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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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Mahsa Adib

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Mahsa Adib
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Education# #School# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mahsa’s combined design and technical skills have made her a valued asset within IBI Group. She graduated with honors from Columbia University in New York, where she was exposed to innovative contemporary and forward-looking architectural challenges.

Working at well-known firms such as Henriquez, Bing Thom and now IBI have provided her a diverse background in a variety of institutional, residential and commercial projects. She has contributed design and project leadership to a series of high profile projects such as Burrard Place, Granville & 68th Avenue, and Pearson Dogwood. Her artistic eye combined with technical precision brings design excellency to her projects.

#North America#
Scott Johnston

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto West, ON

Scott Johnston
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Scott Johnston is a transportation planner with six years of experience in project management, functional planning, travel demand modeling, and traffic engineering. He has expertise in the application of travel demand modeling software to evaluate roadway and public transit operations and improvement needs, as well as recent experience with micro-simulation of transportation corridors for EA purposes. Scott has been involved with various transportation related studies, including transit and roadway planning, master plans, survey design and methodology, analysis of data, and reporting.

#North America#
Mike Richardson

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

Mike Richardson
#Studio Director# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Courts# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Healthcare# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Oncology# #Healthcare# ## #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Project / Programme Management# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe

Mike Richardson is the Global Quality Management Steering Committee Chair, Justice Sector Lead and has responsibility for both QM and Health & Safety within the UK & Ireland.


With over 29 years of experience, Mike has developed an acknowledged reputation for high quality, award winning innovative design solutions. Mike has experience developing complex bespoke briefs with Government Departments, clients and stakeholders. He has senior responsibility and specializes in the design and delivery of multi faceted projects including a diverse range of secure, blue light, healthcare, and education building types throughout the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands.

#Europe#
Joseph Fu

Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering
Toronto West, ON

Joseph Fu
#Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering# #All# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Structural Engineering# #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #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.

Emma White

Studio Principal
London, UK

Emma White
#Studio Principal# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Office Lead# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe

Emma White is a qualified architect and a recognized specialist in healthcare design, working on £1 billion+ health schemes in the UK and Canada. Her experience at the successful set-up and delivery of these large-scale projects has led to her responsibilities broadening within IBI Group to overseeing QA and Process Improvements. Emma is a confident leader, successfully managing complex supply chain and stakeholder groups. She is experienced at managing large teams in the design and construction of healthcare facilities, and applies her in-depth knowledge in the development and implementation of design processes, schedules and protocols to assist in the management, and coordination of projects. Notable projects include the Queen Elizabeth University & Royal Hospital for Children and the Peterborough City Hospital, which was successfully delivered three months early.

Focused on programme, budget and design excellence, she will always strive to deliver cutting-edge healthcare facilities.

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.

Luc Deniger

Associate, Landscape Architect
Edmonton, AB

Luc Deniger
#Associate, Landscape Architect# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Green# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #Wayfinding & Signage#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/luc-deniger-aala-aapq-csla-79259116/

Luc Deniger has over 14 years of experience and has worked on numerous urban design and rehabilitation projects, from plazas and parks to large scale, high profile district design and rehabilitation master plans. Luc has developed experience in pedestrian circulation plans, signage and wayfinding strategies, building and streetscape interface strategies and public spaces. Through his projects, he has gained experience in green roof technologies, native eco-system rehabilitation and environmental design practices. His knowledge of, and talent for, urban landscape architecture and design has earned him awards for innovative approaches to Landscape Architecture. His experience includes urban design and rehabilitation and streetscape projects in Victoria, BC, Montreal and Quebec City.

#North America#
Donald Verbanac

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Donald Verbanac
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Ports# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# #Terminals# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/donald-verbanac-677b06a0

Don Verbanac is an interdisciplinary Project Manager specializing in transit facilities. Don has 20 years of combined experience in architecture, urban planning, transportation, retail and industrial design from Canada, the USA, Mexico and the Netherlands. For the past decade, Don has primarily worked on BRT, LRT and subway (metro) stations as well as bus terminals and on-street transit facilities. His multidisciplinary background along with his acumen for complex engineering projects have been applied to Waterloo?s King-Victoria Transit Hub, Mississauga BRT, and the successful bid for two large P3 LRT projects in Canada.

Don has professional degrees in urban planning (BAA) from Ryerson University and an architecture degree (M.Arch) from the University of Manitoba. Don is registered as an architect (Bureau Architectenregister-SBA) in the Netherlands, as an intern architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as well as a registered professional planner (RPP) with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners. Don is currently the Segment (Design) Manager on Science Centre and Kennedy Stations where he is managing interdisciplinary design works in parallel with construction as part of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

#North America#
Daniel Brewster

Director - Office Lead
Houston, TX

Daniel Brewster
#Director - Office Lead# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ##
Houston, Texas, North America

Mr. Brewster joined IBI Group in 1999 and brings over 25 years of institutional and commercial architectural experience to the firm. He has successfully managed projects with tight constraints and budget parameters including new facilities, additions and renovations. Daniel is involved in every project phase and has a reputation for effectively leading large, complex teams and creating sustainable solutions for clients.

Mr. Brewster’s experience with IBI Group includes projects in the educational, religious and civic sectors. His work with our educational clients centers on the transition from traditional to next generation learning environments and pedagogies. Daniel also has experience in managing extensive multi-facility expansion and enhancement projects and understands the natural relationship between a school facility and best practices for teaching and learning.

#North America#
Steven Kresak

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Toronto, ON

Steven Kresak
#General Counsel & Corporate Secretary# #All# #Corporate# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-kresak-5982591a/

Steven Kresak is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IBI Group and is responsible for the corporation’s legal affairs worldwide. He leads the Legal, Compliance, Insurance and Corporate Governance functions.

Prior to joining IBI Group in 2014, Steven was Senior Vice President, Commercial Projects at Infrastructure Ontario, where he was accountable for the leadership, management and delivery of major projects and new business initiatives, including the optimization and sale of public assets in the transportation, manufacturing, rail and telecommunications sectors.

Steven practiced law at Goodmans LLP in Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Law degree (Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is a former Editor of the Alberta Law Review. Steven was a finalist for 2016 Mid-Market Excellence Award of the Canadian General Counsel Association and has completed the SEALFIT XL program.

Rares Caraba

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Geomatics
Calgary, AB

Rares Caraba
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Geomatics# #All# #Geomatics / Land Surveying# #Subject Matter Expert#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Rares Caraba, Alberta Land Surveyor, Canada Land Surveyor, and Engineer, is responsible for acquiring accurate field data, quality control, and applications for land development to the City of Calgary and surrounding Counties and Municipal Districts.

Derek Sims

Global Director, Intelligence
Toronto, ON

Derek Sims
#Global Director, Intelligence# #All# #BlueiQ# #Industrial# #Water Resources Management# ## #Engineering# #Leader# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Senior Management# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mr. Sims is the Global Director of IBI’s Intelligence Sector, responsible for consulting, software development and operational services in projects which conceive, design, implement and operate solutions applying new technologies. He has worked throughout his 39 year career with IBI in the areas of transportation and systems engineering, growing IBI’s worldwide practices in Traffic Management, Traveller Information, Transit, Tolling and Airport Groundside Systems.

Mr Sims’ mandate to advance the Intelligence Sector skills and experience into other areas of the firm’s practice has led to initiatives in energy optimization, asset management, intelligent buildings, smart cities and data analytics. Mr Sims holds Masters degrees in Engineering and Business and is a registered Professional Engineer in four Provinces.

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