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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 2,500 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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John Perks, MBA, P.Eng.

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Infrastructure
Waterloo, Canada

#english# All# #Bridges# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Highway / Road Design# #Municipal Services# #Roads & Highways# #Water / Wastewater#
Waterloo, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-torrance-perks-mba-p-eng-2349b1b/

John Perks is designated by PEO as a Consulting Engineer (Ontario) and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. He has over 25 years of experience as a project manager and senior engineer for a diversity of transportation and municipal projects involving feasibility studies, Class Environmental Assessments, functional, preliminary and final designs, contract preparation, and construction administration and inspection.

His project work includes both new and reconstruction of existing civil infrastructure. This broad experience across many municipalities has provided John with the ability to large, manage multidisciplinary projects and understand the complexities of public, political, approval agency and municipal pressures and requirements on a project.

John is also one of the few Region of Waterloo approved acoustical engineers and has completed the MOE noise assessment course as well as numerous seminars with expertise acoustical studies for both road and rail transportation, and stationary noise sources.

Ernie Webster

Associate, Landscape Architect
Calgary, Canada

#english# All# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Green# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Industrial# #Landscape Architecture# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Public Outreach# #Retail / Commercial# #Transportation#
Calgary, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ernie-webster-07000931/

Ernie Webster is an accomplished designer with over 20 years project experience in the UK and Canada. He has been involved with several wide ranging and prestigious projects and his strengths lie in creating unique, interesting concepts and making them technically sound and constructible within a given budget. He has become known and respected as a well-organized project manager, playing a leading role on various multidisciplinary teams.

Gene Simmons

Field Services Director
Houston, USA

#english# All# #Learning+# #Project / Programme Management#
Houston, USA

Gene Simmons initially worked on the contractor?s side, learning hands-on experience in carpentry, surveying, concrete formwork and placement. Moving into management, Gene worked as a project superintendent, estimator, project manager and handled client relations. He shifted to the architectural side almost 30 years ago and has worked as the Director of Field Services since 2000.

His practical experience is vitally important to maintaining communication among project team members and IBI Group’s field staff taking projects seamlessly from design through to construction.

Rob Cascaden

Associate | Manager, Civil Engineering
London, Canada

#english# All# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Energy# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater# #Wind#
London, Canada
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/rob-cascaden-1768ab27

Rob Cascaden has 20 years of experience in the civil consulting field in Ontario. His involvement in the design and implementation of a wide scope of projects over this period provides him with a broad base of experience in the land development field. Rob’s areas of expertise include water resources, stormwater management, residential land development and site plan design and approvals. His experience and knowledge of the land development process are key factors in the successful design and management of land development projects. Rob has gained the necessary skills and experience in water resources/stormwater management design to allow him to complete stormwater management and floodplain mapping assignments. Typical project skill sets include storm and sanitary sewer design, stormwater management, road alignment and localized improvements, site and area grading, site servicing, cost estimating, preparation of contract documents, construction administration, as-builts, topographic surveys, and supervision of survey crews for field work.

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 Technologies# #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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.

Jorge Arevalo

Associate | Manager, Electrical Engineering
Toronto West, Canada

#english# All# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Retail / Commercial# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Canada

Jorge Arevalo has 25 years of experience in the aerospace and electrical consulting industries and has been involved in electrical specifications, schematic and detail design for all electrical building systems for commercial, industrial and government buildings. He develops projects with accuracy, efficiency and within time limits and ever responsive to client needs, Jorge is able to adjust design and find solutions to fit within budget constraints. For the last few years Jorge has been leading IBI Group?s electrical teams in the transit field including work at multiple TTC stations, Metrolinx layovers at Mimico and Lewis Road and the Metrolinx James Station in Hamilton. Most recently Jorge has led a ten-man electrical team for four stations on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

Puneet Comar, PE, QSD

Director of Land Development, US West
Irvine, USA

#english# All# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Green# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Public Outreach# #Special Events# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Water Resources Management#
Irvine, USA
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Brendan McHale

Structural Engineer
Toronto West, Canada

#english# All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Structural Engineering# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Canada

Brendan McHale specializes in the design of large transportation and infrastructure projects. His favourite thing about working with structures is getting to see them make the leap from the drawing and into reality.

Calin Caliman

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

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

Calin Caliman is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada with over 20 years of experience as an architect, and over 15 years of experience specifically in the high-rise residential and commercial sector. His involvement on a number of high-profile projects, such as L’Avenue in Montreal, King Blue Condos and Dundas Square Gardens in Toronto, has honed his skills both in design and contract documentation.

Jonathan Steel

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Calgary, Canada

#english# All# #Education# #Higher Education# #Interiors# #K-12 Education# #Leader# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
Calgary, Canada

Jonathan Steel serves as the Operations Director for our Portland office. Jonathan is an educational architect with over 15 years of experience in the design and construction of major K-12 and higher education facilities. He has worked with our global education team for over ten years. Jonathan has designed buildings for some of the most prestigious educational institutions globally, including three projects for Oxford University. He brings strong experience in business and personnel management to our Portland team, having built successful practices on both sides of the Atlantic during his career. He is the current President of the Alberta Chapter of A4LE and has presented at conferences for the past several years.

Eric Czerniak

Associate | Manager, Buildings Projects
Toronto West, Canada

#english# All# #Design Build# #Energy# #Engineering# #Industrial# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Facilities#
Toronto West, Canada

Eric Czerniak has over 20 years of experience in design and project management serving both public and private sector clients. His expertise spans the transit, industrial, commercial, energy and land development sectors. Eric has been involved in all aspects of project development, from the feasibility study phase through to preparation of technical documentation including design drawings and specifications; permitting, licensing and approvals; tendering and award; contract administration; testing and commissioning and project close-out. He is experienced in leading teams representing IBI Group as the owner’s engineer and architect which includes preparing the terms of reference; being the client’s technical advisor and representing different clients in the procurement and award of design and construction contracts. Eric is a team player and an effective communicator having managed multidisciplinary teams on projects delivered under different delivery methods including design-bid-build; design-build and AFP/P3. Eric is also a volunteer with the Professional Engineers Ontario, serving on a professional standards sub-committee for joint coordinating professionals.

Val Vanchieri

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Alexandria, USA

#english# All# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Interiors# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Alexandria, USA

Val Vanchieri has been responsible for a significant body of work for the District of Columbia Courts. She developed the overarching concepts and schematic designs for many of the District of Columbia Courts projects. Over a period of more than 12 years, she has been responsible for numerous studies, comprehensive reports and high-level client interaction that have set the direction for ongoing work at the District of Columbia Courts.

She has an extensive background in feasibility studies; master planning; ; space planning; design intent documents; contract documents; furniture selection and procurement; punch-list inspections of furniture and final move coordination.

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