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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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Oliver Hartleben

Associate | Manager, IBI TH!NK
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Highway / Road Design# #Land Use Planning# #Learning+# #Library# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Product_sAVe App# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Roads & Highways# #Spanish Regional# #Strategic Planning# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
http://linkedin.com/in/ohartleben

Oliver Hartleben is an Architect and City Planner with a public administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School focused on existing and evolving public outreach, demographic, mobility, built form, and innovation topics.

A lateral thinker by nature, Oliver brings together his experience in engaging public, private and community stakeholders for the identification of new opportunities and synergies. Oliver is NCI System certified to facilitate design charettes, has experience in conducting online engagement processes, and leads IBI Group’s R&D Unit, TH!NK.

Paul Perejma

Office Manager
Fort McMurray, AB

#english# #Civic & Government# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Industrial# #Library# #Parking# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater#
Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada

Paul is a Civil Engineer with over nine years of experience in residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and marine design projects. Paul continues to add to his skillset of project management, design, drafting, cost estimates, tender preparation, and contract administration. He is licensed in both BC and AB and is familiar with design adaptations to suit each region.

He is currently involved in projects surrounding the devastating wildfires that hit Fort McMurray in 2016 and plays a part in ensuring the rehabilitation efforts help residents move back home.

Susanna Pon

Associate | Architecture
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Hospitality# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Calgary, Alberta Canada

As an architect with a structural engineering background, Susanna Pon brings multidisciplinary views and solutions to any project. She has over ten years of experience in master planning, site planning, programming, design, technical production, document coordination, project management, construction administration, and project close-out of new and renovated commercial, institutional, recreational, hospitality, and residential projects. She has worked with numerous client user groups on institutional and recreational projects to consolidate their needs and provide a design that accommodates all groups in a multi-purpose setting.

Bruce Beaton

Associate | Manager, Infrastructure
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Industrial# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Retail / Commercial# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario Canada

Bruce Beaton is an accomplished project manager with over 25 years of experience, utilizing best practices to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of complex infrastructure designs, large industrial, commercial, institutional, transportation, transit, and health care projects. He has extensive experience with the AFP/P3 delivery model as both leader of project agreement development and transaction phase activities with Infrastructure Ontario and as Technical Advisor to Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation on multibillion-dollar transportation projects. Bruce is fully versed in the development of schedules, budgets, resource forecasts, risk matrices and procurement documents. His past and current roles have required leadership of teams of professionals, both internal and external, in the development of complex infrastructure designs, technical specification documents and managing multidisciplinary design teams to deliver high quality designs.

Noel Vilamitjana

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Edmonton, AB

#english# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Education# #Healthcare+# #High Rise Residential# #Interiors# #K-12 Education# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Learning+# #Living+# #Mental Health Care# #Office# #Police Stations# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Noel is a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) who has been in the construction industry for approximately 20 years. He excels at contract document coordination and construction administration. For many Edmonton-based projects, Noel coordinates contract document production teams, prepares project specifications, and manages the construction administration phase.

Noel’s experience consists of primarily protective services, commercial, healthcare, retail, education, recreation and multi-unit projects. Recently, he has worked on the Edmonton Police Service NW Campus, the City of Edmonton Co-located Emergency Dispatch 911 Centre, and the Edwin Parr Replacement School, in Athabasca Alberta. Noel is also a member of Construction Specifications Canada (CSC).

Ron Stewart

Deputy Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #Senior Management# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

As Deputy Regional Director for Canada East, Ron Stewart’s primary focus is liaising with the Ontario office leads outside Toronto. Ron is a transportation engineer, and member of Professional Engineers Ontario, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Transportation Association of Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in both the private and public sectors at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels across Canada. His experience includes Traffic Engineering, Road Safety, Transportation Planning, Transit Systems, ITS, and Signal System Operations and Maintenance.

Ron has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from York University.

Nanette Shahinian

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Nanette Shahinian is an Architect with over 30 years’ experience in residential and institutional buildings. She has worked on a range of buildings from high-end boutique condominiums to large scale mixed use projects. Through her involvement on high-profile projects such as Chaz Condominium, The Avenue, South Park Halifax and the Bathurst JCC, she has developed relationships with both long-standing and new clients. Nannette’s work is characterized by the desire to develop design solutions for complex buildings, which fully satisfy the client’s needs, and the detailing and physical quality of our built environment.

Rick Mello

Associate, Project Architect
San Luis Obispo, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead#
San Luis Obispo, California United States of America

Rick Mello has grown to become a firm-wide resource for Quality Documents and Construction Administration. With over 25 years of professional experience, he brings the confidence and knowledge of a veteran to the volatile construction process. Rick has performed Construction Administration services on institutional projects including health care and public facilities. He leads the Construction Administration and sets the standards and develops the tools by which we function.

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).

Grace Gao

Associate | Manager, Urban Design
Toronto, ON

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

Jill Mackay

Associate
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #Mobility+# #Municipal Services# #Operations & Maintenance# #Product_sAVe App# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Traveller Information#
Seattle, Washington United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-mackay-pmp-79566a7/

Upon joining IBI Group, Jill Mackay was tasked to develop Regional ITS architecture for a broad range of clients, including throughout the state of Washington. Through the facilitation of stakeholder workshops, Jill became adept at helping agencies identify a vision and strategic path for the identification, prioritization and implementation of innovative transportation technologies that would improve operational efficiencies and performance.

Beyond the planning phase, Jill has worked on fare collection, electronic toll collection and CAD/AVL system implementations from the initial needs assessment phase through to systems acceptance. Currently, Jill is leading IBI Group’s multidisciplinary Connected and Autonomous Vehicles practice, which is comprised of professionals dedicated to guiding our traffic and transit agency clients on how to plan, prepare and benefit from innovative autonomous technologies. A team from the CAV Working Group was recently a finalist in New York?s Driverless Future design challenge, which sought ideas on how automated vehicles could address urban growth issues in New York City.

Joseph Fu

Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering
Toronto West, ON

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

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