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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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Paul Lavallee

Director | US Sector Lead, Intelligence
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Senior Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Seattle, Washington United States of America

As the US Sector Lead, Intelligence, Paul Lavallee is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s intelligence practice across the US, working closely with Carl-Henry Piel, James Barbosa, and Ritesh Warade who lead the services, solutions and operations subsectors respectively. Bringing over 30 years of experience as part of IBI Group’s intelligence practice, he has helped organizations at all levels effectively integrate technology into city planning, design and operation, and transform how business is conducted today. He is internationally recognized as a transit technology and revenue collection system specialist with specific expertise in bringing together multi-stakeholder teams and delivering high-profile projects.

Paul is a licensed Professional Engineer currently working with thought leaders to help integrate technology into the daily fabric of people’s lives. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Saurabh Bhatia

Associate
New Delhi, India

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation#
New Delhi, India Asia

Since joining IBI Group, Saurabh Bhatia has gained diversified international experience in the ICT and ITS industries. Through the combination of an MBA in strategic management and a strong engineering background, he offers the right set of skills for projects that require both management and technical expertise. He has an extensive experience leading the design and deployment of ICT systems and ITS technologies for a diverse clientele in global market sectors including government bodies, transportation & transits, real estate developers, telecommunications service providers, broadcasting, among sectors within the infrastructure space. His work has also included providing strategic consulting to a broad range of clients including developing business and technology strategies and evaluating business cases.

Leanne Soligo

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Calgary, Alberta Canada

Leanne Soligo is a Registered Architect and LEED AP who has been involved in all aspects of design throughout her 25 years of experience. This includes , feasibility analysis, concept design, documentation and ultimately construction. Her expertise spans design and project management in both the private and public sectors with a specific emphasis on civic, institutional and educational projects. Her experience leading numerous renovations projects over her career, Leanne is aware of the special attention to facility review and documentation that is required to make a renovation project successful. On her new-build projects, this attention to detail and technical knowledge makes Leanne a valuable asset to any project. Her talents focus on design, management and finding creative approaches to resolving each project’s challenges and opportunities.

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.

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.

Doug Parker

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transit Technology
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/doug-parker-97bb2a15/

Doug Parker is a transportation systems engineer and planner, specializing in assisting public agencies with applying advanced technology. He is a recognized leader in transit technology consulting, working closely with the transit technology consulting practice across IBI Group.

His 30 years of experience spans all public transit modes, including rail, fixed route bus, bus rapid transit, ferries, demand responsive transit, and rural transit. It also includes the full range of transit technologies, including those in support of planning, operations management, public information, revenue management, security, and business intelligence.

Doug has been involved with numerous planning, research and evaluation efforts including regional deployment program development, architectures, evaluations, and several Transit Cooperative Research Program projects.

Juan Camilo Barrera

Associate | Manager, Civil Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Industrial# #Municipal Services# #Project / Programme Management# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Toronto West, Ontario Canada

Juan Camilo Barrera has over 20 years of experience involved in various aspects of civil and municipal engineering. His skills and expertise include utility coordination, hydrology and hydraulic modelling, storm water management planning, water supply systems, earthworks, subsurface utility engineering, municipal engineering, urban planning and project management. Juan has worked as the Civil Engineering Lead and Project Engineer on a number of projects, including in the mining, industrial and infrastructure sectors. He also has extensive project cycle experience, from front-end studies to full EPCM and Design-Bid-Build mandates, as well as P3/Design-Build projects in complex and time-sensitive environments. He is an active member of the Public Utilities Management Subcommittee, which is part of the Maintenance and Construction Standing Committee of the Transportation Association of Canada.

Val Vanchieri

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Alexandria, VA

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Interiors# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Alexandria, Virginia United States of America

Val Vanchieri has been responsible for a significant body of work for the District of Columbia Courts. She developed the overarching concepts and schematic designs for many of the District of Columbia Courts projects. Over a period of more than 12 years, she has been responsible for numerous studies, comprehensive reports and high-level client interaction that have set the direction for ongoing work at the District of Columbia Courts.

She has an extensive background in feasibility studies; master planning; ; space planning; design intent documents; contract documents; furniture selection and procurement; punch-list inspections of furniture and final move coordination.

Wendy de Silva

Architect | Mental Health Lead
London, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Mental Health Care# #Mixed Use# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-de-silva-764b0529/
There is no health without mental health' WHO.

Wendy de Silva is an award winning architect and accredited RIBA Client Advisor with over 30 years of industry experience. She has amassed a wealth of knowledge across a range of educational, commercial and residential projects, but her particular expertise is in healthcare design. She has extensive understanding of the mental health sector and has worked with clients who are at the forefront of best practices and she is passionate about service improvements. Her project work has been recognized with awards for innovation and for providing best in class mental health facilities. She has presented papers on mental health design at conferences in the UK and Scandinavia.

Wendy has also worked on a wide range of primary and community health facilities and is keenly interested in the integration of health and social care services. She has been involved in competition winning integrated health and housing developments in London regeneration areas and has worked as Technical Advisor to community based NHS Trusts.

Wendy’s involvement as a governor of UCLH FT from 2004-2011 also enabled her to gain excellent insight into the rapidly changing NHS environment and the pressures that Foundation Trusts currently face. She continues to serve on its Arts and Heritage Committee.

Graeme Scott

Deputy Regional Director, UK/Ireland
Glasgow, UK

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Senior Management# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning# #Traveller Information# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom Europe

Graeme Scott is responsible for major ITS projects for the Scottish Government’s Transport Scotland agency, Ireland’s National Roads Authority, and the Hong Kong Transport Department. Graeme has extensive ITS expertise, and has provided strategic advice and management on research, studies, design, procurement, development, implementation, and operation of a wide range of ITS solutions. Graeme also has more than ten years of experience in coordinating and managing client input to major European Commission research initiatives.

Cathy Offenberg

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Boston, MA

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design#
Boston, Massachusetts United States of America

Cathy Offenberg has a thorough understanding of the public process and has managed complex projects from inception through construction. She also has considerable experience administering construction phase services on a range of projects, to ensure contractor compliance with contract documents.

Ron Stewart

Deputy Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #Senior Management# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

As Deputy Regional Director for Canada East, Ron Stewart’s primary focus is liaising with the Ontario office leads outside Toronto. Ron is a transportation engineer, and member of Professional Engineers Ontario, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Transportation Association of Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in both the private and public sectors at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels across Canada. His experience includes Traffic Engineering, Road Safety, Transportation Planning, Transit Systems, ITS, and Signal System Operations and Maintenance.

Ron has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from York University.

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