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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.

Salvatore Birritteri

Associate, Architectural Technologist
Denver, USA

english All Multi-Modal Transportation Planning & Urban Design Terminals Transit Oriented Development Transportation
Denver, USA

Sal Birritteri is an Urban Designer with 13 years of experience working on a broad base of multidisciplinary projects. Most recently he has worked on projects that are transit related. These projects include the design of facilities such as passenger shelters, stations and intermodal terminals and have required involvement from conceptual design to construction supervision. His experience on past projects and his training as an Architectural Technologist have given him a strong background in architectural building science. His design and project management skills enable him to effectively see a project from visioning through to construction.

Bruno Peters

Deputy Regional Director, Canada West
Edmonton, Canada

english All Electrical Engineering Engineering Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Leader Mobility+ Senior Management Systems Integration Transportation
Edmonton, Canada

As Deputy Regional Director for Canada West, Bruno Peters works with the Regional Director to enable the region to achieve its professional and financial objectives. Bruno is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He possesses extensive experience in the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of transportation and communication and web-based systems for a wide variety of applications. Bruno is pivotal in bringing a cross-sectoral approach to the IBI Group Smart City experience.

Peter Zurawel

Denver, USA

english All Architecture Civic & Government Leader Office Office Lead Placemaking Planning & Urban Design Subject Matter Expert Transit Facilities
Denver, USA
At IBI Group, we meet the challenges presented by our clients by getting them involved in the solutions. They participate. This is also my personal commitment.

Peter Zurawel is the US Lead on Transit Facilities with over 35 years of professional experience on large-scale urban, government, corporate, and institutional projects. He is a professional architect and urban designer with a speciality in leading multidisciplinary teams and large-scale projects requiring problem-solving for unique solutions. He has taken a special interest in the design of public spaces for transit facilities that unite transportation and land uses, which has been the solution for clients who require context-sensitive design solutions for both the urban built fabric and recreational landmarks.

His clients include major North American cities and their transit agencies, as well as the National Parks Service of the US Department of the Interior.

Sylvia Hajo

Associate, Interior Designer
Houston, USA

english All Civic & Government Education Healthcare+ Interiors Retail / Commercial
Houston, USA

Sylvia Hajo has over 20 years of interior design experience, with a specialization in the design of spaces for educational, commercial, health care and institutional clients. Her primary responsibilities include: design management of the project, design collaboration with client, creating interior design concepts, specifying furniture and fixtures, equipment , managing the interior design process including all furniture selections and specifications, overseeing interior project schedules, and adhering to furniture/fabrics/accessories project budgets. Sylvia is conscientious, precise, and is known as an effective communicator with client and stakeholder groups.

Gabriel Pavel

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Richmond Hill, Canada

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Richmond Hill, Canada

Gabriel Pavel is a Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in process controls design and systems engineering, networking, and SCADA systems, electrical controls, loop controllers, AC drives, and process and analytical instrumentation. Gabriel has a wide range of experience in municipal water/wastewater, food/pharmaceutical, and energy/utility process control, including design, development and on-site commissioning.

Vlad Losner

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential
Toronto, Canada

english All Architecture High Rise Residential Leader Mixed Use Residential Retail / Commercial Subject Matter Expert
Toronto, Canada

Vlad Losner holds a Diploma of Architecture degree from the University of Bucharest, Romania with over 30 years of experience. He has served as lead designer on a number of successful residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in dense urban environments, including Maple Leaf Square, Sutton Place (The Britt) and 411 Wellesley.

Jannis Nassoulis

Director | Toll and Highway Operations
Toronto, Canada

english All Data / Operations Centre Design Build Economic / Financial Analysis Electrical Engineering Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Leader Maintenance Facilities Operations & Maintenance P3 Project / Programme Management Revenue / Tolling Roads & Highways Strategic Planning Subject Matter Expert Systems Systems Engineering Systems Integration Traffic Engineering Traffic Management Transportation Traveller Information
Toronto, Canada

Jannis Nassoulis has more then 18 years of experience in the infrastructure construction and transportation industry. After he successfully managed the design, installation, testing and commissioning of the first large scale ITS project in Greece, he was involved in motorway operations undertaking the role of the Tunnel Safety Officer of the Athens ring road. He coordinated large scale exercises and fire tests in tunnels.

In 2007, Jannis organized the operation and maintenance of the 230km long motorway concession project, Aegean Motorway, as Chief Operations Officer. Holding the position of the COO for nine years, he managed a major operational crisis involving a dramatic rockfall incident, resulting to longlasting international arbitration procedures, legal disputes and claims. He also actively participated in a successful project restructuring process, necessary to mitigate severe problems resulting from the Greek financial crisis, earning serious experience in PPP project financing, contractual arrangements and negotiation practices.

Tom Bacus, PE

Director | US Sector Lead, Infrastructure
Salt Lake City, USA

english Active Transportation All Bridge Engineering Brownfield Development Bus Rapid Transit Civic & Government Civil Infrastructure Community / Recreational Facilities Design Build Detention Facilities Engineering Environmental Assessment Green Highway / Road Design Hospitality Leader Light Rail Transit Maintenance Facilities Mixed Use Mobility Hub Mobility+ Multi-Modal Transportation Municipal Services Parks Placemaking Planning & Urban Design Policy & Design Guidelines Project / Programme Management Public Outreach Rail Resorts Senior Management Software Development Structural Engineering Subject Matter Expert Traffic Engineering Transit Oriented Development Transit Planning Transportation Transportation Engineering
Salt Lake City, USA

Tom Bacus, a Director in Salt Lake City, UT brings over 20 years of experience in planning and civil engineering to the IBI team. During his career, he has successfully delivered numerous projects including work on tech campuses, large planned communities and light rail transit projects. His experience includes project work in transit corridors, transit oriented development, integrated water systems, streetscape design, parks, open space and trail design, site civil design, utility infrastructure, development entitlements, permitting, cost estimating and feasibility analysis.

In addition to planning and design work, Tom has done significant public policy work around transit and sustainability, including the development of green infrastructure standards for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), regional air quality guidelines at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, transit funding initiatives in Dallas, Denver and Salt Lake City, implementation of regional bike sharing in Salt Lake City, and public/private/NGO coalition building around air quality and smart growth initiatives.

Elizabeth Kadela

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Contract Administration
Toronto, Canada

english All Bus Rapid Transit Civil Infrastructure Project / Programme Management Roads & Highways Subject Matter Expert Systems Traffic Management Transportation
Toronto, Canada

Elizabeth Kadela P.Eng has specialized expertise in the construction oversight for traffic management systems and electrical work, acting as the project manager or contract administrator for those specialties on over 40 MTO construction contracts. She is presently responsible for a broad portfolio of transportation construction administration assignments, which include the GO Transit BRT in Mississauga, Metrolinx Corridor Noisewall, and various Regional Road widening projects in Peel Region.

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, UK

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.

Jill Mackay

Seattle, USA

english All Mobility+ Municipal Services Product_sAVe App Project / Programme Management Revenue / Tolling Software Development Sustainability & Environmental Management Systems Systems Integration Transit Technologies Transportation Traveller Information
Seattle, USA

Upon joining IBI Group, Jill Mackay was tasked to develop Regional ITS architecture for a broad range of clients, including throughout the state of Washington. Through the facilitation of stakeholder workshops, Jill became adept at helping agencies identify a vision and strategic path for the identification, prioritization and implementation of innovative transportation technologies that would improve operational efficiencies and performance.

Beyond the planning phase, Jill has worked on fare collection, electronic toll collection and CAD/AVL system implementations from the initial needs assessment phase through to systems acceptance. Currently, Jill is leading IBI Group’s multidisciplinary Connected and Autonomous Vehicles practice, which is comprised of professionals dedicated to guiding our traffic and transit agency clients on how to plan, prepare and benefit from innovative autonomous technologies. A team from the CAV Working Group was recently a finalist in New York?s Driverless Future design challenge, which sought ideas on how automated vehicles could address urban growth issues in New York City.

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