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Aamer Shirazie

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Aamer Shirazie
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aamer is a Designer with over 6 years of experience in Mixed-Use Residential design. As part of IBI’s High-Rise Residential Team with a focus on conceptual and schematic design, he has worked numerous single and multi-tower projects and Master Plans in the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa and Calgary. Notable projects Aamer has been involved in include the Alberta Boot development in Calgary as well Theory Condos in Toronto. Aamer is currently managing the Master Planning and design of several mid high-rise mixed-use projects in the downtown Toronto core and surrounding areas.
#North America#
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Jeff Hackenbracht

Senior Project Manager
Westerville, OH

Jeff Hackenbracht
#Senior Project Manager# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Transportation#
Westerville, Ohio, United States of America
Jeff Hackenbracht has a strong background in design, engineering and construction project management of roadway and bridge projects. He has successfully managed projects for several clients including ODOT, the City of Columbus, as well as the Delaware and Franklin County Engineers. His attention to detail comes from his in-depth knowledge of ODOT and city requirements. His communication throughout the project development process has earned him high praise from pleased clients. Numerous projects have included new roadway design, roadway widening and resurfacing, ADA compliance upgrades, bikeway design, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, pavement markings, design of new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drainage, traffic signal upgrades, culvert extensions, ditches, grading, design of median barriers and lighting design.
#Midwest# #North America#
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Margaret Parkhill

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

Margaret Parkhill
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-parkhill-63934925/
Margaret has over 16 years of transportation planning experience, and brings top technical skills in planning and design, plus strong communications to effectively engage with stakeholders and technical agencies on complex and controversial projects. Margaret currently leads a transportation environmental assessment and design group based in Toronto. She is a highly-effective project manager that brings out the best in her team. Margaret’s focus is developing  integrated solutions to complex urban transportation problems through corridor planning and preliminary design. Margaret’s experience includes transit, active transportation, environmental assessments, and preliminary engineering design. Projects include London Bus Rapid Transit, Eglinton Streetscape and Cycle Track Design, MiWay Infrastructure Growth Plan, and the Toronto Relief Line subway business case and planning study. She also has experience in transportation safety and land use/ transportation integration. She is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and has published numerous papers and articles.
#North America#
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Paul Whittlestone

Global Director, IBI Healthcare+
London, UK

Paul Whittlestone
#Global Director, IBI Healthcare+# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom,
As Global Director of IBI Healthcare+, Paul Whittlestone leads a multidisciplinary team of experts in healthcare strategy, the design of healthcare buildings and infrastructure, and the application of intelligent systems to the delivery of healthcare solutions. This expertise is drawn from IBI offices around the globe and provides our clients with innovative solutions to the increasingly challenging problem of delivering high-quality, affordable and sustainable healthcare services. Paul has over 30 years of experience working on healthcare projects around the world. During this time he has been involved in several major clinical reconfiguration exercises across both whole healthcare systems and individual hospitals, as well as contributing to and leading on the investment of several billion USD in the redevelopment of healthcare infrastructure, including major new hospital projects in the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East.
#United Kingdom#
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Gaby Harris

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Tel Aviv, Israel

Gaby Harris
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Commercial# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Municipal Infrastructure# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation#
Tel Aviv, Israel, Middle East
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielleharris/
Gaby studied Architecture and qualified as an Architect in the UK before settling and practising in Israel, working predominantly for the Red Line LRT project. She has extensive experience in Transit Architecture, being involved in the Red Line from preliminary stages of design through construction. Gaby has most recently guided the successful interface coordination between the Systems and Fit Out Contractors, driving forward solutions and fostering a collaborative approach across the board.
#Middle East#
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Daniel Whelan

Associate Director | Principal, Education
Binghamton, NY

Daniel Whelan
#Associate Director | Principal, Education# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America
Daniel Whelan has more than 30 years of experience with particular areas of specialty that include architecture, project management and master planning for commercial projects, housing developments, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, banks and credit unions, and religious facilities.
#North America# #Northeast#
David Forsey

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

David Forsey
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Engineering# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Systems# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
David Forsey specializes in travel demand forecasting and public transportation systems. He has recently served as project manager for the Peel Region Travel Demand Forecasting Model Update and the National Capital Region Travel Trends Study, as well as leading the technical work for public transit and travel demand forecasting for Niagara Region and the estimation and land use forecasting model for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
#North America#
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Catherine Thibault

Associate | Manager, Transportation Planning
San Diego, CA

Catherine Thibault
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Planning# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
San Diego, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-thibault-53059b1b/
Experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. Skilled in Project Management, Sustainable Development, Analytical Skills, Policy Analysis, Sustainability, and Data Analysis. Strong outreach and communication professional with an Academic Master Degree focused in Urban Planning from University of McGill.
#North America# #Pacific West#
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John Byrne

Director | Office Lead
Edmonton, AB

John Byrne
#Director | Office Lead# #All# #Development Engineering# #Geomatics / Land Surveying# #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Spatial Intelligence# #GIS# #Geographic Information System# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnbyrne-9956627b
We enjoy the challenge of finding unique solutions to our clients survey and land-tenure needs. We pride ourselves in providing the best solution, whether high-tech or traditional.
John Byrne is a leader in IBI Group’s Geomatics offering, specializing in Land Survey Services. He has been involved with virtually every new technology in surveying over the last 45 years, including first generation Satellite systems (Doppler), Offshore navigation, GPS and continues to be involved with the changes in technology with Drones and Digital scanning systems. John has been involved with the development of digital Cadastral bases across Canada and was involved in both the Parcel (Provincial) mapping of Alberta and the municipal mapping as well. A key component of his expertise is related to helping develop methods with in the Land Titles system to bringing a project to market both delivery of title and separate financing of various components of a multi-use project. He has also been recognized as an expert witness by the Alberta Court of Queen’s bench as it relates to planning processes.
#North America#
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Abhishek Chandrasekaran

Associate | Architectural Designer
Toronto, ON

Abhishek Chandrasekaran
#Associate | Architectural Designer# #All# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario,
Abhishek is a career-driven Architect with 10+ years’ experience on many large-scale architectural and master planning projects. He started his IBI Group journey at the Dubai office in early 2014 as part of the Master planning team. He has contributed towards many large-scale industrial projects in Saudi Arabia with an emphasis on creating a modern and attractive employment / retail destination. In 2018, he chose to go back to his architecture roots and has been part of the high-rise residential team in the Toronto Office. He specializes in concept and schematic design. Some of the notable projects he was involved in are Azura Condos and 8 Wellesley condos in Toronto. Abhishek is currently managing several mid & high-rise mixed-use projects in Toronto and surrounding areas.
#North America#
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Walid Bakhos

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Planning
Dubai, UAE

Walid Bakhos
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Planning# #All# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ##
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East
#Middle East#
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Bryce Bankston

IT Manager
Houston, TX

Bryce Bankston
#IT Manager# #All# #Leader# #Operations# #Strategic Planning#
Houston, Texas, North America
Mr. Bankston has been with IBI Group since 1999 and is an Associate Principal with the firm. Bryce has extensive experience leading operations for technology, business development, budgeting, acquisitions, integrations, and application development while coordinating with global technical teams. He is also an integral part of the strategic planning initiative for IBI at the corporate level. Bryce not only oversees all of the computers in our Houston office, he is a critical member of the IBI West Region Support Team covering multiple locations. He supports all aspects of our computer network, including development and implementation of wiring configuration standards connectivity solutions, overall network operation systems, network software, server hardware configurations, network file systems, directory structure, LAN/WAN system integrity and security, and the installation and configuration of network hardware and software. In other words, he keeps us working.
#North America# #Southeast#