Our People

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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Ernie Webster

Associate, Landscape Architect
Calgary, Canada

#english# Airports# #All# #Bridges# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Education# #Fire Stations# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #High Rise Residential# #Higher Education# #Hotels# #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #Landscape Architecture# #Learning+# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mental Health Care# #Mid Rise Residential# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Office# #P3# #Parking# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Seniors Communities# #Special Events# #Spiritual Places# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Calgary, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ernie-webster-07000931/

Ernie Webster is an accomplished designer with over 20 years project experience in the UK and Canada. He has been involved with several wide ranging and prestigious projects and his strengths lie in creating unique, interesting concepts and making them technically sound and constructible within a given budget. He has become known and respected as a well-organized project manager, playing a leading role on various multidisciplinary teams.

Matt Cunningham

Global Lead, Infrastructure
Toronto West, Canada

#english# All# #Engineering# #Green# #Industrial# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #P3# #Planning & Urban Design# #Rail# #Senior Management# #Strategic Planning# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Canada

Matt Cunningham is Global Director, Infrastructure, providing strategic direction to IBI Group leaders in Land Development, Planning and Urban Design, Transportation, and Water & Energy Resources, delivered through traditional and P3 projects.

Matt is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years of international project experience in major infrastructure projects. He has particular expertise in AFP/P3 projects and has led joint venture project teams on $1B+ projects.

Steven Thesier

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Binghamton, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Office Lead#
Binghamton, USA

Steven Thesier has more than 26 years of experience with areas of specialty that include project management and project design for new construction and renovations, educational facilities planning, referendum planning for educational facilities, NYSED coordination on school projects, and NYS OGS project development and execution.

Roger Nicholson

Associate | Manager, Contract Administration
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities#
Toronto, Canada

Roger Nicholson specializes in high-rise residential and hospitality projects. His early involvement on a number of high profile projects, such as Maple Leaf Square and the expansion to the Air Canada Centre, The Four Seasons Hotel, and the award-winning Toronto Delta Hotel has propelled his career. He continues to develop his client relationships and hone his management skills, by leading highly motivated multi-member teams. Roger has played an integral role in the successful execution of the Park Place Condominiums and the award-winning Rose Theatre where his work is helping to revitalize the downtown core in Brampton. Roger is currently working on Bay Gerrard Rental Apartments and King Blue Hotel and Condominiums in Toronto, and The Roy Condominiums in Halifax.

Stephen Shawcross

Director
Calgary, Canada

#english# All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Green# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# #Research & Development# #Residential# #Water Resources Management#
Calgary, Canada
Personal health and well-being are intrinsically linked to a strong sense of community, which is a product of thoughtful urban design and a balancing of environmental, social, and economic factors. These fundamental principles underlie the places I am inspired daily to create along with my fellow practitioners at IBI Group.

Stephen Shawcross is a planning consultant specializing in master planning, urban design, market research, economic/financial impact analysis, and water resource management. He has over 40 years of experience across Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and the USA where he has been involved in hundreds of planning assignments, along with the development of numerous award-winning and environmentally-sustainable communities. Stephen is a sought after conference speaker on the impact of emerging social, environmental, and economic trends on various aspects of community development.

Walter Estay

Educational Facilities Practice Lead
San Jose, USA

#english# All# #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
San Jose, USA

Walter Estay is the Northern California Educational Facilities Practice Lead. With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality, civic, and education building sectors, Walter’s current and primary focus is on developing educational facilities for next generation learners. With his extensive knowledge in community engagement, consensus building, planning, project delivery, and quality control, Walter delivers innovative solutions that meet the current and future needs of students and staff.

In addition to his role as Educational Facilities Practice Lead, he also serves as the managing principal of Northern California. He is responsible for guiding the operations and management of the San Jose, San Luis Obispo, and Bakersfield, California offices. Walter’s role as Managing Principal is multifaceted. He leads the successful execution of a wide variety of educational and civic projects while continuously challenging and guiding the professionals with whom he works to advance in their careers and strive for excellence. He has embraced this new people-centric role as an opportunity to focus on morale, culture, people, and learning.

Walter’s design portfolio features academic buildings, facility master plans, facility assessments, libraries, athletic facilities, and district administration buildings. He has completed planning and design services for a multitude of school districts located in Nevada, Texas, and California. Walter has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and is a licensed architect.

David Hatton

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transportation
Ottawa, Canada

#english# All# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Ottawa, Canada
For major downtown rehabilitation projects such as Bank Street, the engineering is the easy part. The key element, and the greater challenge for the successful completion of such projects, is keeping the residents and stakeholders informed and happy.

David Hatton is a licensed Professional Engineer and member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. His transportation engineering experience is broadly based, with specific emphasis on multidisciplinary projects. David is responsible for all transportation projects carried out by IBI Group’s Ottawa office, and is currently project director for a number of transportation engineering studies, road environmental assessments, and preliminary design and detail design projects. His 43 years of transportation experience include work in the UK, management of major projects and studies in the Caribbean, and construction and transportation project management in Western Canada.

Cathy Offenberg

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Boston, USA

#english# All# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Landscape Architecture# #Placemaking#
Boston, USA

Cathy Offenberg has a thorough understanding of the public process and has managed complex projects from inception through construction. She also has considerable experience administering construction phase services on a range of projects, to ensure contractor compliance with contract documents.

Paul Hewes

Regional Director, UK/Ireland
London, UK

#english# Acute Care# #All# #Architecture# #Civil Engineering# #Design Build# #Education# #Healthcare+# #Higher Education# #Interiors# #K-12 Education# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Leader# #Learning+# #Living+# #Office# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Senior Management# #Software Development# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-hewes-5521b728/

Paul Hewes is the Regional Director of the UK and Ireland, which includes offices in London, Brighton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Newark, Manchester, Liverpool, Rochdale, Glasgow and Dublin. Paul is responsible for regional operational and commercial performance, market growth, staff development and client engagement.

As an architect and project manager, he has extensive experience of the healthcare, education, transport and commercial sectors in the UK and the Middle East. Paul has exceptional knowledge of complex project delivery including strategic planning, procurement, contractual agreements, negotiation and mediation.
Paul is a qualified Architect, having trained at Bristol and Edinburgh Universities, in addition to being both an Arbitrator and a Project Manager, receiving both qualifications from the College of Estate Management, Reading University. Paul has been a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) since 1987.

Heidi Rose

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Hospitality# #Interiors# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Canada

Heidi Rose is a team design lead with well over a decade of experience in the field of Interiors. She specializes in conceptual design in both hospitality and high-rise residential interiors. With her experience she has developed a keen eye for detail with the utmost attention to quality and design, and has the ability to establish and identify creativity in each new opportunity.

Heidi’s strengths lie in concept through to construction focusing on building honest client relationships, while maintaining the overall design intent and direction. She has the ability to provide creative design solutions that adapt seamlessly to aesthetic, and project goals. Her design approach is to collaboratively provide tasteful, and thoughtful interiors that are relevant and cultivated.

Some of Heidi’s experience is built from working on the Public Hotel in Chicago, the Editions Hotel in Miami, and the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City to name a few during her growth at Yabu Pushelberg. IBI Group initiatives have brought her multiple high-rise residential opportunities ranging from high to low end markets making her experience vast and adaptable. The ties between hospitality and residential design are like-minded in creating lasting interiors to surprise the visual senses of the end user.

Yong Kang

Director | US Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Bridge Engineering# #Civic & Government# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Education# #Engineering# #Healthcare+# #Higher Education# #Highway / Road Design# #Hospitality# #Industrial# #Interiors# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Learning+# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Municipal Services# #Office# #Operations & Maintenance# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Senior Management# #Software Development# #Strategic Planning#
Los Angeles, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/yong-j-kang-aia-60281a11/

As the US Sector Lead, Buildings, Yong Kang is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group?s architectural, engineering and interior design practices nationwide. Bringing over two decades of proven experience in leading and managing major projects, Yong is a recognized leader in his profession. He is internationally recognized for having led the design of more than 15 million square feet of complex building environments for his clients throughout North America and Asia including multi-national conglomerates.

Yong is a licensed architect and is actively affiliated with numerous professional organizations including: the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) amongst others. Yong holds a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University.

Charles Finley

Global Director, Marketing & Communications
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesfinley/

Charles Finley brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications to IBI Group and is responsible for IBI Group’s brand, communications and digital strategy. Charles is also Co-founder of Code for Canada, the country’s leading civic-tech organization that brings design and technology together for the public good. He sits on the Steering Committee of Jane’s Walk, a global movement of free, locally-led city walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Accounting) from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies) from Concordia University, and a Master of Arts (Communications and Culture) from York University.

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