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Our People

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.

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.

Amy Shepherd

Associate | Manager, Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Mobility Hub# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Amy Shepherd is a certified planner with over 15 years of experience. She specializes in strategic land and realty asset planning, Transit Oriented Development, policy and community needs assessments. She has undertaken policy reviews, led multidisciplinary master planning exercises, prepared market assessments and growth strategies, assisted with site selection and obtained development approvals on behalf of public, private and institutional clients. Amy also has extensive experience with the formation and execution of inclusive consultation strategies, and has led surveys, focus groups, stakeholder interviews, public open houses and prepared media releases and marketing/information packages.

Kirk Shimazu

Associate | Project Manager
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Leader# #Library# #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert#
Los Angeles, California United States of America

Kirk Shimazu is the US Civic Lead where he draws upon over 40 years of architecture, planning and urban design experience. His critical thinking skills enables him to engage in thoughtful design solutions from the earliest design phases through construction documents minimizing change orders in the field. He effectively leads project teams and assures client goals and expectations are met in a timely and economical manner. Kirk’s extensive project background and strength in design have been key to the ultimate success of numerous project assignments. His commitment to quality design informs the development of the building elements, systems, materials and details to achieve functionality, durability and long-term flexibility through the process of value design.

Matt Clementson

Global Portfolio Manager
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Design Build# #Green# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Systems Integration# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Calgary, Alberta Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattclem

Matt Clementson is a graduate of the Welsh School of Architecture, where he has also taught 3D visualisation techniques and skills. He initially joined IBI Group in the IT Department but leveraged his previous experience to establish IBI Group UK’s in-house 3D visualization department, managing a small team of artists producing a wide range of 3D visual output for IBI Group projects. The department recently started experimenting with 3D printing and Rapid Prototyping technologies, which allow architects to successfully communicate design solutions, ultimately helping clients in their decision making process.
Matt?s foundation in IT support and training was a stepping stone in developing a thorough understanding of Codebook, ADB and project management techniques, as well as 3D and 2D illustration. He is also proficient in architectural animation, high-end renders and 2D concept stage illustrations, using the latest software to bring architectural solutions to life.

Stephen O’Brien

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Leader# #Operations & Maintenance# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Traveller Information#
Toronto, Ontario Canada
The culture here is unique. We attract talented people who are intrinsically motivated by challenges and creative problem solving. When we work together as a group to solve those problems, our clients benefit, and the appreciation they express rewards our efforts.

Stephen O’Brien specializes in requirement analysis, design and implementation of real-time software applications, particularly in the area of toll collection systems. He has extensive experience in client requirement analysis; systems development; real-time software design; and device integration.

Paul Williams

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Mechanical Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities#
Toronto West, Ontario Canada

Paul Williams has over 30 years of project and design experience in the electrical engineering field. He has been responsible for conceptual design, specifications, feasibility studies, detail engineering, inspections, commissioning, and project management on numerous utility, industrial and commercial projects.Currently, Paul is the Mechanical and Engineering Peer Reviewer for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the Project Manager for the Metrolinx Lewis Road Layover Facility and Metrolinx Mimico Layover Facility, and provides Senior Electrical oversight for various projects.

Bill Delo, AICP

Associate | Planner
Irvine, CA

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Office Lead# #Parking# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Ports# #Rail# #Roads & Highways# #Software Development# #Systems Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Irvine, California United States of America

Bill Delo has over 17 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering. Bill is an experienced project manager, responsible for the successful completion of numerous projects ranging from traffic and parking studies to regional multi-modal transportation studies. His career experience has included extensive participation in public and agency outreach activities.

Stelios Pelantakis

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Land Engineering
Dubai, UAE

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Technology# #Transportation#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates Middle East

Stelios Pelantakis counts over 22 years’ experience in Infrastructure Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Since joining IBI Group in 2000 he has worked for projects in Greece, UK, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Stelios is Practice Lead for Land Engineering projects in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

Clement Pun

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

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

David McKenna

Studio Associate Director
Liverpool, UK

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #Landscape Architecture# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Spiritual Places# #Strategic Planning# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #UK Regional#
Liverpool, United Kingdom Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-mckenna-06485522/
Designing streets and spaces for people whilst accommodating traffic.

David McKenna has over 25 years of experience with the added bonus of dual-qualifications as both a Chartered Landscape Architect and Chartered Engineer. This knowledge and accreditation has enabled David to take a creative, yet practical approach to design and to communicate effectively with professionals.
David is considered a subject matter expert on the IBI landscape team and has particular experience in designing streets and spaces for people. He is particularly adept in projects where water is a significant element and also specializes in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments.

John O. Reid

Independent Director

#english# #All# #Board Member#

Mr. John O. Reid is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 40 years of experience. He was Audit Leader for KPMG LLP in the Greater Toronto Area from 2008 to 2014 and has extensive experience in auditing as well as the management of professional service organizations, strategic planning, development and growth management in all business sectors. Mr. Reid has served as chair of six hospital boards and two colleges across Canada and is the founding member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics.

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