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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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Ola Ferm

Associate Director | Office Lead, Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

#english# #Architecture# #Automotive# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Education# #Fire Stations# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #Land Use Planning# #Learning+# #Maintenance Facilities# #Master Planning# #Mobility+# #Office# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parks# #Planning & Urban Design#
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

Ola is the Office Lead for the Raleigh, NC office. As an architect, he is leading the way in growing IBI Group in commercial, transit and educational based projects, and helping grow our footprint in the region, and along the west coast. Ola has been practicing architecture and building client relationships for 25 years.

Donna Johnston

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Acute Care# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Courts# #Design Build# #Education# #Green# #Healthcare# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Low Rise Residential# #Office# #P3# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Donna is a licensed architect and LEED-accredited professional with extensive experience as Project Manager for the programming, master planning, design and construction of complex technical facilities. An Associate with IBI Group with a focus on institutional projects, she has been involved in many challenging educational and science-based lab buildings for diagnostics, research and general academics; transit projects; health care institutions and geriatric facilities, and courthouses. With a solid background in a variety of project delivery types, including compliance-based, design-build, fast-track, P3/AFP, and construction management, she is able to bring creative approaches to the realization of demanding projects. Her experience also extends to corporate, retail, custom residential and interior design. With an integrated and cooperative approach to team-building, Donna frequently assumes the role of user-needs coordinator, and has been the lead for a number of successful and award-winning joint-venture collaborations.

Donna is a graduate of Carleton University.

Sanjay Patel

Product Lead | Water Optimization Solutions
Alexandria, VA

#english# #Energy# #Operations & Maintenance# #product_BlueiQ# #Software Development# #Water Resources Management#
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanjay-patel-12977950/

Sanjay Patel is the Product Lead for IBI Group’s water optimization solutions with 13 years of experience in optimization algorithms and techniques combined with simulation modeling platforms. Sanjay’s expertise includes data management for water utilities ranging from collection through to visualization output, as well as an extensive background in a variety of databases through schema, analysis, data retrieval, security and SQL. He also has strong programming skills in several languages. The optimization software that IBI Group has developed is a real-time tool assisting in operating the existing water distribution assets more efficiently, reducing energy consumption and costs.

David Valerius

Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Maintenance Facilities# #Office#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

David is a leader and part of the Learning+ team in the Houston office. With over 30 years of experience as an architect, primarily in the educational facility design field, he has developed the skill of being able to work toward the large project goals while also focusing on the important details. Notable projects include Bane Elementary School, Dean Middle School and Cypress Falls High School modernization. David is a Registered Architect in Texas and a LEED-accredited professional. He is involved in the American Institute of Architects and the Association for Learning Environments. David also volunteers for the Spring Branch Education Foundation.

John Boudreau

Associate | Manager, Geomatics
Edmonton, AB

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Environmental Assessment# #Geomatics / Land Surveying# #Industrial# #Public Outreach# #Roads & Highways# #Water / Wastewater#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-boudreau-4604a568/

John Boudreau has demonstrated expertise in managing multiple land development projects for Land Titles registration purposes by applying excellent time management skills and attention to detail. His strong organizational and interpersonal skills complement the ability to develop and maintain successful relationships with multiple stakeholders that include clients, Municipalities and Alberta Government agencies, engineering and law firms, builders and consultants.

Cathy Offenberg

Principal, 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.

Margaret Parkhill

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Environmental Assessment# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Planning# #Transportation Engineering#
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.

Guillaume Chan

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civil Infrastructure# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

With 15 years of experience in the architectural industry, Guillaume Chan has been involved with a broad spectrum of projects such as residential, commercial, institutional, and large scale projects including water-related infrastructure, nuclear and transportation facilities. His responsibilities as project architect on recently completed projects include architectural design, coordination with various consultants and client liaison. Guillaume is also a hands-on architect involved throughout the lifecycle of the project from design to construction.

Homayoun Vahidi

Director
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Homayoun Vahidi has over 20 years of experience in the management, planning, design, implementation, evaluation, operation, and maintenance of ITS projects and is in charge of IBI Group’s engineering and systems practice in British Columbia. Homayoun has broad and combined expertise in transportation engineering and systems, with specialty expertise in technology applications. He has led numerous large-scale transportation systems projects for the Province of British Columbia and for TransLink in the Metro Vancouver region over the past decade.

Sylvia Hajo

Sr. Associate Principal | Interior Design, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Interiors# #Retail / Commercial#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Sylvia Hajo has over 20 years of interior design experience, with a specialization in the design of spaces for educational, commercial, health care and institutional clients. Her primary responsibilities include: design management of the project, design collaboration with client, creating interior design concepts, specifying furniture and fixtures, equipment , managing the interior design process including all furniture selections and specifications, overseeing interior project schedules, and adhering to furniture/fabrics/accessories project budgets. Sylvia is conscientious, precise, and is known as an effective communicator with client and stakeholder groups.

Ritesh Warade

Director | US Operations Lead, Intelligence
Boston, MA

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #Planning & Urban Design# #product_Transit Alerts# #product_Transit Real Time# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Ritesh Warade holds a Masters degrees in Transportation Engineering, City Planning, and Urban Design, as well as a Bachelors degree in Architecture and has over ten years of experience, specializing in the planning, design, and implementation of passenger information and analytics systems for transit. His recent projects include Boston MBTA?s MBTA-realtime and MBTA-performance systems, Denver RTD’s traveller information System, and Toronto Metrolinx’s Triplink. Ritesh has a background in transit planning, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Ritesh leads IBI Group’s Transit Data practice, which focuses on helping transit agencies manage their data, provide high-quality realtime information to passengers, and analyze service quality and measure performance. He is an industry leader in the field of open data and open data standards for transit, and is a member of an industry consortium working to manage and improve the GTFS/ GTFS-realtime data formats.

Larry Baldwin

Electrical / Communications Design Draftsman
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #product_Traveller Information System# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Traveller Information#
Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Larry Baldwin is a multi-modal (speech and touch input) interaction design specialist who has designed and deployed mobile, telematics, web and in-home speech, touch-screen and web-browser applications for the past 12 years. He is a visionary in multi-modal application design with three patents to his name (one pending). Larry lead the interaction design of unique Alaska 511 and South Carolina 511 mobile websites and was the interaction designer for the Florida 511 iPhone application. He was also the lead designer of telematics (in-car) applications such as the Pioneer in-dash system (AVIC-Z1 In-Dash HDD Navigation and Multimedia AV Receiver with DVD). In addition to transportation-related IVR system and application design, Larry was the also the lead speech designer for Voco (The World?s First Voice controlled Wireless Music System). He brings a wealth of design experience and understands the challenges inherent in system design and deployment.

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