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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.

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Danielle Sernoskie

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Danielle Sernoskie
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Danielle Sernoskie is an Architect with the Transit Architecture Team at IBI Group and is currently the Architectural Project Manager for the three underground stations of the Ottawa LRT – Confederation Line. Danielle joined IBI Group by way of SGA in 2012 after completing degrees in Architecture at Ryerson University (B.Arch.Sci.) and the University of Toronto (M.Arch). Prior to joining IBI Group she gained experience at a variety of design firms in Toronto as well as in Ireland and Slovakia – working on projects that range from entertainment, commercial and institutional to residential. During her last six and a half years with IBI Group, Danielle has almost exclusively been involved with the OLRT project beginning with the Pursuit Phase and continuing through the Design Development Phase and, now, Construction Phase. Outside of project work, she is responsible for the hiring and mentoring of co-op students for the Transit Architecture Team, is an active member of STRIVE and is always seeking new opportunities to get involved in business development.
#North America#
Stelios Pelantakis

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Land Engineering
Dubai, UAE

Stelios Pelantakis
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Land Engineering# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East
Stelios Pelantakis counts over 22 years’ experience in Infrastructure Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Since joining IBI Group in 2000 he has worked for projects in Greece, UK, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Stelios is Practice Lead for Land Engineering projects in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
#Middle East#
Margaret Parkhill

Associate Director - Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

Margaret Parkhill
#Associate Director - Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-parkhill-63934925/
Margaret has over 16 years of transportation planning experience, and brings top technical skills in planning and design, plus strong communications to effectively engage with stakeholders and technical agencies on complex and controversial projects. Margaret currently leads a transportation environmental assessment and design group based in Toronto. She is a highly-effective project manager that brings out the best in her team. Margaret’s focus is developing  integrated solutions to complex urban transportation problems through corridor planning and preliminary design. Margaret’s experience includes transit, active transportation, environmental assessments, and preliminary engineering design. Projects include London Bus Rapid Transit, Eglinton Streetscape and Cycle Track Design, MiWay Infrastructure Growth Plan, and the Toronto Relief Line subway business case and planning study. She also has experience in transportation safety and land use/ transportation integration. She is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and has published numerous papers and articles.
#North America#
Neil Evans

Studio Principal
Rochdale, UK

Neil Evans
#Studio Principal# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Architecture# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Office Lead# #Oncology# #Healthcare# ## #Pediatrics# #Healthcare# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #UK Regional# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Rochdale, United Kingdom, Europe
Neil’s early days at Percy Thomas Partnership and Studio BAAD, provided him with a firm grounding in healthcare design but he also gained significant experience in the both the commercial and industrial sectors. Neil was appointed Office Principal of IBI Group’s Rochdale Office in July 2006.
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.
Nick Tsatas

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Athens, Greece

Nick Tsatas
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems# #All# #Leader# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Smart Cities# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ##
Athens, Greece, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-tsatas-59415437/
Nick specializes in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project management, including the design and engineering, installation supervision, testing, integration and commissioning, and system support and software maintenance of toll/revenue systems. He is actively involved in the design and implementation of real-time electronic payment systems for tolling operations. He has been the Project Manager for several systems IBI Group has supplied to motorway concessions in Greece. He was also part of the OneIBI Quality Task Force, helping with the delivery of recommendations for the development and implementation of a Quality Management Program across the firm. He is currently involved in business development and management of deployment projects, as well as systems support and software maintenance.
Brad Chase

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Brad Chase
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Brad Chase has over 17 years of extensive experience delivering all aspects of multi-storey residential projects. His experience ranges from concept design, design development, planning and marketing, through to delivery of contract documents and final project delivery. As a Project Lead, Brad is responsible for collaborating with the design team to establish and develop the best design and planning concept for the project. Over the past five years Brad has focused on low-rise, multi-unit residential projects specifically designed for an aging population. The building types that fall under this category are seniors apartments, independent living residences, long-term care facilities and memory care facilities.
#North America#
Barry Nathan

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Barry Nathan
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Interior Design# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/barry-nathan-a73a0015/
Great design nourishes the soul!
Barry Nathan has over 30 years of experience in both architectural and interior design, which has given him an enviable understanding of two areas of practice. His work is comprised of both large scale commercial clients and complex public spaces, including higher education and high-rise residential projects. Alternative design approaches have allowed Barry to provide very unique and creative solutions for progressive thinking clients. His adeptness at problem solving via innovative solutions has helped many clients succeed in their goals. He is always challenging the status quo with an alternative view. Some of Barry’s past awards include the Design Exchange and ARIDO Awards for Pearson Airport, Denton’s Toronto and the Bell Wireless Centre in Mississauga. He is in the process of finalizing his Architectural License with the OAA and has memberships with the TSA and ASID.
#North America#
Maarit Heinonen-Smith

Studio Associate Director
London, UK

Maarit Heinonen-Smith
#Studio Associate Director# #All# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthy New Towns# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maarit-heinonen-smith-65a3b4b6/
Maarit is an experienced, Chartered Architect with years of experience in high profile and award-winning sheltered and extra care housing, retirement villages and care homes located throughout the UK. Maarit specializes in architecture and design for over 55’s, designing bespoke and inspiring residential architecture which allows for flexibility within the design for changing needs and individuality of the residents with a consideration to their health and well-being. Each design is a unique response to the site and brief, and developed through a dialogue with clients and end-users. During her career, her designs have achieved several awards for design quality, most recently at Healthcare Design Awards 2018 and Housing Design Awards 2017. Maarit has designed retirement living developments worth £20m+ in value. Working with some of the largest local authorities, charities, housing associations and private developers in the UK, her knowledge has provided her with the best practice knowledge and innovation in this sector.
#Europe#
Jonathan Berg

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Jonathan Berg
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jonathan Berg has over 20 years of experience specializing in high-rise residential and hospitality projects. His involvement on a number of high-profile projects such as The Four Seasons Hotel and Residence, The Shores at Bronte Harbour and the award-winning Toronto Delta Hotel, has enabled him to develop his management skills. Jonathan also works closely with IBI Group’s Legal Counsel related to matters in Loss Prevention & Liability Claims Applications for Pro-Demnity.
Omar Da Barp

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Omar Da Barp
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Omar Da Barp has over 30 years of experience ranging from design development, preparation of construction documents, contract administration and project management in residential, assisted living, commercial, institutional and recreational projects. Omar is currently overseeing a production department counting over 50 staff members.
David Forsey

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

David Forsey
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Engineering# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Systems# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
David Forsey specializes in travel demand forecasting and public transportation systems. He has recently served as project manager for the Peel Region Travel Demand Forecasting Model Update and the National Capital Region Travel Trends Study, as well as leading the technical work for public transit and travel demand forecasting for Niagara Region and the estimation and land use forecasting model for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
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