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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
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/donald-verbanac-677b06a0

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.

Michael Mandelzys

Associate | Manager, Transit Technology
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Engineering# #Operations & Maintenance# #Revenue / Tolling# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning# #Traveller Information#
Toronto, Canada

Michael Mandelzys P.Eng is a transportation systems engineer with a passion for combining technology and transit. He has worked across North America, leading projects through planning activities such as needs assessments and conceptual designs, specification and RFP development, procurement, and design and testing during implementation.

He has worked with bus, rail, and demand response transit systems including new dispatch and vehicle location systems for the Toronto Transit Commission and GO rail, advanced fare systems in London and Milwaukee, and the regional transit information site (triplinx.ca) for the Greater Toronto Area.

Jannis Nassoulis

Director | Toll and Highway Operations
Athens, Greece

#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#
Athens, Greece

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.

Kelly Cobbe

Director | Office Lead
Waterloo, Canada

#english# Active Transportation# #All# #Bridges# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Engineering# #Design Build# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Highway / Road Design# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #P3# #Parking# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation Engineering# #Water / Wastewater#
Waterloo, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-cobbe-8917a418/

Kelly Cobbe has provided engineering design, construction administration and project management services to various local municipalities, regional municipalities and provincial and federal government agencies in Eastern and Southwestern Ontario for 30 years. Leveraging a number of IBI’s core strengths, he has undertaken infrastructure and urban streetscape revitalization projects in the downtown cores of a number of municipalities in Waterloo Region. Past efforts have also included leading the civil design efforts during the preparation of the Waterloo LRT Bid and managing a portion of the Viva H3 BRT project.
In addition to his Professional Engineer licensing in Ontario and Manitoba, Kelly was designated as a Consulting Engineer by Professional Engineers of Ontario in 2004. He is a founding member and current past-chair of the Grand River Chapter of Consulting Engineers of Ontario, an active member of the Waterloo Region Homebuilder Association Waterloo Liaison Committee, and a past member of the KW Chamber of Commerce Regional and Municipal Affairs Committee.

Carl-Henry Piel

Director
Boston, USA

#english# All# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Traveller Information#
Boston, USA

Carl-Henry Piel is a registered Professional Engineer with 23 years of experience in systems engineering and 18 years of experience specifically in the ITS domain. His ITS work has focused on systems integration and computer, communications, and sensing technologies. Carl-Henry is the US Professional Services – Traffic Lead and recognized for his expertise when it comes to transportation and systems. He has a broad systems engineering background, encompassing telecommunications systems, control systems design, real-time data acquisition and signal processing systems, and artificial neural networks for control systems and signal processing.

Mark Auger

Associate | Manager, Buildings Projects
Toronto West, Canada

#english# All# #Automotive# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Project / Programme Management#
Toronto West, Canada

Mark Auger has over 30 years of experience in engineering and project management. His project experience ranges from detailed design of a bascule bridge for Barra Strait in the infrastructure sector, to the management of multidisciplinary expansions in the industrial/automotive sector. Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. He is a firm believer that communication, organization and cooperation are the key factors in the successful completion of any project. His dedication to delivering a high level of quality on his projects earned him the opportunity to work with repeat clients for many years. Mark’s greatest strength is his ability to handle multiple projects working successfully with contractors, designers, construction managers and clients as well as the public at large. His direct, honest approach to people translates into successful projects regardless of size or complexity

Vince Gallo

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Design Build# #Education# #High Rise Residential# #Higher Education# #Interiors# #Mid Rise Residential# #Office# #Retail / Commercial# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities#
Toronto, Canada

Vince Gallo has 20 years of experience and throughout this time, he has been involved in a wide variety of projects including the Aviva Centre Tennis Stadium (Canada’s National Tennis Centre) at York University, the School of Medicine at the University of Waterloo, State Farm Insurance Aurora Operations Centre, McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business located in Burlington Ontario, and numerous LCBO projects located throughout the province.

Vince was instrumental in the selection of IBI as the Architect of Record for LCBO. Vince continues to manage projects involving both new-build and renovation of their many wine and liquor stores.

Vince brings an organized and comprehensive teamwork approach to all his projects, developing excellent working relationships with clients, consultants and team members alike.

Rares Caraba

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Geomatics
Calgary, Canada

#english# All# #Geomatics# #Subject Matter Expert#
Calgary, Canada

Rares Caraba, Alberta Land Surveyor, Canada Land Surveyor, and Engineer, is responsible for acquiring accurate field data, quality control, and applications for land development to the City of Calgary and surrounding Counties and Municipal Districts.

Mark Touw

Associate | Office Lead
Kingston, Canada

#english# All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Land Use Planning# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design#
Kingston, Canada

A Land Use Planner by trade, Mark Touw is a Registered Professional Planner and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Mark manages a diverse planning practice that covers Eastern Ontario however his area of specialty is development and urban planning for both the private and public sector. He is the principal municipal planner for the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands and the Town of Greater Napanee. For the private sector he leads planning projects that include: Planning Feasibility/ Due Diligence Studies, Community Design Visioning, Secondary Plans, Official Plan Amendments, Block Plans, Plans of Subdivision, Zoning By-Law Amendments, Consents, Minor Variances and Site Plans.

Gene Simmons

Field Services Director
Houston, USA

#english# All# #Project / Programme Management#
Houston, USA

Gene Simmons initially worked on the contractor?s side, learning hands-on experience in carpentry, surveying, concrete formwork and placement. Moving into management, Gene worked as a project superintendent, estimator, project manager and handled client relations. He shifted to the architectural side almost 30 years ago and has worked as the Director of Field Services since 2000.

His practical experience is vitally important to maintaining communication among project team members and IBI Group’s field staff taking projects seamlessly from design through to construction.

Ryan Gulick

Associate | Manager, Intelligent Systems
Seattle, USA

#english# All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Design Build# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Traveller Information#
Seattle, USA

Ryan Gulick has years of experience in the ITS field. His project experience includes the design of freeway management systems, fiber interconnect communication systems, advanced traveller information systems, toll facilities, and bus rapid transit technology. This includes studies, planning, and design (PS&E) activities. Ryan has also worked on several, large scale, design-build projects in Washington, Arizona, and Colorado.

John Baker

Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering
Raleigh, USA

#english# All# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Retail / Commercial# #Structural Engineering# #Water / Wastewater#
Raleigh, USA

John Baker has 25 years of experience in structural engineering design and whether performing the design himself or supervising a structural engineer from his department, John is closely involved in the design process. He has extensive experience with industrial, institutional, wastewater, commercial, and military projects.

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