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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.

Rick Mello

Associate, Project Architect
San Luis Obispo, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Healthcare+# #Office Lead#
San Luis Obispo, USA

Rick Mello has grown to become a firm-wide resource for Quality Documents and Construction Administration. With over 25 years of professional experience, he brings the confidence and knowledge of a veteran to the volatile construction process. Rick has performed Construction Administration services on institutional projects including health care and public facilities. He leads the Construction Administration and sets the standards and develops the tools by which we function.

Tom Tsaktsiris

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Resorts# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Toronto, Canada

Tom Tsaktsiris LEED AP BD+C specializes in high-rise Residential and Hospitality projects. His early involvement on a number of high profile projects such as The Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, The Shores at Bronte Harbour and the Toronto Delta Hotel has propelled him to the position of Project Manager where he has further developed his relationships with his clients and honed his management skills, while leading highly motivated multi-member teams. Tom has played an integral role in the successful execution of the Valhalla Condos and Towns for Edilcan, Minto’s Yorkville Park and The Yorkdale Condominiums for Heights Development Inc., where his work is helping to revitalize the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood.

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.

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.

Alex Mereu

Transportation Planner
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Land Use Planning# #Master Planning# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Toronto, Canada

Alex Mereu brings a balanced and perceptive approach to consulting through his professional experience in land use and transportation planning. Alex has gained professional experience developing and analyzing planning alternatives through working on comprehensive master plans, transportation master plans, and benefits case analysis in various international contexts including Saudi Arabia, Germany, New Zealand and Canada. He is passionate about the future of cities and how innovative solutions can help us balance nature and progress as we strive for a more sustainable way of life. Alex is an effective communicator, highlighted by his experience in public consultation and his past role as an interim professor at the University of Waterloo.

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.

Paula Margaritis

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Interiors# #Planning & Urban Design#
Toronto, Canada

Paula Margaritis has 15 years of intensive multidisciplinary experience in architecture, planning and interior design. Her architectural background brings solid knowledge on built form modules and allows ultimate flexibility in developing and creating highly progressive and innovative solutions in any environment. As a senior designer, she has participated on several larger scale projects ensuring a highly creative and detailed quality in designing interiors and coordinated with the functional and technical aspects of the projects. As a passionate, energetic, efficient and organized professional, she processes excellent communications, sound project management skills and a team spirited personality.

Marek Otwinowski

Associate Director
Calgary, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture#
Calgary, Canada

Marek Otwinowski has extensive knowledge of building and construction systems and has the complete ability to develop designs into built form. His education in contracting, technical detailing and architecture is bolstered by 23 years of experience in the Canadian market.

Justin Harris

Studio Principal
Rochdale, UK

#english# Acute Care# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Bridge Engineering# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Design Build# #Education# #Healthcare+# #Higher Education# #Highway / Road Design# #K-12 Education# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Leader# #Learning+# #Library# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mental Health Care# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Oncology# #P3# #Pediatrics# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Software Development# #Special Events# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Structural Engineering# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #UK Regional# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Rochdale, United Kingdom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-harris-45553114/

Justin Harris is an architect with over 20 years of experience in a range of projects. The majority of his work has focused on healthcare and specifically the primary and community care sector. With an interest in innovative healthcare systems, his strength lies in the design and development of complex multi stakeholder projects such as Bolton One, Gorton Community Hub, and Corby Health and Wellbeing Centre.

Steve McKee

Associate | Architect
Toronto, Canada

#english# Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Civic & Government# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Green# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Interiors# #Learning+# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Office# #P3# #product_Asset Management & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities#
Toronto, Canada

Steve McKee is a registered architect with over 35 years of experience. He has acted as the project lead to successfully deliver many complex corporate interiors projects as well as strategic workplace studies for both public and private organizations.

Steve’s primary role has focused on front end project development, building analysis, test fits, programming, strategic real estate analysis, and workplace transformation programs.

Notable project work includes KPMG (Toronto, Calgary and Vaughan offices) as well as several significant law firm projects including Faskens, Osler and Stikeman Elliott. Steve has also worked with public agencies (Region of Peel, Infrastructure Ontario) to develop long term strategic occupancy studies involving a portfolio of buildings.

Jonathan Blades

Software Developer
Glasgow, UK

#english# All# #Data / Operations Centre# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Roads & Highways# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Jonathan Blades has over ten years of technical experience in the IT and telecom field, particularly network administration and PC support. He has extensive experience in LAN/WAN including installation and maintenance, and TCP/IP troubleshooting and support, multiple server/domain; remote access support, as well as CAT 6/5e Cabling. Jonathan specialises in operating systems, telephone systems and and to top it off, he also has considerable experience in website, app and software development.

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