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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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Gene Simmons

Field Services Director
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Learning+# #Project / Programme Management#
Houston, Texas United States of America

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.

John Perks, MBA, P.Eng.

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Infrastructure
Waterloo, ON

#english# #All# #Bridges# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Highway / Road Design# #Municipal Services# #Roads & Highways# #Water / Wastewater#
Waterloo, Ontario Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-torrance-perks-mba-p-eng-2349b1b/

John Perks is designated by PEO as a Consulting Engineer (Ontario) and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. He has over 25 years of experience as a project manager and senior engineer for a diversity of transportation and municipal projects involving feasibility studies, Class Environmental Assessments, functional, preliminary and final designs, contract preparation, and construction administration and inspection.

His project work includes both new and reconstruction of existing civil infrastructure. This broad experience across many municipalities has provided John with the ability to large, manage multidisciplinary projects and understand the complexities of public, political, approval agency and municipal pressures and requirements on a project.

John is also one of the few Region of Waterloo approved acoustical engineers and has completed the MOE noise assessment course as well as numerous seminars with expertise acoustical studies for both road and rail transportation, and stationary noise sources.

Randy Knapick

Associate Director, Transportation Planner
Portland, OR

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Maintenance Facilities# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Rail# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Portland, Oregon United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/randy-knapick-b8a80b4

In this time of extraordinary urban growth and technological innovation, Randy Knapick helps communities and organizations envision their transportation futures through an interdisciplinary approach to urban mobility challenges. Randy brings the full perspective and capabilities of IBI Group’s core disciplines to help our clients develop innovative solutions for complex urban and operational environments. His experience includes multi-modal transportation planning, public transit (BRT, LRT, heavy rail, and bus), active transportation, smart cities, connected/autonomous vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, and organizational consulting.

He has project experience across North America and globally. Randy is an effective communicator with both technical and non-technical audiences, including executive decision makers, agency staff, and the citizens of the communities we serve.

Oliver Hartleben

Associate | Manager, IBI TH!NK
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Highway / Road Design# #Land Use Planning# #Learning+# #Library# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Product_sAVe App# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Roads & Highways# #Spanish Regional# #Strategic Planning# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
http://linkedin.com/in/ohartleben

Oliver Hartleben is an Architect and City Planner with a public administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School focused on existing and evolving public outreach, demographic, mobility, built form, and innovation topics.

A lateral thinker by nature, Oliver brings together his experience in engaging public, private and community stakeholders for the identification of new opportunities and synergies. Oliver is NCI System certified to facilitate design charettes, has experience in conducting online engagement processes, and leads IBI Group’s R&D Unit, TH!NK.

Dr. Muhammad A. Mustafa

Director, MENA (Middle East Northern Africa)
Dubai, UAE

#english# #Active Transportation# #Airports# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Engineering# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Living+# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Rail# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates Middle East

Dr. Muhammad A. Mustafa has steadily grown his reputation at IBI Group over the last 18 years. He is the Project Manager for the cities of Jeddah and Al Madinah travel model and Public Transport systems design, the Arriyadh comprehensive public transport plan and the electronic tolling for Attiki Odos the ring road in Athens, Greece and led the integration of multi-application smart card systems project in Europe, under the e-Europe program.

Mustafa has provided consulting services to the European Commission on funding ITS projects and proposals since 1998 and is the Technical Manager of the IMS Project, a Canadian initiative funded by the Federal government for the implementation of multi-modal and multi-application smart card systems since 1999.

Stephen Taylor

Chief Financial Officer
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Stephen Taylor is the Chief Financial Officer of IBI Group. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of international financial experience in all areas of corporate management, including acquisitions of new businesses, operational management, and investments.His functional experience includes accounting, public company financial reporting, acquisition due diligence, valuation, process management, enterprise integration, and investor relations.

Celia Johnstone

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civil Infrastructure# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Transit architecture is no longer seen as just a utility, it plays a vital role in creating sustainable cities around the world as populations shift to urban centres. Great design can make infrastructure both efficient and beautiful, a source of delight on your daily commute as well as a lasting contribution to the community.

Celia Johnstone LEED AP is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. She has over 20 years of experience in coordinating complex, multidisciplinary public-transit facility projects, as well as all facets of practice management. Celia has a portfolio of major transit infrastructure design projects, including underground, at-grade, and elevated transit facility design for the TTC, GTAA, and GO Transit. She is the lead architect for the new Redline LRT, the first subway system in Tel Aviv.

Matt Colwill

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Engineering# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Rail# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Special Events# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Water Resources Management# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattcolwill/

Matt Colwill, BA.Sc, P.Eng, has 15 years of experience in the fields of road user safety and traffic operations. Matt has conducted operational and safety reviews for a range of public sector clients, at all levels of government, including the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the City of Ottawa, York Region, the City of Waterloo, Transport Canada, and a number of private sector clients. These projects have involved safety and operational assessments of freeways, rural highways, urban and suburban arterials, and local roadways, and they have addressed the needs of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and specialty road users.

Matt is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and serves as the Transportation Safety Committee representative to the Sustainability Standing Committee. He is also an active participant in the Road Safety Committee of Ontario.

Matt has also published papers and presented at the Transportation Association of Canada annual meeting, addressing topics that include the safety impacts of freeway HOV lanes, the effectiveness of winter weather collision countermeasures, and designing streets to protect vulnerable road users.

Sarah Christianson

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Los Angeles, California United States of America

Sarah Christianson is a registered Architect AIBC and a LEED GA. Her experience includes complex residential and mixed-use projects as well as ageless living communities, which has contributed to her growing role in the Living+.

Noel Vilamitjana

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Edmonton, AB

#english# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Education# #Healthcare+# #High Rise Residential# #Interiors# #K-12 Education# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Learning+# #Living+# #Mental Health Care# #Office# #Police Stations# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Noel is a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) who has been in the construction industry for approximately 20 years. He excels at contract document coordination and construction administration. For many Edmonton-based projects, Noel coordinates contract document production teams, prepares project specifications, and manages the construction administration phase.

Noel’s experience consists of primarily protective services, commercial, healthcare, retail, education, recreation and multi-unit projects. Recently, he has worked on the Edmonton Police Service NW Campus, the City of Edmonton Co-located Emergency Dispatch 911 Centre, and the Edwin Parr Replacement School, in Athabasca Alberta. Noel is also a member of Construction Specifications Canada (CSC).

Bernardo Ortiz

Director, Latin America
Mexico City, Mexico

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Latin America# #Leader# #Office Lead# #P3# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Spanish Regional# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation#
Mexico City, Mexico Central America

Bernardo Ortiz has over 15 years of experience in the planning, design, deployment and supervision of systems and technology. He specializes in the modernization and optimization of operations in the transportation sector. Bernardo’s experience includes the strategic planning, vision, conceptual design and implementation of transportation projects, particularly roads at a national level, including the development of AFP/P3 schemes.

Tony Withall

Associate | Manager, Planning
Missssauga, ON

#english# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Mixed Use# #Planning & Urban Design# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Missssauga, Ontario Canada

Tony Withall has over 12 years of land use planning and development experience with residential, commercial and mixed use developments. His responsibilities involve reviewing and interpreting Official Plans, Zoning By-Laws, Site Plan Guidelines and Urban Design Guidelines. He is involved in every aspect of the planning process from conceptual design to application submission and approval coordination. Primarily focusing on commercial developments for several large private Canadian companies, Tony has used his expertise in planning instrument analysis and interpretation, and site design to obtain approval for a large number of QSR restaurants and service stations throughout Ontario.

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