Please contact a member of our Advancement team should you require further assistance.

Jennifer Lancaster

Jennifer Lancaster, Assistant Dean, Advancement

Jennifer Lancaster, Assistant Dean, Advancement

Tel.: 416-978-2621

With over 17 years of experience in advancement supporting higher education, environmental, and social services causes, Jennifer is a proven strategic and results-focused leader. Jennifer is currently serving as the Assistant Dean, Advancement at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada’s pre-eminent Law school, having also served as the Director of Development at the Rotman School of Management and The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, U of T. Prior to joining the University of Toronto Jennifer lead individual giving programs in the health and environmental sectors.

As Assistant Dean, Advancement, Jennifer provides leadership and strategic direction at the Faculty of Law and is as a member of the Senior Advancement Leadership Team, Division of University Advancement with a mandate to help grow fundraising performance and alumni engagement. In this role, Jennifer oversees the development, alumni relations and communications portfolios on behalf of the Faculty.

Jennifer volunteers her time in the community and is currently serving on the Board of Directors, Dr. Jay’s Children’s Grief Centre.

Meet the team, Wasila Baset

Wasila Baset, Associate Director, Alumni Programs (on leave)

Wasila Baset, Associate Director, Annual Fund and Alumni Programs

Tel.: 416-946-8227

As Associate Director, Alumni Programs, Wasila engages alumni, prospective donors and stakeholders to support students, faculty and programs through volunteer engagement.

Wasila also provides support to the Law Alumni Association (LAA) and works with faculty and staff to facilitate engagement and volunteer opportunities for alumni to connect with students.

Prior to joining the law school in 2017, Wasila worked in the Division of University Advancement’s Annual and Leadership Giving office. She worked with UNICEF Canada prior to joining U of T.

In her spare time, Wasila is an avid runner, having completed several marathons, and is an aspiring triathlete.

Meet the team, Jonathan Cheevers

Jonathan Cheevers, Associate Director, Development

Jonathan Cheevers, Associate Director, Development

Tel.: (416) 978-4352

A seasoned advancement professional with more than a decade of experience at U of T, Jonathan previously served as Senior Development Officer, Annual and Leadership Giving within U of T's Division of University Advancement (DUA) where he where he helped spearhead the university's Landmark Project paving stone campaign. Prior to joining the annual giving team, Jonathan managed the student and young alumni outreach portfolio with DUA's Alumni Relations group.

In his capacity as Associate Director, Development, Jonathan will be instrumental in supporting the Faculty of Law's ambitious Defy Gravity campaign goals.

Beyond his professional experience, Jonathan has a post-graduate certificate in Project Management, Marketing, and Brand Management from U of T's School of Continuing Studies, as well Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from U of T.

Meet the team, Neil Darbyshire

Neil Darbyshire, Web Designer / Developer

Neil Darbyshire, Web Designer / Developer

Tel.: 416- 978-1353

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Meet the team, Nina Haikara

Nina Haikara, Communications Strategist

Nina Haikara, Communications Strategist

Tel.: 416-946-0334

Nina has broad experience supporting advancement, student life, recruitment and outreach and research enterprises across the university. She has held increasingly senior communications positions within U of T, including U of T Magazine, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Department of Computer Science, and the newly established School of Cities, prior to joining the Faculty of Law in 2019.

Nina is an alumna of U of T and also completed a master’s degree in higher education theory and policy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She is a recipient of the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award (2003) and the U of T Arbor Award (2017) in recognition of her contributions to Innis College.

Read Nina's writing at U of T News

Nicole Landa

Nicole Landa, Development Officer, Leadership and Annual Giving

Nicole Landa, Development Officer, Leadership and Annual Giving

Tel.: 416-978-0493
Nicole has occupied front-facing roles for U of T Advancement since 2018. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she worked as a Student Engagement Officer and then in July 2020 was selected as the CASE Fundraising Resident – a professional development program in North America for recent graduates interested in university advancement. As Development Officer, Leadership and Annual Giving, Nicole oversees annual and leadership giving (donations between $1-24,999) including special fundraising initiatives, such as reunion, class giving and other group philanthropy campaigns, ensuring that donors have a lasting connection with their alma mater. Nicole is an alumna of Arts and Science (BA 2019) and OISE (MEd 2021).
In her free time, Nicole enjoys taking her dog on walks through trails, and reading mystery novels.


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Devorah Lindsay, Alumni Officer (acting)

Devorah Lindsay, Alumni Officer (acting)

Tel.: 416-946-0888

Devorah has worked at the University of Toronto for almost six years and most recently joins the Faculty of Law from the University's Division of University Advancement Annual and Leadership Giving team, where she held the role of Coordinator, Annual and Leadership Giving. Devorah graduated from U of T in 2017 with a BA in Bio Ethics and Gender Studies.

As Online Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Devorah supports the U of T Law Connect platform and digital campaigns to help engage more alumni, donors and community members.

In her free time, Devorah enjoys reading, playing video games and spending time with her cat.

Iulia Pop

Ruxandra Iulia Pop, Alumni Officer (on secondment)

Ruxandra Iulia Pop, Alumni Officer (on secondment)

Tel.: 416-946-0888


Iulia has been employed at the University of Toronto since 2016, in a variety of roles. She has extensive experience in event and volunteer management.

As Alumni Coordinator, Iulia is focused on solidifying the relationships between the Faculty of Law and its alumni through programs and projects aimed at increasing engagement. In her previous roles at U of T, Iulia worked collaboratively with undergraduate students as well as alumni in planning and executing a variety of campaigns and events focused on the development of a passionate, connected community of U of T alumni.

In her free time, Iulia enjoys staying active, being an avid tennis and ping-pong player, and spending time with her cat.


Tatevik Zakharyan

Tatevik Zakharyan, Advancement Coordinator

Tatevik Zakharyan, Advancement Coordinator

Tel.: 416-978-1355

As the Faculty of Law's Advancement Coordinator, Tatevik plays a key role in supporting the Advancement team and a broad range of administrative tasks related to the Faculty's fundraising priorities.

Prior to joining University of Toronto, Tatevik worked at Outward Bound Canada for almost five years as Philanthropy Projects Coordinator, where she supported the executive team, as well as managed different projects and worked collaboratively with different departments.

In her career, she has worked with multiple organizations in administrative, and project leadership roles, including at York University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree.