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Our People

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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Mathew Braun

Associate Principal - Education, Buildings
Portland, OR

Mathew Braun
#Associate Principal - Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader#
Portland, Oregon,

During Mat’s 17 years with the firm he has enjoyed a diverse and extensive collection of projects. A recent effort has been the new Hockinson Middle School, an innovative public school in Southwestern Washington. He worked collaboratively with the contractor to bring it to completion, while being an advocate for key design concepts. Mat takes great care in all facets of the design process, applying a critical eye throughout every stage of a project. He is a valuable member of any team, willing to handle any task asked of him in order to adhere to project schedule and budget without compromising on design quality and intent.

Providing clients with a final product that satisfies and exceeds their vision is what inspires Mat. He was a key player in the modernization projects for North Santiam School District that involved upgrades to existing schools, and is project architect for Tigard-Tualatin School District’s Twality Middle School.

#North America#
Lee Ann Mangin

Associate Director
Seattle, WA

Lee Ann Mangin
#Associate Director# #All# #Office Lead# #Operations# #Project / Programme Management# #Smart City Platform# #Smart Cities# ## #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ##
Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Lee Ann is a lead for IBI Group’s smart city practice across the US. She brings 20 years of design and engineering experience in the Intelligence practice, leading Intelligent Transportation Systems, operations center projects and multi-disciplinary teams in the design and implementation of mobility solutions. Lee Ann has a long history helping cities, transit agencies, and traffic agencies with implementing and integrating technologies into their day-to-day operations.

#North America#
Joe Somfay

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Waterloo, ON

Joe Somfay
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ##
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Drawing on 50 years of experience in cities as diverse as Sydney, Toronto and Waterloo, Mr. Somfay brings an acute urban sensibility and sustainability to the design of contemporary buildings.

As a designer and manager he has coordinated large multi-disciplinary teams collaborating on complex university, residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in the Waterloo Region and Southern Ontario. His projects include architectural designs for mixed used and high rise projects in Mississauga, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge and Elora areas.

He has taught design and building science for 17 years at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Ontario. Comfortable with projects at any scale, northern latitudes or the tropics, Mr. Somfay always looks for design opportunities that further the clients’ goals with an original, practical and economical solution. Firmly committed to sustainability, he has taught and consulted on sustainable design for the past 50 years. 

Joe encourages original thinking and is willing to question norms.

#North America#
Elizabeth Kadela

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Contract Administration
Toronto, ON

Elizabeth Kadela
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Contract Administration# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Elizabeth Kadela P.Eng has specialized expertise in the construction oversight for traffic management systems and electrical work, acting as the project manager or contract administrator for those specialties on over 40 MTO construction contracts. She is presently responsible for a broad portfolio of transportation construction administration assignments, which include the GO Transit BRT in Mississauga, Metrolinx Corridor Noisewall, and various Regional Road widening projects in Peel Region.

Susan Christensen

Associate Director | Office Lead
Binghamton, NY

Susan Christensen
#Associate Director | Office Lead# #All# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

Susan Christensen has over 15 years of experience in marketing management, e-commerce marketing, marketing communication, business development, and global brand management.

Daniel Crosthwaite

Associate | Manager, Buildings Projects
Toronto West, ON

Daniel Crosthwaite
#Associate | Manager, Buildings Projects# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Data Analytics# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Project / Programme Management# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Daniel Crosthwaite has over 30 years of experience in engineering, project management and business administration. He has extensive experience in project management for complex and multidisciplinary, high-profile design assignments, project costing, project selection and forensic analysis for client projects. Daniel is an electrical engineer with detailed understanding of disciplines, including architectural, civil, structural, mechanical and industrial, which he leverages for advanced project management techniques to plan, execute, monitor and control project portfolios and optimize individual project team performance. He has experience with multiple contract arrangements and has gained this understanding through leading complex, multidisciplinary design projects, which allows him to interface with and coordinate the activities of professionals in these fields.

Paul Lavallee

Director | US Sector Lead, Intelligence
Seattle, WA

Paul Lavallee
#Director | US Sector Lead, Intelligence# #All# #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Operations# #Project / Programme Management# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ##
Seattle, Washington, United States of America

As the US Sector Lead, Intelligence, Paul Lavallee is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s intelligence practice across the US, working closely with Carl-Henry Piel, James Barbosa, and Ritesh Warade who lead the services, solutions and operations subsectors respectively. Bringing over 30 years of experience as part of IBI Group’s intelligence practice, he has helped organizations at all levels effectively integrate technology into city planning, design and operation, and transform how business is conducted today. He is internationally recognized as a transit technology and revenue collection system specialist with specific expertise in bringing together multi-stakeholder teams and delivering high-profile projects.

Paul is a licensed Professional Engineer currently working with thought leaders to help integrate technology into the daily fabric of people’s lives. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

#North America#
Suzette Shiu

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

Suzette Shiu
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Suzette is a Project Manager in the Toronto transportation planning group and has been the lead engineer for transportation planning, travel demand modelling and data analysis for a wide range of studies ranging from strategic master plans and environmental assessments to traffic operations.

With 20 years of experience in consulting in Canada and the United States, she has successfully managed numerous large and complex studies involving various government agencies, stakeholders and the public. Her success stems from the strong trust, reliability and integrity she brings to client and staff relationships. Suzette is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario and has completed numerous high-profile and challenging studies, including major transportation master plans for York Region, Niagara Region and Durham Region and major rapid transit corridor projects such as the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit.

#North America#
Michelle Boucher

Manager, Intelligent Transportation Systems
Boston, MA

Michelle Boucher
#Manager, Intelligent Transportation Systems# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Advanced Traveler Information System# #Advanced Traveller Information System# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# ## #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Boston, Massachusetts, North America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-boucher-0b729a77/

Ms. Boucher has extensive experience in ITS, transportation planning and engineering. As a 20+ year veteran of MassDOT Highway Division and former Director of ITS, she was instrumental in the planning, design, and implementation of the ITS Program in Massachusetts. As the Managing Director of KCUS from 2015-2019, she worked on several ITS related projects both in Massachusetts and overseas. She is the project manager for the MassDOT Statewide RTTM System and the MassDOT Smart Work Zone Manager Application. As a former public employee, she brings a practical and operational approach to projects. She has been part of teams and led teams that have developed strategic plans geared toward improving safety using ITS, concepts of operation, feasibility studies, safety and mobility studies, performance management and software development. After leaving MassDOT, she spent two years working at the National Volpe Transportation Center on ITS, traffic incident management, and the National Park Services safety program. During her time at KCUS she worked on projects which included providing a technical ITS program plan to the Colombian Ministry of Transport, a Transportation Strategic Framework for the King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia, and a Smart Work Zone implementation tool for FHWA.

#North America#
Geoff Carter

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Traveller Information Systems
Toronto, ON

Geoff Carter
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Traveller Information Systems# #Airport Taxi Dispatch# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# #Transit Technology# ## #All# #Data Analytics# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Revenue Collection# #Transportation# #Revenue / Tolling# ## #Road Permitting System# #Transportation# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# ## #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Alerts# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# #Transit Technology# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Real Time# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# #Transit Technology# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #TravelIQ# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Geoff Carter joined IBI Group working in the development of our Advanced Traffic Management Systems software with an emphasis on the mapping display functionality. Geoff now leads IBI’s Advanced Traveller Information web and data interface team. Geoff and his team now support IBI traveller information systems that service roughly 25% of the population in the US, with notable active 511 solutions deployed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Florida, Wisconsin and Los Angeles. Geoff led IBI’s efforts for the deployment of the traveller information web site for the Pan Am games. Geoff has led efforts to provide SaaS (Software as a Solution), advanced IBI’s hosting center in Tampa, Florida and has managed the program to productize IBI’s software solution thereby allowing IBI to bring tremendous value to its clients. He is currently leading IBI’s efforts to advance the Event Reporting System and managing the New York and Wisconsin 511 projects.

Kevin Wood

Associate Director | Principal, Water Resources Engineering
Westerville, OH

Kevin Wood
#Associate Director | Principal, Water Resources Engineering# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Engineering# #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Westerville, Ohio, United States of America

As the US Lead on Water/Wastewater, Kevin Wood’s goal is to provide communities with an improved quality of life through superior engineering, particularly with reference to local jurisdiction water and wastewater projects. Kevin has helped municipalities and townships identify, apply for and receive state and federal grant and loan monies for infrastructure development projects, after providing the facilities planning necessary to establish community needs and costs.
His expertise matching infrastructure and economic development needs of communities with available resources is critical to providing satisfactory solutions. As Project Manager for water and wastewater projects, his project involvement begins at the inception of the project and continues through to the design, funding, construction and rate determination stages.

Ashish Ghate

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Toronto, ON

Ashish Ghate
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning# #All# #Green# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashish-ghate-3a48441a/

With a background in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Ashish Ghate brings a keen eye for good urban form and the complexities of city building to his role as a project manager and urban designer/planner. Ashish has worked on a variety of master planning and site planning projects based in North, Central and South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and India.

His experience includes all aspects of project development and spans multiple scales ranging from regional plans, master plans, transit-oriented-design, streetscape master plans, urban intensification projects and guidelines focusing on policy as well as detailed design standards. Ashish’s impressive portfolio includes a number projects focused on the importance of urban design and the balance between functional and aesthetic concerns of a project. Whereas his architectural background brings a solid building typology and infrastructure knowledge base to his work.

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