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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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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.

Heather Semple

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Ottawa, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Environmental Assessment# #Healthcare+# #Labs / Life Sciences# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Heather Semple LEED AP is a talented Architect and Project Manager with over 18 years of experience in a range of projects however the majority of her work has focused on health care/ laboratory design. Her strength lies in her ability to produce well-designed projects; coordinating both the design and contract documents. She is currently the Project Manager for The Visitor Welcome Centre Phase 1 on Parliament Hill. She was also part of the McGill University Health Centre team, specializing in logistics and material handling.

Heather is the recipient of the 2010 Gold Award (McGill University Health Centre/Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships) as well as the Design Thesis Book Prize (Architecture Magazine), and the Henry Adams Design Award Graduation Design Thesis (American Institute of Architects).

Brad Chase

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Brad Chase has over 17 years of extensive experience delivering all aspects of multi-storey residential projects. His experience ranges from concept design, design development, planning and marketing, through to delivery of contract documents and final project delivery. As a Project Lead, Brad is responsible for collaborating with the design team to establish and develop the best design and planning concept for the project. Over the past five years Brad has focused on low-rise, multi-unit residential projects specifically designed for an aging population. The building types that fall under this category are seniors apartments, independent living residences, long-term care facilities and memory care facilities.

Ritesh Warade

Director | US Operations Lead, Intelligence
Boston, MA

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #Planning & Urban Design# #product_Transit Alerts# #product_Transit Real Time# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Ritesh Warade holds a Masters degrees in Transportation Engineering, City Planning, and Urban Design, as well as a Bachelors degree in Architecture and has over ten years of experience, specializing in the planning, design, and implementation of passenger information and analytics systems for transit. His recent projects include Boston MBTA?s MBTA-realtime and MBTA-performance systems, Denver RTD’s traveller information System, and Toronto Metrolinx’s Triplink. Ritesh has a background in transit planning, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Ritesh leads IBI Group’s Transit Data practice, which focuses on helping transit agencies manage their data, provide high-quality realtime information to passengers, and analyze service quality and measure performance. He is an industry leader in the field of open data and open data standards for transit, and is a member of an industry consortium working to manage and improve the GTFS/ GTFS-realtime data formats.

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.

Drummond Hassan

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

With over 40 years of experience, Drummond Hassan’s portfolio has ranged from residential, office/manufacturing, commercial and urban design projects. He is a Registered Architect that has received a Governor General’s Award for Residential Design, the Mississauga Urban Design Award and the Financial Post Design Effectiveness Award. He is currently leading a number of high-rise residential projects across the GTHA, collaborating with various offices in the Region as well as retail projects including the LCBO program and Holt Renfrew.

Prior to joining IBI Group, Drummond Hassan was affiliated with architectural firms in London, England and Glasgow, Scotland. He received a B.Sc (Hon) and a B.Arch from Strathclyde University Department of Architecture and Building Science in Scotland.

Bruno Peters

Deputy Regional Director, Canada West
Edmonton, AB

#english# #All# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Mobility+# #product_Smart City Platform# #Senior Management# #Smart Cities# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transportation#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

As Deputy Regional Director for Canada West, Bruno Peters works with the Regional Director to enable the region to achieve its professional and financial objectives. Bruno is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He possesses extensive experience in the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of transportation and communication and web-based systems for a wide variety of applications. Bruno is pivotal in bringing a cross-sectoral approach to the IBI Group Smart City experience.

Peter Boccia

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Alexandria, VA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Interiors# #Project / Programme Management# #Retail / Commercial# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America

As a registered architect, Peter Boccia has over 30 years of professional experience. He has actively participated on a wide range of projects and building types, with an aggregate area in excess of three million sq ft of commercial space. Because of his extensive knowledge of model building codes, he is responsible for all code research and compliance.

He is also fully conversant in modern construction materials and methods as well as with best practices in sustainable design. In instances where the size of a project may dictate a more streamlined management approach, Peter has assumed dual role as Project Manager/Project Architect for projects such as the John A. Wilson Building, Washington, District of Columbia; the District of Columbia Courts Master Plan and One Judiciary Square, Washington, DC.

Juan Camilo Barrera

Associate | Manager, Civil Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Industrial# #Municipal Services# #Project / Programme Management# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Juan Camilo Barrera has over 20 years of experience involved in various aspects of civil and municipal engineering. His skills and expertise include utility coordination, hydrology and hydraulic modelling, storm water management planning, water supply systems, earthworks, subsurface utility engineering, municipal engineering, urban planning and project management. Juan has worked as the Civil Engineering Lead and Project Engineer on a number of projects, including in the mining, industrial and infrastructure sectors. He also has extensive project cycle experience, from front-end studies to full EPCM and Design-Bid-Build mandates, as well as P3/Design-Build projects in complex and time-sensitive environments. He is an active member of the Public Utilities Management Subcommittee, which is part of the Maintenance and Construction Standing Committee of the Transportation Association of Canada.

Arthur Briggs

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Arthur Briggs LEED AP has established himself as a team leader over the past ten years with IBI Group. He is highly respected within the industry and has a keen understanding of construction detailing and delivery. He has helped establish IBI Group as a known leader in the design and construction of a wide variety of building types. Arthur presents himself as a resource for all staff and well-respected for his thoroughness.

Bill Bruce

Associate Director - Office Lead, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

#english# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Healthcare+# #Landscape Architecture# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

Bill Bruce brings wide-ranging experience in planning and design for higher education campuses, cities and towns, mixed-use developments, parks and recreational open space. Prior to joining IBI Group, Bill founded and led Community Concepts, Inc., a full service planning and landscape architecture firm located in Marietta, GA. He also co-founded Designing4Health in 2011. The organization brings together health, design, marketing and funding professionals. They study healthy solutions that can increase the overall health of a campus, community or project by utilizing local health data as a guiding principle for policy, planning and design.

Tissa De Silva

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

#english# #Airports# #All# #Leader# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Ports# #product_Airport Taxi Dispatch# #product_BlueiQ# #product_Transmission Operations Optimizer# #product_Transmission Simulator# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tissa De Silva leads the global practice of Intelligent Systems at airports, seaports and other major transportation environments. He specializes in ITS systems and solutions, including Traffic Management and Traffic Safety Systems on both local and International arenas. He has over 25 years of experience in Advanced Information Technology Systems, including System Architecture, Software, Hardware, Application Design and Solutions. He is a North American expert for the U.S. National ITS Architecture Program and for Volpe Research Center in the U.S.

Real-time control, monitoring, and revenue management systems for transportation networks and Artificial Intelligence-based control and optimization of energy management solutions for “Smart City” water utilities are marquee projects he has directed for clients in Canada and the U.S.

Tissa has worked with Homeland Security in the U.S. on developing cargo container / railcar monitoring and control systems as well as major revenue management systems for transportation management authorities. He has also led multi-million dollar Revenue Management and Monitoring and Control Systems for a variety of transportation clients across the globe.

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