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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Sarah Christianson

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Los Angeles, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Los Angeles, USA

Sarah Christianson is a registered Architect AIBC and a LEED GA. Her experience includes complex residential and mixed-use projects as well as ageless living communities, which has contributed to her growing role in the Living+.

Bill Delo, AICP

Associate | Planner
Irvine, USA

#english# Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Office Lead# #Parking# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Ports# #Rail# #Roads & Highways# #Software Development# #Systems Engineering# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transportation Engineering# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Irvine, USA

Bill Delo has over 17 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering. Bill is an experienced project manager, responsible for the successful completion of numerous projects ranging from traffic and parking studies to regional multi-modal transportation studies. His career experience has included extensive participation in public and agency outreach activities.

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.

Joseph Geroux

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Salt Lake City, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Master Planning# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Special Events#
Salt Lake City, USA

Joseph Geroux has a wide range of experience from large scale civic and campus master planning, to Olympic operations and venue management planning. He is familiar with public policy and has worked as a liaison between clients and various public agencies at multiple levels.

Kevin Bebenek

Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, Canada

#english# Active Transportation# #Airports# #All# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Bridges# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mechanical Engineering# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Municipal Services# #P3# #Parking# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Senior Management# #Software Development# #Special Events# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Canada
Information technology is intrinsic to the transportation experience. For the transit traveler paying by smartcard, the truck driver pre-clearing an inspection station, and the road maintenance supervisor monitoring road weather forecasts, systems are critical to achieving our goals of safety, mobility, and sustainability.

Kevin Bebenek is the Regional Director for Canada East and has 25 years of experience in the delivery of full professional services and turn-key solutions for a variety of ITS applications including traffic management and traveller information, electronic toll collection, commercial vehicle operations, public transportation, security.

As a specialist in the application of advanced technologies for managing transportation infrastructure and facilities, his project services include needs assessment, concept design, feasibility assessment, detail design and specification, tender/procurement, construction administration, quality assurance testing, system integration and operations and maintenance support. His project experience includes public and private sector clients throughout North America and overseas.

Kevin has served as project director for the development of the ITS Architecture for Canada, and has overseen a variety of applications of the architecture, including the recent ONQC Smart Corridor Concept of Operations.

Ashish Ghate

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Green# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Software Development# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Oriented Development# #Water Resources Management#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashish-ghate-3a48441a/

With a background in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Ashish Ghate brings a keen eye for good urban form and the complexities of city building to his role as a project manager and urban designer/planner. Ashish has worked on a variety of master planning and site planning projects based in North, Central and South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and India.

His experience includes all aspects of project development and spans multiple scales ranging from regional plans, master plans, transit-oriented-design, streetscape master plans, urban intensification projects and guidelines focusing on policy as well as detailed design standards. Ashish’s impressive portfolio includes a number projects focused on the importance of urban design and the balance between functional and aesthetic concerns of a project. Whereas his architectural background brings a solid building typology and infrastructure knowledge base to his work.

Leanne Soligo

Associate, Architect
Calgary, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Education# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Calgary, Canada

Leanne Soligo is a Registered Architect and LEED AP who has been involved in all aspects of design throughout her 25 years of experience. This includes , feasibility analysis, concept design, documentation and ultimately construction. Her expertise spans design and project management in both the private and public sectors with a specific emphasis on civic, institutional and educational projects. Her experience leading numerous renovations projects over her career, Leanne is aware of the special attention to facility review and documentation that is required to make a renovation project successful. On her new-build projects, this attention to detail and technical knowledge makes Leanne a valuable asset to any project. Her talents focus on design, management and finding creative approaches to resolving each project’s challenges and opportunities.

Blair Hamilton

Principal Architect
Houston, USA

#english# All# #Architecture#
Houston, USA

Blair Hamilton contributes over 35 years of diverse architectural experience to IBI Group. He is responsible for all aspects of a project, with particular emphasis on construction documents, project management, and contract administration. His responsibilities include development and management of the firm’s master specifications and quality control standards; as well as contract review and approvals.

Michael Nobrega

Independent Director

#english# All# #Board Member#

Michael Nobrega is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently the Chair of Ontario Centres of Excellence, an Ontario based organization that drives the commercialization of leading edge technologies across the transportation, communications and key market sectors. Michael was past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Pension System (OMERS), one of Canada’s largest pension funds, from 2007 to 2014. From 1998 to 2007, Michael was President and Chief Executive Officer of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment entity of OMERS.

Chris Jones

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Boston, USA

#english# All# #Highway / Road Design# #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design#
Boston, USA

Chris Jones directs a variety of campus landscape master planning and site design projects. His efforts also focus on site design for urban mixed-use development projects and associated streetscape restoration.

Arend Lootsma

Associate | Manager, Municipal Engineering
Waterloo, Canada

#english# Active Transportation# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Brownfield Development# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Design Build# #Development Engineering# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Master Planning# #P3# #Parking# #Parks# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Roads & Highways# #Software Development# #Structural Engineering# #Systems Engineering# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning# #Water / Wastewater#
Waterloo, Canada

Arend Lottsma is responsible for management of municipal infrastructure replacement projects. His duties include ongoing staff management and client liaison during the preparation of engineering designs and contract documents, where he flexes his technical skills in the preparation and review of engineering design and contract documents.

He maintains a consistent presence on the project management front, from coordinating utilities, regulatory agencies and municipalities through to contract administration and project coordination during the construction phase ensuring smooth transitions through the project lifecycle.

Since joining the firm upon graduation from the University of Waterloo, Arend has participated in a number of high-profile local projects within the urban downtown areas of Kitchener (King Street, Young Street, College Street, Otto Street and Water Street) and Hespeler Village (Cambridge).

Zohra Mutabanna

Urban Planner
New Delhi, India

#english# Active Transportation# #All# #Highway / Road Design# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
New Delhi, India

Zohra Mutabanna is a city and transportation planner, and urban designer with a wide range of experience in transportation planning, architecture, and urban design through projects in the US and India. Zohra has worked on projects involving transit oriented development, non-motorized transportation planning, streetscape design, transit service planning, microsimulation modeling and transit technologies.She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters in City Planning and a concentrated focus in transportation planning and urban design.

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