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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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Christina Bouchard

Project Manager
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Transportation#
Toronto, Canada

Christina Bouchard provides technical consulting and project management services to public transportation agencies for the planning, design and implementation of infrastructure. With ten years of experience working in the public sector, a core area of interest and study for Christina is effective policy design, including intergovernmental relations, government structures and how the design of public institutions affects delivery outcomes.

Audrey Jacob

Deputy Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Canada
The beauty of IBI Group is that I can easily tap into relevant, top-notch expertise to add value to the work I do for clients.

As Deputy Regional Director of Canada East, Audrey Jacob is responsible for the financial performance of the IBI Group Toronto office and works with her Regional colleagues to ensure effective teaming and collaboration, liaising with the Canada East practice leaders. Audrey is a Registered Professional Planner, a Professional Land Economist with more than 25 years of experience. She leads the firm’s Real Estate Economic & Planning practice specializing in growth management/land needs, market analysis, development/financial feasibility/strategy, economic impact, development charges, and municipal financial impact analysis. Audrey has a BA in Geography from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Urban Planning from McGill University and a member of Pragma Council (University of Waterloo), Lambda Alpha, and the Urban Land Institute.

Saurabh Bhatia

Associate
New Delhi, India

#english# All# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Strategic Planning# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation#
New Delhi, India

Since joining IBI Group, Saurabh Bhatia has gained diversified international experience in the ICT and ITS industries. Through the combination of an MBA in strategic management and a strong engineering background, he offers the right set of skills for projects that require both management and technical expertise. He has an extensive experience leading the design and deployment of ICT systems and ITS technologies for a diverse clientele in global market sectors including government bodies, transportation & transits, real estate developers, telecommunications service providers, broadcasting, among sectors within the infrastructure space. His work has also included providing strategic consulting to a broad range of clients including developing business and technology strategies and evaluating business cases.

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.

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
https://www.linkedin.com/in/saif-zaidi-oaa-49158422

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.

Jay Claggett

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Planning
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Automotive# #Bridge Engineering# #Civic & Government# #Design Build# #Education# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #High Rise Residential# #Highway / Road Design# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Industrial# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #K-12 Education# #Leader# #Low Rise Residential# #Manufacturing# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Office# #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Software Development# #Spiritual Places# #Transit Oriented Development# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre#
Toronto, Canada
Cities cannot and should not become fixed in time; they are living creatures that evolve and develop over time. The most dynamic and successful cities embrace change by integrating public and private realms with world-class architecture and infrastructure, creating a kind of urban fabric woven from people, places, and things.

Jay Claggett, MCIP, RPP is a land use planner with over 25 years of professional planning and development experience. He has prepared numerous policy reviews, land use investigations, highest and best use analyses, market/financial analyses, site plans, district/master plans and land disposition strategies on behalf of public, institutional and private sector clients. He has been the Project Director or Project Manager for a range of complex real estate and master planning projects involving lands throughout Canada. As a result of Jay’s practical knowledge of the planning process and his excellent working relationships with staff at all levels of government, he has obtained timely planning approvals and successfully negotiated conditions and partnerships for small and large-scale residential developments, commercial, office, institutional and industrial projects.

Bill Bruce

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Knoxville, USA

#english# All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Data Analytics# #Healthcare+# #Landscape Architecture# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Knoxville, USA

Bill Bruce brings wide-ranging experience in planning and design for higher education campuses, cities and towns, mixed-use developments, parks and recreational open space. Prior to joining IBI Group, Bill founded and led Community Concepts, Inc., a full service planning and landscape architecture firm located in Marietta, GA. He also co-founded Designing4Health in 2011. The organization brings together health, design, marketing and funding professionals. They study healthy solutions that can increase the overall health of a campus, community or project by utilizing local health data as a guiding principle for policy, planning and design.

Paul Lavallee

Director
Seattle, USA

#english# All# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Seattle, USA

Paul Lavallee is the US Lead in Transit Operations where he draws from his 20 years of experience in transportation and telecommunications planning and design. He has worked at all levels with the public and private sectors, from council and mayors to general managers and senior decision makers. He has a wide variety of local and international experience and expertise.

Usha Elyatamby P.Eng

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Bridge Engineering# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transportation#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/usha-elyatamby-7275908/

Usha Elyatamby P.Eng has over 20 years of experience working with software systems and technology solutions. She is integral to establishing clients and project in managed lanes, revenue systems, advanced traffic management systems, and control centre operations across the globe. Her project experience in technology solutions include feasibility and research studies, planning, design, cost analysis, implementation, installation inspection, software supply, and operations and maintenance.

As a leader in the solutions practice, Usha has led projects and been a specialty advisor on various technology deployments for public highway authorities and private road concession companies. Coupled with her experience and knowledge on business and system processes, software systems, platforms, communication infrastructure and tools required to increase efficiency in different system environment, she has played a senior advisory role on projects in the US and globally on highway P3 pursuits.

Mark Nolan

Associate Director
Edmonton, Canada

#english# All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach#
Edmonton, Canada

Mark Nolan is a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with 30 years of professional experience in both Canada and Australia. Mark?s areas of expertise include project management, site planning, master planning of open space, planning and design of passive and active recreation facilities, landscape rehabilitation, urban design, heritage interpretation and community consultation.

Mark French

Senior Principal
Houston, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Houston, USA

With over 30 years of experience, Mark French LEED AP BD+C offers extensive design and project management experience in educational facilities. He is involved on all aspects of a project including schematic design, design development, construction documents and project management. Mark earned the Recognized Educational Facility Professional designation from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International in 2002 due to his extensive experience in educational facility planning and design. He also achieved the designation of Accredited Learning Environments Planner in 2013.

Grace Gao

Associate | Manager, Urban Design
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Toronto, Canada

Grace Gao has over 16 years of multidisciplinary experience in urban design, planning and architecture. Her approach to urban planning strives to create healthy, meaningful, balanced and connected communities in a sustainable framework. Grace contributes to a broad range of local and global projects including: urban design and place making; mixed use master planning; TOD neighbourhood development; open space and streetscape, and sports events, on behalf of private, public and institutional sector clients.Her architectural and planning background combined with extensive work experience in a landscape architectural firm have strengthened a comprehensive academic knowledge and a keen sense of scales/ coordination for various type developments. Her effective project management skills, team collaborative spirit, multitasking efficiency and creative design capabilities, are a constant asset to her projects and teams.

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