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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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Arend Lootsma

Associate | Manager, Municipal Engineering
Waterloo, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater#
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Arend Lottsma is responsible for management of municipal infrastructure replacement projects. His duties include ongoing staff management and client liaison during the preparation of engineering designs and contract documents, where he flexes his technical skills in the preparation and review of engineering design and contract documents.

He maintains a consistent presence on the project management front, from coordinating utilities, regulatory agencies and municipalities through to contract administration and project coordination during the construction phase ensuring smooth transitions through the project lifecycle.

Since joining the firm upon graduation from the University of Waterloo, Arend has participated in a number of high-profile local projects within the urban downtown areas of Kitchener (King Street, Young Street, College Street, Otto Street and Water Street) and Hespeler Village (Cambridge).

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.

Jane Juranek

Senior Interior Designer
Toronto, ON

#english# #Interiors# #Office# #Project / Programme Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jane is an enthusiastic, self-starter with a passion for design. She recognizes the expectations of a client and the quality of service that is expected by providing solutions in a timely manner. She has strong organizational skills that provide the ability to manage multiple tasks and maintain tight deadlines.

Angelo Covello

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Civil Engineering
Richmond Hill, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways#
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Angelo Covello has over 20 years of experience and has been responsible for overseeing replacement projects for private land development companies, local municipalities, regional municipalities and road infrastructure projects during the design and construction phases within the Greater Toronto Area. Angelo is responsible for project coordination and liaison with clients and approval agencies for final approvals, as well as project management and control of project costs and schedules.

Sanjay Patel

Product Lead | Water Optimization Solutions
Alexandria, VA

#english# #Energy# #Operations & Maintenance# #product_BlueiQ# #Software Development# #Water Resources Management#
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanjay-patel-12977950/

Sanjay Patel is the Product Lead for IBI Group’s water optimization solutions with 13 years of experience in optimization algorithms and techniques combined with simulation modeling platforms. Sanjay’s expertise includes data management for water utilities ranging from collection through to visualization output, as well as an extensive background in a variety of databases through schema, analysis, data retrieval, security and SQL. He also has strong programming skills in several languages. The optimization software that IBI Group has developed is a real-time tool assisting in operating the existing water distribution assets more efficiently, reducing energy consumption and costs.

Nanette Shahinian

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nanette Shahinian is an Architect with over 30 years’ experience in residential and institutional buildings. She has worked on a range of buildings from high-end boutique condominiums to large scale mixed use projects. Through her involvement on high-profile projects such as Chaz Condominium, The Avenue, South Park Halifax and the Bathurst JCC, she has developed relationships with both long-standing and new clients. Nannette’s work is characterized by the desire to develop design solutions for complex buildings, which fully satisfy the client’s needs, and the detailing and physical quality of our built environment.

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.

Sue Chadwick

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe

With over 35 years of experience, Sue Chadwick has worked with a diverse group of clients on projects in various sectors. She is considered one of the leaders in IBI Group’s Education sector, offering advice at senior level and bringing a vast level of practical knowledge to any project.

She is an excellent communicator and is experienced in developing complex briefs with clients and stakeholders. Many projects require bespoke and particular methods of engagement and consultation and with the end user in mind, Sue runs a series of innovative processes including workshops and exhibitions. She has also developed a sound understanding of client values and requirements when delivering educational buildings on occupied sites.

As a qualified architectural technologist, Sue also has extensive technological knowledge in all aspects of design, construction processes contemporary building fabrics and structures.  Within the IBI Group, Sue is involved in promoting technical quality with an aim to embed an ethos of excellence and consistency in our approach by setting companywide standards that ensure we continue to deliver an excellent service to our clients.

David En

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

David En has over 22 years of experience in the controls industry. He is practiced in all phases of control system design, software development, installation, commissioning and testing for a number of industrial applications. He also provides extensive technical support and sales for the system integrators and end customers in East Asia. David?s solid knowledge of control theory and proficient in programmable logic controllers, distributed control systems, intelligent loop controllers, HMI and SCADA systems has benefitted industrial projects in Canada, Europe and Asia.

Octavio Jimenez

Associate | Manager, Transportation Planning
Mexico City, Mexico

#english# #All# #Latin America# #Spanish Regional# #Systems# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Mexico City, Mexico, Central America

Octavio Jiminez is a Civil Engineer from the Technological Institute of Durango, Mexico. Octavio also holds a Masters Degree in Transportation Systems from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He has more than six years of experience related to transportation modeling topics and has developed demand models for urban highways in different countries, as well as micro-level models for modal transfer stations and development of road impact studies for large developments. In matters related to regional mobility plans, Octavio has collaborated in the diagnosis and development of urban strategies and their application in different time frames for the Panama City PIMUS. In relation to large-scale urban projects, Octavio has participated in mobility studies for CETRAM Chapultepec, which includes not only the impact that will result in the restructuring of CETRAM itself but also analyzes the road impact to be had in the area, caused by future large-scale developments, as well as the relevant infrastructure changes.

Gary Andrishak

Director
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach# #Transit Oriented Development#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
In support of city shaping, transit plazas are the Italian piazzas of the 21st century.

Gary Andrishak boasts a multidisciplinary portfolio of significant work to his credit, during his more than 35 years in the planning and design community. He is equally at home in the co-joined disciplines of land use planning and transit planning, from the standpoint of producing urban master plans concentrating on Transit Oriented Development. Gary is skilled at developing branding, marketing, and communications strategies for public transit systems, with an aim to increase transit ridership and reduce automobile use. He is also expert in the development of public outreach communications plans to ensure the public is well-informed and able to participate in the planning process.

Jorge Arevalo

Associate | Manager, Electrical Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Retail / Commercial# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Jorge Arevalo has 25 years of experience in the aerospace and electrical consulting industries and has been involved in electrical specifications, schematic and detail design for all electrical building systems for commercial, industrial and government buildings. He develops projects with accuracy, efficiency and within time limits and ever responsive to client needs, Jorge is able to adjust design and find solutions to fit within budget constraints. For the last few years Jorge has been leading IBI Group?s electrical teams in the transit field including work at multiple TTC stations, Metrolinx layovers at Mimico and Lewis Road and the Metrolinx James Station in Hamilton. Most recently Jorge has led a ten-man electrical team for four stations on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

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