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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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Kevin Bebenek

Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Senior Management# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Canada
Information technology is intrinsic to the transportation experience. For the transit traveler paying by smartcard, the truck driver pre-clearing an inspection station, and the road maintenance supervisor monitoring road weather forecasts, systems are critical to achieving our goals of safety, mobility, and sustainability.

Kevin Bebenek is the Regional Director for Canada East and has 25 years of experience in the delivery of full professional services and turn-key solutions for a variety of ITS applications including traffic management and traveller information, electronic toll collection, commercial vehicle operations, public transportation, security.

As a specialist in the application of advanced technologies for managing transportation infrastructure and facilities, his project services include needs assessment, concept design, feasibility assessment, detail design and specification, tender/procurement, construction administration, quality assurance testing, system integration and operations and maintenance support. His project experience includes public and private sector clients throughout North America and overseas.

Kevin has served as project director for the development of the ITS Architecture for Canada, and has overseen a variety of applications of the architecture, including the recent ONQC Smart Corridor Concept of Operations.

Peter Richards

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, Canada

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Engineering# #Highway / Road Design# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Special Events# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-richards-70582261/

Peter Richards has 15 years of experience, with a focus on traffic operations analysis, traffic and parking assessments, and traffic signal coordination. Peter has extensive experience completing traffic impact studies, parking studies, including parking utilization studies for various developments, by-law reviews, and parking standards reviews.

Peter also has experience undertaking traffic capacity analysis, review of multi-modal developments, site circulation and access review, transportation demand management strategies, traffic model calibration, developing and implementing optimized and coordinated signal timing plans, queuing analysis, public consultation sessions, speed and delay surveys, and innovative traffic solutions.

For the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Transportation Plan work, Peter was presented the Award of Merit 2016 from the Canadian Institute of Planners for Sustainable Mobility, Transportation and Infrastructure. His professional memberships include Professional Engineers Ontario, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Canadian Parking Association.

Stephen Sowa

Project Architect
San Jose, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Green# #Learning+# #Public Outreach# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
San Jose, USA

Stephen Sowa, AIA LEED AP has been a project architect with IBI Group for the last 13 years, and has a total of 28 years of experience. He adds his passion through the design, and management of built projects through a collaborative effort with the client, stake holders, community leaders and staff. Included are his strong insights in sustainable, healthy environments and a commitment to decreasing our footprint into each project.

Mojgan Nozari

Associate, Project Manager
Vancouver, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Vancouver, Canada

Mojan Nozari is an Intern Architect experienced in mixed-use residential/commercial high-rises, libraries, office buildings, and community centres. She has expertise in schematic design and development; technical drawings and detailing; as well as building codes in British Columbia and California. Her LEED and MAIBC registrations are in progress.

Grace Gao

Associate | Manager, Urban Design
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Toronto, Canada

Grace Gao has over 16 years of multidisciplinary experience in urban design, planning and architecture. Her approach to urban planning strives to create healthy, meaningful, balanced and connected communities in a sustainable framework. Grace contributes to a broad range of local and global projects including: urban design and place making; mixed use master planning; TOD neighbourhood development; open space and streetscape, and sports events, on behalf of private, public and institutional sector clients.Her architectural and planning background combined with extensive work experience in a landscape architectural firm have strengthened a comprehensive academic knowledge and a keen sense of scales/ coordination for various type developments. Her effective project management skills, team collaborative spirit, multitasking efficiency and creative design capabilities, are a constant asset to her projects and teams.

Claudia Krywiak

Independent Director

#english# #All# #Board Member#

Claudia Krywiak is Vice President, Corporate Development, Planning and Strategic Initiatives at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), a not-for-profit organization that drives the growth of a knowledge-based economy in Ontario.  In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests in industrially relevant R&D and the commercialization of leading edge technologies, supporting the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

At OCE, Claudia is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of initiatives that bring together multiple levels of government, large corporations, and SMEs to fuel growth in emerging technology areas, such as advanced computing and artificial intelligence, connected and autonomous vehicles, 5G and next generation networks, cybersecurity, and clean technologies.  Her team has a mandate to work with government, academic, and industry leaders to accelerate business innovation in high potential sectors that provide a competitive advantage for Canada in the global economy.

Prior to joining OCE, Claudia held the position of Vice President, Business Development (Ontario) at Mitacs, a national research organization that funds research and training programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in partnership with universities, industry, and government in Canada.

Claudia received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2003 and subsequently worked for Bruker BioSpin, a world leader in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology, enabling scientists to make breakthrough discoveries and develop new applications.

Cathryn Chopko-Beck

Associate Director | Landscape Architect and Planner
Edmonton, Canada

#english# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Data Analytics# #Green# #Landscape Architecture# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Edmonton, Canada

Cathryn Chopko Beck areas of expertise include landscape and urban design, land use planning, socio-economic analysis/market research, site planning, recreation and tourism planning, policy development and environmental planning.

Jonathan Levy

Associate
San Diego, USA

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Engineering# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Systems# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
San Diego, USA

Jonathan Levy has 40 years of experience in engineering and public works and known for his ability to produce results working with complex public agencies including the, the City of Los Angeles, Caltrans, CPUC and the City of San Diego.

Jonathan is registered both as a Civil and Traffic Engineer in the State of California, and as a Professional Engineer in the State of New York. His various responsibilities over the years included multi-modal transportation planning, traffic engineering, construction management, and public works maintenance.

Joseph Fu

Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering
Toronto West, Canada

#english# #All# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Project / Programme Management# #Structural Engineering# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Canada

Joseph Fu counts over 20 years of experience in global structural engineering, project management and supervision on numerous projects. His experience spans a variety of sectors, including commercial, government, health sciences, manufacturing, residential, sports and entertainment, and transit. He has extensive experience in various building codes and standards, and is knowledgeable and proficient in numerous structural design programs. Joseph’s current project work is focused on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT where he is the IBI Group structural team lead, providing leadership for the structural team, ensuring the project delivers high-quality work in accordance with technical requirements, budgets, construction strategies, and project milestones.

Lamberto Smigliani

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Southfield, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Industrial# #Manufacturing#
Southfield, USA

As an Architect, Lamberto Smigliani is responsible for design and development including organizing and maintaining administrative controls from inception to completion of the programs. He is also responsible for staffing and implementation of continuing education in the architectural discipline. Lamberto draws from both domestic and international experience in architectural operations and development.

Lamberto serves as chairman of a local planning commission and is active in local governance and community activities.

Susan Wright

Associate | Architect
New York, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Green# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #High Rise Residential# #Hotels# #Living+# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Transit Oriented Development#
New York, USA
www.linkedin.com/in/susan-wright-aia-leed-ap-318a48b

Susan Wright leads the New York City office, a contributor to IBI Group’s Living+. She is a Registered Architect who specializes in the management of urban multifamily projects including affordable and market rate housing, as well as facilities for seniors.

She is actively engaged in the Ageless Living discourse and has worked in the area of affordable and senior housing for over 30 years, committing volunteer and professional efforts to the preservation of affordable housing and the design of residential environments of all types. Susan served on the Board of Women in Housing and Finance from 2009 to 2017 and is a member of the AIA New York Chapter Design for Aging Committee.

Jannis Nassoulis

Director | Toll and Highway Operations
Athens, Greece

#english# #All# #Data / Operations Centre# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Maintenance Facilities# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Traveller Information#
Athens, Greece

Jannis Nassoulis has more then 18 years of experience in the infrastructure construction and transportation industry. After he successfully managed the design, installation, testing and commissioning of the first large scale ITS project in Greece, he was involved in motorway operations undertaking the role of the Tunnel Safety Officer of the Athens ring road. He coordinated large scale exercises and fire tests in tunnels.

In 2007, Jannis organized the operation and maintenance of the 230km long motorway concession project, Aegean Motorway, as Chief Operations Officer. Holding the position of the COO for nine years, he managed a major operational crisis involving a dramatic rockfall incident, resulting to longlasting international arbitration procedures, legal disputes and claims. He also actively participated in a successful project restructuring process, necessary to mitigate severe problems resulting from the Greek financial crisis, earning serious experience in PPP project financing, contractual arrangements and negotiation practices.

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