture, and has previously worked for a number of architectural firms in San Francisco, Vancouver, and Toronto. Now working as our Development Coordinator, Tamara hopes to contribute to our local communities by shaping the future landscape of Toronto.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Little Italy

Why? Family. Food. Occasion.

Tim Hamelin, CPA, CA

Controller

The job title says it all for Tim—our esteemed controller is always on top of our monthly accounting and financial reporting. No detail escapes his watchful eye. Tim hold a BMOS Degree (Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies) from the University of Western Ontario, as well as CA and CPA certifications. He has five years of experience in auditing and accounting behind him already, and currently serves as the director of the board at his condo building. Perhaps the only time when he (sadly) isn’t in control of the outcome is when he’s watching his beloved Raptors and Blue Jays—but he remains a die hard Toronto sports fan all the same.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Entertainment District.

Why? Energy. Sports. Food.

Tooran Mortazavi, M. Arch

Vice Chairman

Tooran co-founded TAS in 1983 with her husband, Babak. 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.

Trina Lecompte

Human Resources & Office Manager

Trina is our certified expert in all things TAS. As our human resources and office manager, she’s the fuel that keeps us running. Trina is a Certified Joint Health & Safety Committee member and holds a certificate in business administration. She also has more than 20 years’ experience working with C-suite executives and their teams. When she isn’t holding down the fort in Toronto, she enjoys golfing and boating at her fort in the Kawarthas.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Don Valley Village.

Why? Parks. Community. Convenience.

Trish MacKenzie

Brand & Communications Manager

At TAS we believe community-building is just as important as architectural building, and there’s no one better than Trish to help shepherd that philosophy. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, she handles brand development, advertising, and communications for TAS, and is a proud proponent of our commitment to shaping communities through the Four Pillars of Sustainability. A born and bred Torontonian, Trish’s passion for city-building shines through in both her personal and professional lives. She enjoys exploring the city, and is always on the hunt for artistic and architectural gems hidden in its many neighbourhoods.

Favourite Neighbourhood: The Beaches.

Why? Community. Waterfront. Relaxed.

William Tsouloufas

Customer Care Manager

William is no rookie Customer Care Manager; with 17 years of experience he has a veritable black belt in the field. Beginning his career studying law enforcement, he quickly became intrigued by the building industry, and shifted his focus to work in growing city neighbourhoods. William believes in facilitating communities that share bonds beyond simply being physical neighbours. For him, effective customer care means creating living environments where residents can truly feel at home. After the work week is done, William feels most at home spending time with his family, taking long drives up north to gather around a crackling campfire.

Favourite Neighbourhood: Liberty Village.

Why? Lively. Changing. Charismatic.