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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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Ray Whitchurch

Associate Director | Principal, Urban Planning
Salt Lake City, UT

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Development Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Landscape Architecture# #Mixed Use# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach#
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Ray Whitchurch is a project manager, Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Planner, for large-scale federal, state, municipal, institutional, mixed use villages, commercial, and residential projects. With 26 years of experience, his projects have included landscape designs, architectural design, land planning and re-zoning, municipality general plans, subdivision development, public reviews and outreach.

Anna Dybka

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

#english# #All# #Highway / Road Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technology#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Anna Dybka P.Eng specializes in functional and detail design, implementation and operation of ITS, including Traffic Management Systems, Toll Collection Systems, Traffic Signals, Weather Monitoring Stations and project administration and management. Anna has led an extensive portfolio of system design projects province-wide for MTO, and for clients including 407 ETR, City of Toronto, and Windsor-Detroit Tunnel. She recently led the design of the systems fit-in at the new MTO Central Region COMPASS Traffic Management Centre as implemented in advance of the Pan Am Games.

David Thom

President
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Board Member# #Senior Management#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

As the President of IBI Group and member of the Board of Directors, David Thom is responsible for providing executive leadership to the company with a particular focus on managing and leading the firm’s multidisciplinary teams of professionals. He specializes in the planning and design of complex projects that integrate planning, architecture, and transportation. He has had senior responsibility for many major urban development projects across Canada, in the USA and internationally including public/private partnerships and private finance initiatives.

David plays a key role in the implementation of the firm’s new Strategic Plan, which is focused on infusing technology into IBI Group’s traditional practice areas and building on its diverse Smart Cities portfolio. Leveraging the firm’s existing Intelligence practice, David is helping clients understand the advantages of smart buildings and infrastructure through emerging technologies like parametric design and virtual reality. David is spearheading growth into new markets, including Canada, the USA and the UK.

David joined the firm in 1975 after graduating from the architecture program at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Neena Soans

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Pompano Beach, FL

#english# #All# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation#
Pompano Beach, Florida, United States of America

Neena Soans PMP has 15 years of systems and software engineering experience and has been exposed to all facets of the specification, design and implementation of various systems and applications during that timeframe. This includes ITS, Tolling Systems, Communications Systems, Intelligent Building Technology Systems and Security Systems. Neena has extensive experience with the development of functional and performance specifications, and the development, maintenance and support of complex software systems.

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.

Doug Parker

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transit Technology
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/doug-parker-97bb2a15/

Doug Parker is a transportation systems engineer and planner, specializing in assisting public agencies with applying advanced technology. He is a recognized leader in transit technology consulting, working closely with the transit technology consulting practice across IBI Group.

His 30 years of experience spans all public transit modes, including rail, fixed route bus, bus rapid transit, ferries, demand responsive transit, and rural transit. It also includes the full range of transit technologies, including those in support of planning, operations management, public information, revenue management, security, and business intelligence.

Doug has been involved with numerous planning, research and evaluation efforts including regional deployment program development, architectures, evaluations, and several Transit Cooperative Research Program projects.

Jay Claggett

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Mobility Hub# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cities cannot and should not become fixed in time; they are living creatures that evolve and develop over time. The most dynamic and successful cities embrace change by integrating public and private realms with world-class architecture and infrastructure, creating a kind of urban fabric woven from people, places, and things.

Jay Claggett, MCIP, RPP is a land use planner with over 25 years of professional planning and development experience. He has prepared numerous policy reviews, land use investigations, highest and best use analyses, market/financial analyses, site plans, district/master plans and land disposition strategies on behalf of public, institutional and private sector clients. He has been the Project Director or Project Manager for a range of complex real estate and master planning projects involving lands throughout Canada. As a result of Jay’s practical knowledge of the planning process and his excellent working relationships with staff at all levels of government, he has obtained timely planning approvals and successfully negotiated conditions and partnerships for small and large-scale residential developments, commercial, office, institutional and industrial projects.

Raafat Abadir

Associate | Manager, Contract Administration
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Raafat Abadir has a long career with IBI Group dating back to 1989 as a Principal Contract Administrator. At the time, he specialized in the construction administration of high-rise residential and office buildings, schools, and commercial buildings. Prior to this, Raafat gained ten years of architectural design and development engineering construction before relocating to Canada. Raafat has played an integral part in the managing of many notable, award-winning projects in the Greater Toronto Area, including One Financial Place, H.J. Alexander School, The Avenue, One Bedford Drive, River House-Old Mill, Waterpark Place (5 Phases), and the list goes on. Currently, Raafat is managing King Square Mall, Treviso (3 Phases), Harwood & Bayly (2 Phases), The Britt, 11 Wellesley, and 9 Tippett. His ability to coordinate and solve multi-site concerns with excellence has a proven record of client and firm satisfaction.

Jim Fox

Associate Director | Principal, Industrial
Southfield, MI

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Mechanical Engineering# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management#
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America

Jim Fox is responsible for the administration of corporate operations and projects. He manages the project organization, scheduling, scope definition, manpower planning, budgeting, expediting the various design disciplines, as well as monitoring their quality and progress. For selected projects, he serves as the upper level liaison with our client.

Jeffrey B. Koehn

Associate Director | US Transportation Lead, Infrastructure
Cincinnati, OH

#english# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Bridges# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Green# #Highway / Road Design# #Industrial# #Leader# #Maintenance Facilities# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Roads & Highways# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre# #Water / Wastewater#
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-koehn-1586bb5/

Jeffrey B. Koehn is the US Transportation Engineering Lead, specializing in the design of infrastructure for complex and innovative projects in both the private and public sectors. He is known in the industry for his ability to focus on the critical details required and delivering exceptional results.

Jeffrey’s responsibilities include management, design, construction management/administration of transportation improvement projects. He is also a recognized expert in the design of sustainable storm water systems, including storm water capture and re-use; large scale dry wells; pervious pavement systems and bio-retention facilities. Recent notable projects include: Washington Park, the Cincinnati Zoo, Armleder Park, Oakley Station CSO Separation Design Build, and several sections of the Ohio River trail.

Paul Perejma

Office Manager
Fort McMurray, AB

#english# #Civic & Government# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Industrial# #Library# #Parking# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater#
Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

Paul is a Civil Engineer with over nine years of experience in residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and marine design projects. Paul continues to add to his skillset of project management, design, drafting, cost estimates, tender preparation, and contract administration. He is licensed in both BC and AB and is familiar with design adaptations to suit each region.

He is currently involved in projects surrounding the devastating wildfires that hit Fort McMurray in 2016 and plays a part in ensuring the rehabilitation efforts help residents move back home.

Claudia Krywiak

Independent Director

#english# #All# #Board Member#
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Claudia Krywiak is Vice President, Corporate Development, Planning and Strategic Initiatives at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), a not-for-profit organization that drives the growth of a knowledge-based economy in Ontario.  In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests in industrially relevant R&D and the commercialization of leading edge technologies, supporting the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

At OCE, Claudia is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of initiatives that bring together multiple levels of government, large corporations, and SMEs to fuel growth in emerging technology areas, such as advanced computing and artificial intelligence, connected and autonomous vehicles, 5G and next generation networks, cybersecurity, and clean technologies.  Her team has a mandate to work with government, academic, and industry leaders to accelerate business innovation in high potential sectors that provide a competitive advantage for Canada in the global economy.

Prior to joining OCE, Claudia held the position of Vice President, Business Development (Ontario) at Mitacs, a national research organization that funds research and training programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in partnership with universities, industry, and government in Canada.

Claudia received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2003 and subsequently worked for Bruker BioSpin, a world leader in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology, enabling scientists to make breakthrough discoveries and develop new applications.

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