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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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John Ariens

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Planning
Hamilton, Canada

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water Resources Management#
Hamilton, Canada

John Ariens is independently responsible for representing the interests of development clients, both public and private, through the planning and development process for the Hamilton office. He coordinates all aspects of the development process starting at the initial design through municipal approval to engineering design, registration and construction. John is responsible for negotiations and liaison with the various levels of government and technical review agencies as well as coordinating the efforts of professionals, such as lawyers, engineers, and surveyors. This area of practice has brought John before many Municipal and Regional Committees and Councils, Conservation Authorities, Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Ontario Municipal Board as an expert witness.

Peter Richards

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, Canada

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Engineering# #Highway / Road Design# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Special Events# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-richards-70582261/

Peter Richards has 15 years of experience, with a focus on traffic operations analysis, traffic and parking assessments, and traffic signal coordination. Peter has extensive experience completing traffic impact studies, parking studies, including parking utilization studies for various developments, by-law reviews, and parking standards reviews.

Peter also has experience undertaking traffic capacity analysis, review of multi-modal developments, site circulation and access review, transportation demand management strategies, traffic model calibration, developing and implementing optimized and coordinated signal timing plans, queuing analysis, public consultation sessions, speed and delay surveys, and innovative traffic solutions.

For the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Transportation Plan work, Peter was presented the Award of Merit 2016 from the Canadian Institute of Planners for Sustainable Mobility, Transportation and Infrastructure. His professional memberships include Professional Engineers Ontario, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Canadian Parking Association.

Jeremy Siviter

Associate
Alexandria, USA

#english# #All# #Operations & Maintenance# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Alexandria, USA

Jeremy Siviter has managed a wide variety of ITS research, design, implementation and operation projects and has extensive experience in electronic revenue collection, transit technology applications, traffic management systems and traveller information systems. Jeremy’s skills range from detailed technical analysis and testing through set-up and management of customer service operations.

Jeff Christianson

Studio Principal
Vancouver, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Resorts#
Vancouver, 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.

Joseph Geroux

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Salt Lake City, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Salt Lake City, USA

Joseph Geroux has a wide range of experience from large scale civic and campus master planning, to Olympic operations and venue management planning. He is familiar with public policy and has worked as a liaison between clients and various public agencies at multiple levels.

Ashish Ghate

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Green# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Water Resources Management#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashish-ghate-3a48441a/

With a background in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Ashish Ghate brings a keen eye for good urban form and the complexities of city building to his role as a project manager and urban designer/planner. Ashish has worked on a variety of master planning and site planning projects based in North, Central and South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and India.

His experience includes all aspects of project development and spans multiple scales ranging from regional plans, master plans, transit-oriented-design, streetscape master plans, urban intensification projects and guidelines focusing on policy as well as detailed design standards. Ashish’s impressive portfolio includes a number projects focused on the importance of urban design and the balance between functional and aesthetic concerns of a project. Whereas his architectural background brings a solid building typology and infrastructure knowledge base to his work.

Milena Radakovic

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Interiors# #Office# #Project / Programme Management# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/milena-radakovic-67105848/

Milena Radakovic believes today’s designer must embrace all facets of the design process and provides an in-depth knowledge of corporate design strategies, furniture, design and specification, scheduling and construction administration. She sees her role as crucial in overseeing her team from start to finish, inviting all the new, progressive measures of design today. Her forward thinking nature and positive approach are immediately recognizable; her professionalism and attention to business goals and strategy is her number one priority. Milena fuses her design education with technical and construction knowledge. Her work is streamlined, efficient, multi-disciplined, dynamic and process oriented.

Yong Kang

Director | US Sector Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Hospitality# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Senior Management# #Strategic Planning#
Los Angeles, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/yong-j-kang-aia-60281a11/

As the US Sector Lead, Buildings, Yong Kang is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s architectural, engineering and interior design practices nationwide. Bringing over two decades of proven experience in leading and managing major projects, Yong is a recognized leader in his profession. He is internationally recognized for having led the design of more than 15 million square feet of complex building environments for his clients throughout North America and Asia including multi-national conglomerates.

Yong is a licensed architect and is actively affiliated with numerous professional organizations including: the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) amongst others. Yong holds a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University.

Jane Sillberg

Global Director, Human Resources
Toronto, Canada

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

Jane Sillberg is the Global Director of Human Resources and is responsible for managing the IBI Group HR team, advising the senior leadership team and managers on business and Human Resources issues, and developing HR policies, processes, and procedures to ensure consistency across the firm. Her role in IBI’s recent structural re-organization included creation of a new performance management program, career path and succession planning, and definition of job descriptions and salary ranges.

Jane is a frequent speaker at HR, benefits, and compensation conferences, and a past board member of the Communications and Technology Council in Ottawa and St. Joseph Health Care in London, Ontario. Jane has a Masters Degree in business management focusing on human resource management.

Daniel Whelan

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Binghamton, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Spiritual Places# #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, USA

Daniel Whelan has more than 30 years of experience with particular areas of specialty that include architecture, project management and master planning for commercial projects, housing developments, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, banks and credit unions, and religious facilities.

Michael Nobrega

Independent Director

#english# #All# #Board Member#

Michael Nobrega is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently the Chair of Ontario Centres of Excellence, an Ontario based organization that drives the commercialization of leading edge technologies across the transportation, communications and key market sectors. Michael was past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Pension System (OMERS), one of Canada’s largest pension funds, from 2007 to 2014. From 1998 to 2007, Michael was President and Chief Executive Officer of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment entity of OMERS.

Clement Pun

Associate
Vancouver, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential#
Vancouver, Canada

Clement Pun’s professional experience runs the gamut from architectural design to project management for projects across North America. He is skilled in schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and liaising with consultants, construction groups, city authorities, and clients. Clement’s recent experience primarily features mixed-use, high-rise residential buildings. Notable projects include: The Ivy, The Spot, River Green, and The Modern.

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