Board 2019-2020

Our History

  • OAAC Idea
    Formed
    2016
  • OAAC Established

    2017
  • OAAC Founding
    Board Elected
    2017
  • OAAC - New Board
    Elections
    2018

Yalçın Süer

Chair

B.Sc. ODTU Electrical and Electronic Engineering – 1971
M.Sc. ODTU Electrical and Electronic Engineering – 1974
Founding President and CEO – Technology Licensing Inc. 2001 to Present

Past Lecturer at Un. of Alabama in Birmingham and McGill University. Vice President of Dunlace Tennis Club. Avid tennis player.

Founding President of Toronto Book Club 1987 to Present. Past President of Turkish Culture and Society. Translating Turkish Republican History Series from Turkish to English.

 

 

 

Haluk Mesci

Vice-chair

BS, ODTU Faculty of Adm. Sciences, Dpt. of Management. - 1972
MAS, same dpt. - 1975.
Copywriter, Agency Founding Partner - Creative. 1973 - 2004
Consultant - Advertising and Brand Building. 2004 - 2017

Was Board Member - ODTU Mezunları Derneği İstanbul, Reklamcılar Derneği, Reklamcılık Vakfı; Trustee - Türk Kültür Vakfı; Advisor - Advisor to President, İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi; Alaçatı Turizm Derneği. Taught advertising, copywriting, creativity, design thinking, innovation in Anadolu Universitesi, ODTU, İstanbul Bilgi Universitesi, İzmir Ekonomi Universitesi.Translated 12 advertising-creativity-brand books into Turkish.

 

 

 

 

Aslı Torun

Secretary-General

BSc, ODTU Chemistry – 2007
MSc, ODTU Chemistry – 2009

Experienced in account and project management in software and technology solutions.

Volunteered for organizing events and finding sponsorships in many organizations.
Currently working as a Technology Risk Analyst.
Loves dogs, cooking and pilates.

 

 

 

Murat Salmanoğlu

Treasurer

BSc, ODTU Business Administration 2008
MSc, ODTU Information Systems 2012
PhD, ODTU Information Systems 2018

Experienced business analyst and researcher with a demonstrated history of working with industry leaders.

Expert skills in software development and project management life-cycles, including effort and budget management, business analysis, quality assurance, and end-user training.

Has various academic and industrial publications.

Ex-board member and ex-vice President of METU Business Club.

Nature-lover and scuba-diver.

 

Tuba Karul

Corporate Affairs

BA City and Regional Planning, ODTU, 1993
Project Management Certificate, Ryerson University, 2004
Project Management Institute (PMI) Certified Project Management Professional

Senior Consultant with extensive experience in project, program and change management. Have been working in the major financial institutions in Toronto since 2000.

Have been volunteering in activities such as soup kitchens, fundraising events etc. Loves cats, cooking, running and travelling to discover new places/cultures/cuisines.

 

 

 

Ersegün Koçoğlu

Membership Director

BS, ODTU Dept.of Statistics - 1996
Executive MBA, Ozyegin University - 2015

Founder & CMO - Market Me Marketing Consultancy. - 2015 - present

Marketing expert for 22 years.

Worked for several enterprises; UniCredit Bank, Aviva Life & Pension, ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China), Turkcell, AKSA Energy, and Sberbank Turkey. - 1996 - 2015

Founding partner of HealthRing Corp. and mentor at Stage-CO.
Completed Management of Enterprise Data Analytics program at the University of Toronto. Council member of Customer Insights of The CMA (Canadian Marketing Association). Member of OAAC Sailing Club.

Fun facts: Likes photography, art of cinema and travelling. He is a lifetime sailor and dogs are his soul mates.

 

Arzu Çelik

Social Media and Communication

B.Sc. ODTU Business Administration - 2015

Product Manager - TELUS

Marketing professional experienced in product and brand management, digital marketing, and communications. Worked in aviation, pharmaceuticals, personal care, and telecommunications industries.

Lived in 4 countries before moving to Toronto.

Loves travelling and attending concerts and sports events.

 

Bekir Kaya

Audit Committee Member

BA, ODTU Faculty of Adm. Sciences, Dpt. of Management, 1972
MBA, Purdue University, 1973.

Management career in private and public sectors; including auditing, project and operational management.
Organizer, Turkish soccer group in Toronto.

Active in tennis and swimming.

 
 
 
 
 

Berker Adıgüzel

Audit Committee Member

BSc, ODTU Industrial Engineering 2011
Minor, ODTU Economics 2011
MSc, Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin – Economics & Management Science 2013
Management Consultant and Data Scientist – Deloitte 2013-2017

 

Senior Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Professional skills in Analytics; namely, Price Forecasting, Mathematical Modeling and Optimization. Has publications on energy markets in Turkey. Ex-president of AEGEE-Ankara (European Students’ Forum) and ex-treasurer of Ataturk Anatolian High School Alumni Association.

 
 
 
 

Arın Arat

Advisory Group Member

Mechanical Engineering, B.SC. 1997, M.Sc. 2000

 

Management positions in various organizations in several sectors such as heavy industrial, mining and metals, institutional, healthcare, transit and heavy civil since moving to Canada in 2001.

Working at Infrastructure Ontario as a Director in their Major Projects Division, where he joined in 2014.
Certified Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario and registered Project Management Professional (PMP)

 
 
 
 
 

Nevzat Gürmen

Advisory Group Member

B.Sc. ODTU Business Administration, 1979

Senior positions at a number of multinational companies, incl. Frito-Lay and Unilever in Turkey,
England, Poland, and South Africa.

Since 2015, VP, Finance and Administration at Seneca College; responsible for Finance, Information Technology Services, Facilities, Major Capital Projects, International Recruitment and Business Development, Campus Services.

Joined Seneca from Durham College where he was VP - Corporate Services and CFO for seven years.

Previously served in various roles at Centennial College, incl. Associate VP, Corporate Planning and Finance.

Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA). Former member and Chair of the Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) board in North York and York Region.

Currently, he serves as a director of the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) board,
and a Co-chair of the Administrative Services Coordinating Committee (ASCC).

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