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Stephen Albanese

Associate | Manager, Planning
Toronto, ON

Stephen Albanese
#Associate | Manager, Planning# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-albanese-38372395/
Stephen Albanese is an Associate Manager with IBI Group’s Planning practice. Stephen is well-versed in the planning framework guiding land use and development. Supported by a great team of planners, he has successfully obtained/coordinated development and planning approvals for large-scale development projects involving numerous disciplines and teams of sub-consultants. He has undertaken several master planning exercises, policy reviews, statistical analyses, and planning due diligence exercises. In consideration of his development and land use planning experience, Stephen has also completed numerous highest and best-use analyses and represented clients before Council/Committee throughout the public consultation process.
#North America#
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Farhan Haqqani

Regional Technology Leader
Ottawa, ON

Farhan Haqqani
#Regional Technology Leader# #All# #Architecture# #BIM# #BIM & 3D Visualization# ## #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Design Build# #Design Technology# #Healthcare# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #P3#
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/farhan-haqqani-58b3b730/
Why is there never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it twice
Mr. Haqqani is a dedicated Canada East Regional Technical Lead for Design Technology with more than seventeen years of experience, and over fifteen years using Revit. He is an advanced Revit user, and his experience includes technical production, coordination, and intricate detail design. He manages thirteen BIM coordinators, in Architectural, Civil, Structural & MEP disciplines. He also supports 9 Offices in his Region with approximately 1200 employees.
#North America#
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Oliver Hartleben

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Placemaking
Vancouver, BC

Oliver Hartleben
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Placemaking# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Library# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #sAVe App# #Strategic Planning# #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
http://linkedin.com/in/ohartleben
Oliver Hartleben is a city planner with a public administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School focused on existing and evolving public outreach, demographic, mobility, built form, and innovation topics. A lateral thinker by nature, Oliver brings together his experience in engaging public, private and community stakeholders for the identification of new opportunities and synergies. Oliver is NCI System-certified to facilitate design charettes, has experience in conducting online engagement processes, and leads IBI Group’s R&D Unit, TH!NK.
#North America#
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Hassan Ktaech

Associate | Manager, Environmental Services
Markham, ON

Hassan Ktaech
#Associate | Manager, Environmental Services# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Commercial# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Energy Solutions# #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Green# #Healthcare# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #Leader# #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Markham, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hassan-ktaech-a4591928/
Mr. Hassan Ktaech is an environmental professional with extensive experience providing environmental regulatory compliance, engineering and scientific consultation services to public and private sector clients in Canada and the Middle East. His range of professional experience and services include project management, designated substance and hazardous materials surveys and abatement, waste management, corporate environmental regulatory compliance consulting, environmental monitoring, governmental approvals, protocol development and scientific methodology validation. He has experience working for clients from an impressive diversity of sectors including agricultural businesses, municipal operations, energy, educational, commercial and financial institutions.
#North America#
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Jonathan Darton

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, System Engineering
Calgary, AB

Jonathan Darton
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, System Engineering# #All# #Data Analytics# #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #Leader# #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #TravelIQ# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-darton/
Jonathan Darton BCOMM, ISP, ITCP has 15 years of experience in the areas of Intelligent System design, development, and implementation. Jonathan has been actively engaged with stakeholders for many ITS, TMC and systems related projects including ATMS, ATIS, Data Acquisition, and Data Warehousing systems. Jonathan manages the Canada West Intelligent Systems Solutions team which provides service to clients throughout Canada and internationally. He holds the Information System Professional (ISP) and ITCP designations from Canada?s Institute of Information Technology Professionals and is currently serving as Co-chair of the ITS Canada ATMS Technical Committee.
#North America#
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Brian Baker

Senior Landscape Architect
Calgary, AB

Brian Baker
#Senior Landscape Architect# #All# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ##
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Brian is a landscape architect, and combined with practice as a principal of Landplan Associates Ltd. and previous positions, has over 40 years experience in planning and site design.  He has worked on several award winning projects including the Park at McDougall Centre and Shaw Millennium Park in Calgary, Kananaskis Village in Kananaskis Country and the Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller.  He is currently working on Spring Creek Mountain Village, an exceptional example of pedestrian oriented resort development in Canmore.  Brian has been honoured with membership in the College of Fellows of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Brian’s ongoing aspiration is to create memorable pedestrian spaces where people live, work and play.  He is committed to resolving a project’s functional and aesthetic requirements through innovative design based on an understanding of the local environment and culture.  He has been an advocate of sustainability principles for many years and has successfully worked on several LEED projects.  Brian has experience in providing relevant and competent input through all phases of the planning/design process.
#North America#
Claudia Krywiak

Independent Director

Claudia Krywiak
#Independent Director# #All# #Board Member#
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Dr. Krywiak is President and CEO of Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), a not-for-profit organization that drives the growth of a knowledge-based economy in Ontario. In partnership with industry, OCI co-invests in industrially relevant research and development and the commercialization of leading edge technologies, supporting the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Dr. Krywiak also serves on the Boards of OCI (ex officio) and the Accelerator Centre in Waterloo. Prior to joining OCI, Dr. Krywiak held the position of Vice President, Business Development (Ontario) at Mitacs, a national research organization that funds research and training programs. She also had five years of experience with Bruker BioSpin, a world leader in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology. Dr. Krywiak holds a Hon.B.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto.
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Jeremy Siviter

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Transportation Systems
Alexandria, VA

Jeremy Siviter
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Transportation Systems# #All# #Leader# #Operations# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America
Jeremy Siviter has managed a wide variety of ITS research, design, implementation and operation projects and has extensive experience in electronic revenue collection, transit technology applications, traffic management systems and traveller information systems. Jeremy’s skills range from detailed technical analysis and testing through set-up and management of customer service operations.
#North America# #Southeast#
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John Kelly

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

John Kelly
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Municipal Infrastructure# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ## #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
John has over 30 years of experience in a broad range of municipal engineering, including environmental assessment, planning, design, operations and construction related to land development, transit, transportation, water, and wastewater. He also has significant expertise developed over 12 years in construction contract management for design-bid-build and design-build projects. John has worked with diverse groups of stakeholders, often with competing interests, including elected officials, community and business associations, the public, construction and consulting engineering industries, and agencies such as utility companies, Metrolinx, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Waterfront Toronto.
#North America#
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Noel Vilamitjana

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Edmonton, AB

Noel Vilamitjana
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Noel is a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) who has been in the construction industry for approximately 20 years. He excels at contract document coordination and construction administration. For many Edmonton-based projects, Noel coordinates contract document production teams, prepares project specifications, and manages the construction administration phase. Noel’s experience consists of primarily protective services, commercial, healthcare, retail, education, recreation and multi-unit projects. Recently, he has worked on the Edmonton Police Service NW Campus, the City of Edmonton Co-located Emergency Dispatch 911 Centre, and the Edwin Parr Replacement School, in Athabasca Alberta. Noel is also a member of Construction Specifications Canada (CSC).
#North America#
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Sania D. Shifferd

Associate Director | Office Lead
Austin, TX

Sania D. Shifferd
#Associate Director | Office Lead# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Commercial# #Green# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Strategic Planning#
Austin, Texas, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sania-shifferd-75a401/
Strategy, collaboration, and positive environments for people
Sania has extensive experience in architecture and interior design. Her comprehensive approach includes business development, client relationship management, project management, architectural and interior design, production, and quality assurance. Her ability to design and coordinate renovation and new construction, shell and interiors, results in fully coordinated projects that integrate architecture and interiors with a unified design expression and an emphasis on quality. Sania’s expertise spans the markets of high tech, creative office, corporate office, spec office, full service interiors, higher education, institutional, residential, renovation and due diligence, hospitality, and sustainable design. She excels in understanding and interpreting a client’s unique culture and aesthetic requirements, utilizing a strategic, collaborative approach to process development and problem solving, informed by a lively interest in positive communication and relationship development. A strong client focus combined with careful and perceptive listening allow her to develop long-term client relationships, while her focus on design team and contractor relationships promotes a collaborative atmosphere and enables the success of her projects.
#North America# #Southeast#
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Christina Pilz

Associate - Manager, Landscape Architecture
Toronto, ON

Christina Pilz
#Associate - Manager, Landscape Architecture# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Green# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Landscape Architecture# #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Christina Pilz is a Landscape Architect and ISA Certified Arborist with more than 18 years of experience in design and project management. She brings a broad range of skills and capabilities to the firm drawn from her academic and work experience. She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science specializing in Natural Resource Management and Botany, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph. Ms. Pilz combines strong design sensibilities with an in-depth understanding of ecological systems and plant material, resulting in sustainable design solutions that are sensitive to the environment while creating aesthetically pleasing and functional public spaces. In recent years, Christina’s work has been focused on the delivery of P3 projects and implementation of sustainable design solutions that include LID, uncompacted soil conditions for long-term tree growth, and thoughtful plant species selection.
#North America#