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Spread across over 60 cities, our team is a global collective of urban experts in design, architecture, engineering, civil, transportation, urban geography, real estate, landscape, communications, software development and so much more. These are the people defining the cities of tomorrow.

Supporting our global team of 2,500 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Donald Verbanac

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

english Active Transportation Airports All Architectural Controls Architecture BIM & 3D Visualization Bus Rapid Transit Civic & Government Civil Infrastructure Design Build Land Use Planning Light Rail Transit Master Planning Mixed Use Mobility Hub Mobility+ Multi-Modal Transportation Planning & Urban Design Ports Project / Programme Management Rail Terminals Transit Facilities Transit Management Transit Oriented Development Transportation Planning
Toronto, Canada

Don Verbanac is an interdisciplinary Project Manager specializing in transit facilities. Don has 20 years of combined experience in architecture, urban planning, transportation, retail and industrial design from Canada, the USA, Mexico and the Netherlands. For the past decade, Don has primarily worked on BRT, LRT and subway (metro) stations as well as bus terminals and on-street transit facilities. His multidisciplinary background along with his acumen for complex engineering projects have been applied to Waterloo?s King-Victoria Transit Hub, Mississauga BRT, and the successful bid for two large P3 LRT projects in Canada.

Don has professional degrees in urban planning (BAA) from Ryerson University and an architecture degree (M.Arch) from the University of Manitoba. Don is registered as an architect (Bureau Architectenregister-SBA) in the Netherlands, as an intern architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as well as a registered professional planner (RPP) with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners. Don is currently the Segment (Design) Manager on Science Centre and Kennedy Stations where he is managing interdisciplinary design works in parallel with construction as part of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Richard Mazuch

Director of Design Research and Innovation
London, UK

english All Architecture Healthcare+ Latin America Policy & Design Guidelines product_BedPod product_MedBedHead product_Norbury Lounge Chair Public Outreach Subject Matter Expert UK Regional
London, UK

Richard Mazuch is an architect and designer who gains great satisfaction from translating holistic ideas into radical but pragmatic solutions. An authority on healthcare, Richard provides profound insight into designing for global trends, patient groups and clinical provision – informing key decisions throughout the architectural process. Richard has worked on healthcare projects in Italy, Hong Kong, Brazil, Oman, UAE, and more recently Australia. He has been elected as a World Architecture Jury member, as well as being a University lecturer/examiner and speaker at the International Conferences.

Richard has strong relations with key health bodies. He has worked extensively with the NHS contributing to Health Building Notes, Health Technical Memorandum, and their ‘therapeutic environment’ website feature entitled “Slight Sensitive Design and Sound Sensitive Design” enabling designs to build evidence-based healthcare environments.

Richard is a founder and champion of IBI TH!NK. An advocate of evidence-based design, Richard creates innovations that positively impact the psychology and physiology of patient groups. Sense Sensitive Design, Emotional Mapping, the Design Prescription and the hPod are a few of the models that Richard has successfully pioneered. This has led to him authorising two new NHS guidelines for ‘Evidence-based Design Healthcare Environments’.
Richard is a product designer. In collaboration with manufacturers, he creates interventions, such as the BedPod, to support and improve patient care.
Richard works frequently with the NHS and DOH Expert Working Groups and Reference Groups helping to develop new Healthcare Strategies and Guidelines. More recently he has co-authored three key Paediatric Guideline documents entitled: ‘Hospital Accommodation for children and young peopleHBN 23’, ‘Friendly healthcare environments for children and young people’ and ‘Mental Health faculties for children and young people’.

Richard was also an active member and contributor to the Expert Reference Group responsible for ‘Facilities for Maternity Care’ HBN21. He was a key contributor to ‘The Children’s National Service Framework’ an NHS and Department of Health document with evaluation process and recommendations Richard made early contributions and document reviews of ‘Creating a Better Health Environment’ an Audit Took Kit by The National Childbirth Trust in 2003.
In education, Richard is translating his work in healthcare paediatrics to benefit teachers and students. Working alongside University partners, he is pioneering the development of an ‘optimal learning environment’, improving motivation, behaviour and concentration amongst pupils, especially those with special educational needs.

Alexandre Haddad

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Civic/Industrial Buildings
Toronto West, Canada

english All Automotive Civic & Government Design Build Energy Engineering Industrial Leader Manufacturing Master Planning P3 Project / Programme Management Retail / Commercial Subject Matter Expert
Toronto West, Canada

Alex Haddad is a professional engineer with a background in mechanical and aerospace engineering, with over 25 years of experience. Alex is currently responsible for Business Development activities for the Automotive, Manufacturing and Commercial and Government sectors in Canada. His experience includes design and development of various complex projects for a wide range of building types including commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. His clients have included General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Air Canada, Toronto Hydro, telecommunications firms, and post-secondary education institutions. Alex has been involved in master planning design, management and business development activities. His experience encompasses Construction Management, Design-Bid-Build and Design Build projects.

Peter Spal

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Water Resources
Ottawa, Canada

english All Civil Infrastructure Engineering Subject Matter Expert Water / Wastewater Water Resources Management
Ottawa, Canada

Peter Spal, P.Eng has over 28 years of experience as a Project Manager and Technical Specialist in the field of stormwater management planning, stormwater master servicing and drainage projects, including detailed design, contract administration and inspection. His experience includes various projects ranging from stormwater management studies and infrastructure projects to master drainage plans and flood analysis, which includes numerous projects for the City of Ottawa and the former Region Municipality of Ottawa, Carleton as well as private developers. He has completed numerous stormwater management projects related to site plans for urban development and commercial sites for both infield and greenfield sites.

Peter has been at the forefront of developing creative stormwater management solutions either by generating new solutions or upgrading of the existing aging infrastructure.

Rob Cascaden

Associate | Manager, Civil Engineering
London, Canada

english All Brownfield Development Civil Infrastructure Energy Engineering Environmental Assessment Master Planning Mid Rise Residential Project / Programme Management Public Outreach Roads & Highways Seniors Communities Transportation Planning Water / Wastewater Wind
London, Canada

Rob Cascaden has 20 years of experience in the civil consulting field in Ontario. His involvement in the design and implementation of a wide scope of projects over this period provides him with a broad base of experience in the land development field. Rob’s areas of expertise include water resources, stormwater management, residential land development and site plan design and approvals. His experience and knowledge of the land development process are key factors in the successful design and management of land development projects. Rob has gained the necessary skills and experience in water resources/stormwater management design to allow him to complete stormwater management and floodplain mapping assignments. Typical project skill sets include storm and sanitary sewer design, stormwater management, road alignment and localized improvements, site and area grading, site servicing, cost estimating, preparation of contract documents, construction administration, as-builts, topographic surveys, and supervision of survey crews for field work.

Tim Foley

US Lead, Corporate Services
Westerville, USA

english All Senior Management
Westerville, USA

As US Lead, Corporate Services, Tim Foley is responsible for operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical excellence, staff development, and client satisfaction. Tim has a BA in Accounting from Wittenberg University and completed the Owner/President Management course at Harvard in 2001. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the International Board of Standards & Practices for Certified Financial Planners, and the Society of American Military Engineers.

Jennifer Lem

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, Canada

english All Community / Recreational Facilities High Rise Residential Hotels Interiors Living+ Low Rise Residential Mid Rise Residential Residential Resorts
Toronto, Canada

Jennifer Lem has highly developed conceptual skills, planning abilities, as well as a keen eye for finishes and details as evidenced by her work on the Edition Hotels (Miami; Waikiki), New World Hotel (Guangzhou), and St. Regis Hotel (Mexico City). Her ability to document and detail the interior environment is integral to her role in developing the Hospitality and Residential Interiors practice, where she is currently working on Minto?s Yorkville Park, Museum House, Harmony Village and the Nitesh Estates amongst projects.

Steven Butler, PE

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Cinncinnati, USA

english All Architectural Controls Bridges Brownfield Development Civic & Government Civil Infrastructure Design Build Electrical Engineering Engineering Project / Programme Management Roads & Highways
Cinncinnati, USA

Steven Butler has over ten years of civil engineering experience, with emphasis in structural design. He has evaluated and developed superstructure and sub-structure plans for a variety of bridges within the states of Ohio and West Virginia. His experience extends to all phases of civil engineering projects, including preliminary studies and reports, site surveys and investigations, specifications, quantity take-offs, and cost estimates. Steven’s work includes bridge design, inspection, replacement, rehabilitation and review projects, where his deliverables include the design of superstructures, substructures, and miscellaneous details along with site layout and minor roadway items.

Nathalie Waelbroeck

Project Designer
New York, USA

english All Architecture Design Build Light Rail Transit Mobility+ Multi-Modal Transportation P3 Product_sAVe App Project / Programme Management Structural Engineering Sustainability & Environmental Management Transit Facilities Transit Oriented Development Transit Technologies Transportation
New York, USA

Nathalie Waelbroeck is an up and coming designer in the field of architecture, building experience in a wide array of projects including light rail station, residential, spa, medicine, hospitality, and office design. She has proven her flexibility to function as a team member in the collaborative environment, most evident in her light rail and medical projects. She is familiar working with complicated and technical project requirements and relies on her strong BIM/3D Visualization software stills to best communicate with different disciplines.

Nathalie’s work has taken her far afield with projects in New York, Missouri, Toronto and Amsterdam. This experience has given her an appreciation of the architectural process in different regions. Nathalie is passionate about sustainable design as it impacts the triple bottom line; as a result she has deeply studied the subject matter and holds credentials with both LEED and WELL.

Saif Zaidi

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, Canada

english All Architecture BIM & 3D Visualization Community / Recreational Facilities Development Engineering High Rise Residential Hospitality Hotels Interiors Living+ Low Rise Residential Mid Rise Residential Mixed Use Project / Programme Management Residential Resorts Retail / Commercial Seniors Communities
Toronto, Canada

Saif Zaidi is an Intern Architect (OAA) with over 15 years of comprehensive experience in architectural and interior design projects, responsible for concept and design to drawings through to execution. He has demonstrated expertise in conceptualizing, designing, contract management, project management, and business development.

Saif is the team lead for Hospitality & High-Rise Residential Interiors and has designed projects ranging from small residences to large scale mixed-use, retail, corporate office interiors, high-rise residential and hospitality. Working on design-build module projects has enabled him to provide practical design solutions and coordinate with multidisciplinary trades more effectively. His attention to detail and excellent problem solving skills ensure that every project he works on is completed on schedule and to the highest possible standard.

Justin Date

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Ottawa, Canada

english All Civil Infrastructure Engineering Highway / Road Design Parking Planning & Urban Design Roads & Highways Traffic Engineering Transportation Engineering Transportation Planning
Ottawa, Canada

Justin Date is a project engineer with over 14 years of experience in transportation engineering and planning. His design experience includes preliminary and detailed roadway design, project coordination and contract document preparation on new roadway construction, roadway rehabilitation, traffic calming and intersection modification projects. His transportation planning experience includes the preparation of transportation impact and traffic operations studies, traffic calming plans and parking studies.He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Phil Colleran

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Boston, USA

english All Landscape Architecture Mixed Use
Boston, USA

Phil Colleran has directed a range of urban mixed-use development projects in the US and abroad. He has significant experience with complex planning projects and large teams in the Far East, the Middle East and North Africa. In his work, he is responsive to environmental and civic concerns and has deployed ground-breaking design strategies suitable to climate and project conditions.

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