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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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Mel Johnson

Director
Edmonton, Canada

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Edmonton, Canada

Mel Johnson is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience specializing in the engineering design, construction, contract administration, and project management of residential, commercial, and industrial land development projects in the greater Edmonton area. He is involved in managing the civil engineering department which includes over 40 full-time engineers, technical, and administrative staff. Mel is experienced in working with numerous private/municipal land developers and licensing/approving authorities through all elements of the land development process.

Jamie Wright

Director
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Canada
I love the range of our practice, from master planning, which calls upon an architect's collective experience to address regional issues, to custom residential where specific design solutions evolve directly with a few people.

Jamie Wright is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the recipient of the Order of da Vinci award for his work on behalf of the profession. Over the past 40 years, he has been the principal-in-charge of some of the firm’s most important residential, commercial, and institutional projects, many of which have received prestigious design awards including two Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.

Steven Butler, PE

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Cincinnati, USA

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Cincinnati, USA

Steven Butler has over ten years of civil engineering experience, with emphasis in structural design. He has evaluated and developed superstructure and sub-structure plans for a variety of bridges within the states of Ohio and West Virginia. His experience extends to all phases of civil engineering projects, including preliminary studies and reports, site surveys and investigations, specifications, quantity take-offs, and cost estimates. Steven’s work includes bridge design, inspection, replacement, rehabilitation and review projects, where his deliverables include the design of superstructures, substructures, and miscellaneous details along with site layout and minor roadway items.

Lorraine Bell

Independent Director | Chair of the Audit Committee

#english# #All# #Board Member#

Ms. Bell is a Corporate Director and a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector. Ms. Bell is a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee as well as a member of the Governance Committee of Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc.. She recently completed 12 years of service as a Director of the Ontario Financing Authority’s Board of Directors. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Associates and the Hot Docs Foundation (U.S.A) Board of Directors, both in New York, as well being a Trustee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Shujun Liu

Associate | Manager, Mechanical Engineering
Toronto West, Canada

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Mechanical Engineering# #Retail / Commercial# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Canada

Shujun Liu is a Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the design of mechanical systems for industrial, institutional, and commercial buildings for both private and public sector clients. He has in-depth knowledge of building codes and standards, which he applies to the detailed design of HVAC, plumbing, piping, and fire protection systems. Shujun has recently led a ten-man mechanical team for multiple TTC stations, Metrolinx layovers at Mimico and Lewis Road, Metrolinx James Station in Hamilton, the Metrolinx Stouffville Corridor pursuit and the Honda Alliston Paint Shop.

Gene Simmons

Field Services Director
Houston, USA

#english# #All# #Learning+# #Project / Programme Management#
Houston, USA

Gene Simmons initially worked on the contractor?s side, learning hands-on experience in carpentry, surveying, concrete formwork and placement. Moving into management, Gene worked as a project superintendent, estimator, project manager and handled client relations. He shifted to the architectural side almost 30 years ago and has worked as the Director of Field Services since 2000.

His practical experience is vitally important to maintaining communication among project team members and IBI Group’s field staff taking projects seamlessly from design through to construction.

Heather Semple

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Ottawa, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Environmental Assessment# #Healthcare+# #Labs / Life Sciences# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Ottawa, Canada

Heather Semple LEED AP is a talented Architect and Project Manager with over 18 years of experience in a range of projects however the majority of her work has focused on health care/ laboratory design. Her strength lies in her ability to produce well-designed projects; coordinating both the design and contract documents. She is currently the Project Manager for The Visitor Welcome Centre Phase 1 on Parliament Hill. She was also part of the McGill University Health Centre team, specializing in logistics and material handling.

Heather is the recipient of the 2010 Gold Award (McGill University Health Centre/Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships) as well as the Design Thesis Book Prize (Architecture Magazine), and the Henry Adams Design Award Graduation Design Thesis (American Institute of Architects).

Tuere Fa’aola

Transportation Planner
San Diego, USA

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Land Use Planning# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Parking# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Systems# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning# #Wayfinding & Signage#
San Diego, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tuere-fa-aola-ptp-b6a12813

Tuere Fa’aola’s areas of expertise in transportation planning range from transit analysis, alternatives analysis, multimodal analysis, travel demand forecasting, and varied traffic analyses. Tuere has managed and led the preparation of corridor studies, transit studies, micro simulation analysis, parking and traffic impact studies. In addition, she has experience in general planning studies that include, but are not limited to, pedestrian master plans, circulation elements, and regional agency MOUs.

Mark Touw

Associate | Office Lead
Kingston, Canada

#english# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Land Use Planning# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design#
Kingston, Canada

A Land Use Planner by trade, Mark Touw is a Registered Professional Planner and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Mark manages a diverse planning practice that covers Eastern Ontario however his area of specialty is development and urban planning for both the private and public sector. He is the principal municipal planner for the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands and the Town of Greater Napanee. For the private sector he leads planning projects that include: Planning Feasibility/ Due Diligence Studies, Community Design Visioning, Secondary Plans, Official Plan Amendments, Block Plans, Plans of Subdivision, Zoning By-Law Amendments, Consents, Minor Variances and Site Plans.

Paul Bennett

Studio Associate
Dublin, Ireland

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Data / Operations Centre# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Special Events# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Dublin, Ireland
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbennett999/

Paul Bennett joined IBI Group ten years ago after a long career as Field Services Director delivering Traffic Management, CCTV and Security operational contracts to Government and the Private Sector. Paul has also been assigned to a number of high profile projects which require design, procurement, delivery and optimisation of Operations Centres, ITS assets, stakeholder processes and integration of key systems. These projects bring together Paul’s technical, quality, commercial, and project management and business change capabilities.

Mike Corby

Director | Office Lead
Richmond Hill, Canada

#english# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Systems# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Richmond Hill, Canada

Mike Corby P.Eng is a Transportation Engineer specializing in traffic operations for 20 years. His experience includes the development of transportation practices and policies, design and operation of traffic control devices, as well as the procurement and implementation of traffic signal control systems and transit management systems.

Mike is also highly regarded as a technical expert in the ITS field, specifically in the areas of traffic signal systems and equipment, adapting to the greater emphasis on surface urban transit systems. He works collaboratively with IBI offices across North America, and has been a key contributor to Rapid Transit AFP/P3 projects and procurement.

Tony Burley

Associate | Sub-Sector Lead
Los Angeles, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Leader# #Office Lead# #P3# #Public Outreach# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert#
Los Angeles, USA

Tony Burley is the US Healthcare+ Lead and has managed multiple design and project teams for all scales of healthcare and science projects. His experience spans new build, refurbishment and strategic planning of facilities, in roles as both designer and client representative and covers Traditional, Design and Build, Framework and AFP/P3 procurement. The multiple perspectives from this rounded experience provides Tony with a real understanding of the opportunities and challenges that face healthcare facilities, and fuels a passion for ongoing innovation to provide a safer, more efficient and pleasant patient experience. Tony is an excellent communicator and regular conference speaker, who enjoys building strong relationships with clients, users and wider stakeholder groups.

Tony supports IBI THiNK and an evidence-based approach to design, which has included working on joint projects with EDB guru Professor Roger S Ulrich, formerly of Texas A&M University.

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