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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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Heidi Rose

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Interiors# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Heidi Rose is a team design lead with well over a decade of experience in the field of Interiors. She specializes in conceptual design in both hospitality and high-rise residential interiors. With her experience she has developed a keen eye for detail with the utmost attention to quality and design, and has the ability to establish and identify creativity in each new opportunity.

Heidi’s strengths lie in concept through to construction focusing on building honest client relationships, while maintaining the overall design intent and direction. She has the ability to provide creative design solutions that adapt seamlessly to aesthetic, and project goals. Her design approach is to collaboratively provide tasteful, and thoughtful interiors that are relevant and cultivated.

Some of Heidi’s experience is built from working on the Public Hotel in Chicago, the Editions Hotel in Miami, and the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City to name a few during her growth at Yabu Pushelberg. IBI Group initiatives have brought her multiple high-rise residential opportunities ranging from high to low end markets making her experience vast and adaptable. The ties between hospitality and residential design are like-minded in creating lasting interiors to surprise the visual senses of the end user.

Donald Verbanac

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Airports# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #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.

Mark Auger

Associate | Manager, Buildings Projects
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Automotive# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Project / Programme Management#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Mark Auger has over 30 years of experience in engineering and project management. His project experience ranges from detailed design of a bascule bridge for Barra Strait in the infrastructure sector, to the management of multidisciplinary expansions in the industrial/automotive sector. Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. He is a firm believer that communication, organization and cooperation are the key factors in the successful completion of any project. His dedication to delivering a high level of quality on his projects earned him the opportunity to work with repeat clients for many years. Mark’s greatest strength is his ability to handle multiple projects working successfully with contractors, designers, construction managers and clients as well as the public at large. His direct, honest approach to people translates into successful projects regardless of size or complexity

Mark French

Director | US Deputy Education Lead, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

With over 30 years of experience, Mark French LEED AP BD+C offers extensive design and project management experience in educational facilities. He is involved on all aspects of a project including schematic design, design development, construction documents and project management. Mark earned the Recognized Educational Facility Professional designation from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International in 2002 due to his extensive experience in educational facility planning and design. He also achieved the designation of Accredited Learning Environments Planner in 2013.

Honor Roan

Associate, Project Manager
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Honor Roan is a Graduate Architect that specializes in a variety of sectors, including institutional, commercial, high-density residential and hotel projects. Honor is adept at fulfilling the role of Project Manager for many simultaneous projects and works to produce and coordinate working drawings from the building permit through to the construction phase. He is experienced in leadership of consultants and all aspects of production to successfully complete his projects.

Steven Kresak

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #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 Inc. and is responsible for the firm’s legal affairs worldwide. His accountabilities include the legal, compliance, real estate, insurance and corporate governance functions. Steven is based in Toronto, Ontario, IBI Group’s corporate headquarters. From 2006 through 2014 Steven served at Infrastructure Ontario, in a variety of leadership roles including Director, Special Initiatives; Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions; and Senior Vice President, Commercial Projects, where he led a series of transactions to monetize government assets in the transportation, remanufacturing, entertainment, rail and telecommunications sectors. Prior to 2006, he practiced law at Goodmans LLP. Steven earned 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.

Raafat Abadir

Associate | Manager, Contract Administration
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Raafat Abadir has a long career with IBI Group dating back to 1989 as a Principal Contract Administrator. At the time, he specialized in the construction administration of high-rise residential and office buildings, schools, and commercial buildings. Prior to this, Raafat gained ten years of architectural design and development engineering construction before relocating to Canada. Raafat has played an integral part in the managing of many notable, award-winning projects in the Greater Toronto Area, including One Financial Place, H.J. Alexander School, The Avenue, One Bedford Drive, River House-Old Mill, Waterpark Place (5 Phases), and the list goes on. Currently, Raafat is managing King Square Mall, Treviso (3 Phases), Harwood & Bayly (2 Phases), The Britt, 11 Wellesley, and 9 Tippett. His ability to coordinate and solve multi-site concerns with excellence has a proven record of client and firm satisfaction.

David Wood

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Acute Care# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Public Outreach#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

David Wood’s design and management is critical when it comes to IBI Group’s complex institutional health care and long term care facilities. He has extensive experience in delivering quality healthcare design with an understanding that well designed healing environments contribute to enhanced performance and motivation, leading to better health outcomes for patients and better performance by staff. His involvement varies from conceptual master planning, and medical planning to procurement and final project delivery. His particular strength is in understanding client needs and developing practical, engaging design solutions.

Andy Simpson

Associate Director | Principal, Architecture
Houston, TX

#english# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Fire Stations# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Public Outreach# #Strategic Planning#
Houston, Texas, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/fred-andrew-s-47ab456
Together, let’s make lasting places that delight and inspire the citizen leaders of tomorrow.

Andy brings over 27 years of professional experience and a keen interest in stakeholder consensus to educational and municipal projects. In addition to his focus on public school facilities in districts across Texas, Andy has led teams in the development of municipal facilities master plans and civic building designs, including police and fire stations and public works.

Andy has provided facility planning projections for cities and school districts, property condition assessments for commercial real estate developments, and building design visualizations for community support and funding initiatives.

Andy has served on the board of directors for multiple community service oriented organizations. He is a strong believer that the form of the built environment can be a great contributor to positive outcomes for student learning, public health and economic development. He is a licensed architect in the state of Texas.

Geoff Carter

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Traveller Information Systems
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Leader# #Mobility+# #product_Airport Taxi Dispatch# #product_Event Reporting System# #product_Revenue Collection# #product_Road Permitting System# #product_Transit Alerts# #product_Transit Real Time# #product_Traveller Information System# #Software Development# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Management# #Transit Technology# #Traveller Information#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Geoff Carter joined IBI Group working in the development of our Advanced Traffic Management Systems software with an emphasis on the mapping display functionality. Geoff now leads IBI’s Advanced Traveller Information web and data interface team. Geoff and his team now support IBI traveller information systems that service roughly 25% of the population in the US, with notable active 511 solutions deployed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Florida, Wisconsin and Los Angeles. Geoff led IBI’s efforts for the deployment of the traveller information web site for the Pan Am games. Geoff has led efforts to provide SaaS (Software as a Solution), advanced IBI’s hosting center in Tampa, Florida and has managed the program to productize IBI’s software solution thereby allowing IBI to bring tremendous value to its clients. He is currently leading IBI’s efforts to advance the Event Reporting System and managing the New York and Wisconsin 511 projects.

Jennifer Ujimoto

Associate | US Transit Design Lead, Buildings
New York, NY

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
New York, New York, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferujimoto/

Jennifer Ujimoto has over 15 years of experience, over which she has crafted her understanding of project administration from pre-design analysis and through design development phases and both in-office and on-site aspects of contract administration. She is thoroughly familiar with building and development approvals processes and has an understanding of the complexities of the municipal project procurement environment.

As a designer, Jennifer has a keen understanding of the collaborative process that is essential to the practice of architecture. Her ability to communicate effectively with clients, consultants, and contractors has made her a valuable key team member on projects situated within complex and challenging social and physical constraints.

She brings a deep commitment to design excellence on all levels including conceptual, technical and social parameters. Her multidisciplinary experience, includes award-winning high-end residential design, exhibit design, curatorial work, academic writing and teaching, demonstrating her ability to implement rigorous design, project management and construction standards.

Bill Bruce

Associate Director | Office Lead, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

#english# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Healthcare+# #Landscape Architecture# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

Bill Bruce brings wide-ranging experience in planning and design for higher education campuses, cities and towns, mixed-use developments, parks and recreational open space. Prior to joining IBI Group, Bill founded and led Community Concepts, Inc., a full service planning and landscape architecture firm located in Marietta, GA. He also co-founded Designing4Health in 2011. The organization brings together health, design, marketing and funding professionals. They study healthy solutions that can increase the overall health of a campus, community or project by utilizing local health data as a guiding principle for policy, planning and design.

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