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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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Michael Nobrega

Independent Director

Michael Nobrega
#Independent Director# #All# #Board Member#
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Mr. Nobrega is the Chair of Ontario Centres of Excellence, an Ontario based organization that drives the commercialization of leading edge technologies across the transportation, communications and other key market sectors. He is also the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterfront Toronto.

Mr. Nobrega was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Pension System (OMERS), one of Canada’s largest pension funds, from 2007 to 2014, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment entity of OMERS, from 1998 to 2007. Prior to Borealis, Mr. Nobrega was a tax partner of Arthur Andersen.

Between 2014 and 2016, Mr. Nobrega was appointed by the Ontario provincial government as Chair of the Expert Panels on the financial restructuring of MaRS (Ontario’s innovation hub for medical and related sciences) and on the reconstruction of the Macdonald Block in Toronto. Mr. Nobrega holds an Honours BA (Economics and Mathematics) from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

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Welland Sin

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Welland Sin
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Welland is a Registered Architect with over 10 years of experience and is a graduate of McGill University’s Master of Architecture program. Following graduation, Welland gained a diverse background in the practice of architecture at various firms in both Toronto and Montreal. Welland joined IBI’s transit architecture group in 2009 and has been involved in major public transportation projects including TTC Finch West Station, TTC Pioneer Village Station and NTA Red Line LRT in Tel Aviv. Having contributed his skills in design, coordination and project management to the firm, Welland has developed an expertise in transit design that is reflected in all stages of the project. Welland is currently the lead architect for Mt. Dennis Station on the new 19 km Eglinton Crosstown LRT project in Toronto.

#North America#
Shahin Abji

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Edmonton, AB

Shahin Abji
#Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering# #All# #Engineering# #Operations# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Shahin Abji has 16 years of experience in the planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of transportation systems and is currently working as part of a team specializing in ITS and broadband telecom systems. His experience includes systems planning and design, material requirements and specifications, procurement, material and installation inspections, commissioning, operations, maintenance, construction contract administration, quality control/quality assurance.

#North America#
Lisa D’Abbondanza

Director - Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Lisa D’Abbondanza
#Director - Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Education# #School# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lisa D’Abbondanza LEED AP is a Registered Architect in the Toronto office Transit Architecture studio. With over 20 years of experience, her ability to understand and implement rigorous design, management and construction standards has allowed her to successfully serve major institutional clients and municipalities and develop her skills as both a Design Architect and Project Manager. Lisa?s specialization in Transit Architecture began with the award-winning modernization of the TTC Victoria Park Station and Bus Terminal. Lisa played an integral role on the recently completed western segment of the Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit Line consisting of eight transit stations. She is currently the system-wide Architectural Lead for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Line consisting of 15 transit stations and ten surface stops. Lisa is a member of Ontario Association of Architects, Canada Green Building Council, Toronto Society of Architecture, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Women in Transportation Society.

John Baker

Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering
Raleigh, NC

John Baker
#Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Structural Engineering# #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ##
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

John Baker has 25 years of experience in structural engineering design and whether performing the design himself or supervising a structural engineer from his department, John is closely involved in the design process. He has extensive experience with industrial, institutional, wastewater, commercial, and military projects.

Matthew Belaen

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Matthew Belaen
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Library# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #P3# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Matt is an Architect Project Manager at the 55 St. Clair W office and has been with IBI for four years. He has experience leading large complex projects with fully integrated multi-discipline project teams, working closely with the Toronto West and Richmond Hill offices. Matt works directly with clients from the initial project vision and programming stage through to construction. Recent projects that he has been a team leader on include the Magna International Head Office and multiple Metrolinx Transportation Pursuits.

Prior to joining IBI, Matt was a manager and a design team member for the concept and approvals phase of the Parq Vancouver project, an 800,000 sq. ft. multi-hotel, conference centre, and casino complex. He has been a design team member for various architecture design competitions for cultural buildings and libraries in Quebec, several of which have been recognized internationally for design merit. Matt has also worked on, and lead, various cultural and community architecture projects in Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and Taiwan. Matt is a member of the OAA and RAIC.

Lou Bandiera

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto West, ON

Lou Bandiera
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Industrial# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Warehouse & Distribution Centre# #Industrial# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
www.linkedin.com/in/lou-bandiera-44970b25

Lou Bandiera has over 35 years of experience in the architectural field and has participated in a variety of transit, industrial, commercial and institutional projects. Lou has fulfilled a major role in carrying out building audits, feasibility studies, project management, production of working drawings and technical specifications, tender issuance and evaluation, building code review, project scheduling, construction site review, document coordination and obtaining approvals from government agencies and private sector clients. Lou is also a Certified Internal Auditor for the ISO 9001:2008 Quality System and manages the QMS training program for IBI Group’s Toronto West office. His primary responsibilities in the management of the staff in the Architectural, Specifications and Document Control groups, includes staff development, technical leadership, resource management and business development, as well as, peer review of all deliverables produced by the group.

#North America#
Justin Date

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Ottawa, ON

Justin Date
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ##
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.

#North America#
Keith Ponton

Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems
Edmonton, AB

Keith Ponton
#Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems# #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/keith-ponton-8b78884/

Keith is a Professional Engineer and a seasoned telecommunications veteran with over 28 years of telecommunications and information communication technology experience across engineering, sales, product management, marketing and executive level management functions. He has worked with municipalities, transit agencies, utilities, carriers, and vendors, developing strategic plans based on needs assessments, devising strategies for monetizing technology investments; services and product differentiation through market analysis and competitive positioning; business model development; risk mitigation and contingency planning; vendor selection and contract negotiations.

Keith has provided Canadian municipalities strategic guidance and reviews of CRTC decisions relating to local and wholesale telecommunications competition and Internet as a basic service.

#North America#
David Valerius

Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
Houston, TX

David Valerius
#Associate Principal | Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

David is a leader and part of the Learning+ team in the Houston office. With over 30 years of experience as an architect, primarily in the educational facility design field, he has developed the skill of being able to work toward the large project goals while also focusing on the important details. Notable projects include Bane Elementary School, Dean Middle School and Cypress Falls High School modernization. David is a Registered Architect in Texas and a LEED-accredited professional. He is involved in the American Institute of Architects and the Association for Learning Environments. David also volunteers for the Spring Branch Education Foundation.

Paul Williams

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
Toronto West, ON

Paul Williams
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering# #All# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mechanical Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Paul Williams has over 30 years of project and design experience in the electrical engineering field. He has been responsible for conceptual design, specifications, feasibility studies, detail engineering, inspections, commissioning, and project management on numerous utility, industrial and commercial projects.Currently, Paul is the Mechanical and Engineering Peer Reviewer for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the Project Manager for the Metrolinx Lewis Road Layover Facility and Metrolinx Mimico Layover Facility, and provides Senior Electrical oversight for various projects.

Nathalie Waelbroeck

Project Designer
New York, NY

Nathalie Waelbroeck
#Project Designer# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #sAVe App# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation#
New York, New York, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathalie-waelbroeck-leed-ap-well-ap-12195334/

Nathalie Waelbroeck is an up and coming designer in the field of architecture, building experience in a wide array of projects including light rail station, residential, spa, medicine, hospitality, and office design. She has proven her flexibility to function as a team member in the collaborative environment, most evident in her light rail and medical projects. She is familiar working with complicated and technical project requirements and relies on her strong BIM/3D Visualization software stills to best communicate with different disciplines.

Nathalie’s work has taken her far afield with projects in New York, Missouri, Toronto and Amsterdam. This experience has given her an appreciation of the architectural process in different regions. Nathalie is passionate about sustainable design as it impacts the triple bottom line; as a result she has deeply studied the subject matter and holds credentials with both LEED and WELL.

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