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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 2,600 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Lydia La Point

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Irvine, CA

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Planning & Urban Design# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Irvine, California, United States of America

As a Transportation Engineer in the Irvine office, Lydia La Point has performed traffic impact analyses, computer modeling, and quality control for several transit projects. She was also involved in the production of cost estimates for traffic signal components and roadway striping in signalized intersections.

Joe Heyninck

Project Engineer
London, ON

#english# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation#
London, Ontario, Canada

Joe Heyninck is a Professional Engineer in Ontario with over 40 years of experience in the civil consulting field in southwestern Ontario. His involvement in a wide range of municipal infrastructure and land development projects over this period provides him with a broad base of experience in the delivery of projects ranging in scope from servicing master plans and environmental assessments through to detailed design and construction administration of multimillion-dollar municipal infrastructure projects. Joe is currently involved in the City of London SHIFT Rapid Transit project having shared design responsibility for the development of the rapid transit corridors including the development of design alternatives and utility coordination.

Raafat Abadir

Associate | Manager, Contract Administration
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Raafat Abadir has a long career with IBI Group dating back to 1989 as a Principal Contract Administrator. At the time, he specialized in the construction administration of high-rise residential and office buildings, schools, and commercial buildings. Prior to this, Raafat gained ten years of architectural design and development engineering construction before relocating to Canada. Raafat has played an integral part in the managing of many notable, award-winning projects in the Greater Toronto Area, including One Financial Place, H.J. Alexander School, The Avenue, One Bedford Drive, River House-Old Mill, Waterpark Place (5 Phases), and the list goes on. Currently, Raafat is managing King Square Mall, Treviso (3 Phases), Harwood & Bayly (2 Phases), The Britt, 11 Wellesley, and 9 Tippett. His ability to coordinate and solve multi-site concerns with excellence has a proven record of client and firm satisfaction.

Helen Parkyns

Studio Principal
Birmingham, UK

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Highway / Road Design# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Birmingham, United Kingdom, Europe

Helen Parkyns has 20 years of experience working on many of the UK and Europe’s flagship ITS projects. She is an internationally respected project manager who combines technical insight and accomplished communication and team management skills to deliver operational ITS projects and services. She has worked on all aspects of the lifecycle of ITS projects, from feasibility studies through to implementation and post-project evaluation. Helen has extensive experience in the development of policy and business cases, operational management of road networks and traffic control centres, driver information systems and behavioural responses to such systems, data exchange, trends analysis and data manipulation, national and European projects.

Elvin Karpovich

Director, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Civic & Government# #Development Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Elvin Karpovich leads the IBI Group landscape design practice in Calgary, and oversees the administration of architectural design guidelines for approximately 18 communities across Calgary. He has assembled a diverse list of projects over his 20 years of experience, including land use planning, land design, urban design, urban landscape architectural design, and land development policies, guidelines, and standards. His project experience includes working with the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, the land development industry, and private corporations.

Wendy de Silva

Architect | Mental Health Lead
London, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Mental Health Care# #Mixed Use# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-de-silva-764b0529/
There is no health without mental health' WHO.

Wendy de Silva is an award winning architect and accredited RIBA Client Advisor with over 30 years of industry experience. She has amassed a wealth of knowledge across a range of educational, commercial and residential projects, but her particular expertise is in healthcare design. She has extensive understanding of the mental health sector and has worked with clients who are at the forefront of best practices and she is passionate about service improvements. Her project work has been recognized with awards for innovation and for providing best in class mental health facilities. She has presented papers on mental health design at conferences in the UK and Scandinavia.

Wendy has also worked on a wide range of primary and community health facilities and is keenly interested in the integration of health and social care services. She has been involved in competition winning integrated health and housing developments in London regeneration areas and has worked as Technical Advisor to community based NHS Trusts.

Wendy’s involvement as a governor of UCLH FT from 2004-2011 also enabled her to gain excellent insight into the rapidly changing NHS environment and the pressures that Foundation Trusts currently face. She continues to serve on its Arts and Heritage Committee.

Caz Thomson

Studio Associate Director
Glasgow, UK

#english# #All# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Software Development# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom, Europe

Caz Thomson has 20 years of commercial experience in systems architecture design and full lifecycle development within many disciplines, ranging from utilities management, through medical insurance to manufacturing and transportation systems. Caz has excellent technical expertise in a number of development platforms and significant experience in requirements analysis, system design and architecture, the management of large development teams and the delivery of mobile, web and system development projects. Caz also architected IBI Group’s Software and System Development processes and procedures in the UK, using the Structured Systems Analysis and Design Methodology. She currently co-manages the UK Systems team, which now numbers some 20 developers and specialists.

Peter Boccia

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Alexandria, VA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Interiors# #Project / Programme Management# #Retail / Commercial# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America

As a registered architect, Peter Boccia has over 30 years of professional experience. He has actively participated on a wide range of projects and building types, with an aggregate area in excess of three million sq ft of commercial space. Because of his extensive knowledge of model building codes, he is responsible for all code research and compliance.

He is also fully conversant in modern construction materials and methods as well as with best practices in sustainable design. In instances where the size of a project may dictate a more streamlined management approach, Peter has assumed dual role as Project Manager/Project Architect for projects such as the John A. Wilson Building, Washington, District of Columbia; the District of Columbia Courts Master Plan and One Judiciary Square, Washington, DC.

Arend Lootsma

Associate | Manager, Municipal Engineering
Waterloo, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater#
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Arend Lottsma is responsible for management of municipal infrastructure replacement projects. His duties include ongoing staff management and client liaison during the preparation of engineering designs and contract documents, where he flexes his technical skills in the preparation and review of engineering design and contract documents.

He maintains a consistent presence on the project management front, from coordinating utilities, regulatory agencies and municipalities through to contract administration and project coordination during the construction phase ensuring smooth transitions through the project lifecycle.

Since joining the firm upon graduation from the University of Waterloo, Arend has participated in a number of high-profile local projects within the urban downtown areas of Kitchener (King Street, Young Street, College Street, Otto Street and Water Street) and Hespeler Village (Cambridge).

Carl-Henry Piel

Director | US Services Lead, Intelligence
Boston, MA

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Traveller Information#
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Carl-Henry Piel is a registered Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience in systems engineering and over 25 years specifically in Intelligent Transportation Systems. His ITS work has focused on systems integration and computer, communications, and sensing technologies. Carl-Henry leads IBI Group’s Intelligent Systems Sector Consulting Services practice and is recognized for his expertise in transportation technologies and systems. He has a broad systems engineering background, encompassing telecommunications and power distribution systems design with additional experience in the design and applications of control systems, real-time data acquisition and signal processing systems, and artificial neural networks.

Justin Date

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Ottawa, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Highway / Road Design# #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation Engineering#
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Justin Date is a project engineer with over 14 years of experience in transportation engineering and planning. His design experience includes preliminary and detailed roadway design, project coordination and contract document preparation on new roadway construction, roadway rehabilitation, traffic calming and intersection modification projects. His transportation planning experience includes the preparation of transportation impact and traffic operations studies, traffic calming plans and parking studies.He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Jonathan Blades

Software Developer
Glasgow, UK

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

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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