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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 Knape

Frameworks Director
Rochdale, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Oncology# #Pediatrics# #Project / Programme Management# #UK Regional#
Rochdale, United Kingdom, Europe

John Knape is a qualified Architect with over 30 years of post-qualification experience and has been especially committed to the design of healthcare facilities and building types which fulfil social needs. His experience covers work in both the public and private sectors and he can draw upon a thorough knowledge of relevant design standards including Department of Health Building Notes and Technical Memoranda. John has experience of a wide range of procurement methods including traditional and two-stage tendering, design & build, partnering, management contracting and PFI and in his role as the practice’s Frameworks Director, has been instrumental in leading successful bid processes to secure IBI’s position as Primary Supply Chain Members on all three UK national healthcare Frameworks.

John has recently led teams on a number of projects in both the acute and primary care sectors, including the award winning development at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool. John is keen to pioneer innovative design solutions such as the “Barn Theatre” concept, but places great emphasis on excellent relationships with client and contractor as the key to a successful project.

Ron Eagleston

Director | Office Lead
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Learning+# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Architecture is a balance of user needs versus clients budgets versus enhancement of the built environment versus schedule versus regulations - all ingredients for an engaging and rewarding endeavour.

Ron Eagleston has widespread experience in the management of complex architectural projects. He has been responsible for a large number of commercial, institutional, and residential projects, including mixed-use developments, hotel and resort design, and healthcare facilities. Ron provides day-to-day leadership and administration for the firm’s Vancouver office. In addition to this role, he continues to provide quality assurance and quality control for many of the firm’s architecture projects.

Lisa D’Abbondanza

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Education# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities#
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.

Jeff Christianson

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Resorts#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Jeff Christianson is a Project Architect with more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction administration of multi-family residential, hotel, and mixed-use projects in Vancouver. He has been involved in all aspects of project development with emphasis on design development through project completion. With over 20 towers completed, he is an experienced Project Leader with expertise in design, design development, working drawings, and construction administration. Recent projects include several high-rise developments for Concord Pacific Place.

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.

Ernie Webster

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Landscape Architecture
Calgary, AB

#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, Alberta, 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.

Michael Mandelzys

Associate | Manager, Transit Technology
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Operations & Maintenance# #Revenue / Tolling# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning# #Traveller Information#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Michael Mandelzys P.Eng is a transportation systems engineer with a passion for combining technology and transit. He has worked across North America, leading projects through planning activities such as needs assessments and conceptual designs, specification and RFP development, procurement, and design and testing during implementation.

He has worked with bus, rail, and demand response transit systems including new dispatch and vehicle location systems for the Toronto Transit Commission and GO rail, advanced fare systems in London and Milwaukee, and the regional transit information site (triplinx.ca) for the Greater Toronto Area.

Patricia Ramudo

Engineering Manager
Pompano Beach, FL

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Pompano Beach, Florida, United States of America

Patricia Ramudo has over 32 years of experience in the civil engineering field. She has extensive experience in the design of hydraulic systems, including site development projects, water distribution systems, flood mitigation projects and the computer simulation of steady-state and transient flow of fluid transmission system. She has carried projects from conceptual design and modeling through construction and monitoring and was additionally responsible for hydraulic analyses, construction administration, design and analysis of water/sewer/storm water systems and permit acquisition at the federal, state and local levels. Patricia is also experienced in the design and rehabilitation of existing systems which are in violation of jurisdictional codes or require modification for upgrading.

Saif Zaidi

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Interiors# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Resorts#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/saif-zaidi-oaa-49158422

Saif Zaidi is an Intern Architect (OAA) with over 15 years of comprehensive experience in architectural and interior design projects, responsible for concept and design to drawings through to execution. He has demonstrated expertise in conceptualizing, designing, contract management, project management, and business development.

Saif is the team lead for Hospitality & High-Rise Residential Interiors and has designed projects ranging from small residences to large scale mixed-use, retail, corporate office interiors, high-rise residential and hospitality. Working on design-build module projects has enabled him to provide practical design solutions and coordinate with multidisciplinary trades more effectively. His attention to detail and excellent problem solving skills ensure that every project he works on is completed on schedule and to the highest possible standard.

Kelly Cobbe

Director | Office Lead
Waterloo, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bridges# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Engineering# #Design Build# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Highway / Road Design# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #P3# #Parking# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation Engineering# #Water / Wastewater#
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-cobbe-8917a418/

Kelly Cobbe has provided engineering design, construction administration and project management services to various local municipalities, regional municipalities and provincial and federal government agencies in Eastern and Southwestern Ontario for 30 years. Leveraging a number of IBI’s core strengths, he has undertaken infrastructure and urban streetscape revitalization projects in the downtown cores of a number of municipalities in Waterloo Region. Past efforts have also included leading the civil design efforts during the preparation of the Waterloo LRT Bid and managing a portion of the Viva H3 BRT project.
In addition to his Professional Engineer licensing in Ontario and Manitoba, Kelly was designated as a Consulting Engineer by Professional Engineers of Ontario in 2004. He is a founding member and current past-chair of the Grand River Chapter of Consulting Engineers of Ontario, an active member of the Waterloo Region Homebuilder Association Waterloo Liaison Committee, and a past member of the KW Chamber of Commerce Regional and Municipal Affairs Committee.

Shujun Liu

Associate | Manager, Mechanical Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Mechanical Engineering# #Retail / Commercial# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Shujun Liu is a Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the design of mechanical systems for industrial, institutional, and commercial buildings for both private and public sector clients. He has in-depth knowledge of building codes and standards, which he applies to the detailed design of HVAC, plumbing, piping, and fire protection systems. Shujun has recently led a ten-man mechanical team for multiple TTC stations, Metrolinx layovers at Mimico and Lewis Road, Metrolinx James Station in Hamilton, the Metrolinx Stouffville Corridor pursuit and the Honda Alliston Paint Shop.

Jane Sillberg

Global Director, Human Resources
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jane Sillberg is the Global Director of Human Resources and is responsible for managing the IBI Group HR team, advising the senior leadership team and managers on business and Human Resources issues, and developing HR policies, processes, and procedures to ensure consistency across the firm. Her role in IBI’s recent structural re-organization included creation of a new performance management program, career path and succession planning, and definition of job descriptions and salary ranges.

Jane is a frequent speaker at HR, benefits, and compensation conferences, and a past board member of the Communications and Technology Council in Ottawa and St. Joseph Health Care in London, Ontario. Jane has a Masters Degree in business management focusing on human resource management.

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