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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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James Sorensen

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Boston, USA

#english# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Engineering# #Mobility+# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Boston, United States of America

James Sorensen specializes in ITS projects and has led a wide variety of advanced public transportation systems, traveller information systems, traffic management applications, and public safety and emergency response technologies. He also has provided ITS strategic planning and technology assessments for a wide variety of public agency and private sector clients. James was the Project Manager for the ITS and Communications Design of the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit project, the Bridgeport Connecticut ATMS and Operations project, and the development of regional ITS architecture for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico.

James is a past president of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Massachusetts and a recipient of their Award of Excellence. He has worked on two projects that have received the Intelligent Transportation Society of Connecticut?s Project of the Year Award. He is also a member of IBI Group’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Working Group.

Bankim Kalra, AICP

Manager, Urban Planning
Pompano Beach, USA

#english# #Active Transportation# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation#
Pompano Beach, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bankim-kalra-aicp-886a851/

Bankim Kalra has over 15 years of consulting experience on IBI projects in Florida, South Carolina, and Edmonton prior to his relocation to lead IBI India’s urban planning and design practice. With a background in architecture, urban planning and a specialization in economic development, Bankim has developed a diverse portfolio integrated transit and land use planning, urban design, redevelopment planning, streetscape design and strategic TOD projects to his credit.

During his time with IBI Group, he has grown into being an effective Project Manager and a seasoned professional with global experience and a unique perspective in understanding the challenges of integrating diversity in community building. Bankim has been part of several award-winning IBI projects including the Bhubaneswar Smart City Plan in India and the Downtown Tavares Master Plan in Florida.

M. Gaston Salinas Carpio

Engineer
Mexico City, Mexico

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Latin America# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Software Development# #Spanish Regional# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation#
Mexico City, Mexico
www.linkedin.com/in/gaston-salinas-carpio-563b966a
Best ideas comes when you're outside your comfortable zone. Always change so you never get comfortable!

M. Gaston Salinas Carpio has over ten years of experience working in the electronic/automatic vehicle identification field. He is responsible for the design of technological solutions that meet the demand of the market for Electronic Vehicle Registration, ITS, Manual Toll Collection and Electronic Toll Collection systems.

Gaston has extensive experience in the design, cost estimation, integration, installation, supervision and implementation of these projects as well as defining and adjusting system architecture requirements from field devices up to Back Office Systems. His technical understanding, coupled with his appreciation for the needs of clients allows him to develop custom-fit solutions.

Stuart Jones

Director, Landscape Architect
Vancouver, Canada

#english# #All# #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design#
Vancouver, Canada

Stuart Jones is head of the Vancouver-based urban design practice. Trained in landscape architecture, his professional experience spans over 20 years and includes work on both the development and the planning sides of the business. His projects have ranged from downtown infill sites to large master planned communities in locations across North America, Asia, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. He is skilled at creating a compelling story and sense of place for projects, which he communicates through drawings, standards, guidelines, and zoning. He has a strong understanding of the key issues affecting development including building types, street design, transit, servicing and the public realm, and he is an effective manager of the specialists in these fields.

Walid Bakhos

Associate | Manager, Planning
Dubai, UAE

#english# #All# #Planning & Urban Design#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jennifer Lem

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
New York, USA

#english# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #High Rise Residential# #Hotels# #Interiors# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# #Resorts#
New York, United States of America

Jennifer Lem has highly developed conceptual skills, planning abilities, as well as a keen eye for finishes and details as evidenced by her work on the Edition Hotels (Miami; Waikiki), New World Hotel (Guangzhou), and St. Regis Hotel (Mexico City). Her ability to document and detail the interior environment is integral to her role in developing the Hospitality and Residential Interiors practice, where she is currently working on Minto?s Yorkville Park, Museum House, Harmony Village and the Nitesh Estates amongst projects.

Marek Otwinowski

Associate Director
Calgary, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential#
Calgary, Canada

Marek Otwinowski has extensive knowledge of building and construction systems and has the complete ability to develop designs into built form. His education in contracting, technical detailing and architecture is bolstered by 23 years of experience in the Canadian market.

Ian Nelson

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Communication Systems
Toronto, Canada

#english# #Airports# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Engineering# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Green# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Light Rail Transit# #P3# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-nelson-06047b21/
The future city doesn't have departments managing operations from isolated facilities with separate staff. It makes use of ICT infrastructure, integrated operations, intelligent systems, and data analytics to more effectively deliver services to its citizens.

Ian Nelson joined IBI Group in 2001 and has diversified experience in the ICT and ITS industries, leading the planning, design, and integration for a diverse clientele in market sectors including government, transportation, transit, and education. Ian has global experience from work in over seven countries. Ian has experience working on all phases of a project life cycle, starting from business case development and strategic analysis, through to preliminary design, detailed design, procurement management and construction administration.

Specific knowledge and experience includes fibre optic communications, wireless communications, data centres, large operation centre, CCTV and video management systems, audio-visual systems, and intelligent building technologies.

Lisa D’Abbondanza

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

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

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential#
Toronto, Canada

Jeff Cogliati has over 12 years of experience in an array of project typologies. The majority of his recent projects have been benefitted the highrise residential sector. His strengths lie in the conceptual and schematic design phases of his work, 3D software utilization, and he maintains close involvement with each project throughout the construction process in order to ensure that a high degree of quality is employed. Jeff has been a pivotal team member in the recently completed Core Condos in Toronto, and Maple Condos in Halifax. Jeff holds a Master of Architecture degree and is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects.

Steven Thesier

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Binghamton, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead#
Binghamton, United States of America

Steven Thesier has more than 26 years of experience with areas of specialty that include project management and project design for new construction and renovations, educational facilities planning, referendum planning for educational facilities, NYSED coordination on school projects, and NYS OGS project development and execution.

Jonathan Blades

Software Developer
Glasgow, UK

#english# #All# #Data / Operations Centre# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Roads & Highways# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Jonathan Blades has over ten years of technical experience in the IT and telecom field, particularly network administration and PC support. He has extensive experience in LAN/WAN including installation and maintenance, and TCP/IP troubleshooting and support, multiple server/domain; remote access support, as well as CAT 6/5e Cabling. Jonathan specialises in operating systems, telephone systems and and to top it off, he also has considerable experience in website, app and software development.

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